VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
2017 MLS PLAYOFF KNOCKOUT ROUND
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Timbers win the West as Mattocks makes Whitecaps pay for inability to get job done – AFTN
Unable to capture the Western Conference’s top spot the week before, Vancouver Whitecaps had another chance to make history down in Portland on Sunday afternoon. Once again, they failed.
Whitecaps FC finish in third place, will host San Jose in Knockout Round – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC captain Kendall Waston scored his fourth goal on the season, but Liam Ridgewell and Darren Mattocks each found the net as the Portland Timbers rallied to win 2-1 at Providence Park on Decision Day on Sunday afternoon.
Timbers beat Whitecaps to take Western Conference title – Sportsnet
Darren Mattocks scored early in the second half to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday in their regular-season finale.
First round playoff bye not in the cards for Whitecaps – The Province
In a game that was supposed to define their season — and who they are — the Vancouver Whitecaps were outplayed, outworked and outsmarted by a clearly superior side.
Whitecaps FC to host San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday in 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host San Jose Earthquakes in the Knockout Round of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs this coming Wednesday, October 25 at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT
Vancouver Whitecaaaaghps! – Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps played the majority of their 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park like eleven men who had never played together in a competitive game before. Which, funnily enough, is exactly what they were.
Portland Timbers Claims Top of the West, Cascadia Cup! – Prost Amerika
“The way I see it, playoffs start this Sunday,” said Caleb Porter in Tuesday’s press conference. For the Timbers knowing that there was a lot on the line, they needed that mentality. It turns out to prove useful as they came from behind to win 2-1 against the Vancouver Whitecaps, earning the West’s first seed and securing the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2012.
Caleb Porter says No. 1 seed no guarantee: “We got 5 games to win the Cup” – MLS
With first place in the Western Conference on the line, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps served up a dramatic 90 minutes of soccer at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. But in the end it was the Timbers who claimed the crown in the West and a first-round playoff bye, fighting back from going down to a Kendall Waston header, to come away with a 2-1 victory in a fiercely contested Cascadia Cup derby.
MLS: It’s on to the Playoffs – Empire of Soccer
Decision day in Major League Soccer lived up to its advance hype. Forty-six goals were scored across 11 games, including six by Philadelphia in a meaningless match against Orlando. The real stakes were in San Jose, where the home side’s playoff hopes came down to the final minutes.
San Jose Earthquakes 3, Minnesota United 2 | 2017 MLS Match Recap – MLS
Marco Ureña scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, propelling the San Jose Earthquakes into the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a wild 3-2 win over Minnesota United on Sunday.
Patrice Bernier bids adieu to playing career in emotional Impact home finale – SBI
In any other situation, Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution would have been the bitter en of an underwhelming season for Montreal Impact fans. Instead, it was a time for celebration.
Sounders clinch 2nd in West, win 3-0 over Colorado – Prost Amerika
The Seattle Sounders closed out their 2017 regular season with a dominant 3-0 win at CenturyLink Field over the Colorado Rapids to clinch the second seed in the Western Conference and an all-important first round bye. Both sides saw players given straight red cards after video reviews and each side was awarded a penalty in the match, just one of several thrilling contests across Major League Soccer’s 2017 edition of Decision Day. Eleven matches produced 46 total goals, the league’s greatest ever in a single day.
N.Y.C.F.C. Ties at Citi Field but Still Claims Playoff Bye – NY Times
David Villa scored two goals but failed to convert a potentially game-winning penalty kick in extra time as New York City F.C., playing a home game on the road at Citi Field, settled for a 2-2 tie against the Columbus Crew on Sunday.
Sebastian Giovinco drinks beer, scores world-class goal – SN
MLS fans are well aware of Sebastian Giovinco’s prowess on free kicks, but some may not know of his apparent affinity for beer.
After spoiling RFK party, Red Bulls believe they can pull off Chicago shock – MLS
After spoiling the RFK Stadium finale, Luis Robles believes his New York Red Bulls side can replicate that result when everything is on the line in a Knockout Round clash this Wednesday, against the Chicago Fire and former Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty.
MLS records fall on final day of 2017 regular season – SN
Decision Day 2017 was one for the record books in Major League Soccer.
MLS playoff preview: Can Toronto FC do the double? Who wins the West? – ESPN FC
Now it’s a case of 374 MLS regular season games down and 17 postseason games to go until the MLS Cup champion is decided. MLS can only hope the drama that characterized Decision Day will be replicated from here until Dec. 9.
David Villa to Diego Valeri: the men who will decide the MLS playoffs – The Guardian
The teams are decided for the post-season. But who will have the biggest say on the destination of this season’s MLS Cup?
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL – Results & Standings – Division 1 – BC Soccer Web
Week 7 proved to be a crazy one within the highest division of soccer on the Island.
On Point: Jasmin Dhanda writes herself into UBC Thunderbirds and Canada West history – AFTN
Jasmin Dhanda wrote herself into the history books on Friday evening at Thunderbird Stadium. It’s been five years in the making, but after 43 goals and 21 assists, Dhanda became the all-time leading points scorer in both UBC Thunderbirds and Canada West women’s soccer history.
Thunderbirds find their spark at Thunderstruck – The Ubyssey
Underneath the spotlights at Thunderbird Stadium, the women’s soccer team put on a show for the Thunderstruck fans on Friday night and solidified their dominating presence going into playoffs — defeating the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades 3-0.
WSOC: Thunderbirds close out regular season against Spartans – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (9-2-3) closed out their 2017 regular season in winning fashion by dispatching the Trinity Western Spartans (10-3-1) 2-0 game at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday night.
MSOC: UBC finishes regular season with 3-1 victory – UBC
In the regular-season finale for both teams, the UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Fraser Valley Cascades 3-1 in Canada West men’s soccer action on a rainy Saturday evening at MRC Sports Complex.
MSOC: SFU moves into 1st place in GNAC with 3-2 win over Saints – SFU
The victory gave Simon Fraser sole possession of first place in the GNAC with a 6-1-1 record (19 points) with four games remaining.
WSOC: Clan eliminated from playoff race after 1-0 loss to Concordia – SFU
A goal in the 47th minute was a dagger to the heart of the Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team’s playoff chances as the Clan fell 1-0 to the visiting 25th ranked Concordia Cavaliers on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field.
UNBC Soccer Teams Make History – CKPG
The Timberwolves men’s and women’s soccer teams made history this weekend, as they both earned a U Sports playoff berth for the first time in program history.
WSOC: Vikes clinch second in style, defeat Cascades 7-0 – UVic
The mission was simple for the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team on Oct. 21 in a game against the Fraser Valley Cascades, win and they were assured both a spot in the Canada West quarter-finals and a home playoff game, anything less and their fate was out of their hands.
MSOC: Late goals dash Vikes playoff hopes in dramatic season finale – UVic
The UVic Vikes men’s soccer team came up just short in their playoff push as the team dropped their final game of the season to Trinity Western Spartans on Oct. 21.
WolfPack women wind up tying UNBC in ‘playoff style’ soccer match – TRU
They aren’t out but the chances of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team making the 2017-18 Canada West playoffs are hanging by a thread.
WolfPack and Heat deadlock in MSOC – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team will enter their first Canada West playoff on a three game unbeaten streak.
Prince George Adult soccer leagues amalgamate – Prince George Citizen
The North Cariboo Senior Soccer League and Prince George Women’s Soccer Association have decided to amalgamate under one organizational umbrella.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.
The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field – BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Oakville Blue Devils qualifies for Canadian Championship – CSA
Oakville Blue Devils have clinched their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after winning the 2017 League1 Ontario championship final. Oakville clinched the title on Friday 20 October after winning with 4-3 on kicks over Woodbridge in the final at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Huskies soccer teams to host playoff games – Star-Phoenix
A pair of wins on the weekend —6-3 against the University of Manitoba and 3-1 against the University of Winnipeg— to end the Canada West regular season was enough to propel the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s soccer team (7-3-4) to a second-place finish in the Prairie Division and into the position of hosting the opening round of playoffs.
Win, tie keeps Memorial in second place in AUS women’s soccer – The Telegram
The Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s soccer team finally solved their scoring woes with five goals against UPEI Saturday, but the offensive outburst didn’t last long with a scoreless tie against Acadia Sunday.
Blues soccer programs playoff bound – The Varsity
The Varsity Blues women secured their OUA Playoff berth on October 20 with a comprehensive 4–0 victory over the the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins at Varsity Stadium.
Maritime soccer players learn from Canada’s best at weekend event – Global
Soccer players from across the Maritimes gathered in Fredericton over the weekend to attend soccer camps run by four of Canada’s most accomplished soccer stars, including Christine Sinclar, Diana Matheson, Karina LeBlanc and Rhian Wilkinson.
Mi’kmaw soccer star wins scoring title at national championships – CBC
A rising young Mi’kmaw soccer star from Nova Scotia recently won the Golden Boot award at a national club championship tournament in Alberta.
Tancredi, Scott hopeful NWSL will soon have Canadian team(s) – the11.ca
As soccer fans in this country talk more and more about the birth of our own Division-1 men’s league — the Canadian Premier League — talk about how to expand the women’s pro game has been, well, muted of late.
Captain Patrice Bernier retires a two-time Canadian champion – CSA
Canadian champion Patrice Bernier has taken his curtain call. The classy Montréal midfielder played in his last professional soccer match at the close of the 2017 MLS season in front of his fans, friends, and family at Stade Saputo.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Eddies fall to league-leading Miami FC in final 2017 home match – FC Edmonton
A strong Miami FC side was too hot to handle in FC Edmonton’s final home match of the 2017 NASL season.
FC Edmonton’s home finale features a loss on the field, and uncertainty off of it – the11.ca
I’ve missed a total of one FC Edmonton home game since the team joined NASL in 2011. I’ve been to all the home openers, the season finales.
2017 USL Cup Playoffs results and schedule – MLS
Upsets abounded in the opening round of the USL Cup Playoffs, including a surprising loss for the Western bracket’s No. 1-seeded Real Monarchs SLC (Real Salt Lake).
USL Playoffs: Sac Republic FC eliminates top-seed Real Monarchs – Soccer America
No. 8 seed Sacramento Republic FC knocked off regular-season champion Real Monarchs in a shootout after their game ended in 1-1 tie.
NYRB II Begins USL Title Defense With a Win – Empire of Soccer
After an up-and-down regular season that saw it finish in seventh place in the United Soccer League‘s Eastern Conference, NYRB II began defense of its league title with a resounding 4-0 win at the Charleston Battery on Saturday night.
Rangers Rally, Defeat Rising FC in Shootout – USL
With the weather-delayed game scoreless after 90 minutes, Phoenix took the lead nine minutes into extra time as a hopeful free kick from close to the halfway line by Alessandro Riggi found Didier Drogba, whose header beat SPR goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod as he came off his line and bounced into the open net. Swope Park hit back in the second period, however, as an angled cross by Colton Storm in the 109th minute was first met by Belmar, and then headed home by Amer Didic to even the score.
NASL Playoff Race: ‘Insane call’ denies Cosmos playoff-clinching win – Soccer America
North Carolina FC clinched the third spot in the NASL playoffs on Sunday when the New York Cosmos and Jacksonville Armada played to a wild 4-4 before a sellout crowd of 7,611 fans at Hodges Stadium.
The ‘highs’ and ‘lows,’ of FC Cincinnati’s season – Cincinnati.com
Mitch Hildebrandt drooped his shoulders and put his hands on his knees. David Schureck, his goalkeeper coach, consoled him.
Losing Orlando City B Would Eliminate Club’s European Pyramid Structure – The Mane Land
There are many on-the-field benefits of OCB, but there’s one off-the-field benefit that’d be missed if the team folded.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Libertadores crown returns to Brazil – FIFA
Brazil’s Audax/Corinthians were crowned CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina champions for the first time on Saturday after edging a tense shoot-out victory over Chile’s Colo Colo in Asuncion.
Iceland stun Germany to end two-decade run – UEFA
It had been 19 years since Germany lost a qualifier but Iceland ended that run in stunning style with a 3-2 away win that finished some incredible runs by the twice world champions.
USWNT 6, South Korea 0: The SBI Breakdown – SBI
Though the U.S. Women’s national team collected another victory over South Korea, the second matchup between the two sides did not resemble the first one three days earlier.
Deyna who? Uncapped Venezuelan playing at US college turns FIFA’s Best awards into a shambles – Inside World Football
A few hours before staging its glittering annual Best Awards ceremony, FIFA has come under attack for naming a little-known striker on its female player-of-the-year shortlist.
Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesn’t care about women’s soccer – ESPN W.
U.S. women’s national team forward Megan Rapinoe blasted FIFA on Monday for including little-known striker Deyna Castellanos among its final three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award.
Sam Kerr says it’s time for W-League players, fans to deliver on hype – News.com.au
The build-up has been flawless, buoyed by the Matildas’ success and a ground-breaking new pay deal. Sam Kerr says it’s now time for W-League players and fans to deliver.
Fans flock to a fledgling women’s pro soccer league in Mexico – ESPN FC
Layla García playfully pulled the sleeves of her Monarcas Morelia club jacket and then placed her microphone effortlessly through her chest and out the zipper. At 12 years old she is no stranger to media interviews and much less being underestimated.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Everton sack Koeman after woeful start to season – SN
Everton have sacked Ronald Koeman after Sunday’s 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal left them with just two wins from their first nine Premier League games.
Everton in the relegation zone after tough loss to Arsenal – Toronto Star
Meanwhile, Liverpool hopes at its first league title since 1990 appear all but gone after getting dominated by Tottenham.
Mata urges United unity after Huddersfield embarrassment – Four Four Two
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes they must learn from the mistakes of Saturday’s shock loss to Huddersfield Town.
Asensio leads Madrid past Eibar, Atletico ends slump – Sportsnet
Marco Asensio scored one goal and helped force an own-goal to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win at home over Eibar in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Week 10 Review: Ney bother in fiery Classique – Ligue 1
Neymar tasted the highs and lows of a dramatic Le Classique, OL’s Memphis Depay struck his first hat-trick, Nantes are flying playing the Claudio Ranieri way and Week 10 saw Philippe Hinschberger become the first coaching casualty of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar: ‘I didn’t lose my cool’ against Marseille – ESPN FC
Neymar says he did not lose his cool after being shown the first red card of his Paris Saint-Germain career during the feisty 2-2 Ligue 1 draw with Marseille on Sunday.
Cologne, Bremen’s wait for 1st Bundesliga win continues – Sportsnet
Cologne and Werder Bremen played out a goalless draw that left both sides still searching for their first win after nine rounds of the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Bayern’s Thomas Mueller out 3 weeks with thigh injury – Metro
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has been ruled out for about three weeks with a torn muscle in his right thigh.
Leonardo Bonucci’s Milan move goes from bad to worse after red card – The Guardian
The defender’s transfer from Juve was supposed to be a sign of Milan’s title ambition but the club and their new captain have struggled to hit it off.
Serie A: Udinese 2 – Juventus 6 – BBC Sport
Sami Khedira scored the first hat-trick of his career as 10-man Juventus beat Udinese in a high-scoring Serie A game.
Guangzhou Evergrande win 7th CSL title as Scolari prepares to depart – Inside World Football
Guangzhou Evergrande won their seventh consecutive Chinese Super League (CSL) title on Sunday after they beat Guizhou Hengfeng 5-1 and second-placed Shanghai SIPG lost 2-1 to Guangzhou R&F.
Championship Matchday 13 Round-Up: Leeds end poor run of form in style with win against Bristol City at Ashton Gate – Vavel
Leeds United ended their poor run of form with a 3-0 away win against Bristol City on another action-packed weekend of Championship football.
Uruguayan league splinters as games called off over player image rights dispute – Inside World Football
Eight Uruguayan league games, including a clash between frontrunners Penarol and Defensor, were cancelled at the weekend in an ongoing dispute between players and administrators over image rights.
Three seriously hurt and 120 detained in riot after Club Brugge v Antwerp match – The Guardian
Authorities are investigating a riot that seriously injured three people and forced police to detain 120 others following Club Brugge’s 1-0 win against Antwerp.
U-17 WC: Spain and Brazil complete semi-final line-up – FIFA
Spain go on to face Mali in Navi Mumbai in the last four, while Brazil take on England in Kolkata.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, then… Our writers select their third-best player in the world – The Telegraph
It is seven years since either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi among the top two in Fifa’s yearly award to the best player on the planet, and it a decade since neither won (though even then they were second and third to Kaka). Once again they are lead the way this year, with Ronaldo expected to pip his rival to the big prize at tonight’s award ceremony in London.
Usain Bolt considering soccer career – CBC
Usain Bolt says he is serious about starting up a soccer career now he has retired from sprinting — and believes he could even be good enough to play for Jamaica.
Safe standing’s surprise byproduct? It might help the home team’s game – The Guardian
The possible widespread return of standing at professional football grounds could turn round the decline in home advantage that dwindled with all-seating.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca