BC Soccer News, Monday, October 24, 2016





Best for last: ‘Caps defeat Timbers 4-1 to win Cascadia CupWhitecaps FC
Now that’s what you call ending on a high. Vancouver Whitecaps FC put on an absolute show in their regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at BC Place, defeating rival Portland Timbers 4-1 in front of a crowd of 24,083.

Caps cut down Timbers to end their season and lift record-breaking sixth Cascadia CupAFTN
The 2016 season may been a dud but it ended with fireworks with Vancouver Whitecaps defeating their fierce rivals Portland Timbers 4-1, keeping them out of the playoffs and ending their season, all whilst claiming a record breaking sixth Cascadia Cup.

Vancouver Whitecaps driven “mad” by quality performance to end seasonMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps had no lack of motivation heading in to their season finale with the Portland Timbers at BC Place on Sunday afternoon.

Vancouver Whitecaps Win Cascadia Cup Defeating Portland Timbers 4-1 Eighty-Six Forever
In a season with plenty of disappointment, the Vancouver Whitecaps were able to end it on a high note with a dominating 4-1 home victory against their rivals Portland Timbers to win the Cascadia Cup.

Vancouver Whitecaps win 2016 Cascadia Cup MLS
There was plenty to play for on Sunday between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers. A playoff spot for the Timbers, and the Cascadia Cup if they beat the Whitecaps at BC Place, while the Whitecaps could take the Cascadia Cup with a big win over the Timbers.

Vancouver Whitecaps end the season on a highSoccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps game against the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon at BC Place felt a bit like the last day of a particularly disappointing vacation.

Cascadia Cup win a silver lining in terrible Whitecaps seasonSportsnet
Pedro Morales whipped off his jersey and bolted across the pitch. The Chilean midfielder sometimes likes to remove his shirt in celebration, but this bit of rejoicing was so impassioned that it was as though his team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, were newly crowned MLS Cup champions.

Timbers frustrated by mistakes in season-ending defeatSN
The defending MLS Cup champions, the Portland Timbers, are out of the 2016 playoffs before they’ve even begun after being routed 4-1 by Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday afternoon.

Robinson sets sights on 2017 after dominating season finaleWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC had no lack of motivation heading in to their season finale with Portland Timbers at BC Place on Sunday afternoon.

MLS Decision Day Recap: Playoff picture now set Empire of Soccer
The regular season is now over in Major League Soccer. The playoff slate was finalized on Sunday, as was the race at the top of the standings.

With Supporters’ Shield win, FC Dallas finally feels “treble is possible”MLS
It might not have been pretty toward the end, but FC Dallas capped off a fantastic season Sunday. A largely uneventful 0-0 draw with LA Galaxy at StubHub Center clinched the Supporters’ Shield for Dallas, their second piece of silverware this season after winning the US Open Cup in September.

Red Bulls take wing, clinch top spot in east Prost Amerika
Though a largely meaningless game, both Red Bull and Union supporters came out in droves for the last regular season game in 2016. Red shirts dominated the entire 133 section, and despite having fewer numbers, out sang the Union fans in the lead up to the game. Following the unveiling of the “Philly’s Savage” TIFO the game went underway, and the Union fans took part in the singing.

‘Momentum counts for a lot’ — TFC happy to get back into win column ahead of playoffsSN
After five straight games without a win, Toronto FC finally got itself back into the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday. But perhaps even more important was the timing of the win, as TFC heads into the postseason later this week having tasted victory in its regular season finale.

No help from the Crew, but TFC win has them primed for Philadelphia  – Red Nation Online
On the most important day of the regular season, Toronto FC opened slow but ended up delivering against Chicago Fire SC. Sadly so did New York City, as the Columbus Crew did not do the Reds any favours for an ideal post-season position.

Impact stumbles into MLS playoffs with 3-0 loss in New EnglandMontreal Gazette
The good news is the Montreal Impact are in the Major League Soccer playoffs. The bad news is they will be playing on the road after an ugly 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to end the regular season.

Revolution rue missed chances after failing to make playoffsSBI
After winning five of their final seven games and creating 25 shots in a season-ending 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Sunday, the New England Revolution couldn’t help but feel that they squandered an opportunity to make a playoff run in 2016.

What does Impact do now with Didier Drogba?Montreal Gazette
While Biello said Drogba was healthy enough to play against Toronto two weekends ago, he didn’t practise with the club all last week — saying he has a sore back — and so the decision to leave him off the roster again was an easy one. Biello left some other key players out of the starting lineup — including Ignacio Piatti, Dominic Oduro and Matteo Mancosu — because of the short break before the playoffs begin.

Sporting KC’s Brad Davis announces retirement from soccerYahoo Sports
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Brad Davis says he will retire from professional soccer after a 15-year career that included two MLS Cup titles and six All-Star selections.

It’s time to introduce a two-legged MLS Cup – with a twist The Guardian
The single final is insufficient, and the two-leg final doesn’t reward the higher-seeded team for their regular-season performance. So why not combine the two?

Revolution striker Kamara given yellow card for twerking SN
Kamara scored in New England’s 3-0 win over Montreal Impact in the final round of the regular season – dubbed ‘Decision Day’ – but was penalized for his unusual celebration.

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VISL Division 1 Results & Standings – Oct.21-23 VISL
Division 1 had a full slate of games on the weekend, all were played – a wet weekend though!

UBC’s Arthur makes first goal a memorable one as Birds win Pacific DivisionThe Province
The playoffs have arrived and the UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team is once again looking up to the task.

WSOC: UBC finishes regular season with 0-0 draw, will face Alberta in the playoffsUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds concluded the 2016 Canada West women’s soccer season regular season with a scoreless road draw against the Winnipeg Wesmen on Sunday.

Cascades men’s soccer team sends seniors off in style with 2-0 win over T-WolvesUFV
In the Canada West regular-season finale for both teams, the Cascades got goals from Justin Sekhon and Jassi Mann, plus seven saves from David Hicks to improve to 8-6-2 on the season, good for third place in the Pacific Division.

Cascades clinch second place with win over PronghornsUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team locked up second place in the Pacific Division and set a new program record for wins in the season on Saturday evening, as they blanked the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-0 in the Canada West regular-season finale for both teams.

Heat fall on Seniors Day to visiting CougarsUBCO
The University of Regina Cougars defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat in women’s soccer competition Sunday afternoon at Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna.

Clan explodes offensively in 5-0 rout of SaintsSFU
After a stretch where they notched just four goals in three games, coinciding with their recent draw against the Western Washington Vikings, the No. 4-ranked SFU Clan men’s soccer team (11-0-2, 6-0-2) seemed due for an offensive explosion.

Clan pushes closer to post-season with 1-0 win over WolvesSFU
Another day, another critical win. The SFU Clan women’s soccer team (8-5-1, 6-4-0) moved one step closer to the CNAC Championships on Saturday, taking down the Western Oregon Wolves (4-10-1, 1-8-1) 1-0 on the road.

WolfPack lose in Vancouver, bounced from playoffsKamloops This Week
The Thompson Rivers WolfPack fell one point short of making the Canada West playoffs on Saturday night, losing 2-1 to the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.

North Shore AA soccer squads set for wild final week North Shore News
This week will be a wild one in the North Shore senior boys AA soccer league as three teams will be battling for a coveted first-place finish to end a wide-open shootout of a season.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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.

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Dundee sign striker Marcus HaberThe Courier
The Canadian international was once on the books of West Bromwich Albion and his most recent club was Crewe Alexandra.

Capers no longer undefeated in AUS women’s soccerChronicle-Herald
After winning 10 straight games, the Cape Breton Capers have finally lost an AUS women’s soccer game.

Edmonton Juventus wins U-16 Cup boys championshipCSA
Edmonton Juventus won the U-16 Cup boys title at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships. The Alberta club won the national final 1:0 over Manitoba champions Winnipeg Bonivital SC, with Edmonton’s David Doe the lone goalscorer in the first half.

Canada Soccer holds Men’s U-17 evaluation camp in TorontoCSA
Canada Soccer has selected 23 players for a six-day Men’s U-17 evaluation camp in Toronto, Ontario. The 2016 camp runs 24-29 October with eight on-field sessions planned over the course of the week.

Local soccer academy has become playground for future starsToronto Star
Sigma FC helped develop Orlando City star Cyle Larin, among others.

2016 League1 Newcomers: A Performance Retrospective By The NumbersLeague1 Ontario
League1 Ontario (L1O) welcomed nine newcomers – five Men’s and four Women’s teams – for the 2016 season.

Sport Nova Scotia warns parents against pressuring kids to go ‘all in’ too earlyGlobal
Sport Nova Scotia is launching a new campaign aimed at creating awareness surrounding the dangers of early sport specialization. Working in partnership with Soccer Nova Scotia and Hockey Nova Scotia, they hope to target parents of athletes aged 12 and under and educate them about the negative effects of pushing kids to go “all in” too early in their development.

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Allen hat-trick leads Red Bulls II past Swope Park Rangers in USL Cup final SBI
Red Bulls II emerged as the USL’s best team during the regular season, and on Sunday, they cemented their spot as USL champions.

Crowned USL Championship MVP, Allen credits teammates Empire of Soccer
Forget the hat trick — it’s all about the team. That was the reaction of New York Red Bulls II striker Brandon Allen who showered praise on his teammates when addressing his USL Championship MVP award following NYRB II’s 5-1 win over Swope Park Rangers.

NYRBII’s Title Campaign One for Record Books USL
Any team goes into a postseason saying that the team’s records and accolades from the regular season do not carry weight into a playoff format. It is a new season and a far different set of circumstances.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Rayo OKC takes control, Minnesota falters and moreSBI
Six clubs entered the penultimate weekend of the NASL Fall Season with a chance at the final playoff spot, but only two walked out with those chances still alive.

NASL Fall Week 17 Recap: Rayo OKC in Driver’s Seat for Last Postseason SpotEmpire of Soccer
While the Fall Season champion New York Cosmos (44 pts Fall, 62 pts Combined) were steamrolling Miami FC (30 pts, 37 pts) 4-0 to finish the regular season without a loss at home, Rayo OKC (32 pts, 44 pts) was taking hold of the race for the fourth postseason spot and the right to play the Cosmos in the semifinal round of The Championship.

Hints of USL in Tampa Bay Rowdies match last night This is Cosmos Country
In an NASL match with shades of USL written all across it, Rowdies owner Bill Edwards might have cast the most shade of all in a match fans of both clubs were calling “The Defection Derby.” Multiple reports from Sports Illustrated’s Brian Strauss and Midfield Press, among others, have indicated that both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury may be on their ways out of the NASL after the conclusion of the 2016 season.

USL to announce two 2017 expansion teams next weekIndomitable City Soccer
USL President Jake Edwards said today, during the halftime show of the 2016 USL Cup, that the league will be announcing two 2017 expansion teams next week.

Last-minute penalty kick sends FC Edmonton to 1-0 win over ArmadaFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (14W-9D-8L) registered a 1-0 win in their last regular season home match against Jacksonville Armada FC (5W-13D-13L) in North American Soccer League (NASL) action on Sunday, October 23rd.

Armada owner, coach cry foul after controversial PK in EdmontonEmpire of Soccer
It would be understandable if you dozed off at some point during Sunday’s meeting between FC Edmonton and Jacksonville Armada FC. Hopefully, though, you woke up in time to catch the stoppage time fireworks that ended with the Eddies taking all three points and Jacksonville wondering what role the video replay board at Miller Stadium played in referee Yusri Rudolf’s decision making.

Nashville Soccer Club hires MLS exec to be team CEOTennessean
Court Jeske, who previously worked as vice president of international business for Soccer United Marketing, the commercial arm of Major League Soccer, is the team’s pick to fill the its top leadership role.

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USWNT dominates Switzerland again in friendlySBI
For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. Women’s National Team cruised past Switzerland, and for the second time in less than a week, a new face scored seconds into her debut.

North Korea claims U-17 Women’s World Cup titleSoccer America
North Korea beat defending champion Japan, 5-4, in a penalty kick shootout in the final to win the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup. Spain took third place thanks to a 4-0 win over Venezuela.

Glasgow City secure historic 10th league title in a rowScottish WPL
Glasgow City FC have created Scottish football history by claiming their 10th league title in a row after a 3-1 win over Hibernian Ladies this afternoon. The win means that the champions can not be caught with one game to spare.

Glasgow City: Each women’s SPL title more special – Leanne Ross BBC Sport
Glasgow City captain Leanne Ross says she will “cherish forever” the “amazing feeling” of winning 10 successive Scottish Women’s Premier League titles.

English FA boost budget for Women’s game to build participation and WSL Inside World Football
The English FA is to increase its budget for women’s football to £17.7 million, a 16% increase, as the national governing body seeks to increase primary school (up to age 11) participation by girls in the game from its current 40%.

Unpaid W-League players earn deal in small step towards professionalismThe Guardian
The W-League will take baby steps towards professionalism this season, with a new pay deal confirming that all players are recompensed for the first time.

Familiar faces at new-look CanberraW-League
Canberra United have almost been a byword for stability in the Westfield W-League.

Resilient England almost grab late winner against FranceThe FA
England may have been denied a late winner but Mark Sampson’s side can take great pride in the way they restricted one of the world’s best teams to only a handful of openings during the 0-0 draw with France.

Heading into Season 5 of the NWSL, What Needs Improvement?Backline Soccer
“The Year of the Furt” and the NWSL’s historic fourth season have now come to an end with an exciting final game that was, no matter which team you supported, extremely entertaining.  The 2016 season was not only record-breaking, but saw huge growth from the 2015 season, with a 17% increase in attendance and a 300% increase in YouTube views. We can now even say that it is the longest running professional women’s soccer league in American history.

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Mourinho humiliated in return to Chelsea as Man United lose 4-0Sportsnet
When Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet in their second Manchester derby on Wednesday they’ll now have something in common. Both have prepared with humiliating 4-0 losses on their return to former clubs.

Ryan Giggs blasts Manchester United stars for swapping shirts after defeatESPN FC
Ryan Giggs has criticised Manchester United players for “swapping shirts and laughing” after their 4-0 hammering by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“Who wants to go top in October?” jokes Klopp after Liverpool let slip the chance to move into firstVavel
Jürgen Klopp dismissed the significance of being top of the Premier League at such an early stage of the campaign after Liverpool missed the chance to move to first on Saturday evening by conceding late on in their 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Guardiola’s City seek better against BarçaUEFA
After their Camp Nou humbling, Pep Guardiola will want more from Manchester City as they host a Barcelona side who can qualify for the last 16 with victory on matchday four.

Premier League stats: Which player has gone 1,241 days without starting in a win?BBC Sport
One player’s unwanted record of failing to win a game when in the starting XI now stands at 1,241 days, while Nathan Redmond and Gary Cahill prevented an unwanted first for English players in the Premier League.

Impressive Sevilla hands Atletico Madrid its first La Liga lossFox Sports
Coach  Jorge Sampaoli  felt Sevilla needed a big win against a top opponent to establish itself as a true contender in Spain.

Week 10 review: Paris slip after Classique stalemate Ligue 1
PSG’s inability to break down Rudi Garcia’s Marseille saw the capital club pipped to second place by Monaco, who beat Montpellier 6-2, with OGC Nice maintaining their lead with an Alassane Pléa-powered win in Metz.

Promoted Leipzig beats Bremen to move into second in Bundesliga Fox Sports
Davie Selke refused to celebrate despite playing a key role as Leipzig set a Bundesliga record to go second on Sunday after beating Werder Bremen 3–1.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy one of 30 nominees for 2016 Ballon d’OrThe Guardian
Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title.

Lippi appointed as new China PR coachFIFA
Former FIFA World Cup™ winning coach Marcello Lippi was on Saturday appointed as the new China PR coach, the Chinese Football Association announced on their official website.

FA ratifies new FA Cup overseas TV rights deal worth reported $1 billion ESPN FC
The Football Association has announced its board has ratified a “hugely significant” new overseas broadcast rights deal for the FA Cup. The agreement, reportedly worth over $1 billion (around £820 million), will run for six seasons starting from 2018-19.

Is the unthinkable happening – are people finally switching the football off? The Guardian
There is a complex picture beneath figures that show a marked decline in early season football viewing figures, and the big broadcasters must work out if this is a blip or a trend.

Napoli ends losing streak; Inter beaten again in Serie AFox Sports
A visit to last-place  Crotone  was just what Napoli needed to end a three-match losing streak. Roma also won against a lowly opponent, beating Palermo to reclaim second place from AC Milan.

Ukrainian Premier League Roundup – Rebrov’s Swan Song at Dynamo?Futbolgrad
Futbolgrad’s Ukrainian Premier League roundup from matchday 12 focuses on the continued woes at Dynamo Kyiv.

U.S. players in Europe, a quality problem, not quantity problemSoccer America
With Christian Pulisic’s recent success in Borussia Dortmund and the USMNT, more and more U.S. players in Europe are the topics of conversation. I decided to ask my not-so-reliable friend Wikipedia about the U.S. men players in Europe.

Worker dies at World Cup stadium site in QatarSportsnet
A Qatar World Cup stadium worker has died in a building site accident, the first work-related fatality to be announced by organizers of the 2022 soccer tournament that has been dogged by concerns about labour conditions in the Gulf nation.

Qatar blindsided by FIFA decision to take central control of World Cup planningInside World Football
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organisers were taken completely by surprise over FIFA’s decision to scrap local organising committees for its flagship event. Earlier this month, as part of its grandiose roadmap for the future, FIFA announced that after Russia the World Cup would be organised centrally as part of its plan take “full control of all money flows”.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was scapegoat in tax case – Spanish judge ESPN FC
Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon believes Lionel Messi was made a scapegoat when the Barcelona superstar stood trial this summer for tax evasion.

Heading footballs ‘affects memory’BBC
Heading a football can significantly affect a player’s brain function and memory for 24 hours, a study has found.

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