BC Soccer News, Monday, October 31, 2016


An early look at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft Whitecaps FC
Is it too early to start talking about the 2017 MLS SuperDraft? Maybe. But the details were confirmed this week, so I’m going to do it anyway. The MLS Player Combine is set for January 7-12 before the draft takes place on Friday, January 13.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Every day in every way…Soccer Shorts
Now that Whitecaps fans are living in that bitter spot of time between the end of the MLS playoffs and the confirmation of any actual moves in and out of the club this is a good opportunity to step away from the usual ruthlessly analytical examination of tactics and team selection and take a more panoramic view of how the club could make small (but significant) changes for the better in 2017.

Sounders thrive as Jordan Morris moves out wide to slice and dice FC Dallas MLS
A shift in role for Jordan Morris keyed the Seattle Sounders’ 3-0 thrashing of FC Dallas in their Western Conference semifinal opener at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Mancosu scores again to lead Impact past Red BullsSBI
Following a midweek win over D.C. United, the Montreal Impact kept their momentum going on Sunday with a vital win over the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

Mancosu Strike Sinks New York in MontrealEmpire of Soccer
New York Red Bulls dropped their first game in the Eastern Conference semifinal to the Montreal Impact 1-0, bringing an end to their 21-game unbeaten streak and putting their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

Toronto FC proud to keep cool through on-field sparksMLS
“Combative” barely does the ferocity justice. There was no love lost on Sunday night when Toronto FC and New York City FC met in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The feistiest game yet in the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs yielded a 2-0 victory for the home side.

 Toronto FC coach wants NYCFC star bannedThe Record
New York City FC captain David Villa, a leading candidate for league MVP, escaped punishment Sunday night after tangling with Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

‘This is all for them’ — Toronto FC renews love affair with fans in latest playoff winSN
Moments after Toronto FC had completed its biggest win in club history on Sunday night, the players gathered in front of the south end of BMO Field and prepared to join the team’s most vocal supporters in a round of chanting, as has recently become tradition after TFC’s home victories.

Patrick Vieira overthinks, New York City FC sinksEmpire of Soccer
Sometimes, you have to keep it simple. Patrick Vieira overthought his lineup options in New York City FC’s 2-0 loss to Toronto. Instead of sticking to his idea of playing as aggressive and positive as possible on the road, Vieira lined New York City FC in a 5-4-1 that was protective — and far from proactive. Without Andrea Pirlo, Vieira chose Mikey Lopez and Federico Bravo to hold the midfield over second-leading scorer Frank Lampard and the team’s second-best creator, Thomas McNamara.

Galaxy narrowly overcome Rapids on Dos Santos goalSBI
Giovani dos Santos was credited with a 55th minute goal, as the Galaxy overcame the Rapids, 1-0, at StubHub Center to kickstart the Western Conference semifinals. Dos Santos’ goal came via a Jelle van Damme assist, as the Mexican star header a shot off Axel Sjoberg and in to seal a win.

New York City FC and FC Dallas have to make history to advanceMLS
It wasn’t a good night for New York City FC and FC Dallas. Both teams hit the road in the first legs of the Conference Semifinal series’ and lost by a combined five goals. NYCFC went down 2-0 in Toronto after two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game and Dallas conceded three goals to the Seattle Sounders in the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half.

Home field advantage counts in the MLS Conference semifinalsUS Soccer Players
The 2016 MLS Conference semifinals opened with all of the lower seeds winning the first-legs. The upsets started at Saputo Stadium with Montreal shutting out the Red Bulls 1-0. Matteo Mancuso scored the game’s only goal in the 61st minute with Evan Bush making three saves for the clean sheet. New York’s Omer Damari saw red three minutes into stoppage time.

Missed connections, missed opportunities and Phil Collins: A Portland Timbers postmortemProst Amerika
Before every Timbers match in 2016, the stadium’s PA system would play “In the Air Tonight” from Phil Collins’s 1981 album, Face Value. Looking back at 2016 the much less heralded “I Missed Again” would have been far more appropriate as  the Timbers failed to to make the playoffs in their title defense becoming only the third team to do some in the league’s 20 year history.

Steven Gerrard bowing out with a whimper after underestimating the MLS with no Liverpool return in sight The Independent
Gerrard’s career could end this weekend if LA Galaxy are knocked out of the MLS play-offs, but it would be a terribly sad way for an iconic Premier League figure to bring the curtain down.

David Beckham confident his persistence will pay off as he reaches unwanted Miami MLS milestoneThe Telegraph
It is exactly 1,000 days since the former England captain announced – to great fanfare – that he had exercised his option for an MLS expansion franchise and would seek to build that team in the Florida city.

CASCADIA CUP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers 1, October 23, 2016BC Soccer Web
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MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
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Clan Clinches GNAC Men’s Soccer ChampionshipSFU
The No. 3 ranked Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team clinched the Great Northwest Conference championship with a 4-0 win over Northwest Nazarene Saturday evening on Terry Fox Field.

Make It Two StraightPACWEST
The Capilano Blues won their second straight PACWEST gold medal after a 4-2 victory over the Douglas College Royals on Saturday night.

Paul Dailly “ecstatic” with Capilano Blues unbeaten PACWEST season as attention turns to CCAA National ChampionshipAFTN
Fourteen seasons into his head coaching career at Capilano University Blues and Paul Dailly’s drive for success is as strong as it’s always been. Dailly watched his side lift back to back PACWEST titles at Burnaby Lake on Saturday night, seeing off a spirited fightback by Douglas College Royals before coming away with the 4-2 win.

Golden MarinersPACWEST
The VIU Mariners are the women’s PACWEST Provincial soccer champions after defeating the Douglas Royals 1-0 in the gold medal game Saturday evening.

SFU Women Face Western Washington In GNAC Semifinal ThursdaySFU
Host Simon Fraser clinched a spot in the GNAC Championships for the first time in program history with a 3-1 victory over Northwest Nazarene in the season finale.

Late game heroics push ‘Birds through to final fourUBC
A goal in the 82nd minute from late-game, rookie substitution Mackenzie Cole helped lift the UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team to victory over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Friday night’s 2-1 victory at Thunderbird Stadium advances the T-Birds to the Canada West Final Four next Saturday.

Playing at home in a Canada West home playoff game for the first time since 2007, the Spartans men’s soccer team put on quite a show in front of a boisterous crowd as Trinity Western earned a 3-0 quarter-final win over Mount Royal Saturday at Chase Office Field.

Three-goal second half lifts Vikes over U Sports no. 8 CascadesUVic
For much of the 2016 season, the UFV Cascades have been a team that’s been able to score almost at will. The UVic Vikes, who finished the Canada West regular season ranked ninth in the league with just 15 goals, have not had that luxury.

The No. 2-ranked Trinity Western women’s soccer team tallied two first half goals and that was all it would need as the Spartans knocked off UBC Okanagan 3-0 in the Canada West Play-In Saturday at Chase Office Field. With the win, TWU advances to the Canada West Final Six, which the Spartans will host.

Cascades’ comeback comes up short, Vikes prevail in playoff openerUFV
For the second year in a row, the Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team opened the playoffs with an upset win on the road at the expense of the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.

Dinos knock off Cascades in Canada West men’s soccer quarter-finalsUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end at the hands of the Calgary Dinos, who prevailed 2-0 in the Canada West quarter-finals in Calgary on Saturday afternoon.

Heat eliminated by Alberta in Canada West quarter finals UBCO
The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team’s season is over after a 1-0 loss to the University of Alberta Golden Bears at Foote Field in Edmonton on Saturday afternoon.

Heat women’s soccer denied trip to Select Six with loss to SpartansUBCO
For the first time since their entry into the Canada West the Heat women’s soccer team competed in their first Pacific Division Play-In. With tough competition on the natural turf at Chase Office Field in Langley this Saturday afternoon the Heat were defeated (3-0) to the top seed in the Pacific Division, Trinity Western.

VISL Division 1 Week 7 Results & Standings VISL
This past weekend did not disappoint. Some big results which have obviously affected the standings in our top flight – Division 1.

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.

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
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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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Ryerson, York and U of T all make men’s soccer OUA final fourInside Toronto
And the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final four is being held this weekend in Scarborough at Birchmount Stadium.

CBU soccer women hosting AUS championships, Thursday to SundayCape Breton Post
The Cape Breton University women’s soccer team took care of business on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex by defeating St. Francis Xavier University 3-1 to lock up first place and a bye in the upcoming AUS playoffs.

USports Men’s Soccer RoundupUSports
Results from this weekend’s Men’s Soccer matches in USports.

USports Women’s Soccer Roundup USports
Results from this weekend’s Women’s Soccer matches in USports.

Midfielder Megan Lyons scores winning goal to seal NAIT’s third consecutive women’s championshipEdmonton Sun
A late goal by midfielder Megan Loyns put the most recent triumph into those gaudy totals Sunday by cashing a header with seven minutes remaining, providing the extra touch the Ooks needed for a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Grande Prairie Wolves in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s soccer final on a chill and windy Sunday.

Hurricanes win men’s, women’s soccer titles together for first timePEI Guardian
The Holland College Hurricanes have swept the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) soccer championships for the first time.

2016 Inter-Provincial Cup: Quebec’s CSMRO Griffons PreviewLeague1 Ontario
The 2016 National Division III Championship begins the two-leg series this Saturday November 5 at Terrbonne Sports Complex as champions of Quebec’s PLSQ semi-professional league, CS Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons take on the League1 Ontario champs, Vaughan Azzurri.

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NASL Fall Finale Recap: Championship Field SetEmpire of Soccer
After a contentious race for the fourth and final spot in The Championship, Rayo OKC was finally declared the winner after the New York Cosmos eliminated Minnesota United FC Saturday night with a 1-0 win.

Fury FC edged in final game of the seasonOttawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC closed the chapter on their time in the NASL Saturday afternoon in a chance-filled affair at TD Place. Despite outshooting the opposition 17-8, Fury FC could not beat Strikers keeper Bruno. Brazilian striker Amauri netted his fifth goal of the season to lift Fort Lauderdale to the 1-0 victory to close out the NASL regular season.

OSEG backs winner with Fury FC move to USLCBC
The team announced Wednesday it will be leaving the NASL for the United Soccer League starting in 2017. The move has some fans worried, but most just aren’t sure what to think. If you fall into either of those camps, here’s what you need to know.

Martinez the star once again as Miami FC finishes season with win over rotated Eddies squadthe11.ca
Ariel Martinez is going to join the likes of Tom Heinemann and Dylan Mares on the “guys who always seems to light it up when they play FC Edmonton” club.

Minnesota United FC Bow Out in Final NASL with 1-0 Loss to New York CosmosFifty-Five One
So Long and Thanks for all the Lake Monsters, Nessie… I won’t belabor the game. It was a typical 2016 Minnesota United FC game, with too little effort, too late, players playing out of position, and a defensive miscue that proved the difference.

USL to Move to Three-Substitution Rule in 2017USL
The USL’s five-substitution rule had been a carryover from the league’s history, when due to scheduling and travel teams could play two games in three nights, or even on back-to-back days.

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Manchester City complete unbeaten WSL season with Birmingham drawThe Guardian
Manchester City came from behind to snatch a draw against Birmingham City as the Women’s Super League champions ended the league season unbeaten.

Bristol City and Yeovil victories seal place in FA WSL 1The FA
The Lady Glovers and Bristol City both secured promotion to the top flight while Chelsea sealed a Champions League spot on a packed weekend of action.

Yeovil Town Ladies promotion to women’s football top flight is great for region, not just the clubSomerset Live
Yeovil Town Ladies’ promotion to the top flight of women’s football is not just a great achievement for the club, but the South West as a whole.

Hamilton clinch SWPL 2 on final day as Glasgow City celebrate titleScottish WPL
Hamilton Accies WFC clinched the first ever SWPL 2 title and along with that, promotion to the top tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League in the last match of the 2016 season. Their victory over Buchan Ladies at the Superseal Stadium was enough to see off title rivals Heart of Midlothian and Glasgow Girls.

Westfield W-League season launchedW-League
The stars of the Westfield W-League gathered in Sydney today to launch the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League.

Houston Dash announce offseason loans for Bianca Henninger, Lydia Williams and Stephanie OchsHouston Dynamo
The Houston Dash have announced that goalkeepers Bianca Henninger (Melbourne Victory – Australia), Lydia Williams (Melbourne City FC – Australia) and defender Stephanie Ochs (Canberra United – Australia) will go on loan during the NWSL offseason.

Washington Spirit Re-Signs Defender Whitney ChurchWashington Spirit
The Washington Spirit has signed defender Whitney Church to a new contract for the 2017 NWSL season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

‘One page a week on women’s sport is not going to detract from newspapers’ readership’ The 42
Women’s football is a pillar of the FAI’s strategic plan outlined for the next four years, and Fahy is optimistic that serious strides will have been made by 2020, explaining that there are many more potential stars like Stephanie Roche out there waiting to be discovered by the sporting public at large.

Funding warning for sports governing bodies under new gender diversity codeBBC Sport
Sporting governing bodies must bring in more women or lose public funding, UK Sport and Sport England have warned.

Death threats and football: How Khalida Popal escaped the TalibanCNN
She’s faced death threats, violence and depression, but the former captain of Afghanistan’s women’s football team Khalida Popal refuses to be silenced.

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The Best FIFA Football Awards to crown The Best of 2016 FIFA
The Best FIFA Football Awards will not only be the game’s highest honour for coaches and footballers, but also a celebration in which football fans will play a vital and active part.

Eden Hazard: Chelsea getting back to where they should be after Saints winESPN FC
Eden Hazard has said Chelsea are where they should be after Sunday’s 2-0 win at Southampton moved them into the Premier League’s top four.

More points, more goals, more wins – Liverpool is not just entertaining, it should be fearedSN
What kind of a difference can a year make? How about six positions, nine more points, four more wins and 15 more goals for starters?

Guardiola wants Manchester City to be perfect in crucial Barcelona clash The Guardian
Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City side they will have to play “almost perfectly” on Tuesday if they are not to suffer again at the hands of Barcelona and leave their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages in peril.

Bastian Schweinsteiger returns to Manchester United first team training Vavel
Defender Phil Jones was also spotted back in action while under-23 players Axel Tuanzebe and Joe Riley took part in training on Monday.

Gonzalo Higuaín survives Napoli reunion to give Juventus impetus for ScudettoThe Guardian
Napoli supporters were furious when they lost their talisman to Juventus in the summer but the Old Lady have benefited from Higuaín’s potency ever since.

Bundesliga weekend reviewProst Amerika
The biggest anticipated match was by far the Revierderby between rivals Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. Sadly it did not live up to the hype, but then most matches like these tend not to. So spoils were shared, as were police who monitored every step of the away fans to ensure that they were not attacked in a match that ended 0-0.

Joachim Löw extends contract with Germany by two years until 2020The Guardian
Joachim Löw has signed a contract to manage Germany until after Euro 2020. The 56-year-old has agreed an early two-year extension, meaning he will be in charge for the next two championships. Low succeeded Jürgen Klinsmann in 2006 and led them to World Cup glory in 2014.

Week 11 review: Nice open up six-point leadLigue 1
Nice’s emphatic win over Nantes saw the Ligue 1 leaders’ lead stretch to six points, while PSG, winners over LOSC, drew level with second-placed Monaco following their draw in Saint-Etienne. OL got back to winning ways… just.

Mario Balotelli makes most prolific Ligue 1 start since Zlatan IbrahimovicESPN FC
Nice striker Mario Balotelli has scored six goals in five Ligue 1 games, with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a more prolific start to his Ligue 1 career.

College Soccer Rewind: Maryland edges Michigan, top teams draw, and moreSBI
While No. 1 ranked Maryland was able to get it done on the road in Michigan, a number of top teams settled for draws on this weekend in NCAA men’s college soccer.

Forget big name signings, Sydney FC are greater than the sum of their parts The Guardian
More than just a case of excellent off-season recruitment Sydney FC now look like something they’ve very rarely been over their 12-year history: a team.

Tim Wiese goes from Bundesliga to WWE: ‘I’ve got trash-talking in my blood’The Guardian
The uncompromising former Germany goalkeeper who ‘tried to make people hate me’ is preparing for his first WWE fight.

Manchester United announce global mattress partners, Twitter reactsESPN FC
Indeed, United have signed a five-year deal with U.S. company Mlily to become the club’s official “mattress and pillow partner.” We know what you’re thinking: How did they ever get by without one?

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