WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Fault lines prevent Whitecaps from securing playoff spot in San Jose – AFTN
Expletive. Expletive. Expletive. That was the reaction in AFTN Towers to Kekuta Manneh’s abysmal last second miss. My poor television screen. He didn’t deserve that. It wasn’t his fault. All the blame lies on Manneh for that one.
Whitecaps drop two vital points in San Jose – Eighty-Six Forever
A comedy of second half errors prevented the Vancouver Whitecaps from taking full points from Avaya Stadium as the Blue and White continue to be winless in their last four outings.
Robinson: ‘We won’t point fingers at anyone’ – Whitecaps FC
“The two moments are the key moments in the game,” Carl Robinson admitted to Vancouver’s TSN 1410 radio after the match. “Most key moments in games decide games. Disappointed we are, but we won’t point fingers at anyone.”
Playoff position on hold as Whitecaps draw with San Jose – Red Nation Online
This weekend was a huge opportunity for all three Canadian MLS teams to clinch a 2015 MLS playoff spot. Vancouver had the easier of routes as they controlled their own destiny requiring only a win away to the San Jose Earthquakes. Toronto and Montreal both need help. Carl Robinson and his players never seem to have an easy time in San Jose and that continued on this occasion.
Trio of Whitecaps Called Up to Canadian Men’s National Team – Eighty-Six Forever
Three young Whitecaps are heading to the Canadian Men’s National Team for an International friendly against Ghana on October 13th. Sam Adekugbe, Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese-all Whitecaps Residency graduates- have gotten the call from team Head Coach Benito Floro. The match is going in Washington, DC.
Seattle Sounders 1, LA Galaxy 1 | MLS Match Recap – MLS
The Seattle Sounders got a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer from Chad Barrett, and were able to salvage an improbable 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.
LA Galaxy feel they “should have won,” not celebrating clinching playoff spot – MLS
The LA Galaxy had been gifted a first-half goal, and were doing well repelling a Seattle Sounders attack that had them on their heels throughout the second half. It was an effort that appeared enough for a tight victory in Saturday night’s critical Western Conference showdown in front of 56,097 at CenturyLink Field.
Western Conference playoff picture still muddled after Saturday’s matches – Goal
Saturday could have been moving day in the Western Conference in some respects. Two big showdowns, one between the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps, and another featuring the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City, could well have cleared up the playoff picture out West.
Timbers fall to seventh place in the west with “devastating” loss – Prost Amerika
We’ve reached the time of the season when, with both recent and not-so-recent results weighing on the team, both the team and some among the fan base are counting points and mapping routes into the playoffs. Soccer math.
NYCFC playoff hopes barely intact after ‘shattering’ loss – Empire of Soccer
New York City FC’s playoff chances are barely existent after their stoppage-time loss to D.C. United.
Toronto edges nearer to first playoff berth; D.C. clinches postseason place – ESPN FC
With just three weeks left to go in the regular season, the MLS playoff picture is finally beginning to take shape.
Impact remains in playoff hunt despite 2-1 loss to Orlando City – Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact missed their chance to lock up a playoff spot on Saturday. The Impact, who needed a win to clinch, dropped a 2-1 decision to Orlando City, but retained their hold of sixth place and the final playoff position with four games to go.
Real Salt Lake relieved to keep MLS Cup Playoff hopes alive after slow start in Colorado – MLS
Real Salt Lake may have lost the Rocky Mountain Cup, but they kept their playoff hopes alive on Sunday night.
Oyongo and Venegas receive international call-ups – Montreal Impact
They will respectively play for Cameroon and Costa Rica in international matchups .
MLS, FOX Sports Latin America announce partnership to broadcast live games in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean – MLS
Major League Soccer announced on Monday that it has partnered with leading sports broadcaster FOX Sports Latin America to televise live league matches in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, with the exception of Brazil.
Soccer’s doping problem and its ramifications on Major League Soccer – MLS Multiplex
A cursory glance on the league’s website provides little to no insight into league policy. The league does have to test players according to FIFA bylaws but those rules very open to interpretation. It is also hard to take FIFA seriously when they mention in their own report that their is no way to perform tests on players when they are out of competition.
Former MLS keeper Josh Lambo kicks Chargers to win while Broncos edge Vikings – The Guardian
A former FC Dallas back-up goalkeeper was the unlikely hero for the San Diego Chargers as they beat the Cleveland Browns 30-27 in one of a number of thrilling games on Sunday afternoon.
BC SOCCER NEWS
SFU Upsets No. 7 Seattle Pacific 1-0 – SFU
Simon Fraser University upset nationally ranked and previously unbeaten Seattle Pacific Falcons 1-0 Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer game on Terry Fox Field.
Cascades rebound from first loss with dominating win over Cougars – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team bounced back in a big way after their first loss of the season, blitzing the Mount Royal Cougars 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Calgary.
T-Birds earn second straight 2-0 shutout – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team secured a second straight win against the UNBC Timberwolves (1-7) on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 final in Prince George, B.C.
1-1 Draw at Trinity Western on Saturday – UBCO
A successful weekend on the road send the Heat home with a win and a draw over their Lower Mainland foes. Host TRU this Friday night at 7 p.m.
Cascades erase two-goal deficit, earn draw with WolfPack – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit to gain a point against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday night at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
UBC wins sixth straight match – UBC
The No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds scored three times in the second half to beat the Saskatchewan Huskies 4-1 on Saturday night in Vancouver.
T-wolves fit to be tied in Dino deadlock – Prince George Citizen
When you’re the winless UNBC Timberwolves and you finish deadlocked with the first-place Calgary Dinos. UNBC’s 1-1 CIS Canada West Conference tie with the Dinos on a sunny Sunday at North Cariboo Field was a fitting tribute to four T-wolves veterans in the last home game of their university careers.
T-birds improve their view at the top – Prince George Citizen
There’s no denying it, the UBC Thunderbirds are the most successful men’s soccer team in CIS history. Since the league began in 1972, no other team has won 12 CIS titles. With four championships and five final appearances since 2004, UBC is a perennial powerhouse and this year’s edition is no exception.
Thunderbirds swap doubleheader in Prince George – Canada West
Six points is six points, no matter how you get them. The UNBC Timberwolves never relented against the CIS No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds, but it still wasn’t enough as the Thunderbirds left Prince George with a 2-0 victory and a sweep of the weekend doubleheader.
Timberwolves draw with Dinos – Canada West
Jordan Hall turned in a sensational performance in goal as the UNBC Timberwolves battled the Calgary Dinos to a 0-0 draw in Prince George. The fifth-year keeper, playing in her final home game as a Timberwolf, made 12 shots on 19 Calgary attempts to grab a point for UNBC on Sunday.
Clan Falls 3-1 to Concordia – SFU
On Saturday afternoon, Simon Fraser University found themselves on the losing end of a 3-1 decision against the Concordia Cavaliers in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer game, dropping their record to 4-2-2 overall.
Port Moody Gunners undefeated in weekend matches – Tri City News
Jeff Rogers netted two goals for the Port Moody Gunners in a 3-1 victory over Coastal FC in premier division soccer last weekend. Russ Huggon was the first to get his team on the board, but Coastal quickly replied with a goal of their own to tie things at 1-1.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. CUBA
4:00 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
(TV: TLN, LIVESTREAM: CANADASOCCER.COM)
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada M23 wins three points over Panama – CSA
Canada Men’s U-23 Team picked up three points through a 3:1 win over Panama on their second day of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kansas. With the win, Canada moved up into second place in Group A behind leaders USA, the perfect hosts who have six points after two matches.
Olympic qualifying: Canada’s offence covers for its worrying fullback play – the11.ca
Canada went into halftime of Saturday’s game with a 2-0 lead. Panama was down to 10 men, as forward Carlos Small decided to elbow Anthony Jackson-Hamel in the head for what appeared to be no reason at all.
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 4 – Soccer America
Mexico and Honduras clinched berths in the semifinals of the Concacaf Olympic men’s qualifying tournament with their second wins on Sunday at the StubHub Center. Canada, a 3-1 winner over Panama, is in line to join the USA as the second Group A team in the semifinals.
Canada roster shows growing depth of player pool – Waking the Red
Benito Floro has spent the early years on the job with Canada doing the thankless job of trying to find anyone capable of contribution to his squad. He has searched high and low to try to expand the player pool at his disposal and while it has not led to him discovering many diamonds in the rough or really growing the player pool he cannot be faulted for not looking under just about every rock imaginable to improve the Canadian Men’s National Team.
Aboriginal soccer hero honoured in new memorial tournament – CBC
Inaugural Harry Manson Legacy tourney connects aboriginal, non-aboriginal and homeless soccer players.
Inaugural Futsal Canadian Championship to be played this October – CSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the introduction of a Futsal Canadian Championship for senior men’s clubs, with the inaugural edition set to be played this 10-11 October 2015 in Montreal, Quebec.
NASL & USL NEWS
Eddies concede 2-0 decision to Fury FC – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (9W-7D-10L) suffered their first defeat in five matches in the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, Oct. 4, dropping a 2-0 decision to Ottawa Fury FC (13W-9D-4L). Ottawa sealed a playoff spot with the Sunday win in front of 6,050 fans at TD Place.
Ubiparipovic’s brace helps Fury beat Eddies, clinch NASL post-season spot – the11.ca
The Ottawa Fury clinched a spot in the NASL post-season. FC Edmonton couldn’t gain any ground in its heated battle for a post-season berth.
Injury Scare: Raul subbed off vs. Atlanta with ankle issue – Empire of Soccer
Quietly, Raul has enjoyed a healthy and productive season with the New York Cosmos. On Sunday afternoon, however, that run of form took a bad turn.
USL Playoffs Review: Energy FC Earns Shootout Victory – USL
OKC Energy FC claimed a victory in the first contest of the 2015 USL Playoffs to go to a penalty shootout, and as a result will host the Western Conference Final next Sunday. Sunday night’s contest capped a thrilling second weekend of action in the USL postseason, with four teams now in contention for the 2015 USL Championship.
USL Announcement: Austin Aztex Will Not Participate in 2016 – Austin Aztex
The United Soccer League announced today that it had granted permission for the Austin Aztex to not participate in the 2016 season due to the unavailability of a stadium that meets league standards and the unforeseen delays in the development of a soccer-specific stadium in Austin. The Aztex will resume play in the 2017 season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies 4-0 Sunderland Ladies – BBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies became Women’s Super League 1 champions for the first time and completed a domestic double by beating Sunderland.
Kirby double rides Chelsea to FAWSL title – The Equalizer
Chelsea Ladies defeated routed Sunderland, 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to wrap up their first FAWSL title a year after being denied on the final match day. Fran Kirby scored twice while Ji So Yun and Gemma Davison also scored in front of 2,710 at Wheatsheaf Park that included men’s captain John Terry.
Women’s Super League One: Clubs enjoy record attendances – BBC Sport
Women’s Super League One crowds have seen a major increase from last season, the Football Association has announced.
Hope Solo again will face charges after reversal of earlier court decision – ESPN W.
Hope Solo, the star goalie who led the U.S. soccer team to the Women’s World Cup title in July, will again face domestic violence charges after a Washington state appeals court on Friday reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a case in which she was alleged to have beaten up her nephew and half-sister.
What of the NWSL and Bundesliga? – The First Eleven
Did the NWSL have more TV viewership than the Bundesliga in the U.S. this year?
The NWSL Is Here To Stay – Vavel
The 2015 NWSL season has just finished and it was by far their most successful season in three years. It appears that the league will last longer than its predecessors.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool part company at the right time given issues – ESPN FC
The fact that Liverpool parted company with Brendan Rodgers shortly after Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby was perhaps a little surprising, but it really shouldn’t have been. He has been on borrowed time for several weeks and while a point at Goodison Park is not a bad result, the performance once again left much to be desired.
Liverpool confident of Klopp appointment – Goal
The Reds want the former Borussia Dortmund manager to replace Brendan Rodgers and hope to have their new coach in place before they face Tottenham on Oct. 17.
Brendan Rodgers’s sacking by Liverpool is inherently sad if you care about British football – The Telegraph
First David Moyes. Now Brendan Rodgers. Maybe neither manager was right for Manchester United and Liverpool but their sackings are significant blows for the hopes of British coaches to land the top jobs in this country.
A BPL performance for the ages by Aguero – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…
Juventus end Serie A woe with Bologna win but Allegri still has issues – ESPN FC
At long last, Juventus won their first Serie A home match of the season and seem to slowly be recovering their edge, following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bologna.
Russian football club apologizes for fans’ racist chants – Toronto Star
Russian football club Lokomotiv Moscow issued an apology Friday after its fans chanted discriminatory slogans during a Europa League game.
Blatter rejects US sponsors’ calls to step down immediately – Inside World Football
Sepp Blatter has rejected the demands of a string of FIFA’s front-line US sponsors to step down immediately in the wake of the deepening corruption crisis, saying to do so would not help the beleagured organisation.
Ched Evans’ rape conviction goes to appeal court – BBC
Footballer Ched Evans is to have his rape conviction reviewed by the Court of Appeal. The Wales football international was jailed for five years in 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel near Rhyl.
‘We could be the second Argentina’: Tom Dooley on coaching the Philippines – The Guardian
Late November 2014 in Manila and most television screens at Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar are showing NBA games but there are a couple in the corner broadcasting the Philippines national soccer team taking on Vietnam. The situation would surely be reversed should the Philippines make it to the 2018 World Cup and while Russia may be a long shot, the team is going places under former USA international Tom Dooley.