COLUMBUS CREW SC 1 WHITECAPS FC 3
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
MAPFRE STADIUM, COLUMBUS, OH.
How the ‘Caps can clinch a CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final berth – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Tuesday night in Kansas City (5 p.m. PT on CONCACAF Facebook page) – and there’s a quarter-final berth on the line.
Whitecaps bounce back with win over Crew – Red Nation Online
A ninety minute storm delay proved to be the tonic for the Vancouver Whitecaps struggling offense as they earned an important 3-1 victory over the beleaguered Columbus Crew before 15,589 rain-soaked spectators at MAPFRE Stadium.
Whitecaps FC weather the storm, earn crucial 3-1 road win over Columbus Crew SC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9W-13L-7D) weathered the storm on Saturday night at Mapfre Stadium – literally and figuratively – defeating Columbus Crew SC (5W-11L-11D) 3-1 after a 90-minute weather delay and early Ola Kamara goal.
Crew cut down by three goal Whitecaps but let’s not get too carried away – AFTN
“It’s getting to the stage that both teams need to win”. That was Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson’s take heading in to Saturday’s match in Columbus against a Crew side sitting bottom of the East.
Whitecaps 3, Crew 1: Miserable losing streak finally comes to an end – The Province
Andrew Jacobson, a bit of luck and a great save from David Ousted breathed life into the Whitecaps’ fading playoff hopes Saturday in Columbus.
Kamara scores early, Crew SC falls to Vancouver – Columbus Crew
After a 90-minute rain delay, Columbus Crew SC fell to the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, on Saturday evening in front of 15,589 supporters at MAPFRE Stadium.
Whitecaps’ Hurtado happy to get the monkey off his back – The Province
“(We’re) right back in the playoff push,” said Erik Hurtado who, speaking of breaks, missed the target on seven tries against New York and then had a rebound fall to his feet two yards from goal on Saturday. He banged it in for the 3-1 goal, his first MLS tally since Sept. 13, 2014.
Whitecaps hit a home run! – Soccer Shorts
In the interests of clarity I should point out that I didn’t see the second half of the Whitecaps game against the Columbus Crew as it happened due to the unforeseen circumstance of going to watch the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park (a stadium by the way with surprisingly poor and sparse concession stands in the upper tiers).
All about that pace: Kekuta Manneh the fastest MLS player in FIFA 17 – Whitecaps FC
EA SPORTS continued their rating reveal for FIFA 17 today with a list of the top 20 fastest players in the new game, which is set to be released on September 27. Unsurprisingly, Kekuta Manneh made the list. Again.
MLS Week 27 Recap, Highlights: Shield race tightens, more – Empire of Soccer
Week 27 of the Major League Soccer season had all the narratives you could want. Three games were decided in stoppage time. Two of the league’s best teams faced off in Dallas. And a certain legend took the field once more.
Donovan returns in time to see Dos Santos fill the void he left behind – Goal
Giovani dos Santos stole the show on the day Landon Donovan made his return from retirement in the LA Galaxy’s statement victory.
Landon Donovan joins the great US tradition of the sporting comeback – The Guardian
Plus: Jozy Altidore playing the soccer of his life; Playoff picture shapes up; Fixture congestion takes toll on FC Dallas; The Whitecaps’ lifeline.
MLS: BWP breaks one record, Wondo extends another – Soccer America
Bradley Wright-Phillips broke one MLS scoring record he shared with Chris Wondolowski, and Wondo extended another record as both players scored in MLS games over the weekend. With six weeks left in the regular season, another record could be broken.
Quakes tailspin continues, manage only a draw with Sounders at Avaya – Prost Amerika
In front of a supposed sellout crowd, the San Jose Earthquakes could only muster a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders, continuing their malaise and casting further doubt in playoff hopes.
Marsch still “Glass Half Full” after another late-game collapse – Empire of Soccer
“I’m still very glass half full,” said Marsch in the post game press conference following his team’s 2-2 draw to DC United. “This is a good team. The frustration of giving some late leads will continue to reinforce certain things with mentality. We’re making it hard on ourselves and we’re going to get there the hard way.”
Orlando City point to fatigue, road mileage after dispiriting loss at LA – MLS
Orlando City SC faced a tough task on the end of a two-game, cross-continental road trip on Sunday night, facing the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center four days after a confident 4-1 midweek win at Montreal.
Timbers hold the line, defeat RSL 1-0 – Prost Amerika
The Portland Timbers celebrated their 100th sellout with a wild 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake thanks to a first half goal by Fanendo Adi who continues to torment the Utah side with seven goals in seven matches. With the win, the Timbers improve their chances of making the postseason with five games. San Jose (32 points entering the day) and Seattle (31), Portland’s closest threats, drew 1-1 causing both sides to lose ground in the chase to catch Portland. Portland, now at 38 points, remains one back of Sporting Kansas City (39).
Union frustrated with dropping points at home again – SBI
The look on the faces of the Philadelphia Union players after their 1-1 draw with Montreal said it all. The Union were frustrated with conceding an 88th-minute equalizer and a potential penalty call that wasn’t given in their favor in the middle of the second half.
Impact isn’t looking like a playoff team – Montreal Gazette
Mauro Biello’s nerves had probably settled down by the time the Impact arrived back in Montreal following Saturday night’s 1-1 tie with the Union in Philadelphia.
Eastern Conference Becoming a Three Horse Race, With Toronto FC in the Lead – Waking the Red
With a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire last night, and some other results going their way yesterday and today, Toronto FC is once again the top team in the East. This time, they will be looking to hold on to that lead for the rest of the season.
NYCFC lack in creativity, desire in New England loss – Empire of Soccer
Patrick Vieira and the rest of his New York City FC squad had been expecting to run into a more confident New England Revolution. They did – and then were steamrolled, losing 3–1 on a whopping 12 shots on goal.
Soccer power couple Dom Dwyer, Sydney Leroux welcome new son Cassius Cruz – MLS
The Sporting Kansas City forward and his wife, US women’s national team and FC Kansas City striker Sydney Leroux, welcomed their first son into the world one day after Dwyer scored against the Houston Dynamo at Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night.
Whitecaps FC to host charity alumni match on September 24 – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club will host its second annual alumni match at BC Place on Saturday, September 24 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. PT.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Gorge Soccer kicks off 60th anniversary celebrations – Saanich News
After a strong 60 years, the Gorge Soccer Association is ready to celebrate as it remains one of the biggest clubs in town.
TWU Spartans’ soccer tops Pacific Division, SFU soccer, volleyball primed for GNAC start – The Province
The Trinity Western Spartans opened this past week ranked among the CIS’ Top 10 men’s soccer programs for the first time in four seasons.
Cascades limit No. 2-ranked T-Birds to scoreless draw – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team earned a point on the road against the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, fashioning a scoreless draw against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday evening at Thunderbird Stadium.
Cascades break through with 4-0 road win over Huskies – UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team earned its first conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon, blitzing the Saskatchewan Huskies 4-0.
Pringle plays hero as Clan topples Toros in extra time – SFU
In a battle of previously undefeated teams, the SFU Clan women’s soccer team (2-0-1) emerged the victor on Saturday, taking down the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros (3-1-0) 1-0 in extra time.
Clan stays perfect with 2-0 win over Notre Dame de Namur – SFU
Newly minted as the No. 6-ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s soccer, the SFU Clan (3-0) lived up to that billing on Saturday. Pitted against the Notre Dame de Namur University Argonauts (1-3), the Clan got goals from captain Ryan Dhillon and sophomore midfielder Kyle Jones en route to a decisive 2-0 win.
SPARTANS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO THREE WITH WIN OVER COUGARS – TWU
The No. 4 ranked Trinity Western Spartans made is a clean sweep of their road trip to Saskatchewan with a 1-0 victory over the Regina Cougars Sunday afternoon at the U of R Field in Regina. The victory keeps the Spartans perfect at 3-0-0, while the loss drops the Cougars to 0-1-1.
SPARTANS GET FIRST WIN IN VICTORIA OVER VIKES SINCE 2009 – TWU
Elie Gindo (Langley, B.C.) scored the game winner in the 76th minute as the Trinity Western Spartans defeated the Victoria Vikes 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Centennial Stadium in Victoria. The victory improves the No. 8 Spartans to 5-1 on the Season, while the loss drops the Vikes to 1-3 in Canada West play.
NO. 8 SPARTANS FALL TO NO. 2 THUNDERBIRDS – TWU
The No. 8 Trinity Western men’s soccer team lost for the first time this season, as the Spartans dropped a 3-0 decision against No. 2 UBC Friday at Thunderbird Stadium.
Vikes battle but fall 2-1 to Trinity Western – UVic
Noah Pawlowski performed heroics in the Vikes net, and the team battled right up until the final whistle but in the end the Vikes fell 2-1 to the Trinity Western Spartans September 10, at Centennial Stadium.
Vikes win by one over Mount Royal, record two wins on the weekend – UVic
The UVic women’s soccer team completed their perfect weekend Saturday, September 10, with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars at Centennial Stadium.
Vikes win home opener, defeat Fraser Valley 2-1 – UVic
The night started with skydivers and ended with a victory. The Victoia Vikes men’s soccer team took care of business in front of over 3,000 fans, beating the Fraser Valley Cascades 2-1 September 9 at Centennial Stadium.
Thunderbirds can’t finish chances in scoreless draw versus MacEwan – UBC
Saturday evening marked the first-ever Canada West contest between the No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team (1-0-2) and the visiting MacEwan Griffins (0-1-1). Despite out-shooting MacEwan 16-2, UBC was unable to generate a goal and ended the match with their second scoreless draw of the season.
High scoring No. 9 Dinos too much on offense for Heat – UBCO
The Heat fall for the first time in 2016 losing to the University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team 6-2 on Sunday at West Varsity Pitch, the Dinos extend their perfect start to the season.
Glanville: On Fire In Second Half But WolfPack Fall To UNBC – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack rallied from a 3-0 deficit but couldn’t come all the way back as they fell to the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves 3-2 in Canada West play on Saturday at Hillside Stadium.
WolfPack Women’s Soccer Suffer Set Back At Hands Of Dinos – TRU
The TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team kicked off its 2016 Canada West season on the road in Calgary and were handed a 10-0 setback at the hands of the #9 ranked team in the CIS top 10 rankings.
Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 – Canada 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 Review – BCSA
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 Mandate – BCSA
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
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
CIS Men’s Soccer monday roundup – CIS
Playing in their first home game of the season, the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s soccer team came back from two goals down in the second half but had their home opener spoiled by the CIS fourth ranked Alberta Golden Bears with a 3-2 loss.
CIS Women’s Soccer monday roundup – CIS
The Cape Breton University Women Capers defeated the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in front of 250 at CBU Field in Sydney. The highly anticipated home opener kicked off the defending AUS champions 2016 Atlantic University Sport soccer season.
Gerry Dobson steps away as voice of soccer in Canada – Toronto Star
Saturday morning TV watching at our home fell into one of two camps: cartoons or Gerry.
Why isn’t Atiba Hutchinson a household name in Canada? – Sportsnet
It takes a very special player to draw the attention of Arsene Wenger. You need only look at the long list of stars who have played for him at Arsenal—one that includes Thierry Henry—to understand that the legendary French manager is an astute evaluator of talent. So when Wenger praised Atiba Hutchinson after the Canadian midfielder, playing for Turkish club Besiktas, terrorized Arsenal in a 2014 Champions League qualifying match, you knew he was the real deal.
Ottawa Gloucester Celtic win 2016 Ontario Cup men’s championship – CSA
Ottawa Gloucester Celtic won the 2016 Ontario Cup men’s championship after a 1:0 victory over Caledon FC. It marked the second time in four years that the Ottawa-based club beat Caledon FC in the provincial final, with the 2013 national champions earning a spot at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy finals in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador.
Scarborough GS United win fourth Ontario Cup women’s title – CSA
Scarborough GS United won the 2016 Ontario Cup women’s championship, their record fourth-consecutive title to qualify for the Sport Chek National Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. Scarborough GS United won the Ontario Cup final 5:2 over Vaughan Azzurri at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Sigma Wins Mississauga Derby 2-1 And Returns To Top Of West Division – League1 Ontario
Sigma FC were able to regain a slim lead at the top of the League1 Ontario western division after a 2-1 matchweek twenty win over rivals North Mississauga Panthers.
PHOTOS: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Canada 3 El Salvador 1, September 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 0 COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS 2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
10-men Whitecaps FC 2 fall to playoff-bound Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 (11W-8L-9D) will have to wait another week to clinch a spot in the USL Playoffs after going down to 10 men and suffering a 2-0 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (13W-8L-7D) on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.
Switchbacks defeat leaves WFC2 with “two big games ahead of us” if they are to claim a home playoff tie – AFTN
Missing a number of players to suspension, injury, and first team duty, it was always going to be a hard ask for a young and fairly inexperienced WFC2 side as they hosted third placed Colorado Spring Switchbacks at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Vercollone, Switchbacks Book Postseason Berth – USL
Luke Vercollone scored both goals as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC took a 2-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and claimed a place in the 2016 USL Playoffs at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
New York Red Bulls II set a new points record in USL – Once a Metro
The USL regular season title has been claimed, and NYRB II is now working its way toward a string of USL regular season records.
FC Cincinnati Dispatches Playoff Hopeful Wilmington – Orange & Blue Press
FC Cincinnati made progress toward improving their playoff seeding with a 2-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads on Sunday.
Match Recap: Toronto FC II vs. Orlando City B – Toronto FC
A come from behind victory saw the Young Reds close out their 2016 home schedule on a high note. Shaan Hundal and Ricardo John would both find the back of the Lions net to lead the Reds to victory.
Miami FC goes into blustery Edmonton and receives two gifts from the Eddies – the11.ca
The mercury sat at the 5 C mark, with wintery winds whipping across Clarke Field. Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta, thanks to injuries and immigration-paperwork woes, had to juggle his lineup.
Cosmos’ Maurer Gives Best Performance of Year in Minnesota Win – Empire of Soccer
Jimmy Maurer picked an excellent time to have his best performance of the year. His heroics in the second half on Saturday night allowed the New York Cosmos to survive a late barrage and ride out a 1-0 win over the potent Minnesota United FC. In Maurer’s eyes, Saturday’s match was just his way of paying back his teammates for keeping the Fort Lauderdale Strikers out of his end of the field entirely in last week’s draw.
Nashville USL to play as Nashville Soccer Club – USL
Owners of Nashville’s United Soccer League franchise announced Friday that the club will be named Nashville Soccer Club, or Nashville SC.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Rewind: One playoff spot is still up for grabs – Soccer America
The NWSL again breaks for the FIFA women’s international calendar and returns the weekend of Sept. 24-25 for the final game of the regular season.
Thorns secure home semi; Flash don’t clinch – The Equalizer
The Portland Thorns clinched home field advantage in the NWSL semifinals after besting the Western New York Flash 3-2 in front of a record-equaling crowd; the match was also showcased on Fox Sports 1. Western New York and Seattle continue to be the contenders for the remaining playoff spot.
Reign FC grab 3 big points from the visiting Washington Spirit – Prost Amerika
NWSL season 4 hit the home stretch with drama and meaningful games. Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns were playing for the NWSL Shield, home field for the semifinals, and seeding. Chicago needed any positive result to clinch a playoff spot. Western New York was in the same spot as Chicago. Seattle simply needed to win and get help.
Reign captain Winters to retire at end of NWSL season – The Equalizer
Seattle Reign FC captain Keelin Winters will retire at season’s end, the club announced on Saturday. Winters, 27, has worn the armband for Seattle since the team’s inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2013.
Who can qualify for Women’s EURO this week? – UEFA
Who can join the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, Norway, Spain and Switzerland in the finals after the last group qualifiers running from Thursday? We explain.
Manchester City Women close in on FA WSL 1 title with Arsenal win – The FA
Manchester City moved a step closer to lifting The FA Women’s Super League trophy after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win at Arsenal.
Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City: The title will come when it comes, says Nick Cushing – Vavel
Speaking to VAVEL UK after City’s win over Arsenal in the WSL yesterday, Nick Cushing praised his team’s defensive efforts, and looked ahead as his team edge closer to the title.
WSL 2 – Week 13 Round-up: Title race tightens up – Vavel
Bristol, Durham, Sheffield, Everton and London Bees all secured wins over a busy weekend of WSL action.
Abby Wambach: I abused alcohol, prescription drugs for years – Yahoo Sports
Abby Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years until her arrest for driving under the influence in April.
NCAA: Stirring upsets by South Alabama and Georgetown shake up the national scene – ESPN W.
What went down in the fourth week of college soccer? The aim each week is to bring you five stories that defined the week in college soccer or help navigate the long road to Cary, North Carolina, and the Women’s College Cup.
#SWPL16 – Game 16 Round up – Scottish WPL
SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City produced a stunning performance to beat Celtic 5-0 and remain on course to win their tenth title in a row.
Shelbourne LFC, Wexford Youths, Peamount United, and Kilkenny United Advance to Continental Tyres Senior Cup Semi-Finals – Continental Tyres WNL
Over the weekend, the Continental Tyres Senior Cup Quarter Finals took place. Wexford Youths Women’s FC, Peamount United, Kilkenny United, and Shelbourne Ladies Football Club all advanced to the Semi-Finals.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
City extends straight wins by taking Manchester derby – Toronto Star
2-1 win for Manchester City was resumption of often-feisty rivalry between managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola: City not good enough to win titles yet – Goal
Pep Guardiola does not want the glow of derby success to cause Manchester City to lose focus in Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Manchester United defender Shaw adds to Mourinho’s problems after derby defeat – Manchester Evening News
Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw is a doubt for the game against Feyenoord in Holland on Thursday.
How will Ligue 1 clubs fare in this season’s Champions League? – Ligue 1
Ligue 1’s three Champions League representatives begin their European campaigns this week. David Crossan assesses the chances of Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais.
Francesco Totti emerges from Roma rain to cast more sunshine on career – The Guardian
Just two weeks from his 40th birthday the evergreen forward added another chapter to his storied career during a storm-interrupted match against Sampdoria
Man United become first UK club to earn over half a billion pounds in a year – ESPN FC
United have taken a record profit of £68m and in the process have become the first UK club to earn over half a billion pounds in a single year. However, that figure is short of the £570m in annual revenue that Barcelona announced in July.
Manchester United write off Bastian Schweinsteiger as £6.7m player asset – The Guardian
Manchester United have been forced to write off £6.7m as a player asset for Bastian Schweinsteiger following José Mourinho’s exclusion of the World Cup winner from his squad.
Crystal Palace confirms Souare hospitalized following car crash – Goal
Pape Souare is in a London hospital after being involved in a traffic accident over the weekend.
Mario Balotelli begins comeback to relevance with two goals on Nice debut – Fox Sports
All eyes were in southern France Sunday, as Mario Balotelli became Nice’s latest player reborn. Last season it was Hatem Ben Arfa, whose 17 goals earned him a move to PSG. And even though coach Lucien Favre said Balotelli might not even make the bench for the derby against Marseille, he started–and starred in a dramatic 3-2 win.
Liverpool move ‘worst mistake of my life’: Balotelli – Yahoo Sports
Striker Mario Balotelli described his spell with Liverpool as ‘the worst mistake of my life’ after he scored twice in his Ligue 1 debut with Nice on Sunday.
West Ham feeling far from home after London Stadium teething problems – The Guardian
From arguments over supporters standing up to the distance between the seats and the pitch, West Ham’s move from Upton Park has so far failed to inspire.
Shanghai SIPG coach Sven-Goran Eriksson: We can reach ACL semifinals – ESPN FC
Sven-Goran Eriksson believes his Shanghai SIPG side can book a place in the semifinals of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday despite being without striker Elkeson through suspension.
Scottish football: Rangers, Stuart Armstrong, Steven MacLean, Jonny Hayes, Hearts – BBC Sport
Rangers have had a painful reality check and those who reckon they can compete for anything other than runners-up spot in the Scottish Premiership are deluding themselves.
College Soccer Weekend Rewind: UNC tops Clemson, Notre Dame and Syracuse roll on, and more – SBI
North Carolina shut out No. 5 Clemson, 1-0, in Chapel Hill. With three minute remaining, Zach Wright scored his second goal of the year to secure the win for the Tar Heels. North Carolina’s win over Clemson keeps the Tar Heels perfect at 4-0 with a +8 goal differential.
Brazil, Barcelona star Neymar to launch music career – NBC Sports
The 24-year-old forward will release his first single as a musician this Wednesday and it will be available via his personal Facebook page.