BC Soccer News, Monday, September 25, 2017




MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 1, September 23, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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Reyntero becomes “It” combo as Whitecaps take down the RapidsAFTN
Led by the dynamic combo of Yordy Reyna and Fredy Montero, the Whitecaps have collected 10 of a possible 12 points in those four games and have extended their unbeaten streak to seven (5 wins, 2 draws), extending their lead at the top of the Western Conference to four points.

Reyna scores again as Whitecaps down Rapids to stretch lead atop MLS WestThe Province
Reyna scored once and set up another as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the lowly Colorado Rapids 2-1 to expand their lead to four points atop Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.

Whitecaps continue to roll with win over RapidsRed Nation Online
Whitecaps FC concluded a four-match home-stand with a 2-1 win over the floundering Colorado Rapids.

Vancouver Whitecaps have just enough sting to shoot down the RapidsSoccer Shorts
What should have been a comfortable game of football was transposed into an edgy encounter for those both on and off the pitch.

Under the radar? ‘Caps ‘don’t care’ Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended their lead at the top of the Western Conference standings to four points, with five matches remaining, following a hard-fought 2-1 win over the last-place Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Saturday evening.

How the West Was WonEighty-Six Forever
With a month left in the 2017 MLS season, who wins the Western Conference could come down to this week, as the Vancouver Whitecaps travel to chasers Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.

MLS Week 29: Atlanta wins again, Minnesota comes backUS Soccer Players
Week 29 of the 2017 Major League Soccer season saw MLS making a big national television play. Their broadcast partner Fox put two games on their national over-air schedule, though that didn’t mean national coverage. Due to NFL commitments, the MLS games were market-dependent with plenty of parts of the country opting to show the late game between Atlanta United and Montreal.

MLS Week 29: What We LearnedEmpire of Soccer
The playoff races in Major League Soccer heated up over the weekend as summer kept its grip on much of the country. The top teams from each conference from a year ago are both mired in deep slumps. That’s where we’ll start .

MLS MVP? Portland Timbers’ Diego Valeri sets loftier goalsMLS
Chants of “MVP” cascaded throughout Providence Park when Diego Valeri was presented with his log slabs following the Timbers 3-0 defeat of Orlando City SC Sunday night.

Atlanta United continues to dominate at home with win over ImpactSBI
Another week, another home win for Atlanta United. Hector Villalba and Jeff Larentowicz scored in either half, sealing a 2-0 home victory over the Montreal Impact. With the win, Atlanta United is now 4-0-1 in the newly-opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Impact’s loss in Atlanta an emotional blow to teamMontreal Gazette
The Impact’s hopes of making the MLS playoffs suffered another blow Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to Atlanta United in front of 43,502 fans at the spectacular new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Toronto FC’s worst week of the season was a price worth payingWaking the Red
It only took four days for Toronto FC to go from ‘best MLS team ever’ to ‘not so hot without Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore’.

Revolution beat Toronto: new era or false hope?Prost Amerika
The New England Revolution started a new era, sans Jay Heaps, as well as could have been expected, grabbing a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in interim coach Tom Soehn’s first game at the helm.

NYCFC Held at Home on the RoadEmpire of Soccer
They tried to make Pratt & Whitney Stadium as much like Yankee Stadium as possible, but New York City FC never looked quite at home Saturday afternoon.

Loons Burn FC Dallas 4-1Fifty Five One
Minty-fresh off an inspiring come-from-behind win in Montreal, Minnesota United met an FC Dallas team in an unprecedented slump in MLS on Saturday. The Loons again conceded early, but came from behind in an impressive and dominant 4-1 win.

FC Dallas – Scratching the Chalkboard: Who’s to blame? Big D Soccer
If you’re at a loss of words for what’s happening, you are not alone. I’ve loosely followed this league since 1996 and I cannot recall a team with this much talent, this much promise completely collapse in this fashion. Yes, we’ve seen teams swing from season to season (let me present Exhibit A: the Colorado Rapids of 2016 and 2017). But never, have I seen a team go from the best in the league to the worse in the same season without some kind of major injury or absence from a player.

Landon Donovan says LA Galaxy don’t “look like they have a real plan”MLS
Landon Donovan didn’t mince any words in the FOX broadcast booth when analyzing the situation of his former club, the LA Galaxy, during the broadcast of their Week 29 match at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The former Galaxy legend was critical of what he felt was the LA Galaxy’s lack of vision during what has been a difficult rebuilding season in 2017.

Around The League: Columbus Crew’s Ola Kamara feels MLS “fits me well” as he continues to shineAFTN
Not many will have heard of Norwegian striker Ola Kamara when Columbus Crew brought him to MLS in February of 2016. That certainly wasn’t to be the case by the end of the season, where he finished as the league’s fifth highest scorer, and the striker’s rich goalscoring form has continued this year.

Crowd count: MLS moves past record season averageSoccer America
New York City FC’s game against Houston in East Hartford, Connecticut, drew only 10,165 fans, its lowest crowd ever for an MLS match by a wide margin, but strong attendance elsewhere pushed the league’s season average to 21,794, above last year’s record average of 21,692.

MLS Should Drop National AnthemsEmpire of Soccer
President Donald J. Trump called for the immediate firing of any NFL player who does not stand for the national anthem putting the notion of playing national anthems before games into focus. Nowhere has this recently contrived ceremony of loyalty made less sense than in Major League Soccer, where almost half the players come from outside the U.S and Canada. In this moment, if the league continues to conduct this ceremony it will be putting pressure on its players to pick a side when those in power can evade the responsibility. So, MLS, save face before the moment catches up to you, drop the national anthem from the pregame ceremony.

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VISL Division 1 Week 3 Results & Standings VISL
Some big scores, some upsets, and only 1 undefeated team left in Division 1.

MSOC: Bears get past ‘Birds in battle of top ranked squadsUBC
In what was billed as an early candidate for match of the season, the No. 1 Golden Bears and No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds didn’t disappoint, with the top-ranked Bears coming away with an incredibly close 1-0 win, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.

WSOC: Make it six straight for the ThunderbirdsUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds won their sixth straight game Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over the UBC Okanagan Heat.

A goal in the 62nd minute by Joel Waterman was the difference maker Sunday as the Trinity Western University Spartans defeated the University of Calgary Dinos 1-0 on West Varsity Pitch.

The Trinity Western Spartans used an early goal by Kathryn Harvey and a shutout by Christina Oliverio to defeat the MacEwan Griffins 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Edmonton.

UVic women’s soccer cools the Heat in KelownaTimes Colonist
The UVic Vikes women’s soccer team turned up the heat on the UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday, relentless in possession in the first half and ultimately recorded a 1-0 road win in Kelowna.

Trinity Western’s men’s soccer team earned a monumental victory Saturday, beating No. 1-ranked Alberta 2-0 Saturday at Foote Field.

WolfPack men’s soccer give up two and tie Mount RoyalCJFC
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team saw their unbeaten streak extend to six as they wound up tying the host Mount Royal University Cougars 2-2 in Canada West play on Saturday (Sept 23).

Cascades capitalize on scoring chances against UNBCMy Prince George Now
Despite carrying the play for most of the game, the UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team fell 3-0 against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades from the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League (NCSSL) fields.

MSOC: No. 2 Clan finds its offence, puts five past Saints in winSFU
Matteo Polisi got the Clan off to an early start scoring via penalty kick in the fourth minute and SFU never looked back, cruising to a 5-1 victory over the St. Martin’s University Saints Saturday evening on Terry Fox Field.

WSOC: Pringle scores hat trick in 4-2 win over WildcatsSFU
The first career hat trick from sophomore superstar Emma Pringle and a two-assist showing from midfield stalwart Jenna Baxter highlighted a terrific rebound performance from the SFU Clan women’s soccer team on Saturday afternoon, as they doubled Central Washington Wildcats to earn their first conference win of the season on the road.

Huskies men’s soccer team shuts out Vikes, loses to WolfpackStar- Phoenix
Five Huskies recorded points in the goal column on Saturday as the University of Saskatchewan men’s soccer team (6-4-0) defeated the visiting University of Victoria Vikes (3-5-1) 6-0.

Vancouver park rangers face trauma, addiction, homelessness, on the jobMetro
Metro spoke with Chad Cowles, superintendent of citywide services at the park board, at Andy Livingstone Park, a hot spot for conflict between the neighbourhood’s condo-dwellers and those who sleep in makeshift tents in the soccer field. Clean-up crews pick up about 100 needles every day at the park and many are found in the playground next to Crosstown Elementary, where parents have raised concerns about their children’s safety.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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!

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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.

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U SPORTS Men’s Soccer 2017-18 ResultsUSports
Results from this weekend’s USports Men’s Soccer.

U SPORTS Women’s Soccer 2017-18 ResultsUSports
Results from this weekend’s USports Women’s Soccer.

UPEI men’s soccer Panthers manage split on weekendPEI Guardian
The UPEI men’s soccer Panthers got off to a text book start against the Saint Mary Huskies in Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer action on Saturday.

Lancers women’s soccer settles for two scoreless drawsWindsor Star
The University of Windsor Lancers women’s soccer team played to a pair of scoreless draws on the weekend while the men’s team split a pair of games.

Humbling weekend for MUN soccer teamsThe Telegram
Lady Birds manage only scoreless tie with St. FX, while the men’s squad drop a pair of games.

Capers soccer teams maintain unbeaten streaks Cape Breton Post
The Cape Breton University men’s soccer team is unbeaten this season, yet their winning record isn’t even the best on campus.

Hamilton supporters group ready for soccer and Canadian Premier LeagueNational Post
While the Canadian Premier League is still taking shape, James Hutton is well ahead of the game. Hutton is president of the Barton Street Battalion, a supporters group preparing for the return of soccer to Hamilton. Other groups across the country are doing the same, hoping their city will also get a team when the CPL kicks off.

City tearing turf out of Minto Field after all for $800,000Ottawa Citizen
The City of Ottawa has changed its mind about Minto Field, deciding it will rip out the artificial turf after all and replace it with another less-punishing product.

Connaught Series: 18 scoring stars that notched the Championship winnerCSA
Bobby Lavery was Canada’s ace centre forward of the 1920s. After his nine-men Toronto Ulster United FC were shut out by Calgary Hillhurst FC in the 1922 Connaught Series finale, Lavery wasn’t about to let another Dominion title slip through his fingers three years later.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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WFC2 fall 4-0 to red-hot Phoenix Rising FC Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2 suffered a 4-0 defeat to an experienced and in-form Phoenix Rising FC side on Sunday afternoon at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

Rising FC Sweeps Past WFC2USL
Alessandro Riggi had a goal and two assists as Phoenix Rising FC earned a 4-0 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.

Ottawa, Louisville End Deadlocked USL
Ottawa Fury FC and Louisville City FC played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,001 fans at TD Place on Sunday afternoon as Louisville extended its lead in the USL Eastern Conference to seven points with four games to go in the season.

Second-half comeback falls short for Eddies in 2-1 loss to DeltasFC Edmonton
Dustin Corea’s sixth of the year not enough to erase two-goal deficit in first half.

Eddies dreadful start puts them in a hole they can’t escapethe11.ca
If FC Edmonton could consistently press and play with the confidence that it showed through the final 45 minutes of Saturday’s NASL match in San Francisco, well, there would be some promise as we head into the final month of the regular season.

Miami, North Carolina Shine On The Road In Week 9NASL
Miami FC has been rolling along in the 2017 Fall Season and the club’s impressive form was on display in Week 9 of the NASL season.

Cosmos’ Woes Continue in Loss to North CarolinaEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos (1-3-6, 9 Fall; 7-7-12, 33 Combined) and Coach Giovanni Savarese tried to focus on the positives after both of their draws at MCU Park earlier in the week. Savarese was less charitable after his team closed out the week with a 2-0 loss to North Carolina FC (3-2-6, 15 Fall; 9-9-9, 36 Combined), extending its winless streak to nine matches.

Nick DePuy loaned to Ottawa Fury FC for remainder of 2017 seasonMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Sunday that striker Nick DePuy has been loaned to Ottawa Fury FC, the Impact’s affiliated club in the USL, for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Louisville Stadium to Anchor $200 Million DevelopmentUSL
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Friday that a new soccer-specific stadium for USL club Louisville City FC would be the centerpiece for a $200 million development of a 35-acre area of underused land in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood, marking the next step toward the creation for a permanent home for the current USL Eastern Conference leader.

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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 21The Equalizer
Results and standings from NWSL Week 21.

FCKC ends Reign FC hopes with 1-0 win in Seattle Prost Amerika
Entering Sunday evenings home finale, the calculus for the postseason was very simple. All Seattle had to do was win both of its final matches, hope Orlando loses, and then see if the goal difference can be made up. Long shot or not, still being alive meant something to play for other than just the end of the season.

Megan Rapinoe Among Seattle Reign, FC Kansas City Players to Stay in Locker Room for AnthemSI.com
Megan Rapinoe was one of nine players to stay in the locker room during the national anthem before Sunday’s NWSL game between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City.

Rodriguez equalizer spoils Courage’s clinching of ShieldThe Equalizer
Sky Blue FC closed out their 2017 home season with a 1-1 draw against the top-ranked North Carolina Courage, with Ashley Hatch and Raquel Rodriguez scoring for their respective clubs. The draw tied the teams’ three-games series at 1-1-1, but the one point earned was not enough to see the Courage be crowned this season’s Shield winner.

Chicago and Orlando complete NWSL playoff fieldSoccer America
The NWSL playoff field is set. With one week remaining in the regular season, North Carolina leads second-place Portland by two points and has a game in hand. Chicago is third, two points ahead of Orlando. Both the Red Stars and Pride clinched playoff berths on Saturday.

Amandine Henry, Nadia Nadim will not return to Portland Thorns next seasonOregonian
Midfielder Amandine Henry and forward Nadia Nadim will not be returning to the Portland Thorns next season, a source confirmed to the Oregonian/OregonLive Sunday.

Shels retain WNL Cup after shoot-out dramaIrish WNL
Goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan proved the Shelbourne hero in the penalty shoutout as they beat Peamount United to retain the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup at Greenogue.

Outrage as Sam Kerr omitted from Fifa world player of the year shortlistThe Guardian
The Matildas striker has starred for club and country but her omission has sparked anger from fellow players and fans alike.

City sign trio for Westfield W-League seasonW-League
Melbourne City FC have added a mixture of experience and exciting young talent to its Westfield W-League squad with the signings of Rhali Dobson, Hayley Richmond and Sofia Sakalis ahead of the club’s title defence.

Argentinean women refuse to play as AFA funding barely covers expensesInside World Football
The Argentinean national women’s team has gone on strike, citing structural problems and a lack of basic resources to properly train and play matches. The strike is an embarrassment for the newly formed AFA management team which has only recently taken control of the federation after a FIFA normalisation committee had been parachuted in to run football in the country.

Has women’s soccer peaked abroad? Prost Amerika
Women’s football has always been promoted as the antidote to the ills of the men’s game. Without the corrupting money, the diving or the scandal. Well, there’s still no money, as Sunderland proved by banishing their WSL 1 club from the club’s training ground last week to make way for the men’s youth leagues. Coverage of women’s football is also still hampered by an unbreakable vicious circle of editors not believing it generates “hits” but not putting enough content out there to be hit.

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Sunday European Rewind: Fiorentina draws Atalanta, Brighton edges Newcastle, and moreSBI
In the must-watch match of Sunday’s European action, Fiorentina was held at home by Atalanta in a 1-1 draw. A late equalizer by Remo Frueler earned the visitors a point in Florence. Frueler’s right-footed equalizer in the 94th-minute canceled out Federico Chiesa’s opener that came in the 12th-minute. Atalanta stay in ninth place while Fiorentina dropped to 12th.

Premier League review: Who needs Diego Costa? Not ChelseaSportsnet
Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…

Manchester City: How do their 21 goals in six Premier League games compare?BBC Sport
Manchester City are the first side to score five or more goals in three consecutive games in a top-flight season since 1958-59.

Milan turn in their worst performance of the season in 2-0 loss to SampdoriaESPN FC
AC Milan fell to a 2-0 defeat at Sampdoria on Sunday in what was their worst performance of the season thus far. Goals from Duvan Zapata and Ricardo Alvarez sealed a deserved win for the hosts as they inflicted a second loss of the campaign on the Rossoneri.

Dzeko determined to retain the Serie A top goalscorer awardSportsnet
Edin Dzeko’s apparent criticism of his coach has all but been forgotten. Scoring goals can do that.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli banned for 1 yearSportsnet
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for one year by the Italian soccer federation for his role is selling tickets to hard-core “ultra” fans that encouraged scalping.

Week 7 review: Monaco cut PSG’s lead as Bayern, Bordeaux loomLigue 1
Leaders Paris Saint-Germain saw their lead cut to just a single point as their 0-0 draw in Montpellier followed AS Monaco’s 4-0 drubbing of LOSC. The capital club now face Bayern Munich and in-form Bordeaux in the next week.

Bielsa has backing of Lille owner despite poor runSN
Marcelo Bielsa has received the backing of Lille’s owner to turn around their awful start to the Ligue 1 season.

Uli Hoeness: €100m signings unacceptable for Bayern MunichESPN FC
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told kicker that “a €100 million player is unacceptable” for the German champions as his club prepare to face big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

PSG deny offering Edinson Cavani €1m to give up penalties for NeymarESPN FC
Paris Saint-Germain have told Le Parisien that speculation that Edinson Cavani was offered €1 million by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar to take penalties is untrue.

#UCL matchday two: all you need to knowUEFA
The matches, the ways to win, the links you need, the lowdown: our bitesize guide to Tuesday and Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League action.

Man Utd and Liverpool fans warned to behave in Russia or ‘face prison in conditions they will not like’The Telegraph
The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee, Vladimir Markin, suggested English fans will face extended prison sentences in ‘conditions they will not like’ if problems arise when United and Liverpool face CSKA and Spartak Moscow, respectively.

Fifa to lift ban on displaying poppies after talks with UK football associationsBBC Sport
Last year, football’s world governing body fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for their use of the poppy to commemorate Armistice day, deeming it to be a political symbol.

Kenya lose battle to hold on to CHAN 2018 hosting rightsInside World Football
After weeks of deliberation and speculation, Kenya has been stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) following last weekend’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Accra led by CAF leader Ahmad Ahmad.

Economics professor Sunil Gulati is the most powerful American in soccerESPN FC
The first thing to understand about Gulati is that he has worked almost every job in American soccer as the game has grown in this country, and few of them qualify as glamorous. He drove buses during national team camps. He bought balls at Kmart. He put airline tickets on his personal credit card. He helped build Major League Soccer to the point that an early fantasy game was marketed with the tagline, “So you think you can do better than Sunil?”

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