BC Soccer News, Monday, September 30, 2019





Report and Reaction: Whitecaps shock Galaxy with stellar four goal performanceAFTN
Everyone talks about how important it is to hit the playoffs in strong form, carrying that momentum into the postseason. Vancouver Whitecaps certainly seem to be in some of their best form of the season this month, sadly it counts for nothing as their form for the previous six months had already killed their season stone dead.

Whitecaps 4, Galaxy 3: Caps embracing spoiler role, shoot holes in L.A.’s postseason plansEdmonton Journal
It sounds like the start to a joke — “Three Canadians and a Honduran walk into a Lion’s den” — but you can bet the Los Angeles Galaxy weren’t laughing Sunday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps out punch the GalaxySoccer Shorts
In many ways the LA Galaxy are the Platonic deal of what an MLS team shouldn’t be.

A week before decision day saw a confluence of results determine the Eastern Conference title. NYCFC lost at New England, but a Philadelphia loss means that City wins the East. They enter Decision Day with a six-point lead over Atlanta who are tied on points with the Union at 55 with United ahead 17 to 16 on total wins, the first tiebreaker.

Tie against Atlanta officially ends Impact’s playoff hopesThe Province
Montreal’s focus now will be on rebuilding for next season as well as preparing for a February home-and-away series against a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Toronto drop crucial points in race for playoff seedingCBC
Omar Gonzalez had a goal and an assist to help Toronto to a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Matias Almeyda: MLS referees don’t treat all players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos VelaESPN
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda has asked for his players to get the same treatment from referees as MLS stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela, following his team’s 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

Colorado’s Kei Kamara scores, pays tribute to son with celebrationMLS
When Kei Kamara scored in the 72nd minute, the third in the Colorado Rapids’ 3-0 win over FC Dallas in Week 30, the striker known for some memorable celebrations debuted a new one, a slow forward tumble roll. Then he pointed to the stands.

Portland Timbers fight back for 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City, remain in the hunt for a playoff berthOregonian
The Portland Timbers (13-13-7, 46 points) went on the road with a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win over Sporting Kansas City (10-15-8, 38 points) on Sunday, but settled for a 2-2 draw instead after fighting back for the tie in a fiercely-contested match. Portland will now have to wait until next week to find out if they can clinch a berth in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Boxall’s header gives Minnesota United 1-1 draw with LAFCStar-Tribune
During Minnesota United’s first two years in MLS, the signs of progress were not exactly plentiful.

RSL clinches playoff spot, Western Conference picture still wide openNBC Sports
Real Salt Lake was able to come away from Sunday’s carnage across the Western Conference playoff picture with a secured spot in the postseason, but a number of other clubs in the hunt weren’t so lucky.

Real Salt Lake part ways with GM Craig WaibelSBI
The club announced the news on Friday night and will immediately begin a search for Waibel’s replacement. Waibel’s departure comes roughly over a month after RSL terminated the contract of head coach Mike Petke.

MLS goalkeeping legends Tim Howard, Nick Rimando play final home gamesMLS
Two of the greatest goalkeepers in MLS history played the final regular-season home matches of their illustrious careers on Sunday, as Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando manned the nets at Rio Tinto Stadium one last time and Tim Howard made his DSG Park swan song with the Colorado Rapids.






Forge unwraps gifts from Pacific FCTimes Colonist
This is not the kind of soccer club that needs the gifts Pacific FC handed it on Saturday — a missed PFC penalty and two glaring defensive miscues that led to Forge goals.

VISL Division 1 Results, Week 3 BC Soccer Web
It was another expect the unexpected type weekend in the Island Soccer League top flight, here is how it all went down.

SFU falls to nationally ranked Vikings 3-0SFU
Simon Fraser University faced nationally ranked Western Washington on Saturday and the Vikings handed the Clan a decisive 3-0 loss at Terry Fox Field to in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer action.

MSOC: Timberwolves hold attacking ‘Birds at bay in 0-0 drawUBC
Rob Goodey made 11 saves to stymy the UBC Thunderbirds (6-1-2) who saw their four-game win streak snapped thanks to a 0-0 draw with the UNBC Timberwolves (3-4-2) Saturday afternoon at Prince George’s Masich Place Stadium.

WSOC: ‘Birds suffer first loss of season in LangleyUBC
Brooklyn Tidder headed a go-ahead goal in the 76th minute to lead the No. 2-ranked Trinity Western Spartans (7-0-1) to a 2-0 win over the visiting No. 8 UBC Thunderbirds (4-1-3) Saturday at Chase Office Field.

Coquitlam soccer player learns lessons in LyonTri City News
It’s a long trip from Coquitlam to Lyon, France and Sophia Ferreira made it in soccer boots.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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!

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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Forge, Cavalry enjoy plenty of history, with even more to comeCanPL
The stage is set: Forge FC and Cavalry FC will be competing in the 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals.

‘Put an end to it’: Telfer applauds referees in ’emotional’ Cavalry drawCanPL
The action got a little overheated at York Lions Stadium on Saturday night.

Groundhog day’: HFX commiserate after 5th consecutive drawCanPL
“Groundhog day.” Those were the two words HFX Wanderers FC head coach Stephen Hart had to say before he sat down to answer questions from the media, following yet another draw at Wanderers Grounds.

Valour Must Overcome Significant Obstacles to Succeed in the FutureNorthern Starting XI
Well, we are officially nearing the end of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season, which soccer fans in the country have been tuning into throughout the summer, and now into the fall. While Valour FC has played over 25 matches, it’s still almost hard to believe that Winnipeg actually has a professional soccer team, as it’s something many fans in the city have dreamt about for a long, long time, since the Fury disbanded along with the Canadian Soccer League back in 1992.

Priestley Hat-Trick Guides Masters To 2019 League1 Men’s Championship Title Over LondonLeague1 Ontario
Masters FA only needed a single shot on target to get the party started, but the bash continued as the night went on and the Saints were crowned 2019 League1 Ontario Champions after a 4-1 victory courtesy of an Akeem Priestley (30′, 76′, 80′) hat-trick over FC London on Friday.

Canada Soccer announces squad for Women’s National Team International Friendly match in JapanCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their October squad for the Women’s International Friendly match to be played in Shizuoka, Japan. It will mark a valuable test for the two nations as they both begin their campaigns towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan with Canada focussed on qualification in early 2020.

Cape Breton Capers sweep Aigles Bleus in AUS soccer actionCape Breton Post
The Cape Breton Capers posted the weekend sweep of the Moncton Aigles Bleus in Atlantic University Sport soccer action at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex on Saturday.

Montréal takes 2019 Canadian Championship titleCSA
Montréal Impact won their fourth Canadian Championship after defeating Toronto FC to lift the Voyageurs Cup and qualify for 2020 Scotiabank Champions League. After both sides won their respective home leg, Montréal won the 2019 Canadian Championship Final presented by Allstate with a 3-1 victory on kicks from the penalty mark.

Sports dome in Red Deer County to open by November 1RD News Now
The Dome Sports has announced it will be opening to the public no later than November 1. A state of the art indoor multi-sport facility, the 107,000 square foot dome will house individual skill development and coaching from professional staff.


Late goals by North Carolina FC sink Ottawa Fury FC Canada.com
The game started well for Ottawa Fury FC, but about that finish … ouch. Robert Hristo scored in the 82nd minute to break a 1-1 tie and Nazmi Albadawi added a clincher in the 89th as host North Carolina FC downed Fury FC 3-1 in a United Soccer League Championship match on Saturday night.

USL Gameday Report: September 29, Week 30USL
Playoff contenders Austin Bold FC won its second consecutive game on Sunday night when they came back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Portland Timbers 2, 2-1, at Providence Park.

USL Gameday Report: September 28, Week 30USL
A packed Saturday night began with wins for North Carolina FC, the Charlotte Independence, Nashville SC, and Memphis 901 FC, while Louisville City FC clinched its place in the USL Championship Playoffs despite a late comeback from the Rowdies that saw them score two goals in three minutes in the 87th and 89th minute to earn a point at Slugger Field.

NO ROOM AT THE INNS?: Cosmos, trying to find a league, may not play in 2020 Front Row Soccer
Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso hasn’t decided yet, but he admits that it has been difficult to find a league in which his team can compete next year.


NWSL Sunday: Reign FC clinch final playoff spot with victoryThe Equalizer
It all boiled down to the last few minutes at Red Bull Arena. Yes, you read that right. Sky Blue FC closed out their final home match of the season at Red Bull Arena, leaving Yurcak Field to the memories of previous years. Sky Blue were looking at a loss heading their direction, but Carli Lloyd slotted home the equalizing goal from Sarah Killion in the 88th minute. The New Jersey club was able to notch one point, in a 1-1 victory.

NWSL Saturday: Pugh, Lavelle keep Spirit alive; Utah eliminatedThe Equalizer
Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle scored 2nd half goals to lead the Washington Spirit to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over the North Carolina Courage in the home finale at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The win keeps the Spirit playoff hopes alive for at least another day and prevented the Courage from equaling the NWSL record for consecutive wins. Their streak ended at 6 leaving Seattle Reign FC an FC Kansas City with a share of the league mark.

USA’s Sydney Leroux plays for Orlando Pride three months after giving birthBBC Sport
World Cup winner Sydney Leroux was back in action for Orlando Pride on Sunday – just three months and a day after giving birth.

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Little a dead-cert for Olympics, Chelsea find winning formula, Everton staying positive despite defeat

Women’s Champions League round of 16 tiesUEFA
Lyon face Fortuna, Manchester City meet Atlético and Wolfsburg take on Twente in the ties on 16/17 & 30/31 October.

Sources: Arsenal block United States’ approach for Joe MontemurroESPN
The search for the next boss of the United States women’s national team has hit a roadblock, with the United States Soccer Federation hampered in its attempts to interview Arsenal Women’s head coach Joe Montemurro about the role, sources have told ESPN.


Goalkeeper errors raise Liverpool and Man City to victoryThe Star
It was a day of goalkeeping blunders in the English Premier League. Liverpool and Manchester City, seemingly set for another duel for the title, benefited from two of them in hard-fought away wins on Saturday.

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Fernandinho a cause for concern, Chris Wilder’s tough love for Dean Henderson and Brendan Rodgers ready for Liverpool

Real Madrid stays atop after derby draw with AtleticoSportsnet
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid failed to produce any fireworks in a lacklustre derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, sharing a 0-0 draw that allowed Barcelona to move closer to the top in the Spanish league.

La Liga: Sevilla pips La Real, Eibar blanks Celta Vigo NBC Sports
In-form Real Sociedad was stopped in its tracks on Sunday, downed by Sevilla 3-2 thanks to an 80th minute strike by substitute Franco Vazquez. La Real had a shot at the top spot in the La Liga table, but was comprehensively beaten by Sevilla who out-shot them 21-5, including 8-2 on target.

Witsel questions Dortmund’s quality after slip-up against BremenESPN
Belgium international Axel Witsel has questioned whether Borussia Dortmund have the quality it takes to compete for the top spot in the Bundesliga.

Week 8 review: PSG in sole control as OL woes continueLigue 1
PSG carved out a two-point lead atop the Ligue 1 Conforama standings with an Mbappé/Neymar powered 1-0 win in Bordeaux; OL are in crisis after a 1-0 home loss to Nantes; and there were important wins for Sainté, Monaco and Dijon.

Serie A: AC Milan falls again, Napoli and Lazio rollNBC Sports
AC Milan’s nosedive has been nothing but painful, and it continued again this weekend as Fiorentina downed them at home 3-1 behind an early Erick Pulgar penalty and a second half strike by Gaetano Castrovilli.

Sanchez scores but is sent off in Inter’s 3-1 win at SampdoriaSportsnet
Alexis Sanchez scored on his first start but was also sent off as Inter Milan won 3-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday to maintain its perfect opening to the Serie A season.

Spain court dismisses fraud case against MessiYahoo Sports
Spain’s National Court on Monday said it had dismissed a complaint against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi filed by a former employee of the Argentine footballer’s foundation, who had accused him of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.

FIFA’s transfer reforms are a cover for ‘organised crime’, says Swiss parliamentary motionInside World Football
FIFA’s move to reform the player transfer market are unlikely to go far enough to appease critics who say that in reality all the measures will do is keep the current system in place and postpone the issues indefinitely. The perceived issues run so deep that a Swiss parliamentary motion was filed on Tuesday asking the Swiss government to take legislative measures to remove organised crime from the player market.

FIFA 20 Review: Smells like street spirit.IGN
I’ve had to reassess the way I’ve played FIFA this year, which is something I haven’t had to do in many years through all the tweaks, changes and so called “game-changing mechanics”. FIFA 20 feels different to previous years; in some ways for the better, but in others not. Volta, a brand-new way to play FIFA that offers a breath of fresh air to the series – albeit not without its own faults – is here, but does it come at the expense of the game as a whole?

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