BC Soccer News, Thursday, November 2, 2017




Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps – Do or DieAFTN
Vancouver will continue their journey down the MLS Cup Playoffs road when we face an all too familiar foe from Seattle at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.

‘Caps look to ‘upset the odds’ Thursday in SeattleWhitecaps FC
One game. Winner goes to the Western Conference Championship. Loser goes home. That’s what’s at stake on Thursday night when Vancouver Whitecaps FC visit longtime rivals and defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals at CenturyLink Field.

Whitecaps coach guarantees ‘we’ll take it 1-nil’The Province
As he readies his players for the game of their lives, Carl Robinson understands everything that’s in play for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night.

Whitecaps, Sounders set for second leg of MLS West semifinal after scoreless openerThe Province
Tim Parker remembers feeling pretty good after the Vancouver Whitecaps secured a scoreless road draw with the Portland Timbers in the first game of their Western Conference semifinal in 2015.

ESPN analyst, former Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez preview second leg of Western Conference SemifinalsSounders FC
Ahead of the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, SoundersFC.com caught up with Herculez Gomez. The former Sounders forward, who won MLS Cup with Seattle last season, played professionally for 15 seasons in MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX. He retired after last season and currently works as an ESPN broadcast analyst.

Clint Dempsey raring to make long-awaited playoff return for SeattleMLS
Clint Dempsey is ready to get back to work. The Seattle Sounders’ star forward and US national team legend is coming off a bit of a rough stretch, starting with the USMNT’s shocking elimination from World Cup qualifying last month. He then picked up a first-half red card in Seattle’s regular season finale against the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 22, leaving him suspended for the first leg of Seattle’s Western Conference semifinal matchup against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2017 Audi MLS Cup playoffs.

In playoff showdown between Seattle and Vancouver, two players have world-crossing connectionSeattle Times
Both Seattle’s Nouhou and Vancouver’s Tony Tchani are from the port city of Doula in Cameroon. There have only been 16 Cameroonians in MLS history.

MLS Cup Playoffs second legs: All to play for out WestNBC Sports
The MLS Cup Playoffs conference semifinals will meet their second legs over the next four days — one Thursday, three more Sunday — and only one favorite has a clear edge after 90 minutes away from home.

Toronto FC’s Vanney, Altidore call fan treatment at Red Bull Arena completely unacceptable: ‘There’s a line about being personal’The Province
As Altidore made his way towards TFC’s sideline in the 86th minute, a fan in the stands behind TFC’s bench shouted a string of disparaging remarks that challenged the 27-year-old’s love and respect for his country.

New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2017 Conference Semifinal PreviewMLS
It could be deja vu for New York City FC and Columbus Crew SC in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal, though under very different circumstances.

Toronto FC: What they need to do to finish off the Red BullsTip of the Tower
Toronto FC traveled to Red Bull Arena for the first leg of the playoffs against the New York Red Bulls. Now they head back to BMO Field with a couple of goals in the bag.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo | 2017 Conference Semifinal PreviewMLS
It may be a matter of the team doing the most with the least in the decisive second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The teams, knotted at 0-0 in the series after the first leg in Houston, now head to Portland with a spot in the Western Conference Championship on the line.

Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric suspended by MLS after arrestHouston Chronicle
Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric has been suspended by Major League Soccer pending investigations of an incident that led to his arrest by Houston police early Tuesday morning.

MLS2ATX event regarding Columbus CrewFox 7 Austin
There’s strong support behind bringing a major league team to Austin. It was very apparent at an MLS2ATX event tonight. That’s where soccer fans got an update on the possibility of the Columbus tonight. That’s where soccer fans got an update on the possibility of the Columbus Crew relocating here. There is both excitement and concerns.

MLS to Austin: The Austin PerspectiveSportsday
In the middle of all the mayhem lies the MLS in Austin Supporter’s Group, a group founded in 2013 to help educate and promote a potential MLS franchise in the city. The shock across the league was also felt in Austin, a place that had thought an MLS team was out of reach.

Cascadia fans unite — off the pitch — for a charity 24-hour game-a-thonMLS
The Cascadia rivalry – among the Seattle Sounders, the Portland Timbers, and the Vancouver Whitecaps — is arguably the most intense in MLS. We’ve seen rival chants, social media bashing, and more. But this Sat., Nov. 4, a group of fans will channel that intensity and passion into a charitable effort, a 24-hour game-a-thon to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Kyle Beckerman cuts off his trademark dreadlocksGood4Utah
Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman was sporting a new and somewhat shocking look during his exit interviews on Wednesday at RSL headquarters.

Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


Upcoming VISL Listings & Game Of The WeekBC Soccer Web
Here is what we have scheduled for Week 9 of our top flight – Division 1.

Pringle, Baxter named GNAC All-Conference First TeamSFU
After another impressive goal-scoring campaign, Simon Fraser University forward Emma Pringle was selected to the 2017 GNAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team where she was joined by midfielder Jenna-lee Baxter on the First Team.

Emma Pringle named a GNAC all-starNorth Shore News
North Vancouver’s Emma Pringle of the Simon Fraser University Clan was named to the GNAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team this week after tying for the league lead in goals scored.

WSOC Final Four: Pacific Division set for CW soccer showdownsCanada West
The 2017 Canada West Women’s Soccer Final Four takes place at Chase Office Field in Langley this weekend, when the host Trinity Western Spartans battle the UBC Thunderbirds (5:30 p.m. PDT) and the Victoria Vikes take on the MacEwan Griffins (2:30 p.m. PDT) in semifinal action Friday, followed by bronze (2:30 pm PDT) and gold medal (5 p.m. PDT) matches on Saturday.

Thunderbirds head to Langley for Canada West Final FourUBC
And then there were four. Pacific Division teams, that is. Following a wild opening weekend of Canada West women’s soccer playoff action, only four teams remain in the race for the CW banner, as the Trinity Western Spartans, UBC Thunderbirds, Victoria Vikes, and MacEwan Griffins take aim at conference gold this weekend.

Canada West Final 4: WolfPack men’s soccer showdown with UBCTRU Wolfpack
It’s farther into ‘uncharted waters’ for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team.

2017 CCAA Men’s Soccer NationalsVIU
Vancouver Island University Mariners are hosting the 2017 CCAA Men’s Soccer Nationals November 8-11.

BC Soccer Assoc. Prepares for the Canada Soccer Future Club License ProgramBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is committed to supporting Canada Soccer and the national direction as outlined in Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan.

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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!




Canadian Premier League an opportunity for SaskatoonStar Phoenix
Dear Saskatoon. An opportunity has fallen into our laps, one that we should fully embrace: A pro soccer team. Now, hear me out.

Capers acknowledged as team to beat in AUS men’s soccer championship Chronicle Herald
St. Francis Xavier head coach Graham Kennedy says the Atlantic university men’s soccer championship is Cape Breton’s to lose.

Bison soccer team eliminated from Canada West playoffsThe Manitoban
The University of Manitoba women’s soccer team were in tough against the University of British Columbia this weekend in the Canada West playoffs. Manitoba lost 3-1and was promptly eliminated from playoff contention.

Nine Newfoundlanders, including seven Sea-Hawks, named AUS soccer all-starsThe Telegram
Seven members of the Memorial Sea-Hawks are among the nine Newfoundlanders who were named to Atlantic University Sport 2017 soccer all-star teams on Wednesday.

Five-star Ladroue leads Yukon InfoWhitehorse Daily Star
JP Ladroue was in magnificent form for Yukon Info.com as they beat an out of sorts Pepsi team 6-4 in Whitehorse Rapids over 35 soccer action.

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Seattle Sounders and Tacoma Rainers announce S2 will play in Tacoma in 2018MLS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 are moving south a couple years ahead of schedule. The Sounders announced on Wednesday that their USL team’s previously-announced move to Tacoma, Washington will happen in 2018. S2 will play their matches at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers AAA baseball team, until a soccer-specific stadium (rendering pictured above) is constructed within the site’s footprint.

As NASL Awaits Ruling on its Fate, Hearing Lifts Lid on League, U.S. Soccer, SUM Details SI.com
While we wait for Brodie’s ruling, however, there were a few interesting hints and pieces of information that are worth highlighting.

Change of Style Drives Rangers’ SuccessUSL
For the second straight year the Swope Park Rangers will play host to the USL Western Conference Final, but this year’s path has seen a significant change in style from the Rangers. Looking for a more attacking sensibility in the 2017 season, the shift has proved successful, continuing the Rangers’ success from their inaugural year.

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers sale imminentSoctakes
Multiple sources have confirmed to Soc Takes that the sale of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers trademark is imminent. The buyer of the trademark is entrepreneur Mario Noriega, who has, per U.S. Soccer expert and Florida resident Kartik Krishnaiyer, previously attempted to purchase the brand.

Hartford Sports Group Makes Case for Dillon RenovationUSL
Members of the Hartford Sports Group (HSG) gave a public presentation to the Capital Region Development Authority Venue Committee on Wednesday evening outlining their proposal to renovate the city’s historic Dillon Stadium with the goal of placing a new professional soccer club at the venue for the 2019 USL season.

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Tony Readings steps down as coach of the New Zealand Football FernsNewshub NZ
The Football Ferns are on the hunt for a new coach after the experienced Tony Readings stepped down from the role. The 42-year-old took charge of the team back in 2011, and led them at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, as well as the Women’s World Cup in 2015.

Korean midfielder Jeon Ga-eul linked with move to CourageThe Equalizer
South Korean soccer website Sportal Korea has reported that Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angel’s Jeon Ga-eul is close to a return to NWSL next season to play for the North Carolina Courage. Jeon is the only Korean to ever play in a North American league, signing with the then Western New York Flash in 2016.However, injuries limited her to 85 minutes in two appearances and she was waived to return to Korea to recuperate.

Breakers re-sign midfielder Angela SalemBoston Breakers
The Boston Breakers announced today that they have re-signed midfielder Angela Salem for the 2018 season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Caitlin Foord: Why I Can’t Give UpExclusive Insight
This week has been the toughest of my young career. Watching many of my closest football friends return home to Australia for the W-League has been hard to stomach. These past eight months with the Vegalta Sendai Ladies, playing in the Japan Women’s Football League, has an experience of a lifetime.

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Wednesday UCL Rewind: Tottenham shocks Real Madrid, Man City defeats Napoli, and moreSBI
Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League concluded on Wednesday with some shocking results throughout Europe. The shock of the day came from Wembley as Tottenham Hotspur breezed past Real Madrid in front of over 83,000 fans.

‘Sound all the alarms’: Spanish press says Real Madrid in crisis after Spurs defeatThe Guardian
If Zinedine Zidane was in any doubt Real Madrid are in crisis after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham at Wembley then a glance at Thursday morning’s newspapers would have brought home the reality.

Big night for Nice, OM and OLLigue 1
Nice have an opportunity to qualify for the knokckout stage of the UEFA Europa League on a night when all three Ligue 1 Conforama clubs have the chance to make significant progress in their quest.

Lyon vs Everton Preview: Blues enter the last chance saloon with crucial trip to LyonVavel
Everton travel to France to take on Olympique Lyonnais in the Europa League with anything less than a win from the Group E making qualification to the knockout rounds more or less impossible.

Benevento struggling to change course in historically poor Serie A startESPN FC
The mission Roberto de Zerbi chose to accept at Benevento last week is not “Mission Impossible” — they say nothing is, after all — De Zerbi just considers it “almost impossible.” It’s only November and Benevento already need a miracle if they are to survive in Serie A. And don’t they know it.

Napoli title chances take hit with Ghoulam out for monthsSportsnet
Napoli’s hopes for the Serie A title have taken a hit with the announcement that left back Faouzi Ghoulam has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Mourinho insists Madrid court date no distraction for Man UtdSN
Jose Mourinho insists his impending court case in Madrid has not been a distraction to his Manchester United side ahead of Sunday’s trip to face Premier League champions Chelsea.

Barcelona ready to take Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano from RB LeipzigESPN FC
Barcelona have upped their efforts to sign RB Leipzig duo Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano, reports Mundo Deportivo.

African Player of the Year Shortlist: Mohamed Salah the early favouriteSN
The end of the year is award season, and so Caf has given us something to pore over with its 30-man shortlist for its African Footballer of the Year award.

South Korea technical director quits amid team’s poor formMetro
The technical director and vice-president of the Korea Football Association has quit amid the national team’s run of poor form and a controversy surrounding former coach Guus Hiddink.

U.S. Soccer VP Carlos Cordeiro set to run for federation presidency – SBI
U.S. Soccer VP Carlos Cordeiro set to run for federation presidency
Carlos Codeiro has thrown his named into the hat when it comes to U.S. Soccer’s presidency.

Messi donates money won in court case against newspaperSportsnet
The company that manages Lionel Messi’s image rights says the player has donated more than 70,000 euros ($81,000) to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders after winning a court case against a Spanish newspaper.

FIFA Diversity Award 2017 crowns Soccer Without BordersFIFA
Discrimination can manifest itself in countless forms. For each of them, though, there is a way that football can help. The second edition of the FIFA Diversity Award, in London, was a rich showcase of this inspiring power, as it gathered representatives from very diverse organisations from around the world, but with one strong element in common: an active voice to promote diversity and anti-discrimination values through football.

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