VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
MLS MATCHDAY #34
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017, 1:00 PM
PROVIDENCE PARK, PORTLAND, OR.
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Robinson has to make tough choice on Sunday starter in Whitecaps’ goal – The Province
It’s not often you see David Ousted sporting a long face. But the look on his face as he walked to the bench as a backup before Sunday’s Major League Soccer match against San Jose said a lot.
‘Caps and Timbers have a history of getting in each other’s way – Whitecaps FC
Since both clubs joined MLS in 2011, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers have had a habit of stepping on each other’s toes.
Vancouver Whitecaps, Sporting Kansas City face a nervous Decision Day – ESPN FC
A few weeks ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City were safe bets to snag the top two seeds (and the valuable first-round byes) in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. Each team was playing consistently well, at least by the standards of this ramshackle West, and each held bonus matches in their respective hands.
Aly Ghazal, the Midfielder the Vancouver Whitecaps Need – Last Word on Soccer
Of all the signings the Whitecaps have made in the last year, Ghazal might very well be one of the most impactful. It’s hard to argue against the importance of Reyna and Montero, but Ghazal has shown he is exactly what the Whitecaps have needed in the middle of the field.
VIDEO: Alphonso Davies featured in Vice mini doc – Whitecaps FC
Watch as Vice provides an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the life and story of Vancouver Whitecaps FC youngster Alphonso Davies. The video is part of a Vice series called The 16 Project, which profiles sixteen, 16-year-old athletes at the top of their sport.
The importance of seeding in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – MLS
The only two clubs that are currently locked into their seeds are Toronto FC (No. 1) and the New York Red Bulls (No. 6), who take up two of the six spots in the East. The remaining four teams could end up in any of the four remaining seeds (Nos. 2-5). Out west nothing is decided. San Jose, Dallas and Real Salt Lake are fighting for the No. 6 seed while Vancouver or Portland will end up as the No. 1 seed. After that it gets a bit trickier with Sporting KC and Houston getting into the mix for possible home playoff matches.
‘I want to push myself’: Bill Hamid won’t return to D.C. United – Washington Post
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, the organization’s longest-serving player who rose from the academy ranks to a U.S. national team prospect, said Wednesday that he will not return to the club next season.
Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
To say that there will be nothing to watch for in this match is wrong, of course. Perhaps most notably, this will be the final game of Impact captain Patrice Bernier’s long playing career.
Patrice Bernier: The farewell – Montreal Impact
On Sunday, the captain, midfielder and emblematic figure of Canadian soccer Patrice Bernier will play the last game of a long and storied career that started in 2000. This moment, dreaded by all Bleu-blanc-noir supporters, is coming fast and testimonies for the player from Brossard are coming from far and wide.
Has Sporting Fit Turned to Sporting Fades Again? – MLS Multiplex
Sporting Fit is a mantra that Peter Vermes has instilled in his team as long as he’s managed Sporting Kansas City. The idea that you can wear down your opponent and outlast them. So far since their MLS Cup, Sporting has done the exact opposite of that. And they look to be having another August/October slump.
MLS, Crew SC have been working on Austin relocation plan for months – Columbus Business First
City leaders, sponsors and soccer fans might have felt blindsided by the news yesterday that the Columbus Crew SC could move to Austin, Texas, but team majority owner Anthony Precourt made up his mind last year.
Here’s why you should care about the Crew’s possible move to Austin – The Brotherly Game
The ongoing saga of the Columbus Crew should be a cautionary tale to every MLS fan.
Crew’s Fabric is Interwoven With Columbus; If Precourt Can’t See That, He Should Sell, Not Move – SI.com
Another day, another own goal for American soccer. Back in the olde country, they often blame “schoolboy defending” for this sort of self-inflicted wound. But here in soccer’s new world, those own goals are scored by experienced, accomplished, full-grown adults.
After being benched, Dynamo’s Tyler Deric is standing tall – Houston Chronicle
Tyler Deric had seen better days. Following the Dynamo’s loss at New England in early April in which he made several costly mistakes, Deric was benched as the team’s goalkeeper.
Brian Carroll announces retirement – The Brotherly Game
He twice won MLS Cup with D.C. United in 2004 and Columbus in 2008 and won four consecutive Supporters’ Shields with D.C. United in 2006 and 2007 and Columbus in 2008 and 2009. On the international level, Carroll earned eight caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently in 2009.
Remembering the sights and sounds of RFK Stadium, a hallowed hall of soccer – MLS
If soccer in this country had a holy site – if we cared enough, collectively, to preserve just one stadium ’til the end of time – it would be RFK Stadium.
Soccer at RFK Stadium: ‘It’s dirty and disgusting and ugly, but it’s ours’ – Washington Post
Washington’s RFK Stadium wasn’t built for soccer; it opened in 1961 as D.C. Stadium for baseball, football and concerts. But over the past 30-plus years, through multiple leagues and shared seasons with other local pro outfits, through D.C. United’s final home game on Sunday before relocating to a new stadium next season, soccer took root on East Capitol Street.
Atlanta will host 2018 MLS All-Star game – AJC.com
Atlanta will host the MLS All-Star game in 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday.
Was MLS really to blame for USA’s World Cup failure? – The Guardian
MLS and the USMNT have helped each other out down the years. But the domestic league deserves at least some time under the microscope.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches & Scoring Leaders – BC Soccer Web
Division 1 League play for this upcoming weekend. Hoping to get all games in with all this rain and wind – the turf fields will help for sure.
Names and Games: St. Andrew’s, GNS punch tickets to single-A boys soccer provincials – Times Colonist
The St. Andrew’s Sabres senior boys soccer team is heading to the provincial chamionship on a high note. The Sabres, thanks to two goals from Ssuubi Walusimbi and singles from Andrew Pearse and Michael Keane, beat Glenlyon Norfolk School 4-0 in the gold-medal game at the Island single-A boys soccer championship Wednesday at Beckwith Park. Both teams advance to the provincial championship Nov. 2-4 at Nakusp, with St. Andrew’s the higher seed.
MSOC: SPARTANS HOST UBC, VICTORIA IN CRITICAL SEASON-ENDING WEEKEND – TWU
Trinity Western will host UBC Friday and Victoria Saturday in the final weekend of the regular season, with the Spartans looking to lock down a home playoff date.
Canada West SECOND STAR, Danae Derksen, Soccer – Canada West
Fourth-year striker Danae Derksen scored three goals and added an assist to lead the TWU Spartans to back-to-back 5-0 wins over Regina and Saskatchewan. As she has throughout much of the season, Derksen came off the bench midway through the first half and provided an offensive spark, tallying two goals and an assist in Friday’s win over Regina and then adding her third goal of the weekend against Saskatchewan.
WSOC: PREVIEW: Vikes end regular season at home with top spot in the conference on the line – UVic
The UVic Vikes women’s soccer enters the final weekend of their 2017-18 Canada West regular season schedule with everything left to play for.
MSOC: PREVIEW: With their backs against the wall, Vikes have final chance at playoffs – UVic
With just two games left to play in the Canada West regular season, the potential playoff picture remains murky for a UVic Vikes men’s soccer team that is currently locked in an extremely tight battle for one of the three remaining playoff spots in the Pacific Division.
Forfeit win doesn’t help Cowichan LMG in the long run – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG earned a win over the weekend without having to set foot on the field, but that’s not how head coach Glen Martin likes to do things.
Cowichan 49ers get vital victory over UVic – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Craig Street 49ers collected three vital points in the Masters A soccer standings and completed the season sweep of the UVic Alumni with a thrilling 2-1 win at the Sherman Road turf last Friday evening.
Powell River Villa continues scoring spree – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa soccer club has figured out its lack of scoring production, according to head coach Chris McDonough. Villa has scored 13 goals in its last two games. The most recent offensive display came during a 6-1 road win over Juan de Fuca Pilgrims on October 15. One week prior to that win, Villa trounced Cowichan Red Arrow 7-1 at home.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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
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Canadian teen Jordan Araujo signs with Brighton & Hove Albion – Sportsnet
The 18-year-old midfielder went to Portugal in July to take part in Brighton’s under-18 training camp. He was then invited to join the club in England and signed a deal after playing in several exhibition matches.
Whitecaps FC partner with Lethbridge Soccer Association – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have partnered with the Lethbridge Soccer Association to launch an official Whitecaps FC Academy Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Ten Academy players rewarded by the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence – Montreal Impact
Last week, the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence announced the 51 recipients of the 18th edition of the Saputo Bursary Program, in which 10 players from the Impact Academy were selected.
Road to the U SPORTS WSOC Championship: Persistent Dinos struck pay dirt – Canada West
The 1993 Calgary Dinos seemed poised to win the Canada West women’s soccer title and advance to nationals. In 1994, they had a real shot at it. Ditto 1995. The Dinos were heavily favoured in 1996; even more so in 1997. Inconceivably, they came up short every single painful, heart-breaking, gut-wrenching time.
Corrigan, Walker take AUS athlete awards – Chronicle Herald
UNB striker Dan Walker earned AUS male athlete of the week honours after scoring three goals in the Varsity Reds’ two weekend soccer wins over Moncton and Mount Allison.
#L1OMFINAL – Defensive Specialists – League1 Ontario
The 2017 League1 Ontario Men’s Final between the Woodbridge Strikers and the Oakville Blue Devils is just a few days away. And with that in mind, we begin focusing on the defensive teams on both sides, which have been impressive to say the least in 2017.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
RECAP | Eddies steal point off playoff-chasing Jackonville Armada FC in 1-1 draw – FC Edmonton
Jake Keegan’s second goal of the season capped off a strong second-half comeback from the Eddies on the road.
Cosmos Can Clinch Postseason Spot in Jacksonville – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos (3-8-2, 17 Fall; 9-7-14, Combined) took control of their postseason chances with an emphatic 4-1 win over last-place Puerto Rico (2-7-4, 10 Fall; 3-16-10, 19 Combined) on Wednesday night.
SF Deltas draws Miami FC to remain tied for first in NASL Fall Season – SF Gate
A late penalty conversion by Dagoberto helped San Francisco rescue a point against Miami FC during their Wednesday afternoon matinee match at the historic Boxer Stadium in San Francisco.
SAFC, Roughnecks Meet in Postseason Debuts – USL
San Antonio hosts looking to build on strong end to regular season.
Phoenix Rising high in push for MLS place – ESPN FC
Under the baking Arizona sun, the players of United Soccer League (USL) side Phoenix Rising sweat through training, pushing their limits to see how far they can go in this year’s USL play-offs, starting this weekend against Swope Park Rangers.
Rowdies Host FCC in Playoff Debut – USL
Tampa Bay holds strong home record as Cincinnati heads south.
Sounders 2 moving to Tacoma for 2018 season – Sounder at Heart
Seattle Sounders FC 2 (S2) is moving to Tacoma for the 2018 season, Sounder at Heart has learned from multiple sources familiar with the team’s plans. The USL team will play in Cheney Stadium with the Tacoma Rainiers taking over the business operations while the Sounders run the technical side of things.
Orlando City B purges roster again, club says it remains committed to USL – Orlando Sentinel
The team, which plays in the second-tier United Soccer League, announced all but four players for the 2017 season had options declined or contracts expire.
Vermes – No plans to change anything with Swope Park Rangers – The Blue Testament
SKC’s ‘B’ team will stay in Kansas City and continue playing at the USL D2 level.
Is San Diego’s new soccer team’s name an ‘Anchorman’ reference, or not? – San Diego Union-Tribune
Few things are more sacred — or more played out? — to San Diego than the “Anchorman” movie, so the possibility that the name of the city’s new soccer team, 1904 FC, could be a reference to the film quickly caused an uproar.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Jill Ellis can give opportunities to inexperienced players when USWNT faces South Korea – SBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team is back in action with a roster that brings little surprises. Yet, not all is tried and true just yet for head coach Jill Ellis.
As South Korea visits USWNT, domestic league back home is in flux – The Equalizer
The South Korean women’s national team arrived in the United States on Sunday, two days removed from the players having played in round 26 of the domestic WK-League. With two rounds remaining before the playoffs, WK-League finds itself in an unexpected point of transition, perhaps even crisis, as one of its biggest teams will cease to exist at the end of this season.
Eni Aluko still in contention for England Women – Mo Marley – ESPN FC
England Women caretaker boss Mo Marley has said she would have no reservations over recalling Eni Aluko. The sacking of former Lionesses manager Mark Sampson, and the Football Association’s handling of allegations made against him by Aluko, returned to the spotlight on Wednesday.
Eniola Aluko: who is the female footballer with a law degree at the centre of the FA racism scandal? – The Telegraph
How many professional footballers would cite the fictional lawyer Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird as an object of obsession during their youth? Presumably relatively few. But Eniola Aluko is not like most footballers.
Swedes mull compensation after Danes cancel WWCup qualifier – Metro
The Swedish Football Federation is considering seeking compensation from its Danish counterpart for cancelling a Women’s World Cup qualifier over a pay dispute.
Veronica nets Netherlands women’s national team deal – SportsPro Media
Dutch TV channel Veronica has agreed a deal with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) for the broadcasting rights to the Netherlands women’s national soccer team’s games.
Portland Thorns – Witnessing Greatness – Seattle PI
There are moments in sports when it’s possible to pause time, moments when you can finally take a deep breath and remind yourself to simply take in what is in front of you. These are the moments when you know you are witnessing something special, that you may never see again. The Portland Thorns’ championship rally, just a day after the Thorns won their second NWSL title, was one of those moments.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL Rewind: Chelsea, Roma play to tie; Barca, PSG rout and more – SBI
Chelsea and Roma played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that kept the Blues on top of the group with seven points and the Italian side in second two points adrift.
Messi cracks another milestone – FIFA
Barcelona forward and The Best nominee Lionel Messi has achieved yet another goalscoring milestone after netting his 100th goal in European competition on Wednesday.
Europa League preview: Arsenal in Serbia, Everton desperate vs. Lyon – NBC Sports
The twelve groups of the UEFA Europa League bring forth soccer on Thursday, with a bevy of matches dotting the continent.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – National Post
Back-to-back losses in the Premier League to Manchester City and Crystal Palace have put the brakes on Chelsea’s title defence. On top of that, Antonio Conte’s side chucked away a two-goal advantage in drawing with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Napoli aiming to end testing week on a high against Inter – Metro
The past week was penciled in as a test of Napoli’s credentials at home and abroad. So far, those credentials have impressed.
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hits back at Mourinho barb after draw with Roma – The Guardian
Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to José Mourinho’s observation that “other managers cry and cry and cry” about injuries to their players, a criticism perceived to be aimed at the Chelsea manager, and suggested his opposite number at Manchester United should concentrate on his own team.
Landon Donovan Mulling Run for U.S. Soccer President – SI.com
The nominations for U.S. Soccer presidential candidates are due on Dec. 12, and SI.com has learned that Landon Donovan is seriously considering running for U.S. Soccer president.
Arsenal vs Liverpool will not be played on Christmas Eve – SN
December’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool will not be scheduled for Christmas Eve after an angry backlash from Reds fans.
Perform builds performance data powerhouse with Scout7 acquisition – Inside World Football
Perform Group has bought sports technology company Scout7 adding a deeper level of sports data to its media and professional services businesses. Scout 7 will work closely with Perform’s OtpaPro, developing new “product set” of performance data and scouting solutions. Scout7 is a global leader in providing scouting, recruitment, player administration and management solutions, working with more than 230 different organisations worldwide including 17 Premier League clubs.
Soccer Fan Travels Halfway Around The World To Visit Tiny Club He Plays On Football Manager – Deadspin
What would inspire a man to travel some 12,000 miles and spend time at a 1,600-seat stadium located in the middle of nowhere? A video game, naturally. And not just any video game, but the best, most absurdly in depth video game ever, Football Manager.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca