BC Soccer News, Thursday, October 26, 2017




MLS PLAYOFF PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5, San Jose Earthquakes 0, October 25, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

‘Caps Quake, Rattle, and Roll over San JoseAFTN
After sputtering down the stretch of the regular season, Vancouver Whitecaps made history on Wednesday night, getting their first ever MLS playoff victory, destroying San Jose Earthquakes 5-0.

Fredy Montero, Vancouver Whitecaps break through, set to face familiar foeMLS
It was a night of playoff firsts for both the Vancouver Whitecaps and star forward Fredy Montero at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps humiliate Earthquakes for first-ever playoff winSportsnet
In a game that was as much a referendum on their coach as his players, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally scratched their seven-year itch in Major League Soccer by winning their first playoff game, 5-0 against the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday at B.C. Place Stadium.

Vancouver Whitecaps Finally Get First Playoff Victory with 5-0 Victory over San Jose EarthquakesEighty-Six Forever
After failing to lock up first place in the West the last time the Vancouver Whitecaps faced the San Jose Earthquakes, the Caps were able to get some revenge with a convincing 5-0 victory at BC Place Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps unshackled: Vancouver shows signs of a more explosive potentialFour Four Two
The tension between a talent-laden squad and a conservative approach erupted for a lopsided win in MLS’ knockout road.

Statement made: Montero, ‘Caps achieve playoff firstsWhitecaps FC
It was a night of playoff firsts for both Vancouver Whitecaps FC and star forward Fredy Montero at BC Place on Wednesday evening.

What we learned about the Caps’ 5-0 thrashing of San Jose: Set piece, set piece, set pieceThe Province
In the wake of the Whitecaps’ 5-0 evisceration of the San Jose Earthquakes, here are a handful of lessons of note for your consideration.

How a surprise pre-match speech spurred the ‘Caps to playoff gloryWhitecaps FC
For the first time since suffering a season-ending torn ACL back in August, Matias Laba was in the house on Wednesday night at BC Place. And while he didn’t have a part to play on the pitch, he did have something to say off it.

Whitecaps FC host Seattle in the Conference Semifinals this Sunday, October 29Whitecaps FC
After a 5-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night at BC Place, the club’s first ever playoff victory in the MLS era, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the second time in three years and will face arch-rivals Seattle Sounders FC in a tantalizing two-leg aggregate series.

Sounders will face Whitecaps in Western Conference semifinals Sounder at Heart
This will be the first time the longtime rivals have met in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Vancouver Whitecaps set sail in the playoffsSoccer Shorts
Who are you and what have you done with the Vancouver Whitecaps?

Will a Whitecaps playoff run spark another soccer craze?CBC
It’s been more than 38 years since Whitecaps forward Trevor Whymark scored twice in the 1979 Soccer Bowl to earn Vancouver its first major sports title in a decade and a half.

MLS’s West is Cascadia’s world; the rest of us are just stuck in itMLS
Let’s be honest: MLS aficionados in other parts of North America can sometimes get tired of hearing about the league’s Cascadian trio.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff openerSBI
The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

Will Schweinsteiger return to Chicago? “We will see how it is”MLS
On what proved to be a wholly miserable 4-0 loss of a night for the Chicago Fire, it was perhaps a telling moment that Bastian Schweinsteiger evoked the most vocal reaction from a largely shell-shocked and subdued crowd at Toyota Park.

Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2017 MLS Knockout Round PreviewMLS
Both teams were excellent down the stretch, but Columbus enters the playoffs in slightly better form. Crew SC are an unbeaten 6-0-4 in their last 10 regular season contests and are 3-0-1 in their last four. Atlanta went 5-1-4 in their last 10 games of the season, but stumbled just a bit over the last few weeks, going 0-1-3 in their final four matches of the year.

Atlanta United & their record-breaking fans: The greatest debut season ever?BBC Sport
Atlanta United may only be in their first year in existence, but their rapid growth has seen goalkeeper Brad Guzan getting recognised more now than he ever did in almost a decade in the Premier League.

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2017 MLS Knockout Round Preview MLS
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will meet for the third time in two weeks on Thursday, but this time, the stakes will be higher than ever.

Sporting KC in Play-In…AGAIN?! Prost Amerika
When Peter Vermes spoke to his US Open Cup winning side in September he said it was the first of many trophies. Words spoken by him on other occasions winning the Open Cup. 2012 ended in Conference finals, 2015 in play-in game to Portland Timbers. So hearing those words echoed again for some has hollow meaning.

Orlando City SC’s Cyle Larin: Time to go play in EuropeOrlando Sentinel
Cyle Larin is ready to move on after leading Orlando City in scoring the past three seasons.

Columbus Crew SC reverses policy on season ticket refundsESPN FC
The MLS club had initially refused to return the money of fans who were angry at the possibility of the move, but Precourt has now changed course and will refund fans who request the cancellation of their ticket plans by Nov 3.

Where can an owner move their football club 1,000 miles on a whim? AmericaThe Guardian
Columbus Crew’s owner plans to move the team from Ohio to Texas. And MLS doesn’t appear too bothered about stopping him

Anthony Precourt’s Game of DeceptionColumbus Alive
There’s been much subterfuge around this Texas oilman’s son, we’re now learning. Promises slick like black gold seem to slip off Precourt, the latest mega-rich sports owner who appears to be masterful in the art of deception.

Columbus Crew SC, RFK Stadium, and what MLS loses by growing upSB Nation
In a twisted way, it’s a sign of progress. Cities are competing for MLS teams now, and owners are using that competition to blackmail existing MLS towns into subsidizing modern stadiums with taxpayer dollars. Yay, guys. We made it. And what else?

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


VISL – Upcoming Listings and Game Of The WeekBC Soccer Web
Here is what is on tap for the 1st Division on Halloween weekend.

Top-seeded T-Birds host Mount Royal in Canada West quarter-finalUBC
The Pacific Division champion UBC Thunderbirds (10-4-1) host the Mount Royal Cougars (4-4-6) in a Canada West quarter-final showdown on Friday at 6:30 pm PST at Thunderbird Stadium. With a fresh roster primed and ready for the postseason, UBC has its sights set on a strong playoff run after falling to Alberta in the title game on penalty kicks a season ago. Mount Royal is looking to better their 3-0 quarter-final shutout loss to Trinity Western in 2016.

VIU soccer teams heading to semi final matches at provincialsNanaimo News Now
The VIU Mariners are in the final days of training before heading to Squamish for the PACWEST Soccer Provincials.

T-wolves making postseason debutPrince George Citizen
Now that they know their first-ever Canada West playoff venture will be a clash with the defending national champions of university men’s soccer, the pressure is off the UNBC Timberwolves.

November High Performance Program Camp Dates BCSA
BC Soccer’s 2017 High Performance Program (HPP) which is designed to support the EA Sports BCSPL along with Whitecaps FC Residency and BC REX Programs, will continue with the second camp of 2017. The HPP will continue to provide a platform for high-performance youth players to be assessed by both those of Whitecaps FC and Canada Soccer programs.

Chilliwack soccer star Lexie Gillette finds home with UFV CascadesChilliwack Progress
For a while after the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles ceased to be, the forward had nowhere to play.

Star striker sidelined in Powell River Villa victoryPowell River Peak
Veteran Kye Taylor is out of Powell River Villa soccer club’s lineup indefinitely. Taylor suffered his second concussion of the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) season in Villa’s 6-1 victory over Victoria West Beavers on October 22.

Registration drop leads to questions at Nelson Soccer Association’s AGMNelson Star
The city’s biggest sports organization is finding success comes with its own problems.

Senior Soccer Scintillates Brentwood.bc.ca
A fierce starting 11, supplemented by an array of multi-talented subs, the Brentwood Senior Boys Soccer team is looking stronger than ever. Silver at ISAs, 7-1 against Salt Spring, 8-1 against Kesley, 4-0 against Shawnigan, and a 3-2 exhibition win over a U21 men’s team — the positive results continue to pile up like shoes at the door of a Brentwood residence.

Dawson City Lions girl’s soccer team brings home valuable lessons from B.C. tournamentWhitehorse Daily Star
The Dawson City Lions girl’s under-13 soccer team travelled down to northern Vancouver for a tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend and grew as a unit.

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!

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.

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




Canada West soccer playoffs: Huskies lean on Leesa Eggum in the boxStar-Phoenix
In hockey terms, Leesa Eggum would be described as a power forward who isn’t afraid to rub elbows in front of the net.

Niagara well-represented on OCAA soccer all-star teamsWelland Tribune
The Niagara College men’s soccer team won’t begin competing for a medal until the Ontario championships get underway Thursday. However, the Knights have already made their presence felt when it comes to individual awards for the 2017 regular season.

Corner Brook’s Ethan Allen takes time away from Sea-Hawks soccer to focus on mathematicsWestern Star
Having to keep on his toes crunching numbers towards a math degree, Ethan Allen didn’t want to spend precious time sitting on the bench.

Work begins on ‘mega’ soccer centre in south EdmontonCBC
Soccer Dome with full-sized field believed to be Canada’s largest indoor facility of its kind.

Lifelong learning key to Canada Soccer Referee InstructorsCSA
A group of Canada Soccer’s top referee instructors and assessors recently attended courses intended to provide them with the tools to educate our nation’s top officials. In September at the FIFA Futuro III Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica six Canadians joined more than 30 technical instructors and 12 fitness instructors from CONCACAF Member Associations.

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Eddies fall to Puerto Rico FC in Kissimmee FC Edmonton
Two goals inside the first 16 minutes of the match for Puerto Rico FC condemned FC Edmonton to defeat at Austin Tindall Park.

Puerto Rico FC continues to haunt FC Edmonton the11.ca
FC Edmonton got off to yet another poor start to a match, and the Eddies dug themselves a hole they couldn’t find a way out of.

Cincinnati Announces Offseason Roster Moves USL
FC Cincinnati could have a very new look when it takes to the field for the 2018 USL regular season, with the club announcing on Wednesday it had currently retained nine players from its current roster for the club’s third season.

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W-League celebrates birthday with new highsFIFA
Australia’s W-League kicks off on Friday celebrating a tenth campaign and boosted by a variety of landmarks off the field. Launched in the wake of Australia’s breakthrough showing at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the W-League has slowly gathered momentum each season.

NWSL players headed en masse to Australia’s W-League for offseasonSoccer America
NWSL clubs have announced whom they have under contract for the 2018 and those players whom were extended contracts for next season. More than two dozen players will spend the offseason on loan to clubs abroad, most in Australia’s W-League, which kicks off Friday.

Football Association has lost trust of public – chairman Greg ClarkeBBC Sport
The Football Association has “lost the trust of the public” over its handling of discrimination claims against ex-England women’s manager Mark Sampson, says chairman Greg Clarke.

Why Megan Rapinoe Has Every Right To Rant About Soccer’s Gender GapForbes
FIFA isn’t the only party guilty of sexist practices, of course. If you want to understand what female soccer players are up against in America, take a look at U.S. Soccer’s 990 tax filing in 2016 for the 2015 year.

McCall Zerboni: From the stands in ’99 to the pitch in ’17The Equalizer
McCall Zerboni had her weekend planned. She was going to do some coaching, go watch the North Carolina FC men’s game Saturday night and handle some duties revolving around her involvement in the Raleigh community. Nothing special. Then Jill Ellis called.

The Unseen Side of Women’s Soccer: Dani Foxhoven’s Russian Premier League NightmareSI.com
The story of former Portland Thorns forward Danielle Foxhoven and her harrowing—but valuable—experience playing pro soccer in Russia, from the book, Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer.

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Atletico held to draw by third-tier Elche in Copa del ReySportsnet
Atletico Madrid could only manage a 1-1 draw at third-division club Elche as Spain’s leading clubs struggled in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

League Cup quarterfinalists set: What are the juiciest draws?NBC Sports
The League Cup is down to its final eight clubs, with several Premier League giants angling for their first bit of hardware this season.

Wenger defends Arsenal values as fans revolt at AGM SN
Arsene Wenger made an impassioned plea for support after Arsenal fans again made their discontent with the club clear at Thursday’s annual general meeting.

AC Milan, Juventus secure easy wins in Serie A Sportsnet
AC Milan and Juventus swept to comfortable victories on a night in Serie A that will be remembered for readings from Anne Frank’s diary and a minute’s silence before every match as Italian soccer sought to condemn anti-Semitism on Wednesday.

Are you watching, Italy? Super Mario Balotelli is back to his bestSN
There was a time when Mario Balotelli’s ‘Super’ tag seemed almost ironic, but not anymore, with the forward doing his utmost to push for international recognition once again.

Napoli must learn to rotate Football Italia
Napoli are top of the table, having dropped points only in the head-to-head with second-placed Inter, but as the season wears on, will the lack of strength in depth prove costly?

Barcelona to be challenged in tough stretch of away matchesMetro
Barcelona plays five of its next six games away from Camp Nou, a stretch that will pose a tough challenge and could slow the team’s momentum after what has been an almost perfect start to the season.

Spanish FA confirm VAR for next seasonFootball Espana
La Liga will introduce video assistant referee (VAR) technology from next season, according to Spanish FA chief Juan Luis Larrea.

Rangers sack Pedro Caixinha as manager after seven months in chargeThe Guardian
Rangers are on the hunt for a manager for the second time this year after Pedro Caixinha’s turbulent Ibrox tenure was unsurprisingly brought to an end on Thursday.

Al Ahly, Wydad set for African finalFIFA
After a long journey that has taken in the length and breadth of Africa, the 2017 CAF Champions League is about to reach its conclusion, with two teams from the north of the continent set to fight it out for the trophy. Lining up on one side is Al Ahly of Egypt, the most successful team in the competition’s history, with Wydad Casablanca, one of Morocco’s oldest clubs, facing them on the other.

FIFA Scandals: First sentence is eight months for wire fraud and conspiracySoccer America
Hector Trujillo, the 64-year-old former Guatemalan judge arrested while on a Disney cruise ship docked in Florida two years ago, became the first person sentenced in the Federal probe into soccer corruption.

U-17 WC: England and Spain set up all-European finalFIFA
Three confederations (Africa, Europe and South America) were involved in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, but only one confederation will be represented in the tournament’s showpiece final on Saturday.

FIFA U-17 World Cup a resounding success for IndiaAFC
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel expressed his “delight and satisfaction at AIFF’s dream project – the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 being an astounding success.”

England Under-17s use Subbuteo to mastermind World Cup successESPN FC
To help his youthful side fully visualise his tactical instructions, England coach Steve Cooper had a full-sized Subbuteo table installed in the middle of the dressing room in Kolkata.

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