VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps reflect on disappointing 2016 season – Sportsnet
The list of reasons for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ dismal showing in 2016 is a long one.
Leadership Question: Vancouver Whitecaps reflect on disappointing 2016 season – Alaska Highway News
The list of reasons for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ dismal showing in 2016 is a long one. An atrocious home record, discipline, lacklustre defending and scoring woes are among the culprits, but one word kept creeping up Wednesday as players and management met the media to pick over the carcass of a lost campaign — leadership.
Developing young players the key to Robinson’s success – Vancouver Sun
What seems eminently clear as the Whitecaps head into the off-season as playoff spectators, is that the club isn’t going to budge much on the budget.
News and notes: Whitecaps FC hold year-end media availability – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC held their year-end media availability on Wednesday morning following the announcement of multi-year contract extensions for head coach Carl Robinson and assistants Martyn Pert and Gordon Forrest.
Future uncertain for Morales as Whitecaps look to right 2016 – Red Nation Online
On a day where the Vancouver Whitecaps FC extended Coach Carl Robinson and his coaching assistants with a contract extension through 2020, the media circled at UBC to find out what went wrong, why, and where Vancouver goes forward next season after a disappointing 10-15-9 record.
Assessing the Signings of Carl Robinson for Vancouver Whitecaps – Eighty-Six Forever
With the announcement of a contract extension, we examine the transactions Carl Robinson has made in his tenure as manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps and determine whether he has been successful or not.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Kendall Waston for one match – Whitecaps FC
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston has been suspended one game for “violent conduct” in the 25th minute of last Sunday’s game against Portland Timbers.
Whitecaps extend Carl Robinson’s tenure – Soccer Shorts
The news that Carl Robinson has signed a new contract with the Whitecaps through 2020 is both a huge vote of confidence in him from the Front Office and an attempt to imbue some stability at the club.
In, Out, On The Bubble: MLS edition – Pandher’s picks – AFTN
We don’t just want to run a slew of these end of season analysis articles, but there’s some different opinions amongst the team, so we’ll be running these over the next two days under our new “In, Out, On The Bubble” banner, kicking things off with Steve’s piece today.
Toronto FC 3, Philadelphia Union 1 | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
After nine years, Toronto FC finally hosted a home playoff game on Wednesday, and the raucous BMO Field crowd helped lift the Reds to their first-ever playoff win, a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in an Eastern Conference Knockout Round match.
Giovinco, Altidore lift TFC past calamitous Union – SBI
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore led the way for TFC, who took down the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, at BMO Field. The win is TFC’s first postseason win in their second playoff trip, setting up a conference semifinal date with New York City FC.
Toronto FC Cruise to First Ever Playoff Victory Over Philadelphia Union – Waking the Red
It’s been ten years in the making. Playoff soccer finally arrived at BMO Field, and the home side got themselves a massive 3-1 victory during a historic night for the club. It was the first time they have ever won a playoff game in only their second year of qualifying.
Toronto FC’s first playoff victory well worth the wait – SN
It took 10 seasons, but Toronto FC fans were finally able to see their team win a playoff match.
Toronto FC finally got a playoff win, and now they can make a run at MLS Cup – Fox Sports
It took 10 years, eight managers and a whole lot of frustration, but Toronto FC won its first MLS playoff game in franchise history Wednesday night with a 3-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Union. It vanquished a streak of historic futility and, in doing so, immediately announced itself as an Eastern Conference contender.
Union struggles in the back help Toronto to a 3-1 victory – Prost Amerika
It’s been nothing new for the Philadelphia Union in the last stretch of the season. The continuous poor play has boiled down to mistakes in the back. All three goals Wednesday night were the result of self-sabotage as the Union fall 3-1.
NYCFC to face Toronto FC in Eastern Conference Semis – Empire of Soccer
Toronto and NYCFC have met five times over the past two seasons, splitting their 2016 campaign with a pair of draws thanks to a 2-2 result at Yankee Stadium in March and a 1-1 draw in Toronto back in May. Overall, NYCFC have the series lead, 2-0-3.
LA Galaxy 3, Real Salt Lake 1 | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
Surprise starter Alan Gordon joined 22-year-old Emmanuel Boateng in shredding the Real Salt Lake defense throughout the first half of LA Galaxy’s 3-1 victory in Wednesday’s Western Knockout Round match on the first day of the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs at StubHub Center.
Ema Boateng steals show for LA Galaxy in playoff romp over Real Salt Lake – Fox Sports
In 2005, the LA Galaxy won an MLS Cup title after finishing the regular season eighth out of 12 teams. That was 11 years ago, and although Bruce Arena wasn’t yet in charge, Landon Donovan and Alan Gordon were on the squad. Seven years later the Galaxy finished eighth overall again. Gordon was in San Jose but Donovan—joined by David Beckham and Robbie Keane—helped power LA to another championship.
Montreal Impact’s Didier Drogba won’t travel with team to face D.C. United – ESPN FC
Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba will not accompany the team to Washington, D.C. for Thursday’s MLS playoff game against D.C. United, according to manager Mauro Biello.
Red-hot D.C. a tough challenge for Montreal in MLS playoffs – Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact were the in-form team in Major League Soccer this time last year. Now that honour belongs to D.C. United, the Impact’s opponents on Thursday night in the first round of the MLS playoffs
CONCACAF reveals 2016-17 Champions League quarterfinals schedule – MLS
Three MLS teams have booked passage to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, and now they can circle the key dates on their calendars.
Dynamo pass on hiring Wade Barrett as head coach – SBI
Wade Barrett’s interim tag has been removed, but that does not mean he is becoming the full-time head coach of the Houston Dynamo.
Sources: Wilmer Cabrera to be named new coach of Houston Dynamo – Four Four Two
Houston to hire ex-Chivas USA coach, current USL affiliate coach as new first-team manager, replacing interim boss Wade Barrett.
CASCADIA CUP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers 1, October 23, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web By Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
UBCO at TWU – Canada West WSOC Playoff Preview – UBCO
The Heat women will play their first ever Canada West postseason match against the Spartans at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at Chase Office Field in Langley, BC
MSOC PREVIEW: Heat visit Alberta for second trip to playoffs in last three years – UBCO
This week for the Heat: This week marks the first week of play offs for the Heat men’s soccer team. With only a singular game to determine the quarter-final the Kelowna squad will be matched up against the University of Alberta. The first and only game of the series is set for Saturday (Oct. 29) in Edmonton at the at the Foote Field with a start time of 1:15 p.m. PT
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Cascades soccer teams open playoffs, women at home vs. UVic – UFV
Playoff games for the University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams – including a home date for the women vs. the Victoria Vikes – are the highlights on a busy weekend which sees seven Cascades squads in action.
From Blues winger to winning coach – Capilano Courier
While most people currently attending or working at Capilano University know Paul Dailly as the coach of the men’s soccer team, his relationship with the school, and sport, began many years ago.
VISL Division 1 Weekend Matches – Oct.28-30 – VISL
This weekend is an important one as far as placements go in division 1. Some keys games that will change the standings in a big way.
Cowichan LMG holds off Nanaimo for key road win – Cowichan Valley Record
For the second time in as many road games against Nanaimo United, Cowichan LMG managed to fend off the host team and win 3-2.
Powell River Villa falls to Lakehill United – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa soccer club’s inability to score continues to plague the team. Although it is still early in the Vancouver Island Soccer League season, Villa sits in seventh place in the standings with four points in six games.
Comox Valley United VISL teams both suffer 2-1 losses – Comox Valley Record
It was two tough 2-1 losses for the two Comox Valley United teams in the Vancouver Island Soccer League this past weekend.
Cost of using city recreational facilities taking a jump – CJFC
Kamloops City Council has approved a 5% rate increase to take effect January 1st. Costs for sports fields, hockey rink rentals, other ice time, pool use and single event permits will rise. Further increases are planned for 2019 and 2021, allowing the city to recover 50% of its overall costs.
International Soccer Academy holding goalkeeper camp in Courtenay – Comox Valley Record
The International Soccer Academy of Vancouver Island (ISAVI), is standing behind their mission statement: “To maintain and continually improve a program throughout the academy structure that nurtures young players so that they achieve their maximum potential.” ISAVI is hosting a soccer goalkeeping clinic with Dave Calow as the head coach, Nov. 11-12, in Courtenay. This clinic is open to 20 potential future or present soccer goalkeepers looking for skill specific improvement.
Success on the pitch and at the bank for NYS – Nelson Star
The beautiful game continues to be profitable for Nelson’s biggest sports organization. Nelson Youth Soccer was in the black for 2015 and is projected to be once again this year, according to financial statements released at the association’s annual general meeting Monday night.
PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 – Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.
BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review – BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review. The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Welcome to Canada, Jayson Leutwiler – the11.ca
Jayson Leutwiler is going to play for Canada! Jayson, um, who?
Yukon striker helps team to collegiate provincial championships – Whitehorse Star
With 35 seconds left in the half, Emily Fedoriak finds the back of the net. In the SAIT Trojans women’s soccer team third game of the season, the second-year striker would find the net once more in the game to help the team to a 3-0 win over the Olds College Broncos.
Laval knocks McGill Martlets soccer out of the playoffs – McGill Tribune
The McGill Martlets (4-6-2) came out hungry for redemption against the Laval Rouge et Or (11-0-1) at Molson Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 23 after being dominated by the CIS’ number one seed in the last meeting between the two teams on September 25. Ultimately, McGill came away heartbroken as the visitors edged out the Martlets 1-0.
Sanders named honorary chair for U Sports women’s soccer championships – Chronicle Herald
Laura Sanders, former Acadia University soccer coach and Acadia Sport Hall of Fame member, has been named honorary chair for the 2016 U Sports women’s soccer championships.
UOIT women’s soccer team wraps up first place, awaits OUA quarter-final – Oshawa This Week
The country’s No. 3-ranked UOIT women’s soccer team closed out OUA conference play with a 6-0 road victory over the Trent Excalibur Saturday, Oct. 22.
Long journey for soccer star Bumba-Mutambala – The Suburban
When Protais-Hamza Bumba-Mutambala came to Quebec from his native Congo at the age of three he was entering an entirely different world and had to adapt quickly. A different climate, language and culture proved to be obstacles that he and his family had to overcome.
Impact U18s win first game on the road – Montreal Impact
Last Sunday was the first away game for the U18 and U16 Academy teams this season in the USSDA. For the occasion, the Impact teams were travelling to West Henrietta, near Rochester, in the State of New York, to face Empire United’s teams.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Ledgerwood makes the right call – Lethbridge Herald
In the spring, when Nik Ledgerwood decided to sign a contract with FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League, he hoped it was the right call. After less than a season with the Eddies, he knew it was.
WSA Winnipeg’s Moses Danto moving up to USL – Global
Winnipeg’s Moses Danto is moving up in the soccer ranks. Danto, 22, has signed a professional contract with the Arizona United SC of the United Soccer League. Danto was one of three members of WSA Winnipeg that had a tryout with the team. Danto also had a trial with Sporting Kansas City of the Major Soccer League.
Cosmos’ Savarese laments defection of rival Tampa Bay Rowdies – Empire of Soccer
One bridge between the original NASL and its current iteration has been the rivalry between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Both teams have played to several contentious battles since 2013, adding a new and exciting chapter to their storied history.
Rapids, Independence Announce Partnership Extension – USL
The Colorado Rapids and Charlotte Independence have announced the two teams have extended their partnership through the 2017 season. This will mark the third year of the clubs’ partnership following the initial agreement signed prior to 2015.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
INTERVIEW: Arsenal legend Vic Akers reflects on his two decades with the Ladies team – Offside Rule
In a month where Arsene Wenger celebrated 20 years in charge of Arsenal Football Club, the legendary Frenchman isn’t in fact the longest serving manager in the club’s history. That honour goes to Vic Akers OBE, manager of Arsenal Ladies between their creation in 1987 and when he stepped down in 2009. Akers, now 70, spent some time reflecting on his achievements with Rich Lavert.
South Africa: Sasol League Roadshow Headed for Limpopo – All Africa
This year marks the eighth year of Sasol’s sponsorship of the country’s premier women’s football league, an initiative that has played an integral part in contributing to the growth and development of women’s football in South Africa.
Yeovil Town Ladies: Engineer to soldier, Cardiff to Kent – the commitment of the Lady Glovers – Somserset Live
Yeovil Town Ladies are midway through one of the biggest weeks in the club’s history. On Sunday they will play London Bees in the FA Women’s Super League 2 knowing victory will move them to the verge of promotion to the top flight.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
This Juan’s for you – Mata and Man Utd deliver when Mourinho needs it most – SN
There’s nothing like victory in a local derby to cure the ills of a football club, and Manchester United’s 1-0 EFL Cup win over Manchester City on Wednesday will produce quite the sigh of relief from Jose Mourinho.
West Ham dump Chelsea out of EFL Cup, Man United win derby – ESPN FC
West Ham United’s return to form continued as they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Joyful spirit at Olympic Stadium turns sour for West Ham – Yahoo Sports
West Ham’s new home, converted into a soccer stadium with the seats newly painted in the team’s claret and blue colors, has been marred by violence this season as small mobs create a toxic atmosphere during matches.
West Ham at the London Stadium: a troubled start at the Olympic Park – The Guardian
Violence marred West Ham’s EFL Cup win over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday, with seven arrests made by the Metropolitan police. The Hammers have endured a difficult start at their new home.
‘It was like a return to the dark days of the 1970s’ – Chelsea and West Ham fans on the shocking violence at London Stadium – The Telegraph
Football was shocked by the violent scenes at the end of the EFL Cup game between West Ham and Chelsea, with the Football Association, the police and both clubs launching investigations. Here, two supporters who were at the game discuss what they saw – and whether West Ham could even be forced to play behind closed doors as a result.
EFL Cup a ‘rip-off’ says ex-England winger Chris Waddle – BBC Sport
The EFL Cup is a “total rip-off” for fans because Premier League managers field weakened teams, says former England winger Chris Waddle.
With a beauty by Nacho, Madrid routs Leonesa in Copa del Rey – Sportsnet
With Nacho Fernandez stealing the show with a spectacular scissor-kick goal in the second half, Real Madrid cruised to a 7-1 win over third-division Cultural Leonesa in its Copa del Rey debut on Wednesday, despite playing without most of its top players.
La Liga is starting to look far less predictable – Sportsnet
Barcelona have been champions for six of the last eight years, with the Catalan club and their great rivals Real Madrid making up the top two for seven of those years. Their duopoly is stronger than any other in the sport, and for many that is a turn-off. And yet with nine games of the 2016-17 season played Spain’s top-flight has been far from predictable.
Icardi helps Inter sink Torino, saves De Boer’s job – Sportsnet
Mauro Icardi ended the longest goalscoring drought of his Inter Milan career with two goals that may have saved the job of coach Frank De Boer.
Higuain adds even more spice to Juve-Napoli rivalry – Yahoo Sports
Gonzalo Higuain will face former club Napoli for the first time on Saturday since his acrimonious departure for Juventus, adding even more spice to the fierce rivalry between the two sides.
Chivas defeats Club America on penalties to reach Copa MX final – ESPN FC
Chivas defeated arch-rival Club America on penalties at the Estadio Azteca Wednesday to advance to the final of Mexico’s Copa MX, with the game finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Bayern cruises to victory over Augsburg in German Cup – Sportsnet
United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Crisis-hit Leverkusen, Wolfsburg desperate for success – Yahoo Sports
Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg have mostly been concerned with the top end of the Bundesliga in recent years but Saturday’s clash looms as a desperate battle for both clubs to avoid falling deeper into trouble at the bottom.
The player who forgot how to celebrate – FIFA
Julian Weigl had never scored a senior goal before his expert finish for Dortmund against Sporting CP last week – and, he quickly realised, he hadn’t celebrated one either.
Guardiola reflects on his record winless streak as the going gets tough – Inside World Football
He is hailed as the brightest and most sought-after manager of his generation but has now suffered his worst ever winless streak of six games in all competitions.
Scottish FA chief executive throws support behind cross-border leagues – The Guardian
Scottish clubs need to play in a cross-border league to avoid “being left behind”, according to the chief executive of the country’s Football Association. A Champions League place for the winners is among the ideas being considered.
How a German football club inspired fans in Yorkshire to unite and help refugees – The Guardian
The Yorkshire St Pauli supporters’ group was established in 2011 so fans could meet in a bar and watch matches together, but social action has always been important to St Pauli and their members in Leeds have carried on that tradition.