BC Soccer News, Thursday, September 12, 2019







Houston Dynamo aren’t giving up on postseason yet, says Joe WillisMLS
Despite enduring a hellish stretch of just two wins in 17 games, goalkeeper Joe Willis says the Houston Dynamo aren’t giving up on reaching the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs until they’re mathematically eliminated.

MLS Review: Galaxy’s play-off hopes take hit as skid continuesYahoo Sports
LA Galaxy suffered a late 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids as the MLS play-off chasing outfit’s winless streak continued.

Toronto FC and New York City FC play to 1-1 drawDelta Optimist
Alejandro Pozuelo scored in the 40th minute as Toronto FC tied New York City FC 1-1 Wednesday night to run their unbeaten streak to eight matches across all competition.

Mezquida winner helps Rapids stun GalaxyESPN
Nicolas Mezquida scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute and the Colorado Rapids earned a 2-1 victory Wednesday over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Commerce City, Colo., to remain undefeated under new head coach Robin Fraser.

Zlatan takes LA Galaxy teen Efrain Alvarez under his wingNBC Sports
The self-proclaimed “Lion” has taken a cub. 17-year-old forward Efrain Alvarez has just broken into the LA Galaxy squad, making 10 appearances and five starts this season, but he already has the best teacher any MLS teen can ask for.

Houston Dynamo gets 2-0 shutout against Minnesota UnitedPro Soccer USA
The Houston Dynamo were looking to snap a seven-game winless streak and accomplished it Wednesday night with a 2-0 shutout against Minnesota United FC at BBVA Stadium.

Portland’s Timbers Army Plans to Meet With Major League Soccer Representatives About the Ban on Flags Bearing an Antifascist SymbolWillamette Week
The Timbers Army will meet with Major League Soccer officials next week to discuss the ban on flags bearing an antifascist symbol at games.

Sports Are My EscapeSounder at Heart
I attended the game in Portland on August 23rd. On the way down, there was a man on my ECS bus that was extremely upset, to the point of tears, that he had to participate in the protest. He said all the usual things: Sports are my escape, I don’t want to see politics at games, gays are treated fairly in America now, and so on. I thought about this person quite a bit in the hours that followed. (Editor’s note: This is an extraordinary, thought-provoking piece of writing from a Seattle Sounders fan. I highly recommend spending some time with this.)






Pacific FC unable to take advantage of a strong start as York 9 rides second-half wave to victoryBTS
Pacific FC took on York 9 in a pivotal midweek clash, with the Ontario-based side taking home all 3 points as they rode a second-half surge to lead them to victory.

‘Absolutely a missed chance’: Pacific squanders 3rd-place climb CanPL
There are only so many opportunities provided in football – moments when three points can mean the difference between continued title contention and a middle-of-the-pack finish.

VISL Division 1 Listings, Week 1BC Soccer Web
The Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) is back in full swing this upcoming weekend.

WSOC: T-Birds hit the road to face two winless Alberta squadsUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (0-0-2) are gunning for their first victory of the season as they travel to Alberta to visit the Prairie Division’s Mt. Royal Cougars (0-2-0) and Lethbridge Pronghorns (0-0-2) after drawing their first two matches of the season.

TRU WSOC home opener weekend with lots of activitiesTRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team make their home debut this weekend.

TRU MSOC back home to face two Prairie OpponentsTRU
After garnering only one of a possible six points on the road last weekend,the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team is hoping for a better fate as they return home to take on a pair of Prairie Division opponents in Canada West play.

UBC Okanagan coach seeing maturity in this year’s Heat rosterKelowna Capital News
When the UBCO Heat beat two undefeated teams to start the men’s soccer season, it was a progressive sign for the club.

Mount Royal Cougars enter UNBC’s mens soccer wolf den this weekPrince George Matters
The UNBC men’s soccer squad will have their hands full on Friday the 13 with the Mount Royal University (MRU) Cougars paying a visit to Masich Place Stadium.

4,200 senior athletes kick off the 55+ BC Games in KelownaNorthern View
“Let the games begin,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran in front of over 4,200 athletes at Prospera Place on Wednesday night for the opening ceremonies to the 2019 55+ BC Games.

Tough loss ends SFU home win streakBurnaby Now
SFU men’s soccer’s 33-game home unbeaten streak was snapped Saturday night after California State University San Bernardino scored a goal in the second minute and then hung on for a 1-0 win in the final game of the Burnaby Showdown.

VMSL Premier Division 2019/20 Completely Baseless Season PreviewAFTN
The 2019/20 Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) season kicks off this weekend and we can’t wait. There’s new teams, new players, new hope, and some great local football that we can’t encourage you enough to get out and take in over these fall and winter weekends.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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.


Wildrose Cup bragging rights for Cavalry in 1-0 clean sheet win at FC EdmontonAFTN
Cavalry FC maintained their unbeaten record against FC Edmonton Sept. 11 with a 1-0 win in the fourth “Al Classico” derby of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

Valour brace for match against red-hot ForgeWinnipeg Free Press
Valour FC is coming off of their worst performance in franchise history and now they have to play the top team in the Canadian Premier League.

CSB hires Carmelina Moscato as Manager, Women’s Professional Football DevelopmentCanPL
In her new role, Moscato will also serve as Commissioner of League1 Ontario Women’s Division and be responsible for creating strategies to improve developmental and professional opportunities for female players within the league.

From the pitch to pedals: Kelsey Mitchell’s journey from soccer to record-breaking cyclistCTV Edmonton
For Sherwood Park’s Kelsey Mitchell, the transition from patrolling the pitch to powering pedals has been a record-smashing success.


Anatomy of home unbeaten streak: Indy Eleven win again at Lucas OilIndy Star
The Indy Eleven did it again Wednesday night, topping Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 and extending their home unbeaten streak to 22 matches. It begs the question: Why are games at Lucas Oil Stadium so difficult for Indy’s opponents?

USL Championship Gameday Report: September 11, Week 28USL
Phoenix Rising FC earned its 19th consecutive victory to move one step closer to the Championship’s regular season title, while Indy Eleven set a new club record with its 22nd consecutive game without defeat at home as it defeated Ottawa Fury FC and Sacramento Republic FC leapfrogged Austin Bold FC after taking victory in Texas during Wednesday night’s action in the USL Championship.


North Carolina Courage stomp over Portland Thorns in race to NWSL ShieldPro Soccer USA
When the Portland Thorns huddled and tried to regroup halfway through the first half, it seemed like they knew the NWSL Shield was quickly slipping away.

Portland Thorns suffer worst loss in club history with first place in NWSL on the lineOregon Live
The Portland Thorns watched the NWSL Shield slip away during a horrific nine-minute stretch Wednesday night.

Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars: Final Score 1-0 as Pride Lose With Final Touch of the MatchThe Maneland
Casey Short headed in the game’s only goal on the last play of the match as the Pride lost yet again.

Women’s Champions League: Juventus lose to Barcelona as Lyon win 9-0The Guardian
Juventus Women’s hopes of progressing in the Women’s Champions League are hanging by a thread after they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against last year’s runners-up, Barcelona.

FIFA in India to inspect host cities for 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup Inside World Football
FIFA has sent an inspection team to the five prospective host cities for the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup. It is the second FIFA tournament that India will stage in quick succession having hosted the U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017.

NCAA Week 3 women’s soccer preview: Top games, what to watch, rankingsNCAA
Week 3 features five top 25 matchups and several upset opportunities for unranked teams. Here’s a look at all the top games this week, how to watch them and where each team is ranked.

NFL legend Andersen to help Carli LloydNBC Sports
Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen has revealed he has reached out to Carli Lloyd to help the USWNT legend transition to the NFL.


Valencia sack Marcelino before key clashes at Barcelona and ChelseaThe Guardian
Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Valencia have been thrown into chaos after the club’s owner, Peter Lim, announced the sacking of Marcelino García Toral six days before their visit to Stamford Bridge.

Modric injured, likely to miss PSG-Madrid clashESPN
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will miss Saturday’s match against Levante after the club announced he has suffered an injury to the abductor muscle on his right leg, and is a doubt for Wednesday’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Napoli dressing rooms unfinished ahead of Sampdoria, Liverpool visitsNBC Sports
We’d say so much for home field advantage, but we haven’t seen the away rooms.

Lyon and Lille in action before Champions League bowThe Guardian
Olympique Lyonnais and LOSC Lille raise the curtain on Ligue 1 Conforama Week 5 on Friday with both the UEFA Champions League hopefuls in action ahead of the start of their European challenge.

João Félix Is in a Hurry. So Is Everyone Else.NY Times
Félix has gone from Benfica’s academy to Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir apparent with dizzying speed. But how fast is too fast?

Levein believes criticism from Hearts fans is deserved as he urges improvementFour Four Two
Craig Levein has called on his Hearts players to “do better” after admitting poor performances deserve to attract criticism from the Tynecastle faithful.

Celtic: Scott Brown says abuse away from pitch nothing newBBC Sport
Celtic captain Scott Brown says the abuse he received outside Ibrox after the Old Firm game earlier this month is nothing new, adding it has been happening to him throughout his career.

Prem refs’ chief admits to four big errors by VARESPN
Premier League referees’ chief Mike Riley has accepted that there have been four clear errors with VAR since it was introduced at the start of the season.

Police across Europe swoop on Belgian agents in Mitrovic transfer fraud probeInside World Football
Player agent Christophe Henrotay and his brother-in-law and business associate Christophe Cheniaux have been detained by police over alleged transfer fraud. Former Anderlecht manager Herman Van Holsbeek was also held in custody on Wednesday.

Relevent Sports accuse USSF and FIFA of conspiring to prevent LaLiga play in USInside World Football
Relevent Sports, the promoter of the International Champions Cup which is building a business on taking international clubs to play in the US, has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).

FIFA officials to visit Iran after death of ‘Blue Girl’National Post
FIFA officials will visit Iran, following the death of a female fan who set herself on fire in protest at her arrest for attending a match, world soccer’s governing body told Reuters on Wednesday.

Vincent Kompany sculpture commissioned by Manchester City for the EtihadSky Sports
“It’s an incredible honour,” says City legend Kompany; road at club’s training complex renamed after defender

Per Mertesacker: ‘I want to make an impact on young people’s lives’The Guardian
Arsenal’s academy manager talks about his parents’ influence, Mesut Özil and what he wants from his players.

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