BC Soccer News, Thursday, September 17, 2015






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CCL Match Report: Whitecaps 1-0 CD OlimpiaEighty-Six Forever
Kianz Froese scores the lone goal of the match as the Whitecaps win their first ever CCL match; Vancouver tied for top spot in Group F with a game in hand on both the Seattle Sounders and CD Olimpia.

‘Caps defeat C.D. Olimpia 1-0 to claim first CONCACAF Champions League winWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are into the CONCACAF Champions League win column. A first-half goal from Canadian midfielder Kianz Froese carried the ‘Caps to a 1-0 win over Honduran side C.D. Olimpia on Wednesday night at BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps scratch the surface of CD Olimpia Vancouver Sun
So September 16, 2015 will go down as the day that the CONCACAF Champion’s League finally arrived in Vancouver. The previous 1-1 tie with Seattle was a game that featured two sides that were either too familiar with the opposition or not familiar enough with their own teammates and the contest did little to raise either the blood pressure or the hackles.

Vancouver Whitecaps execute game plan perfectly in first CONCACAF Champions League winMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps recorded their first ever victory in the CONCACAF Champions League with a narrow, but vital, 1-0 win over Honduran champions CD Olimpia at BC Place on Wednesday night.

Whitecaps earn 1st ever Champions League win Sportsnet
Kianz Froese’s first half goal lifted the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-0 win over Honduran champions Club Deportivo Olimpia at BC Place on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League action.

CCL: ‘Caps win sets up big Cascadia showdownSoccer America
A first-half goal from Kianz Froese gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 win over Honduran champion Olimpia that moved them into a tie for first place with the Seattle Sounders in their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League group.

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch labels poor performance in loss to Revs one of worst of yearMLS
After playing some of their best soccer for the better part the last three months, the New York Red Bulls laid an egg in New England on Wednesday night.

Failing to press advantage, San Jose Earthquakes lament missed chances: “We let ourselves down” MLS
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear has no need for a hairdryer — whether you’re talking for his head or his players. Sure, the Quakes might have blown a third straight home lead and allowed the Montreal Impact to steal away with a 1-1 draw at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night, but Kinnear declined the opportunity to rant and rave in the locker room afterwards.

Lampard glad to score first goal for NYCFC while helping push towards playoffsSBI
Standing with his arms raised in front of his club’s supporters’ section, a massive weight was suddenly removed from the shoulders of Frank Lampard. Exactly 420 days since being revealed as a New York City FC player, Frank Lampard scored his first goal for the club, leading NYCFC to a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Change in draw all according to plan for Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello: “I didn’t gamble at all”MLS
No Drogba, no Piatti, no Bush, no Donadel, no Mapp. No worries: the Montreal Impact picked up a second straight road point in California with a 1-1 tie at San Jose. Impact interim head coach Mauro Biello’s gamble paid off.

Nat Borchers finally feeling at home with Timbers in PortlandOregon Live
Throughout his long career, Borchers had engaged in a constant battle to prove himself. Now, the 33-year-old would have to start over. But he saw the change as an opportunity to join a club brimming with immense potential. With the Portland Timbers, he believed he could be part of something special.

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The Trinity Western men’s soccer team will have its hands full in its home-opening weekend, as No. 8 ranked Victoria and No. 7 ranked UBC will provide the opposition Friday and Saturday at Rogers Field.

Cascades weekend preview: Men’s soccer hosts home openers vs. UBC, UVic – UFV
Canada West home openers for the Cascades men’s soccer team highlight a busy weekend of action for the University of the Fraser Valley athletic department.

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USL on the rise: Charleston Battery among teams seeking second division status with U.S. Soccer FederationPost & Courier
The United Soccer League, which the Battery had been a member of since the 1997 season, was undergoing a systemic change as the landscape of minor league soccer in the United States was literally splitting apart at its seams.

Indiana Pacers owner will launch USL team in Reno in 2017Soccer America
Herb Simon, owner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and managing partner of the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League baseball team, will be the owner of the Reno team that will begin play in the USL in 2017. The team will play at Aces Ballpark, a state-of-the-art facility with 6,500 seats that opened in 20019.

Energy FC Moves Into First In West, Defeats United USL
OKC Energy FC moved into first place in the USL’s Western Conference on Wednesday night as a goal by Daniel Gonzalez earned a 1-0 victory against Arizona United SC at Scottsdale Stadium. Following the LA Galaxy II’s defeat, Energy FC is now guaranteed a home playoff game, and remains in with a chance at earning a bye to the conference semifinals in the USL Playoffs.

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Jones, Ameobi say decisions to stay in Edmonton were easy to makethe11.ca
FC Edmonton has re-signed Canadian keeper Tyson Farago, as well as imports Ritchie Jones and Tomi Ameobi. For both Jones and Ameobi — who have had well-travelled soccer careers — the decisions to stay in Edmonton were easy to make.

Indy will host a much different FCE team this time aroundthe11.ca
When FC Edmonton travelled to Indiana for its final game of the NASL spring season, the team was depleted. Defender Mallan Roberts and midfielder Lance Laing were away on international duty. The team was ravaged by injuries.

NASL league and club officials, including Aaron Davidson, shed revealing light on D1 aspirationsWRAL Sportsfan
As the North American Soccer League approached the end of its 2011 season—its first as a Division II soccer league sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation—the still-nascent breakaway association already found itself at a crossroads.

The Broken Logic of USSF’s League RulesNorthern Pitch
News broke last week (or rather trickled from behind the paywall) that the NASL is pushing back against USSF’s proposed new regulations for a league wanting to be granted division one status. One allegedly proposed change would be requiring the division one to have 75% of its teams in metro areas over 2 million people. This would be a counter-productive and frankly dumb thing for the USSF to do. Here’s why.

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NWSL posts low TV ratings, attendance for semifinalsThe Equalizer
National Women’s Soccer League folks were rightfully excited to finally announce the long-teased national TV deal in early July (if you missed it, the news came a couple of hours before the United States played Germany in a World Cup semifinal, when pretty much everyone in the world invested in women’s soccer was focused on that match, letting the TV news slip under the radar after it was teased for months).

England Women: Estonia win would ‘shock women’s football’ BBC Sport
Estonia manager Keith Boanas says beating England in Monday’s Euro 2017 qualifier would be the “biggest shock in women’s football ever”.

Carli Lloyd: USA World Cup star would consider move to England BBC Sport
Midfielder Carli Lloyd, the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, says she would consider moving to the Women’s Super League in England.

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EA Sports finally adds Canada to its FIFA 16 National teamsEA Sports
Canada’s National team has usually been an awkward ommission for the world’s best selling video game, which is made in Burnaby. FIFA 16, which is released on September 22, corrects that. Complete list of teams here.

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Copa América’s Fate Uncertain as U.S. Soccer Skips MeetingNY Times
After four months of doubt and speculation, all signs now point to U.S. Soccer withdrawing as host of the 2016 Copa América Centenario tournament over unresolved concerns about legal liability that emerged after several top soccer and marketing officials connected to the tournament were arrested in May.

Swiss to extradite Fifa suspect to USBBC Sport
Switzerland says it has approved the extradition of a Uruguayan football official accused of taking bribes.

Florenzi’s goal vs. Barca one for the ages Sportsnet
Golazo! Golazo! Golazo!: A goal of the year candidate in a game involving Barcelona that wasn’t scored by Lionel Messi? Yep, it actually happened on Wednesday night at Stadio Olimpico, courtesy of AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi. With his team down 1-0 in the first half, the young Italian dribbled down the right flank as he crossed over the halfway line and saw goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen off his line.

Messi toasts Champions League century… but promises there’s more to comeGoal
The Barcelona star has hinted that there is more magic to come after he celebrated 100 games in the elite competition with Wednesday’s 1-1 group stage draw at Roma.

Sports needs protection from $1.5 trillion illegal gambling market, says Eaton Inside World Football
The vast majority of the €1 billion gambled globally on every English Premier League game constitutes illegal betting, according to one of the world’s leading sports anti-corruption experts.

Manchester United revenues hit by Champions League absenceBBC
Manchester United saw revenues fall by £38m in the year to June, mainly due to failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

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