BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 17, 2017



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Episode 224 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Missed Opportunities – Whitecaps v San Jose, MLS lie of the land, Tim Parker, Rich Fagan, World Cup qualifiers)AFTN
Well, Vancouver Whitecaps blew it. Their first Western Conference regular season title was there for the taking, but they couldn’t get the job done against San Jose Earthquakes at home. We’re joined by AFTN writer Joe Deasy to look back at the match, what went wrong, and are there any positives to take from it?

Alphonso Davies 911 call saves lives in Vancouver blazeMLS
Alphonso Davies’ quick thinking post-match helped prevent a potential tragedy in Vancouver on Sunday night.

Columbus Crew Angling Toward Relocation to Austin in 2019SI.com
The Columbus Crew, one of MLS’s original teams, is angling to move its franchise to Austin, Texas, SI.com has learned.

Crew SC exploring new Columbus stadium or potential move to AustinMLS
Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt announced on Tuesday that the club is looking at strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the club, including a new stadium in Columbus or a potential move to the city of Austin, Texas.

Crew SC owner: Without Downtown stadium, team is movingColumbus Dispatch
Crew SC will be in Columbus and play at Mapfre Stadium in 2018. Beyond that, the future of Major League Soccer in Columbus is in doubt.

Statement from Precourt Sports VenturesColumbus Crew
“As attendance League-wide continues to grow on a record-setting pace, and markets across the country seek to join MLS, Columbus’ situation is particularly concerning,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Energy around new markets leaves MLS’ old guard playing catch upFour Four Two
Attendance and marketing standards are being set by MLS’ newest teams. How do the league’s oldest teams change the message around their clubs?

Columbus Crew, Welcome To The Stadium Extortion RacketDeadspin
MLS is not and for the foreseeable future will not be one of this country’s so-called Big Four, but let no one say the scrappy upstart doesn’t extort American cities like a big-boy league.

Learning from the NASL’s expansion problemsU.S. Soccer Players
Expansion creates excitement and arguments among fans. It all depends whether your city is the one who gets a team. In a country with no promotion and relegation, the expansion sweepstakes is the only way in. It also creates concerns. The expansion story isn’t new in American soccer, pointing back to the bad old days when the original North American Soccer League added too many teams.

Playoff Scenarios: How teams can clinch on Decision DayMLS
There’s still plenty on the line come this Sunday, when all 22 MLS clubs will kick off at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT. Here’s what they’re fighting for.

Is Sebastian Giovinco Too Good for MLS?SI.com
Since 2015 and the team’s first playoff appearance, Sebastian Giovinco has been key. It was the Italian’s first season and he’s been arguably the best player in MLS ever since.

Sam Allardyce interested in taking United States job – sourcesESPN FC
Sam Allardyce is interested in discussing the prospect of a return to international management as United States coach, sources close to the former England boss have told ESPN FC.

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


BC Soccer Announces 2018 Youth Provincial Championship Hosts BCSA
After careful consideration of all provincial cup bids, which we are thankful to have received, BC Soccer is excited to announce the 2018 Provincial Cup final Hosts! Kamloops Youth Soccer Association will host the Girl’s B Cup finals, Richmond Soccer Association will host the A Cup finals, Burnaby District Youth Soccer Association will host the Les Sinnott Memorial Cup finals, and Vancouver Island Wave will host the BC Soccer Premier Cup finals.

Fakunle’s golden boot lifts UNBC past UFV Cascades in men’s soccer My Prince George Now
Tofa Fakunle just wanted one more shot at glory with the UNBC Timberwolves this regular season. On Monday, he got that in spades scoring the game-winning goal against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in a 1-0 victory.

Undefeated Gorge FC uses big second half to down Vantreights in VISL Div. 1 playVictoria News
Vantreights did their best to keep a lid on the powerful Gorge FC attack for a little over a half of Sunday’s Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 1 match at Topaz Park.

Comox Valley United stun Westcastle with dramatic comeback Comox Valley Record
It was the comeback of a season for the Comox Valley’s top soccer team on a chilly night at the Vanier turf field on Saturday, Oct. 14.

PACWEST Women’s Soccer RecapPacwest
A look back at the weekend’s action in PACWEST Women’s Soccer.

PACWEST Men’s Soccer RecapPacwest
A look back at the weekend’s action in PACWEST Men’s Soccer.

UVic’s women’s soccer team heating up as playoffs nearTimes Colonist
The winning ways continued for the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team on Sunday, claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win in Edmonton over the University of Alberta Pandas at Foote Field.

WolfPack soccer squads aim for playoffs as season winds downKamloops This Week
With the Canada West soccer regular season winding down, both the women’s and men’s TRU WolfPack teams are involved in the post-season picture.

Chilliwack soccer stars grab gold at Soccer Canada’s U-15 CupChilliwack Progress
Chilliwack’s Melissa Palmer, Brienne Wefflen and Lily Bisson are national soccer champions. The teenagers, who play for Surrey United in the B.C. Soccer Premier League, traveled to Calgary for the U-15 Cup, which was held Oct. 4-9.

Residency Report: U-14s continue to grow Whitecaps FC
While the elder Residency teams had an off weekend, the U-14 squad took to the field against an older Coquitlam Metro-Ford team, playing to a hard fought 2-2 draw.

Thompson Okanagan FC and Vancouver Island Wave Achieve Standard 1 of the BC Soccer Club Charter ProgramBCSA
BC Soccer is proud to announce that Thompson Okanagan FC (TOFC) and Vancouver Island Wave (VI Wave) have achieved BC Soccer’s Club Charter Standard 1. Thompson Okanagan FC and Vancouver Island Wave achieved the standard 1 criteria outlined within BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program which are based on three top line categories: Technical; Governance; and Administrative.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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 WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!




Voyageurs bounce back against Blues Sudbury Star
Jacob Gramegna managed to deflect the airborne ball with his head, from inside the 18-yard box, neatly beating the University of Toronto Varsity Blues keeper. And at the 51-minute mark of the second half, Gramegna, off a long throw-in, was able to find Liam Ezzard, securing a 2-1 win for the Laurentian University men’s soccer team over the Varsity Blues in a rainy, windy, cold Sunday afternoon game at the LU soccer fields.

#L1OMFINAL – Where To See It Live (Or Livestream)League1 Ontario
Looking to head out to see Ontario’s next entry into the 2018 Canadian Championship? Just head over to league1ontario.com and watch the event unfold from the comfort of home.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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SF Deltas and FC Edmonton did not sign letters of commitment for NASL 2018Soctakes
Soc Takes understands that FC Edmonton informed the league that they plan on joining the Canadian Premier League, which is poised to begin operations in 2018; after the commencement of the FIFA World Cup.

Reno’s Kelly Claims 2017 USL Golden Boot USL
USL all-time leading scorer Dane Kelly of Reno 1868 FC earned the first USL Golden Boot of his career as the league announced its statistical awards on Monday, with Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Tomas Gomez claiming his second consecutive USL Golden Glove and Reno 1868 FC’s Chris Wehan taking the Assists Champion award.

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Portland Thorns destined for huge changes, should be even stronger in 2018Four Four Two
Portland will have multiple major departures this offseason, but that might just lead to opportunity.

Consolation prize? Paul Riley named NWSL Coach of the YearThe Equalizer
Paul Riley has been named NWSL Coach of the Year after guiding the North Carolina Courage to the Shield in near wire-to-wire fashion. The Courage opened the season with four consecutive wins and were in first place all but one Monday this season when the Red Stars jumped them thanks in part to having played more matches at that time. The Courage finished 16-7-1 (49 pts) to tie the 2014 Seattle Reign for most wins in an NWSL season.

Building a better finale: How the NWSL can salvage its title gameFour Four Two
There’s an argument that the top seed hosting the final leaves the league too susceptible to a more problematic stadium. That is inherently flawed.

Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be doneThe Guardian
The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairness.

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UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Real Madrid takes on Tottenham, Manchester City hosts Napoli, and moreSBI
The Champions League is back in session on Tuesday, with Match Day 3 set to be an entertaining round of the group stage.

As Napoli bring ‘Sarri-ball’ to Man City, a glossary of football’s tactical systemsThe Telegraph
Ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League match with Napoli, Telegraph Sport looks at the tactics that have helped the Serie A team make a scintillating start to the season.

Leicester City sack manager Shakespeare after poor start to seasonSN
Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare following a run of one win in eight Premier League matches this season.

Italy to play Sweden, Rep of Ireland to meet Denmark in World Cup playoff ESPN FC
Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark.

World Cup qualifiers: Honduras coach says play-off schedule is ‘inhumane’ BBC Sport
The short period between games in the two-legged World Cup qualifier between Australia and Honduras has been criticised by the latter’s coach, Jorge Luis Pinto.

U-17 WC: Germany, USA cruise into last eightFIFA
New Delhi bade farewell to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 on Monday, hosting the first two Round of 16 matches, which ended in comprehensive wins for Germany and USA.

Mike Ashley places Newcastle United up for sale, wants deal done before ChristmasVavel
The controversial owner has formally placed the club up for sale today, in a dramatic move.

Ivorian Kalou buoyed by Hertha’s anti-racism protest BBC Sport
Hertha Berlin’s Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou compared racism to terrorism as he explained why his Bundesliga side “took the knee” on Saturday.

La Liga rights holders want Barcelona to stay regardless of Catalan voteESPN FC
Barcelona’s place in La Liga should not be affected by any moves toward Catalan independence, according to Jaume Roures of Mediapro, current international rights holders for the Spanish league.

Messi and wife expecting their third childMetro
The player’s representatives say Antonela Roccuzzo is pregnant with the couple’s third child. They already have two young boys, Thiago and Mateo.

Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in EgyptNBC Sports
Soon after Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, a hashtag began trending on social media: “Aboutrika to the World Cup.” In a country where soccer and politics often mix, and often with explosive results, the pro-government media didn’t like that.

Cascadia would have qualified for the World CupOlympia Time
So, would a totally fantasy Cascadian Republic have qualified for the World Cup? Short answer: yes. Hurray! I hate you Bruce Arena! Long answer: absolutely. But we would have had a hard time beating the rest of the United States and Mexico.

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