BC Soccer News, Tuesday, October 18, 2016



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Whitecaps Q&A Part 2: : ‘I feel fans’ pain,’ says co-owner Jeff MallettThe Province
In Part 1 of Marc Weber’s Q and A with Whitecaps’ co-owner Jeff Mallett on Sunday, the former Yahoo! president said the Caps must re-evaluate what a player’s commitment to the first team is. In Part 2, Mallett responds to criticism of the brass and to the cries for the Caps to spend more money.

Five takeaways from the 2016 Province Whitecaps pollThe Province
Still plenty of support, but the fans are getting anxious for some real success.

Beyond the Lens – Statistically SpeakingEighty-Six Forever
Numbers don’t lie. It’s been bad and we all know it. Ownership, the Front Office, the coaches, the players and probably the trainers know it and probably everyone associated with the club. How many want to admit it though?

Which Whitecaps would you protect in this year’s MLS expansion draft? AFTN
Atlanta United will have the first selection in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft, which takes place on Tuesday December 13th.

BMO Player of the Year: Jordan HarveyWhitecaps FC
The votes are in. Jordan Harvey was named the 2016 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year today after earning 48.17 per cent of the votes in a poll conducted on whitecapsfc.com over the last month.

Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero: Nicolas MezquidaWhitecaps FC
“A person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution.” That’s the definition of unsung hero – and it describes Nicolas Mezquida to a tee. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the Uruguayan midfielder received the Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero Award at today’s 2016 Whitecaps FC Player Awards, presented by BMO.

Most Promising Players: Alphonso Davies and Julia GrossoWhitecaps FC
Alphonso Davies and Julia Grosso were the co-recipients of the Most Promising Player Award at today’s 2016 Whitecaps FC Player Awards, presented by BMO.

Humanitarian of the Year: Christian DeanWhitecaps FC
Despite the hardships, the 23-year-old has never hesitated to give back to the community. And on Tuesday, he was recognized by being named Whitecaps FC’s Humanitarian of the Year, which highlights a player that has shown an active willingness to give back to the community by volunteering and participating in club and community initiatives beyond the regular call of duty.

Vancouver Whitecaps Season Review: Part ThreeSoccer Shorts
Here’s a tip for you. If you’re ever unlucky enough to face the death penalty but lucky enough to choose your own mode of execution then make sure you opt for death by a firing squad comprised solely of Vancouver Whitecaps strikers.

Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips named MLS Player of the WeekMLS
Bradley Wright-Phillips is closing in on the MLS Golden Boot. Before then, he’ll take home another honor as the New York Red Bulls striker was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 33 by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) on Tuesday.

CCL: Timbers and FC Dallas eye quarterfinal berth Soccer America
The Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League heads into its final week of group play with five berths in the quarterfinals still up for grabs. The Portland Timbers and FC Dallas can join the New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps in the final.

CCL From the Stands | Timbers, Saprissa, Costa Rican food and a love of soccer bond father-son at local restaurantTimbers.com
What strikes you first as soon as you walk into Casa del Pollo, a humble homestyle restaurant located on a busy street corner in suburban Lake Oswego, are the photos of owner Jorge Zuniga’s native Costa Rica and the posters celebrating Zuniga’s two favorite soccer teams, the Portland Timbers and Deportivo Saprissa.

Can FC Dallas overcome the loss of Mauro Diaz and make American soccer history?Fox Sports
FC Dallas already won the U.S. Open Cup and they’re a win on Sunday away from taking the Supporters’ Shield. Then, they would just need to win MLS Cup to be the first team to ever win the domestic treble.

Drogba returns to Impact, will stay with MLS teamSportsnet
Didier Drogba has returned to the Montreal Impact after leaving for one game and will remain for the rest of the season, team president Joey Saputo said Tuesday. The star striker will receive an undisclosed fine under the MLS collective bargaining agreement for missing a game without permission.

Bologna target partnership with Montreal Impact – Roberto DonadoniESPN FC
Both clubs are owned by Canadian businessman Joey Saputo, who is keen to establish strong ties between the Major League Soccer franchise and the Italian club, which would see players free to move from one side of the Atlantic to the other.

Will Ignacio Piatti Re-Sign With the Montreal Impact? MLS Multiplex
With Ignacio Piatti set to be a free agent at the end of the 2016 season, will he re-sign with the Montreal Impact or head somewhere else?

Goalscoring Grella “not frustrated” after recent drought Empire of Soccer
What drought? After scoring against the Columbus Crew on Sunday, Red Bulls winger Mike Grella said he never succumbed to frustration from his lack of goal scoring chances.

TFC’s fan fortressToronto Star
Toronto FC’s slogan — All For One — has been on full display at BMO Field in 2016. Strong collaboration between the supporters groups in the stadium’s south end, combined with some serious BMO Field upgrades, have resulted in unprecedented sights and sounds this season.

Columbus Crew SC begin “strategic planning” on possibility of new stadiumMLS
Columbus Crew SC are investigating the possibility of building a new stadium. A team spokesperson confirmed Monday that consulting firm Barrett Sports Group LLC has been contracted by Precourt Sports Ventures to look into fans’ feelings on issues related to a new stadium.

How is the MLS Cup host team determined?  – MLS
FC Dallas’ win against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday didn’t just propel the club into first in the Supporters’ Shield race – it also guaranteed that they’ll host MLS Cup, should they advance that far.

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BC Soccer Assoc. announces hosts for the 2017 Youth Provincial ChampionshipsBCSA
This past year communities from across BC submitted bids to host the BC Soccer Youth Provincial Premier Cup, Provincial A Cup, Girls Provincial B Cup, and the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup.

Vikes men’s soccer squad gets revenge on Timberwolves Times Colonist
The only thing wilder than the weather was the travel. The University of Victoria Vikes split a two-game Canada West men’s soccer set against the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves after a 2-1 Vikes victory on Monday afternoon at UVic’s Centennial Stadium, following a 5-2 Timberwolves win on Sunday.

2016 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Year, presented by BMOWhitecaps FC
In conjunction with the 2016 Whitecaps FC Player Awards presented by BMO, the club also announced the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Year. Players are selected based on how well they represent the club’s mantra of Our all. Our honour. both on the field and in their communities.

Nelson Youth Soccer grads continue to shine on CIS university sceneNelson Daily
Two Nelson Youth Soccer graduates have found their way back to their home province to play out their university careers.

WolfPack women’s soccer shut out in AlbertaInfotel
The road portion of the 2016 Canada West season for the youthful Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team is over.

CANADA WEST WSOC PHOTOS: UBC Thunderbirds 2 UVic Vikes 0, October 8, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada 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 ReviewBCSA
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 MandateBCSA
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.

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U-16 Cup finals to be played in Saskatoon and KingstonCSA
Canada Soccer will hold the U-16 Cup gold medal matches in Saskatoon and Kingston over back-to-back weekends as part of the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships. The boys final will be played 22 October in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan while the girls final will be played 29 October in Kingston, Ontario. Both final matches were postponed from 10 October after a Lethbridge snowstorm forced changes to Teck Finals Day.

Cowan donates to soccer associationInsurance Business
Cowan Foundation director Terry Reidel and Cowan Insurance Group president Heather McLachlin presented a cheque last week for $150,000 to the Stratford Soccer Association. The funds will be used to support a newly-built artificial turf field.

Local men’s soccer league starts seasonChronicle-Journal
The Thunder Bay Premier Men’s Indoor Soccer League has kicked off a new season, with three division one games completed on opening night.

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2016 USL All-League Teams UnveiledUSL
The United Soccer League announced today its 2016 USL All-League Teams, honoring the top performers from the 2016 USL Regular Season. The New York Red Bulls II and FC Cincinnati each garnered multiple selections on the All-League First Team, as the regular season champions and standout expansion club’s players shone throughout the season.

WFC2 Player of the Year: Sem de WitWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC 2’s improbable run to the Western Conference Final did not happen overnight. One of the first seeds was planted last winter, when Sem de Wit arrived on trial from the Netherlands.

SKC’s End-of-Season Depth DilemmaThe Blue Testament
With a meaningless midweek fixture before the do-or-die season finale, how will Sporting Kansas City balance their need for depth with the Swope Park Rangers’ bid for a USL title in their inaugural season?

USL Poised For Growth, With Eye To Sustainable FutureBusiness of Soccer
United Soccer League (USL) has made headlines recently with new developments and partnerships that all point to the fact that the USL is setting itself up for some fairly significant growth over the next few years, both on and especially off of the pitch.

Road to the USL Cup Final – Red Bulls II’s Road MarkerUSL
Ahead of the 2016 USL Cup Final, we’re taking a look at the road of the two finalists to their first visit to the championship game.

Arango Surpasses Senna as Modern Cosmos’ Leading ScorerEmpire of Soccer
It took Juan Arango just one season with the New York Cosmos to do what took Marcos Senna three.

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Brisbane Roar W-League players forced to take pay cut before new season startsThe Guardian
Professional Footballers Australia is again at loggerheads with Brisbane Roar after the club pressured 14 W-League players to take pay cuts.

Women’s Champions League round of 16 tie by tieUEFA
UEFA.com runs through November’s eight round of 16 ties, with debutants facing two-time winners, a pair of rematches from this stage last season, and some happy omens for Lyon.

Thorns FC defender Kat Williamson announces retirement Timbers.com
Portland Thorns FC defender Kat Williamson today announced her retirement as a professional soccer player. Williamson retires after playing four professional seasons, including three with Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Twin Cities Investor in talks to purchase NWSL’s FC Kansas CityFifty-Five One
Local business owner Elam Baer has been linked to purchasing NWSL club FC Kansas City.

The National Women’s Soccer League’s will announce the 2016 Re-Entry Wire on Wednesday, October 19 as part of the End of Season Process.

The record-breaking referee developing a new generationFIFA
As a referee, Kari Seitz officiated at four separate World Cups and broke records in the process. No-one, male or female, has achieved the same distinction either before or since.

FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup – Semi-final review: All set for an all-Asian finalVavel
The fairy tale ends for Venezuela and Spain as two Asian heavyweights, Japan and Korea DPR, meet in the final.

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Mourinho the pragmatist ensures Man United avoid defeat at LiverpoolESPN FC
After all of the hype that built up preceding the fixture between England’s two most successful clubs during the ennui of the international break, Liverpool against Manchester United was a subdued disappointment.

Luka Modric extends contract with Real Madrid until 2020Sportsnet
Real Madrid says the contract of Luka Modric has been extended until June 2020.

Luis Enrique: Barcelona-Man City to be decided by players, not coaches ESPN FC
Luis Enrique says Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world at the moment, but insists Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Barcelona and Manchester City will be decided by the players, not the coaches.

Mats Hummels: Carlo Ancelotti wants to see more from Bayern Munich ESPN FC
Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has said boss Carlo Ancelotti is demanding “more commitment” from his players as they bid to end a three-game run without a win at home to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Frank McCourt completes purchase of Marseille, pledges return to gloryFox Sports
American businessman Frank McCourt has bought Marseille soccer club from Russian-born billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.

NCAA College Weekend Rewind: Stanford routs UCLA, Wake Forest drops Louisville, and moreSBI
Stanford wasn’t expected to follow up its NCAA title-winning season with another strong campaign after heavy losses to graduation, but this weekend provided a clear reminder that the Cardinal are still a national force.

FIFA step in to take control of Greek federation Inside World Football
Greek football, for months in turmoil on and off the pitch, has been plunged into further disarray after FIFA announced it is temporarily taking over the running of the Hellenic Football federation.

FIFA extends sanctions imposed on two officialsFIFA
FIFA can today confirm the worldwide extension of a sanction imposed on an official, Mr Zia Younan, by Football Federation Australia Limited on 6 January 2015 for engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency. The official has been sanctioned with a life ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity.

William Hill announces its 2016 Sports Book of the Year award shortlist The Guardian
Volumes covering athletics, surfing, football, cricket, horse racing and swimming are in the shortlist for this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, the world’s richest and longest-running prize for sports writing.

Brexit is simulated in Football Manager 2017, and it’s going to make the game harder than ever The Telegraph
Miles Jacobson is frank about what he is up against: “As far as I know this is the first time a computer game has tried to predict the future of a country.” While the rest of the world waits to see how the government approaches the triggering of Article 50, Jacobson and his team have built a Brexit simulator into this year’s game, which models some of the consequences of the UK leaving Europe.

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