VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
2017 MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL, 2ND LEG (0-0)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017, 7:30 PM
CENTURYLINK FIELD, SEATTLE, WA.
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Episode 227 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Halloween Horror – Vancouver v Seattle postgame, Jake Nerwinski, Pa Modou Kah) – AFTN
Maybe it’s fitting that for our Halloween show Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders served up a horrific game of football at BC Place on Sunday night.
Despite attacking no-show, ‘Caps comfortable heading into Leg 2 at Seattle – MLS
Sunday’s first leg of the Western Conference Semfinal between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Seattle Sounders may have been far removed from a playoff classic, but the 0-0 draw certainly set up a tantalizing return leg at CenturyLink Field on Thursday.
Reyna, Techera ‘touch and go’ for Thursday’s second leg – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC were back on the training pitch Monday following a scoreless draw with Seattle Sounders FC in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. Here are some news and notes from the day.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Cue Fanfare – Soccer Shorts
I wonder if anybody has ever walked away from a chess match and said ‘Wow! That was a real game of soccer”? Almost certainly not because, you know, the comparison would be ridiculous.
While scoring between Sounders and Whitecaps was low, late-game tension was high – Seattle Times
There was some on-field shoving in the closing minutes of their Western Conference semifinal, with Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson jawing at each other.
Whitecaps Southsiders fan club to leave scarves in Vancouver in show of solidarity – Global
The Southsiders – known for their over the top chants, cheers, and energy – are opting to have some of their members stay home due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive travel ban.
Dynamo, Timbers settle for draw in defensive first leg – SBI
The Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers came into Monday’s Western Conference semifinal first leg looking to avoid any mistakes knowing a second leg is right around the corner. Both succeeded in that aspect, settling for a 0-0 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium in which the sides combined for four shots on goal.
Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC | 2017 Conference Semifinal Preview – MLS
How can Columbus follow that up? Crew SC won an all-time classic playoff matchup at Atlanta United on Thursday, getting a heroic performance from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to shock the Five Stripes in a penalty kick shootout following a scoreless 120 minutes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of the largest playoff crowd in MLS history.
NYCFC prepared to face off with motivated Crew – SBI
The Columbus Crew owner, who has created a massive distraction while his team attempts to maneuver its way to an MLS Cup, plans to be in attendance Tuesday at MAPFRE Stadium when the Crew host New York City FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
New York Red Bulls 1, Toronto FC 2 | MLS Cup Playoffs Recap – MLS
Plenty of breathless hype swirled around this first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at Red Bull Arena on Monday night. Could anyone actually knock off Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC, a record-setting team that many are tipping as the best side in league history?
Red Bulls Dig Themselves a Playoff Hole – Empire of Soccer
Goalkeeper Luis Robles has been a rock between the pipes for the New York Red Bulls. He has played in more than 170 consecutive league matches and more than 200 straight over all. But on Monday night at Red Bull Arena, Robles stood before his locker like the standup guy he is and accepted some of the blame of his team’s 2-1 loss to Toronto FC in the first leg of the team’s Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Altidore, Bradley shake off USA boos as Toronto FC wins at Red Bull Arena – SN
Every single touch, every pass and every dribble. Any time Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore took possession of the ball Monday night, a half-full Red Bull Arena rained down the boos — louder boos than perhaps have ever been aimed at any player in this stadium. And the fouls? Any time Bradley and Altidore committed a foul the boos hit their peak, filling the stadium and even leading to one particularly pointed chant aimed at the striker.
Sebastian Giovinco mixing plenty of ordinary with a little extraordinary – Waking the Red
The Atomic Ant is deciding games and not doing a whole lot else.
San Antonio sends MLS scathing letter, League denies it misled expansion bid – NBC Sports
Major League Soccer’s playoff run continues to be overshadowed by unsavory fallout from Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt’s proposal to move the club to Austin, Texas. This time, league involvement isn’t limited to the whys and hows of approving or buttressing Precourt’s intentions, rather how MLS has treated other proposed expansion markets.
Columbus City Council passes resolution after #SaveTheCrew pleas – 10TV
Nearly two weeks after the city learned the Columbus Crew SC could be moving to Austin, Columbus City Council passed a resolution urging the club’s owners to stop seeking relocation.
How #SaveTheCrew grew from hashtag and Twitter DM to nationwide movement – Yahoo
When the tweet appeared on his iPad and the love of his life suddenly became terrifyingly mortal, Morgan Hughes froze. His head spun. About 45 seconds later, he walked upstairs, past a collection of personal mementos, emblems of his relationship with the Columbus Crew. There was the signed 20th anniversary logo. The pictures of him and his buddies in Crew gear. The framed photo of the 2008 team celebrating its MLS Cup title at the White House. And when he glanced at the array, a sickening thought crossed his mind: “It’s all gone. This is all antiques.”
Everybody Wins: Simple Steps for Fixing the Faulty MLS Playoff Format – SI.com
O.K., let’s do this as efficiently as possible. How to fix the MLS playoff format for 2018 and beyond? Go:
BC SOCCER NEWS
Canada West Final Four comes to UBC – UBC
The 2017 Canada West men’s soccer season has just one chapter remaining, as the conference’s Final Four heads to UBC this weekend.
Hutchinson’s strike sends Spartans to semifinals – Aldergrove Star
Canada West Final Four championships scheduled for Langley Nov. 3 and 4.
WolfPack to play UBC in Canada West soccer final four – CFJC
The WolfPack men’s soccer team will play the UBC Thunderbirds in the Canada West final four, hosted by UBC.
Vikes crack Final 4 tournament in women’s soccer – Times Colonist
The highly successful soccer season continues for coach Tracy David’s UVic Vikes women’s program.
Comox Valley footballers help Vancouver win gold – Comox Valley Record
Vern Dean and Ryan Lapalm of the Comox Valley Masters soccer club helped Vancouver FC win gold in Monday’s championship final of the over 60 division at the Harvest Cup tournament in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Whistler Youth Soccer Club hosts annual gala on Saturday – Whistler Question
The Whistler Youth Soccer Club is gearing up for another event to celebrate “the beautiful game,” all while raising money for the local club.
OFF THE PITCH: Me, Too – Keeping Your Members Safe – GoalWA
We have a duty to keep the members of our sporting organizations safe from both internal and external threats. This includes players, coaches, parents, referees, and others with whom our clubs, leagues, and associations work.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
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 Syndication – BC 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 SOCCER NEWS
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Canada Soccer to honour three retired WNT players at the Nov. 9 friendly at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Brittany Timko Baxter, Chelsea Stewart and Kelly Parker, all members of Canada Soccer’s London 2012 Bronze medal winning team, will be recognized in a ceremony at half time at centre pitch. Timko Baxter and Stewart were also members of the Whitecaps FC women’s team in the former USL W-League.
UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team set to host OUA final four championship at Oshawa Civic – Durham Region
Defending champs looking for ticket to U Sports nationals in Winnipeg.
St. Thomas University wins 1st women’s soccer championship since 1999 – CBC
The St. Thomas University women’s soccer team is savouring its first Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association soccer championship since 1999.
Report outlines how city should deal with soccer dome proposals – Sudbury.com
Sudbury without indoor soccer facility since Exhibition Centre closed in 2016.
Canadian referees prepare for a busy 2018 – CSA
Canadian FIFA Referee Carol Anne Chenard and FIFA Assistant Referees Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien and Chantal Boudreau attended the CONCACAF Women’s Elite Course in San José, Costa Rica from October 19-22. The focus during this course was on physical fitness and technical training involving sessions both in the classroom and on the field.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Plenty at stake at Tuesday’s NASL injunction hearing – SBI
The NASL’s fight agaisnt their loss of Division 2 sanctioning comes to a head in Brooklyn as a federal judge will hear their case against U.S. Soccer.
Las Vegas Lights FC Unveil Team Logo, Ticket Plans – CBS Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ next professional sports team the Las Vegas Lights football club unveiled its official logo Monday, a emblem incorporating fan design concepts as well as iconic city imagery.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Silverware on Alen Stajcic’s mind as the Matildas ride wave of optimism – ESPN FC
Australia’s women’s national team boss Alen Stajcic hasn’t had a lot of down time recently. With the Matildas riding an unprecedented wave of popularity the head coach is not resting on his laurels and is firmly focused on what’s ahead for the team.
Damallsvenskan week 20 review: Linköping crowned as champions – Vavel
Rosengård confirm second-place finish and Göteborg take a step towards safety with Örebro officially relegated.
A day of drama in the WNL as title goes to the wire – Irish WNL
The Continental Tyres Women’s National League title-race will go down to the wire after a dramatic day which will see Peamount United and Wexford Youths battle for the title.
Frauen-Bundesliga week 6 review: Essen consign Duisburg to sixth defeat of the season – Vavel
Sand and Munich were the only two to make it out of week six with a clean sheet after wins over toiling Köln and Jena as Duisburg fell to another narrow loss at the hands of Essen. Elsewhere both Freiburg and Wolfsburg left it late against stubborn Hoffenheim and Bremen sides whilst Potsdam were held by Frankfurt.
Trailblazing Kerr eyes new heights for Scotland – FIFA
As Scotland’s men’s team continue their hunt for a new manager, the female side must be a source of some envy.
WSL2 review: Goals galore in week four – Vavel
After the first round of Conti Cup fixtures, WSL2 returned to action and there was plenty of it.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Roma hosts Chelsea, Benfica travels to Man United, and more – SBI
With October coming to a close, that means the UEFA Champions League group stage begins its final three rounds of matches.
Bundesliga Matchday 10 Round-Up: Munich’s League to Lose…Again – Prost Amerika
Bayern show that Leipzig are no match, Borussia Dortmund fall at 96, and is another coach to be fired? All this and more in the Bundesliga round-up.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud: Scorpion kick goal inspired by dance classes – ESPN FC
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has revealed his award-winning “scorpion kick” goal was inspired by dance classes he took while a student.
Apocalypse now. Report has nothing but bad news for football finance and its governance – Inside World Football
Professional football clubs are under a growing threat from organised crime. Only 25% of clubs in top leagues worldwide produce publically-available financial reports. And only 40% of national associations are financially viable without the help of FIFA, an organisation whose top officials are being chased down by the US Justice Department under their RICO laws that are used to investigate mafia-style crime rings.
Australia FA postpones meeting as FIFA intervention looms – Eurosport
Australia’s embattled football association has postponed an emergency general meeting it had hoped would end a bitter power-struggle between clubs and administrators, and stave off the threat of a FIFA takeover of the domestic game.
World-first cards for coaches to be trialled in A-League and W-League – The Guardian
The A-League and W-League will this round become the first top-tier domestic competitions in the world to trial yellow and red cards for coaches and other team officials.
Roma fans arrested after Colosseum pub attack on Chelsea supporters – SN
Two Roma fans were arrested on Monday night accused of assaulting Chelsea supporters near the Colosseum, according to reports in Italy.
Nick Lusson, California coach brings sheriff’s program to under-served, addresses solutions for pay-to-play and soccer’s arms race – Soccer America
The USA’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup has unleashed a barrage of criticism at American youth soccer, especially pay-to-play. Well-positioned to address that issue is Nick Lusson, the director of a Northern California soccer program that is cost-free to more than 1,800 children.
Hong Kong warned by AFC over fans’ booing of China’s national anthem – ESPN FC
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has warned the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) over the future conduct of its team’s fans after they jeered China’s national anthem during a recent AFC Asian Cup qualifying win over Malaysia.
Chinese players receive $4 million each after promotion – NBC Sports
Players from Chinese side Meixian Techand are each celebrating an incredible $4 million bonus after they secured promotion from the third-tier of Chinese soccer.
8 Soccer Teams That Are Championing Aid to Refugees – Global Citizen
In refugee camps around the world, boys and girls — exiled from their homes, cut off from their schools, even separated from their families — still support their favorite soccer clubs and players.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca