WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
‘Caps host FC Dallas on Wednesday with top spot in West up for grabs – Whitecaps FC
Not only has Dallas become one of Vancouver’s biggest rivals (see last year’s playoff defeat), they are also the team directly ahead of Whitecaps FC in the always competitive Western Conference. The ‘Caps trail second-place FC Dallas by one point – and first-place LA Galaxy by two – with three games to go.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas | MLS Match Preview – MLS
Whitecaps FC can claim a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a single point, despite seeing their winless streak extended to three games following a 1-1 draw at the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening.
Koffie could play for Canada — and soon – The Province
Koffie for Canada? It’s a tantalizing prospect that could be a reality by the time Canada faces Mexico and El Salvador in crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers next year.
MLS race defies prediction – The Province
The hottest team in MLS is Orlando City, who’ve won four straight, beaten three playoff teams, and at 11-13-8 are highly unlikely to make the playoffs themselves. Go figure. So when trying to make sense of these Whitecaps — who seem to be sputtering down the stretch, rather than peaking for the playoffs — it’s worthwhile keeping in mind that this league is, well, a tad screwy.
Montreal Impact playmaker Ignacio Piatti returns to training, but availability still in question – MLS
After 10 days in his native Argentina, Ignacio Piatti returned to Montreal early on Monday morning, looking to re-join Didier Drogba in the Montreal Impact attack. Piatti had traveled to Argentina before Montreal’s 2-1 win over Chicago on Sep. 23, upon hearing of a grave illness to his father – who has gotten much better since.
Report: Orlando City make contact with Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of potential summer 2016 move – MLS
Ibrahimovic, 34, is currently on the books at Paris Saint-Germain, but the talented and at times outlandishly outspoken Swedish forward has said on multiple occasions that he would like to play in MLS. In June, he admitted to finding America interesting. A month later, Ibrahimovic said he would like to play in the US.
Nasri sees MLS move in future – Goal
Samir Nasri claims he would not play for France again even if his father was the national team manager, while he wants an MLS move.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore says the past two years have been hardest of his life – ESPN FC
Jozy Altidore says the past two years “have been the hardest couple of years of my life” as he dealt with injuries and a move back to Major League Soccer on top of personal issues, he told ESPN FC.
Concacaf Cup at Rose Bowl is sellout – Soccer America
Saturday’s USA-Mexico match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., for the Concacaf Cup is a sellout. With more than 90,000 fans expected, organizers are offering practical tips for fans to commute to stadium, which kicks off at 6 p.m. PT.
Bradley: Recent form won’t matter when USA and Mexico square off in CONCACAF Cup – Goal
Though the U.S. might not be favored against Mexico, American captain Michael Bradley doesn’t believe such labels will matter when the teams meet.
Gio dos Santos out of USA-Mexico with muscle strain – Soccer America
Giovani dos Santos will miss Saturday’s USA-Mexico game for the Concacaf Cup as he was injured in Sunday’s LA Galaxy match at Seattle. Dos Santos left late in the match at CenturyLink Field with a muscle strain. He was replaced by Club America midfielder Javier Guemez on El Tri roster.
Ranking the professional soccer teams in the United States and Canada from best to worst – World Soccer Talk
Over the course of the last few years, discussion of what an open pyramid in the United States and Canada would look like has become a major talking point for soccer fans.
Economic impact study released for Sacramento Republic’s proposed MLS stadium – SBI
A group of financial advisors released a new economic impact study on Monday that projected how much an MLS stadium would help downtown Sacramento. The report stated, among several things, that a soccer-specific stadium would make for the creation of 1,755 jobs during construction, bring in $30.5 million of annual economic activity to the city and would allow entertainment for 500,000 annual visitors.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Web Feature Matches October 6-12 – BC Soccer Web
Thanksgiving weekend serves up a feast of local matches throughout the province. It’s also a weekend for National Championships, as Surrey hosts the U-16 Cup. Whitecaps face their Dallas nemesis as they look to get back on track. Saturday is Non-League day in the UK, so @BlueandWhiteArmy celebrates lower division matches around the province.
VISL Week 4 Results & Upcoming Matches – VISL
Division 1 – an interesting week that saw Cowichan put a little separation between themselves and the rest of the division.
VMSL PHOTO GALLERY: WEST VAN FC 2 CLUB INTER 0, OCT.3, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux
VMSL PHOTO GALLERY: PEGASUS FC 8 FC TIGERS-VAN RINO’S 1, OCT.3, 2015 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Monique Lamoureux
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
CANADA vs. CUBA
4:00 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada M23: momentum building on road to Rio 2016 – CSA
Canada can take another big step on Tuesday 6 October on the road to the Rio 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers. The Canadian Men’s U-23 Team will face rivals Cuba in the group finale, a match that could see either winner heading to the semi-final stage of the eight-team tournament.
Focus turns to Canada’s top amateur soccer clubs with over 1,500 players set to compete in the 2015 Sport Chek National Championships – CSA
The Canada Soccer 2015 Sport Chek National Championships is one of Canada’s largest national amateur competition to take place across the country in various age categories and showcases the nation’s best soccer clubs in a series of week-long tournaments. The coast to coast competition is set to kick off this Wednesday, 7 October in St. John’s, NL; Surrey, BC; Charlottetown, PE; and Calgary, AB and will conclude with Teck Finals Day on Monday, 12 October.
Canadian Futsal Championship Special! Ian Bennett – Some Soccer Playing Canadians
In honour of the first Canadian Futsal Championship, taking place October 10th and 11th in Montreal, Some Soccer Playing Canadians spoke with Ian Bennett of the Milwaukee Wave.
NASL & USL NEWS
Energy drop Switchbacks in penalty kicks, move to USL Western Conference Finals – Turnpike Soccer
The Oklahoma City Energy defeated the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on penalty kicks Sunday night in Oklahoma City, advancing the Energy to the Western Conference Finals.
Introduction To The Championship – NASL
Learn the ins-and-outs of The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament, here
Scorpions put up a fight but Strikers earn the win – Midfield Press
A lot of teams would throw in the towel when down 3-0 but San Antonio came into the second half a team possessed. An unbelievable goal from Kris Tyrpak only increased the pressure on Fort Lauderdale who remained on the back foot right up until the Scorpions scored again to make it 2-3.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Thorns confirm Parsons as coach for 2016 NWSL season – Soccer America
The Portland Timbers have hired 29-year-old Mark Parsons as their new head coach less than a week after he left NWSL rival Washington Spirit, which he had led to the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. Parson replaces Paul Riley, whose contract was not extended after the 2015 season.
Heard On The Wire: Sifting through NWSL scuttlebutt from Championship week in PDX – Soccer Wire
Year three of the National Women’s Soccer League drew to a close with Thursday night’s crowning of worthy (and back-to-back) champions FC Kansas City at Providence.
Manchester City Women will return ‘fitter, better and stronger’ – BBC Sport
Manchester City midfielder Isobel Christiansen says the club will return a “stronger” side after being pipped to the Women’s Super League One title.
Women’s Champions League: Glasgow City bank on experience for Chelsea – BBC Sport
Glasgow City manager Scott Booth is hoping the club’s European experience can give them an edge over Chelsea.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: Former Dortmund boss could take charge before this weekend – The Independent
Jürgen Klopp will become Liverpool’s new manager by the weekend after an agreement was made on how the club conducts its transfer business.
The third age of post-match Jose Mourinho – Sportsnet
Jose Mourinho spoke at length after Chelsea’s latest defeat this weekend, this time to Southampton. He spoke about one of the worst starts to a season by a defending champion since the Premier League began, and his dramatic words really did quite a good job of reflecting that situation.
The Plight of the English Soccer Manager – The Atlantic
With the job getting ever more complicated, and mistakes more costly, it’s little wonder the average tenure of a football boss is just 15 months.
Depression in professional football is widespread, Fifpro survey indicates – The Guardian
Depression and mental health problems in football are widespread with more than a third of players reporting symptoms, according to new research. The international players’ union, Fifpro, said 38% of the 607 players interviewed reported having problems at some stage – especially those who had suffered serious injuries. In the general population, the figure is between 13 and 17%.
Spain’s Ramos to miss final 2016 Euro qualifiers – Sportsnet
Defender Sergio Ramos will miss Spain’s last two European Championship qualifiers because of an injured shoulder.
Premier League’s great takeover drought – why aren’t clubs selling? – The Guardian
Fulham were the last club to change hands, more than two years ago. When the barren spell ends, the deals are likely to look very different from those of the past.
FIFA fines Hong Kong for football fans booing the Chinese national anthem – Mashable
The international body that governs association football has fined the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) HK$40,000 (US$5,161) for Hong Kong fans jeering at the Chinese national anthem — which Hong Kong shares with the mainland.