VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. MINNESOTA UNITED FC
MLS MATCHDAY #27
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, Real Salt Lake 2, September 9, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Top of the West in reach as ‘Caps host Loons on Wednesday – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12W-9L-5D) can jump atop the Western Conference table on Wednesday night when they host Minnesota United FC (7W-14L-5D) at BC Place.
Whitecaps’ Nerwinski continues to build his case after solid display against RSL – Red Nation Online
The 12-9-5 Whitecaps FC kicked off their home-stand with a monumental victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at B.C. Place. The Caps used a dominant second half to come away with a 3-2 victory. Fullback Jake Nerwinski played a huge part in the Vancouver win with a pair of assists. The 22 year-old rookie is showing that he deserves to have his name slotted into Carl Robinson’s lineup every time out.
Nerwinski named to MLS Team of the Week after two-assist showing – Whitecaps FC
For the second time this year, Jake Nerwinski has been named to the MLS Team of the Week.
Making a push: A closer look at the MLS playoff race – NBC Sports
The MLS Cup playoffs are right around the corner, and with Toronto FC the only club to have booked its place thus far, it’s always fun to guess which other teams will make the postseason.
Seattle still waiting to find out extent of Jordan Morris’ hamstring strain – MLS
As the Seattle Sounders hit the stretch run of their 2017 season, they’ll most likely have to make do without Jordan Morris for at least some of it. Exactly how long, however, has yet to be determined.
Alberto Gilardino to train with the Impact – Montreal Impact
Former Italian international striker to get back in shape with Bleu-blanc-noir this week The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that Italian striker Alberto Gilardino will train with the club at its Centre Nutrilait facility, starting Tuesday.
The anti-Beckhams: the UK footballers choosing to start their careers in the US – The Guardian
MLS has long been derided as a retirement home for aging stars. But some young English players are choosing to kickstart their careers in the States.
MLS: Rosters will be frozen on Friday – Soccer America
This is the last week before MLS rosters are frozen for the season on Friday.
Monarchs’ Sparrow Makes Move to RSL – USL
Real Salt Lake announced on Monday the club had signed Real Monarchs SLC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow after two seasons with the USL club. Sparrow, 23, was originally drafted by Real Salt Lake in the fourth round (65th overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Real Salt Lake relying heavily on homegrown talent as it rebuilds itself into an MLS contender – Salt Lake Tribune
New RSL Academy in Herriman is just the latest step in process that rest of league is looking at with great interest.
MLS’ homegrown arms race is reaching ludicrous levels – Four Four Two
The territorial battle for players is happening at younger ages, and the rules remain a little cloudy.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Andrew McGavin Cup Opening Round 2017-2018 – BC Soccer Web
In the early years, it was used as a fund to help out injured players. Fast forward to 2000 and on – it is used as an early year tournament to get some extra work in and make final decisions for teams.
Residency Report: ‘Caps start academy season by sweeping Timbers – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams got off to a flying start on Saturday as they hosted Portland Timbers academy teams in their opening matches of the 2017-18 Development Academy season. All matches took place at the Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC).
Late-game magic helps Spartans emerge victorious – Langley Times
Both Trinity Western Spartans soccer teams had a flair for the dramatic. Jenaya Robertson scored in the 82nd minute to send the Spartans women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the UVic Vikes on Saturday at TWU’s Chase Office Field. Not to be outdone, the Trinity Western men’s team also used a late goal to prevail with Elie Gindo cashing in the winning goal in the 89th minute of a 2-1 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Heat women look for first wins – Kelowna Capital News
A lack of finish was UBC Okanagan’s undoing on opening weekend of the Canada West women’s soccer season.
MSOC: ‘Birds back home ready for Prairie foes – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (3-0-1) are back in action on home turf this weekend with a pair of Prairie division battles on tap. The ‘Birds host the Calgary Dinos on Friday, September 15 at Thunderbird Stadium followed by the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday, September 16 at Ken Woods Field. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Burnaby girls showcase their soccer skills at national camp – Burnaby Now
Friends kicking the soccer ball, sharing a laugh and chasing the same dream. Burnaby’s Kaela Hansen and Emma Regan have spent a lot of time together, and the future path appears to offer more opportunities for the pair down the road.
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
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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
Canadian Premier League working quietly out of Toronto office – Hamilton Spectator
It’s not yet full of people, but it’s full of ideas. The Canadian Premier League has been quietly operating out of its downtown Toronto office — located near King and Sherbourne Streets — since early July.
League1 Ontario soccer: Azzurri, Striker men remain level atop East Division – York Region
Mario Kovacevic scored a pair of goals to power Vaughan Azzurri to a 2-0 triumph over Toronto Skillz FC in League1 Ontario men’s soccer action Sept. 10 at Birchmount Stadium.
This is Desiree ‘The Destroyer’ Scott, FC Kansas City’s latest YouTube sensation – Excelle Sports
On the soccer field, most fans know FC Kansas City’s Desiree Scott as a 5-foot-3 midfielder who is not afraid to tousle and tackle her opponents to win matches. That’s why her coaches call her “Desiree the Destroyer” despite her small stature. In 2010, her beast-mode tenacity earned Scott a spot on the Canadian national team and since then, the 30-year-old has earned 126 caps and an Olympic bronze medal from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
FC Northwest U15 girls win provincial title – Canstar News
Team members were on cloud nine after they won the Manitoba Soccer Association provincial championship on Aug. 26 when they defeated Winnipeg Phoenix 7-0 at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
London Whitecaps claim Ontario Cup, head to nationals – London Free Press
Last year, they lost the Ontario Cup final on a shootout so long, even their keeper took a shot. This past weekend, they didn’t let it get anywhere near that close.
Great horned owl rescued from soccer net at Airdrie school – CBC
Around 7:45 am, police were flagged down to assist with a situation on the school grounds at Ralph McCall School, where students and staff found a great horned owl trapped in the netting of a soccer goal.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. ORANGE COUNTY SC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017, 4:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
FC Edmonton plays on despite uncertainty of NASL future – Edmonton Sun
The Fath brothers, Tom and Dave, founded FC Edmonton in 2009. The two have lost millions keeping the team afloat for the better part of the last decade. Tom Fath says he remains committed to keeping professional soccer in Edmonton despite the uncertainly of the NASL.
Renowned Cosmos soccer team faces possible extinction – Crain’s NY Business
The sport’s governing body has moved to relegate the team Pele once played for to a lower division.
USL Week 25 Rewind: Road teams run rampant – SBI
Road teams were the big winners this week in USL action. Only Orange County SC claimed maximum points at home this weekend, with hosts going 1-5-5. With the playoffs looming, home points are invaluable for teams in the hunt for a post season birth, and this week, they failed to capture the necessary results.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Hong Kong female soccer star Cheung Wai-ki strikes blow for equality with landmark pro deal at Australia’s Brisbane Roar – South China Morning Post
Hong Kong Football Association chief executive Mark Sutcliffe hailed another landmark for women’s soccer in the city as international player Cheung Wai-ki signed for Brisbane Roar in Australia’s professional league.
Sunderland prove elite women’s sides play second fiddle to men’s youth teams – The Guardian
Sunderland’s relocation from the Academy of Light and from their ground makes them the first casualties of the switch to a winter Women’s Super League season but the parallels with PSG show this is a wider issue.
Sold-out women’s football friendly canceled over pay dispute – Kansas City Star
A friendly rematch of the Women’s European Championship final was canceled by Denmark’s football federation on Tuesday after wage talks collapsed.
Portland Thorns clinch home playoff game – Vavel
With Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Boston Breakers, Portland will host a semi-final game at Providence Park.
Matildas break new ground as fans scramble for tickets on resale market – The Guardian
It’s the time of the year when men’s footy finals dominate the sporting landscape but arguably the hottest ticket in Sydney this weekend – the Matildas’ eagerly-anticipated friendly with Brazil in Penrith – is breaking that mould.
Women’s World Cup qualifying: how it works – UEFA
As the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying group stage kicks off, we explain how Europe’s eight berths alongside hosts France will be decided with tight ties in prospect.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League: What you need to know this week – Sportsnet
After what seemed like an interminable summer, the UEFA Champions League resumes this week with the kickoff of the group stage.
Ligue 1’s best have plenty of offer in European competition outside PSG – ESPN FC
For most of the summer it has been all about Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, financial fair play and many other things in regard to Paris Saint-Germain. It got to a point where you could have easily forgotten that French football has much more to offer.
Financial, soccer ideals collide in Champions League – Durham Region
UEFA is putting itself in a quandary by combing through Paris Saint-Germain’s finances, investigating whether the French capital club has flouted spending rules to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. On one hand UEFA doesn’t want out-of-control spending by the clubs. On the other it wants more clubs to be competitive.
West Ham beats Huddersfield for first win of Premier League season – Globe & Mail
West Ham picked up its first win in the English Premier League at the fourth time of asking, beating Huddersfield 2-0 thanks to goals by Pedro Obiang and André Ayew in the final 18 minutes of normal time on Monday.
The Rangers row threatening to drown out all else in Scottish football – The Guardian
If the Scottish Football Association is anxious regarding the latest, stinging criticism of its governance then such fear is well hidden. By close of business on another of Scottish football’s manic Mondays, focus had firmly shifted towards another of the game’s legislators.
South Africa accepts decision to replay World Cup qualifier – Sportsnet
The South African Football Association won’t appeal against FIFA’s unprecedented decision to strip it of a victory in World Cup qualifying and order a replay because of match-fixing by the referee, the federation said Tuesday.
Chapecoense part ways with second coach in two months – Reuters
Chapecoense parted company with their second coach in two months on Monday, releasing Vinicius Eutropio after a barren run that left them third from bottom of Brazil’s Serie A table.
Peru asks FIFA to move Argentina qualifier from Boca stadium – Durham Region
In a letter to FIFA general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, the Peruvian Football Association says it “will be difficult to ensure” the safety of “the Peruvian association as well as the thousands of fans who will travel from Peru for the historic match.”
FIFA 18 demo kicks off today – PC Gamer
Ahead of its September 29 launch, FIFA 18 has so far given us a “Ronaldo-fueled” reveal trailer and a star-studded teaser for The Journey’s second season (see above). Today, EA Sports’ annually updated footie sim drops a 12-team sporting demo two weeks ahead of kick off.
Gonzalo Higuaín: ‘The way we act on a human level is very important’ – The Guardian
In an exclusive interview the Juventus striker talks about his ‘obligation’ to score, watching the Brazilian Ronaldo find the net 2m times and why a player’s biggest concern should be how they behave.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca