CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada MNT takes road to Russia 2018 through Vancouver – CSA
Canada’s Men’s National Team will open the next round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers at BC Place in Vancouver. The all-important, international soccer fixture will pit Canada against Honduras on Friday 13 November 2015 in the first of six Round 4 matches.
CanMNT head to Vancouver to kick off 4th Round of World Cup Qualifying – Red Nation Online
After ten long years, the Canadian Men’s National Team will be returning to Vancouver to play Honduras in a 4th round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Canada will host Honduras on Friday, November 13 at BC Place. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
BC Place to host Canada-Honduras World Cup qualifier – Goal
After 11 years, Canada’s men’s national team is returning to Vancouver. The Canadian Soccer Association announced Monday that the Nov. 13 World Cup qualifier between Canada and Honduras will be played at BC Place. The match will mark the first time Canada has played a World Cup qualifier in the Vancouver area since Oct. 13, 2004, when Swangard Stadium was the venue for a fixture against Costa Rica.
Teibert time? Canada to host Honduras in World Cup qualifying at B.C. Place – The Province
Russell Teibert was predictably thrust into the media spotlight Monday to sell the announcement that Canada will host Honduras at B.C. Place in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Nov. 13. It will mark the first time in 11 years that our national men’s team has played a qualifier here, and their first game of any kind in the Lower Mainland in a decade.
Straith eager to shine as B.C. Place to host World Cup soccer qualifier – Times Colonist
Team Canada central-defender Adam Straith of Victoria hopes Active Pass is just that on Nov. 13 as the route to the 2018 World Cup of soccer in Russia sails through his home province. It was announced Monday the CONCACAF fourth-round qualifying opener against Honduras will be played that night at B.C. Place Stadium. Tickets go on sale Friday for the first Canadian national men’s team soccer qualifying game in B.C. since a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in 2004 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
Canada mark 30th anniversary of sole World Cup qualification with another dose of Honduran hex – MLS
Exactly 30 years ago, on Sept. 14, 1985, the Canadian men’s national team experienced one of its highest highs, qualifying for the FIFA World Cup for the first (and thus far, only) time. Slightly less than three years ago, the team endured one of its lowest lows, tumbling out of World Cup qualifying with a thoroughly humiliating 8-1 defeat.
Canada MNT to face Ghana in October soccer friendly – CSA
Canada will face Ghana in a Men’s International Friendly match this Tuesday 13 October as they continue preparations for the next round of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifiers. The match will be played at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, USA with a 19.00 local kickoff.
Remembering Canada’s World Cup run 30 years later – Toronto Sun
Old-timers in Canada’s small, but obsessively passionate soccer community remember where they were on Sept. 14, 1985.
Canucks keep their cool to qualify – FIFA
King George V Park in Newfoundland, Canada is an unassuming, if rather fitting, place for a game of historical significance. As one of the oldest football venues in North America, opened in 1925, it has seen its fair share of intriguing clashes. Surely the most significant saw the rustic venue host a winner-takes-all clash on 14 September 1985 between Canada and Honduras, the winner of which would represent CONCACAF at the 1986 FIFA World Cup™ in Mexico.
SPORTS CORNER: 30 years of frustration – Global Edmonton
On Monday, 30 years ago, one of the greatest moments in Canadian soccer history took place. They were NASL professionals. There was a bus driver and even a postman. Together, they were united as one — capturing the imagination of Canadians from coast to coast to coast and accomplishing the impossible… qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
WHITECAPS FC vs. CD OLIMPIA (Honduras)
7:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
A new opponent enters the arena: Whitecaps FC set to host Honduran champions – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC host reigning Honduran champions C.D. Olimpia on Wednesday night at BC Place in the club’s second of four CONCACAF Champions League fixtures.
VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Olimpia Preview – CONCACAF
(Editor’s note: Worth watching just for the announcer.)
Tim Parker Is Making a Big Impact With Vancouver – American Soccer Now
GO AHEAD AND ENGRAVE Cyle Larin’s name on Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year trophy—it’s his to lose. But there is another young player who is eyeing significant silverware in his first professional season: Vancouver Whitecaps central defender Tim Parker.
Assessing the playoff race for Canada’s MLS sides – TSN
With six weeks to play in the Major League Soccer regular season, Canada’s three MLS teams are all battling for their playoff lives. Will they make it? Who will miss out? Is a Canadian team primed for a run at MLS Cup? Jason deVos takes a look at their chances.
Paolo Rossi: ‘Giovinco can be MLS trendsetter’ – Sportsnet
Courageous is how Paolo Rossi, Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero, described Giovinco—he believes his countryman showed great courage when he left Juventus in order to come to Major League Soccer this past off-season.
CCL Preview: D.C. United versus Arabe Unido – Prost Amerika
For years Major League Soccer supporters have grasped at straws for reasons to care about the CONCACAF Champions League. Intercontinental domination, kicking sand at Mexico, and having a reason to go to the park on a Tuesday are all certainly good reasons to follow these matches. But D.C. United (2-0-0 4 points ) may have found another reason to care about their Tuesday night match-up against Arabe Unido (1-0-1, 3 points ) to improve on their Major League Soccer form.
Montreal Impact reveal how ‘Drogba Legend’ banner made it from Stamford Bridge to Stade Saputo – MLS
Don’t lie: you’ve watched Didier Drogba’s hat trick more than once, too. So you’ve also probably seen the big orange banner in the east stand of Stade Saputo, in the highlights, in this video or elsewhere. The ‘Drogba Legend’ banner, the one that came straight from Stamford Bridge to Quebec.
Bradley Wright-Phillips “considering” Jamaica National Team offer – Empire of Soccer
The Jamaican National Team is trying to lure New York Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips into the fold. And he is considering it. The Jamaica Gleaner caught up with Reggae Boyz boss Roy Simpson on the possibility of wooing the Lewisham, England born striker to the side.
Sounders defender Roman Torres out for season with knee injury –SI.com
Seattle confirmed Torres is out for the year on Monday after the captain of the Panama national team underwent an MRI. The team said it would have no other comment until Tuesday.
After eight years, Ozzie Alonso to be reunited with his father – Sounders FC
Alonso announced via Twitter that his father will be traveling to the United States to visit after obtaining his visa. The Sounders midfielder, who has played with the club since 2009, left the Cuban National team back in 2007 while playing in the Gold Cup.
Marketing to millennials, Los Angeles Football Club looking to stand apart – LA Times
In a marketplace already saturated with professional sports franchises,Richard Orosco is helping create another. Yet 11 months into that process, his team has no stadium, no coaches and no players. It will announce Tuesday that it does have a name: the Los Angeles Football Club. And while that’s a start, it leaves much to be done before LAFC plays its first Major League Soccer game in 2018.
Fans at Toronto FC Game Told to Take Down ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner – Bleacher Report
A small group of fans attending Toronto FC’s clash with New England Revolution at BMO Field on Sunday were told to take down a banner reading “Refugees Welcome.” Fans in Germany, England and Australia have displayed similar banners in recent weeks to show support for the current refugee crisis.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Web Feature Matches, Sept. 15-21 – BC Soccer Web
A Champions League week in Vancouver is pretty big. Lots of local action to take in, along with the last USL match of the year. Let’s dig in!
Whitecaps FC Residency begin new season with draws against Sacramento Republic FC – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency got off to an even start against Sacramento Republic FC in their opening matches of the 2015-16 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season.
Free soccer workshop in northern BC carries on Women’s World Cup legacy – ViaSport
Girls and women in northern British Columbia will have the opportunity to attend a free soccer leadership workshop this Saturday, September 20 as part of the Women’s World Cup Legacy Project.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WHITECAPS FC vs. AUSTIN AZTEX
3:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
WFC2 & USL NEWS
WFC2 earn a draw against Orange County Blues – Eighty-Six Forever
In the penultimate outing of the season, Alan Koch and his Whitecaps FC 2 team gave second place Orange County Blues a run for their money in a hard-fought draw at Thunderbird Stadium.
Reno nabs professional soccer franchise to play at Aces Ballpark – Reno Gazette-Journal
A professional soccer team will be playing at Aces Ballpark by 2017 under the terms of a new franchise that will be announced in Reno on Wednesday. United Soccer League President Jake Edwards will be in town to finalize the franchise for the expansion team being awarded to retail billionaire and Aces team owner Herb Simon.
Harrisburg City Islanders to hold pregame rally to support new stadium project – Penn Live
The Harrisburg City Islanders will hold a pregame rally before next Saturday’s 7 p.m. matchup against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to show support for the club’s goal of renovating the existing stadium on City Island.
Sounders 2 can join Galaxy II, Red Bulls II in playoffs with positive result on Thursday – MLS
Only 15 games, all played over the next seven days, remain in the United Soccer League’s regular season, and three playoff spots and the top seed in the Western Conference remain up for grabs.
Where is Preki? – SI.com
Preki Radosavljevic is alive, well and expects to return to coaching. The former Sacramento Republic manager was presumed to be angling for another MLS job with the ambitious expansion candidate but resigned somewhat abruptly in early July. Rumors of his subsequent hiring by Premier League club Leicester City were short lived, and Preki’s ensuing silence has fueled questions, concern, conspiracy theories and the inevitable #WhereIsPreki hashtag.
SIZING UP THE CANDIDATES | NASL Young Player Of The Year – NASL
Even with Christian Ramirez out of the running, the 2015 version of the award is sure to go to an outstanding player, as many youngsters have filled key roles for NASL clubs this year. Here is a look at a few of the candidates for Young Player of the Year:
Hristov Eager to Round Out Rowdies Form Under Stuart Campbell – The Unsubs
Corey Hertzog was rightly praised for his incredible finish on Saturday’s game-winning goal against the Cosmos, but the service from Hristov to set the forward up for the goal was impeccable.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Reign FC defeat Washington to set up NWSL Championship Rematch – Prost Amerika
The 2014 NWSL season ended with FC Kansas City taking a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC. Seattle Head Coach Laura Harvey has remarked that she has not watched tape of that game. Reign FC have been driven this past year by that defeat. It has been clear throughout 2015 that a championship is their driving force. “I never want that feeling again in my live. Ever.” Another shot at the team that beat them would be nice. FCFC did its part earlier in the day. With a 3-0 victory over Washington Spirit, Seattle Reign FC made it a rematch for the NWSL title.
DANIELLE COLAPRICO VOTED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – NWSL
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Rookie of the Year for the 2015 NWSL season, the league announced Monday.
Challengers stumble, final set Stateside – FIFA
The NWSL semi-finals in USA brought resounding wins by both the reigning champions and the premiers, setting up what will be a much-anticipated season climax. Elsewhere, there were top-of-the-table match-ups and decisive results in both Japan and Germany. Meanwhile in Sweden, Eskilstuna now have one hand on an unexpected title win.
Lianne Sanderson: Move back to America an ‘amazing’ experience – BBC Sport
England striker Lianne Sanderson says America is “the best place” for her career to thrive following her move to Portland Thorns in August.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Champions League has €701 million gap between richest and poorest sides – ESPN FC
Right now, the four most valuable squads in the Champions League are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, according to Transfer Markt. It does not seem a coincidence that they are the past four winners of the Champions League. It is a conformation of resources the competition was supposed to minimize while creating a more level playing field.
Champions League: Team news ahead of Tuesday’s games – UEFA
Who is in, who is out and who is a doubt? UEFA.com runs through the predicted lineups, suspensions and injury news ahead of Tuesday’s eight group stage fixtures.
Dinamo Zagreb face Arsenal with CEO and manager on bail and fans furious – The Guardian
Zdravko and Zoran Mamic, Dinamo’s chief executive and manager, face tax evasion and bribery charges but are still controlling the club as they await trial
Milan’s Sinisa Mihajlovic picks up the tab as his friend at Inter takes the points – The Guardian
Sinisa Mihajlovic and Roberto Mancini made a bet before the derby: the winning club would make a charity donation but the losing coach would buy dinner
Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager is ‘not used to losing’ – BBC Sport
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said losing is a “strange feeling”, after his side’s worst start to a top-flight season in 29 years.
Chepo de la Torre’s exit continues the soap opera at Chivas Guadalajara –ESPN FC
The removal Monday of Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre as head coach and brother Nestor de la Torre as club president, combined with the seemingly imminent introduction of Argentine Matias Almeyda as manager, has been done in such a fumbled way that it has all the hallmarks of a classic soap opera.
Bolivian chaos as players threaten strike as World Cup qualifiers loom – Inside World Football
Bolivian football, already rocked by their federation chief being arrested, has been further hit by a players’ strike.
Andrew Warshaw: Football’s Lynch mob scent more blood – Inside World Football
It was the word “entities” that got tongues wagging. What was the US attorney general referring to when she opened up a fresh can of worms by warning football to expect a another surge of corruption-related arrests, this time involving entities as well as individuals? Companies? Confederations?