BC Soccer News, Tuesday, September 22, 2015







CCL Scenarios: Top spot in Group F on the line Wednesday at CenturyLink FieldWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and rival Seattle Sounders FC renew acquaintances on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play with the top spot in Group F up for grabs (7 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field – Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World).

CCL: All five MLS clubs are in action in Week 5Soccer America
All five MLS clubs involved in the group stage of the 2015-16 Concacaf Champions League play this week. First up at Jamaica’s Montego Bay on Tuesday is D.C. United, which is already through to the quarterfinals.

Veteran Caps striker preaches seizing the moment The Province
Robert Earnshaw has long made a living off the “decisive moment,” a phrase he used Monday to lament the Whitecaps’ wastefulness against the Seattle Sounders. The Caps lost 3-0 on Saturday, but it could have been so different had Octavio Rivero or Cristian Techera been as ruthless as the visitors.

Lampard finds his footing in time to help NYCFC chase Drogba’s ImpactGoal
Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba spent many years together chasing silverware for Chelsea. Now, they are on opposite sides in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Garber visits St. Paul as next round of MLS expansion materializesSI.com
MLS commissioner Don Garber was on his way to St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday morning as an expansion timeline slowly comes into focus and the league’s board of governors eyes what could be a critical December meeting.

If Sebastian Giovinco isn’t Major League Soccer’s MVP, then who is?ESPN FC
Let’s get this out of the way: Giovinco was the unanimous pick among our writers. The Italian international has amassed an incredible 19 goals and 11 assists — that’s 30 goals coming directly from him — in a mere 28 appearances.

24 Under 24: From cradle to grave: Inside the LA Galaxy’s quest to build a holistic academy systemMLS
As the LA Galaxy have constructed something of an MLS dynasty behind the country’s most storied coach and a lengthening list of big-name talent, work of greater importance has been going on away from the spotlight.

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BC Soccer Web Feature Matches for September 22-28 BC Soccer Web
Senior league contenders from last season look to turn their fortunes after slow starts. We get a double dose of the Caps this week; once in the CCL and then at home to Man City Lite. The upstarts get to shine on Monday as cup play begins on Vancouver Island.

Western Canadian Masters Set to go this weekend at Empire Fields CSA
The Masters Men’s and Women’s championships kick off on Sept.24 at East Vancouver’s Empire Fields.

Whitecaps FC Residency teams complete first road trip of new seasonWhitecaps FC
In their first road trip of the season, the U-16s earned two victories while the U-18s had a loss and a draw.

UNBC men fight to first pointsPrince George Citizen
The goose egg is off the Timberwolves’ back. The UNBC men’s soccer squad secured its first CIS Canada West victory of the season Saturday in Kelowna, blanking the UBC Okanagan Heat 1-0.

UVic Vikes women build up wins and scores in CIS soccerTimes Colonist
For a team that only scored once in its first three games, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team certainly seems to have found the golden boot. A few of them, in fact.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s ‘Seattle Princesses’ tweet draws offside calls CBC
B.C. Premier Christy’s Clark’s jab at the Seattle Sounders football club is drawing heated reaction on Twitter, after she referred to the team as the “Seattle Princesses.”

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Buchanan, Izzo-Brown building something special at WVU-   theet.com
There’s a collection building throughout Kadeisha Buchanan’s room. Along the walls, there are messages from fans, pictures, posters that have been given to her over the course of this summer that she will surely remember for the rest of her life.

Priestman making a difference in Canadian soccerSportsnet
She’s now a little over two years into her tenure as director of Canada’s Women’s EXCEL Program and Bev Priestman is building an impressive resume. Her team made it to the quarterfinals of 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup and won the 2015 U-15 CONCACAF Championship.

Canada Soccer disappointed at college players being dropped from FIFA video game The Province
The Canadian Soccer Association says it is disappointed by an NCAA stance that has resulted in six of its women’s internationals being dropped from the new “FIFA 16” video game.

Mohawk soccer players to represent Canada at World Indigenous GamesCTV Montreal
A group of young Mohawk women are preparing to represent Canada on the soccer pitch at the end of October, when more than 2,000 athletes from 30 countries will converge in Brazil for the first World Indigenous Games.

Six Ontario Cup champions crownedOSA
Six teams were crowned Ontario Cup champions this weekend. The Ontario Soccer Centre Stadium was host to clubs from across Ontario once again as the provincial championships concluded on a thrilling weekend in Vaughan.

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First season deemed a success for WFC224 Hours
Despite finishing the season sitting in 11th place in the United Soccer League Western Conference and 12 points out of a playoff spot, there was an air of positivity surrounding Whitecaps FC2 following the conclusion of their inaugural season on Sunday.

Matchups Set For 2015 USL Playoffs USL
The matchups for three of the four conference quarterfinals in the 2015 USL Playoffs were confirmed this weekend, with one contest yet to be determined ahead of Tuesday night’s contest between Orange County Blues FC and Sacramento Republic FC in the Western Conference.

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Rewind twelve months and the match-up between Fury FC and the Cosmos would be touted as David versus Goliath. Today, it is billed as a ‘Battle of the Titans’ and a potential Soccer Bowl preview as the Fall Season leaders meet the Spring Season Champions Tuesday night in New York.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | Ottawa Midfielder Sinisa UbiparipovicNASL
In a massive win over one of the league’s hottest teams, Ottawa Fury FC midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic played a starring role, tallying a goal and an assist to earn NASL Player of the Week honors.

Armada fire head coach Guillermo Hoyos, general manager Dario SalaSBI
Having seen the club’s debut season turn sour, the Jacksonville Armada have made major changes throughout the organization. The Armada announced Monday that general manager Dario Sala and head coach Guillermo Hoyos have been dismissed. In addition, assistant coaches Edison Ibarra, Rafael Perez Niño and Sebastian Fabres have also been relieved of their duties.

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FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn named NWSL Defender of the Year SI.com
FC Kansas City and United States women’s national soccer team defender Becky Sauerbrunn has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League Defender of the Year, the league announced Monday.

US unbeaten in 100 straight home games since 2004 The Equalizer
There have been plenty of cupcake matches — like last week’s pair against Haiti — in that stretch, but the unbeaten run includes top teams like Germany, France, Brazil, Japan and Sweden (plus endless games against Canada).

Euro 2017 qualifying: England not clinical enough – Mark SampsonBBC Sport
England women’s manager Mark Sampson says his side need to be even more clinical if they are to compete with the world’s top teams. His comments come after the Lionesses beat Estonia 8-0 in their opening Euro 2017 qualifying match.

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Much-anticipated FIFA 16 release date arrives on TuesdaySBI
EA Sports released the latest version of its popular soccer video game series on Tuesday, dropping FIFA 16 in stores across the United States and North America. This year’s installment of the annual title marks a historic first, as women’s national teams have been made playable. The German Bundesliga also has a fully-licensed presentation package on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions.

FIFA Soccer 16 ReviewIGN
This year’s World Cup saw women’s football reach a much wider audience than it ever has before, and it’s heartening to see 12 international women’s teams represented here for the first time. And EA Sports hasn’t simply reskinned the men’s game; you’ll notice tangible differences when playing as women, while female players have been fully motion-captured and look authentic.

FIFA to brief executive committee on US, Swiss probes Fox Sports
FIFA’s executive committee will be updated this week on the American and Swiss corruption investigations which involve some of its own members, football’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Trinidad AG signs documents paving way for extradition proceedings against Jack Warnercanada.com
Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general has signed documents allowing authorities to potentially go ahead with a U.S. effort to extradite former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner to face charges in a corruption case that has shaken international soccer, officials said in court Monday.

Can FIFA find life after yet another death? Inside World Football
It was never intended to end up like this. Jerome Valcke always expected to step down after eight years as FIFA’s number two once his boss, Sepp Blatter, announced he was calling it a day next February. But he never anticipated being jettisoned five months prematurely.

Rafa Marquez at risk to miss CONCACAF Cup with injurySBI
Mexico may have one less veteran defender to call in for the CONCACAF Cup, as the injury bug continues to affect players from El Tri. After Andres Guardado was officially ruled out of the Confederations Cup playoff tie against the U.S. Men’s National Team early Monday, Rafael Marquez suffered an injury against Atalanta over the weekend and may be in serious doubt to miss the October 10 clash.

Leon, Club America and Pumas de la UNAM battling for Liga MX top spotESPN FC
Leon, Club America and Pumas are fighting for the top spot in the table, while other teams hungrily count the number of points needed to make the liguilla.

FA charges Diego Costa with violent conductTSN
The English Football Association has charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa over violent conduct missed by the officials in Saturday’s victory over Arsenal. Although Costa escaped a red card in the game, Arsenal duo Gabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were sent off.

Liverpool struggle to score as time is running out for Brendan Rodgers ESPN FC
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers can sometimes be his own worst enemy. He often uses words for sound rather than meaning, and that has a tendency to get him into trouble with a mischievous media and impatient supporters.

Newcastle’s early struggles have Steve McClaren’s team nearing crisisESPN FC
“There’s more pain to come, absolutely,” said Steve McClaren before Newcastle’s defeat to Watford at the weekend. “Don’t think it’s going to be rosy all the way. It has sometimes been one step forward and two steps back. It’s tough and it’s painful, but we expected this. You have to go through it.”

How Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern have helped the world’s refugees – and how some clubs snubbed themGoal
While European politicians have been squabbling over what to do with the hundreds of thousands refugees fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, European soccer clubs, players and fans have donated millions in an overwhelming display of empathy toward the new arrivals.

The Madrid minnows with the big heartsFIFA
“Football’s always been a sport that’s about solidarity,” Rayo Vallecano captain Roberto Trashorras told FIFA.com, echoing the prevailing mood. As a Rayo player, Trashorras is well placed to talk about the subject. Accustomed to living in the shadow of the two Madrid giants, Real and Atletico, the modest Rayo might lack silverware in their trophy cabinet, but there are few clubs that can beat them when it comes to expressing support for others and backing a good cause.

Singaporean match-fixer ‘extradordinaire’ handed 4 year jail termInside World Football
Singaporean Rajendran R Kurusamy (pictured), the mastermind behind a conspiracy to fix a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football match between Timor Leste and Malaysia, was sentenced to four years’ jail in Singapore on Monday.

Strike partners: Nashville FC’s president connects with a startup specialist to prepare the club for more growthSouthern Alpha
Nashville FC — like so many stories in Music City — started with a crazy dream. And Nashville FC — like so many start-ups everywhere — was a wild, ambitious idea in 2013.

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