BC Soccer News, Wednesday, October 19, 2016



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Vancouver Whitecaps President Bobby Lenarduzzi reflects on a disappointing seasonRed Nation Online
A record of 9-15-9 and 17th overall in the MLS Supporters Shield race signifies a vastly underachieving and disappointing season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers | 2016 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Portland Timbers must end their season-long road woes if they are to earn the chance to defend their MLS Cup title in the postseason, as they visit their Cascadian rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps in one of Decision Day’s edgiest matchups.

How the ‘Caps can spoil Portland’s playoff party and win the Cascadia CupWhitecaps FC
The Timbers currently sit seventh in the Western Conference, just below the red line. A win on Sunday would clinch their playoff berth, which gives Vancouver the opportunity to play the role of spoilers against one of their most bitter rivals. Sunday’s match will also crown this year’s Cascadia Cup champion.

Cascadia Cup: 2016 schedule, standings and all-time winners listMLS
Only one game remains in the 2016 Cascadia Cup, and it’s still anybody’s guess as to who will win it.

Vancouver Whitecaps Announce Team Award WinnersEighty-Six Forever
It’s been a tough season for players on the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016, but on Tuesday the club announced their Team Award winners, recognizing the players that actually met expectation this year. The club actually did a good job of it, too, at least in my opinion.

Whitecaps’ Dean an off-field winner in one tough, personal seasonVancouver Sun
Christian Dean, the young Vancouver Whitecaps’ centre-back, accepted a club award Tuesday for his work in the community.

MLS on TSN gears up for the playoffs with Decision DayTSN
The MLS regular season culminates on Sunday, Oct. 23 with MLS Decision Day, the final step on the road to the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the home of the beautiful game, TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in their final games of the regular season.

Portland Timbers want to make ‘club history’ by advancing in CONCACAF Champions League Oregon Live
In October 2014, the Portland Timbers watched their hopes of advancing to the knockout round of CONCACAF Champions League slip away as they fell 3-1 on the road to Honduras club CD Olimpia in their final game of the group stage. They don’t want to let that happen again.

Portland Timbers vs. Deportivo Saprissa | 2016-17 CCL Match PreviewMLS
The Portland Timbers have some ground to make up this week, and not only in the race for the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy announces retirement Oregon Live
Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2016 season.

Sounders confident they can “pull off” playoff entry, but aiming far higherMLS
This Sunday’s MLS Decision Day home matchup against Real Salt Lake has an air of familiarity to it for the Seattle Sounders.

For Sounders, failure to reach playoffs would have lasting consequences Seattle Times
Heading into the final weekend, the Sounders find themselves closer to missing the cut than they have been in their MLS history, needing nothing less than victory against Real Salt Lake.

Seattle Sounders’ Brian Schmetzer- MLS Cup or BustMLS Multiplex
In a recent interview, Seattle Sounders’ head coach Brian Schmetzer has said that it would be a disappointment if the Rave Green don’t win the MLS Cup.

Who will fill the FC Dallas void left by Mauro Diaz’s injury?SBI
FC Dallas’ treble hopes took a major hit on Sunday, and now, with the playoff looming, it’s up to Oscar Pareja to now pick up the pieces by reconstructing his team for the stretch run.

CCL: Torres’ Tigres clinches berth in quarterfinals  – Soccer America
Tigres, the 2016 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League runner-up, clinched a berth in the 2017 quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Herediano. American Jose Torres was a second-half sub for the Monterrey team, the first Mexican to clinch a berth in the knockout phase.

Didier Drogba ready to play “hero” role again, say Impact: “He’s committed”MLS
The Montreal Impact and Didier Drogba have ironed out the issues that led to the Ivorian striker refusing to be in the 18-player gameday roster for their 2-2 draw against Toronto FC on Sunday.

Drogba misses Impact training to see doctor for back injurySBI
Didier Drogba’s saga took yet another turn on Wednesday. The Montreal Impact forward missed training on Wednesday to meet with a doctor regarding a back injury. The news comes just days after Drogba refused to play in the Impact’s eventual 2-2 draw with Toronto FC after being named to the bench.

Drogba and Saputo show the power of ‘big personalities’Soccer America
Professional and major-college sports teams often tolerate extreme behavior from their stars, but refusal to play is usually grounds for dismissal or at least suspension. Not so in Montreal…

Didier Drogba saga is a legendary mess for MontrealToronto Sun
Either they didn’t know, or didn’t care — much like the player. On Sunday, Montreal Impact supporters brandished a massive banner post-game honouring Didier Drogba in what might have been his final home game. Only he didn’t play.

Frisco amends Toyota Stadium leaseCommunity Impact
Frisco City Council voted Tuesday to approve an amended lease agreement with FC Dallas to use Toyota Stadium.

Second St. Louis MLS group unveils stadium renderingsSBI
The MLS expansion showdown between the two competing St. Louis groups is heating up. While the first group, led by former Anhauser-Busch president Dace Peacock is narrowing their focus for a stadium site, the second group, led by former Express Scripts executive Dan Cordes, has stepped up the competition by unveiling renderings of their potential stadium.

As cancer survivor, Union’s Davies shares positive approachTimes-Herald
If anyone has an excuse not to seek out hospitals, it’s Charlie Davies. The Philadelphia Union forward has spent more time in medical settings than most ever will. Yet there Davies was Tuesday morning, sporting his relentless smile and Union polo, gliding between visits with patients at Crozer-Keystone at Broomall.

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VIU playing ‘quality’ soccer as playoffs approachNanaimo News Bulletin
Right before playoffs is the right time to find playoff form, and that seems to be happening. The Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s soccer team played at a high level Saturday on the road, edging the tough Douglas Royals 2-1.

De Graaf delivers spark in 6-1 win Cowichan Valley Citizen
With his team in a scoreless tie midway through Friday’s Vancouver Island Soccer League game at Williams Turf on Sherman Road, Cowichan LMG head coach Glen Martin was searching for a spark.

Cermaq turfs SaanichCampbell River Mirror
Campbell River Cermaq’s sluggish start to the 2016/2017 campaign was kicked into high gear Saturday night, dismantling a reputable Saanich Fusion FC by a score of 4-0.

Westcastle United remains undefeated in VISL Div. 2 soccer playGoldstream Gazette
A 3-0 win over Lakehill FC on Saturday allowed Westcastle United to remain one of just two undefeated teams in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 play this season.

T-wolves fall short in playoff huntPrince George Citizen
Despite a much improved season, there will be no playoffs for the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team. The Timberwolves were eliminated from playoff contention with a 2-1 Monday loss in Victoria to the University of Victoria Vikes. On Sunday, also in Victoria, they had beaten the Vikes 5-2 to keep their hopes alive.

More than a gameCapilano Courier
Salah Hawsawi did not come to Capilano University to play soccer. When he first enrolled for the School of Business in 2013, Hawsawi intended to do one thing, and one thing only: study. “I used to come to school just for school,” he said. “Study and go.” For a while, Hawsawi split his time on campus between classrooms and the library. Competitive soccer seemed like an afterthought, as most of his days were spent with books and PowerPoint presentations.

Weiland heads to the pitch for Mountain FC Squamish Chief
A local aspiring soccer star is getting the chance to move up to play in the BC Soccer Premier League. Michael Weiland, 13, has joined Mountain FC, a club in the league that represents young players from Burnaby, North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

CANADA WEST WSOC PHOTOS: UBC Thunderbirds 2 UVic Vikes 0, October 8, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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.

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CIS Top Ten Men’s & Women’s Soccer CIS
The latest Top Ten CIS soccer rankings.

Laval soccer players earn Hydro-Québec bursariesThe Suburban
Two Laval soccer players were among 30 student-athletes who will share with others, a total of $88,000 in bursaries as part of the 19th edition of the Hydro-Québec Scholarship Program which is operated in conjunction with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ).

Magnificent Macdonald too good for the opposition  – Whitehorse Star
Like the Pied Piper, Danny Macdonald had everyone playing to his tune in over 35 soccer action this weekend.

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FC Edmonton’s VanOekel, Watson Named As Finalists For NASL Golden BallFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s standout season continues to garner attention, with goalkeeper Matt VanOekel and captain Albert Watson announced Tuesday as North American Soccer League (NASL) Golden Ball (MVP) candidates. Fans can help decide on the winner by casting their vote.

Rangers Earn Call-Up for Sporting’s CCL ClashUSL
Before they compete in the 2016 USL Cup Final on Sunday night, three members of the Swope Park Rangers will get the chance to compete on the international stage.

A former League of Ireland favourite and Joe Cole among the nominees for NASL golden ballThe 42
FORMER LEAGUE OF Ireland striker Eamon Zayed has been making a big impression for Indy Eleven in the NASL, which is essentially the second-tier in North America. Former Liverpool and Chelsea player Cole has been similarly impressive since moving Stateside.

Miami Sports Executive Aaron Davidson to Plead Guilty in FIFA Bribery CaseMiami New Times
Aaron Davidson was once a brilliant American soccer exec, the man who co-founded the North American Soccer League, the original version of Miami FC and the reborn Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But behind the scenes, prosecutors say, he was also profiting handsomely — and illegally — from the beautiful game in the form of multimillion-dollar TV contracts won through outright bribery.

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Laura Harvey Inks Four-Year Contract Extension The Bold
Seattle Reign FC has signed head coach and general manager Laura Harvey to a four-year contract extension that will see her lead the club through the 2020 NWSL season.

New-look USWNT set for pair of games vs. SwissThe Equalizer
The United States women’s national team truly enters the beginning of a new era on Wednesday against Switzerland.

Women’s FA Cup: Wembley set to stay as venue for final BBC Sport
Wembley is set to continue hosting the Women’s FA Cup final for the foreseeable future, beyond 2017.

Breakers loan Natasha Dowie, Kyah Simon to Australian clubsBoston Breakers
The Boston Breakers announced today that the club has loaned forward Natasha Dowie to Melbourne Victory and forward Kyah Simon to Sydney FC of Australia’s W-League.

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UCL Preview: Barcelona faces Manchester City, Bayern Munich meets PSV and more SBI
The UEFA Champions League returns to action on Wednesday as a titanic showdown of world powers headlines the schedule.

Buffon brilliant for Juventus, while Leicester remains perfect in Champions LeagueFox Sports
Premier League champion Leicester City remains perfect in the Champions League, making it three wins in three matches by beating FC Copenhagen to headline Tuesday’s action.

Claudio Ranieri ‘very angry’ despite Leicester’s Champions League successESPN FC
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insisted he was still angry with his side despite the Foxes taking a giant step towards the Champions League knockout stages.

Gianluigi Buffon continues to defy time when it comes to goalkeepingESPN FC
All of us will have to deal with declining ability as we age. Some of us are dealing with it now, in fact, but really, as long as you’re over the age of 20, odds are there are some things you can no longer do. (Thankfully, there are also others you do better.)

De Boer: Icardi fan feud damaging InterSN
Frank de Boer believes the ongoing feud between captain Mauro Icardi and the Inter ultras is having a negative impact on the club.

Sydney FC into their first FFA Cup final with victory over Canberra Olympic The Guardian
Bernie Ibini scored in his first game in nearly 18 months as Sydney FC advanced to the FFA Cup final, killing off Canberra Olympic’s dream run with a hard-fought 3-0 win.

Former winners tee up Asian final meetingFIFA
This year’s AFC Champions League semi-finals saw a pair of former winners make it through to set up a mouth-watering final clash.

Champions League run pushes Man City to £19m profit Inside World Football
A best-ever Champions League run has propelled Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City to a near doubling of annual profits. The club, which plays Barcelona tonight, spiritual home of new manager Pep Guardiola, has reported pre-tax profits of £19.6 million for the year to May 31, up from £10.2 million in 2014-15.

Female official reports attack during game in Argentina ESPN FC
A female assistant referee has claimed she received a blow to the back of her neck from an angry player following a match between Argentino de Quilmes and Deportivo Merlo in Argentina’s Primera C.

Nottingham Forest owner asked buyers for £1m salary plus player bonusesThe Guardian
Fawaz al-Hasawi, the increasingly beleaguered owner of Nottingham Forest, has been asking potential buyers of the club for an annual salary potentially rising above £1m and a series of financial demands that include an extraordinary clause entitling him to whatever the players earn in bonuses.

Top soccer ref Howard Webb reveals how he endures OCDAP
Moments from the most important game of his life, Webb was struck down by another bout of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.

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