BC Soccer News, Wednesday, October 25, 2017



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Playoff Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v San Jose Earthquakes – Make or breakAFTN
The time has come. The season defining game against San Jose Earthquakes will take place on Wednesday night at BC Place. While many are disappointed that the Whitecaps have to play this extra game to begin with, the fact that postseason football is happening in BC is not an achievement that can be swept under the carpet. But make no mistake, if the ‘Caps crash out of the playoffs on Wednesday, the fanbase will not be happy and will be looking for answers.

‘Caps host Quakes in do-or-die playoff match at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
This is what the ‘Caps have been working towards all year. And it’s been a long one.

Whitecaps look to shake bad luck, Quakes in playoff showdownThe Province
Relying on the rub of the green worked for the Whitecaps for so long this season, it really did feel like the bounces wouldn’t stop.

Playoff Preview: San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps Prost Amerika
After punching their ticket to the MLS Cup Playoffs in dramatic fashion on Sunday Afternoon, the San Jose Earthquakes come into their first playoff match since 2012 full of confidence. Awaiting them for their Knockout Round match on Wednesday night at BC Place will be a Vancouver Whitecaps team that picked the exact wrong time to nose dive.

Robinson knows way past San Jose rests on ‘big Caps’ risingThe Province
Three days ago, in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ biggest game of the Major League Soccer season and one of the biggest in club history, Carl Robinson fielded a lineup that could be described in a number of ways.

Whitecaps change lineup ahead of playoff openerFox Sports
Carl Robinson was talking about the need to rely on key veterans in a playoff game. And then the Vancouver coach all but confirmed that he will replace two long-time standouts on Wednesday in the Whitecaps’ Major League Soccer knockout-round playoff game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Around The League: Quakes’ Andrew Tarbell looking to break Whitecaps hearts one more timeAFTN
It’s naturally hard not to look back at the San Jose Earthquakes match at BC Place nine days ago and not see it as a completely wasted opportunity. You can look at a number of factors as to why Vancouver couldn’t get the job done, many of them of their own making, but you also need to give credit to the man between the sticks for the Earthquakes that night, Andrew Tarbell.

San Jose Earthquakes Forward Chris Wondolowski Voted MLS Player of the WeekSJ Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted the MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 33rd week of the 2017 MLS season.

Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 MLS Knockout Round PreviewMLS
Less than a year after he was traded to the Chicago Fire, former New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty will take on his former team in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs at Toyota Park on Wednesday night. A win and the Fire would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against New York City FC; a Red Bulls victory would see them advance to take on Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC.

For Red Bulls and Fire, There Can Be No Second Best in Second CityEmpire of Soccer
The result in Washington, in United’s final game at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, was superfluous for the Red Bulls. The only unknown was the opponent in the knockout round of Major League Soccer‘s playoffs. Now, for the third time this year, the Red Bulls will engage in the Dax Derby — another game against the team’s former captain Dax McCarty, who was jettisoned by the club last January.

Fire noncommittal about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s status for Knockout RoundMLS
Bastian Schweinsteiger has played on the biggest stages in the world, a level of experience that has helped lead Chicago Fire in their drastic turnaround this season. Now, however, on the eve of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, it’s unclear whether the World Cup-winning midfielder will be available for Fire’s biggest match since 2012.

MLS’ striking home-field advantage all but dooms knockout-round visitors ESPN FC
Since MLS instituted the knockout round in 2011, only three teams have prevailed on the road: the New York Red Bulls (2011), the Houston Dynamo (2012) and the Montreal Impact (2016). Each of the other 13 squads ended their playoff runs with a whimper away from home. Chances are the Earthquakes will suffer the same fate.

Pressure Drop: A Look at the Eastern Conference PlayoffsLast Word on Soccer
Well boys and girls, the regular season’s over and the second season is about to begin. Six teams left in the East to duke it out for a chance to hoist the MLS Cup. Questions abound. Theories and opinions do too. But let’s set all that aside for a second and consider – which of these six teams is really under the most pressure in the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs?

Sigi Schmid stays with LA Galaxy, takes on Vagenas’ player personnel dutiesSoccer America
Two days after the LA Galaxy, once MLS’s glamour team, lost to FC Dallas, 5-1, to finish last of 22 teams, Pete Vagenas was relieved of his duties as general manager.

Peru Player Population in MLS Set to Double SoonMLS Multiplex
The population of Peru players in MLS looks to double next season.

Nashville soccer fans come out in force for $275M MLS stadium proposalTennesseean
Nashville’s soccer community’s came out in full force to the city’s fairgrounds Tuesday night to urge approval of a $275 million Major League Soccer stadium proposal, dominating a public hearing ahead of a decisive Metro Council vote next month.

FC Dallas has more than half-dozen regulars whose future seems to be up in air after failing to make postseasonSportsday
There are more than a half-dozen regulars whose future seems to be up in the air. That may be frustrating to fans, not only as they see familiar faces go but also as they wonder what exactly happened to this team that had the talent to at least make the postseason, only to fall short.

Are we witnessing the end of parity in MLS?Samford University
Major League Soccer has long prided itself on parity. For years, the chorus from league executives has been that MLS may not have the best players, most skill, or trendiest tactics — but no other league can match it for pure competition.

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Baart, Mollenhauer named Canada West Second Stars of the WeekUVic
Both Michael Baart of men’s soccer and Anna Mollenhauer of women’s field hockey ended their respective seasons in style this past weekend and both were awarded Canada West Second Star of the Week honours for their outstanding play.

Soccer Blues fighting for gold this weekendNorth Shore News
The Capilano Blues men and women will both be looking to bounce one spot up the rankings at the PacWest soccer championships running this weekend at Quest University in Squamish.

Cascades women’s soccer opens playoffs vs. PronghornsUFV
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team kicks off its playoff run on the road this weekend, but they’re staying relatively local. The Cascades, coming off a regular season which saw them place fifth in the Pacific Division at 4-6-4, are part of a Canada West playoff quadrant hosted in Langley, B.C. by Trinity Western University.

Vikes await winner of Play-in game as Playoffs return to CentennialUVic
For the first time since the 2014-15 season the Canada West Playoffs are back at Centennial Stadium as the field that is home to the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team gets set to host a pair of postseason contests.

Women came close, but will miss soccer playoffs this yearTRU Omega
Last weekend began with the prospect of TRU having two soccer teams in the playoffs. The men’s team had already qualified for the playoffs after beating the University of British Columbia Heat 1-0, and the women’s soccer team could have qualified had they beat the University of Northern British Columbia at Hillside Stadium on Oct. 21 and either tied or won their game against the MacEwan University Griffins on the following day.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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!

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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.

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USports Men’s & Women’s Soccer National Top 10USports
The latest USports National rankings for Women’s & Men’s Soccer.

Majority of Canadians support 2026 World Cup bid, survey showsCBC
North Americans are on side in going after the 2026 World Cup, according to a survey released by the bid backers.

Western: First-place women’s soccer hopeful for deep playoff runWestern Gazette
Through 16 games of the Ontario University Athletics season, the Western Mustangs women’s soccer team lost just once. Their 14-win campaign earned them 43 points, assuring them of first place in the West Division. Now, though, with a single-elimination playoff game looming this Sunday, regular season success goes out the window.

Laurentian women ahead of the gameSudbury Star
Rob Gallo is proud to have high standards, but even he didn’t predict such a strong season for the Laurentian Voyageurs women’s soccer team.

X-Men soccer player earns conference honour1015 The Hawk
Dan Hayfield, a midfielder with the St. FX X-Men soccer team, has been named the AUS male athlete of the week.

L1O Final: Breaking New GroundNorthern Starting XI
League 1 Ontario will be represented in next years Canadian Championship by Oakville Blue Devils after coming out on top of a penalty shootout against the Woodbridge Strikers in the L1O Final on Friday night in front of a large crowd at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Rocket Robin has already provided his match report on the game, so I’ll just give a few of my observations on the L1 2017 season finale.

League1 Ontario continues to showcase the top female talent in OntarioLeague1 Ontario
The 2017 League1 Ontario women’s season continued to showcase the top female talent in the province.

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Eddies, Puerto Rico FC meet on neutral ground in Kissimmee FC Edmonton
The match was rescheduled and moved to central Florida after the arrival of Hurricane Maria earlier in the month.

High-Powered Rowdies, Red Bulls II ClashUSL
A pair of clubs that reached the 50-goal mark in the regular season clash in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium as the No. 3-seed Tampa Bay Rowdies and No. 7-seed New York Red Bulls II both look to build on impressive attacking performances in the opening weekend of the postseason.

Children’s Mercy Park to Host Rangers, Republic FCUSL
The 2017 USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinal between the No. 4-seed Swope Park Rangers and No. 8-seed Sacramento Republic FC will be played at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.

Louisville Hosts Rhinos in Eastern SemifinalsUSL
No. 1-seed Louisville City FC and the No. 4-seed Rochester Rhinos meet for the second time in the USL Cup Playoffs when they square off on Saturday night at Slugger Field in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Louisville aiming for its third consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Final.

SAFC, Energy FC Renew RivalryUSL
First postseason meeting between clubs set for Toyota Field.

SUM’s Bid to Buy Cosmos Cited in NASL Antitrust CaseEmpire of Soccer
The back and forth between the North American Soccer League and the United States Soccer Federation continued in federal court this week as the league filed its latest response in its antitrust case against the federation.

SUM MAKES ITS CASE: ‘Any suggestion by Mr. Commisso that SUM’s conduct was in any way improper is without any merit’Front Row Soccer
SUM responds to court accusations that it sought to shut down the NY Cosmos.

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Netherlands beats Norway at the death; Denmark plays, winsThe Equalizer
Vivianne Miedema scored in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to propel the Netherlands to a 1-0 win over Norway in the World Cup qualifying debut for the European champions. In the first of two matches that most think will decide Group 3, the Netherlands held a 17-3 shot edge and hit the woodwork twice but were unable to break through until the final moments of added time.

Women’s World Cup qualifying: October updateUEFA
European champions the Netherlands opened qualifying with a dramatic defeat of Norway as Iceland shocked Germany before being held themselves in October’s qualifiers.

Scotland 5-0 Albania: Claire Emslie inspires Scotland to go top of qualifying groupVavel
Scotland makes it two wins out of two from their World Cup Qualifying campaign as they beat Albania at a rainy St Mirren Park.

Pedro Martinez Losa: Arsenal Women manager leaves club after three yearsBBC Sport
Pedro Martinez Losa has left his post as manager of Arsenal Women after three years in charge of the Women’s Super League One club.

Kerr rates Westfield W-League on par with US competitionFFA
On the eve of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 Season, golden girl Sam Kerr says the Australian competition is just as good as America’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

NWSL Teams Announce End-of-Season Roster And Contract UpdatesBackline Soccer
All ten National Women’s Soccer League teams have announced their roster and contract updates following the 2017 NWSL season.

Japan make final in style AFC
Japan will meet DPR Korea in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship final for the second edition in a row, after a five-goal second half blitz accounted for host nation China in the semi final in Nanjing on Wednesday.

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River Plate’s game plan gives them crucial first-leg win over Lanus ESPN FC
There were plenty of fireworks as River Plate and Lanus took the field for the first leg of an all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semifinal.

Inter beats Sampdoria to take lead at least for a nightSportsnet
Inter Milan moved atop Serie A at least for a night with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Tuesday.

U17 World Cup semi-final: Brazil 1-3 EnglandBBC Sport
A hat-trick from Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster sent England into the Under-17 World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Brazil.

Man City wins shootout, Arsenal rescued by teen in League CupSportsnet
Claudio Bravo was a forgotten man at Manchester City. Even the most loyal Arsenal fan probably knew little about Eddie Nketiah.

Carabao Cup: EFL defends ball after Pep Guardiola criticismBBC Sport
Guardiola said it was “impossible” to score after his side’s fourth-round win over Championship leaders Wolves on penalties on Tuesday.

Arsenal, Man City won’t face Carabao Cup expulsion over fourth substituteESPN FC
Arsenal and Manchester City are not in any danger of being thrown out of the Carabao Cup, despite some press reports on Wednesday morning.

Gianluigi Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions LeagueBBC Sport
Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will retire at the end of the season unless his club win the Champions League.

Reserve Teams in German Football – Should They Stay or Should They Go?Fussballstadt
On Monday the news emerged that VfB Stuttgart could become the fourth team after Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen to dissolve their reserve team. Stuttgart’s sporting director Michael Reschke was in fact in charge at Bayer when the club decided to change the youth development strategy from forming players in the reserve side to sending them out on loan. The news added to the growing debate on the future of youth development and the status of reserve teams in German football.

Want to become a professional footballer? Man Utd hero Lingard is the perfect example to followSN
Jesse Lingard is not the first player that aspiring young football fans pick out as the man they want to be when they grow up, but he has quickly turned into the kind of example many parents would like their children to follow.

Qatari exec meets investigators in FIFA bribery caseSportsnet
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a Qatari soccer and television executive, was questioned Wednesday by Swiss investigators who say he bribed a FIFA official in a World Cup broadcasting rights deal.

Cocaine, cover-ups and the incredible story of Diego Maradona’s last matchSN
Exactly 20 years ago to this day, Diego Maradona said farewell to the world of professional football. The story that began on the parched wastegrounds of Buenos Aires’ Villa Fiorito slum ended in the most incongruent of backdrops – the bowels of the Monumental Stadium belonging to Boca Juniors’ and Diego’s arch-rivals River Plate – minutes after the Xeneize had prevailed in the Superclasico by downing their adversaries 2-1.

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