WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Match Preview: Whitecaps VS FC Dallas – Eighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps will play FC Dallas two straight weeks, starting with Wednesday night in Vancouver
Whitecaps not at their best down the stretch – 24 Hours
Three little points – it’s all anyone really wanted when Vancouver Whitecaps FC went down to San Jose to play the Earthquakes. The team returned with just one point and has only earned that single point out of a possible nine points in three games.
Despite poor run, Whitecaps still could finish tops in Western Conference – canada.com
Even when his team was flying high, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson cautioned the regular season would come down to the wire.
Three storylines for tonight’s massive clash versus FC Dallas – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15W-12L-4D) host FC Dallas (15W-10L-5D) at BC Place tonight as they attempt to clinch a spot in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Here are three storylines to get you set for the match.
Caps, Manneh needs to finish their chances – The Province
Kekuta Manneh caught himself mid-sentence, which is one of the few times anyone can catch Kekuta Manneh. “If we win those three games,” he started to say about the Whitecaps’ pressure-packed stretch run.
Whitecaps aiming to kick off Texas two-step – Vancouver Sun
Sometimes, the schedule presents fans with a late-season treat, a strategically timed bit of compelling theatre. It can be the product of hopeful design by the schedule-maker. But often, it’s just a bit of lucky fortune.
VIDEO: Erik Hurtado scores first goal for Norwegian side Mjøndalen – Whitecaps FC
The 24-year-old striker, who is on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC, found the back of the net over the weekend in a 4-1 loss to Stabæk.
Having a Tonn of fun with the Caps – Abbotsford News
A volunteer job turned into a dream career for Abbotsford’s Cortlin Tonn. At the age of 14, Tonn gave up his free time to work as a stick boy for the Abbotsford Heat. Just a few years later, the 2014 MEI grad is the equipment manager for the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program.
Toronto FC nearing MLS playoff debut after eight seasons of heartbreak – ESPN FC
To help illustrate why there are no postseason certainties at BMO Field, here’s a brief rundown of TFC’s flirtations with the playoffs.
Felipe, Oyongo, and Alexander: The Trade in Review – Mount Royal Soccer
With a match against the Red Bulls scheduled for Wednesday, we take a look at a trade in which there was much more than met the eye.
Montreal Impact playmaker Ignacio Piatti returns to training, but availability still in question – MLS
The Impact could soon field their full slate of Designated Players again. After 10 days in his native Argentina, Ignacio Piatti returned to Montreal early on Monday morning, looking to re-join Didier Drogba in the Montreal Impact attack. Piatti had traveled to Argentina before Montreal’s 2-1 win over Chicago on Sep. 23, upon hearing of a grave illness to his father – whose health has since improved.
Draft Kings: MLS Has Made A Big Mistake – Burgundy Wave
By creating strong corporate tie-ins with Draft Kings, Major League Soccer has decided to take the money and ignore the best interests of soccer fans. It’s a bad deal, and one that they’ll regret.
Record Breaking: Red Bulls surpass 11k season tickets sold for 2016 – Empire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls are not only ahead of last year’s record season ticket renewal pace, but they have already set a Red Bull Arena record for total season tickets sold — six months before the kickoff of the 2016 season.
Landon Donovan: Jurgen Klinsmann should go if U.S. loses to Mexico – ESPN FC
“The reality is that now, anywhere else in the world, if this coach had those results, and they lose this game against Mexico, they’d be fired.
Donovan not wrong for having Klinsmann opinion, but timing misses mark again – Goal
Retired U.S. legend Landon Donovan took aim at Jurgen Klinsmann, and though his opinion is valid, his timing was unfortunate.
Schoolboy: Why rising USMNT striker Jordan Morris chose college soccer over the pros – Grantland
Morris, a college junior, is back in school, pen out on the first day of class, listening to a lecture about the age of Earth. (“It’s very, very old.”) He’s enjoying a few weeks on campus before heading to Kansas City to help the U.S. under-23 team attempt to qualify for the Olympics. Morris is a novelty — the first college player called up to the national team since 1999, the first one to score a goal since 1992.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Nine Teams to Represent British Columbia at Canada Soccer National Club Championships – BCSA
Nine soccer teams will be representing British Columbia at the Canada Soccer National Club Championships which will take place in various locations across the country October 7-12, 2015. There are five National Club Championships taking place including the U14 Cup in St. John’s, NL, U16 Cup in Surrey BC, U18 Cup in Charlottetown, PEI as well as the women’s Jubilee Trophy and men’s Challenge Trophy competitions which are both taking place in Calgary AB.
Soccer CIS Top 10: Alberta jumps in men’s poll, UBC moves up women’s poll – Canada West
The Alberta Golden Bears made the biggest move among Canada West schools in the latest CIS soccer top 10s. A pair of wins over Winnipeg on the weekend (5-1 and 3-0) propelled the Bears up the CIS top 10, moving up four spots to No. 6 in the poll this week.
UBC Women’s soccer shows no signs of slowing – The Ubyssey
This past weekend, the UBC Thunderbird’s team defeated both the University of Regina Cougars and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on David Sidoo field. They left the Cougars out in the cold with a 3-0 shutout and then battled to get a 4-1 win over the Huskies.
Heat keeps pace in Canada West soccer – Kelowna Capital News
The UBC Okanagan Heat enjoyed its best weekend of the 2015 Canada West season, earning four points over two games in men’s soccer action.
Clan Faces No. 19 NNU Thursday – SFU
Simon Fraser University upset nationally ranked and previously unbeaten Seattle Pacific Falcons 1-0 Saturday and things won’t be getting any easier in a pair Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer home games this week on Terry Fox Field.
VIU M’s men beat league’s best – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s men’s soccer team might be better than the standings show. The VIU Mariners shut out the first-place Kwantlen Eagles 3-0 in Pacific Western Athletic Association action Sunday afternoon at Merle Logan Field.
Scott’s pair leads LMG to comeback win – Cowichan Valley Citizen
In what some jokingly called his “last game of freedom” for Cowichan LMG, striker Steve Scott scored twice to spur his team to a 3-1 comeback win over Vic West last Saturday.
KRSL presents league awards – Kamloops This Week
With the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League’s 30-plus playoffs wrapping up on the weekend, the league presented its year-end awards to its clubs.
Cermaq City Wave FC continue unbeaten streak – Campbell River Mirror
Cermaq City Wave FC once again were to able to maintain their perfect start to their inaugural VISL Division Two season with a hard working performance against a gritty and determined Cowichan outfit at MaCadam Park on Saturday night.
Sooke Loggers earn victory over PR United – Sooke News Mirror
A two-goal performance by Daniel Bergerud propelled Sooke Loggers past Powell River Villa 3-1 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 action at Fred Milne Park on Saturday.
Riptide U15 Girls continue winning streak – Campbell River Mirror
Momentum continues for the Marine Harvest Riptide U15 Girls soccer team who won their fifth game in a row with a shut-out on Saturday.
U14 Riptide on four-game win streak – Campbell River Mirror
The Marine Harvest U14 Boys Upper Island Riptide have started their soccer season strong with a four game winning streak. On Saturday September 12, Delton Kruell (goalkeeper) had a shutout and the Riptide defeated Victoria team Bays/PFC 7-0.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Road to Rio: Canada finish second in Group A, advance to semifinal – Whitecaps FC
Canada are now one win away from a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Canadian U-23 side drew 2-2 with Cuba on Tuesday to wrap up group play at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. As a result, Canada finished second in the Group A standings with four points and a 1W-1L-1D record.
Canada stumbles to a draw with shorthanded Cuban side – the11.ca
Cuba entered the game with just 14 players in its squad. After the kickoff, the Cubans made two critical errors that gifted Canada two goals.
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 5 – Soccer America
Canada, which has not qualified for the Olympic men’s soccer tournament since 1984, moved into Saturday’s semifinals when it held on for a 2-2 tie with Cuba that gave it second place in Group A. It had to wait until the USA’s 4-0 win over Panama to be sure of advancing. Canada will face the second-place team in Group B, where Mexico has the edge over Honduras on goal difference.
Canada loses two players to injury ahead of Ghana soccer friendly – Montreal Gazette
Defender David Edgar and midfielder Kyle Bekker have dropped out of Canada’s roster for next week’s friendly against Ghana due to injury.
Hoilett: ‘Playing for Canada was easy decision’ – Sportsnet
To the outsider it looked like a laboured decision, one made out of convenience and opportunism rather than patriotism. How else to explain David (Junior) Hoilett pledging his international allegiance to Canada last week after being non-committal and cryptic about his intentions for so many years?
Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Nominations Committee – CSA
The individual must be domiciled in one of the following provinces/territories: Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. An independent is defined as a person who at the time of his/her appointment to the Nominations Committee is not an officer, director or employee of Canada Soccer or of a Provincial/Territorial Association Member.
Northern Saskatchewan kids rub shoulders with soccer stars – Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Christine Sinclair’s deft feet boarded a small airplane on Monday and winged her north on a Saskatchewan trip that she says she’ll never forget. Sinclair, Canada’s best-known soccer player, joined national-squad teammate Kaylyn Kyle on an 1,100-kilometre trek to Pinehouse and Ile à la Crosse. They met with school kids and parents, kicked a soccer ball around, and lit up the faces of those around them.
Title-winning teammates Trevor Chisholm and Chris Devlin to square off at soccer nationals – Chronicle-Herald
For Trevor Chisholm and Chris Devlin, life, and their shared love of soccer, has come full circle. Their friendship goes back more than two decades, when they represented Nova Scotia at the 1993 Canada Games in Kamloops, B.C., returning home with a bronze medal. But Wednesday the pair will put their friendship aside for one day, as they will face off against each other in the first game of the Challenger Trophy men’s senior national championship in Calgary.
Bucky Warren: NFLD. legend is gone – Southern Gazette
One of the best soccer players Newfoundland ever produced and a man who achieved so much in his chosen career passed away in Nova Scotia after a lengthy illness last Tuesday.
NASL & USL NEWS
USL Western Final Preview: 2-OKC Energy FC vs. 5-LA Galaxy II – USL
Second-seeded OKC Energy FC hosts the fifth-seeded LA Galaxy II on Sunday in the Western Conference Final of the 2015 USL Playoffs at Taft Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. The two second-year USL sides are looking to advance to their first appearance in the title game. The winner will travel to face either the Rochester Rhinos, the USL Regular Season Champions, or first-year side Louisville City FC out of the Eastern Conference.
USL Eastern Final Preview: 1-Rochester vs. 2-Louisville – USL
The top-seeded Rochester Rhinos host second-seeded Louisville City FC on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 USL Playoffs. Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium. The winner will host either No. 2-seeded OKC Energy FC or the No. 5-seeded LA Galaxy II from the Western Conference in the USL Championship.
Developer Wants New Soccer Stadium Built In West Louisville – WFPL
“I think it’s very critical for us to have a magnet in the West End,” Weyland said. “We have to create reasons for a much more dynamic attraction that draws people to the west.”
Would-Be Developer Of Hartford Soccer Stadium Has Record Of Embezzlement, Lawsuits – Hartford Courant
A Somers businessman pitching a multimillion-dollar deal to bring professional soccer to Hartford has a felony conviction for embezzlement and has faced a string of legal judgments in at least four states for failing to pay personal and professional debts, a Courant investigation has found.
Midfielder Jeremy Gagnon-Laparé loaned out to Ottawa Fury FC – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that midfielder Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé has been loaned out to Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) for the remainder of its regular season and playoffs.
Fury adds Canadian midfielder, Peiser earns league honours – Ottawa Sun
The 20-year-old, who’s currently playing alongside Fury midfielder Mauro Eustaquio with the Canadian Men’s U23 Olympic squad, signed with the Impact in July 2014 and featured in seven MLS matches, as well as playing in 16 games with the Impact’s USL Pro affiliate, FC Montreal. The loan runs through the end of the season.
Rowdies Sign Defender Willie Hunt Ahead Of Final Playoff Push – Tampa Bay Rowdies
Hunt, 28, played for the Rowdies in 2014, making 12 appearances, including 11 starts. Eight of those starts were as a right back. The other three starts were as a centerback, including two where he was paired with Tamika Mkandawire. He spent this season with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL, making 28 appearances and helping Pittsburgh to a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
Cosmos Notes: Raul questionable with ankle sprain, Moffat out for the season? – Empire of Soccer
New York Cosmos star Raul is questionable for Wednesday’s return encounter against the Atlanta Silverbacks. That is the latest from head coach Giovanni Savarese, who reveals his world renown striker was not able to train on Tuesday.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Canadian women making a big impact in NCAA – Sportsnet
West Virginia, which includes six Canadians on its roster, is currently the highest-ranked Big 12 school in NCAA women’s soccer. Two of the most familiar faces on the squad are Canadians: centre-back Kadeisha Buchanan and midfielder Ashley Lawrence.
Eniola Aluko column: Gerrard story means I won’t take title for granted – BBC Sport
Steven Gerrard’s new autobiography has made fascinating reading for me over the last few weeks and made me realise that winning the Women’s Super League title with Chelsea is an achievement I will never take for granted.
West Ham Ladies: Stacey Little ‘quits’ over ‘disgusting’ treatment – BBC Sport
The 28-year-old midfielder claimed on Twitter that she was suspended for “having an opinion as captain” and had decided to leave. However, chairman Stephen Hunt said manager Marc Nurse had deemed Little “surplus to requirements”.
Veje on return to Brøndby from Seattle Reign – UEFA
“Seattle is too far from Denmark and my family,” admits Denmark forward Katrine Veje as she explains her decision to leave the NWSL runners-up to rejoin Brøndby.
New Thorns coach Parsons welcomes Portland pressure – The Equalizer
A little more than two years ago Mark Parsons was coaching in almost complete anonymity with the Washington Spirit Reserves. Monday he was named to the highest profile job in women’s club soccer as the new field boss of Portland Thorns FC.
Thorns FC loan five players to clubs in Australia, Cyprus and Japan – Timbers.com
Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has loaned defenders Steph Catley (Melbourne City FC), Kendall Johnson (Western Sydney Wanderers) and Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar) to clubs in the Australian W-League, and midfielders Lianne Sanderson to Apollon Limassol in Cyprus and Mana Shim to Iga Kunoichi FC in Japan.
O’Reilly brought new dimension to FCKC – The Equalizer
“Last year after the championship game, we were sitting in the restaurant and we decided that we wanted Heather O’Reilly on the team,” Vlatko Andonovski said. “I have the GM here,” – putting his arm on Huw Williams’ shoulder. “I’m so glad that we have such a great GM, Huw Williams.”
TV Report: NWSL viewers up for final, down for season – Soccer America
The NWSL final won by FC Kansas City over regular-season champion Seattle averaged 167,000 viewers, the largest audience of the year for the women’s league on Fox Sports 1, which aired six regular-season and playoff games.
Stadiums Are Still Closed to Women in Iran – Vice Sports
Sara lives in Iran, which since the 1979 revolution has banned women from attending sporting events at stadiums around the country. Hardline clerics insist that it is inappropriate to have women at matches, where they would unnecessarily be mixing with men outside their families, where the male players wear shorts, and where, the clerics say, there is often vulgar language and behaviour. Nonetheless, non-Iranian women are allowed to support visiting teams in Iran, and have freely attended games—one of the things that has made the ban more unbearable for those subject to it.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Next Generation 2015: 50 of the best young talents in world football – The Guardian
From Gheorghe Hagi’s son to the Colombian Yaya Touré, and from Dejan Lovren’s younger brother (a winger) to the ‘new Mario Götze’, the Guardian has scoured the world for some of the best players born in 1998.
Sao Paulo FC says Juan Carlos Osorio stepping down to take Mexico job – SBI
Mexico has apparently found a new manager, and he has experience coaching all throughout the Americas. Sao Paulo FC announced in a statement that Juan Carlos Osorio has left the Brazilian club in order to pursue the same position for the Mexican national team.
U.S.-Mexico oral history as told by the players who created it – ESPN FC
The U.S. and Mexico play in the CONCACAF Cup on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, Calif. The winner will qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, the warm-up tournament to the 2018 World Cup.
Klopp will struggle to recreate Dortmund magic at Liverpool – Goal
The Jurgen Klopp effect is already kicking in. The toothy, floppy-haired German has not even agreed to move to Liverpool yet but already there is a buzz of anticipation around a club that is daring to dream again. This is what he does, enthusing and energizing clubs from the bottom up, a defibrillator in human form carved out of enamel and hair follicles. In amongst the euphoria, though, is an almost completely ignored note of caution. Does Klopp still possess his old magic?
Spanish prosecutors drop Lionel Messi’s tax fraud charges, but his dad still faces jail time – Washington Post
Spanish prosecutors dropped the charges against Lionel Messi in his tax fraud case on Tuesday that alleges he withheld roughly $5 million in income taxes from 2007 to 2009 from the Spanish government, El Pais reports. Messi’s father Jorge wasn’t so lucky.
Gerd Muller: Bayern Munich & Germany legend has Alzheimer’s – BBC Sport
Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Muller is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Shep Messing and the 1972 Olympic soccer adventure that turned into tragedy – The Guardian
The flamboyant goalkeeper’s journey to Munich was something special – and then he watched from his balcony as 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists. He tells Michael Lewis why ‘that was a turning point in my life’
Paolo Rossi exuded class on and off the field – Sportsnet
One of the perks of being a sports reporter is that you occasionally come face-to-face with one of your childhood idols. It happened to me a few weeks ago when I met Paolo Rossi.
A-League champions Melbourne Victory crack 25,000 members – The Guardian
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro made the announcement in front of more than 1000 guests at the club’s Victory in Business season launch at the Crown Palladium on Wednesday.
VIDEO: Norwegian Comedy Channel’s Satirical FIFA 2022 Ad Featuring “Dying Construction Workers” – Paste Magazine
The video is funny at some points, cringey in others, and stops only just short of trivializing the plight of migrant workers under Qatar’s kafala system. Yet the video does some measure of good in redirecting attention to the problem. Earlier this year, reporters from the BBC were arrested and detained in Qatar for attempting to report on World Cup laborers, indicating that the Qatari government would strongly prefer everyone look the other way. Whatever your thoughts are on the comedic value of the video, they’re at least refusing to look the other way.