VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
In, Out, On The Bubble: The 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2019 season is thankfully finally over and everyone is put out of their misery. So that can only mean one thing. No, not team implosions (not this year anyway), but it’s time for Steve to kick off our end of season analysis with our annual In, Out, On The Bubble feature.
Whitecaps’ Dos Santos hungry for success after ‘challenging’ first year – Sportsnet
Asked to describe his first year as coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Marc Dos Santos paused. “Challenging,” he said after several seconds. The description may be an understatement.
Vancouver Whitecaps Interested in Olivier Giroud – Eighty-Six Forever
SportsNet 650’s Dan Riccio revealed that the Vancouver Whitecaps reached out to French striker Olivier Giroud. While it appears that Giroud rebuffed the Caps courting, it does signify an important step for the club.
NYCFC reveal playoffs stadium plan for potential Yankees conflict – MLS
The New York Yankees completed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Monday to advance to the American League Championship Series and move New York City FC a step closer to having to open the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs away from Yankee Stadium. If the ALCS series goes to six or seven games then NYCFC will play its first game of the playoffs at Citi Field.
Making a title case for each MLS playoff team – Yahoo Sports
Major League Soccer’s playoff format has made the route to the MLS Cup Final a bit easier for a Cinderella.
‘TOUGH TIME SLOT’: TFC prez gets league to move playoff kickoff – Toronto Sun
On Monday morning, Major League Soccer announced that TFC and D.C. United would open the playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 19 at BMO Field — at 12 noon.
TFC’s Altidore to miss Nations League games with U.S. – Calgary Herald
Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore will not play for the U.S. national team in Nations League games against Cuba and Canada this month.
Ignacio Piatti’s future with Impact shrouded in secrecy – Sudbury Star
The team announced it was exercising its option on his contract for 2020, but then Piatti left Centre Nutrilait without addressing the media.
Wondolowski: ‘I want to play for one more year’ – NBC Sports
2019 was a once-in-a-lifetime season for Chris Wondolowski – both on a personal and collective level.
Atlanta United reaches contract extension with Miles Robinson – Atlanta United
Atlanta United announced today it has signed defender Miles Robinson to a multiyear contract extension that will keep under contract through the 2023 season. Robinson, who was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, recently made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut against Mexico and is a nominee for the 2019 MLS Defender of the Year.
As Chicago Fire Relocates To Soldier Field, Franchise Looks To Revitalize Fan Interest Under New Leadership – CBS Chicago
Marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, and the founding of the MLS franchise, the Chicago Fire made it official Tuesday.
How Colorado’s Robin Fraser is breaking ground for black coaches in MLS – The Guardian
The longtime MLS assistant and former USA defender is only the second African American head coach in league history.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
HFX WANDERERS FC vs. PACIFIC FC
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE FALL SEASON MATCHDAY #16
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019, 3:00 PM PT
WANDERERS GROUNDS, HALIFAX, NS
PREVIEW: HFX Wanderers FC vs. Pacific FC – Match #89 – CanPL
The flight from Vancouver Island to Halifax spans 4,500 km in distance. It’s the third-longest away trip in professional soccer. And, for one final time in the 2019 season, Pacific FC embarks upon that long journey across the country to take on HFX Wanderers FC, to settle the series over five tilts.
Pacific FC backline gets veteran boost with return of Marcel de Jong – Times Colonist
When Marcel de Jong went down in training camp in mid-March with a ruptured Achilles, he made a vow to himself to return before the Canadian Premier League season ended.
PGYSA, Whitecaps form long overdue bond – CKPG
Two soccer programs are becoming one within Prince George. An info session held last night contained information on the merger between the local Vancouver Whitecaps Academy and the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. Both sides echoed the same message throughout the meeting, that this partnership was long overdue.
Trio wrapping up UNBC career – PG Citizen
After five seasons chasing her soccer dreams with the UNBC Timberwolves, Julia Babicz has come to realize the end of her career as a university-level midfielder is near.
WSOC: ‘Birds prepare for a crucial Legends Cup battle – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (6-1-3) head to the provincial capital for their final road trip to kick off the home-and-home Legends Cup rivalry series with the University of Victoria Vikes (5-2-3). Game one takes place at Centennial Stadium at 7:15 p.m. PT on Thursday, October 10, before the two squads head back to the mainland for a 5:00 p.m. PT start at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday, October 12.
MSOC: First place T-Birds get set for Legends Cup home and home series vs Vikes – UBC
It’s back to back meetings between the Canada West’s top two teams when the first place UBC Thunderbirds (7-1-3) take on the rival UVic Vikes (7-3-1) for a home and home Legends Cup series beginning in Victoria on Thursday, October 10 with a 5:00 p.m. PT kickoff at Centenial Stadium. The return engagement will be two days later across the water at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday, October 12 for a 2:00 p.m. PT start.
Ravens take flight in boys soccer showdown – Tri City News
Heading into the showdown between their undefeated teams, the coaches of the Centennial Centaurs and Terry Ravens knew their charges faced the toughest test of the young Fraser North senior boys’ high school soccer season.
BMO Academy Report: U-19s win in Portland, U-17s and U-15s prepare for GA Cup qualifiers – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC boys academy teams were back in action on Sunday, taking on rivals Portland Timbers in Oregon.
Nelson Soccer takes the sport to schools – Nelson Star
The Nelson Soccer Association is giving back to the community by offering free soccer lessons during gym time in schools across School District 8.
BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in Canada – BC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .
Power Soccer in BC – SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
PREVIEW: Cavalry FC vs. Forge FC – Match #90 – CanPL
Less than a month before they meet in the CPL Finals, the top two clubs in the league will converge in Calgary this week for the first of two late Fall season clashes between Forge FC and Cavalry FC. With this pair of teams squaring off twice with the Fall title on the line, fans will be treated to a fascinating preview of what’s to come in Finals 2019.
Canada Soccer’s 2019 Toyota National Championships kicks off 9 October – CSA
Canada Soccer’s 2019 Toyota National Championships, Canada’s largest amateur team sport competition, kicks off 9 October. More than 2,000 players, coaches and officials will gather in three locations in three provinces including the U-15 Cup in Edmonton, AB; the U-17 Cup in Charlottetown, PE; and the senior Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions in St. John’s, NL.
Canada Soccer announces fines, suspensions following 28 Sept York9 FC v Cavalry FC match – CSA
Following the York9 FC v Cavalry FC Canadian Premier League match on Saturday 28 September 2019, Canada Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced that Cavalry Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and midfielder Nikolas Ledgerwood of Cavalry FC and goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi of York9 FC were charged with misconduct in accordance with the Canada Soccer Disciplinary Code.
Motion aimed at killing Halifax stadium proposal deferred for two weeks – CTV
HALIFAX — A motion aimed at killing a planned review by Halifax municipal staff of a $110-million stadium proposal by a group hoping to land a CFL franchise has been deferred for two weeks.
USL & LOWER LEAGUE SOCCER NEWS
Ottawa Fury FC going to playoffs after win over Swope Park – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC is going to the USL Championship playoffs, wrapping it up with a 2-1 win over Swope Park Rangers on the road Tuesday night.
USL Gameday Report: October 8, Week 32 – USL
A 92nd-minute header from Nashville SC defender Jimmy Ockord gave his side a dramatic 2-1 victory over Louisville City FC on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park to move the hosts within a point of first-place Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in the Eastern Conference standings and keep them on track for a top-two finish with two games remaining.
New coach Alan Koch settling in with Colorado Springs, Switchbacks – The Gazette
Alan Koch is already spending his Sundays like a Colorado Springs resident, albeit a new one. After watching the Switchbacks win Saturday, the club’s new coach and his wife went hiking.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
W-League kick-off confirmed, but will Kerr return? – SMH
Football Federation Australia, Perth Glory and Sam Kerr’s fans will have to wait at least another couple of weeks to find out if the superstar striker will play in the upcoming W-League season or sign a deal in Europe.
Houston Dash celebrate historic game vs. Tigres Femenil in Monterrey – Pro Soccer USA
The Houston Dash made history Saturday when they met Tigres Femenil at Estadio Universitario in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. It was the first international friendly played by a National Women’s Soccer League team in Mexico.
Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying: Belarus Women 0-1 Wales Women – BBC Sport
Wales’ Rachel Rowe returned from a year out through injury to reignite their Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.
Women’s Scottish Cup semi-finals: Clash with Hampden international frustrates Scott Booth – BBC Sport
There is still a “massive difference in perception” between men’s and women’s football in Scotland, says Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from football at age of 35 – The Guardian
The former Bayern Munich, Germany and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.
Mbappé ruled out for France qualifiers – Ligue 1
A hamstring injury has ruled PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé out of France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.
AC Milan appoint former Inter boss Pioli as Giampaolo replacement – ESPN
AC Milan have appointed former Inter boss Stefano Pioli as their new coach on a two-year contract.
Sampdoria parts ways with coach Di Francesco – NBC Sports
Sampdoria has parted ways with coach Eusebio Di Francesco after losing six of its first seven Serie A matches of the season.
Why do these big-club managers still have jobs? Either giants are wising up, or there are simply no alternatives – Yahoo Sports
The number of managers at major clubs who appear to be in trouble is unusually high – especially at this early stage of the season.
The fall of Monaco: From Champions League semi-finals to brink of relegation – BBC Sport
A little over two years ago, Monaco were the darlings of Europe, a poster club for excellent recruitment, alluring counter-attacking football and savvy use of the transfer market.
Premier League clubs warned of revenue fall unless piracy is tackled – The Guardian
Revenues for Premier League clubs such as Watford and Bournemouth will fall off a cliff unless online piracy is faced down, the world’s largest investor in TV rights has warned.
Starting A-League season during international break is ‘pretty average’ – Alex Wilkinson – ESPN
Kicking off the A-League in the middle of a FIFA international window has left Sydney FC captain Alex Wilkinson baffled.
Next Generation 2019: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs – The Guardian
The Guardian selects the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003, an age band known as first-year scholars.
Tammy Abraham: England prepared to walk off over racist abuse – BBC Sport
Tammy Abraham says England are prepared to walk off the pitch if they are targeted by racist abuse in their Euro 2020 qualifiers this week.
FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest – Yahoo Sports
FIFA has fined Hong Kong’s soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month.
Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades – The Guardian
Iranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy. Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.