BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 11, 2019







J.J. Adams: Showered Cap Erice comes clean at practiceThe Province
When Jon Erice was absent from the Vancouver Whitecaps’ bench in the second half of their Aug. 31 match against New York City FC, the murmurs and whisper machine kicked into high gear.

New York City FC vs. Toronto FC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
After moving into first place in the Eastern Conference, New York City FC will look to widen a two-point gap from second-place Philadelphia when they host a Toronto FC side that can further cement their playoff positioning with the club’s first three points at Yankee Stadium when the Eastern Conference foes square off Wednesday night.

NYCFC in control heading toward MLS postseasonNewsday
New York City FC head coach Domenec Torrent likes to have control. Whether it’s how his team plays on the field or how he supports his players off it, being at the reins is crucial to how the Spaniard operates.

Three playoff-defining games out West and more on WednesdayMLS
MLS is coming in hot after the international break, as four matches are set for Wednesday evening.

San Jose looks to get road footing back at RSLLondon Free Press
The San Jose Earthquakes aim to snap a season-high three-match road losing streak on Wednesday when they visit Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah.

MLS continues coaching education partnership with French Football FederationPro Soccer USA
FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez and Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney are notable former students of this program.

Sports Are My EscapeSounder at Heart
I attended the game in Portland on August 23rd. On the way down, there was a man on my ECS bus that was extremely upset, to the point of tears, that he had to participate in the protest. He said all the usual things: Sports are my escape, I don’t want to see politics at games, gays are treated fairly in America now, and so on. I thought about this person quite a bit in the hours that followed. (Editor’s note: This is an extraordinary, thought-provoking piece of writing from a Seattle Sounders fan. I highly recommend spending some time with this.)








PREVIEW: Pacific FC vs. York9 FC – Match #71CanPL
York9 will look to rebound from its 905 Derby defeat on Sunday in short order, as they visit a confident Pacific FC side on Wednesday in Fall season action.

’Keeper Village key to Pacific FC’s late pushTimes Colonist
Goalkeeper Mark Village has been a steadying influence this season in tandem with Nolan Wirth.

Champs beaten as opening weekend of VMSL Premier action starts with a bang (with video highlights)AFTN
Empire Fields was the venue on Saturday for the annual Premier Division showcase, with all six opening day matches taking place there over the afternoon. And the new league season got off to an entertaining start with some surprises, some great goals, and some early statements made.

UNBC Timberwolves player named Canada West 3rd Star of the WeekKelowna Now
The UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team is looking to make noise this year and having a star player certainly helps.

Div. 3 Fury open with draw vs. Campbell RiverCowichan Valley Citizen
With a new name and new kit, and playing in a new division, the Cowichan Farm Store Fury got off to a quick start in their Vancouver Island Soccer League season opener on Saturday and look poised to contend.

Let the games begin: 55+ BC Games underway in KelownaKelowna Capital News
More than 4,000 athletes and their supporters from across B.C. have arrived in Kelowna to compete in this year’s 55+ BC Games.

VIDEO: Former TWU soccer player Paul Hamilton named to Canada West Hall Of FameAldergrove Star
Becomes first Spartan from Langley university to be admitted to CW.

A dream trip to England for U12 UnitedDelta Optimist
It’s going to be a season to remember for the South Delta United Division One U12 boys soccer team regardless of what happens on the pitch.

VMSL Premier Division 2019/20 Completely Baseless Season PreviewAFTN
The 2019/20 Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) season kicks off this weekend and we can’t wait. There’s new teams, new players, new hope, and some great local football that we can’t encourage you enough to get out and take in over these fall and winter weekends.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC 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, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
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 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!

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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Canada finds goals hard to come by in Nations League rematch with CubaCBC
Alphonso Davies scores lone goal of game days after Canadian side posted 6-0 blowout.

Canada avoid slip-up in tight victory vs Cuba to continue sterling run in the Nations LeagueBTS
10-men Canada took home all 3 points on Tuesday as they fought off a tough performance from Cuba.

Canada’s Herdman on CNL clash with USMNT: “For us, it’s a cup final”MLS
Count Canadian national team head coach John Herdman among those who is already plenty hyped for the upcoming international clash between Canada and the U.S. men’s national team in Concacaf Nations League play.

Milan Borjan relishing his role as a leader for Canada as he continues to give back to the country that helped both him and his familyBTS
On this warm Thursday evening at Canada’s Men’s National Team training camp, spirits are high. As training concluded for the day, they engaged in a fun post-training shooting competition, where the majority of the players participated in the popular game of two-touch, with goals being met with cheers and misses being met with intense ribbing from teammates.

PREVIEW: FC Edmonton vs. Cavalry FC – Match #70CanPL
The CPL’s second local derby in less than a week kicks off on Wednesday, as Cavalry FC and FC Edmonton prepare to meet for the fourth (and perhaps the most pivotal yet) Al Classico contest of 2019.

FC Edmonton midfielder’s performance a key to beating Cavalry FCEdmonton Sun
Ajeej Sarkaria could be a key for FC Edmonton to finally unlocking Cavalry FC and earning a win in the Al Classico Canadian Premier League provincial encounter.

Kingston United to add soccer teams to Ontario Player Development LeagueWhig-Standard
The Kingston United Soccer Club has been granted a licence from Ontario Soccer to join the Ontario Player Development League for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Ryerson soccer has finally found a home, but at what cost?The Eyeopener
Despite the success of Ryerson soccer’s home openers, the decade-long disconnect from the rest of the student body remains. From campus, it takes an hour-long subway ride to get to Downsview Park, which for students, is too much of a trek to support the Rams soccer programs consistently.


Race to the Championship Playoffs – Week 28USL
While Phoenix Rising FC was confirmed this past weekend as the host of one of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in October, there is a lot on the docket this week with both the New York Red Bulls II and Tampa Bay Rowdies having an outside chance to book their places in the postseason. Let’s look at what’s ahead in Week 28.

Tough task, but Fury FC looks to beat Indy Eleven on the roadOttawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC is looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak Wednesday on the road against Indy Eleven, but it won’t be easy.

USL Championship Gameday Report: September 10, Week 28USL
Reno became the second side in less than a week to record five first-half goals as it broke a four-game losing streak with an emphatic victory against Tacoma Defiance.

El Paso’s Gomez Voted Championship Player of the WeekUSL
El Paso Locomotive FC midfielder Josue Gomez has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 27 of the 2019 season. Gomez scored three goals across two contests, including a brace in Locomotive FC’s 3-0 win on the road against Las Vegas Lights FC this past Saturday night.

USL League One set to add 3 West Coast, 1 East Coast clubs Soc Takes
The United Soccer Leagues’ third-division competition — is set to add three Western Conference members and one Eastern Conference member for the league’s sophomore season in 2020.

This American Soccer League Has Plans For A Promotion/Relegation SystemThe 18
NISA (National Independent Soccer Association), the first major soccer league with a promotion/relegation system, kicked off its inaugural season recently, with the opening match between California United and the Oakland Roots ending in a thrilling 3-3 tie.


Portland Thorns prepare to face North Carolina Courage with first place in NWSL on the lineOregon Live
The Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage have battled for supremacy in the National Women’s Soccer League over the last four seasons.

Orlando Pride prepares for quick turnaround ahead of rematch with Chicago Red StarsPro Soccer USA
After a tough road loss, the Pride will look to regroup quickly as they take on Sam Kerr and the Red Stars at home.

Australia star Sam Kerr at home in NWSL, but for how long?ESPN
A little more than two years before she cradled the World Cup trophy in the same stadium, Alex Morgan attempted a quieter exit in Lyon. Minutes after playing the second leg of a Champions League semifinal with Olympique Lyonnais, she walked through the mixed zone oblivious to the surrounding interviews in French. Her eyes were locked instead on a phone as she watched the beginning of her husband’s MLS game several thousand miles away.

Women’s Football Weekend: FA announces annual event during men’s international breakInside World Football
Women’s Super League fixtures including a north London derby at the new 62,000-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will form the basis of the first Women’s Football Weekend in November.


EURO 2020 qualifying wrap: Ronaldo puts up four v. LithuaniaNBC Sports
The Three Lions stayed unbeaten in qualifying thanks to goals from Premier League and Bundesliga stars, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored another hat trick.

International football: 10 talking points from the latest round of gamesThe Guardian
Kosovo showed why people have been showering praise on them while Mick McCarthy has plenty to think about.

Upsets for Qatar, Saudi Arabia as quartet open brightlyFIFA
Tuesday’s Matchday 2 of Asia’s second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar proved a night of mixed fortunes for the traditional powerhouses with the likes of Australia, IR Iran, Japan and Korea Republic getting off to expected winning starts, but Saudi Arabia were held to a 2-2 draw by Yemen. Qatar, too, had to settle for a goalless stalemate against India at home.

Somalia: Last Minute Goal Dents Somalia Word Cup DreamAll Africa
Somalia were eliminated from 2022 World Cup qualifying Tuesday after a dramatic 3-1 loss to Zimbabwe in Harare.

Peru score late, hand Brazil first loss in a yearESPN
Luis Abram scored his first international goal on a header in the 85th minute, and Peru ended Brazil’s 17-game unbeaten streak since last year’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night.

Not takeover, its reform: FIFA gets its teeth into CAF’s ‘reform’ processInside World Football
Originally sold as ‘help’ to run the organisation and conduct an audit of its financial affairs, to be led by FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura in an additional role as FIFA Delegate for Africa, the takeover has now morphed into what is being called a CAF-FIFA Reform Task Force.

Morris’ late goal gives US 1-1 exhibition draw vs UruguayYahoo Sports
With both teams missing many of their regular starters, the United States displayed some style and flair against fifth-ranked Uruguay.

New-look Nice head to Montpellier aiming for the topLigue 1
OGC Nice, armed with new owners and star striker Kasper Dolberg, head to Montpellier Hérault SC on Saturday with only goal difference separating them from the top of the Ligue 1 Conforama table.

Neymar’s accuser charged with fraud and extortion over rape case The Guardian
Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo have indicted the woman who accused Neymar of rape, charging her with fraud, extortion and slander.

Two arrested in transfer fraud raids in Belgium, Monaco, LondonYahoo Sports
Police investigating suspected fraud linked to the transfer of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to Newcastle United have made seven raids in Belgium, Monaco and London, arresting two people including an agent, officials said Wednesday.

Iranian female football fan who self-immolated outside court diesThe Guardian
An Iranian female football fan has died a week after setting herself on fire outside a courtroom, after learning she may face six months in prison for trying to enter a stadium, a news agency reported on Tuesday.

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