BC Soccer News, Wednesday, September 14, 2016





Vancouver defeats Sporting KC, earns SCCL quarterfinal berthCONCACAF
The Vancouver Whitecaps became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, earning a 2-1 victory over host Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Tuesday night.

Davies scores stoppage-time winner as ‘Caps clinch CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final berthWhitecaps FC
Knock another first off the list (or three).  Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CCL: 3W-0L-0D) made history on Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park, defeating Sporting Kansas City (CCL: 0W-2L-1D) 2-1 to secure their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final berth.

A historic goal on a historic night sees Vancouver Whitecaps claim spot in Champions League quarter-finalsAFTN
Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? For the second time in four days Vancouver Whitecaps saw their match temporarily abandoned due to thunderstorms, and for the second time in four days the ‘Caps came up with an important win.

Teen talent Alphonso Davies paces Whitecaps to first CCL quarterfinal berthMLS
There are times when Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson looks at Alphonso Davies and sees a 15-year-old kid – a big, strong kid, but a kid nonetheless – just starting to find his way in professional soccer.

Whitecaps weather the storm in 2-1 win over Sporting KCLeader-Post
Ominous weather? No such thing. Heck, at this rate, the Whitecaps might embrace lengthy storm delays. Vancouver claimed a crucial 3-1 win in Columbus on Saturday, a game that featured a 90-minute delay before kickoff.

Whitecaps weather another stormSoccer Shorts
For a while it seemed as though the most interesting thing about the Whitecaps CCL game in Kansas was going to be how people on social media dealt with the two hour rain delay that occurred in the thirty fifth minute of the first half.

Vancouver Whitecaps Top Sporting Kansas City 2-1Eighty-Six Forever
A sparse crowd was on hand at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps book their ticket past the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League Play, as they prevailed over Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Tuesday night. The fans and players had to endure a lengthy weather delay in the first half, when storm clouds rolled into the area. Despite the delay, it was an entertaining affair that saw an outstanding performance from young striker Alphonso Davies.

History in the making: ‘Caps advance to CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals for the first timeWhitecaps FC
As you may have heard, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are headed to the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in club history thanks to a thrilling 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park. It’s a big deal.

3 players Vancouver Whitecaps must keep 24 Hours
It has been a while – eight games! – but the Vancouver Whitecaps FC finally picked up another win and are right back in the thick of the playoff race.

Dallas dominates Revolution, take U.S. Open Cup title Empire of Soccer
The 2016 Open Cup Final was a crowning moment for FC Dallas. The hosts won the tournament in dominant fashion, 4-2 over New England.

Diaz stars in FC Dallas’ Open Cup final: “That’s the standard he can leave”MLS
It takes a team to win a championship, but there can only be one MVP. It’s clear who that player was in FC Dallas’ 4-2 US Open Cup final win over the New England Revolution on Tuesday. Mauro Diaz, a player who has been the catalyst of the FCD attack all season, had a hand in all four of his team’s goals Tuesday night, assisting on three and scoring the other off a penalty kick.

Minnesota United looks to combine past with future as MLS move loomsSBI
“Just Google ‘Loon Call,’” Manny Lagos says, his voice rising towards a new level of excitement. “It’s one of the coolest sounds you’ll ever hear. I always joke that if anybody ever shot a loon in Minnesota, they’d probably go to jail. We love ’em.”

MLS announces rules for 2016 expansion draftSBI
Teams around the league can begin to prepare for the offseason roster raids in this years expansion draft. MLS released the date and rules for the upcoming expansion draft for Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC on Thursday. The draft will take place on December 13th at 2 P.M., just three days after the MLS Cup final draws the 2016 season to a close.

CONCACAF Champions League Review: Lozano stars in huge Pachuca win Goal
Hirving Lozano scored four goals in a big Pachuca win in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday.

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Hundal aims for North American pros: stint in Germany finds doors closed Terrace Standard
Terrace’s Cam Hundal is now aiming for a spot in the North American pro soccer leagues after being blocked from pro ball in Germany by language and situational barriers.

Both of Trinity Western’s soccer teams moved up in the latest CIS Top 10 as the Spartans women are No. 3 and the men are No. 6 in the national rankings.

Ryan Glanville: Canada West Second Star Of The WeekTRU Wolfpack
For the second time this season, a member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has been named a Canada West Star of the Week.

Clan falls 4-0 to Eagles in final regional contestSFU
The SFU Clan women’s soccer team (2-1-1) were handed their first defeat of the season on Tuesday afternoon, as they fell 4-0 on the road to the Concordia University Irvine Eagles (3-0-1).

Underdogs will kick for soccer crownPrince George Citizen
The best team during the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League regular season won’t get the chance to add a playoff title. This coming Saturday, members of Grewal Group will be spectators while the Open Division championship game unfolds between Molson/Assante and JTM Home Solutions. The match-up was the result of a pair of upsets – one major and the other minor – in semifinal games played last weekend.

City to waive CRYSA’s $2,200 gym rental fees Campbell River Mirror
The city will allow the Campbell River Youth Soccer Association free use of one of its facilities in order to facilitate fundraising efforts for a new field house at Robron Park.

It was a feast of football in Coquitlam as the Vancouver Metro Soccer League launched the 2016-17 Premier League season with all twelve clubs in action.

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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Could Canadian teams be pulled out of MLS?Waking the Red
The issue of the lack of equality for Canadian players within MLS – namely, the fact that American players do not take up international slots on Canadian teams but Canadian players on American teams do – has Victor Montagliani at least floating the idea that the trio of clubs north of the border could be pulled out of the league if there is not a more serious commitment to change.

Moffat and Needham make “Impact” as the perfect team The Suburban
When I attended last week’s Montreal Impact game at Saputo Stadium, I stopped by the broadcast booth to say hi to my old friend Rick Moffat. As the play by play man for TSN 690, Rick and his colour commentator Grant Needham make an excellent team, with Joey Alfieri providing topnotch reports from the sidelines and dressing room.

Halifax Mariners men take gold at CAF Soccer Regionals Chronicle-Herald
After going undefeated through the tournament, the CFB Halifax Mariners men’s team secured the gold medal recently at the CAF Atlantic Regional Soccer Championship, held in Dartmouth from August 8-11. Matches through the week included a 2-1 win over Gagetown in the tournament opener, a 4-0 win over 14 Wing Greenwood, and another 4-1 win over Gagetown in the tournament final.

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USL Rewind: Switchbacks keep up pressureSoccer America
Colorado Springs is still in the chase for the Western Conference regular-season title, and it kept up the pressure on leader Sacramento Republic FC while also securing a playoff place Sunday by posting a 2-0 home victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

USL MATCH RECAP | Arizona United SC: 1, Portland Timbers 2: 2 Timbers.com
In the second of three consecutive games on the road, T2 scored two second-half goals to overcome a one-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Arizona United SC 2-1 at Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday night. Midfielder Neco Brett tallied an assist and the game-winning goal in stoppage time, while forward Augustine Williams recorded a goal and midfielder Villyan Bijev notched his eighth assist of the season.

Are USL’s Wilmington Hammerheads moving to Baltimore?Washington Post
United Soccer League, an ambitious third-tier circuit that is thriving in several medium and large markets, is eager to place a team in Baltimore for the 2018 season, multiple sources told the Insider.

FC Edmonton not panicking despite winless skidEdmonton Journal
Despite not having won in their past three games, FC Edmonton are not ready to press the panic button.

RailHawks Ownership Trademark Fmr. WUSA Team Name Carolina CourageEmpire of Soccer
EoS has learned that Carolina FC LLC, the parent company of the North American Soccer League’s Carolina RailHawks, registered a trademark on the name “Carolina Courage” last week. The Courage name is unlikely to have anything to do with a potential rebranding of the RailHawks, though. Fastidious followers of women’s soccer will recall the Carolina Courage was a member of the of the Women’s United Soccer Association.

Ronaldo and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers: a Florida soccer project turned sourThe Guardian
When the Strikers were bought by an ownership group that included the World Cup winner, hopes were high. But many are now disenchanted with the project.

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NCAA Week 4 Wrap: South Alabama pulls huge upsetThe Equalizer
It’s hard to believe, but this is already the fourth wrap up of the season. Last week saw some massive upsets and streaks broken. Here’s a look at some of the major storylines for the week as the non-conference slate draws to a close.

2017 UEFA Women’s under-19 Championship – Qualifying round: Slovenia first to secure spot in elite roundVavel
Russia finished second in Group 5 behind the Slovenians, with them to play the waiting game now to see if they qualify to the next stage.

Record numbers as Girls’ Football Week continues to grow –  The FA
This year’s second FA Girls’ Football Week has exceeded target registration numbers a month ahead of the event. 31,126 girls and women have signed up to play football as part of the week – 9,000 more than the original target of 22,000.

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The Champions League group stage is back and already as predictable as everThe Guardian
Barcelona and Bayern have already flexed their muscles and the chances of the leading lights not reaching the lucrative knockout stages are negligible, which is just as Uefa desires.

Cavani: My fault PSG didn’t beat Arsenal Goal
The Uruguayan striker was wasteful in front of goal in Tuesday’s Champions League clash and accepted responsibility for the failure to win.

Brendan Rodgers pays tribute to Barcelona after Celtic are thrashedThe Guardian
Brendan Rodgers said that Barcelona “beat you up with the ball” on a night on which he likened the Camp Nou pitch to an ice-rink, the game whizzing past his helpless players. Celtic fell to a 7-0 defeat but their manager insisted that there was “no embarrassment” and that he could not have asked for any more from his team.

Why Real Madrid’s bid to win back-to-back Champions Leagues is difficultESPN FC
You huffed and puffed to get to 10 — because it’s a nice, round number — and, after a 10-year wait, you hit the mark in 2014.

Wayne Rooney left out of Manchester United squad for Europa League tieVavel
Captain Wayne Rooney has been left out of Manchester United’s 20-man squad for their UEFA Europa League away game at Feyenoord.

PSG ‘offered private jet and hotel chain’ to tempt NeymarFour Four Two
Wagner Ribeiro – a representative of Neymar – says Paris Saint-Germain included a private jet and a hotel business in a huge transfer offer.

Slovenian football chief Ceferin elected UEFA president France 24
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia’s football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.

Uefa’s new broom more reminiscent of Fifa’s new dawn than a revolution The Guardian
Michel Platini may be banned from football but not from Uefa’s congress, where the election of a new president may not be quite the brave new world football had hoped for at its governing bodies.

Allianz’s Head of Sponsorship Manfred Boschatzke: “Lots of Sports Deserve More Attention”ISPO
The man who engineered the sponsorship deal with FC Bayern and the Allianz Arena and makes decisions on all sponsorship of art, culture and sport as the Head of Sponsorship and Publicity for the insurance company: Manfred Boschatzke. ISPO.COM speaks to Manfred Boschatzke about football, the Paralympic Games, niche sports, and why FC Bayern isn’t the only thing important to Allianz.

Gay referee in Spain receives death threats after return to football The Guardian
Jesús Tomillero, who quit in May but later reversed decision, says he is ‘really, really scared’ but will carry on refereeing.

Hockey? Soccer? Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger is one man in two sports Toronto Star
Winnipeg-born Ralph Krueger has taken on Team Europe, one of the long shots in the World Cup of Hockey. When it’s over, he’ll go back to England, to run Southampton FC.

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