CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
WHITECAPS FC vs. CD OLIMPIA (Honduras)
7:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs CD Olimpia – Eighty-Six Forever
The CONCACAF Champions League, unlike its UEFA counterpart, doesn’t have the luxury of many big-name clubs. Although that may disappoint more casual fans, it gives enthusiasts an opportunity to familiarize themselves with relatively unknown foreign teams. For Whitecaps FC fans, CD Olimpia presents exactly that sort of opportunity.
Know thy enemy: Who are these Olimpia guys anyway? – Whitecaps FC
You’re forgiven if that’s something you’ve been wondering ahead of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s CONCACAF Champions League fixture with C.D. Olimpia on Wednesday night at BC Place.
Weber: Whitecaps ready for CONCACAF hijinks – The Province
Kendall Waston knows the mindset of Honduran club C.D. Olimpia heading into Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League game at B.C. Place (7 p.m., SNET ONE, TSN 1410). The Whitecaps’ hulking centre-back played CCL games for his former club Saprissa in Costa Rica, including a few against MLS teams.
Latin American soccer flopping, faking just ‘our style’: Whitecaps’ Waston – The Province
Honduran side CD Olimpia rolls into BC Place Stadium Wednesday, and if CONCACAF Champions League form holds, it means we’re in for more loose-legged diving than at your community pool and more silly antics than an episode of WWE Smackdown.
24 under 24: League-high nine Whitecaps FC players make preliminary list – Whitecaps FC
One week from today, MLSsoccer.com will release its annual 24 under 24 list, which – as its name suggests – ranks the league’s best players under the age of 24. In advance of the release, MLSsoccer.com has publicized a 75-player shortlist and not surprisingly, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are well represented.
DC United 2, Árabe Unido 0 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap – MLS
D.C. United entered Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League encounter with Panamanian side Árabe Unido needing only a draw claim the group title. For good measure, they went ahead and won.
Santa Tecla 0, Real Salt Lake 0 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap – MLS
Real Salt Lake wanted to grab all three points Tuesday night against Santa Tecla FC to top their CONCACAF Champions League group. Things did not go according to plan, but they still managed to get where they wanted.
CONCACAF considering change to Champions League schedule – Goal
D.C. United coach Ben Olsen has alluded to a possible change to the CCL calendar, with Goal USA learning the tournament could be held from spring to fall in 2017.
Source: Ottawa’s Dos Santos to be named Sporting Kansas City assistant coach in 2016 – Goal
Sporting Kansas City’s staff will have a Canadian component next season, with Marc Dos Santos set to join as an assistant. The Ottawa Fury announced on Tuesday that head coach Marc Dos Santos will be leaving the club for an MLS franchise at the end of the season.
Sebastian Giovinco is in MVP form but just wants a win for Toronto at NYC FC – ESPN FC
The last time Sebastian Giovinco visited Yankee Stadium, he had a pretty good day. The 28-year-old Italian has enjoyed plenty of those since shocking the soccer world by swapping Juventus for Toronto FC early this year, but it was during a nine-minute span one July afternoon in Bronx that Giovinco effectively ended the MVP race four months before the end of the 2015 season. His spectacular hat trick left even the most cynical, seasoned MLS observers wondering if they weren’t witnessing the best player, pound-for-pound, in league history.
Countdown: Toronto FC @ NYCFC – Red Nation Online
Toronto FC return to the scene of one of their most dramatic results of the season as they are back in New York City to take on NYCFC. Both teams are in desperate need of a win; the Reds to keep pace with the top of the Eastern Conference, and New York, who have struggled all season and don`t have an easy schedule ahead.
New York City FC midfielder Sebastian Velasquez to enter MLS SABH program – MLS
New York City FC midfielder Sebastian Velasquez has entered the Major League Soccer Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (“SABH”) Program pursuant to the SABH Policy. Velasquez will not be eligible to participate in any team activities until he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors.
Mauro Biello making most of well-deserved Montreal Impact chance – ESPN FC
Since joining MLS back in 2012, the Montreal Impact hasn’t known much in the way of stability. When the decision was made to fire Frank Klopas, it looked like more of the same. Fortunately for Montreal, Mauro Biello is a man not only made for these times, but this club.
Didier Drogba among Impact regulars to sit out Wednesday at San Jose –CBC Sports
The Montreal Impact will end their brief Western road swing on Wednesday in San Jose without striker Didier Drogba and some other key players.
LA Galaxy laud former USL defender Dave Romney after shutdown performance vs. Didier Drogba – MLS
LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo could tell right away that Dave Romney had something special, that he could make an impact beyond LA’s USL team if given the chance. That opportunity arrived in July, led to Romney’s graduation to the first team a few weeks later, and the 22-year-old defender showed in Saturday’s scoreless draw against the Montreal Impact that he could be the future in the middle for MLS’s reigning powerhouse.
New York City FC should let Jason Kreis manage as he knows how to – ESPN FC
When Kreis was appointed head coach, fresh off yet again producing a Real Salt Lake team that punched above its small-market weight to reach the 2013 MLS Cup, most neutrals regarded it as a coup. An intelligent, systematic thinker and one of the most promising of the first crop of lifelong MLS players-turned-coaches, Kreis also represented an understanding of the particulars of MLS. It was a decision that seemed to speak well for City Football Group’s novel prototype of a dispersed, 21st century football organization. It still can.
How does the US Soccer Hall of Fame affect Toyota Stadium? –Sportsday FW
On Tuesday morning, the City of Frisco published documents for that evening’s city council meeting which appear to confirm the future site of the Hall of Fame, as well as an enormous development for the stadium as a whole. The motion to modify the lease between Frisco Stadium, LLC (Hunt Sports Group) and the City of Frisco, and the financial arrangement for the development, was passed with a 6-0 vote.
LA’s MLS expansion team announces official club name: Los Angeles Football Club – MLS
It was announced on Tuesday that the new LA club set to debut in 2018 will be known as the Los Angeles Football Club, or LAFC for short. According to a release issued by the club, the name was chosen after months of engagement with supporters, partners, stakeholders and founding season ticket members.
Ancient, leaking, soulless … a guide to America’s worst stadiums – The Guardian
From the amazing shrinking FedEx Field to Tropicana Field’s flyball-bothering catwalk, our pick of the least inspiring sports venues in the US. (D.C. United’s RFK Stadium makes the list)
BC SOCCER NEWS
Fusion FC / Surrey United’s John Ribeiro named PGYSA Technical Director (PDF File) – PGYSA
Prince George Youth Soccer Association is proud to announce that John Ribeiro is joining PGYSA as Technical Director. John will begin his duties with the association on September 21st. PGYSA is delighted to be bringing John back to Prince George to share his passion, experience and expertise with our players, coaches and volunteers.
2015/2016 McGavin Cup – VISL
Results from one of the VISL’s Cup competitions.
Soccer CIS Top 10: Spartans slip, Golden Bears move up in latest poll – Canada West
The second CIS top 10 soccer polls of the season were released Tuesday, with the Trinity Western women and Alberta men the top teams in Canada West. Trinity Western – the defending Canada West champions – opened their 2015 season over the weekend with a 2-0 loss to UBC Friday, before rebounding with a 3-1 victory over the Victoria Vikes Saturday.
Vikes men ride momentum into Trinity Western, Fraser Valley clashes – UVic
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team takes to the road this weekend in Langley and Abbotsford for games against the Trinity Western Spartans on Sept. 18 before taking on the Fraser Valley Cascades Saturday, Sept. 19. The undefeated Vikes are now 2-0-1 in regular season play, while for the first time this season the Vikes are now ranked in the CIS, currently at No. 7.
Vikes women return home ahead of Timberwolves, Pandas matchups – UVic
After a slow start to the season, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team will try to reverse their fortunes when they return to Centennial Stadium this weekend, Sept. 18-19, for match ups with the UNBC Timberwolves and the Alberta Pandas. Both games are set to kick-off at 5 p.m. at Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.
Season Primer: Kovacs, ‘Birds, gunning for CIS championship – The Ubyssey
Last season, the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team bowed out of the Canada West in the quarterfinals, when they lost 3-1 to the Trinity Western Spartans (TWU) at Roger’s Field in Langley. The next month head coach Andrea Neil resigned, ending her two-year tenure as coach and went on to pursue non-coaching opportunities.
Season primer: UBC Men’s soccer shoots for nationals – The Ubyssey
The 2015 men’s soccer season is underway and head coach Mike Mosher is looking to bring UBC its 14th national championship. Last year, the team lost to Alberta in the Canada West semi finals, preventing them the chance to capture a third straight title. With a number of exciting additions this year, Mosher expects to take his squad back to its winning ways.
WolfPack Get Set To End Six Game Season Opening WSOC Road Trip – TRU
The WolfPack (2-1-1) on the season will visit Langley, BC on Friday (Sept 18) to play the Trinity Western University Spartans (1-1) and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades (1-0-1) on Saturday (Sept 19). Both the Spartans and the Cascades are ranked nationally. The Spartans are rated fourth in the nation while the Cascades sit in seventh place.
Fauteux Named Canada West Third Star Of Week – TRU
For the second straight week, a member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team has been named a star of the week. Danielle Fauteux (5th year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) was named the Canada West Third Star of the Week ending September 13, 2015.
HISTORY OF THE METRO WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE – MWSL
Back in the mid 1970’s Women’s soccer had two Winter Leagues and one summer league. One of the Winter Leagues was called the Lower Mainland Women’s Soccer League. This league consisted of teams from Maple Ridge, Surrey, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Chilliwack and Mission. The other Winter League was called the Mainland Women’s Soccer League which consisted of teams from Vancouver, North Shore and Burnaby.
LIWSA Schedule Released – LIWSA
The Lower Island Women’s Soccer Assoc. Premier League opens Friday, Sept.18.
Catch the next Wave – Campbell River Mirror
Back in the late 70’s and 80’ s, there was a Mens Soccer Club known as the Campbell River Wave. This team entered the Vancouver Island Soccer League as an up and coming Div. 4 team. The club was comprised of local players from Campbell River and the North Island. and they experienced immediate success, winning division championships and promoting themselves all the way up to the top division, being the 1st division.
LMG rolls right over Westcastle in rout – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG started the 2015/16 Vancouver Island Soccer League season in fine form last Saturday with a 4-0 win over Westcastle United at Westhills Stadium. The results was never in doubt as the defending league champions led the way from start to finish.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Julian de Guzman Seeking Dream Of World Cup Qualification, All-Time Caps Mark With Canada – NASL
The Canadian men’s soccer team is chasing its first berth in a FIFA World Cup since 1986. At the same time, its captain, Julian de Guzman, is pushing to become the nation’s most-capped player. To accomplish both would be priceless for the Ottawa Fury FC midfielder.
League1 Ontario competition intensifies in title race – OSA
The League1 Ontario season for both the Men’s and the Women’s league are winding down, as only a few games remain. A few teams are fighting hard to clinch the title before the final games.
Looking back on the Ontario Cup – Hamilton Westinghouse’s dominance – OSA
The Ontario Cup is in its 100th year of competition. To mark the occasion, the Ontario Soccer Association has been running stories throughout the summer of interesting clubs, teams and events that have happened throughout the Ontario Cup’s colourful history.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WHITECAPS FC vs. AUSTIN AZTEX
3:00 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
UBC THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
WFC2 & USL NEWS
USL scoring race goes down to the wire – Soccer America
The greatest scoring race in the history of the USL will end this weekend with the conclusion of the regular season. Louisville City FCs Matt Fondy has broken the league record with 22 goals, but he’ll have to hold off Dane Danni Koenig.
Riverhounds Host Rhinos To Kick Off Critical Week – USL
A win and a draw from this week’s two remaining USL regular season games will guarantee the Pittsburgh Riverhounds a place in this year’s playoffs. That quest continues Wednesday night with the final scheduled home game against the Rochester Rhinos at Highmark Stadium.
Dos Santos to Depart Fury at Season’s End – Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC today announced that Marc Dos Santos, Head Coach of the Fury since its founding last year, will be leaving the club at the end of the current NASL season to pursue a coaching opportunity with a Major League Soccer (MLS) organization. The Fury have given permission to the MLS organization to enter into contract discussions with Dos Santos.
MDS on the move: Will the Fury of 2015 be just like the RailHawks of 2011? – the11.ca
Last week, when I was interviewing Ottawa Fury Coach Marc Dos Santos for a Plastic Pitch feature, I finished with a question about where he saw the club going in the future. His answer was prophetic.
FC Edmonton announces re-signing of Ameobi, Jones, Farago – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced, Sept. 15, the re-signing of forward Tomi Ameobi, midfielder Ritchie Jones and goalkeeper Tyson Farago. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Ameobi, 27, currently sits in a tie with midfielder Lance Laing for the team lead in scoring, registering seven goals in 12 North American Soccer League (NASL) appearances. In Amway Cup Competition (ACC), Ameobi registered an additional four goals in four matches of play against Ottawa Fury FC and Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Raul surgical strike deep-sixes Armada – Midfield Press
This was the performance that many Cosmos fans have been waiting to see again. Raul has played in every league match this season. At 38, it’s understandable that this may have taken a toll, but almost every game in recent memory involved him having lost a step. He spent the match creating chance after chance for the Cosmos and was masterful with the ball when setting himself up for the game-winner.
VIDEO: Cary, NC rocked by FIFA Corruption – MSNBC
The Carolina RailHawks, competing in NASL, want ‘Traffic Out’ as the sports marketing ownership has pled guilty to multiple corruption charges and is currently selling the team.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NCAA Weekly: Solo’s shutout record eclipsed – The Equalizer
Senior Washington keeper Megan Kufeld her 19th clean sheet Sunday in a 2-0 win over UC Irvine become the university’s career leader in this category. With Sunday’s clean sheet, Kufeld broke Hope Solo’s previous career shutout record for the school. Currently, Kufeld is also the leader in career goals against average for the program.
German star Mittag embraces new challenge at PSG – The Equalizer
She scores when she wants, and Anja Mittag has proven that she can find the back of the net with regularity at all levels for Germany, FC Rosengard, at the 2015 World Cup and now in France. The 30-year-old striker poses a rare type of creativity and flare that makes her a top striker and has helped her score 38 international goals.
Alex Greenwood: England have ‘arrogance’ to win Euro 2017 – BBC Sport
Defender Alex Greenwood says higher expectations of England has instilled an new “arrogance” in the national team after their bronze-medal success at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year.
Iran captain set to miss Asian Cup as husband took passport – Washington Post
The captain of the Iranian women’s soccer team will miss the Asian Cup tournament as her husband has confiscated her passport in a domestic quarrel, local media has reported.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Man City failing to learn Champions League lessons after Juve loss – ESPN FC
Many of the Champions League problems that have become all too familiar to Manchester City fans in the past four years came rushing back to the surface once again following their opening 2-1 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday.
Manchester United’s Luke Shaw facing six months out after leg operation – The Guardian
Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg after 15 minutes of the 2-1 defeat in the opening game of Group B at the Philips Stadion when Hector Moreno challenged him in the PSV area.
Luke Shaw: PSV’s Hector Moreno apologises for ‘accident’ – BBC Sport
PSV Eindhoven defender Hector Moreno has apologised after making the tackle that broke Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw’s leg.
Astana adds rich narrative to Champions League –Sportsnet
This is a story of the new and the old. Of the fast development and modern projection of a petro-state; of a glitzy, planned capital in a land whose complicated narrative weaves early human history with ancient Scythia, Genghis Kahn and the Soviet Union.
Liverpool leave six regulars at home for Bordeaux trip in Europa League – The Guardian
Brendan Rodgers has omitted several first-team regulars from Liverpool’s Europa League trip to Bordeaux as he seeks to limit its impact on Sunday’s pressured Premier League game against Norwich City.
US Club Soccer accelerates pathway to key changes in youth structure – Inside World Football
US Club Soccer, the 500,000 member organisation supporting grassroots clubs in the US, has backed the recent US Soccer federation proposals for a revamp of youth soccer in the country and unveiled the pathway to change for its clubs.
Kosovo hopeful Uefa admission can lead to place in 2018 World Cup qualifying – The Guardian
Kosovo can take a step closer to joining Uefa this week, a move that could lead to a place in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Membership of Europe’s football governing body will allow the former Serbian enclave’s national team and clubs to start playing in continental competitions.
West Ham Olympic Stadium deal ‘must be made public’ – BBC News
The managers of the Olympic Stadium have been told to make public the details of a rental deal with West Ham. Football supporters submitted a Freedom of Information request to obtain the tenancy agreement amid claims the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) would subsidise the rent.
Why more British students are taking US soccer scholarships – BBC Sport
Six years ago, Dom Dwyer’s career was going nowhere. Released by Norwich City as a schoolboy, he entered semi-professional football, turning out for King’s Lynn and Staines Town, who play in the Ryman Premier Division.