WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Preview: Whitecaps FC visit San Jose on Saturday with playoff berth up for grabs – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC kick off the final month of the 2015 MLS regular season on Saturday, when they visit San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.
Kendall Waston, Darren Mattocks Called For International Duty – Eighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps will be without the services of Waston and Mattocks for the October 7th match against Dallas.
Whitecaps will be Waston-less at crucial time – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps have four games remaining in the MLS regular season, but just three with Kendall Waston. Maybe two.
Whitecaps take a break from grind for some fun and games – Vancouver Sun
Some days, you just have to say enough with all the hard work and simply have a little fun. That was the case Thursday for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Hurricane Joaquin may threaten status of NYCFC, RBNY matches – Empire of Soccer
Officials from MLS and DC United are monitoring the path of Hurricane Joaquin ahead of Friday night’s match between United and New York City FC.
Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson undergoes minor surgery on leg, putting rest of season in doubt – MLS
Portland Timbers midfielder and Canadian international Will Johnson will be out for the foreseeable future after undergoing a minor procedure Wednesday to remove two screws in his right tibia, broken more than a year ago in a match against Toronto FC.
FC Dallas’ youth movement put to test in Houston Dynamo clash – ESPN FC
Derby games tend to produce high drama no matter where each side happens to sit in the standings at the time. But the stakes couldn’t be higher for FC Dallas or the Houston Dynamo heading into the Texan clubs’ final meeting of 2015 on Sunday.
For playoff hopeful New York City FC, the mission is clear: “We just have to win” – MLS
“It’s not about mathematics, we just have to win all three games, and hope the other teams lose since they have more points than we do,” David Villa said. “There’s not much else to think about; it doesn’t matter if the game is away or at home, we just have to win.”
Match Preview: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union –Toronto FC
Two years in a row and the same result. The beautiful game can be beautifully cruel. Curtin made a major coaching decision before penalties, opting to go with John McCarthy in goal. He was the one that helped the Union make it to the final in what is one of the more difficult competitions in the Americas.
Orlando City SC insist rookie sensation Cyle Larin not going anywhere despite growing overseas interest – MLS
Cyle Larin may have a European league in his soccer future at some stage, but Orlando City SC insist they are in absolutely no hurry to cash in on their prospective MLS Rookie of the Year.
Sources: Nick Sakiewicz Out as Philadelphia Union CEO – CBS Philly
According to those close to the situation, team majority owner Jay Sugarman is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Friday. He has reportedly called a mandatory staff meeting in the morning.
Schafer: St. Paul has the better location for a pro soccer stadium – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
If it’s about picking the best open site, the right call really is a transit-connected piece of real estate that sits in an area of the Twin Cities that for generations has been called the Midway. The municipality in which it lies just happens to be St. Paul.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Clan Erupts For 4 Goals In Win – SFU
Simon Fraser University scored early and often to defeat Saint Martin’s University 4-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer match Thursday on Terry Fox Field.
Aguiar Nets Winner Over MSUB 1-0 – SFU
Simon Fraser University rebounded from its only loss of the season to defeat Montana State University Billing Yellowjackets 1-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer game Thursday night on Terry Fox Field.
VIDEO: SFU Incredible Moment 32: Historic Final Four – SFU
Simon Fraser University is 50, and to celebrate, we’re counting down 50 Incredible Moments in Clan History. Today we celebrate the Clan men’s soccer program advancing to its first Final Four.
Road warriors for second straight week – UBCO
After a gut wrenching loss at the hands of the fourth ranked Thunderbirds in Vancouver that saw the Heat concede a goal in the last seconds of extra time to UBC, stealing them off their one point, head coach Dante Zanatta’s men will be on the road once again this weekend. The Heat will first travel to play University of Fraser Valley on Friday (Oct. 2) at the Abbotsford Secondary Turf pitch with the game set to begin at 4 p.m. The Heat will thereafter be travelling to play Trinity Western at Rogers Park in Langley on Saturday night (Oct. 3) with the match scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
UNBC squads hungry for wins – Prince George Citizen
Jordan Hall is used to playing with pain. That’s a good thing for the UNBC Timberwolves. Sore wrist or not, the T-wolves rely on their fifth-year goalkeeper to block shots and so far this season Hall has been called upon frequently to bail out her teammates. Through six games, Hall ranks fifth in the CIS Canada West Conference with 24 saves.
Top-ranked Bays keep Ravens grounded in high-school soccer – Times Colonist
The battle of the bays took on a spectacular setting as Oak Bay ventured to Royal Bay to break in the school’s new artificial turf pitch high atop Colwood on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.
CONCACAF 2016 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada M23 opens CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers with 1:3 loss to favourite USA – CSA
Canada opened the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers against USA, but fell 1:3 in the first of the three group matches. The team will have a day to recover before facing Panama on October 3.
Jordan Morris brace powers US past Canada in Group A opener in U-23 Olympic Qualifying – MLS
The United States Under-23 team needed a solid result to set the tone for their Olympic qualifying bid. They got it, at least in part, behind Jordan Morris and a couple of young center backs making their move up from the U-20 ranks.
Squirt-level defensive errors cost Canada in Olympic qualifying opener – the11.ca
For long stretches of their Olympic qualifying opener in Kansas City, Canada’s U-23s showed they could go toe-to-toe with the United States’ U-23s. But, the Canadians were undone by brutal mistakes that would make a U-12 house league coach angry, let alone a manager at the U-23 level.
Canada head coach Benito Floro unhappy to not have several MLS players for Olympic Qualifying – MLS
With the numbers he’s putting up this season at Orlando City, Cyle Larin might seem like a lock to win the MLS Rookie of the Year award and claim a roster spot on a Canada U-23 team that’s trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Lions wouldn’t release the 20-year-old star forward for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 1 – Soccer America
Panama rallied from a 1-0 deficit after seven minutes to tie Cuba, 1-1, in the opening game of the Concacaf Olympic men’s qualifying tournament. The Canaleros featured two players — Miguel Camargo and Abdiel Arroyo — who beat the USA in the third-place game at the 2015 Gold Cup, and one player — Roberto Chen — who started for Panama when it lost to the USA, 1-0, in the 2013 Gold Cup final.
Top Teams in Tight Battle for League1 Ontario Titles – OSA
Exciting results from this past week puts the top two teams from each division in a tight battle for their respective League1 Ontario titles. Durham United F.C. is now one point away from claiming the title. On the Men’s side, Oakville Blue Devils are just three points from clinching the title, but Woodbridge is hot on their heels. If Woodbridge loses on Wednesday night, however, Oakville will claim the title. Learn more about the past week’s matches below.
League1 Ontario Women – ANB Futbol 0 – Durham United FC 4 – League1 Ontario
It took Durham United FC until late in the first half before Sabrina McNeil (39′) nailed one in off the post, and the visitors had to play most of the second half down a player after captain Kayla DeSouza was dismissed in the 52nd minute, but the black and gold team from east Toronto dug deep to win the match 4-0, and clinch the inaugural League1 Ontario women’s title.
NASL & USL NEWS
Match Preview vs. Ottawa Fury FC – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton (7-4-4) heads on the road to face league-leading Ottawa Fury FC (10-4-1), Oct. 4 at TD Place at 1:00 p.m. MT. The fourth-place Eddies will be aiming to extend their win streak to four matches as they aim for a berth in the North American Soccer League (NASL) postseason.
Young Defender Allan Zebie Continues To Shine In FC Edmonton’s Back Line – NASL
FC Edmonton defender Allan Zebie has had quite the season. The 22-year-old has found himself in the starting lineup for the Eddies on what has become one of the league’s most stifling defenses.
Cosmos Add Forward Kharlton Belmar On Loan – NASL
The New York Cosmos announced Wednesday that the team has signed forward Kharlton Belmar on loan from Portland Timbers 2.
Cosmos “optimistic” about Belmont Stadium bid after political upheaval in NY – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos have been waiting three years for a response to their RFP for the redevelopment of land in the Elmont area. Their proposal includes a restaurant row, new park spaces, a hotel and a 25,000 seat soccer specific stadium just off of the Cross Island Parkway — a $400 million project all proposed through private financing.
New Work: The Branding of Puerto Rico FC – Diego Guevara
Today I want to share the process behind the design and branding of Carmelo Anthony’s (yup, that NBA Carmelo) Puerto Rico official NASL soccer team, Puerto Rico FC.
Louisville City Success Leads To Stadium Talks – USL
Louisville Mayor Gregg Fischer announced on Thursday that he has requested Louisville City FC and other local organizations to explore potential locations for a multi-purpose field complex that would include a permanent home for Louisville City FC. Also included in the plans was an Academy program that would provide top-level coaching for players in the area.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
FCKC CROWNED 2015 NWSL CHAMPIONS IN 1-0 WIN OVER SEATTLE – NWSL
FC Kansas City became the first team to win back-to-back championships as Amy Rodriguez scored and Nicole Barnhart made three saves to lead the Blues to a 1-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC on Thursday night in the 2015 NWSL Championship Game at Providence Park in Portand, Ore.
NWSL Championship rematch ends with FCKC repeat over Reign FC – Prost Amerika
The NWSL Championship at Providence Park in Portland brought together familiar foes. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City met in a rematch of the 2014 final won 2-1 by FCKC at Starfire Stadium. The 2015 NWSL Championship was a match with interesting subplots and two very worthy clubs.
FC Kansas City down Seattle Reign to win second straight NWSL title – MLS
On Thursday, one night after MLS’s Sporting Kansas City won the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, FC Kansas City defeated Seattle Reign FC, 1-0, to claim its second-straight National Women’s Soccer League title.
Holiday makes tactical sacrifice in NWSL sendoff – The Equalizer
Lauren Holiday’s teammates kept saying they wanted to win this one for her. In the end it was Holiday who won it for her teammates. Thursday night’s game plan for the NWSL Championship against the Reign saw much of the play go through midfielders Jen Buczkowski and Mandy Laddish who in turn looked to play balls wide to Heather O’Reilly and Erika Tymrak.
What we learned from KC’s 1-0 win over Seattle – The Equalizer
Here are three things we learned from Thursday night’s NWSL Championship, a 1-0 win for FC Kansas City over Seattle Reign FC.
Nick Cushing: Football Association ‘disrespected’ Manchester City – BBC Sport
Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing labelled the Football Association “disrespectful” over the re-arranged Continental Cup quarter-final. City lost to Arsenal on Thursday, three days after being told of the new date.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Neymar ban appeal rejected by CAS, will miss Brazil World Cup qualifiers – ESPN FC
Sport’s highest court has rejected Brazil’s attempt to overturn Neymar’s ban from two World Cup qualifiers.
Greg Dyke’s moral high ground crumbles as FA’s man Michel Platini feels the heat – The Guardian
FA chairman’s hasty backing of such an obvious Fifa continuity candidate as Platini has been exposed by revelations only a few million casual observers might have foreseen
Exclusive: Chung election bid in doubt as ethics investigators close in – Inside World Football
South Korea’s heavyweight candidate Chung Mong-joon faces the prospect of being forced to drop out of next February’s FIFA presidential election.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: This is the worst period of my career – ESPN FC
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said his side’s difficult start to the season is “the worst period in my career with the worst results in my career.”
Eva Carneiro hits out at Football Association over Chelsea exit – The Telegraph
Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has criticised the handling of her departure from Chelsea by the Football Association. In a statement, she insisted she was “at no stage requested” by the FA to make a statement about Jose Mourinho’s alleged remarks towards her during the match against Swansea.
Real Madrid’s Benitez has a chance to win support in derby match vs. Atletico – ESPN FC
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez wore a broad smile during his postmatch news conference in the Swedbank Stadion on Wednesday night. Having overseen a 2-0 victory over Malmo, the Spaniard’s record in all competitions after eight games is now six wins, two draws, with 20 goals scored with only one goal conceded.
Africa: USM Alger, Mazembe Set for CAF League Final – All Africa
A second successive CAF Champions League final involving clubs from Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo seems likely with USM Alger and TP Mazembe favoured to qualify this weekend.
Who can still qualify for UEFA EURO 2016? – UEFA
Four countries have booked a place alongside France at UEFA EURO 2016 and 32 teams are in the hunt for 19 remaining places going into the last two matchdays.
Manuel Pellegrini insists Vincent Kompany cannot play for Belgium – The Guardian
Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear Vincent Kompany cannot play for Belgium in their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers due to the recent calf injury sustained by the City captain.
Rising Toluca and Chivas among five Liga MX stories to follow this weekend – ESPN FC
Liga MX Week 12 kicks off just two days after mid-week action on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tired legs and minds will have little time to regroup as the Apertura tournament keeps pushing forward to the final stages of the regular season.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli wants B teams in Italian league – BBC Sport
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has called for a change to the Italian league system with B teams introduced. Reserve teams are allowed to play in Spain and Germany, although a similar idea has been rejected in England.
Indian Super League opts to tap into Premier League’s popularity – The Guardian
The ISL is keen to become more than just a pre-retirement home for ageing players as it prepares for its second season, having attracted average crowds of more than 26,000 last time
Vladica Petrovic discovers FK Drina Zvornik axe on Facebook – ESPN FC
The decision to sack Petrovic came after Saturday’s home defeat against lowly Velez. However, it would appear that nobody at the club saw fit to actually let Petrovic himself know, with the freshly fired coach only learning of his dismissal after stumbling across the announcement on Drina Zvornik’s official Facebook page.
The Coaching Process – Lessons Learnt from Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden – Red Nation Online
Two weeks ago I began an Online Master’s program at the University of Stirling (Scotland) in Performance Coaching. My main motivation for enrolling in the program was to have an opportunity to learn best practices from leading coaches in other sports and improve my own skill-set at improving the performance levels of the players I coach. One of the first articles we were assigned was a study on the teaching practices of legendary college basketball coach John Wooden.
Social media: Followers of fashion; but are football clubs making the most of their following? – Inside World Football
The latest report from Benchmark Sports, the data division of consultants KPMG Sports, compares the popularity of Europe’s biggest football clubs with global fashion brands and finds that while the clubs may be the most popular, the fashion brands have the most money.