BC Soccer News, Weekend, October 28-30, 2016


MLS Knockout Round Recap: Drama in Seattle, Impact Dominate, moreEmpire of Soccer
The knockout round of Major League Soccer always seems to provide something for everyone. The first three games of the round were high-scoring but lopsided, with the biggest surprise coming from Montreal. The final game was tight, tense, and despite finishing 1-0, the best of the round.

Seattle Sounders 1, Sporting KC 0 | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap MLS
Nelson Valdez’s dramatic late header settled a heated affair at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, sending the Seattle Sounders through from the final Western Conference Knockout Round game with a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Nelson Valdez scores late as the Seattle Sounders beat Sporting KCESPN FC
Nelson Valdez scored a late goal as the Seattle Sounders beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

A little fall of rain: Sporting Kansas City falls to Seattle Sounders 1-0 Blue Testament
For the third straight year, Sporting Kansas City are eliminated in the last minute of the knockout round of the playoffs.

Peter Vermes livid with officiating in Sporting KC loss to SeattleSBI
In his postgame comments, the Sporting KC head coach cited a series of calls and non-calls that he believed cost his team a chance to play FC Dallas in the conference semifinal. He ultimately requested an apology from both MLS and the Professional Referee Organization, the group responsible for managing league officiating.

Sporting KC coach demands apology from MLS after Seattle’s late winner The Guardian
Valdez has had numerous chances during the season but finally made it count, even though it appeared on replay he may have been offside. It was Seattle’s only shot on goal in the match and the only goal scored by the Sounders in three matches against Sporting KC this season.

DC United lack competitive edge in home playoff loss vs. Montreal ImpactMLS
As D.C. United’s promising season came to a screeching halt at RFK Stadium, Ben Olsen could only offer an explanation as harsh as this nightmarish match felt: the loss of a competitive edge.

Mancosu, Impact cruise past D.C. UnitedSBI
No Drogba, no problem. The Montreal Impact cruised past D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Thursday, winning, 4-1, to seal a spot in the conference semifinals. The win sees the Impact book a date with the New York Red Bulls, who will visit Stade Saputo on Sunday.

Red Bulls to face Montreal Impact in Eastern SemisEmpire of Soccer
The New York Red Bulls will play the Montreal in the Eastern Conference semifinal following the Impact’s 4-2 win over DC United at RFK Stadium Thursday night.

Biello: Drogba could play in Eastern Conference semifinal first legSN
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba could see the field in Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal first leg against the New York Red Bulls, coach Mauro Biello said Thursday.

Previewing the 1st Leg of the MLS Conference SemifinalsBleacher Report
The conference semifinal stage of the MLS Cup Playoffs begins on Sunday with four first-leg contests between the eight remaining sides in the competition.

FC Dallas: youth and the dark arts leave club close to the trebleThe Guardian
Óscar Pareja’s team have already won the US Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield, and an MLS Cup title would reward their distinctive youth-focused policy.

Vanney’s big gamble pays off Waking the Red
The Toronto FC coach chopped and changed his lineup in the last few weeks of the season but got it right when it mattered most.

Vancouver likes what they have US Soccer Players
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced a non-move on Wednesday that probably should concern their fans. The MLS club decided to stick with who they have running the playing squad, signing their coach and his assistants to contract extensions. Well, the goalkeeping coach left, but head coach Carl Robinson and his assistants Martyn Pert and Gordon Forrest remain in place. That doesn’t necessarily light a fire under them, to use a tired cliche. It also doesn’t necessarily assess blame for a disappointing 2016 season.

How and why did it go wrong for the Whitecaps this season? Sportsnet
On a dreary Wednesday morning, a few hours before the Major League Soccer playoffs were set to begin elsewhere, members of the Vancouver Whitecaps could be seen hauling their belongings out from the team’s training centre at the University of British Columbia.

From the Pigeon Loft: Ranking the flockAFTN
Up in the Pigeon Loft we have a bit of a different take on the ins and outs of the roster. We often have a completely irrational method for loving a player. It could be one tackle (Reo-Coker) or a brilliant goal or a celebration stunt (Hassli), a kind word our way (Earnshaw) or a courageous battle with depression (O’Brien). We sometimes weigh a player’s worth against his overall abilities, but one of the ridiculous privileges of being a supporter is that nothing you do or say needs to make sense.

Steven Gerrard could make way for Wayne Rooney with LA Galaxy ESPN FC
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could play a key role in Wayne Rooney swapping Manchester United for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Sun.

Former U.S. forward Conor Casey announces retirementSN
Former U.S. national team forward Conor Casey announced his retirement Thursday, ending a lengthy career that included six years in Germany, a decade in MLS and 19 international caps.

Wade Barrett should have been given the Dynamo’s managerial positionDynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo should have kept Wade Barrett as their head coach. That seems to be the sentiment of many fans, and that feeling was expressed on Twitter by both current and former players. I agree with Will Bruin, Sheanon Williams, Stuart Holden, and Geoff Cameron: Barrett did what he could in an unfortunate situation and deserves to be rewarded for it.

CASCADIA CUP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers 1, October 23, 2016BC Soccer Web
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Clan’s home dominance continues in 4-0 win over Yellowjackets SFU
Playing on a rain-soaked and fog-filled Terry Fox Field, the No. 3-ranked SFU Clan men’s soccer team (12-0-2, 7-0-2) got three goals off set pieces in a 4-0 walloping of the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets (8-5-3, 4-3-3) on Thursday night.

Clan In Control Of Playoff Fate Despite OT LossSFU
A goal in extra time stunned the SFU Clan women’s soccer team’s (8-6-1, 6-5-0) but the squad still controls its playoff fate even after they fell 2-1 to the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets (4-9-3, 4-5-2).

WolfPack women’s soccer: 2016-17 reviewInfotel
The 2016-17 Canada West women’s soccer season was truly a rebuilding experience for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.  As the playoffs begin this weekend, the WolfPack are ‘on the outside looking in’ after making their first post season appearance in 2015-16.

Calm, Cool, Collected: Jasmin Dhanda is UBC’s real MVP Ubyssey
At the top of the women’s soccer team’s formation, wearing highlighter-yellow cleats, Jasmin Dhanda waits for the ball patiently. She isn’t loud or demanding, but quiet and composed as the point woman of UBC’s offence. Monitoring along the University of Victoria Vikes’ defensive line, she is constantly watching — waiting for her moment.

VIU soccer teams all set for provincials Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s men’s and women’s soccer sides head to Burnaby this week for the Pacific Western Athletic Association championships. Both Mariners teams go in as the No. 2 seeds, with the VIU men slated to take on the Douglas Royals and the VIU women up against the Langara Falcons.

Cermaq City FC locked outCampbell River Mirror
The Cermaq City Wave FC Division 1 team was on the road Saturday to Victoria to face the undefeated Vic West side.

Weekend wins for Cowichan United, Red Arrow and 49ersCowichan Valley Citizen
Winning a battle between two previously undefeated teams last Friday, Cowichan United held fast to first place in Div. 2 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League.

Wildcats gear up for soccer playoffsBurnaby Now
Measured, composed and determined – the Burnaby Central Wildcats head into the league high school senior boys’ soccer playoffs in an ideal place. Provincial bronze medallists a year ago, the returning players brought lofty expectations into this season.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
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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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Canada Soccer releases 21-player roster for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016CSA
Canada Soccer is fielding a youthful squad to compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 running 13 November through 3 December 2016.  In Papua New Guinea, Canada’s top female youth players will test themselves against the best in the world, facing two confederation champions in the group stage.  Canada plays Spain in its opening match 13 Nov, followed by African champions, Nigeria, 16 November, and Asian Champions, Japan, 20 November.

Olympians Rose, Carle to lead Canada at U-20 Women’s World CupSportsnet
Olympians Deanne Rose and Gabrielle Carle will lead Canada next month at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Tough night for Laurier soccer teams as OUA playoffs get underwayCTV
A pair of second-half goals by Braeden Gee and James O’Callaghan led the Western Mustangs to a 2-0 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Wednesday night, in an OUA Men’s Soccer playoff match-up at University Stadium.

Up and down playoff for McMaster soccer teams CHML
McMaster whipped 9 man Windsor 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the OUA men’s soccer playoffs.

Lady Vees soccer win first playoff game since 2010Sudbury Star
The Voyageurs now move onto the quarter-finals versus either UOIT or Queen’s, depending on the result of the preliminary round game between Ottawa and Toronto.

Kraemer highlights Durham College award winners at men’s soccer championshipDurham Lords
This morning at the OCAA men’s soccer championship banquet Cody Kraemer (Whitby, Ont.) was named the east region defensive player of the year.

Mohawk scoops up three OCAA soccer awardsCHML
Three Mohawk College players won awards at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Awards Dinner Wednesday in Windsor.

Clarkson girls pursue soccer dreams through trip to Barcelona  – Mississauga News
The Clarkson Soccer Club enjoyed an eye-opening experience recently when its Under-17 girls’ team was given the chance to compete against four first division women’s professional teams in Barcelona.

West’s winning ways: Soccer teams capture city bannersChronicle Herald
There must be something in the water at Halifax West High School — or better yet, on the field. Both their boys’ and girls’ soccer teams captured city banners over the weekend after undefeated regular seasons.

Local soccer coach honouredOrillia Packet
Orillia’s Sebastian Chiaramida is one of just two soccer coaches from across the country to be recognized by Allstate Canada as part of their recognition program with the Canadian Soccer Association.

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John Pugh: USL can make sure Ottawa has a pro soccer team for many years to comeThe Telegraph
John Pugh, the Ottawa Fury FC president, says the club’s forthcoming move from the NASL to the USL will help bring “stability and sustainability” to the franchise.

One last regular season game for FC Edmonton before semifinal Edmonton Journal
FC Edmonton are trying to focus on the task at hand with the biggest game in franchise history just on the horizon.

USL’s incredible growth continues, but what’s next?NBC Sports
Although it may be too early to write of the NASL, it is clear that the third-tier USL is growing aggressively and has found a model for success along with the support of Major League Soccer.

In Wake of “Departure Day,” Several Teams Reaffirm Commitment to NASLEmpire of Soccer
Tuesday was about as bad a day as the modern NASL has ever had since its resurrection in 2010. The league officially lost the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury FC to the USL after weeks of speculation, leaving it to face the reality of a ten-team season next year. The mass exodus has prompted fans to dub Tuesday as “Departure Day.”

Indy Eleven planning for 2017 despite league defections, questionsIndianapolis Business Journal
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir remains bullish on the North American Soccer League despite the defection of two of its teams to the rival United Soccer League this week.

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Morgan, Rapinoe, Johnston return for USWNT’s friendlies vs. RomaniaFox Sports
The U.S. women’s national team will close the book on 2016 next month with a pair of friendlies against Romania, and manager Jill Ellis has brought back some missing faces from October’s two wins over Switzerland, while continuing to mix in novices while looking to create her core for the future.

WSL 1 Week 15 Preview: Belles seek pride whilst City hope for unbeaten recordVavel
The WSL season is nearly at its conclusion, with teams having only a couple more games left to play this season. Manchester City have already won the league, whilst Doncaster Belles were unfortunately relegated. A few teams will still be hoping that they can reach a higher position in the league however, as we go into the penultimate weekend of WSL action.

Women’s Super League Two: Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Everton set for promotion battleBBC Sport
With two rounds of fixtures remaining in Women’s Super League Two, three sides are vying for a top-two finish that would secure promotion.

Toppserien – Matchday 21 Preview: Can LSK secure their third title in a row?Vavel
With just two games to go, the title destination is still to be decided, as is the relegation battle.

NWSL 2016 Total AttendanceProst Amerika
The battle to make the playoffs this year was fierce and ended with the Portland Thorns finishing at the top of the table, and the WNY Flash winning the league at the final playoff game in Houston against the Washington Spirit. With the excitement of the post-season over it is time to look at how 2016’s final attendance numbers compare to the previous three years.

Houston Dash prepare for upcoming season Prost Amerika
The off season started for the Houston Dash last week as they announced they have exercised the 2017 contract options on 12 players.

Moya Dodd recognised for her influence in global women’s footballFFA
FFA Board Member and Former Matilda, Moya Dodd, was on Thursday night named the overall winner of the 2016 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for the impact she has had on changing the global culture of football.

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Edin Dzeko’s renaissance keeps Roma on pace at top of Serie AThe Guardian
There are no instructions in Fifa’s Laws of the Game for what to do when the ground starts to shift beneath your feet. The second of Wednesday night’s earthquakes in central Italy struck at 9.18pm, at a time when nine Serie A matches were in progress, and was felt inside several football grounds.

Premier League weekend team news: Injuries and suspensionsESPN FC
Team news from this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

Testing Toulouse trip for troubled OLLigue 1
When you are out of form Toulouse is not the place you would choose to go. That though is exactly what lies in store for troubled Olympique Lyonnais this Saturday afternoon.

What to watch out for on Bundesliga Matchday 9DW
Dortmund and Schalke meet in the Ruhr derby with their form heading in opposite directions, Hertha face a stern test and Anthony Modeste tries to keep his scoring run going. Here’s what you need to know about Matchday 9.

Sevilla, Atlético and Dortmund challenge myth that big spend means big winInside World Football
The accepted football wisdom is that if you throw big money at buying your playing squad then you will win. The reality of this rule of thumb is different and as a rule is challenged by a Football Benchmark analysis that examines the average net player trading activity, between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons, of top European football clubs.

Foreign ownership of English football clubs may chip away at game’s coreThe Guardian
Leicester’s Thai owners have been a success but there are others who have suffered with owners who don’t have a club’s best interests at heart.

Cristiano Ronaldo: “I Actually Need My Haters”Coach Magazine
The Real Madrid player on the people who helped him fill his trophy cabinet.

West Ham say 200 fans face banning orders over violence in Chelsea gameESPN FC
West Ham and the London Stadium say 200 people face football banning orders following the violence during Wednesday night’s game against Chelsea.

Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow – Match PreviewFutbolgrad
On Saturday the Russian capital will go on lockdown mode, as the mother of all Russian derbies, Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow, will kick off 17:00 CET/16 GMT in the capital. There are plenty of storylines ahead of the big Moscow derby on Saturday, but perhaps the most interesting one is the apparent power shift amongst the teams of the capital.

The time has come to kick homophobia out of football for good: Le SauxThe Guardian
I experienced homophobic abuse on the pitch, but times are changing. The 8% of fans who have a problem with gay players in their team should be banned.

FIFA and CIES publish comprehensive study on youth football competitionsFIFA
The publication looks at how to achieve the comprehensive development of youth players around the world by calling on all stakeholders (local, national, regional and global) to join together to ensure the organisation of youth football competitions on a regular basis.

Magical thinking: European football superstitionsUEFA
With Chicago Cubs seeking to end a 71-year curse in baseball’s World Series, UEFA.com dons its lucky pants to investigate some of the habits footballers use to keep on the right side of fate.

What do participation medals teach our children?Global
In soccer, my kid spent most of her time watching other kids and dogs that were playing in the field next to hers or fixing the half dozen berets that were in her hair or telling her coach all about her day while the coach was trying to “coach” the rest of the kids. So why does she deserve a medal? Because Mommy and Daddy took her there?

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