BC Soccer News, Weekend, September 1-4, 2017



The ‘Caps defy the summer swoon.Eighty-Six Forever
They enter the final stretch fourth place in the West with a real possibility for more. Just how good are they?

Alphonso Davies balances rising stardom with being a ‘normal’ kidSN
Most teen phenoms want to live as normal a life as possible, and Alphonso Davies is no different. The 16-year-old star of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team burst onto the scene over the past 12 months thanks to a combination of skill, power and confidence, but a quick chat with Davies will confirm that he’s still just a kid who likes to “do normal kids things.”

‘Caps Around the World: An update on Vancouver’s loaneesWhitecaps FC
In July, Vancouver Whitecaps FC loaned out four players for duty with other professional clubs in Europe, North, and Central America in hopes of increased playing time to further their soccer development. Here’s an update on how they’re doing.

Beyond the Lens – After the Residency Eighty-Six Forever
It should be no secret that the Caps have invested, quite heavily, in their Residency programs, most likely at the expense of a women’s team of some variety. For followers of all of the Caps teams, it should be no surprise that the U16 team, as compared to their older counterparts, have had a lot more success. While it’s great that the teams are doing well, and in the case of the U16 team, coming within minutes of an Academy Championship.

FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls have topped their respective conferences for two years running, but their clash on Saturday – unlike their past two meetings – won’t have any serious Supporters’ Shield implications. Rather, they’ll just be looking to find themselves on the right side of the playoff line.

New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC | 2017 MLS Match PreviewMLS
With a tough Eastern Conference deck stacked against them, whoever leaves Gillette on Saturday with fewer than three points can possibly kiss the postseason goodbye. This match is all about fighting for dignity – on the Revs’ side, for glimmers of hope that could point towards a 2018 retool, and for the Lions, scraping back to the promise of the early season.

Impact’s Ignacio Piatti named MLS player of the monthMontreal Gazette
Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti has been named Major League Soccer’s player of the month for August.

Vanney: I want our players to spill their blood for Toronto FCSportsnet
Quick show of hands: Who honestly thought Greg Vanney would last this long as head coach of Toronto FC when he was first handed the job?

Houston Dynamo and MLS donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey reliefESPN FC
The Houston Dynamo have led Major League Soccer’s efforts in donating at least $1 million to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

“Time for the next call” – Allen Chapman on All-Star achievement and MLS milestone PRO Referees
Before turning his attentions to the All-Star game, the Utah-based official had other business to attend to. Making his professional debut in 2012, five years and 99 MLS assignments later, Chapman brought up a personal milestone when refereeing Orlando City’s visit to Atlanta United, for the last game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, at the end of July.

Pro/Rel Has Little to Offer Mid-Sized CitiesFifty Five One
Last weekend, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch made some waves by saying, in an ESPN interview with Taylor Twellman, that he supported promotion and relegation (pro/rel) in American soccer. When asked for a reason, Marsch said, “because I think it just raises the stakes and gives so much hope to some of these smaller clubs.” Fair enough. But what does the coach of one of Major League Soccer’s most powerful clubs mean by “smaller”?

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1, August 23, 2017BC Soccer Web
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Canada WNT vs USWNT at BC Place, Vancouver – November 9 – Buy Tickets!


2017 CW Women’s Soccer Schedule Canada West
The Canada West Women’s Soccer season opens Saturday with UBC taking on UVic in Victoria.

2017 CW Men’s Soccer Schedule – Canada West
Ten matches on tap for Canada West’s Week 2 of Men’s Soccer action.

Polisi Brothers lift No. 13 Clan to 8-0 season-opening winSFU
The Polisi brothers, Matteo and Marcello, combined for three goals to lead the No. 13 ranked Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team to an 8-0 non-conference win over their former GNAC competitor, University of Mary Marauders, in the season opener for both teams Thursday on Terry Fox Field.

Trinity Western will host the University of Northern British Columbia this weekend, as the Spartans men’s soccer team opens its regular season home schedule Friday and Saturday at Chase Office Field.

MSOC: Timberwolves at Spartans PreviewUNBC
A Canada West 2nd Team All-Star in 2016, Gordon Hall will be crucial for the Timberwolves defense this weekend.

Time is now for TRU WolfPack men’s soccer teamKamloops This Week
Fifth-year standout Ryan Glanville has watched it all come together. The 33-year-old Williams Lake product said the key pieces have arrived in time for his team’s most important season to date, with the TRU WolfPack set to host the U Sports Men’s Soccer Championship from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12.

RASA Summer League Playoff RecapRASA
In the RASA Division One playoff semi-finals Rino’s Tigers breezed past Binger’s Army by way of a 5-1 victory, while Delta Blaze were made to work a bit harder for their place in the final, edging Rino’s Originals 4-2. That victory made 13 in succession for the lads from Delta who with a perfect league record headed into the Danny Burns Cup Final as the favourites over the #2 seed Tigers.

Monashee take Gibson CupVernon Star
They sang their hearts out as they took turns hoisting and kissing the Gibson Cup Wednesday night at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

City of Nanaimo will take a look at artificial turf at Beban sports fieldsNanaimo News Bulletin
Minor soccer would like to see major changes at its home field. Nanaimo city council has directed staff to look into artificial turf and lighting at Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book RecommendationsBC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
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2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
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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!

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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 at home for big international test against JamaicaCSA
Canada’s Summer of Soccer continues this long weekend when Canada faces Jamaica in a Men’s International Friendly match at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. The Saturday 2 September match features a familiar re-match between the two nations that went head-to-head in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada eye revenge for Gold Cup defeat in friendly against JamaicaMLS
Though termed a friendly, the match will be anything but. Jamaica notched a 2-1 victory over Canada in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup a little over a month ago, bouncing Les Rouges from the tournament and putting vengeance on the mind ahead of Saturday’s contest.

Despite lowly ranking, Canadian men make their mark in world soccerWindsor Star
The past, present and future of Canadian soccer was on show Thursday ahead of a weekend friendly with Jamaica. And while some disparage — or worse, ignore — the 95th-ranked Canadian men, it was an impressive array of talent.

Canadian Cavallini will play in MexicoFox Sports
Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini has signed a contract to play with Puebla FC in the Mexican Apertura tournament.

Vikings ready for start of soccer seasonCamrose Canadian
The University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings wrapped up their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s soccer exhibition schedule on the weekend without a win.

LFC women are ready for the ScottishLethbridge Herald
It’s been a little over two weeks since the Lethbridge Football Club women’s has seen game action. But as the Alberta Major Soccer League provincials fire up today in Calgary, the 5-8-1 LFC has been anything but inactive.

LFC men’s boasting a full roster heading into provincials Lethbridge Herald
At the most important time of the season, the Lethbridge Football Club men’s team’s roster is nicely stocked. As they head into the Alberta Major Soccer League provincinal run against the Calgary Villains Elite FC at 8:30 tonight in Calgary, having all hands on deck won’t be an issue for the LFC.

Christine Sinclair helps raise record funds in campaign to fight MSSportsnet
A&W’s “Burgers to Beat MS campaign,” spearheaded by Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair, raised a record $1.85 million this year.

Red Cross Opens Second Emergency Shelter for Fire Evacuees at Winnipeg Soccer ComplexChrisD.ca
As thousands are forced to leave their homes in Northern First Nations affected by wildfires, the Canadian Red Cross has opted to open a second emergency shelter in Winnipeg, this time at a soccer complex.

Saskatchewan soccer: Looking back at the Canada Summer GamesNational Post
It was the 50th anniversary of the inception of the Jeux du Canada Games, and Winnipeg — the 2017 hosts — were the largest city to ever hold the event. The 17-day soccer competition was broken into two parts, with all matches taking place at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex. Week 1 was for the women, Week 2 the men. Canada Games soccer ages ranged from as low as 14 up to 18 years of age.

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 NovemberCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.

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USL Players Feature in New Zealand Victory USL
All three current and former USL players saw action as New Zealand took a 6-1 victory against the Solomon Islanders on Friday night at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in the first leg of the final stage of Oceania Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Tomi Ameobi, FC Edmonton on the rise to start Fall SeasonFC Edmonton
With a fresh opportunity in the Fall Season, forward Tomi Ameobi and FC Edmonton are determined to take it. The veteran Englishman, who is approaching 100 NASL regular-season appearances, has been a catalyst in the club’s recent surge. Ameobi assisted on Ben Fisk’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC before scoring one himself in the recent 2-1 win on the road against the San Francisco Deltas.

Fury look to make it another “September to Remember”Ottawa Fury FC
If the old adage ‘numbers don’t lie’ holds any truth than Fury FC are well positioned in their chase for a spot in the USL playoffs. Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, Ottawa hopes that their all-time success in the month of September will hold true in 2017 helping them towards a post-season berth.

NASL Fall Season Week 6: What to Watch ForEmpire of Soccer
The North American Soccer League has a new leader at the top of the Fall Season standings heading into Week 6, though the new frontrunner should be no surprise.

Steel Earns Draw at Orlando City BWFMZ
In a defensive-minded match that saw just three shots on goal, Bethlehem Steel FC fought back from a second-half deficit to draw Orlando City B, 1-1.

Analysis: Alan Koch’s MLS coaching prospectsCincinnati.com
Is Alan Koch worthy of a Major League Soccer head coaching job? Well, yeah. And that’s not quite breaking news.

Orange County SC set to add forward Irvin ParraAngels on Parade
The Seattle Sounders 2 announced an apparent Orange County SC roster move on Thursday. Sounders 2 sent out a release that forward Irvin Parra had his contract terminated by mutual consent so he could move closer to home, Southern California, for family reasons. The release also states he will be joining Orange County SC as a result.

Welcome to NISA: Charlotte FC Brings Ownership to the FansMidfield Press
When team owner Michael Filipidis was growing up playing and then coaching soccer for his local team Apollon Volada on the small island of Karpathos in Greece, he may have only fantasized of one day owning and operating a franchise of his own. Thanks to the efforts of Peter Wilt, Club 9 Sports, and the hopefully-soon-to-be sanctioned league of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), he will see his dream come true in the spring of 2018.

USL PHOTOS: WFC2 2 LA Galaxy II 1, August 27, 2017BC Soccer Web
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#UWCL last 32 draw: Medyk-Lyon, Chelsea-Bayern, Atleti-WolfsburgUEFA
Holders Lyon will begin their bid for a third straight title against Medyk Konin while Chelsea face Bayern München and Atlético Madrid take on Wolfsburg after the round of 32 draw was made.

Reign FC add Aussie goalkeeper Lydia WilliamsGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC announced today the club has acquired Australian international goalkeeper Lydia Williams from the Houston Dash in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.

The World According to Weimer: Road MapEmpire of Soccer
During our first away trip to Kansas City, the Boston Breakers’ coaches assigned us roommates based on some data we gave them about sleep conditions. I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant at first to be paired with a rookie (Sorry Sammy Jo Prudhomme). Who knows what their habits are like, are they going to expect me to remember the schedule for them, do I give them a curfew, etc. But then as the season went on, I found myself not wanting to room with anyone else.

Star duo re-commit to CanberraW-League
Local Canberra duo Nickoletta Flannery and Grace Maher have re-signed with Canberra United for Season 10 of the Westfield W-League.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: World Cup qualifiying makes for some intriguing matchupsThe Province
World Cup qualifying takes centre stage and there’s no bigger match than Saturday’s clash between Spain and Italy at the Bernabeu in Madrid. The two rivals are tied on points atop the standings of Europe’s Group G, well ahead of the other teams. Top spot and automatic qualification is on the line.

Friday WCQ Rewind: France pummels the Netherlands, Bulgaria shocks Sweden, and moreSBI
In the must-watch match of the day in UEFA World Cup Qualifying, France jumped back into top spot in Group A after pummeling the Netherlands 4-0 in Paris. A second-half brace from Monaco’s Thomas Lemar sparked a second-half rout of Holland at the Stade De France.

What to look out for in Saturday’s European QualifiersUEFA
What is there to look forward to on Saturday? The small matter of top-of-the-table Spain v Italy, for a start, not to mention Mircea Lucescu’s return to Ukraine with Turkey.

Nacho: Spain must stay relaxed against ItalyFIFA
Nearly every boy dreams of being a goalscorer when they grow up. There are always exceptions, though, and Nacho Fernandez is one of them. “I’ve enjoyed being a defender since I was a kid,” he told FIFA.com with a grin.

Italy defender Chiellini injured, to miss qualifier in SpainSportsnet
Italy’s preparations for a World Cup qualifier against Spain have taken a big hit following an injury to top defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Paraguay and Peru close in on top fiveFIFA
Paraguay’s surprise win in Chile and Peru’s home defeat of Bolivia grabbed the headlines on Matchday 15 of the South American qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and helped them to put pressure on the teams immediately above them in the table.

Michael Bradley’s leadership, play leads to turnaround for U.S. men’s soccer teamToronto Star
Bradley has willed himself and those around him to new heights: Toronto FC is on pace to become the most successful regular-season team in MLS history and the U.S. national team is unbeaten this year.

Brilliant France destroy DutchLigue 1
Antoine Griezmann got the opener as France overwhelmed the Netherlands 4-0 in their crunch 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening.

Robin van Persie out of Netherlands squad with knee injurySportsnet
Cheshire police say Wayne Rooney has been charged with drunk driving. The 31-year-old Everton striker was reportedly stopped by police near him home outside Manchester early Friday. He has been released on bail and is due to appear in court on Sept. 18.

Everton forward Wayne Rooney charged with drink drivingESPN FC
Former England captain Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink driving, Cheshire Police said.

Kylian Mbappe joins Paris St-Germain: Why an 18-year-old is worth £166mBBC Sport
The France international became the hottest property in European football as he scored 26 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions last season.

Antonio Conte may live to regret marginal Chelsea gains in transfer marketThe Guardian
Coach wanted more players added to his squad while doubts persist over whether the new signings were first-choice targets.

Furious Alexis Sanchez ‘does not want to play for Arsenal’ again as Man City promise cut-price January bidSN
Alexis Sanchez does not want to play for Arsenal again and Manchester City are already drawing up plans to sign the Chile international in January, Goal can reveal. Sources close to the player have indicated that Alexis had already made his feelings known to the Gunners before a £60 million deadline day move to City fell through.

Man City furious with Arsenal over failed Alexis Sanchez deal – sourcesESPN FC
Manchester City are furious with Arsenal at the way they have dealt with the Alexis Sanchez transfer which has resulted in the forward staying at the Emirates Stadium, sources have told ESPN FC.

Premier League clubs shatter transfer record with £1.4 billion spendingSN
Premier League clubs spent a combined £1.41 billion in the 2017-18 summer transfer window, shattering previous expenditure records in the English top flight.

Transfer spending by numbers. How football has become more than a gameInside World Football
The just closed record transfer window means that gross spending by Premier League clubs has surpassed £10 billion since the first transfer window in January 2003. And according to industry analysts, clubs are not spending above their means – ridiculous as some of the amounts paid appear.

A £198m transfer is not about football. It’s about soft powerThe Guardian
The collosal Neymar deal, funded by Qatar Sports Investments, shows how far governments will go to secure global influence.

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