BC Soccer News, Weekend, September 20-22, 2019







Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps will look to play spoilers for a second straight week against a team desperately trying to move above the playoff line when they host Columbus Crew SC Saturday at BC Place.

2019 Match Preview #32: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Columbus Crew SC: Chasing ConsistencyBTS
The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Columbus Crew meet at BC Place on Saturday, and with Columbus looking to keep their season alive, while Vancouver looks to build on something, it makes for some intriguing storylines heading into this one.

Crew-Whitecaps FC PreviewYahoo Sports
It is essentially win or else for the Columbus Crew, who will try to extend their faint playoff chances with a victory over already-eliminated Vancouver on the road Saturday.

J.J. Adams: Whitecaps-Crew match serves as mini-teaser to Canada-U.S. October tiltThe Province
Russell Teibert: “The squads haven’t been selected yet, so we don’t know. I have to speak on the facts, and we don’t know who is going to be in that squad. That’s a month away. Let’s just focus on Columbus Crew versus Vancouver Whitecaps.”

MLS Golden Boot race set for historic finish between Vela, Ibrahimovic and MartinezMLS
After Carlos Vela stormed to the top of the charts with a scintillating start to the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Josef Martinez picked up their form to near-historic rates as well to keep themselves within frame.

It’s been four years since the Union have won at Red Bull Arena; three points couldn’t be more criticalMLS Multiplex
First place is still within reach but three points to start a difficult road stretch will be an absolute must on Sunday

Playing the MLS Cup Final at Yankee Stadium would be an utter disgraceFansided
The number of issues with playing soccer at Yankee Stadium are many. New York City FC are one of MLS’s most globally visible franchises, yet their home games, which are broadcast around the world, give a false impression of the North American top flight. Indeed, MLS matches played at Yankee Stadium look dreadful on TV.

From Leaf to Lion, the Tesho Akindele storyMLS Multiplex
Tesho Akindele has had many changes in his life, from growing a Leaf to becoming a Lion. Here is his story, through his childhood, college and into MLS.

MLS meets with supporters groups over political displaysWashington Post
Major League Soccer officials met Thursday with supporters’ groups from the Seattle Sounders, the Portland Timbers and the Independent Supporters Council to discuss a new league policy that bans fan displays deemed as political.

MLS releases statement after meeting with supporter group leaders regarding political signageMLS
“We had a productive meeting, and I would like to thank the supporters’ group leaders for their willingness to share their views in an honest and open conversation. The League reaffirmed its long-time commitment to the values of inclusion and diversity, including opposition to racism, fascism and homophobia and to ensuring that there is no place for repugnant hate speech in MLS stadiums.”

MLS Expansion Draft set for Nov. 19th; Inter Miami, Nashville SC to select five players eachSBI
Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC will take the next steps towards their inaugural MLS campaigns this November.




SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019, 12:30 PM PT



VISL Division 1 Listings, Week 2 BC Soccer Web
As we roll into Week 2, hopefully we can get the majority of our games in and the weather cooperates.

Four teams left undefeated after high scoring Week 2 of the new VMSL Premier season (with video highlights)AFTN
It was a high scoring second week of the 2019/20 Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division season. One that saw four teams finish it undefeated and with maximum points from their first two matches, and three teams still looking for their first point of the season, including BC Provincial champs CCB LFC United.

WolfPack soccer in search of wins in Alberta and ManitobaCJFC
Both WolfPack soccer teams are on the road this weekend — with both looking to break into the win column once again.

Cascades visit Edmonton for key conference clashesGo Cascades
The Cascades women’s soccer squad takes on the city of Edmonton this weekend, facing both programs based in the Alberta capital.

UNBC women return to MasichPrince George Citizen
Two borders away last weekend in Saskatchewan, they played some of the best soccer of their careers and a single point was their reward.

MSOC: T-Birds look to build momentum on the road in AlbertaUBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (3-1-1) will embark on their longest road trip of the season this weekend as they head to Edmonton to face a pair of Prairie division opponents. UBC begins their trip against the MacEwan Griffins (1-3-2) on Saturday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. PT before taking on the Alberta Golden Bears (1-4-1) on Sunday, September 22, at 1:15 p.m. PT.

Four Whitecaps FC players called up to Canada U-17 WNT campWhitecaps FC
Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the women’s national U-17 Excel camp in Markham, Ontario scheduled from September 22 to 27. The six-day camp, featuring players born 2003 or later, will continue Canada’s preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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!

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.


Paul Beirne to step down as CPL president after 2019 seasonSportsnet
Paul Beirne is stepping down as president of the Canadian Premier League at the end of the season. The league said Beirne will be leaving in November “to pursue a club opportunity.” It did not elaborate.

Markham needs six goals against FC London to advance to championshipLondon Free Press
Barring an epic meltdown, FC London should easily close out the second leg of its League1 Ontario semifinal Friday night at German Canadian Club field.

Concordia 2, McGill 2: Rivals Share Spoils in Physical Men’s Soccer MatchThe Link
Concordia striker Simon Lapierre walked off the field with his head in his hands, swarmed by his teammates teasing him about the late chance he missed that would have given his team the win.


Phoenix Rising FC not feeling pressured by winning streak as playoffs approachAZ Central
A record-breaking winning streak puts a target on your back. That target has never been bigger for Phoenix Rising FC after clinching the top seed in the USL’s Western Conference and winning its 20th consecutive match last Saturday.


Bridget Callahan is ‘bright light’ for Orlando Pride during challenging seasonPro Soccer USA
Despite limited minutes on the pitch for the Pride, Callahan brings a boost of energy to the team in her first full season in the NWSL.

Women’s football: SWPL Cup format to change as Rangers up fundingBBC Sport
Scottish Women’s Football will introduce play-offs and a group stage in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup as of next season.


Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Mesut Özil remains an enigma for Unai Emery, Phil Jagielka returns to Everton and Liverpool’s 100% record could end.

What to watch in European soccer this weekendLA Times
Germany’s Red Bull Leipzig and Spain’s Sevilla, surprising early leaders in their respective leagues, hope to prove they belong there this weekend, while in England struggling Chelsea will try to get back on track against unbeaten Liverpool in the top TV games from Europe this weekend.

Milan derby is the weekend’s must-see game. Can the historical rivals finally deliver on expectations?ESPN
The city’s football clubs are not on top of the world, but if Milan exudes confidence at the moment, it’s because these bastions of civic pride are exhibiting the necessary ambition to restore themselves to their former glory.

Canadian Jonathan David nets brace in Gent’s Europa League openerSportsnet
Canadian forward Jonathan David continued his torrid start to the European season, scoring a brace in Gent’s 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne in Group I action in the Europa League on Thursday.

PSG braced for toughest test in LyonLigue 1
Morale is high in the Paris Saint-Germain camp after their Champions League demolition of Real Madrid, but the capital club now go to Olympique Lyonnais for a fixture that has been their toughest test domestically in recent years.

Premier League title is now Liverpool’s to lose? Don’t be daftThe Guardian
Winning run must end at some point but Jürgen Klopp will want to put down a marker at Chelsea, where the Virgil van Dijk-Tammy Abraham battle is one to watch.

Racism in football: Football bodies have ‘productive’ Twitter meetingBBC Sport
The Football Association, Premier League and EFL have had a “productive and positive” meeting with Twitter after online racist abuse of players.

Peter Beardsley banned from soccer for eight months for racismSportsnet
Former England and Newcastle forward Peter Beardsley has been suspended from all soccer-related activity for eight months after being found guilty of making racist comments toward young players.

Football Leaks: Suspected hacker charged in PortugalBBC
A man linked to the Football Leaks disclosures which prompted investigations into the Manchester City and Paris St-Germain clubs has been charged with 147 offences in Portugal.

Refinancing stretches average maturity of Spurs’ £600m-plus stadium debt-load to 23 yearsInside World Football
Tottenham Hotspur, nowadays the top football club in North London, has closed its refinancing of the £637 million bank loan put in place to support the construction of its gleaming new stadium.

Fifth missing child found via Roma social media campaignBBC Sport
Roma’s missing children social media campaign has helped find a second girl from London. It means the Italian club has helped find five children since partnering with UK charity Missing People in July.

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