VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
MLS MATCHDAY #29
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1, 4, 5 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN GO
‘Caps look to maintain West lead Saturday vs. Colorado – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (13W-9L-6D) will look to maintain their lead atop the Western Conference on Saturday night when they conclude their four-match homestand against Colorado Rapids (7W-16L-5D).
Whitecaps insist they’re aware rival Rapids can tip playoff plans – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps know the game is played on the field, and not on paper. But the Caps hope to avoid a painful proverbial paper cut this Saturday when they host the Colorado Rapids at B.C. Place Stadium in a Major League Soccer game that will do much to clarify their playoff positioning in the tight Western Conference.
Emerging Vancouver Whitecaps star Yordy Reyna looking for Peru recall – MLS
Yordy Reyna has become a force for the Vancouver Whitecaps in his debut season in MLS since returning to full health following a preseason foot injury, and he’s looking to the international side of the game as part of his personal goals.
From The Pigeon Loft: Punished – AFTN
When Kekuta Manneh scored on Saturday afternoon at BC Place, he did something that no other player has yet done in the MLS era: he punished his former team in BC Place.
Ratings revealed: See the top five Whitecaps FC players in FIFA 18! – Whitecaps FC
It’s that time of the year. With FIFA 18 set to be released on September 28, we’re starting to see some of the player ratings for the latest edition of the popular video game franchise. Today, we present the top five rated players for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
MLS at Week 29: NYCFC looks to clinch vs. Houston, Atlanta hosts Impact – NBC Sports
Five weeks remain in the MLS regular season, and the playoff picture in both conferences are still quite murky despite time running out ahead of the postseason.
MLS Week 29 Preview: What to Watch For – Empire of Soccer
It has already been a busy week for Major League Soccer’s teams. New England fired its coach, Toronto was stunned at home, and Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Will the weekend be as eventful? Here’s what to look for.
Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
The Portland Timbers will be looking to get their playoff push back on track on Sunday evening, when they welcome an Orlando City SC side that has shown some signs of life in recent weeks.
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi could see minutes against Orlando City SC – Oregonian
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi could see his first minutes in six games Sunday when the Timbers host Orlando City SC.
TFC’s Giovinco, Altidore could miss New England game – Sportsnet
It looks as though Toronto FC could miss its top two goal scorers for a third consecutive match. Coach Greg Vanney didn’t come out and say it definitively, but he did drop a few hints that forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore won’t see action in Saturday’s road game against the New England Revolution.
How Toronto FC can win the Supporters’ Shield on Saturday – Waking the Red
It’s a strange feeling after Wednesday’s dismal performance against the Montreal Impact, but Saturday could bring the biggest achievement in Toronto FC’s history.
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders | 2017 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Real Salt Lake are fighting, scratching and clawing their way into the playoff race, and as of last weekend were finally able to peek their heads above the playoff line for the first time all season. They’ve done it with a mostly young and exciting attack – guys who love to get the ball on their foot and attack from different angles – that’s been bolstered by a defense that has come into its own since the start of July.
Preview: San Jose Earthquakes at DC United – Prost Amerika
The familiar chords of “Final Countdown” by Europe have been getting louder with each passing day for DC United, as the team looks to close the book on their final season at RFK Stadium and look ahead to a new year in 2018 that will see an exciting young nucleus open up a brand new home in Audi Field. But first the Red & Black will look to cross the finish line on 2017 as they welcome the San Jose Earthquakes to the Nation’s capital on Saturday in their second to last game played at RFK Stadium.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL Round-up: Rovers Tigers United and Westside keep 100% records as Inter find some form ahead of next month’s nationals – AFTN
Only two teams still have 100% records in the VMSL Premier Division after the second weekend of action.
VISL Upcoming Matches: Sept. 22-24 – BC Soccer Web
An exciting Week 3 starts in less than 24 hours for VISL Division 1 play.
No. 2 Clan draws with rival SPU Falcons – SFU
Jess Cayetano put Seattle Pacific ahead with a 22nd-minute goal Thursday, but second-ranked Simon Fraser equalized in the second half and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer clash ended in a 1-1 draw after two overtimes at Interbay Stadium.
WSOC: WWU’s win streak continues with 4-0 shutout of Clan – SFU
No. 1 ranked Western Washington is unbeaten in 30 straight games after handing Simon Fraser University a 4-0 loss Thursday in a women’s soccer Great Northwest Athletic Conference game for both teams at Harrington Field.
Last chance to see T-wolves play at home – Prince George Citizen
The U Sports Canada West women’s soccer season is only into its third week but curtain calls are imminent for four UNBC Timberwolves seniors facing the reality that this will be their last weekend to play a game on home turf.
UFV Cascades men fall on home field – Abbotsford News
The early season struggles continued for the UFV Cascades men’s soccer team, as the club dropped a pair of games at home on Friday and Saturday.
Kootenay soccer teams take top spots – Castlegar News
The Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association (KSYSA) hosted its Eye of the Storm Tournament.
As many as two-thirds of B.C. kids are going outside less than their parents did, survey suggests – 24 Hours
According to a poll commissioned by TD Bank — called the TD Greensights Report and run by polling firm Environics — 63 per cent of B.C. parents say their kids get outside less than they did at the same age. More parents in Atlantic Canada (74 per cent) and Alberta (68 per cent) both reported their kids were spending even less time outside than those in B.C.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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 Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Will co-hosting a World Cup put Canadian soccer on a roll? – Maclean’s
Proponents claim the 10 games Canada hopes to stage in 2026 will inspire a new generation of stars. The history of sports mega-events begs to differ.
Ryerson men’s soccer team forced to forfeit first six games – Sportsnet
The Ontario University Athletics ruled on Thursday that the Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team must forfeit their first six games of the season after an unnamed player failed to meet academic requirements.
Sept 16/17 League1 Ontario Match Reports – Northern Starting XI
Reports from selected matches in League1 Ontario.
Sea-Hawks have a keeper in Walsh – The Telegram
Memorial rookie has three shutouts in her first four games for 4-0 AUS squad.
Canadian soccer player thrives in desert with UTEP – El Paso Times
The scene sometimes becomes almost a blur. Bodies fly this way and that. The ball is bounding here and there, waiting — almost daring — for someone to do something special. Kennadie Chaudhary has mastered the art of stepping out of the blur, stepping into the moment, into the middle of all that chaos and doing something special with that ball.
Recreation leaders use social media to relay needs to candidates – Western Star
Some of the biggest sports groups in the city are using social media to get the ear of hopefuls for the Corner Brook municipal election.
The Rapids look forward to a bright future – Whitehorse Star
This weekend sees the start of the over 35’s soccer league at the Canada Games Centre. The Whitehorse Rapids club has been very successful over the years in fostering a fun and competitive spirit for the slightly more mature soccer player.
Video Vault: Canada’s maiden World Cup – FIFA
Though they bowed out at the group stage without a point or goal to their name, it was nonetheless an historic campaign for the Canucks at their maiden global finals. Former defender Bob Lenarduzzi recalls sealing qualification against Honduras on home soil and their first-ever World Cup test, against footballing giants France in Leon.
Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v USA Women’s International Friendly on 9 November in Vancouver are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca.
WFC2, USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
WFC2 vs. PHOENIX RISING FC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017, 3:00 PM
THUNDERBIRD STADIUM, VANCOUVER, BC
USL Race for the Playoffs – Sept. 22-24 – USL
Reno 1868 FC became the third team in the Western Conference and the fourth team overall, to book its place in the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night, breaking the USL single-season record for goals in the process as it moved to 63 with four games remaining.
Fury Battle LouCity in Crucial Home Match – Ottawa Fury
Confidence is high among Fury FC players heading into Sunday’s afternoon crucial tilt with the USL Eastern Conference-leading Louisville City FC. The first of three games in eight days, Ottawa’s playoffs aspirations will undoubtedly be decided over the course of the next week.
NASL Look Ahead: Miami FC faces Armada, Cosmos host North Carolina, and more – SBI
With a little over a month remaining in the NASL Fall Season, the race for the division crown has never been tighter.
NASL Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against US Soccer: Do they have a case? – Soccer n’ Sweet Tea
Potentially, but there’s another case similar to this one that we might look to as an example of what to expect.
League of Lawsuits: Good Riddance to the NASL – Fifty Five One
In the midst of another round of turmoil for the North American Soccer League (NASL), fingers have been pointed by the league and by others to seek a source of blame. But as Alex Schieferdecker writes, there is only one party to blame: the NASL.
USL suspends referee for missing red card – Soccer America
Expansion Reno 1868 set a USL record for most goals in a season — 63 in only 28 games — in its 3-0 win over OKC Energy FC, but that was overshadowed Wednesday night by an incident in the Phoenix-Sounders 2 game in which referee Katja Koroleva failed to send off a player on the winning Rising for picking up two yellow cards.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
WSL prepares for curtain raiser but shadow cast by Mark Sampson case looms large over women’s game – The Independent
The new season of the Women’s Super League begins on Friday night against a poisonous backdrop of division, recrimination and turmoil following the sacking of the England boss.
Former Arsenal coach Laura Harvey in contention to succeed Mark Sampson as England women’s manager – Evening Standard
The clamour for a woman to replace the sacked Mark Sampson as head coach of the England women’s team has been joined by Kelly Smith, the country’s finest ever female player and now assistant manager at her long-time club Arsenal.
The Mark Sampson football scandal shows how badly women need to be in charge of their own game – The Telegraph
In many ways this was the week women’s football in England came of age. Never mind the national team reaching two tournament semi-finals. Never mind the establishment of a fully professional league. Never mind women playing regularly in the colours of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. This was the week it became subject to its very own scandal. This was the week it generated headlines about crisis and mismanagement.
Orlando Pride Can Make History Against Portland Thorns in More Ways than One – The Mane Land
There’s a lot on the line for the Orlando Pride Saturday afternoon. With a win, they clinch their first ever playoff berth; with a draw, Orlando can, at worst, force a tiebreaker situation if the Seattle Reign win out. Doing so would require completing a feat the Pride have yet to do in the last two seasons: get a result against the Portland Thorns.
Houston Dash set to play match in Edinburg, looking to expand fan base – The Monitor
Next week, the Dash are returning the favor, making the trip down to Edinburg to host the North Carolina Courage at 7 p.m. Wednesday at H-E-B Park. The matchup was originally scheduled for Aug. 27 before being postponed and relocated due to Hurricane Harvey. As a result, the Valley will play host to an NWSL match for the first time, and the Dash will try their hand at recruiting new fans from an untapped market.
New Turf Fight Has U.S. Soccer and Women’s Team at Odds Again – NY Times
Five months after U.S. Soccer and the women’s national team completed often contentious negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, the players and the federation have fallen out again over an old grievance: artificial turf.
Hope Solo settles grievance with U.S. Soccer Federation – SF Gate
The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached a settlement with former goalkeeper Hope Solo, The Chronicle has learned.
NCAA Preview Week 6: Questions linger as season enters second half – The Equalizer
According to most programs’ schedules, we’re more than halfway through the regular season. Crazy, right? It feels like the season just began. In the next month and a half, there’s a lot to be sorted and lingering questions that need resolving. Perhaps we’ll get some of those questions ironed out this weekend. Here’s a look at some of Week 6’s most appealing contests.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Bob Lenarduzzi: Young Magpies aim to help Albion’s relegation – The Province
With Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham having their problems, the door is open for some unexpected sides to challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League. After three straight wins, Newcastle United suddenly finds itself in fourth place, and fans are wondering if the club could be in for a good season under boss Rafa Benitez.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – Toronto Star
City hosts a Crystal Palace team that has lost its first five games and has yet to score a goal — an unwanted first in the history of England’s top division.
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City can improve and must be wary of Palace – The Guardian
“My dear fellow,” Pep Guardiola said, his eyes twinkling to confirm that what he said next might not be completely what he believed. “This is the Premier League. Every single team can beat the others. That is the best expression I have learned.”
Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar up for 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player award – ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second year running after being included the final shortlist for the 2017 award along with Lionel Messi and Neymar.
PSG wary of deja vu in Montpellier – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will be aware they were surprisingly outclassed on their last trip to Montpellier when they head south seeking to maintain their 100% record on Saturday.
PSG striker Neymar out for Saturday’s Montpellier game with foot injury – Metro
Paris Saint-Germain says Neymar will miss Saturday’s French league match at Montpellier because of a right foot injury.
River Plate stun Wilstermann with eight goals, advance to Copa semis – ESPN FC
River Plate reached the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores 8-3 on aggregate after a stunning 8-0 second-leg victory over Jorge Wilstermann at the Estadio Monumental on Thursday.
Mexico suspends league as clubs open grounds to aid earthquake relief – Inside World Football
Clubs have offered their support and assistance to victims, with Leon, Pachuca, Veracruz, Monterrey, Necaxa, Santos Laguna, Puebla and Atlas all opening up their stadiums and facilities to the public, with people urged to bring essential and non-perishable goods for those affected by the earthquake.
Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United – The Guardian
Amazon and Facebook are likely to bid for Premier League streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs, the Manchester United vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has said.
Man City to star in new Amazon Prime documentary – SN
Manchester City will star in a fly-on-the-wall documentary to be shown on Amazon Prime next summer.
‘Sunil Gulati has an agenda – to stay in power in US Soccer and that is it’ – The Guardian
Eric Wynalda, the former USA forward turned commentator, says he is ready to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and challenge Sunil Gulati for the role of US Soccer president.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca