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Selected games to watch from British Columbia's top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
Please check league schedules for late changes.

Friday October 24

VISL: Gorge FC vs Cowichan FC
7:30pm Hampton Park, Saanich
League leaders sit atop the VISL Div 1 standings well ahead of the Gorge who are uncomfortably above the drop spot with many games yet to be played.

saturday october 25

LIWSA: Victoria Highlanders vs Vic A's
4:00pm University of Victoria #3 Turf
Highlanders Womens reserves squad consists of former BCSPL players who form the development path to the VHFC MWSL and PCSL teams, every match is an opportunity to test their abilities against one of Victoria's established Premier teams.

Sunday October 26

VMSL: Surrey United vs West Van FC
3:00pm Cloverdale Athletic Park
Two of the top teams in the VMSL’s Premier Division will face off, with 3 very important points on the line.



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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids
4:00pm PDT BC Place

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Saturday October 25

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids
4:00pm TSN1, TEAM 1410

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This Day in Football History

23 October 1983
Canada wins 1:0 over Mexico in an Olympic Qualification match at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. Craig Martin scores the lone goal of the match. Coach Tony Waiters gets his first win in Canadian colours (after three losses at the international “A” level, he gets his first win in an Olympic international “B” match).
(Canada Soccer)

Surrey United Firefighters 3-2 Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - October 19, 2014 - Cloverdale Athletic Park, Surrey BC
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thursday, october 23, 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps aim for 3 points on Saturday, regardless of FCD-Timbers result: "We need to win"
As the battle for the fifth and final playoff place in the Western Conference goes down to the wire, the different permutations that the Vancouver Whitecaps may face on Saturday are threefold. A victory, a draw and even a loss may all be good enough to send the Whitecaps to the postseason. MLS

2014 Whitecaps FC Player Awards  (Photo: Richard Howes)2014 Whitecaps FC Player Awards
The winners of the 2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player Awards, presented by BMO, were unveiled on Wednesday at a special awards ceremony at the BMO Main Branch. Whitecaps FC Designated Player Pedro Morales was voted as the 2014 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year in addition to claiming the Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot Award as the team’s leading goalscorer. Whitecaps FC

Morales the man of the hour
Though it’s still uncertain whether Vancouver Whitecaps FC will continue on to Major League Soccer’s playoffs, it was pretty clear who would be named the team’s most valuable player. Pedro Morales was honoured as the Whitecaps’ BMO Player of the Year on Wednesday to recognize his tremendous 2014 season. 24 Hours

Whitecaps coach Robinson wants unsung hero Matias Laba back next season
When Carl Robinson took over the head coach’s job of the Vancouver Whitecaps, he set out to improve the midfield. On Wednesday, midfielders Matias Laba and Pedro Morales, both designated players who joined the club just prior to the start of the 2014 season, stood on a makeshift stage, team awards in their hands. Metro

Retired, but Demerit still part of the Whitecaps Retired, but Demerit still part of the Whitecaps
Jay DeMerit retired in July. He hasn’t retreated. Saturdays are still gamedays for the popular Whitecaps ex-captain, whose final season was cut short by a torn ankle ligament. The Province

Montreal concedes late, CCL winning streak snapped
The New York Red Bulls struck late to register a 1-1 draw with the Impact de Montreal in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, denying the Canadian champion a perfect Group 3 record. The Impact, which already qualified for the quarterfinals, finished atop the group with a 3-1-0 record. CSA

Impact disappointed in 1-1 draw with Red Bulls in CONCACAF Champions League
It remains to be seen if it was an opportunity squandered for the Montreal Impact. What was plainly evident was the Impact's collective disappointment following a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls 1-1 on Wednesday night in Champions League play. Canada.com

TFC's De Rosario suspended for kicking at Impact player
Toronto FC veteran Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for one game and fined for kicking out at a Montreal Impact player on the weekend. CBC

Manchester City could extend Frank Lampard stay with New York City to undergo MLS pre-season in Manchester
Frank Lampard could make his New York City debut against the likes of Rochdale or Bury before flying out to the US for start of the MLS season. Telegraph

Do-Or-Die for the Eddies
It’s do-or-die for FC Edmonton when they head down to Fort Lauderdale (6W-5D-5L) to take on the Strikers this weekend on Saturday. Sitting only two points back of a final North American Soccer League (NASL) postseason position, the Eddies must leave Florida with all three points to ensure they are still playing passed November 2. FC Edmonton

Fury FC and Their Canadian Content
In an interview with FIFA TV, Ottawa Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos stated that one of the club’s goals was to provide a high level of play for Canadian-born footballers and contribute to the growth of the Canadian men’s national team. Ottawa Fury

Are the Best Refs the Ones You Don’t Notice?
After a few of the games I have refereed, a spectator approached me and said, “You must have done a good job as I did not notice you.” Soccer Americans have heard it stated that the best refs are the ones you don’t notice. But is this true? inSoccer

youth soccer

CSA partners with pro clubs to develop next generation
Canada's U15 men's national team has assembled a group of players from Canada's five professional club academies for a training stint. As TSN's Jason deVos writes, for the first time in its history, the CSA is a taking a structured, measured approach to qualifying for a future World Cup. TSN

university soccer

Vikes prepare for Cascades clash with CIS hopes on the line
This weekend's single-header is a must-win for the University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team who host Fraser Valley on Oct. 25 at Centennial Stadium for the Canada West quarter-finals. A win will put the Vikes into the conference Final Four and one step closer to a spot at this year's CIS championship. UVic

Stage set for CIS women’s soccer hopefuls in play-off opener
It is a single knockout weekend for the University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team as they host the Fraser Valley Cascades, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., in the Canada West quarter-finals. The CIS No. 5-ranked Vikes wrapped up their regular season second in the Pacific Division while the unranked Cascades finished in third. UVic

Douglas soccer teams to PacWest provincials
The Royal men want back to the nationals, while Douglas women make their first appearance at provincials in nearly a decade. Burnaby Now

team canada

Canada vs. Japan: Hard to dislike the World Cup champs
Sure, when it comes to rivalries in women’s soccer, the Americans are at the top of the Canadian totem pole. They are the ones we, as Canadians, love to hate. So, as the Canadians women’s national team gets set to face the World Cup champions from Japan twice in the coming week, you can’t expect there to be a war of words. The11

2015 fifa women's world cup canada

Nigeria and Cameroon qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ 
Nigeria and Cameroon are the first two African nations to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. Both sides qualified on Wednesday 22 October through the 2014 African Women's Championship in Windhoek, Namibia.

Harrison: Football Turf is integral to Canada 2015
After the FIFA Executive Committee ratified the decision to use football turf pitches at Canada 2015, independent consultant Professor Eric Harrison travelled to Canada from 29 September to 8 October to assess all of the stadium and training pitches ahead of the event. FIFA

Women's World Cup next summer another chance for US soccer fanaticism to take hold
The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer. And this time, they won't conflict with the workday. A year after the World Cup transformed millions of Americans into red-white-and-blue-wearing soccer fanatics, another chance to cheer for a national team will arrive. Canada.com

world football

Continental qualifiers create waves
In the October edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the first three positions are unchanged from last month. Germany have held on to the top spot despite a difficult start to their UEFA EURO 2016 qualification campaign. FIFA

Belgium moves into top four of FIFA rankings
Belgium has moved into the top four of the FIFA monthly rankings for the first time and former World Cup winner Spain has dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier. Sportsnet

Ronaldo gets 70th Champions League goal as Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-0
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win. Canada.com

French riot police use tear gas on Everton fans
French riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large groups of Everton fans gathered on Lille’s main square on Thursday afternoon, hours before a Europa League match. Everton fans ignored the club’s requests to avoid gathering in the main square, a night after Everton fans drinking outside a bar were attacked. Sportsnet

In Germany's Black Forest, a frugal club makes compelling argument for football's small teams
From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above. But from a football business perspective, this beauty is sterile desert. WFP

wednesday, october 22, 2014

Whitecaps focused solely on Colorado
Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson made it clear what the focus will be for his side going into the final weekend of the 2014 MLS regular season: beat Colorado Rapids on Saturday night and earn a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. Goal

'Caps not interested in scoreboard watching, have their sights set on three points
It all comes down to this. Vancouver Whitecaps FC kicked off another week of training on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s crucial regular season finale against Colorado Rapids (7 p.m. PT, TSN1) – limited tickets available.    The situation is clear for the Blue and White: win and they’re off to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Whitecaps FC

Fewer than 500 tickets remain for Saturday's crucial MLS regular season finale at BC Place
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that fewer than 500 tickets remain for Saturday’s crucial final MLS regular season match against Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

Waston enjoying 'intensity' of Major League Soccer as he and his family settle into new home (Photo: Richard Howes)Waston enjoying 'intensity' of Major League Soccer as he and his family settle into new home
"Here is better, much better, because you have more intensity. [It's] more aggressive," Waston told reporters about how he has found the league so far. "Obviously you have players from around the world that want to play in MLS because of the environment and everything is getting better every day. Whitecaps FC

Handing out alternative Whitecaps hardware
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have one remaining match in the 2014 regular season as they hope to make the Major League Soccer post-season. In finishing the season, the 'Caps will announce the club awards for the Player of the Year, Unsung Hero, Promising Players, etc. 24 Hours

Toronto FC gears up for final game, without Defoe and with nothing on the line
Toronto FC trained under grey skies Tuesday, minus its two biggest names and with just one meaningless game remaining. English striker Jermain Defoe was rehabbing a groin injury that appears to have ended his season prematurely while Michael Bradley was seeing a doctor for a foot issue. Canada.com

deVos: Another year, another broken promise for TFC
"Why. Can't. We. Be. Great?" Those were the words of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment President Tim Leiweke back in January when Toronto FC unveiled the double signing of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley. TSN

Portland Timbers owner lashes out at fan-run Twitter account
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson is under fire after telling the operator of a Twitter account representing his club’s supporters’ group to “shut the f— up.” A representative of the Timbers Army, one of the most loyal supporters’ groups in Major League Soccer, took aim at the club for failing to address defensive issues ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League loss in Honduras. Canoe

Portland Timbers exit after stunning defeat in Honduras
The Portland Timbers exited the Concacaf Champions League Tuesday when they suffered their first loss of the competition, a 3-1 loss at Olimpia that sent the Honduran club through on away goals. Conceding two goals in the first four minutes, the Timbers dug themselves a hole from which they could not get out. Soccer America

Have the Portland Timbers, Timbers Army become the ideal model for the sports world?
The Portland Timbers have built quite the reputation as one of the top clubs in the country when it comes to the relationship with their supporters and the Timbers Army. So much so that the club have been sought out not just by other soccer clubs, but by teams in sports all around the world, to find out just how they do it.

MLS set to break season attendance record
Major League Soccer is set to break its record for average attendance set in 2012. With one week left in the 2014 regular season, MLS is averaging 19,039 fans a game, marking the first time it has topped the 19,000-a-game mark. A record eight teams are averaging more than 20,000 fans a game, and at least five teams will break single-season average attendance records. Soccer America

Purple is the New Black
With their first competitive game less than five months away, Orlando City launched their new website on Wednesday, and it's safe to say it stands alone on the MLS color wheel. Orlando City SC

CONCACAF Champions League: Portland Timbers' "worst-case scenario" comes to life in elimination
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Olimpia in front of a hostile crowd in Honduras would be a crucial test for his side.

CONCACAF Champions League: Current seedings and scenarios heading into Wednesday's group finales
We know this much -- DC United won't be facing a Mexican club when the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals kick off next spring. After United closed out a perfect CCL group stage with a 1-0 win over Tauro on Tuesday, that ensured that the MLS Eastern Conference leaders would be one of the top three seeds when the quarterfinal pairings are determined. MLS

MLS, US Soccer partner with IMG to market media rights until 2022
MLS and U.S. Soccer have partnered with IMG to market and distribute global media rights for the two soccer organizations for the next eight years. The long-term agreement, from 2015-2022, includes MLS and U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches played on American soil, as well as qualifying games for two World Cup cycles. It excludes media rights within the U.S. and Canada. MLS

Lions Leave Outstanding Legacy Orlando brass sees bright future for USL PRO
It’s been almost four years to the day since Philip Rawlins announced the establishment of Orlando City SC, and the club’s intention to become part of Major League Soccer. A year ago, that goal was achieved, with the Lions set to join New York City FC in MLS for the 2015 season. In the four seasons between, the Lions have left their mark on USL PRO. USL

Vancouver Whitecaps pitch Surrey facility
Vancouver Whitecaps FC has identified a potential home in Surrey for a new pro reserve team in the United Soccer League after being rejected by New Westminster over cost concerns. City staff met with Whitecaps representatives to explore setting up a temporary field at the Newton Athletic Park for the 2015 and 2016 seasons while a feasibility study is performed on a permanent stadium. 24 Hours

youth soccer

Young Canadian talent to get a first look in Toronto
A new generation of Canadian talent is identified every year by the academies representing Canadian professional clubs. And for a selection of players born in the year 2000, the time has come for them to be assessed with a look to set standards for upcoming player evaluation.  CSA

university soccer

Late Einarsson goal caps off regular season for UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team concluded the Canada West regular season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Trinity Western University Spartans on Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium. UBC

Vikes' Colantonio honoured by Canada West after weekend heroics
University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer midfielder Dominic Colantonio was awarded Canada West 2nd Star of the Week honours after his two-goal performance this past weekend against UBC. Canada West

Thunderbirds finish regular season with a 1-0 victory over Trinity Western
The UBC Thunderbirds women's soccer team ended its regular season with an impressive 1-0 win over the defending national champions from Trinity Western University at the Thunderbird Stadium on a windy Sunday afternoon. UBC 

VIU soccer sides both finish first
The VIU Mariners soccer teams are at the top of the table, right where they want to be for playoffs. Vancouver Island University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams closed out the regular season with shutouts over the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles on Sunday at Merle Logan Field. The M’s women won 1-0 and the men followed up with a 2-0 victory. Nanaimo News Bulletin

the local game

Once again no major change in the VMSL Premier Division standings, ICST Pegasus remain #1 (Photo: Richard Howes)Once again no major change in the VMSL Premier Division standings, ICST Pegasus remain #1
Once again, no major changes occurred this past weekend, as no upsets took place. ICST Pegasus remained in sole possession of first place—with a perfect 7-0-0 record—as a result of its 3-1 victory over CCBRT United, while Inter FC and the Vancouver Olympics remained mired in last place, each with one point out of 6 games.

south of the 49th

Abby Wambach talks about Hope Solo and domestic violence
Two months after U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo's domestic violence arrest became a national issue, a well-known teammate is speaking out, voicing her concern about the situation and the U.S. women's national team's place in the conversation on domestic violence. USA Today

women's world football

Mexico tops Jamaica in women’s WC qualifying
Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago — when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history. Sportsnet

world football

Bayern Munich roars past Roma in record day of Champions League
The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal outburst as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for its biggest victory on the road, Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven past BATE Borisov, and Chelsea added six in their win over Maribor. CBC

UEFA could allow only women, children at games rather than stadium closures for racism
UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. Sportsnet

UEFA President Platini demands African confederation withdraws 'insulting' statement
UEFA President Michel Platini became involved in a spat with the Confederation of African Football over Ebola on Wednesday, with the Frenchman demanding an apology from CAF for getting comments he made in a television interview wrong and "insulting" him. WFP

Pope praises Bayern victory, team to donate $1M
Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players Wednesday they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return. Sportsnet

After four-month suspension for biting, Suarez debuts with Barcelona against rival Real Madrid
Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament. The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension. TSN

Italy's winning WC captain Cannavaro under investigation for tax evasion
Italy's winning World Cup captain Fabio Cannavaro is reportedly under investigation for tax evasion. Local media report that nearly one million euros (more than $1 million) worth of goods linked to Cannavaro were sequestered by tax police in his hometown of Naples. TSN

English third tier club Rochdale uses confiscated marijuana lights to grow turf on its pitch
Powerful lights confiscated by police during marijuana raids are now being used by the groundsman of English third tier soccer club Rochdale to help the turf grow on its field. Police donated the lights to the club last week to avoid having to pay for their disposal. Canada.com

Court orders Bayer Leverkusen to pay $20.3 million to ex-sponsor's insolvency administrator
The Cologne state court ruled Wednesday that the Bundesliga club has to pay back money received between October 2009 and June 2011 under a sponsorship contract with electricity supplier TelDaFax. TelDaFax filed for insolvency in June 2011. However, the court ruled that the company was already bust at the time of the payments and that Leverkusen officials must have been aware of that by October 2009. WFP

Greek team punished for fan's death, 15 points deducted
A third division football team in Greece has been punished by the country's football association after a fan died after being attacked by home fans at a match in September. WFP

tuesday, october 21, 2014

Ousted secures MLS-best clean sheet mark; Goalkeeper of the Year next? (Photo: Richard Howes)Ousted secures MLS-best clean sheet mark; Goalkeeper of the Year next?
Much of the 'Caps success this year has been driven by a sound defensive footing, and goalkeeper David Ousted has led the way with a campaign that might just put him in contention for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honours.

Win and we're in: Examining Vancouver's playoff scenarios heading into their regular season finale
The race for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference will come down to the final weekend of the 2014 MLS season. After picking up a valuable point in a scoreless draw with San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC remain in the driver’s seat with a one-point lead over Portland Timbers. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps are cultivating character
There’s still work to be done, but the Whitecaps are on the cusp of a playoff berth, an MLS club record point haul, with CONCACAF Champions league representation already sewn up. And it was all achieved with a younger squad, and without a 22 goal scorer. TSN

Whitecaps co-owner yearns for home playoff ‘moment’
What would a home playoff date mean for the Vancouver Whitecaps? It’s not a question coach Carl Robinson or the players want to think about. Their minds are firmly on Saturday’s win-and-they’re-in regular-season finalé against the Colorado Rapids at B.C. Place. The Province

Best Case Scenario: What an ideal final week would look like for Vancouver Whitecaps
This time next week, Vancouver Whitecaps' playoff fate will be known and we'll all either be packing our bags for an exciting road trip or wallowing in our own pit of despair. Thankfully all of the pits have been shipped to the east coast of Canada, so I think we're going to be okay. AFTN

Vancouver Whitecaps: Playoff bound?
I doubt that the release of a DVD of the Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening would cause “upgraded iPad” style queues to form around BC Place (mainly because I doubt many people actually buy DVDs any more, but I’m trying to fashion an analogy here!). Anyway, the point is it was a terrible game that was also pretty illuminating when it comes to judging exactly where this Whitecaps team is right now. Soccer Shorts

Trio of suspensions leave Impact back line depleted
A testy draw in Toronto will leave the Montreal Impact short three defenders for its MLS regular season finale against D.C. United on Saturday: Veterans Matteo Ferrari, Hassoun Camara and Heath Pearce. CBC

Impact look to beat Red Bulls, sweep CONCACAF group stage
The Montreal Impact smell blood. The club’s final group stage match in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night will come against a New York Red Bulls’ team that is already eliminated from contention for the quarter-finals. TSN

Lions Leave Outstanding Legacy Orlando brass sees bright future for USL PRO as club joins MLS
It’s been almost four years to the day since Philip Rawlins announced the establishment of Orlando City SC, and the club’s intention to become part of Major League Soccer. A year ago, that goal was achieved, with the Lions set to join New York City FC in MLS for the 2015 season. In the four seasons between, the Lions have left their mark on USL PRO. USL

Midfielder Lance Laing Named NASL Player Of The Week
FC Edmonton midfielder Lance Laing was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week after scoring a goal and adding an assist in his team’s 2-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place on Saturday. FC Edmonton

The role of Self-Assessment in Long Term Coaching Development  
Over the past year or so there has been a great deal of discussion about the Canadian coaching education program and its relative strengths and weaknesses.  Coach education is always an interesting topic to discuss and just sending a coach to a course won’t make them a better coach overnight. A View From the West Coast

youth soccer

Whitecaps FC add Ross Holtom to Northern Academy
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have appointed Ross Holtom as associate head coach of the Northern Academy Centre in Prince George,  joining current head coach Sonny Pawar. Whitecaps FC

the local game

Prospect girls put to test over weekend matches against Richmond FC, Prospect Lake
 The Victoria Highlanders Prospect Girls’ MWSL and LIWSA squads faced two challenging fixtures over the weekend, facing second-place Richmond FC ‘A’ as well as Prospect Lake, respectively. Victoria Highlanders

team canada

RedNation Interview Series: Benito Floro
Born in Gijón, Spain, Benito Floro is the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team. As a very experienced top level football manager, Floro has coached a number of high profile clubs including Real Madrid, Villarreal CF, RCD Mallorca, Club de Futbol Monterrey and Sporting de Gijon. RedNation

Canada WNT ready to face reigning Champions Japan
After recently arriving back on the west coast for the start of their latest round in the Centralized Development Program (CDP), Canada’s Women’s National Team get two early tests against the world’s best team. Head Coach John Herdman has announced his roster of 20-players that will take on Japan in back-to-back Women’s International Friendlies. CSA

Sinclair highlights Canadian team for friendlies
The Canadian women’s soccer team has two big tests coming up against Japan. Little wonder, then, that coach John Herdman included star forward Christine Sinclair in his 20-player roster for the pair of high-profile friendlies against the reigning Women’s World Cup champions. Sportsnet

Plenty of familiar faces for CanWNT for Japan showdowns
Amidst all the public hullabaloo surrounding the surfaces on which next year's Women's World Cup will be played, it's forgivable if anyone has temporarily forgotten that, oh yeah, we've got a team of flesh-and-blood players who are going to go out and represent us next summer. Some Canadian Guys

south of the 49th

San Francisco ends system that led to standoff between tech workers, youths over soccer field
Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention. Parks officials have agreed to stop allowing adults to reserve a soccer field in the Mission District neighbourhood, a decision that followed an August standoff pitting young, longtime residents against workers at online companies Dropbox and Airbnb. Canada.com

women's world football

Wambach scores twice, U.S. women top Haiti to advance to semis in World Cup qualifying
The U.S women's soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. Of course, the Americans should beat Haiti by a bunch of goals. And, of course, the Haitians are going to park themselves in front of their own net to keep the score as respectable as possible. TSN

Once cash-strapped Trinidad and Tobago close to World Cup berth after win over Guatemala
The Trinidad and Tobago women's soccer team — which didn't have enough money for lunch when it arrived in the U.S. nearly two weeks ago — advanced to the semifinals of World Cup qualifying Monday after a 2-1 win over Guatemala in the CONCACAF championship. TSN

Bayern hit the front, Lyon and Paris march in step
The field began to thin out in the UEFA Women’s Champions League as Europe’s top teams performed flawlessly to reach the last 16. Meanwhile, Perth Glory extended their winning streak in Australia’s W-League, Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain cemented their position at the top of the table in France, and Germany welcomed a new league leader. FIFA

world football

Blatter is not serving football anymore, says Platini
UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying the Swiss has stopped serving the cause of football. "Sepp is not the president of FIFA anymore. He is FIFA," Frenchman Platini, whose book "Let's Talk About Football" was released this week, told sports daily L'Equipe. Yahoo!

Madrid's trip to Anfield tops bill
The meeting of Liverpool and Real Madrid, who have 15 European Cups between them, is the pick of the games on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League. All the action previewed. FIFA

Verona stadium partly closed for racist chants
Hellas Verona has been ordered to play its next home match in Serie A with one end of its stadium closed because of fan racism. The Italian league also fined Verona 50,000 euros (nearly $65,000) for racist chants directed at AC Milan and Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari, plus 3,000 euros (nearly $4,000) for fan insults toward the referee. Sportsnet

Ex-Barcelona president loses bribe appeal
Former Barcelona club president Jose Nunez has lost an appeal to a court verdict that sentenced him to two years and two months of prison after being found guilty of bribing tax inspectors. Sportsnet

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