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Selected games to watch from British Columbia's top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
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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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Saturday October 25

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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24 October 1984
Canada falls 2:3 to Morocco in a Men’s International Friendly match in Rabat. Colin Miller scores his first goal for Canada on a free kick.
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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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friday, october 24, 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps seeking triple crown on Saturday night
This Saturday night’s regular season finale at BC Place against the Colorado Rapids promises to be a special one. If the Vancouver Whitecaps win the match, fans are guaranteed to be celebrating an auspicious triple crown which includes the Cascadia Cup, CONCACAF Champion’s League qualification, and a place in the Major League Soccer playoffs. The first two have been achieved, but the last is still at stake. Whitecaps Fan

Whitecaps want to win their way into playoffs
The Vancouver Whitecaps might as well hang a giant NO HELP WANTED banner off of B.C. Place on Saturday. This is a team that wants to win its way into the playoffs. The Province

Morales’ worth to Whitecaps recognized by fans
While their season hangs in the balance going into the weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC gathered the media, invitees, and supporters in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon for the club’s 2014 player awards. Goal

Pedro Morales says he’s in it for the long run
Pedro Morales envisions being a Vancouver Whitecap for at least another four years. As for his fellow midfield linchpin, Matias Laba? “Mati will be here as long as I’m here,” says head coach Carl Robinson said of the young Argentine. “If I’m here for one year, Mati will be here, if I’m here for 10 years, Mati will be here for 10 years.” Vancouver Sun

Life after soccer: Catching up with Jay DeMerit ahead of Saturday's retirement ceremony
Three months ago, Jay DeMerit hung up his boots after an improbable and inspirational 10-year professional career. On Saturday, he says goodbye. DeMerit, Vancouver’s first signing and captain in Major League Soccer, will be honoured ahead of Whitecaps FC’s regular season finale at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

TFC’s Henry sold to Cypriot club, loaned back
In a bit of a shocker, coach Greg Vanney told members of the media that Canadian defender Doneil Henry was sold to a club in Cyprus earlier this season, and that team then loaned him directly back to TFC for the duration of the 2014 Major League Soccer campaign. Sportsnet

Toronto FC's Defoe shoots back at his critics
Jermain Defoe is perturbed. On Thursday, the Toronto FC striker spoke out against his growing number of critics who have questioned the legitimacy of an abdominal injury that has sidelined him for a significant portion of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. TSN

Mother at the centre of Jermain Defoe drama: Sources
Powerful voices in soccer on both sides of the ocean cautioned Toronto FC against cracking open the vault for Jermain Defoe late last year. They weren’t down on Defoe, the English striker who consistently electrified the Premier League with an astronomical strike rate. Instead, they warned about Defoe the overtly loyal son; Defoe the mamma’s boy. Toronto Sun

Defoe's feelings are hurt. And TFC's being TFC
Jermain Defoe's been reading what you've said about him and he's not happy. And he's a bit of a liar. And apparently a momma's boy. Wheeeeeeeeee! Waking the Red

No Pressure: LA Galaxy confident and relaxed ahead of Supporters’ Shield-deciding clash with Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC boast one of the most electric and intimidating stadium atmospheres in Major League Soccer, but the roaring crowds at CenturyLink Field have done little to deter the LA Galaxy from success in Seattle. LA Galaxy

Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando claims league-best fifth Save of the Week award with point-blank denial
Rimando collected the second-to-last Save of the Week award and his league-best fifth of the season for his superb point-blank denial of Darlington Nagbe in Real Salt Lake's scoreless draw away to the Portland Timbers. MLS

New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen the runaway winner in Week 32's AT&T Goal of the Week race
Lee Nguyen scored the game-winner against the Houston Dynamo this past weekend, but it was the first tally in his two-goal performance that was the clear choice for the AT&T Goal of the Week. Nguyen handily won the Week 32 award on Friday. MLS

Another MLS flop in Central America
Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss to advance, fell at Olimpia of Honduras to exit Concacaf Champions League, Sporting Kansas City exited when it lost to Saprissa of Costa Rica, 2-0. Only two MLS clubs survived the group stage, the fewest since 2011, and only one U.S. entrant, No. 1 seed D.C. United, is still alive, the fewest since 2010. Soccer America

CONCACAF Champions League: DC United, Montreal Impact to face Alajuelense, Pachuca in quarterfinals
D.C. United and the Montreal Impact will be flying the flag for MLS when the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals begin early next year, and now know who they will face following the conclusion of the group stage. MLS

Portland Timbers plan stadium revamp to boost capacity
The Portland Timbers have a plan to increase stadium capacity by eliminating 6,000 fixed seats tied to their supporters group at Providence Park. The theory behind the project: Addition by subtraction at a sold-out facility with a waiting list of 10,000 for season tickets, according to Mike Golub, the team’s president of business operations. Sport Business Daily

Langley United director to stay on five years
Langley United Soccer Association will have its technical director on board for another five years. Mark Parker have agreed on a five-year extension to his contract to direct all aspects of the club’s growth and development in all areas soccer. The contract was signed recently and continues through to 2019. Langley Advance

university soccer

Thunderbirds open Canada West playoffs Friday versus UBC Okanagan
It is the playoff time in Canada West soccer and the two-time defending CIS Champion UBC Thunderbirds will play host to UBC Okanagan Friday night in the Canada West quarter-finals. UBC

Clan men hold off the Crusaders in 1-0 victory
The Simon Fraser University men's earned a much needed win on the road Thursday, defeating Northwest Nazarene 1-0. The Clan entered the match as the underdogs, hoping to upset the Crusaders who currently rank fifth in the West Region rankings, three spots above Simon Fraser in a tie for eighth. SFU

Late Goal By Wildcats Sinks Clan Women
Central Washington University freshman forward Mackenzie Nolte scored her second goal of the game midway through the second half to lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over Simon Fraser University Clan in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Thursday evening on Terry Fox Field. SFU

Caps In College 2014: McKendry and Irving make Top 100, UBC starting postseason in search of the threepeat and SFU climb the rankings
The new season has proved a mixed bag for Vancouver Whitecaps Residency alumni in NCAA so far, but still a lot to play for as we get into the Conference championship matches and the playoffs. There's been a few goals scored by former Caps and some accolades handed out to. AFTN2

the local game

Pegasus unbeatable in VMSL Premier Division
Even when shorthanded, ICST Pegasus is playing perfect soccer. The Vancouver Metro Soccer League team ran its Premier Division record to a perfect 7-0-0 (won-tied-lost) with a 3-1 victory over Surrey rival CCBRT Friday night at Newton Athletic Park. The Leader

team canada

Canadian men’s soccer ties worst ever ranking
Canada has never been lower on the world soccer ladder and now finds itself looking up at such minnows as St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, and Antigua and Barbuda. Metro

CANWNT readies for first of two games against world champions Japan
It’s been almost a year since Canada’s Women’s National Team last was on the field in Edmonton when they played Korea Republic in a women’s international friendly at Commonwealth Stadium. As Canada prepared for that game, they braved frigid sub-zero temperatures but as the prepared for Saturday’s friendly against Japan, it was under much warmer conditions. CSA

Sinclair: ''We're going to have to bring our best''
Christine Sinclair tees up Canada's friendly against Japan on Saturday and talks about how the defending World Cup champions are much tougher to beat now more than ever. TSN

Herdman: ‘Japan pose stern test for Canada’
Canadian women’s coach John Herdman joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Friday morning to talk about the team’s friendly vs Japan in Edmonton on Saturday. Sportsnet

2015 fifa women's world cup canada

Five spots to be decided in six days of FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ Qualifiers 
This time next week, there will be only two spots remaining for the 24-nation FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. Over the course of a six-day span - from 24 through 29 October - there will be a bevy of Qualifiers that will confirm five finalists from CONCACAF, Africa and Oceania.

Soccer star wants equal fields for women
The first woman inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame is weighing in on the controversial decision to use artificial turf in Vancouver during the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Carrie Serwetnyk is a former Canadian national player and the founder of Equal Play FC, an organization that works to give female soccer players the same opportunities as men. 24 Hours

women's world football

Women’s shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 revealed
Who will be the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football for 2014? FIFA and France Football have today announced the names of the players and coaches on the shortlists for these awards. FIFA

world football

Drone-disrupted soccer match awarded to Serbia by UEFA
UEFA is awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week. CBC

Outrageous goal from Tottenham's Erik Lamela lights up Europa League
Erik Lamela's outrageous goal in a big win for Tottenham illuminated the third round of Europa League group-stage matches, in which Fiorentina and Dynamo Moscow maintained their perfect starts to the competition. TSN

Suspected Champions League match fixers arrested
Eight people have been arrested in Latvia on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year. Two players from Latvian champion Daugavpils, one of the teams involved, were among those arrested, police spokesman Dairis Anucins said on Friday. Sportsnet

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

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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.

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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

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