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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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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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This Day in Football History

22 October 1969
Tommy Gemmell while playing for Scotland against West Germany, became the first player from one of the British Home Nations to be sent of in a World Cup qualifying match.
(Association of Football Statisticians)

Inter FC - 1-3 Langley FC Hurricanes
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - October 18, 2014 - Trillium Park, Vancouver BC
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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

monday, october 20, 2014

Whitecaps, Earthquakes battle to goalless draw
David Ousted made three saves and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Saturday night to regain sole possession of the fifth and final Western Conference playoff position. CBC

Whitecaps draw a blank in San Jose but get the vital point they needed
You can never rely on Vancouver Whitecaps to do things the easy way, but with one game left of the MLS regular season, their destiny lies once again entirely in their own hands, after a pretty uneventful 0-0 draw at San Jose Earthquakes. AFTN

Whitecaps control playoff fate, but trouble lurks
Even if the Whitecaps make it into the post-season, it will be difficult to see where a steady source of goals is to come from. Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh and Sebastian Fernandez all have their attributes, but none of them have been prolific or clinical this season and to believe they’re set to kick into another gear now would be a bit naive. Sportsnet

Whitecaps eyeing playoffs; success finally becoming a habit (Photo: Richard Howes)Whitecaps eyeing playoffs; success finally becoming a habit
The Whitecaps know a win at home against Colorado Rapids on Saturday (live on TSN) will ensure they finish fifth in the West and face a road trip to either Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas in the Western Conference Knockout Round. There are other scenarios as well - put simply, the 'Caps just need to match whatever result Portland Timbers gets at FC Dallas to finish above their Cascadia rivals. TSN

Vancouver Whitecaps ecstatic to clinch club's first CONCACAF Champions League berth
With the Canadian Championship being pushed back in the soccer calendar until the summer, beginning in 2015, the Canadian Soccer Association changed the qualification criteria into the 2015-16 Champions League for one year only, with the highest-placed MLS side automatically becoming Canada's representative. MLS

Vancouver Whitecaps, DC United join Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy in 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League
Just as playoff spots are finally being settled in the final weeks of the season, results in Week 32 mean that four of MLS' five representatives in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League have now been determined.  MLS

Have we reached peak Laba?
Anybody watching the recent Vancouver Whitecaps victory over the Seattle Sounders on TV will have surely noticed how impressed commentator Jason deVos was with the play of Matias Laba. Sure he gave the Man of the Match award to Kendall Waston and often remarked on the high energy play of Russell Teibert, but it was Laba’s interceptions that put a positive purr into the broadcaster’s voice. Soccer Shorts

Andy O'Brien enjoying the Whitecaps' team chemistry and "special dressing room"
Andy O’Brien has been around the professional game for approaching 20 years. He’s seen the good times and the bad, success and failure, and been at clubs with dressing room harmony and dressing room issues. So when he tells you that the current Vancouver Whitecaps locker room is "special", you know it is, and that is a factor being attributed to the Caps excellent run of form down the stretch. AFTN

Sounders complete comeback to draw Galaxy
Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle scored in the second half, rallying the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 tie with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night. Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas scored for the Galaxy, but the Sounders’ comeback means the Supporters’ Shield will be awarded after Saturday’s season finale between the clubs in Seattle. Sportsnet

Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield
The LA Galaxy looked to be coasting to victory in the first of its home-and-home series to decide the 2014 Supporters' Shield when the Seattle Sounders struck for two goals in three minutes to earn a deserved 2-2 tie that spoiled Landon Donovan's farewell regular-season match at StubHub Center and puts them in the driver's seat heading into next Saturday's decider at CenturyLink Field. Soccer America

Portland Timbers credit RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando after playoff hopes dented in scoreless draw (Photo: Real Salt Lake)Portland Timbers credit RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando after playoff hopes dented in scoreless draw
The Portland Timbers left just about everybody at Providence Park wondering how they didn’t nab just one goal Friday night against Real Salt Lake. The fans weren’t the only ones left scratching their heads in the scoreless draw. MLS

Impact-Toronto FC rivalry: From Tepid to Fiery with a touch of Mediocrity
If it was not before, it's a bloody big deal now. Even without Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley, the usual quiet affair has transformed itself into an intense game between two MLS foes. The 1-1 tie between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC has become more than just a game. Let's hope it stays this way. Mount Royal Soccer

Toronto FC: How to fix a broken sports franchise
Like a boorish guest reluctant to leave a party, Toronto FC won few friends this weekend. Outplayed for long stretches by the lowly Montreal Impact, the worst road team in MLS, Toronto was officially eliminated from post-season contention. Metro

Tifo trolling: Montreal Impact fans remind Toronto FC they've still never made MLS Cup Playoffs Tifo trolling: Montreal Impact fans remind Toronto FC they've still never made MLS Cup Playoffs
As a fan, seeing your closest rival lose or fail to qualify for the playoffs from afar is certainly a great feeling — epsecially if the team you support is having a rough year of their own. But aside from winning, nothing beats the satisfaction of being the ones to hammer the final nail into that coffin yourself. The Sideline

New York Red Bulls fail to produce effort as well as quality in "embarrassing" loss to Columbus Crew
From the open whistle, it was immediately clear that something just was not right. The New York Red Bulls suffered their first home defeat in 11 matches on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 to the Columbus Crew. But what was worse than the loss was the manner in which it came, as New York looked a shell of their recent selves from the onset. MLS

Langley United announces 5 year contract extension for Technical Director Mark Parker (Photo courtesy Lanley United SA)Langley United announces 5 year contract extension for Technical Director Mark Parker
Langley United Soccer Association and club and technical director 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.

$11M soccer centre annex opens in Calgary
It may have taken years, millions of dollars in funding and some “unbelievable drama,” but the Calgary Soccer Centre’s new annex and artificial turf fields are finally up and running for local athletes. MSN

youth soccer

BC Soccer Reassigns the BCSPL Fraser Valley FC Franchise to Langley FC
The BC Soccer Board of Directors has approved the reassignment of the BCSPL Fraser Valley FC franchise to one of its constituent partner clubs Langley FC. The reassignment will take immediate effect to the end of the 2015 season which is in line with the originally designated period of time granted to Fraser Valley FC. BC Soccer

university soccer

WolfPack Men’s Soccer Ends First Canada West Season With Tie and Much More
The inaugural season of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer program in the Canada West Athletic Conference ended the way it began: with some  fanfare. The WolfPack concluded the 2014 season on Sunday (Oct 19) with a 1-1 tie against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. TRU

team canada

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. CSA

women's world football

Portia Modise: South Africa's centurion in numbers
Portia Modise became the first African player to reach the elusive 100-goal barrier in international football on Saturday, when she scored her 99th and 100th goal in South Africa's important 5-1 victory against Algeria at the CAF African Women's Championship. FIFA

world football

FIFA says Russia’s 2018 World Cup in arena ‘ahead of schedule’
Russia is avoiding Brazil’s mistakes. That was the message as FIFA inspectors completed their tour of the arenas Russia is building for the 2018 World Cup – no delays here. Metro

Kuwait’s Qadsia claim maiden continental crown
Al Qadsia claimed the AFC Cup for the first time in their third appearance in the final in five years with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Iraq’s Arbil in Dubai on Saturday. FIFA

Embarrassed by losing 8-0, Sunderland players considering offering refund to fans
Embarrassed by losing 8-0 in a Premier League match, Sunderland's players are considering whether to refund the 2,500 supporters who made a 700-mile round trip to watch the defeat. Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says "I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for (fans') tickets and their trip." WFP

23-year-old Indian soccer player dies from injury sustained during goal celebration
The Mizoram Football Association says a 23-year-old Indian soccer player has died after injuring his spine while celebrating a goal with somersaults. Peter Biaksangzuala landed on his back while doing flips last Tuesday in the northeastern state of Mizoram. He died Sunday. WFP

Police detain 6 people after fan dies in confrontation before Brazilian league match
Brazilian police have detained six people after a confrontation that left a 21-year-old football fan dead this weekend, marking the third death involving rival supporter groups in Sao Paulo this year. WFP

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