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Welcome to the first of our new "Special Series" section on issues impacting Soccer and youth sport. Over the next few days, BC Soccer Web will explore the current concerns over concussions in sport. The threat of Sport Concussions poses a real risk to the future of youth & recreational sports in North America and beyond. How sport organizations deal with treatment and prevention issues could have a wide ranging effect on participation numbers in youth sports. In this series, BC Soccer Web will present some of the best resources and recent articles addressing this important concern.

Concussion - keeping your head in the game - Roland Fletcher
A diagnosis of concussion (or mild traumatic brain injury) is often made once a Physician or other appropriately trained health care provider rules out any other serious or severe head injury.  In a concussion, part of the injury is due to a metabolic change (energy deficiency).  Scans such as MRI’s and CT’s may be normal.

Head Shots: Concussion policy needed to protect kids who play sports — and those who are afraid to - Vancouver Sun
“We need to do something about concussions before fear destroys sport participation in kids,” he says. “Only a minority of kids will be excited about golf or swimming laps in the pool. They want to play on sports teams; they want to compete against other kids. We want kids to be active instead of gaming or getting fat. It’s so important for their health, so they don’t develop chronic disease.” - Dr. Pierre Fremont, chair of the Canadian Concussion Collaborative

BC Soccer News, Thursday, November 25, 2015


Whitecaps FC defender Sam Adekugbe training with Brighton - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that defender Sam Adekugbe is training with English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. until December 20 as part of his ongoing development.

Scouting the SuperDraft with Alan Koch - Whitecaps FC
It’s still early – the 2016 MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for January 14 in Baltimore, Maryland and MLS has yet to announce the list of collegiate prospects signed to MLS contracts – but we recently caught up with Koch to get an update on the club’s preparations.

How big of a hill do FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls have to climb? - MLS
We know that going down two goals in a two-leg series is not a good thing, but what odds, exactly, do teams face in coming back from that deficit?

Sporting KC announces roster moves - Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City announced on Wednesday that the following players will be out of contract with the club as of Dec. 31, 2015: Jon Kempin, Mikey Lopez, Soni Mustivar, Paulo Nagamura and Seth Sinovic. The club will extend offers to each of those players and contract negotiations are ongoing.

Report: Junior Flemmings says he will join New York Red Bulls in January - Once a Metro
He didn't actually say "signed", not as far as this listener can tell from repeated playing of the audio of an interview young Jamaican Junior Flemmings gave in his home country shortly after tallying his fifth goal of the current Red Stripe Premier League season. What he actually said was he would be leaving Jamaica in January to "take part in the New York Red Bulls" - or that's what I hear over the not inconsiderable background noise on the tape.

Report: MLS to take break during group stage of Copa America Centenario - MLS reported on Tuesday that MLS is unlikely to schedule any games during the group stage of the Copa America Centenario, a special, one-off tournament that will be played in the US from June 3-26. MLS is no stranger to hitting the pause button during big international tournaments, as it has done so for the group stages of the last two World Cups.

Sacramento City Council to vote on term sheet for soccer stadium  - Sacramento Bee
In an attempt to show Major League Soccer that political and civic support exists for a new soccer stadium in Sacramento’s downtown railyard, Republic FC and city officials will bring a preliminary term sheet to the City Council next week outlining plans for a 25,000-seat stadium project costing $226 million.

MLS is tougher than Premier League: Drogba - Reuters
Major League Soccer (MLS) offers a tougher challenge than the English Premier League and will soon be one of the best domestic competitions in world football, according to Chelsea great Didier Drogba.

How the remaining MLS Cup Playoff clubs are doing Thanksgiving - MLS
A shot at MLS Cup hangs in the balance for all of these teams, and no result is set in stone--so everyone needs to come in at full fitness. There's just a little thing to get through before that, though: Thanksgiving. So how is each remaining playoffs team dealing with the U.S. holiday traditionally celebrated with a carb-fest of gluttony and sloth? The Sideline found out.

2015 Toronto FC Season Review - Red Nation Online
During the last three years on RedNation Online I have done a season preview for each Canadian MLS club and an end of the season review looking at how the season played out, comparing it with my preseason analysis and explaining what each club should do in my opinion to prepare for the next season. This year for the first time I get to write about three playoff teams, which is very much a positive outcome, although all three Canadian clubs need to improve to challenge for the MLS championship and secure themselves as a top franchises in the league.

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Cowichan stays in high gear in the VISL’s top division - Times Colonist
Undefeated Cowichan FC (9-0-2) added to their wealth in the Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 1. Star striker Craig Gorman, who graduated from his CIS soccer career this month from the Canada West runner-up University of Victoria Vikes, has joined defending Jackson Cup-champion Cowichan as his VISL club.

Nelson sets record with dramatic finish - Cowichan Valley Citizen
With 15 goals in the first 10 games of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season, it was inevitable that Paddy Nelson would set a new scoring record for the Cowichan Div. 1 men’s team. Exactly how dramatic the record 16th goal would be, no one could have guessed.

Sabres fall in provincial soccer final - Kamloops This Week
The Sa-Hali Sabres fell 2-0 to Okanagan Mission Huskies in the championship final of the B.C. AA Soccer Championships on Wednesday, capturing the school’s second consecutive silver medal in boys’ soccer on the provincial stage.

Donate Clothing & Athletic Gear This Friday At SFU West Gym - SFU
Clan student-athletes are asking the Simon Fraser University community and their fans to donate gently-used clothing and athletic gear to help those families in need through its annual clothing drive.

Two B.C. silvers for Thompson Okanagan Football Club - Kelowna Capital News
Neither Thompson Okanagan Football Club team came out on top, but both still made history by reaching the B.C. Soccer Premier League Cup finals.

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Canadian women’s team trying out youngsters - Sportsnet
The journey has begun for some youngsters who are getting their first taste of training with the Canadian senior women’s team this month in Vancouver. Coach John Herdman refers to the group as “mavericks” and wants to challenge them to see if they have what it takes to suit up with Christine Sinclair, Erin McLeod, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson, longtime pillars of the national squad.

Schedule set for 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston Dash
The schedule for the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, including nine games at BBVA Compass Stadium, has been set after the Final Draw was held in Miami today. The home of the Houston Dash and Dynamo will host six group stage games, both semifinal matches, and the championship game.

2015 Young Players Of The Year - League1 Ontario
Congratulations to ANB Futbol's Adonijah Reid and Woodbridge Strikers' Jessica Lisi, the 2015 League1 Ontario Young Players of the Year.

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Victor Blasco taking it “step by step” with Vancouver Whitecaps after impressing in first USL season - AFTN
Another purpose behind WFC2, however, is to have a look at other younger talent from outwith Canada, to see if the ‘Caps can unearth some hidden gems to move up to the first team. A player that will seize his chance to shine in the lower leagues and turn some heads along the way. Spanish winger Victor Blasco most certainly shone in that category this past season.

Sahil Sandhu's journey from Vancouver Whitecaps FC and back again - Whitecaps FC
From emerging as a talented young prospect, to fearing his soccer dreams may be over, Sandhu is now back playing with WFC2 and enjoying every minute of the game he loves. He’s learned many lessons along the way, and he has a message for every aspiring young player out there. “Don’t take it for granted.”

FC Edmonton announces signing of striker Keegan, re-signing of defender Edward - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announced, Nov. 26, the signing of striker Jake Keegan as well as the re-signing of defender Eddie Edward, pending league approval. As per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Indy Eleven’s New NPSL Club Brings a Positive Future in Indianapolis - Midfield Press
On November 16th 2015, Indy Eleven announced the addition of Former NPSL Club Indiana Fire to join the Eleven family, beginning in the 2016 season following a successful 2015 campaign finishing with a Midwest title. So, what does this mean for the future of the Eleven? Let’s look at some possibilities from the Fire rebranding.

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Seattle Reign FC announced today that the club has signed Swedish midfielder Antonia Göransson. Göransson will join Reign FC prior to the start of the 2016 season, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) completed a trade with the Houston Dash today, receiving a fourth round pick (No. 36 overall) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft and natural third round pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft from the Dash. In exchange for the two draft selections, Houston has acquired the rights to forward Chioma Ubogagu.

NCAA: After rolling into Elite 8, is this Penn State’s year? - The Equalizer
Since the NCAA tournament began, no other team has run the table more convincingly against the opponents it’s faced than the Nittany Lions. The team scored 15 goals in those contests while allowing none. Only one other team in the Elite Eight has registered three clean sheets so far in the tournament: Florida State. But Penn State has recorded five more goals in than the Seminoles in that time.

U-20 WNT Head Coach Michelle French Names Roster for Womens World Cup Qualifying - USSF
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, to be held from Dec. 3-13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Preview: Adelaide United v Sydney FC - Westfield W-League
A few years back Sydney FC would have been hot favourites going into this fixture but times have changed in the Westfield W-League. Adelaide United, despite having never reaching the competition’s final series, currently sit in second and look extremely solid at the head of the chasing pack behind runaway leaders Melbourne City.

UWCL: Friday's live quarter-final draw: The lowdown - UEFA
The quarter-final draw is streamed live at 13.30CET on Friday and has the lowdown on the eight contenders, this season's key numbers and possible rematches.

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Man United draw, PSG and Juventus qualify; Ronaldo earns Madrid win - ESPN FC
Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, meaning their Champions League hopes will depend on the final group game away at Wolfsburg.

Manchester United could rue blown chances in CL - Sportsnet
It was far from a football exhibition at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash between Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven.

Another disappointing European night for Man City. On Repeat. - TSN
It was another painful night in Europe for Manchester City. Five years into the competition, players and managers have come and gone, yet we still wait for a real defining moment of real quality from a team that has been put together with an incredible amount of money.

UEFA confirms Zagreb player positive for steroids - Sportsnet
UEFA has confirmed that Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi was banned after testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

America on course for Apertura semis, Tigres win late through Alvarez - ESPN FC
Club America will take a three-goal advantage over Leon into the Liga MX Apertura 2015 quarterfinal second leg on Saturday, after defeating La Fiera 4-1 in the first leg on Wednesday.

Concerns over Diego Costa force Chelsea to consider striker search - The Guardian
Chelsea will spend the next few weeks considering their options in the winter transfer window before determining whether to target a striker amid growing concerns over Diego Costa.

Real Madrid leads the way in World XI nominees - Goal
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar among the names on FIFPro and FIFA's 55-man shortlist for the 2015 World XI.

Newcastle players and staff involved in angry training ground exchanges as Steve McClaren fury grows - The Telegraph
Newcastle United manager incensed by manner of defeat to Leicester and clashes between his staff and players have been described as 'extremely heated'

Jack Grealish dropped from Aston Villa’s matchday squad for Watford match  - The Guardian
Rémi Garde has dropped Jack Grealish from Aston Villa’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Watford after the 20-year-old was pictured in a nightclub in Manchester only hours after playing in the 4-0 defeat to Everton.

Attack forces African Confederation Cup time change - Sportsnet
Tunisian organizers have been allowed to change the kickoff time for a continental cup final this weekend to give fans the chance to attend after a state of emergency was declared and a curfew imposed because of Tuesday’s deadly bomb attack.

Chile FF president in Miami after resigning amid FIFA probe - AP
Chilean state TV aired images late Monday of Jadue walking the streets of Miami Beach, Florida in sandals, a T-shirt, and shorts. In the first images since he left Chile, Jadue was not guarded by police or bodyguards, and he was not visibly wearing an ankle bracelet. He declined to speak on camera.

Paris attacks: Away fans banned in French football until mid-December - BBC Sport
The Interior Ministry has extended the ban due to a "lack of police forces available" during the ongoing state of emergency and upcoming climate summit.

Player development: Real and Barca lead Europe, Saints top Premier League - Inside World Football
Real Madrid Castilla top the table of clubs that have developed players under the age of 23 and are playing in one of Europe's Big-5 leagues. Looking just at the English Premier League, Southampton have developed most players, followed by Aston Villa and Ajax in third spot.

Busting some myths and inaccuracies regarding youth development in soccer - ESPN FC
The fact of the matter is that we see youth training as virtuous and desirable -- the "right" way of doing things. It's an article of faith. So when the numbers decline, the alarm bells go off.

FIFA recovers and donates 48 luxury watches to non-profit organization - Kelowna Daily Courier
FIFA ethics committee has donated 48 luxury watches it recovered from soccer officials to a non-profit organization. During a FIFA congress organized on the eve of last year's World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian confederation (CBF) distributed gift bags with the watches to football officials including members of FIFA's executive committee.

Qatar launches inquiry after heavy rains expose poor construction - The Guardian
The scale of the disruption was especially worrying as Qatar has undertaken a $200bn infrastructure programme to ensure it is ready for the World Cup in 2022. Qatar is well known for its fierce summer temperatures, which forced organisers to move the tournament to November and December for the first time.

Jürgen Klopp: I wanted to be a doctor. I think I’ve still got ‘helper syndrome’ - The Guardian
In an ebook published in English for the first time on Thursday, the Liverpool manager reveals he lives for the moment, why football is deadly serious but only for 90 minutes and why the cult of Klopp is a fallacy.

BC Soccer News, Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Whitecaps FC to play in 2016 Desert Friendlies hosted by FC Tucson - Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC players will report for the start of camp and medical testing on Saturday, January 23 before a week of on-field training in Vancouver from Sunday, January 24 through Friday, January 29. The team travels to Arizona on Sunday, January 31 and will be back in Vancouver on Wednesday, February 10.

MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016 - Soccer America
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert Friendlies and FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Tournament will again be held at Kino North Stadium.

Whitecaps Shut out of MLS Awards as Carl Robinson Loses to Jesse Marsch - Eighty-Six Forever
Major League Soccer has announced that New York Red Bulls Coach Jesse Marsch has been named the 2015 Coach of the Year, which means Whitecaps skipper Carl Robinson will be going home empty handed.

Jesse Marsch wins MLS Coach of the Year - Empire of Soccer
Jesse Marsch has won Major League Soccer’s Coach of the Year award after leading the New York Red Bulls to the Supporters’ Shield in his first season with the club.

Not vindication, but Coach of the Year Jesse Marsch proved himself by leading New York Red Bulls in 2015 - MLS
He wasn’t the coach expected to lead the 2015 New York Red Bulls, but Jesse Marsch ended up being the perfect fit for a team in turmoil. Now, in their 20th season, the Red Bulls (née MetroStars) have yet another first, as Marsch claimed MLS Coach of the Year honors, the first in club history to do so. While it is an individual award, Marsch was quick to heap praise on those around him.

Kei Kamara’s long road home - FIFA
Kei Kamara wears a big smile. He is playful with kids and fans, always the last man out signing autographs even when temperatures drop below freezing in his adoptive home of Columbus, Ohio. That smile grew even bigger during a recent game. A 2015 MVP frontrunner, Major League Soccer all-star and league top-scorer, Kamara admitted to being a little star-struck.

Orlando City, New England Revolution announce roster moves; Tally Hall, Corey Ashe contract options declined - MLS
Early moves of the MLS offseason hit the wire on Wednesday, with the New England Revolution and Orlando City announcing a slew of roster decisions.

Report: Michael Bradley Considering Serie A Loan in January - Waking the Red
Like him or hate him, one thing is certain about Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley: he likes to play soccer. The 28-year-old plays every opportunity he gets: be it a league game, cup game or for his country. It is no surprise, then, that the long MLS offseason has Bradley restless. Today, in an interview with Gazetta World, Bradley said that he is considering a return to Serie A on loan.

Bradley Wright-Phillips eyes Prem loan amid Bournemouth interest - sources - ESPN FC
New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is keen on a loan move to the Premier League during the Major League Soccer off-season with Bournemouth expressing an interest, sources have told ESPN FC.

Steven Gerrard confirms he will train with former club Liverpool next week  - The Guardian
Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will train with his former club Liverpool next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Jürgen Klopp. The LA Galaxy midfielder has ruled out a return to a playing role with Liverpool and is only training at Melwood during the MLS close season.

Report: Rapids in talks with Carlos Vela - SBI
Carlos Vela has long been rumored to be MLS-bound, and it appears that the Colorado Rapids have emerged as the most likely destination. Reports from Bola VIP state that the Mexican international is in talks with the Rapids over a potential deal that could take shape as soon as next month.

Gabriel Brener on verge of Houston Dynamo majority ownership - FOX 26 Sports Houston
Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is on the verge of becoming the new majority owner of the franchise according to Major League Soccer sources. Brener, who owns 25 per cent of the franchise, is in the process of joining with two other investors to buy out current majority owner Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns 50 per cent.

David Beckham plans for Little Havana stadium in question  - Miami Herald
David Beckham may be one of the world’s biggest celebrities, but his star power hasn’t mattered much when it comes to finding a home for a pro soccer stadium in Miami. On Tuesday, the British footballer’s latest proposal to build next to Marlins Park baseball stadium appeared to be in jeopardy.

TFC season review, part V: Where do we go from here - 24th Minute
After nine seasons it’s hard to be rational. Jokes about Mista and, well, Mista mostly come easier than the stark reality of TFC losing by a combined 8-0 in its two biggest games of its history. The Toronto Football Club has not been a model franchise in Major League Soccer. Well, on the pitch anyway. The boys in New York are happy with the loonies the club keeps shipping down to them, even if they are 30 per cent smaller than they were a few years ago.

NY Red Bulls announce 24/7 radio channel – Red Bulls Radio – via TuneIn - NY Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls announced today the launch of the team’s new 24/7 radio channel – Red Bulls Radio – via TuneIn. The Red Bulls are the first team in Major League Soccer to have their own 24/7 radio channel on TuneIn.

Soccer commissioner apologizes for taking 'cheap shot' at Chattanooga - Times Free Press
Don Garber: "While recently discussing promotion and relegation, I made some inappropriate comments about Chattanooga," Garber said.  "I commend all of the soccer fans in Tennessee and the Southeast for their record-breaking support of Chattanooga FC, and apologize to the passionate supporters of the club."

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BC Soccer Web Feature Matches, November 24 – December 1, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
As November winds up, the contenders start to stand out from the pretenders in the local senior leagues, and the bottom of the tables see clubs scrambling already to avoid being mentioned in upcoming relegation battles. MLS Cup Conference Finals wrap up on Sunday, and we shift our focus to compelling matches in the VMSL, FVSL, VISL & LIWSA. Thanks again to Devon Rowcliffe for his selection of lower division matches to catch this week.

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FVSL PHOTO GALLERY: PMO Lordco Gunners 3 Aldergrove Utd. 0, Nov.20, 2015 - BC Soccer Web
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Soccer facility proposed for South Surrey Athletic Park - Surrey Leader
A new indoor soccer training facility could be on the way at South Surrey Athletic Park. Information on the proposed joint venture between the City of Surrey and the South-Surrey based Coastal FC soccer club will be released to the public Wednesday during an open house from 6-8 p.m. at the Rotary Field House.

Oak Bay boys hope to end provincial soccer title drought - Times Colonist
In any provincial high school championship, the objective remains the same. “The goal is to win, baby,” Oak Bay Bays coach Richard Fast said with a hearty chuckle.

Villa claims home victory against Saanich squad - Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa found their footing at home to beat Saanich’s Lakehill United 2-0 on Sunday, November 22. After two weeks off due to a rain cancellation and a forfeit, the Powell River club were ready to defend their home territory to the second-ranked team in Division 2.

Wildcats blank JdF to remain undefeated - Sooke News Mirror
The Sooke Wildcats remain undefeated and in first place after a 2-0 convincing win over Juan de Fuca in Lower Island Soccer League Girls U15 play on Saturday.

TOFC clubs fall in Premier League Cup finals - Kamloops This Week
For the first time in franchise history, the Thompson Okanagan Football Club had two teams in the finals at the B.C. Soccer Premier League Cup Finals.

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Canadian midfielder Trafford joins Polish club - Sportsnet
Charlie Trafford’s great Finnish adventure is over. Trafford has spent most of his entire professional career playing in Finland, but the Canadian midfielder announced on Tuesday he has signed a one-and-half-year deal with Korona Kielce of the Ekstraklasa, Poland’s top division.

Pryce, Moreira Selected to Canadian Under-20 National Team Roster - Pittsburgh Panthers
Pitt women’s soccer players Taylor Pryce (Thornhill, Ontario/Bill Crothers Secondary) and Ashley Moreira (Maple, Ontario/St. Joan of Arc) have been selected to the Canadian Women’s National EXCEL Program’s under-20 final roster for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships to be held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, beginning December 3.

Foothills F.C. aiming for spot in Major League Soccer - The Gauntlet
Soccer is thriving in North America. As Canadian youth participation rates steadily rise, Major League Soccer continues to bring in legitimate stars from established soccer nations, bolstering respect for the game on a continent already enthralled with a long list of other sports. Calgary is hoping to join that wave of success, as the city’s new semi-professional team, Calgary Foothills F.C., continues to make progress on their path to joining the MLS.

2015 Defenders Of The Year - League1 Ontario
Dominic Samuel proved to be a very dynamic centre back for Sigma FC, providing both hard-nosed defending as well as a dangerous attacking option.

Whistle Bend sports complex back before Whitehorse council - CBC
New city councillor Samson Hartland revived a rezoning application that the previous council rejected in April. The rezoning would allow the Yukon government to move ahead with plans to build two outdoor soccer pitches and an eight-lane running track.

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Baby steps for Eddies captain Albert Watson and family - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton captain Albert Watson and wife Alison recently welcomed their first child, Scarlett Elizabeth Watson to the world, putting things into perspective for the Northern Ireland native who is about to embark on his fourth campaign with the Eddies.

Senna, Szetela played Soccer Bowl Final – with broken toes - Empire of Soccer
Fans and media marveled at the play of 39-year-old Marcos Senna in the final two matches of his New York Cosmos career. And that was before anyone knew he was hurt!

Tony Meola Lands In Right Opportunity In Jacksonville To Make Head Coaching Debut - NASL
Tony Meola has spent his entire life immersed in soccer. He’s been a goalkeeper at the game’s highest level as a member of three World Cup rosters for the U.S. men’s national team. He's also coached at the youth national team level and has spent the last several years in broadcasting on television and radio. Meola, though, was hesitant at first to step into the coaching ranks.

RailHawks Take Flight: Is a new team name just around the corner? - Triangle Soccer Fanatics
In some of his first interviews after acquiring the Carolina RailHawks, new owner Steve Malik has suggested that he likes the RailHawks name, but thinks a rebranding could be in order.  This morning, it has come to light that Carolina FC LLC, the parent company of the RailHawks has registered a trademark on "Carolina Flight" and acquired the domain name

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Wambach headlines USWNT roster for final Victory Tour matches - SBI
Wabach is among 28 players named to the final USWNT roster for the team’s Victory Tour, which concludes with four December matches. The U.S. will take on Trinidad & Tobago in a pair of games on Dec. 6 and Dec. 10 before facing off with China on Dec. 13 and Dec. 16 to close out a World Cup-winning 2015.

Bronze and Aluko out to prove beating Germany was 'no fluke' - The FA
England Women’s duo Lucy Bronze and Eniola Aluko are both aware of the significance of Thursday’s match against Germany in Duisburg.

Women's Euro 2017 Qualifying Scores - UEFA
Latest results and fixtures in a week of Women's Euro 2017 Qualifiers.

The Lowdown: XI NWSL things to be thankful for - The Equalizer
I’m not normally one to cover personal matters in my column, but it’s the middle of the offseason and the start of the holiday season is upon us.  So what the heck.  Here are XI things pertaining to my coverage of NWSL that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

Seattle Reign FC announced today that the club has signed Dutch international forward Gabriëlla "Manon" Melis. Melis will join Reign FC prior to the start of the 2016 season, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Puerto Rico women find success with Avedissian - CONCACAF
Garabet Avedissian is already starting to do for Puerto Rico women’s football what he accomplished for Costa Rica. The 56-year-old Uruguayan guided the Central American nation to its first berth in the FIFA Women's World Cup thanks to a runner-up finish in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, where they lost to the United States in the final. He also led the under-20 squad to a third-place finish in the 2014 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and a ticket to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

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Champions League: Lionel Messi return lifts Barcelona into knockout rounds - CBC
Lionel Messi scored his first two goals after a two-month injury layoff and Luis Suarez netted a brace in a 6-1 rout of Roma on Tuesday as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds for a 12th consecutive season.

Barcelona look unstoppable with Messi back - Sportsnet
On a day with goals galore and a number of blowouts it was Barcelona’s demolition of Roma at the Camp Nou that stood out the most. The Catalans were merciless in shipping six goals past the Giallorossi, as Lionel Messi bagged a brace in his first start in close to two months following an injury layoff.

Keylor Navas: Real Madrid players 'hurting' after Clasico humiliation - ESPN FC
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said the club's players "are really hurting" after Saturday's humiliation at the hands of Barcelona. Madrid, who have lost their last two La Liga games, were thrashed 4-0 by their arch rivals in the Bernabeu Clasico.

Lazio's Keita Balde Diao aiming for Rio with Senegal - BBC Sport
Lazio's Keita Balde Diao has told BBC Sport playing for Senegal will make him "a great player", as he committed to the Teranga Lions over Spain.

Man United's Luke Shaw thanks PSV fans for banner before Old Trafford tie - ESPN FC
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has praised PSV Eindhoven fans for a "thoughtful" banner as he continues his recovery ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Man Utd, Bayern, PSG, Barca and Real suck up the Euro cash leaving scraps for the poor - Inside World Football
The revenue gap between Europe's big five leagues and the rest is getting bigger and within those leagues the big five teams in each league are getting even bigger at the expense of their domestic rivals.

Celtic v Dundee in the United States - the pros and cons - BBC Sport
The idea ought to be fully explored, though, since a lack of innovative thinking has been a long-standing criticism of the executives in charge of Scottish football.

St Pauli pay €1.3m to buy back rights to famous skull and crossbones logo - The Guardian
St Pauli have won back the lucrative marketing rights to their famous skull and crossbones logo, after a five-year legal battle with their merchandising partners.

FC Santa Claus reveal their new kits ahead of the upcoming festive season - ESPN FC
It's very nearly that time of year again and in the interest of dragging you kicking and screaming into the festive spirit, we thought we'd bring you an update from everybody's favourite Christmas-themed football club.

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