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BC Soccer News, Weekend, November 17-19, 2017

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS

Marcel De Jong looking to build on strong end to season and re-sign with Whitecaps – “If it’s up to me, I’ll be here for the rest of my life” - AFTN
It’s been something of a strange season for Vancouver Whitecaps defender Marcel de Jong. The Canadian national team staple started the season on the fringes of the Whitecaps squad, playing minimal minutes for the first half of the year then thriving on a post Gold Cup resurgence that saw him unseat Jordan Harvey to deservedly become the ‘Caps starting left back by the time it was over.

Caleb Porter moves on from position as Portland Timbers head coach - MLS
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has decided to move on from his position as head coach. The news was released by the club on Friday morning.

Caleb Porter steps down as Portland Timbers coach after first-place finish - ESPN FC
Porter was not fired but chose to depart, according to both the club's statement and multiple reports, but the club did not reveal any reason behind the surprise move.

Why Sebastian Giovinco & Jozy Altidore’s comeback is more important than their absence - Waking the Red
It’s the same 16 days as in 2016, but something about the gap between the Eastern Conference semi-final and final has felt particularly long this year.

Dynamo's belief has attention of Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer - Houston Chronicle
The reasons for the Dynamo's turnaround this season are plentiful. They include improvements in coaching, tactics and talent.

The Crew belong in Columbus, with an owner who realizes that - Yahoo Sports
When Anthony Precourt bought the Columbus Crew in the summer of 2013, that’s what he gained stewardship over: the Columbus Crew. A Major League Soccer team called the Crew. In Columbus. That’s what he paid for and that’s what he got.

An Offensive Rebuild is Looming for Orlando City - The Mane Land
Orlando City cleaned house when the club announced roster moves following the end of the season. The 11 players whose contracts expired or options were declined is already more than the nine players that left the club last winter.

Tim Melia, from MLS pool keeper to Goalkeeper of the Year - Soccer America
Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia, a former MLS pool goalkeeper who played just six games in his first five seasons, was voted the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

A look at the biggest needs for the eliminated MLS playoff teams - SBI
For eight teams, the MLS playoffs ended too soon, at least in their own eyes. Just four teams remain in the postseason chase but, for those that have fallen throughout the knockout and conference semifinal rounds, it is time to reassess.

BC SOCCER NEWS

VISL Division 1 Standings & Upcoming Matches – Nov.17-19 - BC Soccer Web
An interesting Week 11 approaching – this is probably the toughest round of the year to this point of the Division 1 schedule.

LMG gets deserved loss against Westcastle - Cowichan Valley Citizen
Glen Martin had nothing but good things to say about the team that handed his squad its second loss of the 2017-18 Vancouver Island Soccer season.

Royals rise up to claim national silver - New West Record
They shedded their underdog label in a big way. The Douglas College Royals men's soccer team rode a strong finish at the PacWest championship final all the way to a polished run at the national championships, with only a loss to host Vancouver Island in the final denting their veneer.

Clan quintet grab All-West soccer honours - Burnaby Now
Emma Pringle, Jenna-lee Baxter, Magnus Kristensen and Marcello and Matteo Polisi accomplished impressive firsts this week.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program - Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations - BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review - BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Becoming a BC Soccer Referee - BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC - UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field - BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver's newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who's ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication - BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! - BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

CONCACAF announces new year-round national team competition - Whitecaps FC
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today its Council’s approval of the CONCACAF League of Nations, a new national team competition platform designed to maximize the quality, quantity and frequency of competitive matches for all 41 CONCACAF member associations.

CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League - Reuters
The competition will begin in the international dates in September, 2018 and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation which includes Canada, Mexico and the United States.

BMO Champions Cup: Day One Recap - Toronto FC
The Inaugural BMO Champions Cup kicked off Thursday as teams from around Ontario descended on the Kia Training Ground for the four-day event.

New futsal league takes first kick at Vanier - Whitehorse Daily Star
The new Yukon Futsal Metro League launched Saturday at Vanier Catholic Secondary School with four teams in action. This is the city’s first futsal league to prepare for the Arctic Winter Games and men’s national championships. The Games trials will be held Dec. 2-3 at Vanier.

Alberta Summer Games comes full circle for Weeks - Daily Herald-Tribune
The Alberta Summer Games has come full circle for Erin Weeks. In 2004, she played for the Zone 8 soccer team at the Alberta Summer Games in Okotoks. She said enjoyed the experience because not only did she play a sport she loved, but noted he atmosphere and community was welcoming.

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USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

FC Edmonton announce four departures in Ameobi, Corea, Fordyce and Nyassi - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton can announce the release of Daryl Fordyce, Tomi Ameobi, Sainey Nyassi and Dustin Corea after the conclusion of their North American Soccer League (NASL) contracts with the club on Thursday, November 16.

With the club’s path unclear, FC Edmonton begins releasing players - the11.ca
The group of FC Edmonton players had their contracts expire on November 15. And with the team in limbo at the moment, it’s really no surprise that the team is now making the news of these players’ departures official.

Swope Park Rangers and head coach Nikola Popovic mutually agree to part ways - Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers and head coach Nikola Popovic have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced on Friday.

Jimmy Nielsen steps down as head coach of Energy FC - OKC Energy
Energy FC announced today that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Jimmy Nielsen and his coaching staff. The search for Energy FC’s new coaching staff begins immediately.

Cincy Soccer stadium battle reaches fever pitch - City Beat
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is set to announce his proposal on city help for FC Cincinnati's stadium as the team indicates it's looking across the river to Newport.

Irish Footballer Paddy Barrett Joins FCC - FC Cincinnati
Patrick “Paddy” Barrett is the second international defender to sign with FC Cincinnati for the 2018 season, pending federation and USL approval.


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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Denmark women punished by Uefa after calling off game - BBC Sport
Denmark women have received a four-year suspended ban from Uefa competition matches "for which it would otherwise qualify" after refusing to play a World Cup qualifying game with Sweden.

Plot twist? How Real Salt Lake's abrupt addition to NWSL could change Laura Harvey's plans - Four Four Two
With the coach's initial plans not yet finalized, the NWSL's newest team may have announced its entry just in time.

Kim DeCesare loving life, playing time in the Netherlands - The Equalizer
We often hear about players in the NWSL dropping out of the league before they’ve even reached their 30th birthday, whether that’s to pursue a career outside of soccer, or simply to explore opportunities in leagues abroad. For former Sky Blue FC forward Kim DeCesare, retirement was never an option. But with limited minutes on the field in New Jersey, something had to change.

Will Dell Loy Hansen stir you to buy tickets for Utah’s newest professional sports team? - Salt Lake Tribune
OK, so here’s a question only you can answer. Would you be excited about carving out time on summer nights around here to pay for tickets to attend women’s pro soccer games?

Six NWSL players called up for Australia's series against China - Vavel
The players, who are currently playing in the Westfield W-League in Australia, will compete in two matches against China on November 22nd and 26th.

Adelaide United goes down 1-0 to Brisbane Roar in W-League clash at Suncorp Stadium - news.com.au
ADELAIDE United has endured more late heartache after a brave display away to Brisbane Roar left it empty-handed and adrift of the W-League top four.

Meet the UEFA Women's Champions League last eight - UEFA
Holders Lyon will be in the quarter-final draw streamed live at 13:30CET on 24 November alongside Barcelona, Chelsea, Linköping, Manchester City, Montpellier, Slavia Praha and Wolfsburg: we introduce the contenders.

NCAA Tournament: Second Round Schedule - The Equalizer
We’ve already seen a couple seeded teams fall. Could more see their tournament journeys ended tomorrow? Here’s all the information you need to enjoy Friday’s second round action.

Uruguay 2018: More than just an emblem launch - FIFA
The high point of the launch of the official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 came when players from the host national team gathered on the stage with legendary La Celeste striker Diego Forlan, receiving a rapturous round of applause from the floor. “You can’t imagine how jealous I am that you’ll be playing in a World Cup here in our country,” said Forlan to Uruguay’s U-17 captain Deyna Morales.

The all-women zine fusing fashion and football - Huck Magazine
Smashing stereotypes in a male-dominated industry, SEASON is a new publication devoted to female football fans. Founder Felicia Pennant explains why it’s time we levelled the playing field.


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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Bob Lenarduzzi: Spurs need result against Gunners to keep Sky Blues from taking off - The Province
Saturday’s big Premier League game is the early match (4:30 a.m. Saturday, TSN1), as Arsenal hosts Tottenham Hotspur in a London Derby.

European Weekend Preview: Atletico welcomes Real Madrid, Tottenham travels to Arsenal, and more - SBI
After some thrilling World Cup Qualifying playoffs, domestic action returns in Europe this weekend with some top derbies on tap.

Premier League: What you need to know this weekend - Sportsnet
The Premier League continues this weekend with Matchday 12, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.

A brief guide to ... the ups and downs of the Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry - The Guardian
Even if the truth is less than palatable to Arsenal fans, the old rivals have more in common than at any point since the Premier League’s formation.

Derby weekend in European soccer as leagues resume - National Post
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend.

Boosted by stadium blessing, Atletico takes on Real Madrid - NBC Sports
Atletico Madrid’s president and club officials looked on as its new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was blessed in a private pitch-side ceremony this week.

Zidane hopes Ronaldo rediscovers scoring touch at Atletico - Sportsnet
For Zinedine Zidane, the Madrid derby on Saturday is just what Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema need to break their scoring slump.

Marseille head to Bordeaux in vintage form - Ligue 1
Olympique de Marseille make the journey west to French wine country without having tasted defeat in Ligue 1 Conforama since a 3-1 reversal against Stade Rennais FC in Week 5.

Spicy Derby della Capitale as Roma and Lazio become Serie A contenders - ESPN FC
Eusebio Di Francesco and Simone Inzaghi know what the Derby della Capitale is all about. They experienced it as players, one for Roma, the other for Lazio, at a time when the rivalry was at its fiercest and most competitive.

'I feel good now!' - Klopp insists he has a clean bill of health - SN
Jurgen Klopp gave himself a clean bill of health on Friday after a midweek hospital visit, but there was mixed news on the fitness of his Liverpool squad.

Master Pep Guardiola is at the peak of his powers - we should appreciate him more - The Telegraph
There was a moment during Pep Guardiola’s first season in England when it occurred to me he may not only be the greatest coach in the world, but also the most underrated.

David Luiz back in Chelsea squad, Conte confirms - SN
Antonio Conte has confirmed David Luiz will return to Chelsea's squad for the Premier League trip to West Brom on Saturday.

Liga MX: Marquez allegations, Lobos among biggest surprises - ESPN FC
As we approach the final weekend of Liga MX's Apertura 2017, we asked correspondents Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran and Eric Gomez to reflect on the biggest surprises from a wild season in Mexico.

Premier League clubs back televised Saturday night football - ESPN FC
Premier League clubs have unanimously backed prime-time televised Premier League football on Saturday nights from 2019-20.

The SBI 2017 College Cup Preview - SBI
The road to Philadelphia begins on Thursday for the 48 teams selected to play in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

Soccerex cancel Doha event at last minute. Déjà vu, all over again? - Inside World Football
Trade event organiser Soccerex have cancelled their December 4-5 conference in Doha, Qatar, initially saying on their website that the short notice was due to the blockade of the country by its neighbours. But this doesn’t seem to be the full story.

Tentacles of FIFA graft trial reach Argentine presidency - Mississauga.com
The FIFA corruption trial in New York illustrates the political power of soccer in Latin America, with tentacles reaching beyond the field and possibly into the office of a national president.

Paraguayan judge rules key US target Leoz can be extradited to face justice in Brooklyn - Inside World Football
A judge in Paraguay has authorised the extradition to the United States of former CONMEBOL boss Nicolás Leoz, alleged to have been one of the masterminds in the FIFAGate corruption scandal but who has so far managed to escape the clutches of US prosecutors.

FIFA picks Lineker to host World Cup draw in Moscow - Sportsnet
Former England forward Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya will present the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1.

Eleven Players who will Miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup - Futbolgrad
With the conclusion of this week’s playoffs, we finally know the 32 teams that will take part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Not everyone had a happy end to the qualification cycle, however, and several stars will be missing out on next summer’s event in Russia.

Boca Juniors extend Netflix football docuseries strand into South America - Inside World Football
Argentinian giants Boca Juniors have agreed a content partnership with Netflix. The online streaming service will make a four-part documentary series which will be released in 2018.

Obituary: Pioneering pro referee Bill Maxwell dies at age of 87 - Soccer America
Referee Bill Maxwell, who officiated the last NASL game in 1984, has died at the age of 87.

Chapecoense beat relegation a year on from tragic plane accident - ESPN FC
Chapecoense beat Vitoria on Thursday night to retain their place in Brazil's top flight next season, almost a year after having to rebuild the squad following the tragic plane accident that killed most of their team.

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