VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Rumor: Whitecaps Interested in Robbie Keane – Eighty-Six Forever
Hey, we know this one is a long-shot, but it’s nice to dream, right? Fox Sports reporter Julie Stewart-Binks took to twitter recently with some speculation of the future of striker Robbie Keane. Keane will not be back with the LA Galaxy next season, and given he still seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, many are wondering where he will end up.
MLS Hot Stove: Robbie Keane off to Atlanta United FC? – Playing for 90
Does Robbie Keane like peaches? We may soon find out.
Killing time with speculation – Soccer Shorts
One of the worst things about languishing in the purgatory of endlessly waiting for playoff games the Vancouver Whitecaps aren’t even involved in is the almost complete lack of any concrete news around the club.
Pedro Morales: The icon of the “Latino Revolution” in the Robinson Era – AFTN
Pedro Morales signed for the Whitecaps from Malaga FC a few days before the start of the 2014 MLS season, coming to Vancouver on a free transfer.
Relegated to a bench role, Toronto FC’s Will Johnson may test free agency – MLS
Toronto FC’s deep playoff run is almost certainly what Will Johnson envisioned when he joined up with the Reds following a victorious conclusion to the 2015 season. What he probably didn’t envision, though, is that he would mostly be taking in the team’s chase for a first MLS Cup from the bench.
Previewing the 1st Leg of the MLS Conference Finals – Bleacher Report
After a long layoff of 16 days, the Major League Soccer playoffs will resume on Tuesday with the first leg of the Eastern and Western Conference finals.
MLS Preview: History made with All-Canada Eastern final – Soccer America
The majority of battles between Montreal and Toronto have been waged in rinks, on football fields, and in the halls of Parliament, but this month the pro soccer operations will strive to increase their prominence.
Montreal Impact are ‘not that far’ from MLS silverware – Didier Drogba – ESPN FC
The Chelsea legend will take part in the biggest game of the Impact’s five-year Major League Soccer history on Tuesday, when Montreal hosts Toronto FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.
TFC’s Vanney leading a new breed of MLS coaches – Sportsnet
This is Greg Vanney. Calm on the outside, consumed by the game in the inside. Far from wound tight, Vanney perfectly balances his easy-going nature with a fastidious approach to preparing for games. Stress and pressure? If Vanney feels either one ahead of Tuesday’s tilt in Montreal, he’s hiding it exceptionally well.
MLS Preview: Sounders and Rapids both banged up – Soccer America
Real Salt Lake finished the 2009 regular season at 11-12-7 but won of its last three to barely squeeze into the playoffs, and eventually beat L.A. Galaxy on penalty kicks in the final. Houston parlayed solid finishes into the 2011 and 2012 title games though it lost both of them to the Galaxy. Last year, Portland won four of its last five regular-season games and in the playoffs kept on rolling all the way to the crown.
Bizarrely enough, this is the Sounders’ best shot at MLS Cup – MLS
What began as the worst season in club history now looks like the Seattle Sounders’ best-ever shot at an MLS Cup championship.
MLS Awards: Pontius named Comeback Player of the Year – Soccer America
Traded by D.C. United nearly a year ago after battling through several injury-marred seasons, midfielder Chris Pontius marked his first year in Philly by winning the Comeback Player of the Year award.
Tabla and Mbvouvouma will train in Bologna – Montreal Impact
First team winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and reserve team midfielder Fabrice Mbvouvouma will be in Bologna from November 20 to December 1 to train with the Serie A club of Bologna FC 1909.
Liga MX open to working with MLS for cup competition – SBI
Liga MX teams won’t be taking part in the 2017 Copa Libertadoes, but the Mexican league’s president already is setting his sights on a possible new competition.
Former MLS, Costa Rica defender Gabriel Badilla dies aged 32 – Sky Sports
Former Costa Rica international Gabriel Badilla has died at the age of 32 after collapsing during a 10km run, according to reports in his native country.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Results & Standings, November 21 – VISL
The results from the weekend’s Division 1.
Boys Champions crowned as day 1 of League Cup Finals wraps up – BCSPL
With Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer representatives on site scouting players and handing out awards, 5 teams from 4 different clubs were crowned Champions in the U13 through U17 age groups.
Pinnacles FC products reflect on rookie seasons – Penticton Western News
A trio of Pinnacles FC products reflected on their first seasons playing university soccer in the Canada West Conference of U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
The BCSPL announces its “2016 Referee of the Year” and League Cup officials – BCSPL
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to announce a new award for “Referee of the Year”, along with announcing the officials who have earned assignments at the BCSPL’s League Cup Finals this weekend.
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review – BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review. The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
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
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada’s U20WWC comes to a not-so-merciful end – the11.ca
Before the first half of Sunday’s group-stage match between Canada and Japan at the U-20 Women’s World Cup was over, the FIFA international feed commentator had already resorted to coming up with consolatory terms for the team in red.
Canada Soccer takes away valuable lessons from Papua New Guinea 2016 – CSA
Canada Soccer’s development pathway appears secure as the U-20 Women’s National Team wrapped up the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. Having chosen to field a young team, with an average starting lineup age of 17.3, Canada has tested its talent, and is buoyed by the prospects coming through the Excel System.
Canadians face off in NCAA women’s soccer tournament thriller in West Virginia – Montreal Gazette
Canadians Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Carla Portillo and Amandine Pierre-Louis all scored in a penalty shootout Sunday as the top-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers defeated No. 4 UCLA and fellow Canadian Jessie Fleming to advance to the quarter-finals of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.
Junior Hoilett: Cardiff City midfielder a ‘gamechanger’ says Neil Warnock – BBC Sport
Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock hailed the impact of Junior Hoilett after he scored his first goal for the club in their 3-2 win against Huddersfield. The 26-year-old Canada international scored the Bluebirds’ second goal in the win during a fine performance.
Cordoba, Nickerson named Nova Scotia’s best – CSA
Jonathan Cordoba and Emily Nickerson have been named Nova Scotia’s Senior Players of the Year. The duo were recognised at the annual Soccer Nova Scotia Night of Excellence in Halifax.
Brown And MacDonald Take League1 Ontario 2016 Defender Of The Year Honours – League1 Ontario
In the fourth of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2016 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 27, the 2016 Defenders Of The Year have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2016 season.
Canada Soccer engages Julian de Guzman as guest coach and mentor in EXCEL program – CSA
Canada Soccer recently invited Julian de Guzman as a guest coach and mentor into the Men’s EXCEL Program for an identification camp in Vaughan. The four-day camp featured 30 young players from club academies in Canada and USA.
TV drama 21 Thunder explores the world of under-21 soccer in Montreal – Montreal Gazette
The producers of 21 Thunder, an eight-episode made-for-CBC series, which recently wrapped shooting in Montreal, had no idea, of course, when they started developing the soccer-themed show that Montreal and Toronto would be fighting it out deep in the MLS playoffs in 2016. But they realize that can only help create more interest around their production.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Gross Negligence: Strikers’ Financial Struggles Deepen While NASL, USSF, and Media Look On – Fifty Five One
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ financial problems have not gone away, they have only been papered over and kept from sight. With the 2016 season in the rear-view mirror, though, paychecks are late and players have not had health insurance since the end of September. The Strikers are on life-support and no one—the league, the USSF, or the national media—seems to care. A shocking level of negligence has allowed things to come to this point.
Miami FC owner commissions a promotion/relegation study, the conclusion is obvious – Stars & Stripes FC
Deloitte, in a report commissioned by a company owned by Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva, states that a “revised structure” for U.S. Soccer leagues including promotion and relegation can advance its long-term health once the Major League Soccer franchise model reaches maturity. They cite a poll of over 1,000 U.S. soccer fans conducted in September 2016 and a minimal growth of registered players with U.S. Youth Soccer among factors in the recommendation.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Day Five review: History for PNG – Vavel
PNG make history with one goal while the final day determines who progresses into the next stage of the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Derbies lined-up as quarter-finals confirmed – FIFA
Teams in Groups C and D delivered an entertaining final day of group stage action at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 and clinch the final few quarter-final places. Group C reached a dramatic climax as the final placings of top teams USA and France were decided by unusual criteria.
WVU, Georgetown, Duke and Santa Clara all advance – The Equalizer
For the second time this season, the Hoyas defeated the Cavaliers 2-0. Sunday’s match was markedly different than September’s 3-2 affair. September’s game highlighted the offensive capabilities of the sides. An intense wind and blustery conditions keep the technical sides largely from playing the type of soccer they favor. In the first half of play, neither side really challenged the opposing keeper.
Jets, Sydney FC move to top – Round 3 Review – W-League
Newcastle Jets boast a slim lead at the top of the Westfield W-League on goal difference thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Perth Glory.
Division 1 Féminine – Week Eight Round-up: OM cause upset over Juvisy – Vavel
Where other results went the way of pre-match predictions, Juvisy were left to wonder what had happened as they lost away in Marseille.
ROUND-UP: Shels move five points clear – Irish WNL
Shelbourne Ladies moved five points clear at the top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with just two games remaining.
Carli Lloyd says U.S. women’s soccer stars should earn more money than men ‘because we win’ – NJ.com
Lloyd, the captain of the United States national team, and four of her teammates appeared Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to be heard on the wage-discrimination lawsuit they filed in May against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Sierra Leone asked to bid to host for U17 Women’s World Cup in 2018 – BBC Sport
Sierra Leone has been asked by Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura to bid for the right to host the 2018 Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
2016 NWSL Season End- Things That Teams, League, And Fans Should Be Thankful For – MLS Multiplex
In America, it will soon be Thanksgiving. Time to reflect on the blessings of the past year and to focus on the hopes of tomorrow…
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Conte hails Costa’s all-round form after firing Chelsea top – SN
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hailed the form of striker Diego Costa after his goal sent the Blues to the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
Tottenham, Arsenal produce late comebacks in Premier League – Montreal Gazette
The English Premier League’s north London rivals left it late to snatch points on Saturday, with Tottenham outdoing Arsenal with its comeback.
Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona training ahead of match vs. Celtic – ESPN FC
Lionel Messi returned to training on Monday after being forced to pull out of Barcelona’s goalless draw with Malaga on Saturday at the last minute having picked up a bug.
Following hat trick, no one better than Ronaldo in Madrid derby – Sportsnet
For Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s clearly something special about playing Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo is used to performing well regardless of the opponent but the star forward often finds another level against Real Madrid’s crosstown rival.
Howard Webb: Manchester United were denied a penalty against Arsenal – ESPN FC
Manchester United should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Antonio Valencia in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal, according to former Premier League referee Howard Webb.
Perisic, Inter secure late draw with AC Milan in derby – Sportsnet
Ivan Perisic scored an equalizer in stoppage time to rescue a point for Inter in an entertaining 2-2 derby draw against city rival AC Milan on Sunday.
Week 13 review: Nice keep chasers at bay – Ligue 1
Despite pressure from victorious Monaco and PSG, Nice remain atop the Ligue 1 standings thanks to a hard-fought win in Saint-Etienne; Lyon pulled up to the foot of the podium while Marseille got their first win under Rudi Garcia.
Rooney hits out at ‘disgraceful’ media after England controversy – SN
Wayne Rooney has described his treatment by the media as “disgraceful” after he was photographed drunk while on international duty with England.
Bundesliga match day 11 round up – Prost Amerika
Big match results, new league leaders, and last minute derby winners in the Bundesliga round up.
Scottish roundup: Adam Rooney scores as Aberdeen comeback to win – The Guardian
Aberdeen fought back to win 3-1 at Inverness and cut the deficit on Premiership leaders Celtic to 10 points.
Gareth Southgate ‘the only candidate’ for England manager – Adrian Bevington – BBC Sport
Gareth Southgate is “the only candidate” to become England’s next full-time manager, claims former FA executive Adrian Bevington.
A-League refereeing: is a culture of complaint exacerbating woes? – The Guardian
After another disappointing round of officiating fans need to be clear – if you don’t want video technology the alternative might be calming down.
Klinsmann ‘not afraid’ of potential firing, reflects on USMNT loss to Costa Rica – SBI
Jurgen Klinsmann is still optimistic about his future with the U.S. Men’s National Team despite the disastrous start to the final round of World Cup qualifying.
Tijuana Xolos, top dogs in Liga MX – Prost Amerika
The final game of the 2016 Apertura regular season was played this past Sunday and at the top of the league standings sits one team; Club Tijuana Xolos. The border-town side finished the regular season with a 10-4-3 record and 33 points after 17 regular season matches. Xolos now heads into the league playoffs as the number one seed in search of its second Liga MX title.
US, Mexico fans find joy, refuge, common ground in Columbus – MLS
A bitter presidential election had concluded less than 48 hours before MAPFRE Stadium’s parking lots opened for tailgating on Friday morning, nearly 12 hours before a massive World Cup qualifier kicked off between the United States and Mexico. The campaign had carried an angry, divisive tone from start to finish, with immigration, border security and America’s cultural diversity proving particular flashpoints.
Jakarta’s hooligan problem: violence and deaths surround ‘Jakmania’ football fans – The Guardian
Indonesian football is plagued by hooliganism, and at the forefront are fans of Jakarta’s leading club, Persija. Known as Jakmania, they have been involved in a series of deadly incidents – but can this violent tendency ever be tamed?