VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Colorado Rapids 0, Seattle Sounders 1 | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap – MLS
Rookie sensation Jordan Morris scored a 56th-minute goal to ice a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. The feat completed a 3-1 aggregate victory in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship.
Cohesive Sounders complete improbable climb from basement to first MLS Cup final – SN
The Seattle Sounders have had more stylish teams and certainly more dangerous teams than the 2016 edition of the squad. What the Sounders never had before this season was a more cohesive team, or a team so clearly unified in the singular belief that it can win every game it plays.
Seattle riding a wave of belief, hard work and luck to MLS Cup final – ESPN FC
Brian Schmetzer had just been asked what he made of leading the Seattle Sounders to their first MLS Cup final, especially given the struggles the team had earlier this season.
Impact hoping a trip to Seattle is in the future – Montreal Gazette
The Impact now knows where they would be playing in the MLS Cup — they just have to get there.
Toronto FC might tinker for success in MLS Eastern final showdown – Toronto Star
TFC sub Will Johnson might crack starting lineup for Wednesday’s deciding match vs. Montreal after impact performance late in opener.
First goal has big-time implications as TFC-Impact series resumes – Toronto Sun
The circumstances of Wednesday night’s return leg will seem substantially different depending on who — if anyone — grabs the first goal.
Toronto Hosting the MLS Cup Final a Possibility After Sounders Win – Waking the Red
One of the two combatants in this year’s MLS Cup final has been decided. After a 3-1 win on aggregate over the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders will play in their first ever MLS Cup final.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 2016 Season in Review – Part II – MLS Multiplex
In Part I of this season review, we looked at the key moments for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016. Now, we take a more in-depth look at what went wrong for the Whitecaps…and how to fix it for next season.
Jermaine Jones ready to test open market as MLS contract expires – SBI
It didn’t take long for Jermaine Jones to let it be known he’s ready to test the open market this winter. The U.S. Men’s National team midfielder took to Twitter shortly after his Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the playoffs to state his intentions for the upcoming transfer window now that he is out of contract.
Orlando City SC install tribute seats for Pulse nightclub shooting victims – MLS
Construction is ongoing at Orlando City SC’s new downtown stadium but at least one important part of it is ready. On Saturday, club president Phil Rawlins tweeted a photo of new seats that have been installed in honor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims.
‘They encouraged me to keep fighting:’ Meet the ‘Caps superfan who beat cancer – Whitecaps FC
It’s a moment he’ll never forget. Neither will Russell Teibert. The ‘Caps midfielder was in the room with Kenton Doust and his family when they got the good news.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Results & Standings – Nov.28 – VISL
An interesting weekend in the top flight – everything seemed to go according to odd makers plans.
Whitecaps Academy in Squamish hands out awards – Squamish Chief
A little more than a year after setting up in Squamish, the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy handed out some hardware for its top players Friday night.
Provincial AA, AAA teams to meet for ultimate B.C. soccer prize – Saanich News
Call it the Super Saanich Soccer Bowl, as two of the freshly crowned provincial champions are set to play in the Colonist Cup city final at UVic on Tuesday.
Gunslinging Roadrunners shoot out provincial title – Saanich News
The Reynolds Roadrunners cut it close as they won the provincial boys AAA soccer championship in a shootout after a scoreless draw against the Argyle Pipers on Saturday.
Thompson Okanagan U17s win Premier League Cup – Kelowna Capital News
Seven players from Kelowna helped the Thompson Okanagan Football Club capture the B.C. Soccer Premier League Cup in the boys U17 division.
Whitecaps soccer academy coming to Rupert – Northern View
A Vanvouver Whitecaps FC soccer academy will be kick-starting in Terrace, Smithers and Prince Rupert next spring, aiming to build up the skill-level in the northwest and field more opportunities for youth.
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
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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 star duo hoping for recognition – FIFA
Few individuals have contributed as much to the resurgence of women’s football in Canada in recent years than Christine Sinclair and John Herdman. After the latter took over as coach in 2011, the Canucks twice won bronze at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament and climbed as high as fourth in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking. Sinclair, meanwhile, is the team’s figurehead on the pitch, scoring 165 goals in 250 appearances and featuring at FIFA Women’s World Cups™, Olympic Football Tournaments and in countless other competitions.
Canada Men’s U-17 post positive victory in Jamaica – CSA
Canada have opened their two-match Men’s U-17 International Series in Jamaica with a 3:0 win over their hosts. Jordan Faria, Alphonso Davies, and Yohan Le Bourhis were the goalscorers in the Sunday afternoon victory in Kingston, JAM.
Sophie Schmidt extends her time in Frankfurt – Vavel
The Canadian international has committed a further year to the seven-times Bundesliga champions.
FC London’s Gigolaj Named 2016 League1 Ontario Men’s MVP – League1 Ontario
24 year-old central forward Elvir Gigolaj led the line for FC London in their first League1 Ontario season, and he did so literally – missing only one fixture of the 22 match league season, Gigolaj played virtually every minute for the Southern Ontario powerhouse club.
FC London’s Kovacevic Selected 2016 League1 Ontario Women’s Division MVP – League1 Ontario
FC London’s Jade Kovacevic entered League1 in 2016 as captain of a new team, FC London, and immediately proceeded to demonstrate an immense degree of leadership, technical prowess and goalscoring menace.
Vaughan Azzurri’s Isacco Wins 2016 Men’s Coach Of The Year – League1 Ontario
Isacco is the defending Coach Of The Year 2015, both managing the Azzurri club as technical director and being the head coach of both L1O men’s and women’s teams since the beginning of the league.
Canadian and US soccer coaching – we’re more similar than you think – Red Nation Online
The primary similarity between American and Canadian soccer which has ultimately led to coaching challenges is that in both countries, the sport has huge numbers of participants, but lags behind several other sports in terms of popularity and history.
Manitoba: The Need for New Governance: Part One – Eduardo Badescu
There continues to be a number of major problems confronting soccer in Canada. Governance of our local and regional soccer bodies is one of them.
Manitoba: The Old Ways Must Change: Part Two – Eduardo Badescu
Youth soccer in this city is suffering at the hands of what else… Politics!
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Year in Review: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – USL
Big step forward in second season saw WFC2 reach Western Conference Final.
USL’s Arizona United File Trademark for “Phoenix Rising FC” – Empire of Soccer
Is pro soccer in Arizona headed for its second re-branding in three years? Empire of Soccer has discovered that the USL’s Arizona United SC has filed a trademark for “Phoenix Rising FC.” The word mark and an accompanying badge were filed on November 14 but have only recently appeared on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website.
Music City sets sights on MLS: The rise and rise of soccer in Nashville – The Telegraph
In early 2013 Chris Jones was in a Nashville bar with a group of soccer-minded acquaintances wondering out loud how to start a club. “How do we do this? What do we charge per year?” Jones asked over a couple of drinks. The local team, the Nashville Metros, had just folded and Jones, who had worked in marketing for the club, wanted to make sure that the city’s growing love of soccer would not wane.
‘Commitment to Quality’ at Forefront of USL Productions – USL
2016 USL Cup Final marked a first as league’s digital wing prepares for 2017.
NASL a Defendant in Bill Edwards’ Lawsuit Against Fort Lauderdale Strikers – Empire of Soccer
A few weeks ago, Bill Edwards was threatening legal action against the NASL for its relationship to Traffic Sports. Now the Tampa Bay Rowdies owner appears to have found a new target in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who he alleges failed to repay multiple loans totaling over $300,000.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
WVU defeats Duke, 1-0, to advance to College Cup for first time in program history – The Equalizer
The quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament concluded today as West Virginia defeated Duke, 1-0, to advance to the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history.
City, Sky Blues sit top – Round 4 Review – W-League
Three teams at the top became two after Round Four of the Westfield W-League as Sydney FC and Melbourne City both won.
French: There is no pressure on USA – FIFA
A former national team player, and owner of a silver medal from the 2000 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Michelle French has an impressive CV. Now at her second FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as USA coach, French has a track record of just one defeat in nine matches at this level. And now with a semi-final match-up against Korea DPR looming, the Stars and Stripes are just two wins away from a record fourth world title.
Women’s Champions League quarter-final draw – UEFA
Holders Lyon are rematched with Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals in March while Bayern München play Paris Saint-Germain, Fortuna Hjørring meet Manchester City and Rosengård face Barcelona.
ROUND-UP: Cork too good for Galway – Irish WNL
A Lauren Homan double saw Cork City WFC land their second league win on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Galway WFC in Bishopstown stadium.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Top four start pulling away; Bradley gets first win; more EPL notes – Fox Sports
Arsenal stayed on the heels of the top three on Sunday with a 3–1 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates that continued the pattern of the weekend’s games.
Manchester United make worst start in Premier League era after 13 games – ESPN FC
Manchester United have made their worst start to a season in the Premier League era after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham left them with 20 points from their opening 13 games.
Fifa urged to ‘see sense’ and drop charges over remembrance poppies – The Guardian
Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, asks Fifa to withdraw threat of sanctions against England and Scotland for wearing poppies.
Messi, Neymar and little else – Barcelona midfield sinks without trace as Anoeta curse continues – SN
The Anoeta curse continues for Barcelona. The Catalans have failed to win away to Real Sociedad since 2007 and were unable to end that sorry streak in a 1-1 draw on Sunday. But it could have been far worse in the end.
Bayern keep pace with Leipzig after defeat of Leverkusen – Prost Amerika
One day after Uli Hoeness returned to the Bayern Presidency (and apologizing for calling Dortmund and Leipzig ‘enemies’) Bayern returned to winning ways on the pitch with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen to keep pace three points behind league-leaders RB Leipzig.
Nice’s lead atop French league cut to one point after draw – Sportsnet
Alassane Plea missed a golden chance with three minutes left as Nice saw its lead in the French league cut to one point after a 1-1 home draw against struggling Bastia on Sunday.
Week 14 review: PSG, Monaco close in on Nice – Ligue 1
OGC Nice’s lead atop the Ligue 1 table was shaved down to just a single point, Les Aiglons held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bastia while PSG bested Lyon 2-1 at the Parc OL and Monaco handed south-coast rivals Marseille a 4-0 hammering at the Stade Louis.
Serie A: Dani Alves breaks leg as Juventus lose at Genoa; Roma win – ESPN FC
Giovanni Simeone scored twice as Genoa inflicted a convincing 3-1 defeat on reigning champions and Serie A leaders Juventus, who lost two defenders to injury.
Liga MX semifinals set after America, Necaxa move on – SN
Two teams that know each other well will meet in the Liga MX semifinals after Club America and Necaxa got results Sunday to move into the Liga MX semifinals.
Oribe Peralta shows Chivas Guadalajara what they’re missing – ESPN FC
There was a certain dark irony that it was a Mexican striker who found the winning goal for Club America against all-Mexican side Chivas in the Liguilla quarterfinals on Sunday.
Football abuse coach in hospital – BBC
Ex-youth football coach Barry Bennell, who is at centre of a sex abuse scandal, has been taken to hospital after an incident attended by police.
German and Chinese governments sign pact to develop world’s biggest market – Inside World Football
German and Chinese governments have signed the equivalent of a football trade deal – the first of its kind between two governments – China’s vice-premier Liu Yandong and German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel signed the partnership which will run for an initial five years.
Messi, Lahm and … Sidwell? How much would Pelé’s New York Cosmos cost today? – The Guardian
In the 1970s, the Cosmos created a team of stars, including Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto – and an equivalent team today would set you back plenty.