CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada Soccer Fan Rally with the Voyageurs – CSA
Canada Soccer fans in British Columbia’s lower mainland are encouraged to attend a Fan Rally on the eve of FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers. The event, co-hosted by Canada Soccer and the Voyageurs, takes place Thursday 12 November at the St. Regis Bar & Grill in Dunsmuir.
Canadian soccer team actually has some attacking talent – The Province
Two decades. That’s how long it’s been since Canada had this kind of attacking talent, if you ask those who’ve worn the red and white and endured the drought.
Larin delighted to be MLS Rookie of the Year – Goal
Gearing up for the next round of World Cup qualifying with Canada, the Orlando City striker was pleased to be recognized with Tuesday’s honour.
Canada v Honduras: Hoilett reluctant to be cast as saviour for revenge mission – Four Four Two
Canada are set to hand a long-awaited competitive debut to Junior Hoilett as they look to avenge an 8-1 humiliation against Honduras.
Will Johnson “100 percent” he’s ready to start for Canada in World Cup qualifiers after dealing with injuries – MLS
The 28-year-old midfielder made for a somewhat surprising inclusion on Canada’s roster for its upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and El Salvador. The Timbers captain hasn’t played in over a month, after undergoing a minor operation to remove two screws from his tibia, which had been broken a year earlier.
With Soccer Bowl looming, De Guzman focused on Canada – Goal
The “club versus country” issue continues to be a constant source of challenge for many in soccer. That has certainly been the case this week for veteran midfielder Julian de Guzman. Currently on World Cup qualifying duty with Canada, the 34-year-old revealed Tuesday that he is unlikely to be available for his club Ottawa Fury when it faces the New York Cosmos in this year’s North American Soccer League (NASL) championship final on Sunday evening.
Canada focused on getting off on the right foot in WCQ 4th round – Red Nation Online
As the Canadian National Team trains in Vancouver this week in preparation for Friday’s World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, one thing has become apparent. The players know how important it is to start off the 4th round of qualifying with an important win at home.
Commentary: Canada’s World Cup qualifying showdown vs. Honduras is pretty much a “must-win” game – MLS
There are plenty of overused tropes in North American sports (“giving 110 percent”, anyone?), but perhaps none is as frequently misused as the phrase “must-win game.”
De Guzman: Winning at home key for Canada – Red Nation Online
Canada has a terrific opportunity to jump out to a fantastic start in the 4th round of World Cup qualifying with Honduras being the opponent on Friday night at BC Place. Canada is in a tough Group A which also features the likes of Mexico and El Salvador. Coach Benito Floro will look to see his team earn more than just a draw vs Honduras.
CSA confirms C-League plans – 24th Minute
CSA president Victor Montagliani confirmed yesterday that the CSA has been working on establishing a Canadian League for the last two years. Appearing in Anthony Totera’s Red Card Radio, Montagliani expanded on much of what’s been reported here and elsewhere.
VIDEO: The growth of Canadian soccer with CSA president Victor Montagliani – Daily Motion
Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani joined Red Card host to run through a bunch of questions relating to Canadian soccer and it’s growth at various levels.
Halifax council votes ‘no’ to stadium dreams at Shannon Park – Metro News
After years of debates and plenty of dreaming, talk of turning the vacant lands of Shannon Park into the future home of a stadium in Halifax may have finally been put to rest.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Place named in the top 100 Soccer Stadiums on the Planet – Four Four Two
Our green-and-blue pearl of a planet contains dozens of must-visit destinations. In our opinion, most of them are football stadiums. Here are the 100 finest on earth. (Editor’s Note: BC Place holds the 95th spot, and is the only Canadian stadium on the list.)
2015 CIS Women’s Soccer Nats: Roundabout route brings TWU keeper back to Point Grey – The Province
A couple of seasons ago, while standing at a figurative crossroads in her soccer career, Ally Williamson decided that the only way she was going to be able to preserve her love for the game was to take the road less travelled.
2015 CIS Men’s Soccer Tournament Preview – Red Nation Online
Starting this Thursday the 2015 CIS Men’s Soccer Tournament will take place at York University in Toronto. The tournament was held in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2014 with York winning the Championship over fellow OUA side McMaster. Both York and McMaster return to the tournament this year by making it to the OUA Final which I attended. The game saw York’s stars stand out with goals from Jerek Whiteman on a 30 yard screamer and Michael Cox winning the game on a header with only two minutes left in the game.
Undefeated UBC Thunderbirds heading to CIS nationals in confident mood – “they’re a confident group and they want to lift trophies” – AFTN
The UBC Thunderbirds are back at the CIS Nationals this week, kicking off their quest for a 14th Canadian crown at York University in Toronto on Thursday.
Hundal, Vikes chase another national soccer title – Times Colonist
The symmetry couldn’t be more fitting. Cam Hundal began his University of Victoria soccer career by being named the 2011 CIS top rookie and also MVP of that year’s national championship tournament as the Vikes won it all on their home field at Centennial Stadium.
TWU’s Hutchinson named CIS women’s soccer rookie of the year – Canada West
National award winners announced during the All-Canadian Banquet held at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in Vancouver were Trinity Western striker Rachel Hutchinson, who was named rookie of the year; Memorial striker Jessie Noseworthy, who received the Student-Athlete Community Service Award; and Laval head coach Helder Duarte, who was honoured by his peers for the second time in his career.
Dhanda named second team All-Canadian – UBC
Third-year UBC Thunderbirds forward Jasmin Dhanda (Surrey, B.C.) was named to the CIS second All-Canadian team on Wednesday night.
Clan Misses Out On NCAA Tournament Invitation – SFU
The Simon Fraser University men’s soccer season officially came to an end on Monday after the team did not receive an invitational into the NCAA Division 2 championship tournament.
7 Clan Receive GNAC Honours, Adam Jones Freshman of Year – SFU
Simon Fraser University freshmen midfielders Adam Jones (Coquitlam), Kyle Jones (Port Moody) and Mamadi Camara (Montreal) were today named Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference by head coaches and Adam Jones was also picked Freshman of the Year.
Surrey Pegasus FC: ‘People want to play for us. We’re a family.’ – Surrey Now
Just two days before the Vancouver Whitecaps were unceremoniously bounced from the MLS playoffs, the latest battle for Surrey soccer supremacy unfolded at Newton Athletic Park.
LMG surprises Saanich in shutout – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Going into their game last Friday against another one of the top teams in Division 1 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, Cowichan LMG was preparing for a tough, close game. That’s what they got, although the score doesn’t suggest it.
Storm second at senior soccer provincials – Peace Arch News
Heading into provincial soccer championships last week, Southridge Storm senior boys coach Gordon Smith said that, without one dominant odds-on favourite, the banner was any team’s to win.
Heading the ball banned in U.S. youth soccer – should B.C. follow suit? – CBC
The U.S. Soccer Federation has banned heading the ball in youth soccer for players under 10 years of age after a class action lawsuit revolving around concussions.
WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Changes needed for Whitecaps to improve in 2016 – 24 Hours
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC season started with such promise, but at some point the squad lost its way and won just two MLS matches in their last eight.
Waston finishes second in voting for 2015 MLS Defender of the Year – Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre back Kendall Waston finished second to Montreal’s Laurent Ciman in voting for the MLS Defender of the Year.
Bob Lenarduzzi and son Ryan to participate in Sleep Out for fourth consecutive year – Whitecaps FC
For the fourth consecutive year, Vancouver Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi and his son Ryan will participate in Covenant House’s annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition. Bob and Ryan, alongside executives, leaders and public figures from Vancouver, will help to end youth homelessness by raising funds and awareness for this worthy cause.
MLS announces offseason schedule – SBI
While the 2015 MLS season has yet to reach its conclusion, the league has revealed the details surrounding the offseason that will precede the 2016 campaign.
Giovinco absolutely not returning to Italy in January according to agent – Waking the Red
The fire that is the January transfer window has barely started burning but Sebastian Giovinco and his agent both want to make it very clear that the likely MLS MVP is not interested in a January return to Italy.
NASL & USL NEWS
Dos Santos another example of Canadian coaching success in NASL – the11.ca
The NASL, though, has proven to be a pretty fertile place for Canadian coaches to bloom. On Wednesday, the league announced that Ottawa Fury boss Marc Dos Santos is the league’s Coach of the Year. Considering that he’s led a defensive juggernaut of a team to the Soccer Bowl in only its second year of NASL play, the honour is well earned.
Julian de Guzman heartbroken to be missing NASL Championship game with Ottawa Fury after scheduling clash with Canada’s World Cup qualifiers – AFTN
Sunday will be a historic day for Ottawa Fury and Canadian soccer. The Fury are heading south to New York to take on the Cosmos in their first ever NASL Championship game, but they’re likely going to have to do it without their influential midfielder Julian de Guzman.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, Lyon, Barcelona win away – UEFA
Holders Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, Lyon and Barcelona secured round of 16 first-leg away wins on Wednesday as Anja Mittag scored a record-breaking goal for Paris Saint-Germain.
Champions League: Chelsea Ladies 1-2 Wolfsburg Ladies – BBC Sport
Chelsea Ladies’ hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals suffered a big setback as they lost the home leg of their tie against two-time winners Wolfsburg.
RED STARS LOAN VANESSA DIBERNARDO TO PERTH GLORY – NWSL
The Chicago Red Stars announced today that midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo will be playing in the Australian W-League on loan to Perth Glory during the NWSL offseason.
Rio 2016 Olympics match schedule announced – The Equalizer
FIFA has announced the match dates and host venues for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Just like previous Olympics, the soccer competitions will be the first sports to begin play. The women’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, August 3, two days before the Opening Ceremony. The men’s tournament starts August 4.
Manchester City Women sign Scotland striker Jane Ross – BBC Sport
Scotland striker Jane Ross has signed a two-year deal at Manchester City after three seasons in Sweden with Vittsjo.
70 years on: the female coach who took on men’s soccer … and won – The Guardian
NYU’s Kim Wyant is one of just a handful of women coaching men’s college soccer. But she isn’t the first woman to guide a male team – 70 years ago Lydia Lindgren was a title-winning coach on Long Island.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Brazil fail to reach World Cup? Don’t rule it out as they head to Argentina – The Guardian
Brazil head into a qualifier in Buenos Aires amid problems off and on the pitch, and their insistence on living in the past means the future looks uninspiring.
Republic of Ireland must keep cool to pass Bosnia test in Euro 2016 play-off – The Guardian
Ireland start in an intimidating arena in Zenica and must avoid yellow cards as well as defensive errors with five key players one booking from a ban.
Bob Bradley joins Ligue 2 side Le Havre – Prost Amerika
It may not be the big team move that Bob Bradley was looking for but Le Havre is a start. After being courted by multiple different teams across the European continent the French side made the former United States Men’s National Team their coach on Monday.
Crystal Palace set for deal with 76ers owner Joshua Harris – sources – ESPN FC
Crystal Palace are set to become the next Premier League club with American investment, as Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris is on the verge of buying a shareholding in the club with his business partner David Blitzer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Football League to be rebranded as ‘EFL’ at end of 2015-16 season – BBC Sport
The Football League is to be renamed the “English Football League” (EFL) from the end of the 2015-16 season.
Marton Fulop: Former Sunderland keeper dies, aged 32 – BBC Sport
The former Hungary international had a tumour removed from his arm in 2013 but was cleared to continue his career.