VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Reyna, Peru advance to 2018 FIFA World Cup despite Marinovic double save – Whitecaps FC
For the second straight match, Stefan Marinovic made the highlight-reel. Only this time, it wasn’t enough to hold off the heavily-favoured Peruvians, who clinched their first World Cup berth since 1982 with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Wednesday night in Lima.
Yotun, Reyna help Peru defeat New Zealand for final berth at 2018 World Cup – MLS
Orlando City midfielder Yoshimar Yotun, Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Yordy Reyna and Peru clinched their first World Cup berth since 1982 on Wednesday in Lima, defeating New Zealand 2-0 the second leg of their World Cup qualification playoff to win the series by the same margin. Yotun came off the bench and played the final 24 minutes for Peru, while Reyna didn’t take the field.
Twenty-five MLS players qualify for the World Cup – Soccer America
Orlando City’s Yoshi Yotun (a second-half sub) and Vancouver’s Yordy Reyna (on the bench) were part of the Peru team that beat New Zealand, 2-0, on Wednesday night and qualified for the World Cup finals.
Upcoming Important Dates for Vancouver Whitecaps Offseason – Eighty-Six Forever
MLS announced their offseason calendar this morning. We cover the important dates for the Vancouver Whitecaps and what to expect.
Can the Dynamo ride the Astros’ title buzz in Houston to MLS Cup? – ESPN FC
In Houston, where oil and gas are among the major industries, it only makes sense the city is overflowing with energy at the moment.
Toronto FC didn’t have the proof it needed to overturn Jozy Altidore ban – Toronto Sun
The Reds couldn’t prove that Altidore didn’t throw a punch before all hell broke loose outside dressing rooms.
Columbus city leaders left ‘disappointed and frustrated’ after meeting with Crew ownership – SBI
A meeting between Columbus city officials and members of Precourt Sports Ventures on Tuesday didn’t end amicably as both sides appear far apart when it comes to keeping the Crew in town.
Crew SC ownership statement on meeting with Columbus mayor, MLS – MLS
“We were extremely disappointed that no concrete offer or proposal was presented and then told by the City of Columbus that it would not communicate with us past today.”
MLS is a soccer business – US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer isn’t likely to make the future of the Columbus Crew clear on anybody’s schedule but their own. What the league is willing to do is remind everyone that this is a soccer business operating in a soccer nation and not anything else. That’s a single-entity business model reminder to fans that comes at a tough time. Pick any part of American soccer right now, and there’s probably a big picture issue in play.
Impact exercises options for six players – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that it has exercised options for six players, meaning that 22 players are currently under contract ahead of the 2018 season.
Clint Dempsey agrees one-year deal to return to Seattle Sounders – sources – ESPN FC
Clint Dempsey has signed a new contract with the Seattle Sounders, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
Sebastian Giovinco reacts to Italy’s World Cup failure: “It’s a disaster” – MLS
Days removed from the Italian national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia, Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco reacted to the disappointment.
Orlando City goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar set for bone cancer treatment – SBI
Orlando City Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar is set to begin treatment this week after being diagnosed with a type of bone cancer.
Best of MLS: The best individual performances of 2017 – MLS
Some players are known for their consistency, and others break out for a memorable 90 minutes. In that spirit, here is MLSsoccer.com’s selection of the Top 5 individual performances in MLS this season, in rough chronological order.
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.
VMSL Round-up: Pegasus reignite Premier championship race after handing Rovers Tigers United first loss of the season – AFTN
Just when it looked like the VMSL Premier Division title was maybe a one horse race, Pegasus FC reignited it big time with a massive 2-1 win over league leaders, and the previously undefeated, BCT Rovers Tigers United at Newton on Friday night.
Polisi brothers, Kristensen All-West Region First Team – SFU
GNAC champion and nationally-ranked Simon Fraser University men’s soccer had three players selected for the All-West Region First Team.
Pringle, Baxter named All-West Region First Team – SFU
High-scoring forward Emma Pringle and creative midfielder Jenna-lee Baxter have been selected All-West Region First Team.
Host VIU wins national soccer championship – Comox Valley Record
Comox Valley products Jeff Travis and and Jordan De Graaf were part of the VIU Mariners men’s soccer team that won the 2017 CCAA nationals last weekend on their home turf. Travis captained the team and De Graaf was named a tournament all-star.
Defensive surge continues for Cowichan United – BC Local News
Cowichan United continued a trend of strong defensive play in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s U21 division with a 5-1 win over Vic West on the road on Nov. 5.
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
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
Cornwallite Melissa Gilligan named an All-Canadian, wins bronze — Away Games – Standard-Freeholder
Cornwall’s Melissa Gilligan was officially announced as an All-Canadian, at the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer National Championship in Halifax.
Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 partners with Respect in Sport – Ontario Soccer
The leader in abuse prevention education, designed to empower those in sport, has become the presenting partner of the Ontario Soccer Summit 2018.
To grow teen athletes, let kids try lots of sports – Reuters
The best way to get teens to play sports may be to let them sample a variety of different athletic pursuits earlier in childhood, a Canadian study suggests.
Large deer freed from soccer net at Coxheath walking track – Cape Breton Post
A normally quiet and routine walk earlier this week unexpectedly turned into a frantic race against time to save the life of a wild animal in distress.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
North Carolina FC departs NASL to join USL – SBI
The club announced Thursday that it has moved to the USL with a move that is effective immediately. The move, according to the club, ensures the team will play in a league that “has a proven relationship with Major League Soccer and has experienced impressive growth in North America”.
North Carolina FC announces exit from NASL; club to join USL – WRAL Sportsfan
Eight years ago this month, the owners of the Carolina RailHawks were among six disgruntled participants in the United Soccer Leagues top division, then called USL-1, who announced they were leaving to form a new second division professional soccer league. That upstart endeavor became the North American Soccer League, named after the iconic soccer league of the 1970s and 1980s.
Is San Francisco soccer club folding after winning title in first season? – Mercury News
A founding executive of the San Francisco Deltas announced his departure from the financially troubled organization just days after the club won the North American Soccer League championship.
Rochester Rhinos announce need for $1.3 million by end of month – NBC Sports
That’s how long the Rochester community has to get their USL team’s budget over the line, or one of the most celebrated clubs in modern American history is done.
Preki expected to be head coach of Cal United FC – Soctakes
Soc Takes has learned that Predrag Radosavljević (Preki) is poised to take over as the first head coach of Cal United FC. The nascent club, at present poised to play in the NASL in 2018, was initially expected to begin the season with Eric Wynalda at the helm. Recently, Wynalda declared his interest in running for the post of US Soccer president.
FC Cincinnati plan for Cincinnati-based stadium still in limbo – Soccer America
A day after FC Cincinnati set out its case for building an MLS soccer stadium in Cincinnati — it will pay for the stadium if it gets help paying for $70 million-$75 million in infrastructure work on parking, roads and utilities — the Hamilton County commissioners issued their proposal, far short of what FC Cincinnati was asking for.
Report: Tampa Bay to miss out on MLS expansion this time? – TampaBay.com
“From talking to several insiders, I’m being told the two expansion teams will likely come from a group of three cities that includes Sacramento, Nashville and Cincinnati,” Wahl said.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Kansas City’s women’s soccer team FCKC not expected to return in 2018 – Kansas City Star
The FC Kansas City Blues are leaving town. The National Women’s Soccer League franchise is expected either to fold or move to Salt Lake City, a source told The Star on Wednesday.
Professional women’s soccer team coming to Utah – Good4Utah
Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen will make an official announcement Thursday that he acquiring a franchise from the National Women’s Soccer League, the league that houses most of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
First six Women’s Champions League quarter-finalists set – UEFA
Barcelona, Chelsea, Linköping, Montpellier, Wolfsburg, and holders Lyon – on Camille Abily’s record-setting night – have all booked their places in the 24 November UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final draw.
Sky Blue Names Reddy Coach – Empire of Soccer
Denise Reddy took the longest possible route home to New Jersey — but here she is just the same. Reddy, who played high school soccer at Raritan High School and collegiately at Rutgers University, returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after stints overseas and around the United States. She was introduced as the new Sky Blue coach of the National Women’s Soccer League.
China splits women’s team into Shanghai and Beijing squads, in bid to boost performance – Inside World Soccer
China has moved to boost its national womens team’s competitiveness with the establishment of two teams – called the Red Team and the Yellow Team.
Adelaide United confident heading into Friday night’s W-League clash with Brisbane Roar – The Advertiser
ADELAIDE United is brimming with confidence as it bids to take down Matildas-loaded Brisbane Roar and move into a W-League finals berth.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Peru beats New Zealand to qualify for first World Cup in 36 years – Sportsnet
Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 on Wednesday night to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia.
World Cup 2018: Full 32-team field set – SN
Over the last few weeks, the World Cup field had been frequently headlined by the teams eliminated from the competition. But Wednesday, the 32-team field was set with an emphatic win by Peru.
Who’s next to manage Italy: Ancelotti, Conte, Allegri, Mancini or Ranieri? – ESPN FC
As Italy continue to mourn and process the national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, Wednesday’s news at least offered a little respite from the sadness. Gian Piero Ventura, described as the most inept coach to have been put in charge of the Azzurri, has finally been sacked.
Aguero declares himself fit for Man City’s weekend clash after collapse scare – SN
Sergio Aguero has insisted he is fit to play for Manchester City this weekend after collapsing while on international duty.
Atletico need derbi win vs. Real to halt troubling slide during transfer ban – ESPN FC
How brutally painful it will be for Atletico if Theo Hernandez lines up against them in the Madrid derbi on Saturday night. Not simply because he committed the ultimate “betrayal” for a Rojiblanco player, debunking to the “Royal” side of the Spanish capital, but because he’s actually listed as one of the rule breaches for which FIFA punished Atleti by prohibiting them from signing and registering new players for two transfer markets (summer and winter 2017).
FIFA trial defence lawyers grill key government witness – Sportsnet
Defence attorneys began cross-examining a key government witness at the U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal Thursday, while a judge reviews claims that a defendant made a slashing motion across his throat at the former marketing executive.
Manchester United revenues up by 17 per cent amid strong start to the season – City AM
Manchester United have revealed a 17 per cent increase in revenue for the first quarter of their financial year.
CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans’ gay slur chant – Sportsnet
The court says although the chants are “insulting words,” FIFA had helped create a “wrong — but legitimate– understanding” that cases would not be punished.
Watch: The Alan Shearer Documentary – Dementia, Football and Me – Soccer America
Former England star Alan Shearer investigates the possibility that dementia could be a result of brain damage caused by heading the ball in this BBC documentary. “I scored 260 Premier League goals,” he says. “A fifth of them with my head, which must put me at risk if there is science behind the headlines about dementia and football. For every goal I scored with a header I must have practiced it a thousand times in training.”
The story of Messi’s first days at Barcelona – SN
Never had Barcelona’s Cadete B team beaten Espanyol’s Cadete A in the first few years of the new millennium. The Blaugrana, obsessed as ever with technique, had not been able to overcome their rivals, who were physically stronger and more experienced. But one day, that changed.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca