BC Soccer News, Thursday, November 8, 2018


The wait is over as Marc Dos Santos finally appointed new Whitecaps head coach: “Vancouver is a place that I have good memories”AFTN
It’s official, and no longer the worst kept secret in Whitecapsland – Marc Dos Santos is the new Vancouver Whitecaps head coach.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC name Marc Dos Santos new head coachWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday the appointment of Marc Dos Santos as the club’s head coach. Dos Santos has agreed to a three-year contract through 2021.

Whitecaps believe Marc Dos Santos is coach capable of winning titlesMLS
The Marc Dos Santos era has begun in Vancouver. The 41-year-old Canadian was announced as Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s fourth permanent coach of their MLS era on Wednesday after weeks of speculation.

Whitecaps get their man in head coach Marc Dos SantosEdmonton Journal
To the surprise of no one, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced Marc Dos Santos as their new head coach on Wednesday.

Lower-league experience could help Dos Santos with WhitecapsSportsnet
While it might have been the worst kept secret in Canadian soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps made it official Wednesday by naming Marc Dos Santos as its new coach.

Miracle-working MDS takes on his biggest task yet: The Whitecaps the11.ca
I was chatting with a former Ottawa Fury player and the topic of Marc Dos Santos came up. “Players would run through a wall for him,” the player told me, stating that MDS was the best motivator he ever played for.

What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 1: TacticsEighty-Six Forever
It is now confirmed that Marc Dos Santos will be the next manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps. We know he’s been successful at lower level clubs but what will a team coached by Marc Dos Santos actually look like on the field?

Halftime of the conference semifinals in Major League Soccer’s 2018 playoff season means taking stock of a number of areas on the way to the deciding second-legs. Since no first-leg delivered a multi-goal win for any team, there’s plenty of drama packed into every matchup on the board.

Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall undergoes successful surgerySounders FC
Sounders FC today announced that defender Chad Marshall underwent successful right knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear suffered in the early part of Sunday’s match vs Portland. The lateral meniscectomy procedure was performed by Dr. Michael Morris on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 6 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Marshall is beginning rehabilitation immediately following the procedure.

Sporting KC say they are ready for home playoff game five years in makingMLS
Five years of waiting for a home playoff game is almost over.

Columbus Crew: Zack Steffen deserves MLS Goalkeeper of Year award MLS Multiplex
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been stellar in goal since he stepped into the role in 2017. His heroics this season have earned him the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.

After Rookie of the Year honor, Corey Baird remains his own toughest criticMLS
Real Salt Lake forward and 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year winner Corey Baird doesn’t feel like he necessarily belongs on the list of all the previous Rookie of the Year winners, at least not yet.

Miami voters OK path for Beckham’s stadium, complexNBC Sports
David Beckham’s long-planned soccer stadium deal is closer to reality.

Marlins Park, Hard Rock Stadium among venues Inter Miami is in talks with for temporary homeSBI
Inter Miami may not yet have secured the land it needs to build a soccer-specific stadium, but the club is getting closer to selecting where it will play on a temporary basis.

Inter Miami are gonna get a stadium before NYCFC doesHudson River Blue
As an NYCFC fan, this is nothing short of embarrassing.

San Diego’s MLS Expansion bid dealt major blow after losing stadium voteSBI
San Diego voters dealt a major blow Tuesday to the possibility of MLS expansion as Landon Donovan and the SoccerCity team saw Measure E set to be defeated with the majority of the votes being counted.

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Trinity Western striker Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) was honoured with the Chantal Navert Memorial Award as U SPORTS women’s soccer Player of the Year Wednesday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian Gala.

T-Birds aim to turn back time chasing national university soccer title Sudbury Star
It has been a long, long time. It was so long ago, the Harlem Shake was still popular.

UBC’s Victory Shumbusho back to health and back to goalscoring form as part of “one of the strongest attacks in the league” AFTN
Things were going really well for Victory Shumbusho in his rookie season at UBC last year. The Whitecaps Residency alumni had been named Canada West Rookie of the Year after his seven goals in 10 matches had taken the Thunderbirds to another Conference title. But then injury struck, first during the regular season, and then exacerbated at the nationals.

As UBC hosts U Sports 2018 Soccer Nationals, rookie sensation Gardner embraces his new Thunderbird life on a road less traveledVarsity Letters
Maybe the highest compliment you can pay Thomas Gardner is to say that, whether your soccer eye is completely untrained or of connoisseur class, you simply have to watch him play to love his game.

Gardner wins U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, Guilherme named All-CanadiansUBC
UBC Thunderbirds midfielder Thomas Gardner has been honoured with the 2018 Lou Bilek Award as the U SPORTS men’s soccer Rookie of the Year.

Waves of talent: How the Vancouver Whitecaps helped turn UBC’s men’s soccer team into a national powerhouseThe Ubyssey
“When I decided to come here, it was to win nationals,” said 25-year-old UBC striker Caleb Clarke.

SFU dominates GNAC men’s soccer All-Conference selectionsSFU
Leading Simon Fraser University to a third consecutive GNAC championship, forward Mamadi Camara was named the GNAC Player of the Year to lead the selections on the 2018 GNAC Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team.

Steer named an All-Canadian, Jang makes All-RookieUBC
A pair of UBC Thunderbirds have been honoured by U SPORTS as second-year forward Danielle Steer has been named a Second Team All-Canadian while fellow forward Michelle Jang has been named to the All-Rookie squad.

Cascades captain Byrne named U SPORTS All-CanadianUFV
Tammer Byrne of the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team capped his sparkling five-year Cascades career by earning U SPORTS first team All-Canadian honours.

Soccer’s Ventura named to U SPORTS All-Rookie TeamUVic
University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer player Matteo Ventura was honoured as a U SPORTS All-Rookie team member, Nov. 7, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian gala. Guelph striker Jace Kotsopoulos was honoured with the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy as U SPORTS men’s soccer Player of the Year.

Hundreds take a kick at pro soccer career at Canadian Premier League open trialsTimes Colonist
It is more than just a ball they are chasing on the University of Victoria turf field. A total of 226 hopefuls paid their own way from as far as England, Japan and Africa to pursue their dreams of pro soccer in the fledgling Canadian Premier League.

Deciding goal irks Cowichan LMG coachCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG head coach Glen Martin was less upset about his team’s first loss of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season than he was by how it came about.

BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma CourseBCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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.

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Cape Breton Capers women focused on national championship titleCape Breton Post
When the 2018 season began, the Cape Breton Capers women’s soccer team had one goal in mind — reaching the national championship tournament.

Canadian Soccer Association hires Stuart Neely as manager of coach educationMedicine Hat News
The Canadian Soccer Association has named Stuart Neely its manager of coach education. Stuart, who will report to director of development Jason deVos, will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the coach education system in collaboration with the provincial and territorial member associations.

Fanshawe’s Jade Kovacevic named CCAA player of the yearGlobal
On Tuesday night, the Fanshawe Falcons’ striker added the ultimate CCAA individual honour.

Canada needs a miracle after loss to Panama at CONCACAF U-20sthe11.ca
It had two sendings-off. Bad bounces. Time wasting. When Canada met Panama Tuesday at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, well, the game was probably everything the cynical Canadian soccer fan would have expected.

Canada-wide respect in sport training tool preventing abusive behaviour: officialsCBC
A nation-wide training tool for parents and coaches is creating a healthier and safer sports environment through the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, officials say.

Young Canadian referees participate in Concacaf program at Under-20 ChampionshipCSA
Canadian referees Carly Shaw-Maclaren from British Columbia and Filip Dujic from Ontario attended the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Their attendance is the second part of the Concacaf Program of Referee Excellence (PORE) which gives them an opportunity to be part of the referee team for the competition. Both referees have been provided the opportunity to participate as 4th officials and will gain further experience by refereeing games as the competition progresses.

Jordi Amores ends five-year Niagara College career with All-Canadian honoursNiagara Falls Review
Jordi Amores will have more than memories when he recalls a five-year, post-secondary career playing soccer at Niagara College.

Westerman a great example for female coaches in cityMedicine Hat News
Cassandra Westerman, know as Mrs. Westerman in the classroom, has coached soccer for more than 10 years. She has coached several different teams in the local RASC program and has coached the Medicine Hat College women’s soccer team.

Halifax group hoping to land CFL franchise goes on offensive with ticket driveToronto Sun
It is indeed unfinished business and Anthony LeBlanc joked that he didn’t anticipate a “smooth ride” between now and the end date of construction on the stadium. The group is considering a 2020 franchise launch in Moncton and a move to the new building in Halifax for the 2021 CFL season. And they are still tinkering with ideas for the shape and functionality of the venue.


All eyes on Didier Drogba as Louisville City FC goes for USL CupCourier-Journal
Four people sat at a table Wednesday at the Muhammad Ali Center during the United Soccer League Cup media conference. Only one them was called a pioneer.

Phoenix Rising FC on the doorstep of a championshipAZ Central
The Phoenix Rising FC are one win away from its first championship.

Rising FC’s Ascent ‘Means Everything’ For Phoenix’s Longtime FansUSL
Their numbers might not be quite as vast as the hundreds that traveled to Orange County this past weekend for the Western Conference Final of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs, but for many longtime soccer fans in the Phoenix region Thursday night’s 2018 USL Cup that sees their Phoenix Rising FC square off with Louisville City FC is a night they certainly couldn’t miss.


Panama and Argentina are fighting for much more than a Women’s World Cup berthThe Equalizer
Argentina and Panama will face one another this Thursday in the first leg of a two-game 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification playoff, and it would be hard to overstate the importance for either team. Panama seeks its first-ever berth in the tournament, while Argentina hopes to return for the first time since 2007.

Netherlands, Switzerland in play-off finalUEFA
The Netherlands and Switzerland will play off on Friday and Tuesday for the last finals place from Europe.

W-League Week 2 Review: Spencer, Pickett continue to thrive in AustraliaThe Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 2 and talk to Carson Pickett, who in her second season on loan to Brisbane Roar from the Orlando Pride, has scored her team’s only two goals this season to keep her side undefeated.

7 intriguing games in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament first roundNCAA
Sixty four teams begin their quest this week to earn a spot in Cary, North Carolina, where the NCAA DI women’s soccer champion will be crowned. Here are our picks for the seven best first-round games to watch this weekend as the NCAA women’s soccer tournament begins.

CAF reviews ban and lets Equatorial Guinea back in to Women’s Africa Cup of NationsInside World Football
Equatorial Guinea have been reinstated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to play at the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after they won an appeal to overturn their ban.

FC Arizona Women joins WPSL as 2019 expansion clubWPSL
FC Arizona, a proven Phoenix-area men’s soccer club, has expanded with a women’s team that will join the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2019 season, the league announced Wednesday.


Champions League wrap: Real breaks out for five, Roma keeps paceNBC Sports
We’ve written it before, but this season’s UEFA Champions League has brought loads of entertainment on nearly every match day.

‘I was insulted for 90 minutes’: José Mourinho defends reaction at full timeThe Guardian
José Mourinho defended his own reaction at the end of Manchester United’s late comeback against Juventus, a victory that saw the United manager ushered from the pitch at the final whistle after cupping his ear and leering provocatively towards the home crowd.

Europa League preview: Arsenal, Chelsea aim to stay perfectNBC Sports
Arsenal and Chelsea will both clinch their Europa League groups with victories on Thursday.

Former France international and high-level journeyman Nicolas Anelka has signed on with LOSC in a coaching role with the club’s youth academy forwards.

Buenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico finalThe Guardian
Robbie Blakeley went to Buenos Aires to see Boca Juniors and River Plate overcome Brazilian clubs in the Copa Libertadores.

Russia says it thwarted drone attacks at World CupMedicine Hat News
Attempted drone attacks at this year’s World Cup in Russia were thwarted by government authorities, the head of the host country’s Federal Security Service said Wednesday.

No contest: Ceferin to stay as UEFA president as deadline for challengers passesInside World Football
Aleksander Ceferin looks set to rule UEFA for another four years after European football’s ruling body confirmed today the Slovenian is the sole candidate for next February’s elections.

Mexico probes possible collusion in soccer signingsNBC Sports
Mexico’s federal government says it is investigating possible “monopolistic practices” in the signing of soccer players in the country.

FIFA to meet women’s group fighting Iran stadium banLondon Free Press
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura will meet women campaigning to be allowed into Saturday’s Asian Champions League final in Iran where they are legally barred from stadiums.

Sunderland ‘Till I Die – the power and the glory, forever and ever, a football fan (a Netflix original)Inside World Football
Netflix might finally have understood what it means to be a football fan. Rather than another sycophantic love-in with one of the world’s big money club, the producer-come-streaming service has invested in the far grittier story of Sunderland’s disastrous fall from grace into the third tier of English football.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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