VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
“I know who I want to try to sign now.” Robbo has his eyes on offseason targets – Whitecaps FC
The season is barely over, but head coach Carl Robinson is squarely focused on building a stronger team in 2018.
Vancouver hope to bring back Fredy Montero, but face financial obstacles – MLS
Fredy Montero may be coming off his best season in Major League Soccer, but the striker’s future remains very much unclear.
Marinovic, Reyna set for battle in World Cup playoff: ‘There’s been a little bit of banter’ – Whitecaps FC
Stefan Marinovic doesn’t speak Spanish. And Yordy Reyna’s English is quite limited. But where there’s a will to trash talk, there’s a way.
New manager Remi Garde aims to bring Lyon’s attacking style to Montreal – MLS
The Montreal Impact’s future is now in the hands of Remi Garde. Impact president Joey Saputo hired the 51-year-old Garde as Montreal’s new head coach and director of player personnel on Wednesday. Garde, a former manager at Lyon and Aston Villa, takes over coaching duties from Mauro Biello, who was fired on Oct. 23.
Will Garde break the Impact’s “new season, new coach” jinx? – the11.ca
In 2012, the Montreal Impact hosted Olympique Lyon for a summer friendly. The game was decided in penalties, with the French side getting the decision. OL’s manager at the time was Remi Garde; the former Arsenal defender/midfielder had taken over the club in 2011 and would remain there until 2014, when he took a break from management for family reasons.
Atlanta’s Julian Gressel voted MLS Rookie of the Year – Sportsnet
Atlanta midfielder Julian Gressel has been voted Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year.
A look at the biggest need for every MLS team that missed the playoffs – SBI
Every MLS team is flawed. It’s the nature of the beast and the facts that come from a league centered around parity. There’s always room to improve, moves to make and bargains to find both domestically and around the world.
Report: Columbus Crew SC interested in Argentine defender Milton Valenzuela – MLS
Milton Valenzuela, 19, plays at Newell’s Old Boys in the Argentina Primera, and is reportedly drawing interest from Columbus, with Argentine journalist Hernan Cabrera, among others, reporting that the MLS team has gone so far as to make an offer for the youngster.
After reflecting on 2017, Jesse Marsch looks to continue evolving as a coach – SBI
Jesse Marsch is working on a project, one that has well publicized in his three years with the New York Red Bulls. It requires a focus on youth development, taking talented but inexperienced players moving from being prospects to becoming important to the core of the senior team. However, players, like Tyler Adams and Aaron Long, are not the only ones in the midst of developing their skills.
Toronto FC: Good news regarding Sebastian Giovinco’s future? – Tip of the Tower
Around this time last year, we wondered about Sebastian Giovinco’s future with Toronto FC. More specifically, how long would he stick around in Southern Ontario?
Toronto FC “have a great deal of respect” for Crew SC’s playing style – MLS
After a turbulent series with the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC are looking forward to getting back to what they do best: playing soccer.
Drama-filled MLS Playoffs – 90 Soccer
MLS Playoffs are on hold while the last World Cup 2018 Russia qualifiers unfold. In less than two weeks the playoffs will resume to the semifinals stage. We give a review of the first set of games that have already been played. The 2017 MLS playoffs have been drama-filled so far .
Road Warriors, Houston looks to take down Cascadia – MLS Multiplex
After defeating the 2017 Cascadia Cup Champs Portland, Houston faces its toughest test yet against reigning MLS Champs Seattle.
Revolution name Brad Friedel head coach – New England Revolution
The New England Revolution have named Brad Friedel as the club’s head coach. Friedel, the seventh head coach in club history, brings 25 years of professional and international experience to New England, most recently serving as head coach of the United States Under-19 Men’s National Team.
Paradise Papers: New England Revs owner Robert Kraft revealed as longtime owner of offshore firm – The Guardian
The New England Patriots / Revolution billionaire boss is among several major US sports team owners who appear in the Paradise Papers.
Report: LAFC reportedly set to sign Uruguayan forward Diego Rossi – MLS
Uruguayan journalist Wilson Mendez reported Wednesday afternoon that 19-year-old forward Diego Rossi was set to move to MLS for a $3 million transfer fee, later following up that LAFC would be the destination for the Uruguayan Under-20 international.
Orlando City Reportedly Interested in Signing Robinho – SI.com
Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City forward Robinho is reportedly wanted by MLS outfit Orlando City, whose Brazilian superstar Kaka played his last game for the Lions last month.
Chris Rolfe announces retirement – DC United
A native of Kettering, Ohio, Rolfe has been a fixture in Major League Soccer for over a decade and played the majority of his career with the Chicago Fire before finishing his career with United. He also spent three seasons with Danish Superliga side, Aalborg Boldspilklub, and he earned 10 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
MLS expansion race: Cincinnati doesn’t want to take backseat to Nashville – Soccer America
Under the gun following the decision by Metro Nashville to approve a funding plan for a soccer stadium at Nashville’s fairgrounds, FC Cincinnati continues to work on finalizing a plan for a soccer-specific stadium, the missing piece in a city that has embraced soccer in a big way in the last two years.
Austin Council welcomes idea of Major League Soccer – Austin Monitor
City Council members are intrigued by the prospect of Austin welcoming its first professional sports team, but so far none of them are suggesting the city offer the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer anything but a warm, Texas welcome.
LAFC hope to bring soccer pub culture to Banc of California Stadium – MLS
For three years, Los Angeles Football Club have strategized about how to tap into the city’s built-in pub-fanatic base. Now, the club and their supporters’ believe they have an answer: a bar of their own.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Thompson Rivers looking to put Kamloops on the footballing map as they host 2017 U Sports Men’s Soccer Championship – AFTN
The Canadian college soccer world descends on Kamloops this week, as Thompson Rivers University gets set to host the U Sports Men’s Soccer Nationals for the first time in their short history in the association.
Adversity-tested — TRU WolfPack playing for national title and to honour lost loved ones at U Sports Men’s Soccer Championship – Kamloops This Week
Neil McPhie’s absence will be felt on the sideline this week, a painful void for a family that lost a husband and father last year.
SFU Clan hoping “special” big game players can carry them to NCAA playoff glory – AFTN
The Simon Fraser University Clan claimed their sixth Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) title in eight years on Saturday night, and now have their sights firmly focused on the NCAA Division 2 playoffs.
Dhanda wins Player of the Year – UBC
UBC striker Jasmin Dhanda 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.
Rumours of Whitecaps’ interest in women’s pro team start to bubble up again – The Province
If you’re a women’s soccer fan, you have to be hoping that what both John Herdman and Bob Lenarduzzi are saying these days lines up.
Smaller, indoor field on tap as Vikes take aim at national soccer title – Times Colonist
The top eight teams in the country, including No. 1 seed and defending-champion Laval, will gather in the Manitoba capital for the tournament, which is hosted by the Manitoba Bisons.
Shumbusho earns second-team All-Canadian nod – UBC
UBC forward Victory Shumbusho has been named a U SPORTS second-team All-Canadian while both he and fellow rookie Patrick Izett have been selected to the All-Rookie team.
Solid goalkeeping keeps LMG ahead of Vic West – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Darian Achurch’s third clean shutout of the season backstopped Cowichan LMG to a 1-0 victory over Vic West at the Sherman Road turf on Friday, putting the team comfortably in first place in Div. 1 at the halfway point of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season.
TAC highlighted athlete: Connor Guilherme – Ubyssey
Current men’s soccer captain and centre back Connor Guilherme has faced no shortage of adversity during his UBC soccer career.
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
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
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Packed house set for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team derby with USA – CSA
With the Thursday, 9 November Canada v USA derby match at BC Place in Vancouver nearly sold out, expectations are high that the fiercest rivalry in women’s sports will once again be on display before a sea of Canadian fans cheering on the Canadian side.
USWNT vs Canada: Can northern rivals finally close the eternal gap between the sides? – The Equalizer
No matter the stage, it’s always an intense, physical, and competitive battle when Canada and the U.S. play each other. We’ve grown accustom to seeing both teams bring out the best in each other. It’s expected to be no different on Thursday in Vancouver, and Sunday in San Jose when forever rivals meet in a pair of “friendlies.”
USA-Canada sellout: ‘Christmas’ comes early in Vancouver – Soccer America
A sellout crowd of the domed stadium’s lower bowl is expected, which would be larger than the CFL BC Lions’ largest crowd of the season (23,415) and could top the Whitecaps’ largest crowd for the 2017 MLS season (27,837 for their playoff game against Seattle).
Herdman hoping this movie has happy ending for Canadian soccer, B.C. Place fans – The Province
John Herdman took the hype train down another track. Looking to help sell Canada’s women’s soccer game with the Americans on Thursday at B.C. Place Stadium, event organizers have given it this tagline: The Fiercest Rivalry in Women’s Sport.
USWNT’s return to Vancouver brings memories for some, opportunity for others – ESPN W.
Few passersby lingered long Wednesday around Canada Place, distinctive real estate in this city’s downtown that juts out into the water and offers a convention center, a hotel and other businesses. If not yet entrenched, winter felt on the way, and a combination of chilly temperatures and workday routines kept foot traffic moving briskly.
Huitema excited for chance to play at home – TSN
Seventy-six minutes, four matches, two goals, one unforgettable year. It’s been a remarkable 2017 for Jordyn Huitema. At just 16, she’s made the jump to Canada’s women’s national soccer team, and it doesn’t look like she’s going anywhere anytime soon.
B.C. teen phenom Jordyn Huitema joins Canada-U.S. rivalry on home turf – Vancouver Sun
Life couldn’t be much better at age 16 for Jordyn Huitema, who’ll dress for a fifth time with the Canadian senior women’s soccer team for Thursday night’s game against U.S. at B.C. Place Stadium.
Beckie, Huitema take different paths to Canadian women’s soccer team – CBC
Janine Beckie, 23, and Jordyn Huitema,16, represent the present and future of the Canadian women’s soccer team but their paths to the national squad couldn’t be more different.
American midfielder Maegan Kelly paying homage to her Canadian roots – Sportsnet
There’s a new face in camp with the Canadian women’s soccer team. Meet Maegan Kelly. She’s played around the world and is now embarking on a new journey in her career, as she says she wants to pay homage to her family roots by donning a Canadian uniform.
Cambrian’s Johnson wins national honour – Sudbury Star
Cambrian College striker Tiffany Johnson has added yet another accolade to cap her brilliant post-season soccer career, accepting Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Player of the Year honours.
Cape Breton University soccer coaches earn top national honours – Cape Breton Post
Cape Breton University’s soccer coaches have earned national accolades. Capers women’s head coach Ness Timmons and men’s bench boss Deano Morley were both named the U Sports coaches of the year, late Wednesday.
Wolves open soccer nationals with 5-0 win – Daily Herald Tribune
The GPRC Wolves women’s soccer team opened nationals with a 5-0 win on Wednesday morning in Halifax.
Dalhousie, STU lose quarter-final games at CCAA women’s soccer nationals – Chronicle Herald
The Elans de Garneau from Quebec opened the CCAA women’s soccer nationals with a 7-0 quarter-final victory over the Dalhousie AC Rams at Mainland Commons on Wednesday.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL All-League team: Three clubs land two players each on first team – Soccer America
The regular-season champion Real Monarchs, San Antonio FC and expansion Reno 1868 led all teams with two players each on the USL’s all-league first team in a vote of team management and league-wide media panel.
Keys to the Cup: Louisville City FC – USL
Three things to watch for as Louisville takes aim at victory on Monday night.
New Setting Sees Rangers’ Belmar Thrive – USL
2015 USL Rookie of the Year has been key to Swope Park’s return to USL Cup.
TFC II send four on training stint to Denmark – Waking the Red
Homegrown players Daniels, Fraser, Johnson and Uccello are Europe-bound.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Chelsea, Lyon, Wolfsburg and Barcelona on top – UEFA
Holders Lyon, Wolfsburg and Barcelona secured comfortable away wins while Chelsea and Montpellier also impressed in Wednesday’s round of 16 first legs.
Barrett scoops Player of the Year award at WNL awards – Irish WNL
Peamount United striker Amber Barrett was the star of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League awards as she scooped the Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards.
Eni Aluko ‘disappointed’ by lack of support from England team-mates – The Guardian
Eni Aluko is “disappointed and surprised” by the lack of support she has received from her England team-mates over her allegations against the former manager Mark Sampson.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA WCQ Playoff Preview: Sweden hosts Italy, Greece travels to Croatia, and more – SBI
The 2018 FIFA World Cup may be eight months away, but the qualification process continues starting with the UEFA World Cup Qualifying playoff round.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen key to Denmark’s World Cup hopes – Sportsnet
We’re getting down to the nitty gritty in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: my Sweden career is over even if they reach World Cup – The Guardian
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ruled out a return to international football even if Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup play-offs and reach the finals in Russia next year. The 36-year-old won his last cap – his 116th – at Euro 2016 and has this week reiterated that he is now fully focused on regaining his fitness to play for Manchester United again.
Honduras vs Australia – World Cup Qualification Playoff Preview – Futebolcidade
After the CONCACAF qualification drama is before the intercontinental playoff drama for Honduras. Los Catrachos slipped into the intercontinental playoffs most dramatically on matchday 10 of the CONCACAF Fifth Round, better known as the Hex, beating Mexico at home at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano after going down twice.
Billion dollar play-off. Peru playing for big stakes in 2018 qualification decider – Inside World Football
The 2018 World Cup play off between Peru and New Zealand could be worth at least $1.3 billion to the South American country if they are successful.
Mourinho’s frustration with Man Utd may lead him straight to PSG – ESPN FC
If Jose Mourinho starts next season as Paris Saint-Germain coach, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward need look no further than this summer’s failure to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan as the moment that his manager’s dissatisfaction was ignited at Old Trafford.
Hazard fuels Real Madrid rumours by airing ‘dream’ of playing for Zidane – SN
Eden Hazard has fuelled talk of an imminent move from Chelsea to Real Madrid by airing his “dream” to play for Zinedine Zidane.
Why Ligue 1 succeeds with youngsters where the Premier League fails – Silvestre – SN
Mikael Silvestre believes that France have a great deal more success of bringing young players through than England simply because their youngsters are afforded game time at the top level.
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis charged with match-fixing offences in Greece – The Guardian
The Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has been charged with criminal match-fixing offences in Greece and ordered by a panel of judges to stand down as chairman of the Athens club Olympiakos. Marinakis, a shipowner, took over at Forest in May while the long-running investigation into alleged corruption and match-fixing in Greek football was still proceeding.
World Cup: Fifa urged to strengthen workers’ rights in Russia & Qatar – BBC Sport
Fifa has been urged to strengthen efforts to address risks to workers’ rights on World Cup stadium construction sites in Russia and Qatar.
First report of FIFA’s Human Rights Advisory Board published – FIFA
The Human Rights Advisory Board, which was created in early 2017 to provide independent advice on FIFA’s human rights responsibilities, published its first report today. In their report, the expert group of eight representatives from the UN System, civil society, trade unions and FIFA sponsors discusses FIFA’s work on human rights in a number of priority areas and outlines a set of specific recommendations to FIFA.
FIFA’s cartel culture ‘is foreign to the rule of law’, says Maduro – Inside World Football
The Portuguese official ousted by FIFA as its chief governance and electoral watchdog has blasted the organisation’s approach to political neutrality under Gianni Infantino as “shocking” and says there is no chance of reform from within because of its closed-shop mentality.
Defiant Hong Kong football fans boo China’s national anthem – The Guardian
Hong Kong football fans loudly booed and jeered China’s national anthem at a match on Thursday, defying Beijing days after Communist leaders tightened penalties for disrespecting the song.
Football Manager 2018 Review: The most realistic and most difficult FM yet – SN
The most important change is the introduction of team dynamics, where each team has tiers of influential players as well as social groups created by bonds between similar players. In previous FMs, you could simply sell on players whenever they finished being useful on the pitch, but now if you decide to offload popular veterans, their team-mates can turn against you and the dressing room can split.
Life, pints, glory at the oldest soccer tournament you’ve never heard of – ESPN FC
A THICK FOG LINGERED over the pitch, obscuring the top of the church tower across the lane. In the dressing room, the clack-clack of studs on the tile floor mixed with muffled chatter coming through the ductwork from the other changing room. A cry of, “Come on, boys!” followed by three claps of the captain’s hands, and I was walking out onto the heavy turf with Oving Football Club for our match against Wingrave.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca