VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Nicolas Mezquida keen to stay in Vancouver after best season so far as a Whitecap – AFTN
In amongst what’s been a disappointing season for Vancouver Whitecaps, it’s been a decent personal year for midfielder Nicolas Mezquida. His best yet as a Whitecap and in MLS.
Dean graduates from Major League Soccer’s Generation adidas program – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that defender Christian Dean has graduated from the Generation adidas program, meaning his 2017 salary will count against the club’s salary budget.
Roster Decisions Ahead for Carl Robinson and the Backline – Eighty-Six Forever
Much of the recent roster movement talk surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps has concerned their Captain, Pedro Morales, and rightly so. He’s been making some less-than-ideal comments in the wake of the Whitecaps failure to qualify for the post-season, and his performance overall during the season left many with a sour taste in their mouths. I think many would agree with the sentiment Morales won’t be back, especially not at the salary he commanded last season.
Whitecaps Staring into the Infinite – Soccer Shorts
Coaches are judged by a measurement of games rather than seasons and games are judged by a measurement of individual results rather than performance or progress. So with that in mind the first round of the MLS playoffs could not have gone any worse for fans of the Whitecaps and, by extension, the people who hold the purse strings of the club.
Changing of the guard: Biggest names taking a back seat in MLS Cup Playoffs – Four Four Two
Keane off the bench. Drogba on the sidelines. Pirlo and Lampard battling injury. As Steve Davis notes, the 2016 playoffs have put the opening acts at center stage.
Toronto FC supporters help elevate Reds to uncharted heights – MLS
The first “olés” at BMO Field came in the opening minute. The frenzied cheering finally found a peak after 90. By final whistle, Toronto had escaped with a 2-0 victory over New York City FC in the opening leg of the teams’ Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
TFC showing who BMO’s main tenants are – Toronto Star
The contrast was just too great, too utterly convincing, to ignore. In the same stadium where the Toronto Argonauts drew tiny crowds all season, the same BMO Field that was supposed to save the CFL in this city, Toronto FC attracted a capacity audience on Sunday night for a raucous, thrilling playoff game against New York City FC and in doing so made a statement. This was the moment TFC clearly became No. 4 in this sports town, passing the Argos, the oldest franchise in the city. Passion has vanquished history.
Toronto FC comes of age in playoff win over NYCFC – Sportsnet
In the span of five days last week, Toronto FC twice won the biggest match in its 10-year history, all but completing the amazing renaissance of a franchise that was not too long ago the laughingstock of Major League Soccer.
Ricketts becoming Toronto FC’s not-so-secret weapon – Waking the Red
Any opponent adept – or lucky – enough to survive Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore now has to face a third threat.
Despite long odds, FC Dallas not about to give up hope of a comeback – MLS
It might take a miracle for FC Dallas to dig themselves out of the 3-0 hole they find themselves in following a blowout defeat to the Seattle Sounders in the opening leg of their Western Conference semifinal in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Are aging Designated Players a smart investment for MLS clubs? – ESPN FC
The surprising success of the Montreal Impact is one of the leading storylines in early Major League Soccer playoff action. On Thursday, Mauro Biello’s club went into the unfriendly confines of RFK Stadium and easily dispatched D.C. United 4-2.
Orlando City SC Announces Partnership with Clube Atlético Paranaense – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC has entered into an affiliation with Clube Atlético Paranaense of the Brazilian Serie A, the Club announced today. The technical partnership connects City with a club that boasts a world-class training facility and one of Brazil’s top academies.
Soccer Culture on the Rise in NYC – Washington Square News
New York has always had its own soccer teams, but there has never been a strong tradition and passion for them. Ever since the NY Cosmos entertained American audiences with players like Pele, Giorgio Chinaglia, Johan Cruyff and others, there has been little attachment from New Yorkers toward their representative teams.
CASCADIA CUP PHOTOS: Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers 1, October 23, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web By Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
SFU Claims GNAC Title And Team Of Week – SFU
It is the Clan’s fifth conference title in program history after winning a string of four in a row from 2010 to 2013.
BCSPL announces 2016 League Cup Finals schedule – BCSPL
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League’s fall phase of play has a round robin format for 2 months, which is now complete. All teams are now seeded based on the round robin standings, and move onto the BCSPL League Cup knockout quarterfinals taking place on the Nov 5/6 weekend.
BCSPL announces 2017 dates of play – BCSPL
While the full and complete BCSPL schedule won’t be released publicly until February 1, here are the confirmed 14 league play weekends for phase 1 play from February through June, 2017.
Whitecaps FC Residency win one of two versus Sounders FC Academy – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams played to a win and a loss against Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle Sounders FC Academy on Saturday.
More than 40 Soccer Clubs Have Opted into the BC Soccer Club Charter Program – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to update the membership and wider soccer community that more than 40 affiliated soccer clubs from across the province have submitted their letter of intent to opt into BC Soccer’s club charter club.
Fernie teen recognized by Whitecaps FC Academy – The Free Press
Ethan Heavey, 15, was recently recognized as one of the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Year. The program is about learning to play soccer the Whitecaps Way, according to Heavey.
Surrey striker has many sides to her game – Surrey Leader
It’s not uncommon to hear of athletes that they possess something of a split personality – fierce and competitive on the field of play, yet much calmer off it. And though rare is the person who lays claim to three personality types, Surrey soccer player Monika Levarsky may do just that, at least as far her head coach and University of the Fraser Valley Cascades teammates are concerned.
Mariners women win provincial soccer championship – Nanaimo News Bulletin
The VIU Mariners played their best of game of the year in the provincial final and became PacWest champions.
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.
Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17 – Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.
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
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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
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer teammates unite off the pitch to spread their game across the country – National Post
They were the heart of one of the greatest and most storied Canadian teams in history, and now they’ve formed a proper company — iS4 — to better teach the joys and rewards of teamwork to the nation.
Canada to face Honduras in Men’s U-20 series – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team will face Honduras in a pair of international friendly matches in November. The two away matches will be played 12 and 15 November in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Soccer group can expand south Edmonton facility more quickly and cheaply than city can – INews 880am
The Edmonton Soccer Association has told members of city council’s Community and Public Services Committee they can build two indoor soccer spaces at their south Edmonton facility on Roper road and do it both more cheaply, and quicker than the city can.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Mitch Hildebrandt Wins USL Goalkeeper of the Year – Empire of Soccer
FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt has won the 2016 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Award. Hildebrandt was one of the first signings made by Cincinnati, moving from Minnesota United last year.
Carl Haworth named Fury’s top player in 2016 – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC coach Paul Dalglish says his team’s leading scorer Carl Haworth “is a good fit for me and I’m a good fit for him.”
Karl Ouimette’s loan to Jacksonville Armada seems to have been a bust – Once a Metro
Karl Ouimette is unlikely to look back on 2016 as a highlight of his pro soccer career. The 24-year-old was handed an unexpected opportunity for regular starts for the New York Red Bulls this year when a succession of injuries blighted the first team’s defensive corps in the opening weeks of the MLS regular season. Ouimette appeared in seven of RBNY’s first eight league games, starting in six of them.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Westfield W-League kicks off ninth season; games to air on ESPN3 in U.S. – Excelle
The W-League features nine clubs and players from over 20 nations. This year, ESPN3 will televise W-League games in the United States, while FOX Sports and ABC will broadcast 14 matches in Australia during the regular season.
Melbourne City preview – W-League
A look at how champions Melbourne City are shaping up for their Westfield W-League title defence.
How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe – The Guardian
On the field, the US women’s soccer team has followed up a thrilling NWSL final with a couple of smashing debuts in friendlies against Switzerland. Off the field, the sport is bogged down in the courts and at the negotiating table.
Roar players had to make stand over W-League pay dispute, says Polkinghorne – The Guardian
Brisbane W-League captain Clare Polkinghorne insists it was important players made a stand during last month’s contract dispute but admits none ever considered walking out on the club.
WU17 EURO elite round line-up confirmed – UEFA
Holders Germany, fellow former champions Poland and best third-placed side Russia are among the 23 teams that have advanced from the qualifying round to join Spain.
#SWPL16 – Game 21 Round up – Scottish WNL
Both teams had something to celebrate going into the game with Glasgow City winning their tenth title in a row (a Scottish record) and Rangers’ defender and Scotland legend Rhonda Jones playing her final game before retiring. Both teams put on a magnificent show where more history was made.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Preview: Man City faces Barcelona, Bayern visits PSV, and more – SBI
The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and attention will fall squarely on Manchester City to redeem themselves against one of the world’s best.
Inter sacks De Boer – SN
Frank de Boer has been sacked as head coach of Inter in the wake of Sunday’s Serie A defeat by Sampdoria.
Mexico may go it alone for 2026 World Cup bid – Inside World Football
Mexico, the first country to host the World Cup twice, now wants to be the first to stage it three times and is prepared to do so alone rather than jointly with the United States.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic embodies Manchester United’s woes – is it time to drop him? – The Guardian
Ibrahimovic is failing not only by his own standards but relative to the leading strikers at the top title contenders and José Mourinho may benefit from using Marcus Rashford in the central attacking role
FIFA orders Bolivia to forfeit 2 World Cup qualifiers – Sportsnet
FIFA has ordered Bolivia to forfeit two World Cup qualifying matches for fielding an ineligible player, a ruling that improves Chile’s qualification chances and harms Argentina’s.
Fifa ‘rejects England & Scotland request to wear poppies on armbands’ – BBC Sport
Fifa has turned down a request from England and Scotland for players to wear armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day, the Scottish FA says.
Russian Football Premier League Roundup – Violence and racism overshadows Main-Moscow Derby – Futbolgrad
Futbolgrad’s Russian Football Premier League roundup from matchday 12 focuses on the Main-Moscow derby Spartak vs CSKA Moscow.
Jose Mourinho charged by FA for second time in a week – Sportsnet
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho found himself in more trouble with English soccer authorities on Tuesday when he was again charged with misconduct, this time for verbally abusing a referee in a Premier League game.
Cesar Montes’ bright Mexico future under Osorio but Oribe Peralta fading – ESPN FC
Later this week, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio is expected to release his roster for November’s World Cup qualifying matches against the United States and Panama.
Miroslav Klose ends playing career, will train as coach with Germany – Sportsnet
Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, is ending his playing career and will train to be a coach.
West Ham’s dream Olympic home should be flattened, says stadium expert – Inside World Football
West Ham’s new London Stadium, the central venue for the 2012 Olympic Games but which has been the subject of repeated fan trouble, should be knocked down and rebuilt to suit football, according to one of Europe’s most knowledgeable and experienced stadium experts.
Olsen: Nobody underestimates the Faroes anymore – FIFA
Positive results in qualifying matches have often been elusive for minnows Faroe Islands. Under manager Lars Olsen, however, the North Atlantic archipelago has achieved notable victories and draws against formidable opposition in recent times.
Referee abandons game after 13 minutes in response to moaning fan – The Guardian
An investigation has been launched after abuse from a supporter caused a referee to abandon a non-league game between Holmer Green and Edgware Town after 13 minutes on Saturday.