VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 229 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The End Is Not The End featuring David Ousted, Tim Parker, and Brek Shea) – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps 2017 MLS season is over. The end of year media day has been held and the ‘Caps players are now heading home to spend the winter with their families and grab some rest and relaxation.
Year-End Roundtable with 86Forever, AFTN, FTBL, and Daily Hive – Eighty-Six Forever
Media groups covering the Vancouver Whitecaps get together to discuss the season that was.
Whitecaps FC set to play in Pacific Rim Cup this February in Honolulu – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will participate in the first annual Pacific Rim Cup on February 8 and 10 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both Whitecaps FC matches will be produced by Ariake Broadcasting and available for live streaming on whitecapsfc.com.
Vancouver Whitecaps Season Review (The Attack) – Soccer Shorts
It’s tempting to make jokes about the phrase “Vancouver Whitecaps Attack” being an oxymoron like “Charlton Athletic” or “Translink Schedule” but there was at least some attack out there some of the time.
Crew SC: This time, the Trillium Cup rivalry with Toronto means something – MLS
For the teams and fans involved with the Trillium Cup, the “rivalry” has always been more about name than substance.
Dynamo hope momentum survives two-week playoff break – Houston Chronicle
The Dynamo picked the perfect time to reach their best form in six years. If they want to extend that run, their biggest obstacle may not be their next opponent.
NYCFC’s Jack Harrison heading to the Premier League? – NBC Sports
Jack Harrison is said to be interesting multiple Premier League teams ahead of the January transfer window.
Brad Friedel feels excited, prepared for first professional coaching job with Revs – SBI
New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns are more than familiar with each other, but it wasn’t just the close connection between the former U.S. Men’s National Team players that brought Friedel to New England.
FC Cincinnati secures shirt sponsorship contingent on joining MLS – ESPN FC
FC Cincinnati’s bid to secure one of the two MLS expansion slots in December received a boost on Monday, when the club announced a jersey sponsorship deal with Mercy Health.
Introducing MLS Offseason Crash Course: Advanced Roster Construction – Dirty South Soccer
There’s never a good time to talk about the complex set of rules, bylaws, and accounting functions that comprise the MLS Roster Rules. But I think about it a lot and write about it occasionally. And since it’s the offseason (effectively), and we’re starting to hear some rumblings about player signings, player departures, quasi-player signings, and shady instagram sleuthings of empty lockers, I thought I might write a series of posts laying out what I have determined to be the “optimal strategies” for building an MLS team within this byzantine roster rules system.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vancouver Island University wins CCAA men’s championship – CSA
The Vancouver Island University Mariners won their second national title at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. The Nanaimo-based school and host of the 2017 championship won 1:0 over Douglas College in an all-British Columbia final on Saturday 11 November.
VISL Division 1 Results & Standings – Nov.10-12 – BC Soccer Web
An exciting Remembrance Day weekend in VISL Div 1 League play as well as the McGavin Cup Final.
WSOC: Bronze for Spartans soccer – Aldergrove Star
At the start of the season, Graham Roxburgh was unsure of what would unfold.
MSOC: Host WolfPack earn U SPORTS bronze – Canada West
The host Thompson Rivers WolfPack are the 2017 U SPORTS men’s soccer bronze medalists.
UBC comeback falls short in U SPORTS finale – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds finished fourth Sunday at the 2017 U SPORTS Respect Group Men’s Soccer Championship in Kamloops, B.C.
WSOC: Royals gain valuable experience ahead of 2018 nationals – Surrey Now-Leader
The Douglas College Royals faced the toughest challenge of their successful season on the other side of the country.
Delta soccer standouts thriving on both sides of border – Delta Optimist
Two South Delta Secondary graduates in the starting 11 helped a world-renowned Ivy League school win the women’s soccer conference championship. The almost surreal feat is what Alessia Azermadhi and Olivia Sheppard accomplished last Saturday.
Strikers & Wildcats earn provincial soccer berths – Richmond News
McRoberts edges Notre Dame in penalty kicks to win Vancouver & District AA title.
WSOC: Victoria defeats Manitoba 4-1 to finish fifth at nationals – Canada West
The Victoria Vikes earned a 4-1 win over the Manitoba Bisons in the consolation at the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship Sunday morning at the Subway Soccer South Complex in Winnipeg, Man.
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
Pair of 2nd-half goals for U.S. deflate Canadian women – CBC
Alex Morgan scored the go-ahead goal in the second half as the United States downed Canada 3-1 on Sunday in a women’s soccer friendly in San Jose, Calif.
Jessie Fleming eyeing Europe over NWSL – The Equalizer
The way to the NCAA may not be the best way for Canada Soccer’s up and coming footballers. It’s been a question up for discussion for some time: Does the NCAA offer the best opportunity for the next generation to progress, or is Europe a better option?
How a rivalry was born: The humble story of the first USWNT-Canada games – Four Four Two
The first victory in USWNT history came over Canada, sparking a regional rivalry which remains strong today.
Cape Breton wins Sam Davidson Trophy as U Sports men’s champions – CSA
Cape Breton University won 5-4 on kicks to capture the 2017 U Sports men’s soccer championship in Kamloops, British Columbia. Cape Breton University and Université Montréal drew 2:2 after extra time before Cape Breton won 5-4 after seven rounds of kicks in the Sunday 12 November championship final.
Montréal wins Gladys Bean Trophy as U Sports champions – CSA
Université Montréal won their first national title at the 2017 U Sports women’s soccer championship in Winnipeg. The Montréal Carabins won 1:0 over Cape Breton University in the Sunday 12 November championship final.
Toronto FC to host new BMO Champions Cup youth tournament – Waking the Red
The best of Ontario’s young soccer prospects will gather at Toronto FC’s Kia Training Ground later this week for the first BMO Champions Cup.
Élans Garneau win fourth-straight CCAA women’s championship – CSA
The Collège François Xavier Garneau won their 10th national title at 2017 CCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The Québec-based school won 1:0 over Champlain College Saint-Lambert in an all-Québec final on Saturday 11 November in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was Garneau’s fourth-straight championship.
FC London men’s team hires Mike Marcoccia as coach – London Free Press
Mike Marcoccia has done some magical stuff with the FC London women’s League1 Ontario team. He’s now going to get a chance to do the same thing with FC London’s men’s team in the same league.
Standout Performers Recognized At League1 Ontario 2017 Awards Banquet – League1 Ontario
We had a great time at the 2017 League1 Ontario Awards Banquet on Sunday November 12, honouring the many, many standout performers of the season.
Ontario Soccer announces first nine speakers for Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 – Ontario Soccer
Three keynote speakers and as many as seven more session speakers to still be announced.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Louisville City FC wins USL championship with 1-0 win over Swope Park – National Post
Louisville City FC, with Canadian international Mark-Anthony Kaye coming off the bench, has won the USL Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Swope Park Rangers.
Late goal gives Louisville City its first USL title – SBI
Louisville City FC is the new USL champion. It took 88 minutes for them to break the deadlock, but Cameron Lancaster’s 88th minute header allowed them to lift their first ever USL Cup with a 1-0 win over Swope Park Rangers in front of a sellout crowd of 14,456 at Slugger Field on Monday night.
NASL Final: Deltas shrug off uncertainty to beat Cosmos – Soccer America
Expansion team San Francisco Deltas wrapped up a memorable season that might be its last by beating the New York Cosmos, 2-0, Sunday night in the NASL final.
SF Deltas Win NASL Championship and Hope to Live Another Day – Midfield Press
The San Francisco Deltas pulled off what was one of the most unlikely scenarios one could imagine at the beginning of the season: to top the historic New York Cosmos in the NASL championship 2-0 at Kezar Stadium in their inaugural season. In a situation where the Club’s future has been in doubt for almost the entire season, Marc Dos Santos led his side through everything that could possibly be thrown at them to win the NASL title.
Cosmos Stymied by Deltas in NASL Final – Empire of Soccer
The 2017 New York Cosmos finally ran out of steam on the road in Sunday’s North American Soccer League Championship final.
Key players are returning to Ottawa Fury FC for 2018 – APT 613
Ottawa Fury FC held their annual player awards gala on Thursday evening at TD Place. Among the winners were backup keeper Andrew MacRae (Community Award), Callum Irving (Fans’ Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year), Steevan Dos Santos (Top Scorer), Sergio Manesio (sharing Newcomer of the Year with Irving), and Jamar Dixon (Player of the Year).
USL expansion teams Las Vegas and Fresno FC appoint head coaches – Soccer America
Las Vegas and Fresno FC named the head coaches for their launch in the USL in 2018.
Didier Drogba Set to Retire From Football by November 2018 After Next USL Season – SI.com
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has suggested that he is likely to call time on his illustrious playing career in just 12 months’ time when the 2018 United Soccer League season concludes next November.
Rhinos to hold press conference regarding ‘the future of professional soccer in Rochester’ – Front Row Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos announced Monday that they will hold a press conference to about “the future of professional soccer in Rochester” Wednesday afternoon.
Proving ground: 5 years in, USL-MLS partnership offers rich opportunities – MLS
The affiliation between MLS and USL marks its fifth anniversary in January, and those seeking proof of the value of the partnership can find plenty in Monday night’s USL Cup triumph by Louisville City FC over Swope Park Rangers.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Glasgow City Champions of Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 – Scottish WPL
It’s another record-breaking season for Scotland’s most successful ladies team. Ainslie Park saw a tremendous turn out as both Hibernian Ladies and City fans were out in force to cheer on their teams.
#SBSSWPL Round-up – 12/11/17 – Scottish WPL
A stunning start from Glasgow City helped them beat Hibernian to secure their eleventh title in the row and twelfth overall. Lauren McMurchie’s volley opened the scoring, and then two defensive mistakes from Hibs in two minutes gifted two goals to secure the title.
WSL 1 Week 5 Review: Chelsea drop points for the first time – Vavel
This weekend saw a seemingly unstoppable Chelsea side drop points for the first time this season, as Manchester City were able to lift themselves into top spot after beating Bristol.
W-League week 3 review: Doniak dazzles as Adelaide shock league leaders Perth Glory – Vavel
Neither Newcasle Jets or Perth Glory could maintain their unbeaten runs going into week four of the Westfield W-League.
2017 NCAA Tournament: Sunday first round recap – The Equalizer
Megan Massey scored the equalizer in the fifty minute and Taylor Kornieck added the game-winner just two minutes later as Colorado earns a place in the second round in comeback fashion.
2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament: Bracket, schedule, scores – Land of 10
The 2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament continues on Friday, Nov. 17 with the Second Round. Find bracket, schedule and scores below.
Frauen Bundesliga week 8 Review: Hoffenheim up to seventh – Vavel
Köln grab second successive win.
Liga Iberdrola Week 9 Review: Valencia topple Betis – Vavel
Athletic Bilbao kept up their form with a narrow win over Sevilla before Albacete stopped Levante’s unbeaten run and Sporting shared the spoils with Zaragoza, elsewhere in Liga Iberdrola, Atleti eased past Tenerife and Sociedad grabbed their first win of the season over Rayo.
The Lionesses: Who’s next to lead England’s national women’s team? – The Offside Rule
With the long-term managerial fate of the Lionesses still up in the air, Nancy Frostick reveals who she believes are the top three candidates under consideration.
England Women meet with PFA to discuss sacking of Mark Sampson and Eni Aluko fall-out – The Telegraph
Members of the England women’s team have met with the Professional Footballers’ Association to discuss the sacking of their former manager, Mark Sampson, and the controversy surrounding allegations made by their team-mate Eni Aluko, who was again passed over for selection for the national side.
The speed of change in women’s football is leaving some clubs behind – The Guardian
The deadline for teams to stay in the revamped top two tiers has passed with Watford and Sunderland announcing that they are not even applying.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
‘This is the apocalypse’: Italian press mourns nation’s World Cup exit – The Guardian
“Italy, this is the apocalypse,” was the headline in the country’s leading sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday morning, perhaps an understandable reaction for a nation whose passion for football is so great that the same publication concluded that “a love so great must be reserved for other things [than the World Cup]”.
Swede dreams for Andersson’s play-off heroes – FIFA
Joy abounded in the Sweden camp as Janne Andersson’s side pulled off the first major shock of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia play-offs last night.
Italy’s catastrophic playoff failure can give way to a brighter, talented future – ESPN FC
So this is what it feels like to miss out on a World Cup. I’ve been asked enough times since the final whistle in Milan that I figure I might as well come up with an answer.
Tearful farewell for World Cup legend Buffon – FIFA
FIFA World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon had been within touching distance of history but ultimately his Italy side fell just short of winning a ticket to Russia 2018. For Buffon, defeat against Sweden also brought down the curtain on a wonderful career at international level.
Italian economy set to take €1 billion hit following World Cup flop – SN
Former CONI president Franco Carraro has revealed just how much Italy’s disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign is set to cost the nation’s economy, estimating a hit of around €1 billion.
Croatia to give coach Dalic new contract for World Cup – Sportsnet
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic will have his contract extended after qualifying for the World Cup within weeks of being hired.
Morocco, Tunisia qualify for the World Cup – Toronto Star
Will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal in representing Africa at 2018 tournament in Russia.
Essam El-Hadary, the 44-year-old preparing for his World Cup debut – The Guardian
The Egypt goalkeeper, who made his debut when some of his current team-mates were not even born, should become the oldest player at a World Cup.
Not all doom and gloom in Black Stars’ World Cup failure – ESPN FC
It will be an awkward summer for Ghanaian football fans. For the first time in 12 years, there will be no World Cup to prepare for, no banking halls decorated with national colours, no television presenters decked in the red, gold and green and no group of fans flying out of Accra to a World Cup venue in large numbers.
Day of reckoning arrives for Socceroos in Honduras World Cup play-off – The Guardian
A fractured Australian football landscape will momentarily unite for the national team’s most important game in a decade.
Furious Honduras boss claims Australia used a drone to spy on his team – SN
Honduras boss Jorge Luis Pinto has accused Australia of intentionally spying on his team by using a drone ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup inter-confederation play-off.
Grandstand openings in corruption trial of Marin, Napout and Burga – Inside World Football
With jury selection complete, the trial of three South American former football administrators began in earnest with opening statements on Monday in the Brooklyn Federal court.
NCAA: Wake Forest, Indiana highlight 2017 College Cup bracket –SBI
The NCAA regular season and conference tournaments have come to a close and we are left with 48 teams competing for the national championship this fall.
USA-Portugal: Future begins now for US national team – Soccer America
It’s certainly not the circumstances in which the USA had hoped to be finishing out its 2017 season. But it will use Tuesday’s friendly against Portugal as the first step in building a new national team as it looks past 2018 when it won’t be playing at the World Cup.
Liam Miller, former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder, undergoing cancer treatment – The Guardian
Celtic and Manchester United have expressed support for their former midfielder Liam Miller after it emerged that the 36-year-old has pancreatic cancer. The former Republic of Ireland player, who won 21 caps for the Republic between 2004 and 2009, has reportedly received treatment in the US, where he last played for Wilmington Hammerheads.
Christian Pulisic: 1,834 Days – The Players’ Tribune
In my heart, I knew it was over when we walked off the field. I think we all did. There were all of these complicated mathematical scenarios, but we knew the biggest one: We had to at least tie. Had to have that last goal. And we were grinding for it like crazy, right up until the very end. But we didn’t get it. And once we didn’t get it, and we were walking off that field — well, that’s when I pretty much knew. I knew it was over.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he’s father of baby girl – Sportsnet
Ronaldo posted a photo Sunday on Twitter of him with the baby’s mother, Georgina Rodriguez, and his oldest son in a hospital in Madrid.
Brooklyn Soccer Leagues To Replicate FIFA Video Game ‘In Real Life’ – Sport Techie
Millions of amateur soccer players have spent countless hours parked on their couches in front of the FIFA video games series, trying to develop academy prospects and avoid Career Mode relegation, all while wondering how they’d fare on a real pitch under such rigorous training and with such closely monitored scrutiny over statistics and ratings.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca