VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 307 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Divided We Fall with guests Spencer Richey, Efrain Juarez, and Felipe) – AFTN
Ah, the offseason. A quiet time for reflection and fun and games on the show. Or so we hoped. But nothing could have prepared us for the Vancouver Whitecaps bloodletting that took place at the club’s end of season media day last Tuesday.
Ghazal called up to Egypt for Africa Cup of Nations qualifier versus Tunisia – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that midfielder Aly Ghazal has been called up to the Egyptian men’s national team for this months’ Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Tunisia.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Rating the players (Part Two) – Soccer Shorts
Last time out we took a look at the goalkeeper and fullbacks so now it’s the turn of the central defenders to receive their end of term report. Spoiler Alert! The Whitecaps defence was terrible all year so none of these are going to be great.
Previewing the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals between Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers – Sounders FC
The Seattle Sounders are taking on the Portland Timbers on Thursday in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Here is everything you need to know.
Atlanta United deploys more pragmatic approach in gritty win vs. NYCFC – SBI
It might not have been the sexy, flowing soccer that Atlanta has grown accustomed to, but it was effective and also quite possibly just what the doctor ordered.
Series history says NYCFC in trouble, RSL not done yet – MLS
After Leg 1 of the Conference Semifinals, all four series hang in the balance. No club is more than one goal to the good, setting up a tasty set of second legs this week in the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Real Salt Lake FW Corey Baird Named 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year – RSL
Major League Soccer announced today that Real Salt Lake FW Corey Baird has been named the 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year.
Roster decisions loom for Montreal after narrowly missing playoffs – MLS
After going through a complete makeover this season, the Montreal Impact have a few items remaining on their wish list with an eye on a brighter future.
Montreal Impact and Adam Braz part ways by mutual decision – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that the club and its technical director Adam Braz ended their relationship by mutual agreement.
BC SOCCER NEWS
“Battle tested” UBC and Trinity Western ready to turn home advantage into U Sports Men’s Soccer championship success – AFTN
The field for this year’s U Sports Men’s Soccer championship may have something of a familiar look to it, but it’s shaping up to be one of the strongest nationals yet, with all eight teams boasting quality-packed line-ups.
SFU is No.1 seed in West Region entering NCAA tournament – SFU
Simon Fraser University men’s soccer is headed back to the NCAA D2 Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament for the sixth time in seven years as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.
Simon Fraser’s ‘Mama’ trusts his gut: On eve of NCAA soccer nationals, Clan senior Camara says “…we have the team to do it” – Varsity Letters
It’s Mamadi Camara’s last chance to lead his Simon Fraser Clan to an NCAA Div. 2 soccer championship. So on Monday, as another outstanding conference season atop Burnaby Mountain gave way to the release of the national championship bracket, it was pretty easy to see the level of investment the Clan’s senior midfielder has made in trying to insure he and his teammates are ready to play at the next level that the win-or-go-home post-season demands.
SPARTANS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT CANADA WEST TITLE – TWU
The Trinity Western women’s soccer team captured its second straight Canada West championship, beating Calgary 1-0 Saturday at Chase Office Field.
T-Birds top Spartans to win second consecutive Canada West Championship – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team are Canada West Champions for a second straight season following a 2-0 victory over the rival Trinity Western University Spartans in Sunday’s gold medal final at Thunderbird Stadium.
SPARTANS TO TAKE ON YORK IN U SPORTS QUARTER-FINALS – TWU
Trinity Western is back in the national championship tournament for the first time since 2009 and will open the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship against OUA champion York Thursday (11 a.m. PT) at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium.
WolfPack take Canada West mens soccer bronze medal – TRU
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team are Canada West bronze medal champions for the second straight year. The WolfPack downed the University of Fraser Valley Cascades 1-0. The match was played in a torrential downpour at UBC on Saturday (Nov 3).
Josh Simpson hopes a united Vancouver Island makes Pacific FC a ‘small Iceland’ – Canadian Premier League
Small, but mighty: The classic underdog-turned-contender story, played out on the grandest stage of sport.
VISL Week 8 Results & Standings – BC Soccer Web
The rain tried to throw a damper on the weekend, but it just created a little extra drama, as all games were played, and the results did not disappoint.
FVSL Umbro Premier League Weekly Review (PDF File) – FVSL
Latest update from the FVSL.
North Vancouver teen Caitlin Shaw headed to her second FIFA World Cup – North Shore News
Not too many soccer players can claim to have played in two World Cups, particularly soccer players who are just 17 years old.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
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 season – Pacific 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 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 earns three points to remain atop Group D in Concacaf Under-20 Championship – CSA
Second-half substitute Adonijah Reid’s goal in the 79’ earned Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team three points against Group D opponent Guadeloupe. The 2:1 victory gives Canada six points and first place in the five-team group heading into a key match day three matchup against Panama on 6 November.
Subs rescue Canada in a nail-biter of a win over Guadeloupe – the11.ca
A trio of subs helped Canada made a great escape in Sunday’s action at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Women’s Soccer Championship Preview: Carabins looking to defend national title – USports
The reigning champion Montreal Carabins will try to win their second straight Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy when the 2018 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship opens this week in the nation’s capital.
Men’s Soccer Championship Preview: CAPERS searching for repeat in Vancouver – USports
A year after their first national title in school history, the Cape Bretons CAPERS look to keep possession of the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy when the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship opens this week.
Cape Breton Capers men ride winds to victory – Cape Breton Post
Ben Jackson knows a thing or two about keeping the ball out of his net. But the veteran goalkeeper wasn’t quite sure how to describe the conditions he and his Capers teammates played in on Sunday when they defeated the New Brunswick Reds 2-0 to claim their third consecutive AUS men’s soccer championship.
Western women lose provincial soccer final, still advance to nationals – Sudbury Star
Western fell to Ottawa Sunday at home in the Ontario university women’s soccer final. But if the fates align, they will get their shot at revenge at nationals on the host Gee-Gees’ pitch.
Canada Soccer signs on to Respect in Sport agreement to bolster player safety – CSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Respect in Sport as part of its core values to ensure a safe and positive environment for all participants of the game. The organization founded by former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is aimed at preventing abuse in sport through coursework for coaches and team officials working with young athletes.
A look at three Canadians who made their mark in the world of indoor soccer – Medicine Hat News
A new chapter in Canadian indoor soccer opens Dec. 1 when the Mississauga MetroStars open life in the Major Arena Soccer League. A look at some Canadians who have already made their mark in indoor soccer.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Road to the 2018 USL Cup – Phoenix Rising FC – USL
After reaching the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2017, the offseason moves Phoenix Rising FC made to bolster an already-strong squad only added to the expectations that the side would be a major challenger for the USL Cup in 2018.
Road to the 2018 USL Cup – Louisville City FC – USL
Given its consistency over the club’s first three seasons and a large contingent of returning players, Louisville City FC was arguably the first team since Orlando City SC earlier this decade to put itself in with a reasonable chance at becoming the first team to record back-to-back USL Cup victories when it returned to defend its 2017 crown this spring.
2018 USL All-League Teams Revealed – USL
Standout performers from the 2018 USL regular season were honored on Monday as the United Soccer League announced the 2018 USL All-League Teams, with a pair of players from FC Cincinnati, Louisville City FC and Orange County SC each earning First Team honors and 14 clubs from across the league being represented among the 22 selections overall.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
World Cup playoffs and USWNT in Europe: Why you need to pay attention this week – The Equalizer
The women’s soccer scene has hit a lull of late with a dearth of news as the National Women’s Soccer League offseason sits on neutral. But fear not, it’s a huge week for the sport.
NCAA women’s soccer: Georgetown is a No. 1 seed – Washington Post
A day after winning a third straight Big East title and extending its unbeaten streak to 20 matches, the Georgetown women’s soccer team continued its triumphant run Monday by receiving a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
NCAA soccer: DI women’s 2018 tournament bracket revealed – NCAA
The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 37th NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced this afternoon by the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.
Wexford Youths win Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Cup – Irish WNL
Wexford Youths completed a historic treble as they defeated Peamount United 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon to add the Continental Tyres FAI Women’s Cup to their Development Shield and League title successes.
Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action – The Guardian
Nikita Parris’s record tally is reward for her hard work, Yeovil get off the mark at last, Chelsea have bounced back but there’s no stopping Arsenal
Yeovil Town Ladies seal historic win over Everton – Dorset Echo
YEOVIL Town Ladies made history as they won their very first Women’s Super League match with a 1-0 triumph at home to Everton Ladies.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
CL preview: PSG and Barcelona visit Italy, Atletico hosts Dortmund – NBC Sports
There’s a star-studded lineup on Tuesday in the Champions League, and one of the biggest stars could make his return earlier than expected.
European Super League would threaten football’s future, says group of 900 clubs – The Guardian
A breakaway European Super League would have “serious and lasting implications” for the long-term sustainability of professional football, a group representing more than 900 clubs in 25 countries across Europe has warned.
Espanyol jumps to second with win over Athletic – NBC Sports
The upper echelon of the La Liga table will read Espanyol’s name for at least a week after Rubi’s group topped Athletic Bilbao 1-0 behind the fourth goal for Borja Iglesias in his last three matches.
Huddersfield claim first win after own goal sinks Fulham to the bottom – The Guardian
If good things are supposed to come to those who wait, few had waited longer than Huddersfield Town and few, as the roar at the John Smith’s Stadium at the final whistle showed, enjoyed their reward more.
Copa Libertadores final will be without visiting fans – London Free Press
The Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played without opposing fans.
14-year-old Ovelar scores first pro goal in Paraguay – NBC Sports
Still only 14 years old, Fernando Ovelar scored his first goal for Cerro Porteno one week after becoming the youngest to ever play for the Paraguayan club.
Mbappé leapfrogs Kane to become most valuable player in the world – Inside World Football
The transfer value of French and PSG star Kylian Mbappé just keeps on rising, having now overtaken Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and his Brazilian club mate, the most expensive player in the planet, Neymar.
Salah statue in Egypt criticized for poor resemblance – London Free Press
A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled Monday at an international youth gathering in Egypt has been criticized for its poor resemblance to the Liverpool striker.
Football clubs are a safe playing field for criminals and money launderers, finds report – Inside World Football
Club football is wide open to criminal ownership, money launderers, third party ownership groups and sports betting fraudsters, according to a report published last week.
Bayern Munich and Wales: Mark Hughes’ two games in two countries in a day – BBC Sport
Midfielder Matt Smith faces the prospect of playing three games in five days after being called up by Wales – but that seems almost trivial compared with the feat of the country’s former striker Mark Hughes over 30 years ago. On 11 November 1987 Hughes played matches for Wales and Bayern Munich in two countries on the same day.
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.