VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 2016 Season in Review – Part I – MLS Multiplex
Looking back at the key moments for the Vancouver Whitecaps throughout the 2016 MLS season.
A closer look at the process of scouting – and signing – a new player – Whitecaps FC
The process of scouting – and signing – a new player can be a complicated one. It’s a process that can take months, sometimes even years. Just ask Carl Robinson.
Montreal will have to wait for TFC – Toronto Star
MLS playoffs on hold while league breaks for international play.
MLS Playoffs: Impact moves home leg to Big O – Soccer America
In less than 24 hours of sales, the Impact announced on Monday it had already sold over 20,000 tickets for the match against Toronto FC, to be played on Nov. 22.
MLS and the Two Solitudes: “Rivalry Week” with a side of Canadian history – Soccer Wire
Make no mistake, though fans of other franchises may argue otherwise: This is the league’s most compelling rivalry. How could it not be, when it embodies a country’s entire history?
On MLS: Piatti delivering MVP-caliber performances for Impact in playoffs – SBI
As Baldomero Toledo blew the full-time whistle in Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, the Montreal Impact, having just knocked out the New York Red Bulls on their own field, swarmed across one man.
New York win speaks volumes about Impact character – Montreal Impact
Determination can take you a long way. Without a doubt, the game plan that the staff led by head coach Mauro Biello put together and that the players executed brilliantly was a key factor in the Impact reaching the Eastern Conference Championship. But against this Red Bulls team that had been so strong at home, the Bleu-blanc-noir mostly needed to stubbornly believe in itself and to never give in.
TFC’s Bezbatchenko says this could be ‘our moment’ – Toronto Sun
And now the Reds find themselves with two weeks off, with time to look forward to the biggest pair of club matches ever played in Canada. The theatre inside Olympic Stadium and BMO Field should be breathtaking.
Italy not calling up Sebastian Giovinco because MLS ‘doesn’t count’ – Ventura – ESPN FC
Despite his heroics for Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco has been left out of the Italy squad because coach Giampiero Ventura believes “he plays in a league that doesn’t count for much.”
Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris ruled out of USMNT matches with hamstring injury – Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris has been sent back to Seattle by the U.S. national team as he continues to deal with a strained hamstring, forcing him out of the USMNT’s two upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying matches and putting him in question for the Sounders’ postseason push.
After shallow playoff run follows 2016 triumphs, FC Dallas looking ahead: ‘We’re in our window now’ – Sportsday
When FC Dallas looks back on its 2016 season, it will be remembered as a success. The team won a trophy for the first time in 19 years, then lifted the Supporters’ Shield for the first time in club history. Right now, though, the 4-2 aggregate defeat to the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup playoffs that cut short a dream of winning three domestic trophies still hurts.
Arena, Keane, and the huge decisions that will define LA Galaxy’s offseason – Four Four Two
The Galaxy’s task is similar to the one it faced last offseason. The core question: Who will be leading the team, on and off the field?
Hosting MLS Cup still a possibility for Sounders – Sounders FC
If Sounders beat Rapids and Impact beat Toronto FC, MLS Cup would be in Seattle on Dec. 10.
Black Sunday: The Day The New York Soccer Teams Fell – Empire of Soccer
When two of the three professional New York soccer teams fall out of the postseason in a blaze of disappointment, you have to memorialize the occasion. We here at EoS will refer to it as “Black Sunday.”
BC SOCCER NEWS
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
UBC to defend title as top seed at women’s soccer nationals – Canada West
The schedule and quarter-final matchups were announced Monday for the 30th CIS women’s soccer championship, which kicks off Thursday in Wolfville, N.S.
Alberta seeded third, UBC fifth for men’s soccer nationals – Canada West
The schedule and opening-round matchups were announced Monday for the 47th CIS men’s soccer championship, which gets underway Thursday in Guelph, Ont.
Clan Earns No. 1 Seed In NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament West Region – SFU
Simon Fraser (14-1-2, 9-1-2 GNAC) will host its half of the West Region bracket at Seattle Pacific’s Interbay Stadium in Seattle, Wash. As the only Canadian school in the NCAA, Simon Fraser must host the NCAA event in the United States.
Spartans pound Dinos, win Canada West bronze – Langley Times
Their season may have ended, but the Trinity Western Spartans men’s soccer team went out on a winning note.
Women’s soccer beat Spartans 3-0, win Canada West title – Ubyssey
Relying on exceptional defence, the Thunderbirds were able to hold off the Trinity offence and win 3-0, capturing its 15th Canada West championship title.
Spartans stunner: first loss for TWU soccer team – Langley Times
The Trinity Western Spartans are in unfamiliar territory. For the first time all season, the women’s soccer team is coming off a defeat. The Spartans fell 3-0 to one of their fiercest rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds.
Mariners women focused for nationals – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Playing focused soccer has become a team strength for the VIU Mariners, and there’s no reason why that can’t continue at nationals.
Reynolds rolls into Island soccer finals – Saanich News
The Reynolds Roadrunners enter the AAA Island championships in good form at Oak Bay High Wednesday.
CHSS soccer boys provincials-bound – Northern View
The boys are headed to provincials. Charles Hays Secondary School’s (CHSS) boys soccer team won the NorthWest Zone title last Saturday at the CHSS field with wins over Kitimat and Smithers.
VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
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.
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
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 stars combining on iS4 initiative – Equalizer
It’s not easy to become a professional athlete. You have to work hard, put in hours and hours to hone your craft, and have the necessary support from your family and friends. The financial costs are astronomical and many kids can’t afford to play sports and attend camps. Christine Sinclair, Karina LeBlanc, Rhian Wilkinson, and Diana Matheson have come together to launch iS4 (I Strive Four) and have partnered with Canadian Tire’s JumpStart program to give back to the kids across Canada.
Burlington players help Guelph win first men’s soccer title since 1990 – Burlington Post
Burlington players contributed at both ends of the pitch as Justin Springer and Jace Kotsopoulos helped the Guelph Gryphons win its first men’s soccer title in 26 years.
UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team claims first OUA title for Oshawa university – Oshawa This Week
Taijah Henderson’s goal in the 22nd minute stood up as the winner, as the UOIT women’s soccer team went where no Ridgebacks team had gone before, winning an Ontario University Athletics championship Sunday, Nov. 6 at the University of Western Ontario.
Axewomen seeded eighth in national soccer championship – Local Xpress
If the host Acadia Axewomen are to win the Canadian university women’s soccer championship, they will have to do it the hard way. The AUS finalist will be the eighth seed for the nationals that begin Thursday in Wolfville.
Buchanan and Lawrence lead West Virginia to win – Brampton Guardian
Heroics from Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence, both former players with the Brams United Girls Soccer Club, gave the West Virginia University Mountaineers a dramatic victory in the Big 12 women’s soccer championship on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Kansas City.
League1 Ontario Men: 2016 Canadian College And University Tracker – League1 Ontario
With the Canadian provincial post-secondary soccer seasons (University and College) now concluded, the time is ripe to take a closer look at current and former League1 Ontario players that made a difference for their schools.
AU goalie an OUA all-star – Sault This Week
To be sure, it’s a big step forward and a huge recognition for the local university soccer program. That is, first-year goalkeeper Andrew Johnstone of the Algoma University Thunderbirds has been named to the Ontario University Athletics second all-star team.
Canada Soccer partners to build three mini-pitches in MLS cities – CSA
Three new asphalt mini-pitches have been installed in BC, ON and QC with funding from Canada Soccer. The MLS Works 20 for 20 mini-pitch initiative, a partnership with Canada Soccer, Adidas, and Southern New Hampshire University, saw three mini-pitches opened in ceremonies in Squamish, BC, Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC this fall.
Top 8 Academic All-Canadian recipients honoured at Rideau Hall today – U Sports
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the fourth Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation to the eight recipients, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, his official residence.
Canada to face Jamaica in Men’s U-17 series – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-17 Team will face Jamaica in a pair of international friendly matches in late November. The two away matches will be played 27 and 29 November in Kingston, Jamaica.
College sports online network fails during championship weekend – Calgary Herald
Only four days after launching ACAC TV, the online college sports network went down at a crucial time — during the soccer championship weekend.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Marco Bustos reflects on tough year: “The season kind of plateaued for me at stages” – AFTN
It was a tough season for Marco Bustos. One that’s led to a lot of reflection and an added hunger for the talented young Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder heading into next year.
FC Edmonton Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel Wins NASL Golden Glove – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton goalkeeper Matt VanOekel has earned the 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) Golden Glove, which is the annual award that goes to the goalkeeper with the league’s best goals against average.
FCE’s MVO takes NASL Golden Glove – the11.ca
He is the second FCE keeper to win the Golden Glove award. Canadian keeper John Smits won it in 2014. Smits spent the 2016 season with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL; that team is downgrading and moving to PDL next season, leaving Smits as a free agent.
Fury FC Announces Return of Bruna for 2017 Season – USL
Argentine midfielder saw season cut short due to injury in first season in Ottawa.
Through adversity, Cosmos remain New York’s postseason standard bearer – Empire of Soccer
The “Kings of New York” mantle is usually reserved for derbies among the city’s three professional teams — but we may have to make an exception after this weekend.
Rayo OKC: Nus returning to Spain – NewsOK
The club will have to determine its plans for 2017 before it hires a new coach. The club’s future in Oklahoma City has been in doubt since Sold Out Strategies, the local operating group, left in August.
USL Operations & Sales Summit in Full Swing at SAFC – USL
This marks the second annual Operations & Sales Summit, which was hosted in 2015 by Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field. This year’s summit runs through Wednesday as the league and its organizations share ideas and best practices to help boost off-the-field business within the USL’s respective markets and league-wide moving forward.
Kitsap SC Sees A Brighter Future In NPSL – Midfield Press
As the club moves from PDL to NPSL, 2017 will be a transitional year. Instead of being known as the Kitsap Pumas, the club will be called Kitsap SC this year due to the transition and then will revert back to the Pumas name next year. The leadership of the team looks forward to an opportunity to push forward to more success in the NPSL, a platform they feel gives them more flexibility going forward.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 draw – UEFA
Germany will begin their title defence against Sweden, the Netherlands are up against Norway while England, Scotland, Spain and Portugal are in the same group.
England face Scotland in Euro 2017 group stages – BBC Sport
England have been drawn to face Scotland in the group stages of Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.
Women’s soccer: Division I championship field announced – NCAA
The field of 64 teams, which will compete for the 35th NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, was announced this afternoon by the Division I Women’s Soccer Committee.
Kerr, Dowie braces highlight Week 1 in W-League – The Equalizer
NWSL players Sam Kerr and Natasha Dowie each registered braces to highlight the opening of Australia’s Westfield W-League 2016-17 season this weekend.
Fans flock to W-League opening round – W-League
Interest in the Westfield W-League is at an all-time high if crowd numbers for the opening round of the new season are any indicator.
Reign’s Manon Melis announces retirement – The Equalizer
Manon Melis announced her retirement from soccer on Monday. The 30-year old Netherlands native spent 2016 with Seattle Reign FC leading the club with 7 goals. All but one of Melis’s goals came during the final eight games of the season when she was among the most dangerous players around.
ROUND-UP: Peamount United and UCD get crucial wins to pressure Shels – Irish WNL
UCD Waves moved to the summit of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with a 4-0 win over Galway WFC.
Harvard Women’s Soccer team hit back at sexist ‘scouting report’ by male players – The Telegraph
Members of the women’s Harvard University Soccer Team have written an open letter condemning “locker room” culture after the men’s team was suspended for the rest of the season over sexual comments made about their female counterparts.
To Robert Barchi: The Rutgers women’s soccer team doesn’t need a pat on the head – NJ.com
Here is what I’ve learned from covering female athletes over the past two decades: They want equal treatment, equal resources, and above all else, an equal opportunity to prove that they are the best at what they do. In short: They want to be treated like their male counterparts, and this includes how they are covered in the media.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Brazil returns to the site of World Cup humiliation to face Argentina – Fox Sports
Playing at the stadium where it was humiliated 7-1 by Germany two years ago, Brazil can wipe away some of the lingering pain from that defeat with a convincing performance against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Hex on the horizon, cue Clasico – FIFA
And then there were six. The final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, known simply as the Hexagonal, begins on Friday in mouth-watering fashion with a meeting between old rivals USA and Mexico.
‘Chicharito’ confident in Mexico’s ability to end Dos a Cero streak against USMNT – SBI
It has been 5,732 days since the first match of “Dos a Cero” fame, and since that cold Wednesday on February 28th, 2001, Mexico has fallen to the U.S Men’s National Team by that same 2-0 scoreline four times.
Birchall hoping T&T write a new story – FIFA
It is with a patriotic, not journalistic, interest that Birchall now follows the results of his adopted nation after retiring from international football in 2013. Into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, ‘the Hex’, the former T&T man thinks Stephen Hart’s side have a good chance of reaching Russia – especially with 2006 World Cup squad member Kenwyne Jones as captain.
Pioli tasked with restoring Inter Milan to respectability – Sportsnet
Former Lazio coach Stefano Pioli was hired by struggling Inter Milan on Tuesday, replacing the fired Frank de Boer and tasked with restoring the 18-time Serie A champions to respectability.
Man City must lose complacency, find consistency to challenge for titles – ESPN FC
A third successive home draw has cast new doubt upon Manchester City’s ability to last the pace alongside Liverpool and Chelsea, unencumbered as they are by European competition.
Judge accepts charges against Neymar over Barcelona transfer – Sportsnet
Neymar could be back in court, this time on corruption charges. A Spanish judge on Monday accepted charges against Neymar for irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona, opening the way for a trial involving the Brazilian forward and his parents.
College Soccer Rewind: Maryland continues to roll, BC upsets UNC, and more – SBI
It was a busy weekend of post-season college soccer, with the standout result being Boston College’s defeat of North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinal.
Building towards green stadiums at the 2022 FIFA World Cup – AFC
Doha: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) reiterated its commitment to delivering stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ that are built with a focus on sustainability. This came as FIFA officially endorsed the use of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ venues at the Green Expo Forum held in Doha on Monday.
A green stadium for the Green Devils – Inside World Football
A fifth-tier English football club has chosen a design by the celebrated Zaha Hadid Architects for its new stadium. Forest Green Rovers, based near the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth in southern England, are flying high this season, having built up a seven-point lead in the National League, the next level below the Premier League and the three divisions of the Football League. Chaired by energy company Ecotricity’s Dale Vince, who acquired a large shareholding in 2010, the club, known as the Green Devils, has solid green credentials. In line with this ethos, the new stadium is to be built almost entirely of wood.
Is America’s dalliance with the Premier League coming to an end? – The Guardian
Premier League telecasts in the US on the NBC Sports Network are down some 17% from a similar point last year.
Refugee to referee: Syrian eyes promotion to Bundesliga – Fox Sports
Almost a year into his new life in Germany, Syrian refugee Ammar Sahar is well on his way to realizing his dream of becoming a Bundesliga referee.