VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VIDEO: Thank you fans: A message from our players to you – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps thank the fans for their support in 2017.
MLS announces 2017 Expansion Draft, key offseason dates – SBI
With Major League Soccer Playoffs in full-swing, the league unveiled the 2017 offseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon.
Toronto FC rivalry with Columbus Crew has history – Toronto Star
Since 2008, teams have been competing with each other for Trillium Cup, which TFC won this season.
Columbus Crew have been more lucky than good during MLS Cup Playoffs – Toronto Sun
The Columbus Crew have been more lucky than good during these playoffs. You often need good fortune to advance in Major League Soccer’s postseason.
Crew SC’s Zack Steffen cementing status among MLS’ best ‘keepers – MLS
Where were you the night Zack Steffen stood on his head in Atlanta?
BrewDog wants to buy an MLS club and sell it back to the fans – The Scotsman
The Aberdeenshire firm has its American base in Canal Winchester, around 25 miles from Columbus.
‘Save the Crew’ rallying fans to fill Mapfre Stadium for playoff game – ABC 6
Organizers behind a movement to keep Columbus Crew SC from leaving are calling on fans to show their support for the soccer club when the team takes on Toronto FC next week.
Italy should have picked Sebastian Giovinco for qualifiers – agent – ESPN FC
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco’s agent has hit out at Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura for ignoring his client and said his use of a restricted group of players was part of the reason for Italy’s World Cup failure.
Toronto FC’s Justin Morrow excelling despite debate over his position – Sportsnet
While pundits and fans might question what Justin Morrow’s position is exactly, the Toronto FC star has no doubts himself.
Union’s Sapong hailed after “tremendous” outing on long-awaited US return – MLS
He may have not scored in Tuesday evening’s 1-1 draw with Portugal, but CJ Sapong’s performance earned more than his share of the praise after his long-awaited US national team return.
FC Cincinnati’s expansion gambit: ‘We will 100 percent privately finance the stadium’ – Soccer America
In its effort to finalize the missing piece in its bid for an MLS team, FC Cincinnati is ready to privately finance the construction of a soccer stadium.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Residency Report: ‘Caps show good home form at the NSDC – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams had a busy weekend of action, with a number of home matches at the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC). The ‘Caps U-19s, U-17s, and U-15s combined to win all six of their Development Academy matches.
Walker of Sicamous wins national soccer medal – Salmon Arm Observer
Colton Walker, a Sicamous local and Salmon Arm Secondary graduate played a part in the Thompson River University Wolfpack’s thrilling home victory in the bronze-medal game of the U Sports Men’s Soccer National Championship.
Powell River Villa drops to third place – Powell River Peak
First place in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A was on the line for Powell River Villa soccer club on November 12, but the team slipped to third place after a 1-0 loss to division-leading Gorge in Victoria. Villa entered the game just a single point behind the leaders.
SFU soccer men bucked again – Tri-City News
For the second year in a row, the SFU men’s soccer team has been bucked from the NCAA Div. II championship tournament by the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.
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
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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
CanWNT’s queen of goals: Christine Sinclair’s top 10 strikes for Canada – Four Four Two
She’s an icon of the women’s game, for both club and country. Here’s our take on Sincy’s 10 best strikes for CanWNT.
Maegan Kelly’s degree in persistence pays off with international debut for Canada – The Equalizer
They say that first impressions make all the difference. Canada’s Maegan Kelly has been on a lengthy journey just to be able to have an opportunity to make an impression with Canada Soccer, and coach John Herdman. She was thrown into the fire on Sunday night against the United States. Playing out of position at right-back, Kelly held her own against U.S. superstars, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.
CBU men’s soccer team takes title after sudden death overtime – CBC
It was quite the weekend for Cape Breton University’s soccer teams. The men’s and women’s Capers teams competed for national titles against the University of Montreal Carabins.
Thunder Bay soccer groups focus on permanent indoor site – TB Newswatch
Soccer Northwest official says city has given feedback on proposal.
Small things add up – Edwards wins CCAA Exemplary Leadership Award – Sudbury Star
Walking off the field after a disappointing loss, rain pouring down, Garrett Edwards could have been forgiven for being a little self absorbed. But even in that moment, the soccer standout from Sudbury was anything but.
Peterborough Youth Soccer Club backs merger with Peterborough City Soccer Association – Peterborough Examiner
The merger of Peterborough’s two largest soccer organizations moved one step closer to reality last week.
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USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
In, Out, On The Bubble: 2017 USL edition – AFTN
With WFC2 being shut down and the Whitecaps affiliating with new USL side Fresno FC from the 2018 season, we turn our attention to those players signed to USL deals with the ‘Caps this year.
Up-and-Coming NASL-Winning Coach Marc Dos Santos Has Interesting Ties to Orlando – The Mane Land
It’s no secret that Jason Kreis could be on the hot seat going into 2018. Even though Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão has backed the gaffer, another year of failing to defy expectations could put the former MLS Cup winner out in the cold. If that were to come to pass, the biggest question Orlando City’s front office would need to ask itself is how to get it right for coach No. 3.
FCC Signs Forward Daniel Haber – FC Cincinnati
Forward Daniel Haber has signed a contract with FC Cincinnati and will join the Orange and Blue after spending the last two seasons with Real Monarchs SLC, pending USL and federation approval.
Riverhounds hire Lilley, replacing Brandt, forced out because of licensing requirements – Soccer America
Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley has been hired by the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds to replace Dave Brandt, who was ineligible to coach in 2018 because he doesn’t have the required “A” licensing level for a head coach required by U.S. Soccer.
Atlanta United adding 2nd-tier team in United Soccer League – WTHR
Atlanta United is adding an expansion team in the second-division United Soccer League that will play at a suburban baseball stadium beginning in 2018.
USL announce deal for expansion franchise in Memphis – NBC Sports
Speaking to Memphis Business Journal, USL President Jake Edwards confirmed the second-tier of North American soccer has agreed a deal with an ownership group for a second team in Tennessee which will debut in the 2019 season.
All signs point to USL’s Harrisburg City Islanders rebranding as “Penn FC” starting in 2018 – The Comeback
With a new site, pennfc.com already in place, it certainly appears like it’s a tease for a potential rebrand.
As The Season Ends, NASL Clubs Must Decide Next Steps – Midfield Press
The 2017 North American Soccer League season had a storybook ending in San Francisco, where the Deltas, who struggled to catch on with the city’s fans throughout the season, defeated the New York Cosmos 2-0 before a Kezar Stadium packed with 9691 people. As the whistle blew, San Francisco fans stormed the field, as if to literally embrace the team at last. A few days later, the question is, did we see the last game of the SF Deltas, and the North American Soccer League itself, at least in its current form?
NPSL adds two new clubs to Golden Gate Conference – GoalWA
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Football Club Davis (Davis, CA) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the West Region’s Golden Gate Conference.
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WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Boston Breakers re-sign defender Christen Westphal for the 2018 NWSL season – Vavel
After missing significant time in 2017 with injuries, the former first-round pick has agreed to stay with Boston.
W-League: Orgill backs Jets to rebound after big loss – Newcastle Herald
Nikola Orgill does not expect the Newcastle Jets to have another performance like the one in Melbourne on Sunday.
Burnley Ladies make more history by booking FA Cup second round draw – Lancashire Telegraph
BURNLEY Ladies will travel to the Potteries after making history once again by qualifying for the second round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Chelsea Ladies: The Real Chelsea – Backline Soccer
About two months ago, I moved to London to pursue my Masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Being a massive fan of soccer (or football as it is called over here), and women’s soccer in particular, I was eager to check out some of the London area teams in the FA WSL. My first choice was Chelsea, and shortly after moving to the city, I went to their season opener against Bristol City.
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WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Mile Jedinak hat trick helps Australia book 2018 World Cup spot – ESPN FC
Australian skipper Mile Jedinak has fired the Socceroos to a fourth-straight World Cup, scoring a double in a 3-1 defeat of Honduras.
Eriksen hat-trick leads Denmark to Russia 2018 – FIFA
Denmark secured Europe’s final qualification spot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with a 5-1 victory away to Republic of Ireland on Tuesday evening for a 5-1 aggregate result. It is the fifth time that the Danes have qualified for world football’s showpiece event.
Wilmots out as Ivory Coast coach after World Cup failure – Sportsnet
Ivory Coast’s football federation says coach Marc Wilmots is leaving after the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Klopp visits hospital and misses Liverpool training after falling ill – SN
The Reds boss is reported to have made the club’s doctors aware of feeling unwell overnight and consequently visited a medical facility on Merseyside.
Aguero taken to hospital after fainting in friendly match – Sportsnet
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was taken to a hospital for checks after he fainted during halftime of the team’s friendly match against Nigeria on Tuesday.
France’s forwards sparkle as they make case to be among World Cup favourites – The Guardian
Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette scored for France in the international break – and Kylian Mbappé was their standout player.
Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems – Truro Daily News
The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy’s domestic league might just be the reason for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
What next? From World Cup draw to EURO 2020 – UEFA
From next month’s FIFA World Cup finals draw all the way to UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA.com plots the key dates in the international window now that the European Qualifiers are over.
U.S. Soccer looking into tourney for non-World Cup teams – Red Deer Advocate
The USSF confirmed it was exploring the idea after a report Tuesday by Fox. The United States was eliminated from World Cup contention when it lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago last month.
Isco back in Real Madrid training ahead of weekend derbi clash with Atletico – ESPN FC
Real Madrid playmaker Isco has returned to full training ahead of Saturday’s derbi at neighbours Atletico Madrid.
FIFA corruption trial: Star witness tells of bribes for Qatar 2022 votes – Soccer America
On the first day of testimony in the FIFA corruption trial of three South Americans — Jose Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Angel Napout — star witness Alejandro Burzaco, who has already pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, told of millions of dollars in bribes made to South American soccer executives.
Ex-football official killed himself hours after bribery accusations in Fifa trial – The Guardian
A former Argentinian football official took his own life on Tuesday, just hours after he was accused of taking bribes by a key witness in an ongoing corruption trial in New York City examining endemic misconduct at football’s governing body, Fifa.
Burzaco lifts lid on TV rights bribery and drags Fox and Qatar into the spotlight – Inside World Football
The depth of the corruption around the sale of TV rights that has plagued South and North America and shattered the reputations of football officials worldwide, was unmasked in the federal court in Brooklyn yesterday. For the first time major broadcast networks Fox Sports (USA), and Televisa (Mexico) were dragged into the narrative alongside Brazil’s TV Globo, all of whom were accused of paying bribes for rights. Qatar’s 2022 World Cup winning bid also received a bruising.
Q&A with Kyle Martino, U.S. Soccer Federation presidential candidate – Philly.com
Kyle Martino is one of the most familiar names in the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential race. He has been well-known to American soccer fans since his days as a midfield playmaker in Major League Soccer. When injuries forced him off the field in 2008, he grew into one of the nation’s most respected TV commentators.
Michael O’Neill: Scottish FA make official approach for Northern Ireland manager – BBC Sport
The Scottish FA have made an official approach to their Northern Ireland counterparts for permission to speak to Michael O’Neill.
Former treasurer admits $400K theft from youth soccer league – National Post
The former treasurer of a volunteer youth soccer league in New Jersey has admitted stealing more than $400,000.
Sick Notes: Man Utd spent £52m on lost work days, Newcastle lost 5,172 days in total – Inside World Football
With the international fixture window coming to a close, clubs will be counting the cost of returning injured players. New research, titled Sick Notes, from Bigfreebet.com, finds that Manchester United spent £52,514,709 on wages to injured players over the past three seasons.
The 41-year-old England virgin: my first visit to Wembley to watch the national side – The Telegraph
I’ve been to hundreds of football matches. I have watched almost every England match on the television because… well, because it’s on the television, I suppose. You can’t just not. Can you? Anyway, here is what I noticed, going to Wembley to watch England for the first time.
Generation Ronaldo: How Cristiano changed the world – SN
When your plane lands on the Portuguese island of Madeira, your journey terminates at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport. From there you can take a car into town and get your head down at the Pestana CR7 Funchal, Madeira’s trendiest hotel located right on its glistening waterfront.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca