BC Soccer News, Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Whitecaps decline contract option on Morales The Province
Whitecaps captain Pedro Morales will be available to other MLS teams. As expected, the Caps have declined the option on a contract that paid the Chilean playmaker $1.47 million US in 2016.

Parker training with English Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove AlbionWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Tuesday that centre back Tim Parker will train with English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. until December 2.

Impact hold off TFC in first leg of East final TSN
he Montreal Impact built a three-goal lead and then barely hung on for a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC in a wild opening game of their MLS Eastern Conference final that was delayed 30 minutes by a groundskeeping error on Tuesday night.

MLS playoffs: Montreal beat Toronto in thriller after wrong lines painted on pitchThe Guardian
The Montreal Impact edged ahead of their Canadian rivals Toronto FC in the MLS Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night but they had to wait for their victory.

MLS soccer fans sense cultural shift in Canada’s sports landscapeMontreal Gazette
The weather outside the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening was more conducive to hockey or curling. But inside the cavernous Big O, more than 61,000 sports fans came to watch playoff soccer.

‘We’re going to go for it in a big way’ — Toronto FC embraces second chance after nightmare startSN
On a night when arguably the biggest club match in Canadian history was delayed because of a pair of mismeasured penalty areas, it’s tough to imagine that the biggest blunder might have been in Toronto FC’s tactical setup.

Goals from Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro help Sounders rally past Rapids  – SBI
Forgive Seattle Sounders fans if they thought they were watching a rerun: “Nicolas Lodeiro Delivers” is an episode that has been on repeat since midsummer in the Emerald City. The Uruguayan midfielder was at it again on Tuesday night, drawing a second-half penalty kick and converting the ensuing attempt to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 42,774 at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders vs. Rapids, recap: A lead is a leadSounder at Heart
It’s not the commanding lead that they would have preferred, but the Seattle Sounders will at least take a lead into Commerce City, Colo. despite falling behind early.

Didier Drogba announces he won’t return to Montreal Impact in 2017MLS
So what was the deal? As it turns out, Drogba told assembled reporters after the match that he won’t, in fact, be returning to the Impact in 2017.

Dynamo Effect: Cabrera has work cut out for him in HoustonProst Amerika
Despite a number of vocal protestations from players (and one might presume coaching and even some front office staff), the Houston Dynamo removed the “interim” tag from Wade Barrett as another season of failing to make the playoffs in Houston came to an end.

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Cermaq FC surging up the soccer tableCampbell River Mirror
Campbell River Cermaq defeated top ranked Victoria squad, Bays United FC, by a score of 1-0 on Saturday night. A rainy, windy Saturday night was the setting for this battle at the Robron turf field.

Men’s soccer Vancouver Island ID Camp UBCO
This December 20th there is an ID Camp for players that  have an interest in attending UBC Okanagan and playing Canada West Soccer.

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC 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 VancouverCSA
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, 2016BC 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 ReviewBCSA
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 MandateBCSA
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.

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Stratagakis, Sakurai Win 2016 League1 Ontario Young Player Of The Year AwardsLeague1 Ontario
In the sixth of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2016 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 27, the 2016 Young Players Of The Year have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2016 season.

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Reno 1868 FC announces Ian Russell will be head coachWashington Times
A first-year United Soccer League club based in Reno has named a head coach for its inaugural 2017 season. Reno 1868 FC announced Tuesday that Ian Russell would head the team.

NASL formally ends all ties with Traffic Sports The Telegraph
The NASL has suffered due to its ongoing links with the Brazilian-owned sports marketing company after two of its executives, Jose Hawilla and Aaron Davidson, were implicated in the Fifa corruption scandal of 2015.

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Reign FC Re-sign Beverly Yanez The Bold
Seattle Reign FC has announced the re-signing of forward Beverly Yanez for the 2017 season. Yanez has been with the club since 2015. Per team and league policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Matildas boss pleased by early signsW-League
The early rounds of the Westfield W-League’s ninth season have been hotly contested, and one very interested onlooker has liked what he has seen so far.

Nigeria, Ghana renew rivalry as Falcons battle Black QueensAfrican Football
The perennial rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana will be renewed today when Super Falcons and Black Queens clash in continuation of the women’s AFCON in Cameroon.

Empowering PNG’s female sports journalistsFIFA
FIFA has engaged with local aspiring and active female sports media journalists by hosting a workshop in conjunction with the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

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Bruce Arena Appointed As U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Coach BeiN
Arena comes in for his second spell in charge of the U.S. and replaces Jurgen Klinsmann who departed on Monday.

Bruce Arena: ‘I would have done this for free’Soccer America
It all came quickly. First, losses to Mexico and Costa Rica that put Jurgen Klinsmann’s jeopardy. Then his firing on Monday that led U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and CEO/secretary general to approach LA Galaxy management about speaking to Bruce Arena. By late morning on Tuesday, Arena was back as U.S. national team coach, a job from which he was fired in 2006 after eight years on the job.

Monaco through to Champions League last 16 with 2-1 win over SpursFrance 24
Monaco cruised into the Champions League last 16 at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur as goals by Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar earned a 2-1 Group E win that would have been more emphatic but for visiting keeper Hugo Lloris.

Out of the Champions League after just five games, where did it all go wrong for Tottenham Hotspur?Vavel
After a 2015-16 season that gave so much hope, Spurs’ European campaign was a rude awakening.

Claudio Ranieri delighted but desperate to focus on Premier League problemsThe Guardian
Claudio Ranieri described Leicester City’s progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League as group winners and with a match to spare as an “unbelievable” achievement, yet demanded his players now show the same level of performance domestically in order to climb well clear of the relegation zone.

Prosecutors seek two-year prison term for Neymar over transfer Sportsnet
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a $10.6 million fine for Neymar on corruption charges because of alleged irregularities during his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to Barcelona.

Antonetti dismissed by LOSCLigue 1
Contracted until 2020, Antonetti became the third coaching casualty of the Ligue 1 season, after Franck Passi at Marseille and Sylvain Ripoll at Lorient.  Antonetti,’s role will be assumed on an interim basis by Patrick Collot, his former assistant.

Manchester United to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Old Trafford contractThe Guardian
Manchester United will take up the option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract for a second season, manager José Mourinho has announced.

UK government slams door on PSG’s Aurier. Brexit is coming and it looks ugly Inside World Football
In an unprecedented ruling that has stunned officials in France and led to a quick reaction from UEFA, Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier has been refused entry to the United Kingdom because of a recent criminal conviction and will miss tonight’s crucial Champions League match against Arsenal which will decide which of them tops their group.

FIFA charges Northern Ireland, Wales for poppy displaysSportsnet
FIFA says it has opened disciplinary cases against Northern Ireland and Wales for displaying large poppy emblems across sections of their stadiums before recent World Cup qualifying matches.

Ecuador’s Chiriboga given 10 year jail sentence for money laundering Inside World Football
The former president of the Ecuadorean FA has been convicted of money laundering in his own country and handed a 10-year sentence in the latest blow to CONEMBOL linked to the US-led case.

Ex-England footballer Paul Stewart speaks of sexual abuseBBC
Former England and Tottenham footballer Paul Stewart has spoken of being sexually abused as a youth player.

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