VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Vancouver Whitecaps Players Out of Contract – Eighty-Six Forever
Although the Vancouver Whitecaps have until December 31st to renew contracts or pick up the option, it is common for teams to make their announcements earlier rather than later, to give the players an opportunity to find other employment.
MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact – SBI
When the final three whistles are blown after Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference Final in Toronto, one way or another, history will be made. Either Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact will make their MLS Cup Final debut, while also becoming the first Canadian club to play in the league final.
Final leg between TFC and Impact delicately balanced – Sportsnet
Who has the advantage between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact ahead of Wednesday night’s second leg of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference final? It depends on how you look at it.
Toronto FC expects ‘no secrets’ in East finale vs. Montreal – SN
Familiarity breeds contempt, and there is certainly no love lost between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.
Toronto FC ready to ‘leave everything on the field’ against Impact – Toronto Sun
“Win the game,” offered Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney. The biggest match in TFC history could get a miniature pre-game pump-up speech, apparently. It’s a variation on the infamous words uttered by late, great former Oakland Raiders owner All Davis: “Just win, baby!”
Becoming Biello: How Montreal’s native son led Impact to new heights – MLS
In an earlier incarnation of the Montreal Impact, Mauro Biello was a star player who occasionally had to jump a locked gate to gain access to their practice field.
Toronto F.C. Pursues a Title, and Relevance in Its Own City – NY Times
A victory might bring the team some welcome attention in Toronto’s crowded sports scene, not to mention the potential for championship bragging rights in a city that last celebrated a major North American league title when the Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.
PRO names Alan Kelly man in the middle for 2016 MLS Cup Final – MLS
The 2016 MLS Referee of the Year and Assistant Referee of the Year were both named to the 2016 MLS Cup Final officiating crew on Tuesday by the Professional Referees Organization.
Heath ready to use expansion experience to boost Minnesota United – SBI
Adrian Heath wasn’t panicking just yet, but he was certainly a bit anxious. For the first time in years, he was away from the field, away from the game, away from the banter and camaraderie that have defined his life since he was a child in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England.
Report: Saprissa Forward on Loons Shopping List – Fifty Five One
A report from the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación has linked Forward Daniel Colindres with a move to Minnesota United. New Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee traveled to Costa Rica in the middle of November, but could not watch Colindres play because of the postponed match.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Florida, here we come: ‘Caps Residency teams off to Winter Showcase – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U-18 and U-16 Residency teams are off to the Sunshine State this week for the 2016 Development Academy Winter Showcase. Both teams will play three matches in Lakewood Ranch, Florida as part of the annual event, which features 72 U-18 and 74 U-16 academy clubs from across North America and 219 matches from Thursday, December 1 to Monday, December 5.
Pipers pipped in provincial soccer shootout – North Shore News
Argyle senior boys claim bittersweet silver for second straight season.
Kootenay girls play in Seattle with Whitecaps Academy – The Townsman
The Vancouver Whitecaps Academy took three teams to Seattle made up of young women’s soccer players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Invermere, Grand Forks, Fernie, and Kimberley.
Kootenay Whitecaps steal show at Seattle Showcase – Nelson Daily
To say female soccer in the Kootenays would be the understatement of the year. Three teams from the Kootenay Whitecaps program cooked with the big dogs during a showcase tournament over the weekend in Seattle, Wash.
Pitt Meadows soccer squad finishes eighth at provincials – MR & PM News
The Pitt Meadows Marauders finished eighth out of 16 teams at the senior boys double A provincial soccer championships last week at Burnaby Lake.
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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 wins back-to-back Men’s U-17 matches in Jamaica – CSA
Canada have won back-to-back Men’s U-17 International Friendly matches against Jamaica. Canada won 3:0 on Sunday and 3:1 on Tuesday 29 November, with both matches played away in Kingston, Jamaica.
Canadians Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Brian Wright up for NCAA soccer MVP – Chronicle-Herald
Canadian internationals Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence are among the 15 semifinalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy.
Canada in Group A at CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship – CSA
Canada have been drawn into a tough Group A at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship, with Honduras, Mexico, and Antigua & Barbuda the trio of Canadian opponents in the opening round of the competition. Canada will open against Honduras on Friday 17 February at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José, Costa Rica.
Tesho Akindele nominated for Canadian Men’s National Team Player of the Year – Big D Soccer
As it is customary around this time of the year, award nominations are flying in left and right. Canada’s soccer association revealed their nominees for awards yesterday and FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was listed under the nominees for Player of the Year.
Bernier and Bélanger named Québec soccer players of the year – CSA
Patrice Bernier and Josée Bélanger were the big winners at the Soccer Québec Gala on Saturday 26 November, both winning the province’s 2016 professional footballers of the year awards. The annual gala was held in Laval with mayor Marc Demers, provincial representative Saul Polo, and federal representative Vimy Eva Nassif all in attendance.
Former Winnipeg sportscaster teams up with Jay Baruchel for soccer documentary – Global
They share a bromance built by the beautiful game. A friendship so unique, they decided to make a documentary about it. But how did Canadian movie star Jay Baruchel connect with Irish sportscaster Eoin O’Callaghan. Well, it all started in Winnipeg.
Over 35 soccer report – Whitehorse Star
John MacPhail, a legend of Yukon soccer, showed that speed and fitness is no substitute for experience, as he led his Klondike Business Solutions side to a 5-2 win over Pepsi in over 35 soccer action last weekend.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Source: Gulati, USL executives at NASL board meeting as tensions rise; some, if not all Cosmos players paid – Big Apple Soccer
As of Tuesday night, the Cosmos were still standing as was the North American Soccer League, although tensions apparently were on the rise at the league’s board of directors meeting in Atlanta. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and two top United Soccer League executives joined the meeting, according to a source close to the league. USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis and president Jake Edwards are the two executives, the source said.
NASL Meetings, Day 1: Carlos Slim and the Cosmos, Expansion, USL and More – Empire of Soccer
Tuesday’s NASL board meetings overloaded the internet with rumors, innuendo and an endless stream of drama. Here is what we know.
The Daily Dirt, November 30: NASL meetings continue today – Dirty South Soccer
The saga of the North American Soccer League could come to a resolution today as they conclude their Board of Governors’ meetings in Atlanta. Will the league continue to press on, will they seek some form a merger with USL, will U.S. Soccer get involved, or will they crumble over financial struggles of a number of its clubs?
Don Garber praises FC Cincinnati: ‘They have done a lot of things well’ – ESPN FC
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was full of praise for expansion candidate Cincinnati during his visit to the Queen City on Tuesday, but added added there is still plenty of work to be done.
Orlando City B to play in downtown stadium – Spectrum Sports
Orlando City B will play its 2017 United Soccer League (USL) home matches at the Club’s new downtown soccer stadium – making Orlando City SC’s stadium the only permanent home venue of a Major League Soccer (MLS), National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and USL team.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup Review: The French Revolution – Vavel
France reached their first U-20 final while USA lost their chance to reclaim the crown at the last hurdle, another dramatic day in the U-20 WWC.
Breakers acquire Allysha Chapman from Dash – The Equalizer
The Breakers acquired Canadian left back Allysha Chapman from the Houston Dash on Tuesday in exchange for the No. 15 pick in the 2017 NWSL draft and an international roster spot through 2018.
England Women beat Holland thanks to Jodie Taylor’s quick thinking – The Guardian
Jodie Taylor came off the bench to score a second‑half winner as England beat the Euro 2017 hosts Holland to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.
Predicting the Pride: Pre-NWSL Draft – Backline Soccer
Head Coach Tom Sermanni’s first season in the NWSL fell short of the team’s pre-season expectations with a ninth place finish. The less-than-stellar result can be attributed mostly to the team failing to win a match after the long Olympic break.
Adidas creates new line of football boots specifically for women – The Drum
Adidas has created new versions of its premium football boot range explicitly for female athletes as part of the brand’s continued push to speak to more women.
What if the USWNT hadn’t won in 1991? Likely no ’99 magic, for one thing – Four Four Two
The U.S. won the first Women’s World Cup to the surprise of the rest of the world. Had that not happened, the popularity of the game in the U.S. and the global landscape would look very different today.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Chapecoense plane crash: Thousands of fans hold vigil for team – BBC
Thousands of people in Chapeco in Brazil have held a vigil for the victims of a plane crash, who included most of the city’s football team.
‘They were a family,’ Chapecoense president says in heartfelt grief – SN
Team president Plinio David de Nes Filho delivered a heartfelt tribute to the Chapecoense players who died in Monday’s devastating plane crash in Colombia.
Chapecoense goalkeeper Nivaldo retires after tragic plane crash – Fox Sports
Chapecoense goalkeeper Nivaldo has decided to retire just one day after a tragic plane crash killed a majority of his teammates in Colombia. Nivaldo, 42, did not travel to the Copa Sudamerica final against Atlético Nacional on Wednesday in Medellín because he wanted to make his 300th league match in a Chapecoense uniform against Atlético Mineiro.
Plane crashes have brought tragic ends to sporting fantasy – Toronto Star
And so the sports world mourned another in a line of doomed teams decimated by air-travel tragedy. The comprehensive list of such loss, of course, is longer. But when you think about the millions upon millions of air miles that have been traveled through the decades in the name of global sporting pursuits, it seems remarkably and mercifully short.
Someday soccer will return to Chapecoense, as at Man Utd – Medicine Hat News
Someday, somehow, soccer will likely return at Chapecoense. Through the grieving and after the funerals of the 19 team members who died in a plane crash, soccer will probably be played again, just as it was at Manchester United and Torino following similar tragedies.
Madrid bid to leapfrog leaders Dortmund – UEFA
Real Madrid must beat Borussia Dortmund on matchday six if they are to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as Group F winners.
‘Our fans would never forgive us’ – Bayern won’t sell Muller to Manchester United – SN
Bayern Munich have warned Manchester United that they will not allow Thomas Muller to follow in the footsteps of Bastian Schweinsteiger and move to Old Trafford.
Tim Cahill scores winner as Melbourne City beat Sydney FC in FFA Cup final – BBC Sport
Tim Cahill scored the winner as Melbourne City won their first trophy with a 1-0 victory against Sydney FC in Australia’s FA Cup final.
Club America, Ricardo La Volpe thriving as tough December beckons – ESPN FC
When the second leg of the Clasico Nacional came to an end, and the scoreline at Estadio Chivas read Club America 1-0 Chivas, America’s players raised their arms in sign of victory. Some jumped for joy; others hugged their nearest teammate. While the commotion erupted, William da Silva kneeled down and made a quick prayer before taking part in the team’s moment of glee.
Russian Football Premier League Roundup – Can Spartak challenge for the title? – Futbolgrad
Futbolgrad’s Russian Football Premier League roundup from matchday 15 focuses on Spartak Moscow, who are now six points clear of second.
Former FIFA secretary general suspect in criminal case – Sportsnet
Swiss authorities say their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is a suspect.
English FA in sexual abuse ‘crisis’ as cover-up suspicions grow – Inside World Football
The chairman of the English Football has labelled the on-going child sex abuse scandal as one of the biggest crises in the history of the governing body.
Hart: Make the T&T players feel wanted – FIFA
Stephen Hart has thanked the Trinidad and Tobago fans and urged them to continue getting behind the team in the wake of his sacking. The 56-year-old was relieved of his duties after the Soca Warriors began the Hexagonal phase of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying with a 2-0 loss at home to Costa Rica and a 3-1 defeat in Honduras.
Terry Butcher’s Day Out: A day in the life of an EPL broadcaster – Prost Amerika
Terry Butcher is a former England captain who now covers the EPL for the BBC as an analyst. Still living in East Anglia not far from Ipswich, the Suffolk club with whom he achieved domestic and European success, his assignment last Saturday was in Liverpool for the visit of Davie Moyes’ Sunderland. However, a combination of random fires, wayward pedestrians and overcrowded trains made for a more interesting day out than he had imagined.