BC Soccer News, Weekend, December 1-3, 2017


Best in Class: Kendall Waston named to 2017 MLS Best XIWhitecaps FC
Kendall Waston is named to MLS Best XI.

Whitecaps FC sign Residency product David Norman Jr. to MLS contractWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club has signed Residency product David Norman Jr. to an MLS contract as a Homegrown Player. The contract will run through 2018, with options until 2021.

‘Re-balancing’ Whitecaps suggest Blondell signing just the beginningThe Province
The Whitecaps may have made a million-dollar move, but they’re not done. Thursday, the club announced they’d signed 23-year-old Venezuelan striker Anthony Blondell, paying a transfer fee of between $1.3M-1.5M to Monagas SC of the Venezuelan premier league.

Vancouver Fans Should Be Excited Over New Striker SigningThe 18
The Vancouver Whitecaps pulled off what might be one of the biggest moves of the MLS offseason on Thursday, signing Venezuela international Anthony Blondell. The striker led the Primera Division in Venezuela with 23 goals in 2017, leading Monagas SC to the Torneo Apertura title.

Blondell’s arrival another possible step in a new age of Venezuelan soccer talentWhitecaps FC
On Thursday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced the acquisition of physical 23-year-old Venezuelan striker Anthony Blondell, the leading scorer of the Primera División in 2017.

FC Dallas picks up $50,000 in General Allocation Money in deal with VancouverBig D Soccer
FC Dallas has acquired $50,000 of General Allocation Money from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for the MLS right of first refusal on Venezuelan striker Anthony Blondell.

Seattle Sounders 3, Houston Dynamo 0 | MLS Cup Playoffs RecapMLS
The Seattle Sounders took a commanding 2-0 lead into the second leg of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship against the Houston Dynamo and they did little to make proceedings tense at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, beating the Dynamo 3-0 and advancing to MLS Cup for the second straight season; they’ll again face Toronto FC.

Sounders stamp MLS Cup rematch ticket with Toronto News Tribune
As the final whistle sounded, Stefan Frei jumped into a crouching position on top of the crossbar of the goal he cleanly defended for 90 minutes, and yelled at a mob of rabidly-cheering Sounders fans.

Legacies on the line as Seattle sets up MLS Cup rematch with TorontoESPN FC
The Sounders completed a two-leg rout of Houston in the second leg of their MLS Western Conference final on Thursday at CenturyLink Field, winning 5-0 on aggregate and 3-0 on the night behind goals from Victor Rodriguez, Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin. Here are three thoughts from Seattle’s win.

2017 MLS Best XI revealed: Who was the best in 2017?MLS
Major League Soccer unveiled its 2017 Best XI on Thursday night, with several of the league’s biggest attacking stars headlining the list of the season’s top performers.

Options exercised on 9 players ahead of 2018 seasonColumbus Crew
Columbus Crew SC today confirmed that the core of its 2017 side that reached the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship is set to return in 2018 as the club announced that it has exercised the contract options on nine players from its 2017 roster, while 10 others were already under contract for the 2018 season, giving the Black & Gold a roster that currently features 19 players.

How pro soccer player from Sacramento area is helping athletes avoid going ‘broke’Sacramento Bee
Amobi Okugo of the Portland Timbers has launched a website aimed at helping pro athletes manage their money. Frugal Athlete “provides an insider’s look into the personal financial playbooks of professional athletes,” according to the site’s “about” section.


VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches – December 1-3BC Soccer Web
Here is what we have going on in the 1st Division this weekend; should be an interesting weekend!

VMSL Round-up: Leaders Rovers Tigers United come from behind as rivals falterAFTN
Just when it was looking like season long leaders BCT Rovers Tigers United were being reeled in, the Surrey lads showed a lot of fighting spirit to re-take sole occupancy of the top spot in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division, as the chasing pack faltered.

Tsawwassen soccer players reach NCAA quarter-finalDelta Optimist
It’s one of those rare moments you might never see again. Last Saturday night two Tsawwassen girls were included in the starting 11 for an NCAA Division 1 national quarter-final soccer game.

Residency Report: Comeback falls short in U-19 opener at the Winter ShowcaseWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-19 Residency opened the Winter Showcase with a 4-2 defeat against Sockers FC.

North Vancouver residents in turf war with football club over proposed playing fieldCBC
A proposed new sports field in North Vancouver is pitting soccer players against residents who don’t want any more trees cut down in Lynnmour, a fast-growing neighbourhood near Lynn Creek.

Wildcats claw out top-10 finish at BCsBurnaby Now
They put their best boot forward and came just a goal shy from a final four berth.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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 RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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.

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Canadians Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn face off in NCAA College CupTimes Colonist
Jessie Fleming and Rebecca Quinn often room together in camp with the Canadian women’s soccer team. On Friday, however, the two friends will be facing off in Orlando when Fleming’s UCLA Bruins meet Quinn’s Duke Blue Devils in the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup.

Rams coach honoured by Soccer Nova ScotiaTruro Daily News
The head coach of the Dal-AC Rams women’s soccer team has been honoured by Soccer Nova Scotia for her outstanding contributions to the game.

Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 early bird tickets are nearly sold-outOntario Soccer
The Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 Early Bird Tickets have nearly sold-out. And if you have been paying attention to the recent announcements, you can see why.

Murphy uses his headWhitehorse Daily Star
Eric Murphy scored what turned out to be the winning goal as Klondike Business Solutions made a big statement of intent as they downed league leaders Pepsi 5-3 in Whitehorse Rapids over-35 soccer action Saturday morning.

Bidders for 2026 FIFA World Cup submit bidding agreementFIFA
FIFA can confirm that in accordance with the established timeline, the two registered bidders have submitted their respective bidding agreements before the passing of the 30 November deadline.

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Vote for Village for USL Save of the YearFC Cincinnati
Village, who spent the last campaign vying for the starting spot alongside fellow new FCC goalkeeper Spencer Richey at Vancouver Whitecaps 2, made a full-stretch fingertip save back on October 7th to deny a goal for another new FCC teammate, forward Daniel Haber. You can watch the fine parry, and the save from Charleston’s Alex Tambakis which it’s up against, below.

Fury FC’s Luboyera Earns Uganda U20 CallUSL
Named in Cranes’ squad for COSAFA U20 Youth Championship in Zambia.

EDDIES TV | Message to fans & players’ perspective with captain Nik LedgerwoodYouTube
Host Greyson Knutson goes one-on-one with captain Nik Ledgerwood discussing the players’ perspective to last week’s announcement and delivering a message to all fans who’ve supported the club over the years.

Rochester Rhinos Announce Decisions for 2018 SeasonUSL
Club will opt for a one-year hiatus; Capelli Sport Stadium to host USL regular season contests.

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Utah Royals: NWSL team name, logo, season ticket prices announcedRSL Soapbox
Real Salt Lake’s NWSL team has finally been given a name: Utah Royals FC. The logo, which features an image of Utah’s Delicate Arch, one of the great natural arches in the world and a mark those familiar with Utah will instantly recognize.

Laura Harvey eager to build women’s professional soccer teamGood4Utah
Laura Harvey is already an established success in the National Women’s Soccer League. She’s a two-time coach of the year, and knows she’ll be relied on heavily to build the RSL women’s team into a success.

Carli Lloyd: Age is just a numberThe Equalizer
You can never count out a high level superstar athlete. When the peanut gallery and the naysayers start talking, that’s always fuel for the best of the best. U.S. Soccer’s Carli Lloyd, thrives off fans, media, and anyone else talking rubbish.

NCAA Division I Women’s All-Americans: Nine College Cup players make first teamSoccer America
Nine players from teams taking part in the Women’s College Cup were named to the United Soccer Coaches’ All-American first team.

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2018 World Cup draw pairs Germany with Mexico, Portugal with SpainESPN FC
Germany will face Mexico in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will open against neighbours Spain, after FIFA conducted the draw in Moscow on Friday.

Balanced groups drawn for Russia 2018FIFA
Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has finally snapped into focus after the Final Draw on 1 December in Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace.

An early look at the eight World Cup groupsSBI
The draw for the 2018 World Cup presented us with plenty of mouth-watering showdowns between the giants of world soccer along with a handful of intriguing groups that could produce shocking results.

Bob Lenarduzzi: United fighting for position, as are its playersThe Province
Arsenal hosts Manchester United on Saturday, with both teams fighting for position in the top four. Also fighting for position are some of Manchester United’s biggest signings.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Allardyce and Pardew get started at new clubs, Spurs go to Watford needing an upturn in form and will Nathan Redmond respond to Guardiola’s pep talk?

Ramos cleared to play for Real Madrid in La LigaSportsnet
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has recovered from a broken nose and been cleared to play in the Spanish league this weekend.

Mbappé to start as PSG tackle Strasbourg?Ligue 1
Rested for the 2-0 win over ESTAC Troyes, Kylian Mbappé is likely to be restored to Paris Saint-Germain’s starting XI when they take on RC Strasbourg Alsace on Saturday.

London Olympic Stadium taken over by mayor Sadiq KhanBBC
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to take over the former Olympic Stadium amid “financial challenges”.

Russia 2018 Final Draw presser descends into Mutko doping rant on anti-Russian forcesInside World Football
It was trumpeted by FIFA as a must-watch media briefing about World Cup preparations and the glittering draw at the Kremlin Palace later in the day. Instead, it barely touched on the draw ceremony and turned into a quite extraordinary full-scale personal assault on Russia’s critics by chief World Cup organiser Vitaly Mutko.

Bizarre episodes surround FIFA trial in BrooklynVancouver Sun
The trial of South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal is not only about corruption. It also has drawn some attention because of a series of bizarre episodes that have happened over three weeks of witnesses giving testimony and journalists going in and out of a Brooklyn courtroom to report on an investigation that has shaken the soccer world.

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