BC Soccer News, Weekend, November 10-12, 2017


Parker hoping for U.S. national team call after bounce back seasonWhitecaps FC
Tim Parker is left with mixed feelings after Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s season came to an end in Seattle a week ago. There’s a sense of pride in both his own and the team’s performances over the course of the season, but that’s mixed with a feeling of a missed opportunity.

Waston finishes third in voting for 2017 MLS Defender of the YearWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston has finished third in voting for the 2017 MLS Defender of the Year, Major League Soccer announced today. The winner of the award was Sporting Kansas City centre back Ike Opara, who earned 28.53 per cent of the votes, followed by Toronto FC fullback Justin Morrow and Waston, who earned 11.81 per cent of the votes.

Vancouver Whitecaps Season Review: The Midfield (Part Two)Soccer Shorts
There are some couples who only manage to stay together because they are constantly “doing something”. Renovating the kitchen, building a new deck or turning that small space at the back of the house into an “office slash craft room”. Because as long as they’re “doing something” they never have to stop and think about the mind-numbing pointlessness of their everyday existence. Never have to question the very fabric of their relationship.

Toronto’s Altidore confident MLS will overturn red card, suspensionMLS
Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore is confident MLS will rescind his red card and corresponding one-game suspension ahead of the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship series against Columbus Crew SC on Tues., Nov. 21

Did the Red Bulls provide MLS with the blueprint for derailing Toronto?Four Four Two
TFC looked unstoppable for most of 2017. But overheated reactions to New York’s provocations have us thinking twice.

Crew SC have no plans for chippy series vs. Toronto: “That’s not our style”MLS
Before Columbus Crew SC took the field to complete their own Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup against New York City FC Sunday, the club watched as Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls fought a war of attrition.

Pros and cons of MLS playoff format highlighted in West semifinalsESPN FC
The good and bad of Major League Soccer’s postseason were both on display this past week in the Pacific Northwest.

How have foreign coaches fared throughout MLS history?MLS
After years of being dogged by questions of whether they could succeed in North America, foreign managers are suddenly very much in vogue in MLS.

LA Galaxy hire Kurt Schmid as Director of Player Personnel and ScoutingLA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have added Kurt Schmid to the technical staff as the team’s Director of Player Personnel and Scouting, the club announced today. Kurt joins the Galaxy from Seattle Sounders FC, where he served on staff since 2009 as an Assistant Coach, Head Scout and Director of Player Personnel.

Brad Friedel faces daunting task with Revs jobSBI
The New England Revolution have taken a risk by hiring Brad Friedel. It’s a calculated risk, for sure, but a risk nonetheless. It’s a move with a number of ramifications and challenges, especially as MLS continues to evolve and teams like the Revs appear to be falling further and further behind.

On Bill Hamid and weighing the risks/rewards of MLS and EuropeProst Amerika
Bill Hamid has left the building. After seven long seasons, countless MLS Saves of the Week, and a C/V that would make a 20-year veteran proud Hamid has finally left D.C. United for the pastures of Europe. Late last month Hamid signed with Danish SuperLiga side FC Midtjylland on a free transfer.

MLS give update on Beckham’s Miami franchise, announcement soonNBC Sports
So, it seems Major League Soccer to Miami with David Beckham is finally going to happen.

Statement from Precourt Sports VenturesMLS2ATX
Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution today directing city staff to identify potential locations for a soccer park in Austin, including city-owned land in the urban core. While this is an early step, it is an important one that underscores Precourt Sports Ventures’ belief that Austin would be an excellent home for a Major League Soccer club.

The curious case of the Aztex: How floodwaters and MLS ambitions overwhelmed an Austin soccer brandFour Four Two
Both USL and the Columbus Crew have set their gaze on Austin. But the strange story of pro soccer in Texas’ capital city runs deeper still.

Miguel Almiron overtakes Andrea Pirlo for best-selling jersey in MLSESPN FC
Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron had the top-selling jersey in Major League Soccer for the 2017 season.

A Third Year in the CityEmpire of Soccer
If it was all about the result then the past year was a waste. The ending was the same and they haven’t built a stadium yet. Yet to focus on those aspects of New York City FC’s season is to ignore the broader picture of where the club is after three seasons of play. The play on the field and organization off it have improved, but the roadblocks to long-term success are more apparent than ever.


VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches – Nov. 10-23BC Soccer Web
With the weekend fast approaching, we start the 2nd half of the season with these games in our top flight – division 1.

Canada West Player of the Year Mitch Popadynetz developing in to “an all-round footballer” after impressive seasons with TRU WolfPack and TSS RoversAFTN
It’s been quite the season for Thompson Rivers WolfPack’s Mitch Popadynetz. The fourth year forward’s seven goals and 10 assists for the WolfPack played a pivotal role in Thompson Rivers reaching the playoffs for the first time in the program’s short U Sports history, and saw Popadynetz named the Canada West Player of the Year.

MSOC: Host WolfPack punch ticket to national semifinalCanada West
A second-half goal by Josh Banton propelled the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack to a 1-0 upset win over the OUA champion York Lions in the third match of the opening day at the 2017 U SPORTS Respect Group Men’s Soccer Championship.

Rylan Sangha’s extra-time goal puts UBC into national semifinalUBC
Another game, another comeback win for the UBC Thunderbirds. Less than a week after UBC scored three straight goals to beat Trinity Western to capture the Canada West title 3-2 in extra time, the T-Birds recorded another come-from-behind triumph, this time in the opening match of the 2017 U SPORTS Respect Group Men’s Soccer Championship in Kamloops, B.C.

SFU stunned in opening round of NCAA tournamentSFU
For the second straight year, the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Cal Poly Pomona in the NCAA D2 Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament, losing 2-1 on Thursday in the opening round.

VIU Mariners win a 6-1 blowout to reach gold-medal game Nanaimo News Bulletin
The home team has made it to the national final. The Vancouver Island University Mariners will play for a championship after blowing out the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks 6-1 in the semifinal Thursday night at Merle Logan Field.

WSOC: Trinity Western defeats host Manitoba 4-0 in U SPORTS quarter-finalCanada West
The Trinity Western Spartans scored four unanswered goals in the second half en route to 4-0 win over the host Manitoba Bisons at the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship on Thursday night.

Seventh-seed Bisons run out of steam against Spartans in women’s soccer finals Winnipeg Free Press
After a gutsy first half, the seventh-seeded Manitoba Bisons simply ran out of steam, eventually falling 4-0 to the No. 2-seeded Trinity Western Spartans in a quarter-final match at Subway Soccer South on the U of M campus.

Cascades student-athletes honoured for academic achievementUFV
Eighteen University of the Fraser Valley student-athletes have been honoured by their respective national governing bodies for their academic accomplishments in 2016-17.

BC Soccer Assoc. board of director, Chuck Bennett resigns positionBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. would like to inform the soccer community of the recent resignation of board director Chuck Bennett. His resignation comes as a result of a need to support his local soccer community, the Nelson Youth Soccer Association. The BC Soccer Assoc. board fully supports his decision and understands why he must resign his director position with the association. Further, the board thanks Chuck Bennett for his active contribution to support the association as it works to support soccer in BC and met its strategic objectives as outlined in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.

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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Canada draw the USA 1-1 in its first of two international friendlies between the North American rivalsCSA
In a match that proved Canada’s goal to reach #1 in the world is not only possible, but attainable, the Canadian side put sustained pressure on the USA and forced their opponent to play Canada’s game.

Late equalizer helps Canada draw U.S. 1-1 in women’s soccer friendlyCTV
Adriana Leon scored in the second half as Canada tied the United States 1-1 in an international women’s soccer friendly on Thursday night.

Canada shows improvement against Americans with draw at BC PlaceTSN
The drought isn’t over, but Canada’s women’s national soccer team still feels like they slayed the dragon.

USWNT held to a draw against CanadaSBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team was held to a draw against Canada in an entertaining affair at BC Place that ended 1-1.

The USWNT and Canada battle to a 1-1 draw in VancouverThe Equalizer
Everyone knew that Canada was going to take their two November friendlies against the FIFA world #1 very seriously as both teams battle for an advantage going into 2019 Women’s World Cup Qualifying, but by the time all 28,017 attendees showed up at BC Place on Thursday night, it was clear that the hosts were gunning for the win.

Canada vs. USA takeaways: Reds shake off the cobwebsSportsnet
It’s always interesting whenever Canada and the United States square off in women’s soccer. There’s a lot of history between the two teams, the players know each other well, and the rivalry continues to pique the interest of fans on both sides of the border.

USA-Canada: Americans lucky to get out of BC Place with draw Soccer America
Afterward, Canada coach John Herdman said the U.S. would probably agree that they were lucky to get out of BC Place with a draw.

Mustangs women’s soccer team scores huge upset of top-ranked team at nationalsLondon Free Press
The Western Mustangs women’s soccer team rocked the university soccer world in Winnipeg Thursday.

Waters leads Capers men into national soccer semifinalCape Breton Post
Cape Breton University opened their Canadian men’s soccer championship with a 3-0 victory over the UQAM Citadins on Thursday.

Hurricanes victorious Thursday at CCAA soccer nationalsPEI Guardian
Ibra Sanoh scored once and helped set up another Thursday to propel the Holland College Hurricanes to a 2-0 victory over the Algonquin Thunder at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer championship.

Oakville Blue Devils’ Wilde And North Mississauga’s Ardila Win 2017 League1 Ontario Coach Of The Year AwardsLeague1 Ontario
In the eighth of a set of ten daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Coach Of The Year for the Men’s and Women’s divisions have been revealed.

Montreal head coach returns to Kamloops after 1993 Canada Summer Games experienceCJFC
Pat Raimondo is back to where his coaching career all began, the same field – albeit on turf now – where he came in 1993 as an assistant coach with Team Quebec for the Canada Summer Games.

Rayo too good for the BrewWhitehorse Daily Star
Not many players in the Whitehorse Rapids over 35 soccer league are as constantly as good as Guliano Rayo. Year in and year out Rayo’s skill and goal-poaching ability makes every team he plays for a good bet for the league title.

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USL president says Canada needs its own leaguethe11.ca
While the Ottawa Fury are committed to return to USL in 2018, USL President Jake Edwards said that the team’s membership in the North American Division-2 circuit is on a year-to-year basis. And Edwards said he and the league are supportive of the move to launch a Canadian Premier League.

From Raúl to ruin: the rise and fall of the NASL, once MLS’s challengerThe Guardian
The New York Cosmos and San Francisco Deltas meet in the title game this weekend. It could end up being the league’s final ever game.

Dos Santos Could Cap ‘Most Uncomfortable’ Season with a NASL TitleEmpire of Soccer
Marc Dos Santos hasn’t missed a beat in his return to the North American Soccer League with the San Francisco Deltas. As he did in 2015 with the Ottawa Fury, Dos Santos exceeded all expectations to lead his team to second place in the Combined Season standings and earned a spot in the Championship final while also taking home Coach of the Year honors.

USL Cup Final Preview: Swope Park Rangers v Louisville City FCThe Blue Testament
The Swope Park Rangers have pulled off quite the feat. With their dramatic penalty kick shootout victory over the OKC Energy FC, the Rangers became the first team in USL history to go to back-to-back USL Championships. To make it even sweeter, they did it in their first two seasons of existence.

The difference between Louisville City FC and other teams? A championship mentalityCourier-Journal
Sports psychologist L. Kevin Chapman has been along for the ride as Louisville City FC broke barrier after barrier this season. Now, as the club prepares to host Monday night’s United Soccer League Cup final, Chapman believes he knows what comes next.

Timbers 2, the Timbers’ USL team, could leave Portland in the futureOregon Live
Timbers and Timbers 2 (T2) owner Merritt Paulson told Timbers in 30 that the club is evaluating its business model around T2 and is looking at the possibility of moving the team and finding a partner to help run the business.

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NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament: Play kicks off Friday with 15 games Soccer America
The NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament begins Friday with 15 games, followed by 15 more on Saturday and two on Sunday. The only No. 1 regional seed in action on Friday is South Carolina, which hosts Alabama State.

Portland Thorns plan to sign another ‘top-shelf’ attacking player in offseasonOregon Live
The Portland Thorns are planning to add another “top-shelf” attacking player in the offseason. Thorns owner Merritt Paulson told Timbers in 30 that the Thorns, who won the 2017 NWSL Championship, will be making some significant moves in the offseason, including bringing in a top attacking player and adding pace and athleticism to their roster.

WSL1 Round 5 Preview: Full round of fixtures to look forward toVavel
Every WSL1 team will take the field this weekend in what is shaping up to be a tasty round of fixtures.

Asisat Oshoala crowned top goal scorer in the Chinese Women’s LeagueSN
Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Dalian Quanjian attacker Asisat Oshoala has been named the Chinese Women’s Super League ‘Best Striker of 2017 the season’.

Could Laura Harvey be Heading for Full Time International Management?Futbolita
At the beginning of November, it was announced that Seattle Reign coach Laura Harvey had stepped down from her role with the 37-year-old immediately linked with a string of new roles including with the England and US national teams. Harvey spent five years in Seattle and following his resignation, she admitted she will need to take a little bit of time to reflect on her tenure on the West Coast before considering her future.

FA Women’s Super League application deadline for existing clubs passesSky Sports
The deadline has passed for Women’s Super League clubs to submit their tier one and tier two applications to the Football Association.

Julie Ertz on her transition from center back to bruising midfielderThe Equalizer
U.S. Soccer is taking shape, and looking to the future, giving younger players an opportunity, trusting the process, and finding the best formula to keep the winning tradition alive.

Colombia Women’s team furious after Adidas use former Miss Colombia model to unveil new kitThe Independent
Paulina Vega Dieppa was selected to model the new kit instead of the players, while the men’s unveiling was fronted by midfielder James Rodriguez.

UEFA report: registered female footballers on the riseUEFA
UEFA’s ‘Women’s football across the national associations 2017’ report shows how the female game has evolved over the past five years, and offers a snapshot of the sport in each of UEFA’s 55 member associations.

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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals and who can get there?ESPN FC
So far, 23 nations have booked their place to join host nation Russia in next year’s tournament.

Bob Lenarduzzi: Italy versus Sweden highlights World Cup qualifyingThe Province
We’re down to the final set of games in World Cup qualifying and the playoff series attracting the most attention is one close to my heart, as Italy faces Sweden. The first match is Friday in Sweden, with the decider going Monday in Milan.

Honduras must take advantage of first-leg of World Cup playoff in supportive Estadio OlimpicoSN
The message from Honduras’ press ahead of Friday’s playoff first leg against Australia is clear. There’s no anger, no resentment, no frustration. We’re with the national team. All of Honduras is with the national team.

Controversy as Switzerland beats Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifierSportsnet
Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans thinks the contentious penalty awarded for handball during his team’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Thursday was “a worse decision” than the Thierry Henry handball which deprived neighbouring Republic of Ireland a spot at the 2010 World Cup.

Handy game-changing decisions for Swiss that VAR would have caughtInside World Football
Amidst growing debate over whether the formal introduction of video technology would prove counter-productive after of a string of poor judgements, Northern Ireland are ironically crying foul having seen their World Cup hopes take a dive because of two crucial decisions that almost certainly would have been overturned by the system.

Martin O’Neill’s aloof management has Ireland on brink of World CupESPN FC
What does Martin O’Neill actually do? Such a question has been asked quite a bit of late in Ireland, preparing for its national team’s World Cup playoff trip to Denmark.

Croatia moves closer to World Cup berth with win over GreeceSportsnet
Croatia took a decisive step toward World Cup qualification on Thursday, overwhelming Greece for a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their playoff.

Evra banned for rest of the season by UEFA after Marseille fan kickSN
Patrice Evra has been sacked by Marseille and handed a season-long ban by UEFA from the federation’s club competitions after kicking a club fan during a touchline fracas.

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ruled out for longer with thigh injuryBBC Sport
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s return from injury has been delayed after he sustained a thigh injury just days after returning to training.

A-League: Fired up Mariners stun Sydney FCSBS
Sydney FC reject Andrew Hoole and his Central Coast minnows have denied former coach Graham Arnold his 100th A-League win in a major upset over the reigning champions.

Colombia star Cardona causes outrage in South Korea after alleged racist gestureSN
Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona faces the prospect of FIFA punishment after being alleged to have made a racist gesture during a row in their defeat to South Korea.

FIFA Friendlies Roundup: Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 win over JapanSportsnet
Neymar scored one from the spot and missed another Friday in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan in a friendly.

Werder Bremen makes Kohfeldt coach to end of yearMetro
Werder Bremen is placing its trust in former under-23 coach Florian Kohfeldt to lead the side as coach at least until the end of the year.

Big Sam bars route to top for British soccer’s young coachesToronto Star
Sam Allardyce rails against influx of foreign coaches in Premier League, but it’s him and his ilk who have done most to stunt growth of domestic coaches.

Leaks unveil UAE plan to use financial warfare to undermine Qatar 2022 hostingInside World Football
The stand-off in the blockade of Qatar by its Gulf neighbours has inevitably dragged the hosting of the 2022 World Cup into the geo-political mix with news that the United Arab Emirates has a plan to attack Qatar’s currency and devalue its economy. Alongside the financial warfare sits a PR offensive designed to destroy confidence in the Qatari economy and change the hosting status of 2022.

2022 World Cup head tells Germany: Qatar doesn’t back terrorDurham Region
The organizers of the 2022 World Cup have a message for Germany’s soccer leadership ahead of a meeting on Friday: Qatar does not support terrorism. While discussing Qatar’s right to host the FIFA showpiece, German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel said earlier this year that tournaments “cannot be played in countries that actively support terror.”

Blackpool fans celebrate after club is put up for sale by Oyston family The Guardian
Blackpool have been put up for sale by the Oyston family, who have instructed their counsel to appeal aspects of Monday’s high court ruling that ordered Owen Oyston and his son Karl to pay £31m to the minority shareholder, Valeri Belokon.

Rules Of Engagement: Eastbourne Town vs. Loxwood Exposure.co
Aside from the occasional tie in the FA Cup or Vase, football at this level of the Football Pyramid seldom attracts more than a couple of hundred spectators, usually much less, and despite Town being one of the better supported clubs in the Southern Combination League there has never been much of what one might describe as an ‘atmosphere’ at the Saffrons.

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