BC Soccer News, Weekend, November 15-17, 2019


Whitecaps FC set to announce sporting director on Friday morningWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will announce the club’s sporting director Friday morning and will hold a media conference at the WFC National Soccer Development Centre at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Sources: Vancouver Whitecaps hires ex-Schalke executive Axel Schuster as new directorESPN
The Vancouver Whitecaps have hired former Mainz and Schalke executive Axel Schuster as sporting director, sources have told ESPN FC. Schuster will report directly to ownership and will oversee the entire technical side of the Whitecaps organization, from youth all the way to the first team, the sources said.

Whitecaps’ Henry sold to club in AsiaTSN
Canadian defender Doneil Henry has played his last game for the Vancouver Whitecaps. According to TSN’s Kristian Jack, the 26-year-old has been sold to a club in Asia.

Impact hopes Thierry Henry can bring stability to sidelineMontreal Gazette
The Impact has its new coach, and the hiring of Thierry Henry — a superstar as a player, if not necessarily a manager — has created the shock the Major League Soccer team might have been seeking. For 24 hours, at least, the Impact can say it won the day in Montreal.

Thierry Henry’s Montreal landing tips MLS’s rep as managerial incubatorThe Guardian
Patrick Vieira and Jesse Marsch are exponents of Major League Soccer’s growing reputation as a proving ground for young managers, a path Henry hopes to follow in Montreal.


VISL Division 1 Listings, Week 10BC Soccer Web
As we officially start the second half of the season, it is clear that this weekend might be the biggest of weekends to this point.

2019 BCSPL League Cup Finals set for this weekend at South Surrey Athletic ParkWhitecaps FC
The 2019 League Cup finals for the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) are set to take place this weekend at South Surrey Athletic Park.

Athletes of the Week: UBC’s Steer honouredUSports
Danielle Steer from the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer squad is the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Week for the period ending November 10, 2019.

Giuliana Zaurrini named to All-GNAC First Team, Lobo & Buono Honourable MentionsSFU
On Wednesday November 13th, the GNAC announced its All-Conference selections for the 2019 season in Women’s Soccer. Included in these selections were three Simon Fraser standouts: Freshman Giuliana Zaurrini received All-GNAC first team honors, while Freshman Kiara Buono and Junior Emma Lobo received All-GNAC honourable mentions.

Sidrit Vukaj to earn valuable experience against Croatia with Albanian Under 20’sSFU
Building on his budding International footballing career, Freshman Forward Sidrit Vukaj has been selected to represent Albania’s Under-20 squad in an upcoming International friendly against Croatia which will take place in Albania.

Indigenous athletes honoured for excellenceMerritt Herald
Six outstanding Indigenous youth athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region received the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport Nov. 3 in Merritt during a formal celebration held at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Abbotsford’s Buttar, Kahlon named to all-rookie teamAbbotsford News
Cascades first year players earn U Sports nods after stellar debut seasons.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 ready to face USA in decisive Concacaf Nations League away matchCSA
Canada are ready to face their Concacaf rivals and North American neighbours USA in a crucial Friday night competitive clash in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. At stake in this second of a home-and-away series is first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the Final Four in the inaugural season of the competition. The Friday 15 November match also offers valuable points on the FIFA World Rankings which will determine Canada’s pathway to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Canada ready for motivated Americans in Nations League encounterToronto Sun
While it sets up as a home and home series, Canada’s game against the United States at Exploria Stadium on Friday in CONCACAF Nations League Group A play, is actually part of a round robin.

How Canada can beat U.S. in Concacaf Nations League rematchSportsnet
The Canadian men’s national team will try to finish 2019 on a high when they face the United States in Concacaf Nations League on Friday in Orlando.

Morales set to bring much-needed tenacity to USMNT-Canada rematchSBI
The U.S. Men’s National Team lacked intensity and aggressiveness in October’s Concacaf Nations League loss to Canada at BMO Field. Luckily for USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter, a return for one veteran player could play huge dividends in Friday’s rematch at Exploria Stadium.

Canadian men’s soccer team needs more ‘country-changing’ moments to be taken seriouslyCBC
‘Now it’s about consistency,’ says national coach John Herdman.

Wanderers midfielder Andre Rampersad coming back in 2020CanPL
First, HFX Wanderers re-signed their top scorer. Then they decided to bring back their starting goalkeeper.


2019 USL Championship Final Officially Sold OutUSL
The 2019 USL Championship Final officially sold out in 96 minutes on Thursday morning, with tickets for Sunday night’s clash between hosts Louisville City FC and Real Monarchs SLC at Lynn Stadium being quickly snapped up by fans three days before kickoff.

Championship Final Preview: Louisville City FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC – USL
Eastern Conference title-winner Louisville City FC will attempt to become the first club to win three league titles in the USL Championship’s history when it hosts Western Conference title-winner Real Monarchs SLC in the 2019 USL Championship Final on Sunday night at Lynn Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT.

Donovan named manager of new USL Championship side San Diego LoyalSBI
Landon Donovan is heading into the next stage of this post-playing career.


The Week in Women’s Football: W-League preview Part One; Matildas name squad for Chile seriesTribal Football
This week, we present part 1 of our annual preview for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 regular season—the league’s twelfth campaign—which begins with Western Sydney hosting Adelaide on November 14 and three more games on Sunday, November 17.

2019 Division I women’s soccer championship bracket revealedNCAA
In the opening round, Prairie View A&M, the automatic qualifier from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will face Stanford. North Carolina will host Belmont from the Ohio Valley Conference. Florida State will host South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference, and Virginia will host Radford, the automatic qualifier from the Big South Conference.

Women’s clubs take the spotlight in EnglandFIFA
The past year has been a special one for the women’s game. While the FIFA Women’s World Cup was a big success, club football has played its part in projecting visions of a bright future.

Megan Rapinoe calls for more investment in US women’s gameThe Guardian
Two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has been at the forefront of the US women’s national team’s fight for gender pay equity but the fiery forward has told Reuters she also hopes for more investment in the domestic league and better pay for club players.


European Qualifying Preview: Russia hosts Belgium, Netherlands visit Northern Ireland, and moreSBI
The 2020 UEFA European Qualifying matches resume this week with several teams looking to punch their tickets for next year’s tournament.

Euro 2020 Roundup: Ronaldo scores hat-trick, France, Turkey qualifyNBC Sports
The final two rounds of Euro 2020 qualification got underway on Thursday with plenty of great goals on display. Four nations qualified directly into the tournament as well, as we get closer to the final list of 24 teams.

England celebrate 1,000th game with seven-goal charge into Euro 2020 finalsThe Guardian
It was a night when England celebrated their football history and threatened to run up a historic scoreline. As the goals flew in during a first-half embossed by Harry Kane’s hat-trick, it felt necessary to check the team’s previous 999 internationals for record victory margins.

5 things to look out for as Euro 2020 qualifying concludesFour Four Two
The final week of Euro 2020 qualifying is already under way, with plenty still up for grabs. Places at next summer’s festival of football can be won or lost, while there are personal challenges ahead too.

China’s World Cup qualifying loss to Syria prompts Lippi to quit, again Inside World Football
Marcello Lippi has quit as China coach after a 2-1 defeat by Syria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Dubai. It is the second time this year that the Italian has resigned from his role.

U-17 WC: Brazil and Mexico seal final of former championsFIFA
The final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 will pit ex-champions against one another. Thursday’s semi-final results in Brasilia have produced a weighty showpiece set to feature three-time winners Brazil and North American juggernauts Mexico, who hold two titles of their own.

Court again prevents La Liga game from being played in U.S.NBC Sports
The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now.

Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘pricing out’ of football fans in Premier LeagueThe Guardian
Britain’s Labour leader says German model of fan ownership is more democratic.

VAR: How does it work in Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1?BBC Sport
The first few months of using video assistant referees in the Premier League have seen plenty of controversy, frustration and anger, with a number of high-profile incidents.

History made as 10-times Scottish Cup winners Queen’s Park finally turn pro Inside World Football
The oldest club in Scotland has finally stopped trying to hold back the tide of history and bowed to modernity. Members of Queen’s Park, founded in 1867, have voted to permit the club to offer professional contracts.

‘Our art and his art’: inside Cirque du Soleil’s show dedicated to MessiThe Guardian
Show’s Chilean freestyler and captain of Barcelona Women on the project expressing Messi’s career through performance and their hopes for women’s sport.

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