BC Soccer News, Weekend, November 22-24, 2019


Contract Deadline Day 2019: Catch up on all the roster moves in MLSMLS
November 21 was 2019 Contract Deadline Day in MLS with clubs announcing their contract option decisions as they begin to construct their rosters for the 2020 campaign.

Impact exercise options on Piatti, TaiderTSN
The Montreal Impact exercised contract options on designated players Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taider and nine others Thursday.

TFC declines option on Ashtone Morgan but says fullback could be backSportsnet
Toronto FC has opted not to pick up the contract option of Ashtone Morgan, the team’s longest-serving player, but says the homegrown fullback could still be back.

RBNY exits for Robles, Wright-Phillips are an end of an era for one of MLS’s all-time great teamsMLS
The nice thing about the New York Red Bulls is that you knew what you’re going to get. Sports… sports are messy. Despite anyone’s best efforts, sports are nearly impossible to predict. The Red Bulls, though, those guys made sense.

Whitecaps Off-Season Starting to Pick Up?Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps started their player movement off-season quickly, announcing the majority of the players they were going to retain and release shortly after the regular season concluded. However, since those announcements it has been fairly quiet in Whitecaps land.

Chicago Fire Reveals New Primary Badge and Brand Identity Ahead of Move to Soldier Field in 2020Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire FC is proud to unveil its new primary badge and brand identity as the Club readies for its 2020 move to Soldier Field.


VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches, Week 11BC Soccer Web
Week 11 of Division 1 soccer is fast approaching, and here is the 11th edition detailing what the top flight of amateur soccer has in store for the weekend.

Croatia SC retake top spot as VMSL season reaches perfectly poised halfway point (with video highlights) AFTN
It was all change at the top once again in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division standings as the season reached the midway mark this past weekend.

Day 1 B.C. Boys AAA Soccer Championships: S. Delta, Handsworth, Matheson, Pano, Best, VC & Reynolds keep Final 4 hopes aliveVarsity Letters
A lot of tired teams took early harbour in their tournament hotel rooms here at the B.C. senior boys Triple A soccer championships.

Strikers & Marlins wrap up season at provincialsRichmond News
McRoberts Strikers and McNair Marlins wrapped up impressive seasons at this week’s B.C. AA Boys Soccer Championships in Burnaby.

TRU Women’s Soccer sign first four recruits for 2020-21TRU
Mark Pennington and the WolfPack are ready to announce their first four recruits for 2020-21.  They come from as far away as Montana, Ontario, Alberta and the Lower Mainland of BC.

Youth soccer fills up the fields in NanaimoNanaimo Bulletin
Nearly 1,800 local youngsters ages 5-18 enrolled with Nanaimo United FC.

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!

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.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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.


FC Edmonton’s head coach Jeff Paulus named interim general managerSportsnet
Former GM Jay Ball left the club Nov. 8 to pursue other opportunities.


Phoenix’s Asante Named 2019 Championship Most Valuable PlayerUSL
If there was one team that dominated the on-field conversation in the USL Championship in 2019, there was one player that stood out in a squad loaded with talent. In a season during which he and his side put up unprecedented attacking numbers, it was impossible to take your eyes off Solomon Asante.


Women’s Continental League Cup: Manchester United beat 11-1 Leicester City in group stageBBC Sport
Manchester United hammered part-time Championship side Leicester City 11-1 to all-but seal a place in the Women’s Continental League Cup quarter-finals.

2020 NWSL Draft to take place in Baltimore, MD on January 16NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the 2020 College Draft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center. Player registration for the 2020 NWSL College Draft is now open.

Women’s football: One in five adults support sport, as survey finds 60% rise in fansBBC Sport
Almost one in five adults in the United Kingdom would call themselves a women’s football fan, a survey conducted by analysts Nielsen Sports has found.


Iceland to play Romania in Euro 2020 playoffsTSN
Iceland’s road back to the European Championship will go through a playoff semifinal match at home against Romania in March.

Paris Saint-Germain face one of their stiffest tests yet when the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders play host to LOSC Lille — last season’s runners-up — in Friday’s Week 14 curtain-raiser, though should welcome Neymar Jr. back.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Wilfried Zaha is a threat to injury-hit Liverpool, José Mourinho checks in at Spurs, and Chelsea can make a statement.

Klopp explains why he kept Liverpool squad smallNBC Sports
When your team looks as good as any in the world, it’s easy for your words to appear sprung from a font of wisdom.

Bundesliga: Third audition for Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick, Robert Lewandowski’s Düsseldorf droughtDW
In Düsseldorf, Bayern Munich’s interim coach, Hansi Flick, will be going for a third win from three. Scoring-machine Robert Lewandowski, on the other hand, will be aiming do something he’s never managed before.

Bayern Munich want to offer Mauricio Pochettino swift return to management after Spurs sackingThe Telegraph
Bayern want to hold talks with Pochettino, even though they are aware he might prefer to wait until the New Year before considering what his next job will be.

Copa Libertadores final emerges from flames of unrestThe Guardian
The meeting between River Plate and Flamengo is a one-off affair for the first time in the competition’s history. It has had a troubled birth

Brazilian player Taison banned in Ukraine for response to racismNBC Sports
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder showed his middle finger to Dynamo Kyiv fans who had abused him with monkey chants and kicked the ball into the stands during a game Nov. 10. Taison was shown a red card.

Germany: Footballer banned for 3 years after punching refereeDW
Violence against officials has become an increasing problem in German football. Recently, referees in Berlin and Cologne have gone on strike in protest against attacks on those trying to implement the laws of the game.

Stars shine on opening day of Paraguay 2019FIFA
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 started with a bang on a matchday that saw a total of 28 goals scored across four games. Italy made a huge statement by defeating 2017 runners-up Tahiti by an eight-goal margin thanks to 2017 top scorer Gabriele Gori’s five goals, who showed once again why he’s one of the deadliest beach soccer forwards on the planet.

Welcome back José: football photographers such as me are delightedThe Guardian
When Mourinho is in the dugout you have to keep one eye on the pitch and one on the touchline. He is pure box office.

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