VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Closing the curtain on the 2017 season: ‘We can’t go out with our heads down’ – Whitecaps FC
So how should we look back on the 2017 season as a whole?
In, Out, On The Bubble: 2017 MLS edition – AFTN
Last year we ran our annual Keep, Trade, or Release player analysis feature, looking at all of Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS squad and who we felt had futures at the club in 2017. We did that a little bit differently from previous seasons – from an editorial point of view as opposed to a consensus of our writers. That allowed a couple of the AFTN team to pen pieces with their own takes, under a new “In, Out, On The Bubble” banner. That proved popular, so we’re bringing it back this season to kick off our Vancouver Whitecaps end of season analysis.
Yordy Reyna called up for Peru’s FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Saturday that Yordy Reyna has been called up to the Peruvian national team for their home-and-away inter-confederation playoff series against New Zealand. The winner of the two-legged series will clinch a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The last time Peru qualified for the FIFA World Cup was 1982.
Stefan Marinovic, Deklan Wynne called up to New Zealand for playoff versus Peru – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed Sunday that first-team goalkeeper Stefan Marinović and Whitecaps FC 2 defender Deklan Wynne have been called up to the New Zealand national team for their upcoming two-leg playoff against Peru for a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Vancouver Whitecaps Season Review: The Defence – Soccer Shorts
In another timeline I don’t get to write up the season review of the Vancouver Whitecaps until early December, but these particular versions of ourselves have ended up in this God forsaken temporal cul-de-sac so this is what we get.
New York Red Bulls 1, Toronto FC 2 | MLS Cup Playoffs Recap – MLS
Plenty of breathless hype swirled around this first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at Red Bull Arena on Monday night. Could anyone actually knock off Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC, a record-setting team that many are tipping as the best side in league history?
TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl – SBI
One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them “classless” following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.
Giovinco proving he’s Toronto’s new Bautista for better and worse – Sportsnet
One day after the Toronto Blue Jays formally filed paperwork confirming they were not exercising Jose Bautista’s option, the new king of Toronto sports petulance chased himself out of Toronto FC’s next playoff match.
Portland Timbers 1, Houston Dynamo 2 | 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Recap – MLS
One year ago, the Houston Dynamo were the worst team in the Western Conference. In two weeks’ time, they’ll be playing for a spot in MLS Cup.
Houston Dynamo shock and eliminate top-seed Portland Timbers – ESPN FC
The Houston Dynamo shocked the Portland Timbers in MLS’ Western Conference semifinals on Sunday, beating the top seed 2-1 at Providence Park to advance to the conference finals against the Seattle Sounders.
Crew hold off NYCFC comeback, advance to Eastern Conference final against TFC – SBI
The Columbus Crew entered Sunday’s second leg against NYCFC with a three-goal advantage, and they needed every one of those three goals to survive their trip to Yankee Stadium.
Destined: Columbus has just enough to move into Eastern Conference final – Soccer America
First, Atlanta United. Now New York City FC. Columbus Crew SC has outlasted two of MLS”s biggest-spending clubs to move into the Eastern Conference final.
Give thanks as Dynamo, Crew SC keep MLS Cup Playoffs weird – MLS
It takes a decent season to book your tickets to the party, but once you’re in, the MLS postseason represents a whole different beast.
MLS Cup Playoffs semifinals set; First legs Nov. 21 – NBC Sports
There are only five kickoffs left in the 2017 Major League Soccer season.
Andrea Pirlo retires from football after leaving New York City FC – The Guardian
The former Juventus, Milan and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.
GOODBYE AND THANK YOU: Retiring Pirlo tips his hat to fans, family and teammates – Front Row Soccer
If there was any doubt that Andrea Pirlo had played his final game as a professional soccer player Sunday night, the Italian great made sure the world knew on Twitter Monday morning.
MLS announces online Canadian store – BNN
Major League Soccer is partnering with Fanatics in a deal that will mean a unique merchandising portal for Canada.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Results & Standings – Nov. 3-5 – BC Soccer Web
Here is what transpired on a weekend where we were lucky to get most of the scheduled games in.
WSOC: TWU beats Victoria to claim seventh CW title – Canada West
The Trinity Western women’s soccer team are the Canada West champions for the seventh time in program history, as the Spartans beat Victoria 2-1 in the gold medal match Saturday at TWU’s Chase Office Field.
Vikes settle for silver after valiant effort in Championship Game – UVic
The UVic Vikes women’s soccer team threw everything they could towards net in the final twenty minutes of play but couldn’t overcome the hole they found themselves in, in an eventual 2-1 loss to the host Trinity Western Spartans at the Canada West Championship Game on Nov. 4.
MSOC: Clan wins sixth GNAC title in eight years – SFU
For the second-consecutive season, No. 15 Simon Fraser was crowned the 2017 GNAC men’s soccer champion after a 2-0 win over Seattle Pacific University Saturday night at Terry Fox Field.
Comeback kings UBC Thunderbirds crowned Canada West champions – AFTN
UBC Thunderbirds staged a dramatic comeback at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday night, fighting back from two goals down to take Trinity Western Spartans into extra time before running out 3-2 winners in a fantastic advertisement for college football here in Canada.
MSOC: The Kings of Canada West – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds (10-4-1) defeated the TWU Spartans (8-4-4) 3-2 in a thrilling Canada West gold medal match Saturday night at Thunderbird Stadium.
Thunderbirds win Canada West gold with electrifying comeback – Ubyssey
Being in a two-goal deficit against a dominant rival in a playoff final is a hard place to be in, and a harder place to come back from. This weekend, the Thunderbirds beat those odds.
UBC to open U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship against New Brunswick – UBC
Looking to win their 14th Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy and first since 2013, the UBC Thunderbirds enter the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer championship as the most decorated side in the eight-team field.
UBC ends TRU’s chase for Canada West title – Kamloops This Week
There will be no Canada West title for the TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team.
Popadynetz, Wolfpack capture Canada West Soccer Bronze Medal – Nelson Daily
Mitchell Popadynetz of Nelson had an assist to spark Thompson Rivers University WolfPack to the 2017 Canada West mens soccer bronze medal Saturday in Vancouver.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC 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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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 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
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Why I am a Fan of the Canadian Women’s National Team (And why you Should be too) – Eighty-Six Forever
During the Canadian Women’s National Team’s bronze medal run in 2012 I was 14. It was the first time i’d really watched women’s soccer and I absolutely adored the Canadian team. So when Karina Leblanc was announced to be appearing to do a goalkeeping clinic near me I was all over that. So my dad and I went. As I got ready I noticed something was a little different from previous events like this i’d attended. There was only one other dude there. It was at this point that I realized that other young men were perhaps not as invested in the fortunes of the CWNT as me.
Can a New FIFA Rule Make Canada Cool? – We Are Red In the 6ix
A couple weeks ago it was reported that FIFA is looking into changing the nationality rules of soccer players and the criteria of how they become eligible to represent their country. This, of course, could reveal itself in many forms. The one proposed rule change that has peaked my interest the most is the issue of a player wanting to switch their allegiance.
MSOC: CBU men defeat UNB for second straight AUS soccer title – Cape Breton Post
A towering header at the end of a magical cross led to the only goal Cape Breton needed to cop their second consecutive AUS men’s soccer championship.
WSOC: Top-ranked Laval looking to defend national title – USports
The reigning champion Laval Rouge et Or are the team to beat as the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer championship gets underway this week.
CBU women take their ninth soccer title since 2003 – Cape Breton Post
According to Ness Timmons, his players could feel the love from home. While hundreds of fans cheered the Capers men to an AUS soccer title back in Cape Breton, the long-time CBU women’s soccer team head coach was busy watching his charges play an equally tough match in Antigonish.
Wolves soccer squad off to nationals – Daily Herald Tribune
A national title is up for grabs this week at the CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championships in Halifax. The University of King’s College and Dalhousie Agricultural Campus are hosting the event.
FC London’s Kovacevic And Vaughan Azzurri’s Whiteman Claim 2017 League1 Ontario Women’s And Men’s Golden Boot – League1 Ontario
In the first of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Golden Boot winners have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Court Denies NASL’s Request for Injunction in Lawsuit vs. U.S. Soccer – SI.com
The NASL’s request for a mandatory injunction restoring its second-division status for the 2018 season has been denied by a U.S. District Court judge, leaving the short and long-term future of the league in peril.
A Familiar Matchup for the NASL Final – Empire of Soccer
The North American Soccer League‘s Championship final will be played on the West Coast for the first time in the Modern Era, with the two-time defending champion New York Cosmos set to face off with the first-year San Francisco Deltas at Kezar Stadium.
Shootouts Send Louisville, Swope Park to USL Cup – USL
Louisville City FC and the Swope Park Rangers will square off for the 2017 USL Cup on Nov. 13. The dramatic conclusion to the record-breaking 2017 USL Season will kick off at 9 p.m. ET live nationwide on ESPNU and SiriusXM. A tense night of action in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs saw both sides prevail following penalty shootouts to earn a chance to claim the league championship.
Red Bull II Falls to Louisville City in Shootout – Empire of Soccer
New York Red Bull II fell painfully short of playing for its second straight United Soccer League championship, losing to host Louisville City in a penalty kick shootout in the Eastern Conference final on Saturday night in Kentucky.
USL Trio Named in New Zealand Squad – USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 defender Deklan Wynne, Portland Timbers 2 midfielder Bill Tuiloma and Reno 1868 FC loanee Kip Colvey have all been named in New Zealand’s squad for its Intercontinental Playoff against Peru for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the next two weeks.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Orlando Pride Defender Monica Loaned to Atlético Madrid – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride defender Monica has been loaned to Atlético Madrid, the club announced today. Monica will be the fifth Pride player to join a club during the 2017-18 offseason, as Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Toni Pressley and Rachel Hill are all currently competing in Australia’s Westfield W-League.
Westfield W-League Round 2 review: Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets impress again – Vavel
The second weekend of the Australian league was an opportunity for Americans to shine as the ladder begins to take shape.
W-League: Rachel Hill hat-trick inspires Perth Glory’s 4-1 demolition of Brisbane Roar – Melville Times
A RACHEL Hill hat-trick inspired Perth to a 4-1 W-League win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium yesterday. But the win, the Glory’s second from two starts this campaign, did come at a cost with influential US midfielder Nikki Stanton likely to miss six weeks after breaking her arm in a clash with Allira Toby.
Women’s Champions League round of 16: tie by tie – UEFA
Chelsea and Rosengård players facing their old clubs, debutants against past winners and one rematch: our guide to this week’s UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 ties.
Division 1 Féminine Week 8 Review: OM slip to the bottom of the table – Vavel
Last season’s surprise team, Olympique de Marseille are now facing a very grim reality as they sit bottom of the league after eight rounds of matches. On the other end of the table, Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier went head to head.
VIDEO: England women’s star Fara Williams scores direct from kick-off vs. Arsenal – ESPN.co.uk
England international Fara Williams returned to haunt her old side as Reading registered an impressive 2-1 away win over Arsenal in the WSL Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Rachel Yankey says England Women’s success is inspiring the next generation of girls – Sky Sports
Rachel Yankey says she has seen an increase in girls’ interest in football since England Women came third at the 2015 World Cup.
Damallsvenskan week 21 review: Kvarnsveden downed – Vavel
Draws enough for Hammarby and Vittsjö as Göteborg win at home for all three to secure safety.
Wexford claim title after thrilling final day showdown – Irish WNL
The 2017 Continental Tyres Women’s National League was settled in spectacular fashion as Wexford Youths WFC overcame Peamount United 2-0 on the final day in front of a record attendance at Ferrycarrig Park.
NCAA: Fifth Seeds Penn State and Baylor Claim Titles – The Equalizer
After a series of weather delays and a venue change, Penn State struck twice late in the second half to win the Big Ten title.The Nittany Lions claim the title as the five seed, the lowest position they had ever earned in the conference tournament. Laura Freigang, who scored the only game in Friday’s match, scored the equalizer and Haley Echard added another soon thereafter.
Football a life-changer for these young Jharkhand girls – Hindustan Times
In 2008, Franz Gastler founded Yuwa, a football institution, with the aim of combating child marriage and illiteracy among girls in and around Ormanjhi, a village on the outskirts of Jharkhand capital Ranchi.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Sunday European Rewind: Chelsea downs Man United, Man City defeats Arsenal, and more – SBI
Chelsea extended their current home unbeaten run against Manchester United to eight matches, defeating the Red Devils 1-0 on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
European round-up: Isco caps win as Real Madrid brush aside Las Palmas – The Guardian
Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 victory over Las Palmas, thanks to goals by Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco.
Better than Barca and Bayern: Guardiola enjoying best ever league start at Man City – SN
After another win over a traditional Premier League giant, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are flying high at the top of the table.
From crisis to topping La Liga: how Ernesto Valverde stabilised Barcelona – The Guardian
The calm and popular manager has put Lionel Messi centre stage while turning Neymar’s departure into an opportunity to recalibrate the team’s setup.
Serie A: Juventus come back after major scare from Benevento – NBC Sports
Last-place Benevento threatened a major shock in Turin before Juventus eventually fought back to win 2-1 Sunday and close the gap on leader Napoli in Serie A.
What is wrong at Dortmund? Unstable defence, injuries and lack of goals – ESPN FC
In the space of a few weeks, Borussia Dortmund not only collapsed in the Bundesliga to turn a five-point lead at the top into a six-point deficit after losing 3-1 to Bayern this weekend, but have also all but crashed out of their Champions League group too.
West Ham sack Bilic as ex-Man Utd boss Moyes waits to take over – SN
West Ham have sacked manager Slaven Bilic after a terrible run of form.
Week 12 review: Goals galore as top four, LOSC win – Ligue 1
PSG, Monaco, OL and OM all scored at least five unanswered goals in their resounding Week 12 wins, while Marcelo Bielsa’s embattled LOSC claimed a first three-pointer since the opening day of the season.
Makelele leaves Swansea to take charge at Belgian side Eupen – SN
Claude Makelele has left struggling Swansea City to take charge of Belgian side Eupen. Makelele joined Paul Clement at the Liberty Stadium in January and helped the Swans boss keep them in the Premier League last season.
Wydad crowned African champions – FIFA
Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 after defeating Egyptian giants Al Ahly 2-1 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League final.
Football transfers: Fifpro drop bid to end transfer system – BBC Sport
World players’ union Fifpro has dropped its legal bid against Fifa to outlaw football’s transfer system.
Kyle Martino takes NBC hiatus to run for U.S. Soccer president – SN
Kyle Martino has announced he is taking a hiatus from his role on NBC’s Premier League broadcasts to run for U.S. Soccer president.
Carlos Cordeiro: the continuity candidate to takeover where Gulati leaves off? – Inside World Football
Carlos Cordeiro’s entry into the running to become the next president of the US Soccer Federation (USSF) could signify the reign of incumbent president Sunil Gulati is coming to an end after 12 years in charge.
Paradise Papers: Who is in control of Everton? – BBC
Questions have been raised in the leaked Paradise Papers about who controls Everton FC and whether Premier League rules have been broken.
Moshiri and Usmanov under the money microscope over Everton shareholdings – Inside World Football
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has insisted his stake in the iconic club was bought with his own money after questions were asked in a BBC Panorama programme about his link to Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire who holds a 30% stake in Arsenal. Panorama, which airs the second part of a two-part documentary tonight, cites leaked documents from the infamous “Paradise Papers” which claim to contain information of Usmanov funding Moshiri’s move for Everton.
How the FBI won ‘the World Cup of fraud’ as Fifa scandal arrives in court – The Guardian
The trial of three former high-ranking South American football figures starts this week in New York but US authorities have already secured 23 guilty pleas.
Be careful what you chant for. HK fans could face jail for jeering Chinese anthem – Inside World Football
Hong Kong residents who jeer the Chinese national anthem might soon face up to three years in prison. Last week Hong Kong was issued with a warning by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after their fans booed the anthem during a recent AFC Asian Cup qualifying win over Malaysia.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca