BC Soccer News, Thursday, December 1, 2016


Toronto FC 5, Montreal Impact 2 | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs RecapMLS
A fierce 401 rivalry, a rain-soaked second leg and a whipsaw series of scores – Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact set an MLS record for a two-game aggregate series, with 12 goals – finally crescendoed with Toronto FC scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of extra time to reach MLS Cup 2016.

Impact rue lapses in emotional loss to Toronto FCSBI
It was one of the most exhilarating series in recent memory. Goals galore, a real rivalry, stakes that truly mattered to all involved. The clash between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact had everything, but when all was said and done, someone had to fall short.

Impact loss a heartbreaking end to a breathtaking game Montreal Gazette
It must have been a very quiet ride back to Montreal late Wednesday night for the four busloads of Impact fans who made the trip from Montreal to BMO Field for Game 2 of the MLS Eastern Conference final.

‘The difference was set pieces’ – Defensive struggles haunt Montreal Impact in loss to Toronto FC SN
It will forever be considered a classic, a game rerun on TV for generations to come, but the Montreal Impact won’t be so happy to revisit what happened here Wednesday night at BMO Field, where, in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final, their MLS Cup hopes ended in a dramatic 5-2 overtime loss (7-5 on aggregate).

Chaos from the corner: TFC’s set pieces allow Reds to take classic Eastern Final over Impactthe11.ca
The two goals in extra time, from the head of Benoit Cheyrou and the lunging legs of Canadian Tosaint Ricketts, will be the ones that get played on the highlight films years from now. Those will be the goals that will be toasted when Toronto FC fans look back at arguably the greatest playoff series in MLS history.

A historic night for TFC and soccer in CanadaTSN
The night of Wednesday, Nov. 30, will never be forgotten in the history of Toronto FC. In the book it will need its own chapter.

Win Over Impact an Unforgettable Night in Toronto FC HistoryWaking the Red
There were moments of doubt, which only made the elation that followed that much sweeter. When Montreal, and Dominic Oduro of all people, scored early in the match. When Piatti dribbled a ball over the line early in the second half after TFC had fought so hard to get ahead. Giovinco going down with injury.

Could happiness really be in the offing for Toronto FC faithful?MLS
Just four years ago, Toronto FC was “the worst team in the world.” Now, they sit on the precipice of reigning supreme in Major League Soccer.

Seattle Sounders to face Toronto FC at BMO Field in MLS Cup Final on Dec. 10 Sounders FC
It took three extra days, but the Seattle Sounders finally know their opponent for the 2016 MLS Cup Final.

Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders battle for $275,000 team bonus as well as MLS CupTimes Colonist
In addition to the MLS Cup, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will be battling for a US$275,000 team bonus when they meet Dec. 10 for North American soccer supremacy.

Good news for Whitecaps as some Canadian players granted domestic status in MLS Vancouver Sun
There was progress for Canadian players in MLS on Wednesday. Homegrown players across the league will count as domestic players starting in 2017. In theory, this will create more opportunities for Canadians, who were previously considered international players on U.S.-based teams. International roster spots are limited in MLS.

MLS launches Generation adidas Canada, amends Canadian roster ruleWhitecaps FC
Major League Soccer today announced key initiatives in collaboration with Canada Soccer including a joint MLS and CSA taskforce to focus on advancement of youth development in Canada and expansion of the Generation adidas program to Canada. In addition, MLS, Canada Soccer, and U.S. Soccer have agreed to modify the parameters that determine a player’s international status on both U.S.-based and Canadian-based MLS club rosters.

MLS Announces Collaboration with Canada Soccer on Youth Development InitiativesCSA
In a continued effort to advance its youth development efforts, Major League Soccer today announced key initiatives in collaboration with Canada Soccer including a joint MLS and Canada Soccer taskforce to focus on advancement of youth development in Canada and expansion of the Generation adidas program to Canada. In addition, MLS, Canada Soccer, and U.S. Soccer have agreed to modify the parameters that determining a player’s international status on both U.S.-based and Canadian-based MLS club rosters.

More Professional Opportunities Coming for Canadians within the MLSBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is excited to share the Canada Soccer announcement that Canada Soccer, US Soccer, and Major League Soccer (MLS) have been working closely to create more professional opportunities for Canadian players within the MLS.  The three organizations have just released details regarding Canadian Players being considered Domestic Players within MLS Rosters.

New MLS player initiative hailed as “great opportunity” for Canadian soccerMLS
On Wednesday, an hour before the biggest match in recent Canadian soccer history — Toronto FC’s 5-2 victory in the Eastern Conference Championship Leg Two — the sport in Canada received an additional boost.

Canadian Players Now Count as Domestic Players for All MLS Teams. Sort of.Eighty-Six Forever
While what people expected to be announced is, in fact, what was announced, there were caveats. As expected, MLS announced that starting in 2017, Canadian players would count as domestic players for both Canadian and US-based teams. This comes as great, long overdue, news, given that 3 MLS teams are based on Canada. However, it was not all rosy.

We were underwhelmed, if that’s a word: Canada Soccer/MLS strike a domestic-player dealthe11.ca
Going forward, there will be ways for Canadians to become domestics league-wide in MLS, but it might be almost as difficult as it is to satisfy all the parameters to becoming a free agent in MLS.

MLS needs to hold itself to a higher standard on concussion protocol What a Howler
An extra-time thriller became irrelevant in the 13th minute when Montreal and MLS didn’t take care of a man’s brain.

Garber: MLS priority ‘getting young guys who are at their prime’SBI
With a noted shift in DP policy at many MLS clubs over the past few years, commissioner Don Garber has chimed in on the league’s need for younger stars.

MLS Moves: RSL declines options on Morales and OlaveSoccer America
Getting back to the playoffs after missing out in 2015 hasn’t deterred Real Salt Lake from overhauling its roster. Playmaker Javier Morales and defender Jamison Olave, who combined have played 17 seasons for RSL, are among the players whose options were not picked up for 2017.

MLS Transfer Window Tracker: Winter 2016/17MLS
Ongoing list of Transfer news & speculation within MLS

New Renderings Released for National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum and Toyota Stadium South End FC Dallas
Construction is well underway in Toyota Stadium’s south end as work continues on the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, and we now have several more updated renderings to comb through in anticipation of early 2018.

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Adam Jones & Magnus Kristensen Earn All-America HonoursSFU
After being named West Region Player of the Year, Simon Fraser junior midfielder Adam Jones was today named to the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-America First Team and junior defender Magnus Kristensen was named to the Second Team.

VISL Division 1 Listings & Standings – Dec.2 – 4VISL
Weekend approaching and here is what’s on for Division 1 League Play.

Fusion host Vic West Friday night; Div. 1 men’s soccer this weekSaanich News
Saanich Fusion will need a special night to beat Vic West in Island men’s Div. 1 soccer on Friday night.

Nelson explodes for four in Cowichan LMG victory Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan FC didn’t get the game they expected from Campbell River Cermaq at the Sherman Road turf last Saturday, and they took full advantage of it.

Comox Valley United VISL teams both lose to Bays United Comox Valley Record
Bays United defeated Comox Valley United 3-2 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 3B action Nov. 26 at Vanier Turf Field.

Powell River Villa suffers setbacksPowell River Peak
With only one game remaining in the first half of the season for Powell River Villa soccer club, coach Mario Paul said, “It is what it is.”

The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association is holding its last Pro-D Day Soccer Camp of 2016 this MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th!!

Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in VancouverCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in ReviewBCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review.  The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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’s women’s soccer team to form players’ union: reportCBC
One of the main issues has been the disparity between what senior male players make and what women earn.

Canada’s top women want younger soccer players to have a kick at fair payToronto Star
Canada’s top female players are looking to leave an even bigger legacy for sport than Olympic glory: the possibility for women to make a good living out of soccer.

West Virginia defender extraordinaire Kadeisha Buchanan named espnW player of the yearESPN W.
At almost the same moment on an August afternoon that West Virginia played its season opener against Penn State, beginning a journey that now finds it two wins from its first national championship, the team’s best player was otherwise occupied winning an Olympic bronze medal a hemisphere away.

Search still on for new Canadian soccer coachToronto Sun
Following Benito Floro’s exit three months ago, Canada’s men’s national team has been without a head coach. Interim manager Michael Findlay has been in control since then, overseeing three consecutive friendlies against Mauritania, Morocco and South Korea.

Event of the Year award for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015CSA
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ has won Event of the Year honours at the 2016 Canadian Tourism Awards. The prize celebrates Canada 2015 for best practices in all aspects of its operations, serving as an example of excellence to other events and festivals and the greater tourism industry.

Sudbury city manager accused of conflict of interest over proposed soccer dome CBC
A public school board trustee is facing accusations of conflict of interest over plans to build a soccer dome in Sudbury, Ont.

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Rayo OKC not represented at NASL meetings; Players released from contractsNews OK
Rayo OKC majority owners, Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano, are not represented at the annual NASL board of governors meetings in Atlanta this week, thus another sign that indicates the club will not play in the league in 2017.

It’s time to stop mourning the New York Cosmos Prost Amerika
The North American Soccer League is on its knees once again — are we really surprised? When the first iteration of the NASL closed its doors for business in 1984 it was clear what had led to its demise: lack of investment; lack of interest; and an unsustainable business model. Now? NASL 2.0 is facing the same consequences.

RGV FC Toros exercise contract options on 11 players; sign defender Ivan Magalhães to new contractHouston Dynamo
The Rio Grande Valley Toros have exercised club options on 11 players for the 2017 season and have signed defender Ivan Magalhães to a new contract, the club announced today. Additionally, RGV FC declined the options on three players while two players’ loan agreements are set to expire at the end of the year.

Swope Park Rangers Add Two: Parker Maher and James MusaThe Blue Testament
The offseason news just keeps coming for Sporting Kansas City’s USL team, the Swope Park Rangers. Today they announced the signing of two new players who appear to fit holes that we were discussing needed filling. The players joining the club are Parker Maher and James Musa, both who played for St Louis FC over the last two seasons in the USL.

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Carolina RailHawks expected to address NWSL bid next weekThe Equalizer
The Carolina RailHawks will be holding an event on Dec. 6 to discuss what they are billing “A New State of Soccer.” The event will include new information on the possibility of an NWSL franchise, but whether the club will be become a league member is still unclear.

Shelbourne Ladies claim their first WNL titleIrish WNL
Shelbourne Ladies claimed the Continental Tyres Women’s National League with victory over UCD Waves in Morton Stadium.

Women’s round-up: November 2016 FIFA
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 dominated women’s football in the month of November. A champion will shortly be crowned in the South Pacific, but eyes have also been on Europe and Rotterdam, where the draw for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 took place.

Nigerian President urges women’s football team to defend African titleBusiness Standard
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the country’s national football team to defend their title at the ongoing 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Praise for PNG ahead of tournament finaleFIFA
Two days out from the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final between Korea DPR and France, a press conference was held in Port Moresby looking back at the three-week event.

Is college soccer the real secret weapon behind the U.S. women’s World Cup success?Excelle Sports
This weekend, women’s college soccer really showcases itself. After a month of NCAA tournament play and the conference championships, the sport culminates in the College Cup, which takes place in San Jose, Calif. on Friday and Sunday. For soccer fans, this is a time of non-stop soccer only briefly interrupted by turkey.

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‘Eternal champions’ – Atletico Nacional fans pack stadium in emotional tribute to Chapecoense SN
Atletico Nacional’s Estadio Atanasio Girardot may not have hosted a game on Wednesday, but it was nevertheless packed with fans in a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the plane crash involving Chapecoense.

Atletico Mineiro say they won’t play final-round match vs. ChapecoenseESPN FC
The president of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro has said they will not play the final match of the Brazilian league season against Chapecoense on Dec. 11.

No electrics, no fuel – pilot recording before Chapecoense plane crashedInside World Football
The chartered plane that tragically crashed in Colombia wiping out virtually an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, according to the pilot’s final words.

Europa League: Who is through, who can join them?UEFA
The last 11 places in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 will be decided on 8 December with 22 teams in contention: we explain who is through and how the rest can join them.

Week 15 review: Nice roll on as Lyon roarLigue 1
OGC Nice remain a point clear atop the Ligue 1 table after a hard-fought 1-0 win in Guingamp, while Lyon rocketed back to the foot of the podium with a devastating 6-0 win in Nantes. PSG went second after besting Angers 2-0.

Manchester United 4-1 West Ham: Martial and Ibrahimovic at the double as United breeze past HammersVavel
The attacking pair scored two apiece and Henrikh Mkhitaryan claimed two assists as the Red Devils made the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

EFL Cup: Man Utd and Liverpool kept apart in semi-finalsBBC Sport
Manchester United will play Hull in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, while Liverpool will take on Southampton.

Zidane: “We’re ready for El Clásico; they’ll make us suffer” AS
The coach is now thinking about Camp Nou: “Whatever happens, it won’t be decisive”and was thrilled to have Casemiro back: “He looked good. I’m happy”.

If Bayern lose I’ll cry and miss El Clasico! – AncelottiFour Four Two
Carlo Ancelotti is planning to be one of the millions of keen observers tuning in to El Clasico on Saturday, but only if his Bayern Munich team do not make him cry against Mainz on Friday.

Abdulrahman the big winner at AFC Annual Awards 2016Fox Sports Asia
The AFC Annual Awards 2016 ceremony took place in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night, where Al Ain’s Omar Abdulrahman headlined the list of big winners.

Club Leon and Tigres kick off Liga MX semis Prost Amerika
Liga MX will kick off the semifinal round on Wednesday night when Club Leon hosts Tigres UANL at Estadio Leon, aka Nou Camp stadium. Despite qualifying in the eighth and final playoff slot, Club Leon is one of the hottest teams in Liga MX and its clash with third place Tigres promises to be a spectacular affair.

Police: Around 350 people have reported child sex abuse in footballESPN FC
The number comes from information supplied by UK police forces to Operation Hydrant, set up in 2014 to oversee investigations into historical child sex abuse concerning prominent people, and referrals from the NSPCC helpline.

English FA investigating if clubs paid off sex abuse victimsSportsnet
English soccer authorities are investigating whether clubs paid off victims of sexual abuse in return for their silence.

Inside Italy’s ultras: the dangerous fans who control the gameThe Guardian
When a key figure in a powerful ‘ultra’ group killed himself in July, police suspected the mafia was using the ultras to get into the game.

VIDEO: South African GK scores last-gasp equalizer on bicycle kickFox Sports
Goalkeepers don’t get the chance to score all that often. They definitely don’t get the chance to do so on bicycle kicks. But in the dying moments of a South African top-flight match on Wednesday, Masuluke Oscarine got his chance to do both.

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