VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC add striker Myer Bevan to MLS roster – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed striker Myer Bevan to an MLS contract for 2018, with options for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Myer Bevan to bring Kiwi — and a hint of Canadian — flavour to the Whitecaps – The Province
In less than a week, the Whitecaps have added three new strikers to the mix. The latest is New Zealand-born Myer Bevan, who the Whitecaps confirmed Wednesday as their latest signing.
A Christmas Carl: Part 2-The First of the Three Spirits – Soccer Shorts
When Robbo awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of from behind his desk, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his office. He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters.
Atlanta United make record-breaking move for midfielder Darlington Nagbe – MLS
What has been reported since Monday became official on Wednesday afternoon, when Atlanta United the completion of a record-breaking move for iconic Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.
Rapids select Kip Colvey, Diop goes to Montreal in 2017 MLS Waiver Draft – MLS
After last year saw the Waiver Draft go by with zero selections, the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft ended with two players selected.
Report: Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau asks for trade – MLS
Montreal Impact goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau has asked for a trade, according to TSN’s Nicolas Martineau.
Whirlwind week for new Impact wingback Raheem Edwards – Montreal Gazette
It’s been five days and three teams since Raheem Edwards celebrated winning the MLS Cup final with Toronto FC.
For MLS Cup star Jozy Altidore, move to Toronto has let him find his happy place – Globe & Mail
After his playoff heroics, Jozy Altidore may never have to buy a drink again in Toronto. It’s a theory that may already have been tested, judging from his woozy performance at Toronto FC’s victory parade on Monday.
Maple Leaf Adds CFL’s Toronto Argonauts to Sports Team Empire – Bloomberg
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. has reached an agreement to acquire the Toronto Argonauts Football Club from BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada and Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Group.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan pays up after losing soccer wager to Toronto Mayor John Tory – Boom 99.7
Durkan congratulates Toronto on TFC’s MLS Cup win by following through on her friendly bet with Tory. However, she says she expects next year will be Toronto’s turn to pay up.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Colin Miller back with Abbotsford Soccer Association for 2018 – Abbotsford News
Miller signs on as head of development, ASA product Mark Village joins USL’s FC Cincinnati.
Akisqnuk First Nation building 22,400 square foot sports complex – Columbia Valley Pioneer
The Akisqnuk First Nation broke ground last week on a 22,400 square foot sports complex that will be open to the public.
‘Caps at College: Looking back at some of the male performances this season – Whitecaps FC
As another college season concludes we look back at how former Whitecaps FC Residency players contributed to their collegiate clubs.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-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 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
Canada Soccer announces Atiba Hutchinson wins sixth Canadian Player of the Year award – CSA
Atiba Hutchinson has been named Canadian Player of the Year from the Men’s National Team for the sixth time in eight years as part of the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards. Hutchinson from Brampton, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian coaches and media after yet another truly remarkable season by a Canadian athlete on the international stage.
Atiba Hutchinson ‘honoured, proud’ to win 6th Canadian soccer honour – CBC
The 34-year-old midfielder from Brampton, Ont., helped Besiktas to its second straight Turkish league title in 2016-17. Hutchinson and Besiktas have also reached the round of 16 of the Champions League after a Turkish-record performance in the group stage.
Canadian international Jessie Fleming a finalist for Honda soccer award – Medicine Hat News
Canadian international midfielder Jessie Fleming has been chosen as one of four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Soccer. The 19-year-old from London, Ont., a sophomore from UCLA, is up against senior forward/midfielder Imani Dorsey from Duke, senior forward Savannah McCaskill from South Carolina and senior midfielder Andi Sullivan from Stanford.
Zambrano says “major changes” coming to national program for 2018 – the11.ca
Canadian national men’s team coach Octavio Zambrano says that, since taking over the team, the program hasn’t truly been his own. That will change in 2018.
Canada Soccer completes its National Referees List – CSA
Canada Soccer has named 25 match officials to its 2018 National Referees List. They will join the 17 previously named to the FIFA International Referees List at a camp in Ottawa in February 2018 where they will receive competency training and fitness testing before being confirmed to the list for the 2018 season.
Melissa Snedden: Making the FIFA list – Ontario Soccer
Ontario match official Melissa Snedden spoke about her pathway to FIFA.
Ontario Soccer announces the Ontario Academy Soccer League (OASL) – Ontario Soccer
Two-year pilot program is a strategic initiative to implement and align a private academy stream into the Ontario Soccer player development pathway.
Bermudians are Cape crusaders – The Royal Gazette
Bermudian players Nico Gibbons and Tomiko Goater helped the Cape Breton Capers claim a pair of titles and finish the season undefeated.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Three judges will hear oral arguments on Friday that could decide NASL’s fate – Soccer America
Three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in the NASL’s appeal of the decision by U.S. District Court judge Margo Brodie in NASL v. USSF denying the NASL’s request for a preliminary injunction of U.S. Soccer’s decision to deny the NASL Division 2 sanctioning for 2018.
Orange County Appoints Cloutier as Head Coach – USL
Orange County SC has appointed Braeden Cloutier as it next Head Coach, with the club’s General Manager & Executive Vice President Oliver Wyss welcoming the club’s former assistant to his new role on Wednesday.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Sky Blue FC sign Brazilian midfielder Thaisa – Once a Metro
Sky Blue FC announced on Wednesday the signing of Brazilian midfielder Thaisa Moreno to the squad ahead of the 2018 NWSL season. The signing is the first official act of Denise Reddy since taking over as Sky Blue head coach.
FA unveils new make-up of women’s club football – Sports Business
Brighton & Hove Albion will join the Women’s Super League 1, the top tier of club football in England, next year after its license application was accepted by the Football Association (FA).
Norway’s footballers sign historic equal pay agreement – CNN
Throughout 2017 women’s football teams have been standing up for parity with their male counterparts on the international stage — but in London on Wednesday pen was put to paper on a historic deal which could prove significant in the fight for equality in sport.
Kenya lands special FIFA funding for women football development – Kawowo
Kenya Football is set to ripe big from special funding by the World’s football body, Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
Soccer star Carli Lloyd surprises NYC girls at practice – Fox 5
It was just a regular weeknight soccer practice for some girls at Asphalt Green in Manhattan until one of the greatest soccer players in the world showed up.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Argentina’s Independiente wins Copa Sudamericana in Rio – Our Windsor
Fan violence around the Copa Sudamericana final failed to dampen Independiente celebrations of its second title. The Argentine side, nicknamed the King of Cups, drew with Brazil’s Flamengo 1-1 on Wednesday to win the final 3-2 on aggregate.
Manchester City wins record-setting 15th straight match – Toronto Star
No team in 129-year history of English Premier League had ever won 15 games in a row prior to Man City’s win over Swansea.
‘We were in control’ – Bale looking to Club World Cup final after heroic Madrid cameo – SN
Real Madrid supersub Gareth Bale admitted he was delighted to be back on the pitch after his goal secured a tense victory over Al Jazira on Wednesday.
PSG into League Cup quarter-finals; Nice and Montpellier win – Sportsnet
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain reached the League Cup quarter-finals after winning 4-2 at Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Lewandowski scores as Bayern Munich tops hapless Cologne – Sportsnet
Robert Lewandowski’s goal was enough for Bayern Munich to stretch its Bundesliga lead with a 1-0 win at home over last-place Cologne on Wednesday.
Wolfsburg hungry for more as Englische Woche leaves Leipzig gasping for break – The Guardian
Martin Schmidt has Wolfsburg climbing the Bundesliga table but the winter break can’t come soon enough for RB Leipzig.
Luiz Felipe-Scolari says he is interested in coaching the Socceroos – SN
World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has declared his interest in taking Australia to World Cup Russia 2018.
FIFA-gate: Prosecutors outline $11m+ in bribes but defendents cry ‘show me the money’ – Inside World Football
The three former South American football powerbrokers who have been on trial in New York for their alleged roles in the FIFA-gate scandal lined their pockets with millions of dollars of bribes for more than six years, prosecutors argued in their closing arguments yesterday.
Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives – The Guardian
Senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for millions of dollars in bribes to be paid to South American soccer officials to secure major broadcast deals, according to US prosecution documents unmasked by sworn testimony.
26 people arrested after massive soccer fan brawl in Serbia – NBC Sports
Police in Serbia have arrested 26 people after a massive fan brawl during a soccer match between Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan left at least 20 people injured.
USSF set to revamp president’s role, create GM position – sources – ESPN FC
The U.S. Soccer Federation board of directors met in Toronto last Sunday, and took some initial steps towards revamping the responsibilities of several positions, according to multiple sources who were in attendance.
Eight US Soccer presidential candidates submit nominations by deadline – MLS
As the US Soccer Federation presidential election draws closer, the federation announced on Wednesday evening that it had received the required three or more letters of nominations for eight potential candidates prior to Tuesday night’s deadline.
‘We want authentic’: how NBC’s British commentators won the US audience – The Guardian
For the British natives enlisted for NBC’s Premier League play-by-play duties, tailoring a style to fit an American audience has come quite naturally.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca