BC Soccer News, Thursday, December 29, 2016


Still No Presents for Vancouver Whitecaps FansEighty-Six Forever
As other 2017 MLS rosters begin to take shape, the Whitecaps have made few additions, and only subtractions. Are the hopes of several new playmakers just a dream for Whitecaps fans or will the Whitecaps FO pull a January miracle?

Vancouver Whitecaps: Reasons to be CheerfulSoccer Shorts
If 2016 has taught us anything it’s that rational thought and tolerance to others will always win the day. And so as the world heads into what will clearly be an extended period of unparalleled peace, prosperity and goodwill to all it behoves us to consider the good side of all things.

It was a year to remember for the ImpactMontreal Gazette
The turning point in the Montreal Impact’s 2016 Major League Soccer season came on Oct. 16 at Saputo Stadium.

Report: Celtic end talks with Timbers over Darlington NagbeSBI
It seems like Darlington Nagbe could be staying with the Portland Timbers.

Free agent Will Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Orlando CityMLS
On Wednesday, the free agent midfielder, who most recently played for Toronto FC, agreed to a two-year deal with option for a third to join Orlando City, where he will be reunited with Lions head coach Jason Kreis, who was previously his coach at Real Salt Lake.

Rumor: Landon Donovan, RSL in contactRSL Soapbox
According to a report from national soccer writer Charles Boehm, Real Salt Lake is apparently interested in former LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan. That report cites multiple unnamed sources, who confirmed that Donovan and RSL have been in contact, but cites no progress in any discussions.

MLS’ best of 2016: Remembering this season’s award winnersMLS
How was your 2016? If you’re lucky, maybe it stands up against this season’s crop of MLS award winners.

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Update: WA Crossfire PDL headed to Richmond, BC’s TSS Academy?Goal WA
goalWA.net reported back on December 14 that Washington Crossfire’s former PDL manager Gary Whitehouse says the club has been sold to a Vancouver BC group and likely will be leaving the state.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
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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. 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.

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 considers bidding options for 2026 World CupToronto Sun
Canadian Soccer Association president (and CONCACAF president-elect) Victor Montagliani says a decision on hosting World Cup 2026 could arrive by spring — and Canada could factor in to a single or joint bid with the United States and Mexico.

CONCACAF president: Joint USA-Canada-Mexico bid for World Cup 2026 possibleSN
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has acknowledged the possibility of a shared bid between the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup.

2016 Canada Soccer Moments – Vote for your FavouriteCSA
Vote for your favourite Canada Socce Moment from 2016.

Squizzato: Counting down the Top 10 Canadian players in MLS in 2016MLS
Our lives are governed by a certain set of immutable laws; one of these laws is that noteworthy people, events and ideas naturally coalesce into groups of 10.

Masimengo and Cull named best in New BrunswickCSA
Héritier Masimengo and Olivia Cull were named Soccer New Brunswick Players of the Year. The two players were honoured at the Soccer NB annual awards gala in Fredericton on 1 December.

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Energy sign Jamaican defender DixonNews OK
OKC Energy signed Saint Louis defender Richard Dixon, the club announced Wednesday.

NASL exploring expansion to San Diego, Orange CountyLA Times
The financially troubled North American Soccer League could be adding teams in San Diego and Orange County as early as this summer.

Zayed living the American dream as he hopes to earn a shot at playing in the MLSIrish Independent
Eamon Zayed is living the American dream – or at least a version of it. A year after joining Indy Eleven, the future of the North American Soccer League (NASL) has been cast into serious doubt as US Soccer continues negotiations about whether or not to sanction what would be its seventh campaign.

U.S. women fire their union boss  – Soccer America
The U.S. women’s national team’s labor saga took a dramatic twist on Wednesday night when its union, the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, dumped its outspoken executive director, Rich Nichols. The move comes four days before the expiration of the current labor agreement.

Adelaide, Newcastle share spoilsW-League
Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets were forced to settle for an equal share of the points in a 2-2 draw at Elite Systems Football Centre on Thursday night.

Growth of women’s football across the UK delights England ace Laura BassettSolihull Observer
ENGLAND international Laura Bassett admits she has been taken back by the rise of women’s football across the country as attendances and player participation continues to grow year-on-year.

Hope Solo: Our Fight For Equal Pay Is About More Than Just SoccerGOOD
The collective bargaining agreement between the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer expires on December 31. The players have been petitioning for pay equal to what U.S. Soccer pays the Men’s National Soccer Team. Former national team goalkeeper and World Cup and Olympic champion Hope Solo shared with GOOD her thoughts on the continuing battle for equity as the deadline nears. The following are her words, as told to Jon Baum.

VAVEL Top 50 Female Footballers of 2016: 10-1Vavel
We have undoubtedly ruffled a few feathers on the way down (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11) and will probably ruffle a few more by the time we reach #1, but such is life. Without further ado, here is our [official] list of the best ten footballers of 2016.

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Infantino: ‘Overwhelming’ support for 48-team World CupThe Score
FIFA president Gianni Infantino claims global football federations are “overwhelmingly in favour” of his plans to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48.

The year in football: highs and lows of 2016 – from Allardyce to ZlatanThe Guardian
Leicester City’s title win was every bit the fairy story, as was Wales’ run at Euro 2016, but England displayed their unerring ability to ruin the mood.

OFFICIAL: Tevez becomes world’s best-paid player with £32m Shanghai Shenhua salarySN
Carlos Tevez has completed a lucrative move to Shanghai Shenhua from Boca Juniors, signing a contract that will reportedly see him become the highest-earning player in the world.

Liverpool and Manchester City in Prem title scrap on New Year’s EveESPN FC
It’s a massive match at the top of the Premier League to close 2016 as Liverpool host Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.

English soccer’s holiday tradition must be preservedSportsnet
While the rest of the Europe takes Christmas off, with winter breaks observed in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, the Premier League ramps up its schedule. Between Christmas Day and the end of the first week in January, English clubs will play no fewer than three rounds of fixtures. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of the year for the Premier League.

Christmas feast for Premier League as Boxing Day crowds hit season recordInside World Football
The English Premier League doesn’t take a winter break, but for football fans it felt like it had taken one with a flurry of fixtures over the 10 days of December 10-18 and then a long and lonely wait to the traditional feast of Boxing Day fixtures on December 26.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic still a force for Manchester United at 35Toronto Star
Swede has played in 17 of United’s 18 league games this season, with 50 club goals in 2016.

‘I’m p****d off’ – Bradley reveals frustration over Swansea sackingSN
Bob Bradley is “p****d off” at being sacked by Swansea City after just 11 matches in charge.

France’s almost perfect year FIFA
So impressive in their surge up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking over the last 12 months, France have ended 2016 crowned as the ‘Mover of the Year’. Didier Deschamps’s team climbed from 25th spot to seventh on the global ladder, but what made them such a rising force in the world football hierarchy? FIFA.com takes a closer look.

Gascoigne taken into hospital after hotel rowReuters
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne was involved in a fracas in a London hotel, several witnesses said, and taken to hospital after sustaining a head injury.

Darmstadt hires ex-TFC midfielder Torsten Frings as coachSportsnet
Struggling Bundesliga side Darmstadt is taking a gamble by appointing former Germany midfielder Torsten Frings as coach in a bid to avoid relegation.

The Guardian’s inaugural Footballer of the Year: Cagliari’s Fabio PisacaneThe Guardian
The Italian defender is the first winner of the award for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story

After Harry Kane’s skied effort, here are the 12 worst ways to miss a penaltyThe Telegraph
Let’s start with Kane’s effort against Southampton, which very much fits into the ‘skying it’ category. Here a player tries to put his foot through the ball, and ends up getting horribly underneath it and sending it flying high into the stands.  There are plenty of examples of this down the years.

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