VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
2017 MLS CUP FINAL
TORONTO FC vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1:00 PM PST
BMO FIELD, TORONTO, ONT.
TV: TSN 1 ONLINE: TSN GO
Whitecaps FC re-sign midfielder Russell Teibert to three-year contract – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has re-signed Homegrown midfielder Russell Teibert to a new contract through 2020.
Home | By Russell Teibert – Whitecaps FC
I was 15 years old when I joined the Vancouver Whitecaps. As a young kid from Niagara Falls, Ontario, it was a bit overwhelming at first. OK, it was really overwhelming. I mean, Vancouver is a beautiful city, but it’s a really big city. And I was just a kid.
Whitecaps FC announce 2018 preseason schedule in Hawaii, Nevada, and California – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Wednesday their 2018 preseason schedule, which includes trips to Hawaii, Nevada, and California for camp and friendlies.
Beyond the Lens – A Few Final Thoughts – Eighty-Six Forever
During the season, I was presented an opportunity to expand my involvement within Curva Collective, past being their photographer. After mulling it over for a few weeks, I decided to take the plunge and get more involved as I saw areas which could use a turbo-boost. So with that, I have mixed emotions in saying that this is my last piece here at 86Forever.
Toronto FC prideful of its defence although it’s the offence that everyone else is wondering about – Montreal Gazette
There was a time in this MLS season when Toronto FC was a terrifying goal-scoring machine. During a six-match winning streak in which they all but clinched the regular-season title, TFC scored 21 times, an average of more than three per game. They have scored three goals, total, in their four playoff games.
Brian Schmetzer leads Sounders towards history, second MLS Cup – SBI
Roughly 18 months ago, Brian Schmetzer was all but anonymous outside of Seattle. His playing and coaching career had largely kept him Washington-based and, after managing the USL version of the Seattle Sounders, Schmetzer became one of Sigi Schmid’s top assistants with the MLS club. He wasn’t pegged as an up-and-coming head coach or a top coaching prospect.
White weekend in the forecast for Toronto – Toronto Star
If you’re heading to the MLS Cup on Saturday, bundle up. Environment Canada says snowfall beginning on Thursday night will periodically return until Tuesday with bone-chilling temperatures.
Sounders unfazed by potential snow at MLS Cup: “It’s cold in Seattle too” – MLS
For the second straight year, the weather has become a talking point at MLS Cup.
MLS Cup Caught Between A Rock And A Cold Place – Forbes
Everything was fine as long as the Los Angeles Galaxy dominated the league. But then Toronto F.C. threw more than $22 million at its roster, became arguably the best side in league history, and assured itself of many MLS Cups at present and in the future. This, in turn, led to the virtual certainty that many of these title games would be played in Canada, in December, which is suddenly not such a great idea.
Back for the very first time – Waking the Red
Toronto FC has now made back-to-back MLS Cup appearances. Why do they feel different?
Five best teams in Major League Soccer history – USA Today
Going into the 2017 championship game, here are the best teams in MLS history. In order to be considered, a team must have prevailed in the league’s most important game: MLS Cup.
A bandwagon jumpers’ guide to Toronto FC – Toronto Life
The finals happen this Saturday night, at which time your neighbourhood and social media feeds will be subsumed with references to Giovinco, corner kicks and the Inebriatti. If you don’t want to miss out, here’s your TFC FOMO remedy.
Another Year, Another Crop of White Men in MLS Head Coaching Positions – Fifty Five One
The 2018 MLS season will start with twenty three teams, of which at least eighteen will be helmed by a non-Hispanic white male. Of the thirteen head coaches with American passports, all are white men. Just three teams; Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, are led by Hispanic men. The only black coach in the league is NYCFC’s Patrick Vieira, a title he has now held for two seasons.
Whitman joins Sacramento MLS expansion bid – Montreal Gazette
Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., joined the bid of Sacramento, California, for a Major League Soccer franchise on Wednesday as the four finalists made presentations to the league’s expansion committee.
MLS Expansion: Bidders show off political muscle in final push – Soccer America
Representatives from expansion bidders — including mayors from three of the four cities — made presentations to MLS on Wednesday at the league’s headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Chris Wattam and Erina Cho Appointed to the 2018 FIFA International Referee List – BCSA
BC Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of two BC Soccer referees to the FIFA International Referee List! Erina Cho and Chris Wattam have been appointed as Assistant Referees to the 2018 list, while long-time BC Soccer referee Michelle Pye retires from the list.
National soccer championship and new hockey program headline first half for VIU athletics – Nanaimo News Now
Vancouver Island University’s director of high performance sport Stephanie White says there were two sporting achievements that stood out above the rest in the first four months of the school year. At the top of the list is the men’s soccer team winning the CCAA national championship on home soil Remembrance Day weekend.
Cascades Hall of Fame to welcome five new inductees on Jan. 5 – UFV
Longtime men’s soccer coaches Scott Fast and Ken Fernstrom will be recognized as builders. The 1995 men’s soccer team, Fast and Fernstrom’s most outstanding group, will also be inducted in the team category.
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
Seventeen Canadian Match Officials named to FIFA International Referees List – CSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of 17 of its match officials to the FIFA International Referee List including five new additions for 2018. There are 12 returning match officials and one retirement for the upcoming season. In addition, Canada Soccer places three candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and one candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on the list.
Alberta Soccer Assoc. names new Director of Coach Education and Player Development – Alberta Soccer
Alberta Soccer is pleased to announce that Jim Loughlin, current Manager of Coaching Development, will be taking on a new role as the Director of Coach Education and Player Development for the Association, effective immediately.
McCullough’s brace decides the game – Whitehorse Daily Star
James McCullough, a long-time veteran of Whitehose Rapids over 35’s soccer, had his moment in the sun as he buried two goals to help his Klondike Business Solutions team overcome Yukon Brewing 5-4.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Miller, FC Edmonton part ways on “great terms” – the11.ca
Colin Miller compared his contract situation with FC Edmonton to knowing someone with a terminal condition. You know that there is no escaping the inevitable, but it still hurts when it comes to pass.
Colin Miller believes city could have done more for FC Edmonton – Edmonton Sun
Colin Miller hopes the city can learn from the demise of FC Edmonton. The former head coach of the professional soccer club, who along with the rest of the technical staff was officially released Monday, feels the Eddies didn’t get a fair shake from City Hall.
Nashville SC Signs Another MLS Cup Champion, Defender Kosuke Kimura – Nashville SC
Nashville SC of the United Soccer League (USL) announced the signings of four players to the club’s inaugural USL roster on Thursday, pending USL and federation approval. Headlining the group is defender Kosuke Kimura, who in 2007 became the first Japanese-born player in Major League Soccer (MLS). Keeper C.J. Cochran and defender Taylor Washington, both from the U.S. and Canadian forward Michael Cox add to a growing Nashville SC roster.
Why Do Didier Drogba, Diplo, Pete Wentz, and Brandon McCarthy Own a Second-Tier American Soccer Team Together? – The Ringer
With the backing of that celebrity minority-ownership group, Phoenix Rising SC has its eyes on one of the four expansion spots that Major League Soccer will award over the next few years. It’s the easiest and cheapest way into owning a professional sports team, but is it worth it?
Gerson Echeverry appointed as head coach of Rio Grande Valley FC Toros – The Monitor
The Houston Dynamo have appointed Gerson Echeverry as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the club’s hybrid USL affiliate, the club announced Wednesday.
USL Welcomes Clubs, Partners to Winter Summit – USL
The 2017 USL Winter Summit opened on Wednesday as the league’s executives welcomed member clubs and league partners for three days of meetings in downtown Tampa.
Grays Harbor Gulls FC gaining momentum for flight in 2018 – GoalWA
here are people all over the state of Washington who love and play soccer. It takes something more than that to start and run a true “Football Club,” but brothers Ben and Alex Barene are jumping in with all feet to make Grays Harbor Gulls FC a reality on the coast for 2018.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
2018 Algarve Cup groups announced – NWSL
Canada, Australia, Japan and more are set for the 12-team tournament.
Continental Tyres Cup: Manchester City face Bristol City, Chelsea host Liverpool – BBC Sport
Holders Manchester City face Bristol City in the Women’s Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals, as Chelsea host Liverpool and Reading go to Everton.
How Caf can end embarrassing withdrawals in Women’s World Cup qualifiers? – SN
A recent announcement of Equatorial Guinea’s withdrawal from the 2018 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup swelled the list of teams to have pulled out to six. In the beginning, 17 out of 54 African countries entered for the qualifier draws in August 2017, with four bowing out for varying reasons before the preliminary stages.
Damallsvenskan transfer round-up: Plenty of transfer activity in Sweden – Vavel
We summarise the ins and outs in the Damallsvenskan clubs.
Brianna Scurry joins Spirit technical staff – The Equalizer
Brianna Scurry will be the First Assistant Coach under Jim Gabarra at the Washington Spirit in 2018 and will also serve as a technical advisor for Spirit Academy programs in Maryland and Virginia.
Meghan Cameron breaking barriers after being named to Sporting KC front office – SBI
On Monday, Sporting KC named Cameron the Assistant Director of Player Personnel – the first female to manage player contracts for a team in MLS.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL: Liverpool, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar into last 16 – UEFA
Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick helping them to a 7-0 win – Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk were the final four teams to book their place in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – National Post
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend.
Manchester Derby: United looks to halt City juggernaut – Metro
There will be $1 billion worth of talent on the field, soccer’s two most famous coaches renewing their rivalry, a bunch of records ready to be broken, and potentially the destiny of the English Premier League title — even in early December — on the line.
Manchester derby is a must-win game for Mourinho’s United, warns Kanchelskis – SN
Manchester United must beat Manchester City on Sunday if they want to keep their title hopes alive, according to Andrei Kanchelskis.
Serie A hopes there’s plenty to celebrate with holiday games – Metro
For a competition that has always held holidays as sacrosanct, Serie A is about to make a big break from tradition.
Bordeaux’s Malcom struggling for Friday – Ligue 1
Girondins de Bordeaux have been dealt a blow with top scorer Malcom unlikely to be fit for Friday’s Ligue 1 meeting with RC Strasbourg Alsace.
Europa League preview: Field set for final trim – NBC Sports
The UEFA Europa League gained some big names this week with the third-place teams of the Champions League, but will it lose some others?
Champions League eight transfer to Europa League – UEFA
Dortmund and Atlético are among eight teams that have switched to the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League groups.
Spartak defender charged with racist abuse against Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster – The Telegraph
Europe’s governing body, Uefa, has charged a Spartak Moscow youth player with racism following alleged abuse against Liverpool and England’s teenage striker Rhian Brewster.
Wembley to host more Euro 2020 games, replacing Brussels – Sportsnet
Brussels has been dropped from the 13-nation hosting plan because of delays starting to build the Eurostadium project.
Wydad full of belief as they land in the UAE – FIFA
CAF Champions League winners Wydad Athletic Club were in high spirits when they arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday morning. The Moroccan club, who are making their FIFA Club World Cup debut, will take on Mexico’s Pachuca in their opening match of the tournament at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday.
AC Milan is open to settlement over financial fair play – Sportsnet
AC Milan is open to a “settlement agreement” with UEFA over a financial fair play investigation that threatens to derail the plans of the club’s new Chinese owners.
Aussies stay in control of FFA as FIFA commits to another round of reform talk – Inside World Football
Australian football has won a stay of execution after FIFA decided not to take over the running of the sport in the midst of an internal power struggle.
Why Cahill and Melbourne City were doomed to fail – SN
A now 38-year-old Tim Cahill parted ways with Melbourne City on Wednesday; an amicable divorce that many saw coming like the children of two unhappy parents.
FIFA gate trial: Tournaments that were never played, bribes that were, and pedicures – Inside World Football
A Brazilian marketing executive has told the FifaGate trial in New York how he helped set up an enticing bribe to powerful South American football officials to secure the rights for a new tournament that never happened.
Newcastle United takeover a painful reminder of how powerless supporters are – The Telegraph
The best you can say about Amanda Staveley’s attempt to buy Newcastle United, at the moment, is that talks are continuing with Mike Ashley, but there is also a nagging sense of doubt now, a suspicion that hopes have been raised prematurely. That Ashley is not going anywhere.
EFL agrees to extend recruitment code for BAME coaches to all 72 clubs – ESPN FC
All 72 English Football League clubs have agreed to interview at least one black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate for vacant managerial or first-team coaching jobs, the league has announced.
Without action, we risk losing a generation of BAME coaches – The Guardian
I strongly believe the ethnic background of a coach doesn’t make a difference in their competence to do the job and nor does it influence their ability, so opportunities should be based solely on merit. However, it is undeniable that at all levels of our game for many years the ethnic backgrounds of players are vastly underrepresented in high-level coaching positions.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca