BC Soccer News, Thursday, November 3, 2016


Four ‘Caps called up to Canada for friendly versus Korea RepublicWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Wednesday that defenders Fraser Aird, Marcel de Jong, and David Edgar, and midfielder Marco Bustos have been called up to the Canadian senior men’s national team for an upcoming training camp and friendly versus Korea Republic. Players unavailable due to injury include Whitecaps FC players Sam Adekugbe, Brett Levis, Ben McKendry, and Russell Teibert.

Beyond the Lens – What is Success? Eighty-Six Forever
For most North American sports fans, the success of one’s team is generally defined by making the playoffs and winning the Championship of their respective league. Now, I’m sure the North American soccer fan probably views it this way as well. In MLS, that equates to MLS Cup and the Supporters Shield. I have no issue with those who want to measure their team’s success using those barometers.

Kendall Waston, Christian Bolaños, and Blas Pérez called up for final round of World Cup QualifyingWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Wednesday that centre back Kendall Waston, midfielder Christian Bolaños, and striker Blas Pérez have been called up to their respective national teams for the fifth and final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, also called The Hex.

Sounders remove interim tag, name Brian Schmetzer full-time head coachSBI
Chalk one up for prizing results over glamour, for going about your business with humility and forever deflecting credit for a job well done. Chalk one up for the hometown guy.

Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer on an abbreviated coaching search: ‘We know we’ve got the right man for the job’ Seattle Times
Hanauer and Brian Schmetzer go all the way back toward the beginning of the last decade, when the former hired the latter to coach the USL Sounders.

Toronto FC “couldn’t care less” about David Villa’s availabilityMLS
David Villa will be available for selection on Sunday and Toronto FC are not bothered by it one iota.

Shimmering, distant mirage coming into focus for Toronto FC Sportsnet
Don’t feel bad. You can be forgiven if you didn’t know that Toronto FC is actually in the playoffs for the second time. That the most inept franchise in the history of Major League Soccer broke their post-season draught a year ago.

New York Red Bulls hope home form can provide a boost to beat Montreal ESPN FC
After losing the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal 1-0 away to the Montreal Impact, the New York Red Bulls will try to overcome the deficit when they host the decisive second match on Sunday in Harrison, New Jersey.

Biello, Saputo must forget “Toronto-gate” and turn the Drog loose on New YorkProst Amerika
Didier Drogba may have played his last game for the Montreal Impact — a brief cameo appearance off the bench in what ended up being a 3-1 for the Impact versus the San Jose Earthquakes. As well as being a relative non-factor, the magisterial Ivorian was booked for his troubles. No wonder he didn’t want to come off the bench against Toronto.

How the 3-5-2 could lead Toronto FC to their first MLS Cup MLS
On September 18, Toronto FC fell behind 3-1 to the New York Red Bulls following a Bradley Wright-Phillips goal in the 48th minute.

Vieira defends himself amid rumors of mutiny, players jump to his defenseEmpire of Soccer
A report released earlier this week suggested players had met on Monday to discuss “team matters” as relating to New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira. By all indications, however, that does not seem to be the case, with several players speaking out to the media on Wednesday to debunk the report.

Chicago Fire GK Matt Lampson named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the YearMLS
Major League Soccer on Wednesday named Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson the 2016 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.

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Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver CSA
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.

Championship preview: Women’s soccer Select Six lands in LangleyCanada West
The top six teams in Canada West women’s soccer are headed to Trinity Western University this week, as the conference’s Select Six championship tournament opens Thursday, November 3 at Chase Office Soccer Field in Langley, B.C.

UBC’s run for a repeat starts with ManitobaUBC
Fresh off a 3-2 comeback win over the Alberta Pandas, the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team will face the Manitoba Bisons in their first matchup of the Canada West Select Six on Thursday, November 3 in Langley at 4:00pm (PT).

Five things to know about Huskie women’s soccer playoff game against VictoriaStar-Phoenix
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have advanced to the Canada West Select Six and look to move on to the Canada West semi-finals this weekend.

CCAA Men’s Soccer Championships: Round 1 MatchupsCCAA
Capilano Blues face the ACAA champs, while Douglas College are up against the hosts from Keyano.

CCAA Women’s Soccer Championships: Round 1 MatchupsCCAA
VIU Mariners and Douglas College Royals head to Montreal to compete for the national crown.

Trinity Western’s Elijah Adekugbe (Calgary) was named a Canada West First Team All-Star Thursday, ahead of this weekend’s Canada West Men’s Soccer Final Four at Foote Field in Edmonton.

UBC’s Aman Shergill named U Sports Athlete of the WeekUBC
Aman Shergill from the University of British Columbia has been named the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U Sports female athlete of the week for the period ending October 30, 2016.

BC Soccer Assoc. to Host their Fourth Annual FREE Futsal FestivalBCSA
BC Soccer is excited to announce the fourth annual BC Soccer Futsal Festival. The festival will take place on December 18 with a mandatory education session for coaches on the evening of Friday, December 16th. The free festival is open to U9 to U12 teams and will take place at the University of Fraser Valley’s main gymnasium, the Envision Athletic Centre.

VMSL Week 8 Round-up: Roaming at EmpireAFTN
The runaway train that is Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves kept on track to back to back VMSL Premier Division titles this past weekend, increasing their lead at the top of the table to six points over West Van, with a game in hand.

VISL Division 1 Matches for November 4-6 VISL
Upcoming Division 1 game Listings as well as the Game Of The Week.

Challenges affect Powell River Villa’s performance Powell River Peak
A third of the way into the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) season, Powell River Villa soccer club is mired in seventh place with only four points after posting a record of one win, five losses and one tie.

Forward Law Increases KYSA SponsorshipKYSA
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has announced that Forward Law LLP is expanding its sponsorship of the organization.

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.

Canada West to livestream over 100 Soccer matches in 2016-17Canada West
With the 2016-17 Canada West regular season set to open later this week, Canada West is proud to launch passes for Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of the conference.

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 Christine Sinclair up for FIFA player of the year award Globe & Mail
Fresh from leading Canada to bronze at the Rio Olympics, Christine Sinclair is one of 10 players shortlisted for FIFA women’s player of the year.

Canada Soccer announces MNT squad for Korea RepublicCSA
Canada Soccer has announced an 18-player squad for the upcoming away Men’s International Friendly match in Korea Republic. Men’s National Team Interim Head Coach Michael Findlay has selected a squad that features a mix of both youth and experience as well as debutant goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

Canadian coach Findlay expects South Koreans to begin friendly with its strongest squadthe11.ca
For interim Canadian men’s national-team coach Michael Findlay, the process of picking players for the Nov. 11 friendly in South Korea featured some logistical issues.

Men’s soccer record-setter Sarkaria earns top honourCanada West
Alberta Golden Bears scoring star Ajeej Sarkaria is the 2016 Canada West Men’s Soccer Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper Thomas might face South Korea in soccer friendlyTimes Colonist
The Milan Borjan era in the Canadian soccer crease is well cemented. But if there is ever an opening, Simon Thomas of Victoria plans to be ready.

Championship preview: Men’s soccer Final Four opens Saturday in EdmontonCanada West
Four teams, two trips to nationals and one conference title. That’s the equation this weekend in Edmonton, where the top four teams in Canada West men’s soccer will take aim at the conference championship Saturday and Sunday at Foote Field.

National university soccer championship expected to infuse cash into Kings CountyKings County News
The economic impact of Acadia University hosting the CIS women’s soccer championship this month will be felt far after the final whistle is blown in the gold medal game.

A trip down memory lane: 1990 Axettes dominated Canadian University SoccerKings County News
The 1990 Axettes’ (now called the Axewomen) soccer season was one of the most memorable in not only Acadia’s soccer program history but in Canadian University Soccer.

OUA announces 2016 Men’s Soccer Major Awards and All-StarsOUA
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is excited to announce the 2016 OUA men’s soccer major awards and all-stars.

Panthers are playoff tested entering AUS post-seasonPEI Guardian
The Panthers (6-5-1) enter the six-team Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s soccer championship as the team with the fewest points during the regular season. It means a matchup with the third-place X-Men (7-2-3) at 4:30 p.m. in Fredericton, N.B.

State of the Game: League One Ontario and the evolving Canadian landscapeRed Nation Online
League One Ontario, for me, has always been an important development in improving the quality of men’s, as well as women’s, soccer in Canada. Three years ago when the League One Ontario (“L1O”) started, I wrote an article about the role of the league and it’s comparison to the American equivalent of the Pro Development League. With this, and a combination of College/University, soccer players can both showcase their talents, as well as further develop their roles within the game in search for professional opportunities.

Chapples Park could become recreation destination Thunder Bay Newswatch
Consultants unveiled three options for the future of Chapples Park on Wednesday, ranging from redefining Chapples as a neighbourhood park to expanding it into a “premier sports hub,” capable of hosting national tournaments.

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Deklan Wynne called up to New Zealand for World Cup qualifiers Whitecaps FC
New Zealand football announced on Thursday that Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) left back Deklan Wynne has been called up for his country’s upcoming Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup qualifying matches against New Caledonia.

2016 NASL Postseason Upon UsMLS Multiplex
As we hit early November on our calender’s and the cold air starts setting in, it can only mean one thing; NASL postseason play is here. This year’s contestants feature the 2016 Spring Champions, Indy Eleven, the Fall Champions, New York Cosmos, FC Edmonton, and Rayo OKC.

NASL Semifinal Preview: Indy Versus Edmonton, Finally!Bloody Shambles
Can anything new be written about Indy Eleven and their journey to The Championship? Tens of thousands of words from this blog and other sources have documented the Eleven’s journey from overwhelming local support despite two disappointing seasons to an offseason overhaul and their current status as a strong number two seed in the league playoffs.

FC Edmonton’s Postseason Debut Carries Extra Weight For Veterans Watson, FordyceFC Edmonton
For a select few of the Eddies, playing in the postseason is the reward for years of loyalty and dedication to a program and city that’s played a significant role in transforming each of their lives.

FC Edmonton goalkeeper Matt VanOekel brings experience to semifinalEdmonton Journal
FC Edmonton goalkeeper Matt VanOekel has plenty of experience when it comes to the North American Soccer League playoffs.

Five Storylines For Saturday’s Semifinal Clash Between the Cosmos, Rayo OKCEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos are rightfully favored to prevail in Saturday’s semifinal matchup with Rayo OKC, but that doesn’t mean the expansion team has no shot whatsoever — or that the match will be without intrigue.

Canadian International Dixon Leads Trio Returning to Fury FCUSL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Thursday the return of local players Eddie Edward and Jamar Dixon along with goalkeeper Andrew MacRae as the club builds toward its inaugural season in the USL in 2017. All three signings are pending league and federation approval.

Fury rebuilding its roster in preparation for USL movethe11.ca
The Ottawa Fury’s roster is now up to four players. The team announced the signings of three Canadians on Thursday; fullback Eddie Edward, midfielder Jamar Dixon and goalkeeper Andrew MacRae. They join forward and reigning team player of the year Carl Haworth, whose new deal was announced earlier this week.

The NPSL Provides A Platform For The Growth Of Soccer In The USA Midfield Press
There has been an explosion of grassroots soccer clubs over the past few years, and the National Premier Soccer League has been at the forefront of it. Detroit City FC became the best known US soccer club outside of MLS, NASL and USL. Chattanooga FC demonstrated that a small city can fill a stadium with over 18,000 people who want to watch their local amateur soccer team play for a national title.

Garber Proud of Progress with USL, MLS PartnershipUSL
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber visited the USL offices last week while in Tampa to be a guest speaker at the University of South Florida’s Sports & Entertainment Lecture Series, and was enthused by the welcome he received from the league’s staff.

United Premier Soccer League Brings Promotion And Relegation To The USAMidfield Press
Few subjects in US club soccer trigger more passionate debate than promotion and relegation.  Now a prominent league in the Southwestern US is going to bring pro-rel to these shores.  The United Premier Soccer League gained some notoriety this year from the performance of two of its clubs in the U.S. Open Cup.

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Who will be The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016?FIFA
Who is The Best female player of 2016? Ten women have been shortlisted as candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 by experts from the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

Lloyd, Ellis nominated for FIFA awardsSBI
With The Best FIFA Football Awards just around the corner in January, the candidates have narrowed in several fields.

W-League stars make their predictions W-League
On their eve of the 2016/17 Westfield W-League campaign we hear the players’ opinions on who will shine this season.

NWSL Moves: Krieger shipped to Orlando Soccer America
Ali Krieger, who captained the Washington Spirit to the NWSL championship game, was traded to the Orlando Pride. The Spirit’s piece of the deal was modest, to say the least.

DaCosta back with Breakers, Beard via trade from ChicagoThe Equalizer
Amanda DaCosta is headed back to Boston to play for her old coach, Matt Beard. The Breakers announced on Thursday that they acquired the 27-year-old midfielder from the Chicago Red Stars in a trade. Boston in return sent its natural third- and fourth-round picks (No. 28 and No. 38 overall) in the 2017 NWSL College Draft to Chicago.

Washington Spirit – 2016 NWSL Season Review – What a Horrible Way to End the SeasonMLS Multiplex
2016 was going to be a Cinderella season for the Washington Spirit. They were minutes away from winning in perhaps the greatest women’s soccer league championship  game of all time.Then something horrible happened. It all came down to penalty kicks…

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Europa League can be a help, not a hindrance to Manchester UnitedESPN FC
The Europa League divides United fans. Long mocked as a small-time sideshow that Liverpool played in on Thursday nights, United are now no strangers to the tournament, having featured in it in 2011-12, as well as last season in addition to this one; gone are the days when they reached the latter stages of the Champions League on a regular basis.

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris: We need a miracle to reach Champions League knockout stageThe Guardian
Hugo Lloris has said Tottenham Hotspur need a “miracle” to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, after the disaster that was the 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley on Wednesday night, and he accepted they would enter the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday at a low ebb.

Bornstein helps Queretaro claim first trophy with Copa MX win over Chivas de GuadalajaraSBI
The Chicago Cubs weren’t the only team to break a major trophy drought on Wednesday night. Queretaro topped Chivas de Guadalajra, 3-2, in penalty kicks to claim the Apertura’s Copa MX title. The win gives Queretaro the club’s first major trophy since debuting in 1950.

Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel set for a month out with fractured handThe Guardian
Leicester City have suffered a major injury blow after it emerged that Kasper Schmeichel fractured his hand during the first half of Wednesday night’s Champions League game against FC Copenhagen.

West Ham: Andy Carroll targeted by armed motorcyclistsSportsnet
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Andy Carroll was targeted by armed motorcyclists as the striker left the Premier League club’s training ground.

FIFA sanctions several member associations for incidents during FIFA World Cup qualifiersFIFA
Following match reports and, in some instances, additional evidence generated by the Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against associations including [hyperlink to the disciplinary overview document for the qualifiers] those of Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Estonia, Ukraine, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Iran.

England v Scotland poppy row: Fifa is wrong to get involved – Arsene WengerBBC Sport
The football associations of England and Scotland will defy Fifa and allow their players to wear black armbands with red poppy emblems for the match.

FIFA Statement on Remembrance DayFIFA
FIFA fully respects the significance of commemorating Remembrance Day on 11 November each year.

Mystery UK investors offer $1.5bn for takeover of Nigerian leagueInside World Football
Forever cash-strapped Nigerian football could have a solution to its problems if rumours that a group of UK investors are ready to invest $1.5 billion into the Nigeria Professional Football League are true.

FA Cup first round: Club named after a jolly fat man among stories to watchBBC Sport
Stamford, also known as the Daniels for a big reason, face League Two side Hartlepool after reaching the first round for the first time.

Russia working to stop World Cup field from shakingSportsnet
Russia is trying to stop the retractable field at a World Cup stadium from shaking. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said the field at the 68,000-seat stadium in St. Petersburg has been experiencing problems with the mechanism that allows it to be stored outside and wheeled in for games.

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