VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 233 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Everything Will Be A-OKK with Kei Kamara) – AFTN
The 2017 MLS season is now finally officially over, but the offseason has been in very much full swings for several weeks now.
Carl Robinson: Looking Back on 2017 and Ahead to 2018 – Eighty-Six Forever
Our writers tackled the final questions in our year-end round table. On the table this time? The manager himself, Carl Robinson. What are your grades for the skipper?
“It’s about building something” – Kei Kamara and Vancouver Whitecaps seem a MLS marriage made in heaven – AFTN
There’s not a lot that still surprises Kei Kamara in the world of football. At 33, and with 11 years of experience in Major League Soccer, he knows the twists and turns that the league can bring. The latest of those now sees the striker heading to Vancouver Whitecaps for the 2018 season, and hopefully beyond.
A Christmas Carl: Chapter 1-Pert’s Apparition – Soccer Shorts
Martyn Pert was scouting players in South America: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his travel was posted on the Instagram accounts of both #IluvdaCaps!!! and #BlooandWhite4ever who both saw him boarding a plane at Vancouver airport: and Robbo himself had seen the flight tickets and approved the itineray. Martyn Pert was in South America.
These Reds are a bloody bigger deal than previous efforts – Toronto Star
After 11 years of trying, Toronto FC is a champion. But a champion of what, exactly? That’s the fascinating question in the wake of Saturday’s MLS Cup victory by the Reds over Seattle, a win that reversed the shocking defeat of 12 months earlier and established TFC as one of the very best teams in league history.
‘WE’RE GOING TO KEEP GOING’: Toronto FC eyes even bigger prize as fans flood downtown celebration – Toronto Sun
Coach Greg Vanney told the Sun he expects at least “90%” of TFC’s MLS Cup-winning roster to return and make a run at next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.
Despite Toronto FC’s dominance, ratings slide for MLS Cup in Canada – the11.ca
That downward trend for the final bucked the season trend for the season. TSN says its ratings for the MLS season in total for 2017 was up 25 per cent over 2016’s numbers.
Toronto FC go back to work with the party far from over – Waking the Red
Twenty-four hours after they lifted the MLS Cup and completed their perfect season, the likes of Raheem Edwards, Nicolas Hasler and Tosaint Ricketts were exposed to this year’s Expansion Draft, which will be held on Tuesday.
Sizing up LAFC’s options in the MLS expansion draft – SN
It has been a decade since Bob Bradley was a coach in Major League Soccer, but it’s safe to say he has a better grip on the league than you might expect upon his return.
A look at five potential picks for LAFC in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft – SBI
At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Los Angeles FC will have the chance to poach players off MLS rosters as they continue to build their inaugural roster. They will get five selections and cannot take more than one player from any other club.
Portland shopping star Darlington Nagbe with Atlanta in running – MLS
Three independent sources have confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that the Portland Timbers are in the process of shopping Darlington Nagbe around MLS, including to Atlanta United FC.
NYCFC To Sign Sweden’s Top Tier Defender of the Year – SBI
According to Swedish outlet Expressen and reported locally by NYCFC Nation, New York City FC has agreed to a contract with the Defender-of-the-Year in the Swedish top tier, Anton Tinnerholm.
Report: FC Dallas looking to sell Anibal Chala to LDU Quito – Big D Soccer
The run of Anibal Chala with FC Dallas could end up being even more limited than what we saw in 2017. Reports out of South America are pointing to Chala’s current club LDU Quito as being interested in purchasing the fullback following his loan stint this year.
What the signing of Franco Escobar means for Atlanta United – MLS Multiplex
Atlanta United has already made a notable move. Defender, Franco Escobar, from Newell’s Old Boys agrees to join Atlanta United.
Cyle Larin, Dom Dwyer just 2 of many factors in Orlando’s offseason revamp – MLS
A rebuilding project. A major rebuilding project. And a major rebuilding project that has to take place in two months.
How the new Targeted Allocation Money infusion will affect MLS – MLS
MLS announced this past Friday that the 23 clubs will continue to receive $1.2 million in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. More importantly, the league also announced that each team will have the flexibility to spend an additional $2.8 million in TAM, on a discretionary basis funded by the team, per year in both 2018 and 2019.
Orlando City Stadium A Rousing Success In Year One – Orlando City SC
It’s been almost a full year since Orlando City Stadium was completed. A mixture of emotions have run through the venue in its inaugural year. With the beginning of the stadium’s first year coming in Orlando City’s season opener against New York City FC, to the last game it hosted this year, the staff “OCSC Classico”. It’s been quite a first year with a soccer specific stadium in downtown Orlando, with more exciting times set for year two.
NYCFC provides details of Belmont stadium proposal – NBC Sports
New details emerged Sunday of New York City FC’s stadium proposal at Belmont Park.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Alphonso Davies, Jordyn Huitema named Canadian U-17 Players of the Year – Whitecaps FC
A pair of Vancouver Whitecaps FC youngsters have been named the 2017 Canadian U-17 Players of Year.
Aldergrove Elks support Youth Soccer Club – Langley Advance
Aldergrove Youth Soccer got another boost as the Aldergrove Elks presented a cash donation to the club as part of the Elks’ ongoing commitment to supporting the sport in the Aldergrove community.
Lady Timberwolves add six-foot-one Vernon recruit to their soccer roster – My Prince George Now
Lydia Lavigne of Vernon has committed to play with the UNBC women’s soccer team for the 2018 season.
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
Fun and fair play on display in toonie tourney – Whitehorse Daily Star
More than 500 players representing 49 Yukon minor soccer teams took to indoor courts across the city to play in the Whitehorse FC annual futsal Toonie Tournament.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
SPR forward Nansel Selbol wins 2017 USL Goal of the Year competition – Sporting KC
Swope Park Rangers striker Nansel Selbol has won the 2017 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year competition. The 20-year-old’s brilliant curling strike against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on July 20 beat out Colorado Springs Switchbacks’ Masta Kacher’s long-range effort with 52 percent of the vote in the Final.
Defensive Duo Returns for Rising FC – USL
A pair of key defensive pieces will be back with Phoenix Rising FC in 2018 as the club announced on Monday that both Victor Vasquez and Kody Wakasa would return to the club for a second season.
Swope Park Rangers trades Lebo Moloto to USL expansion side Nashville SC – Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers announced Tuesday that the club has traded midfielder Lebo Moloto to USL expansion side Nashville SC in exchange for future considerations, pending league and federation approval.
Defensive Stalwart Cochrane Re-Signs with SAFC – USL
Club’s all-time leader in minutes returns for third season with club.
STLFC Announces Austin Martz Signing – STLFC
Saint Louis FC announced the signing of midfielder Austin Martz for the 2018 season, pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Division 1 Féminine Week 11 Review: Montpellier and Fleury are the stories of the weekend – Vavel
Both the top and the bottom of the league produced some surprising results. Montpellier HSC and Fleury 91 picked up important wins for their campaigns.
Dutch women’s football team reaches deal with FA on more pay – Dutch News
The Dutch football association KNVB has reached a deal with the women’s national football team on more pay, which it says will allow the internationals to focus more on their sport.
Ombudsman to investigate gender pay discrimination in Finnish national football teams – YLE
Finland’s ombudsman for gender equality has demanded an explanation for the differential pay levels for male and female national team players.
Kerr and Matildas win popular choice awards – Four Four Two
Matildas superstar striker Sam Kerr has been named ABC Sports Personality of the Year, voted on by the Australian public.
She could have been a top US soccer player. Problem was, she was undocumented – The Guardian
Allyson Duarte was good, worked hard, and dreamed of playing soccer at a top US college. But she soon learned talent means nothing when you don’t have papers.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Independiente and Flamengo meet for South American trophy – Metro
Independiente, relegated for the first time in its history in 2013, can complete a remarkable turnaround by winning the Copa Sudamericana at the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday.
Real Madrid target third Club World Cup win – FIFA
Holders Real Madrid will be looking to match Barcelona as record three-time winners when they begin their FIFA Club World Cup defence in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Tigres UANL: Half a million fans celebrate Mexican title win – BBC Sport
Around 500,000 supporters of Mexican club Tigres UANL took to the streets of Monterrey to celebrate their team’s dramatic title win.
Liga MX Apertura 2017 end-of-season takeaways and awards – ESPN FC
It’s been a story-filled Liga MX 2017 Apertura.
Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year – BBC Sport
Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.
Pep Guardiola says Man Utd have to ‘accept the defeat’ and claims City’s celebrations were not excessive – The Telegraph
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims his players and staff were respectful with their celebrations after their derby win over Manchester United and said the losers of the match have to “accept the defeat”.
Pogba admits snubbing Real Madrid to make £89m Man Utd move – SN
Paul Pogba admits that Real Madrid made him an offer prior to his £89 million move to Manchester United, but he has no regrets about rejecting them.
Inter issue €300m bond to cover debt and increase working capital – Inside World Football
Inter Milan have launched a bond issue to raise €300 million to satisfy a loan taken out by former majority owner, Indonesian Erick Thohir. The bond will mature in 2022.
FIFA bans Colombia midfielder Cardona 5 games for gesture – Sportsnet
FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent.
‘Friends in high places?’ New York judge questions why FIFA has not banned Del Nero – Inside World Football
The judge in the FIFAGate trial in New York has deepened the intrigue over why current Brazilian football boss Marco del Nero is still at large even though he is one of those indicted, suggesting he might have “friends in high places”.
Inside the Secret World of Football in North Korea – Bleacher Report
Jorn Andersen is standing on the touchline dressed all in black, arms folded, waiting impatiently for the last seconds to drain away. The digital clock in the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has stopped counting—a large “90” frozen on the scoreboard. The match, a 2019 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on Sept. 5, was a rare chance for the large North Korean crowd to see their men’s team play.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca