BC Soccer News, Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Bolaños puts Whitecaps disappointment behind him as he chases World Cup ‘dream’SN
It’s been a year of mixed fortunes for veteran Costa Rican midfielder Christian Bolaños.

English Club Preparing a Move For Vancouver Whitecaps’ Midfielder Giles BarnesMLS Multiplex
English Championship club, Blackburn, are reportedly keen on signing Vancouver Whitecaps’ midfielder, Giles Barnes, in January.

Vancouver moving up in weight class as sports townBusiness in Vancouver
As co-owner of the Whitecaps soccer club, Jeff Mallett has a clear bias when it comes to his praise for Vancouver as a bona fide sports town.  But as co-owner as well of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco’s AT&T Park and the cable television network Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Mallett offers a valuable outside perspective, too.

Manchester United’s Schweinsteiger in talks with MLS club Chicago FireThe Guardian
The Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has held talks with the Chicago Fire about a move to the MLS club.

MLS expansion club Atlanta United announce hiring of technical staff MLS
Atlanta United FC on Monday announced they have added seven new members to its technical staff to serve under head coach Gerardo Martino for the club’s inaugural season in 2017.

Conflicting reports list Heath, Savarese as top coaching targets for Minnesota UnitedNBC Sports
With the club’s entrance into Major League Soccer looming, there are conflicting reports swirling around regarding one team’s manager situation.

Big Announcements Looming: Are Savarese, Magee, Soehn, and Rovde set for Minnesota?Fifty-Five One
While Minnesota United hasn’t announced any coaches for their inaugural season yet, multiple sources have confirmed top targets for the club’s staff. Gio Savarese may be the top pick for head coach; Marius Rovde is set to become the goalkeeper coach; and MLS veterans Tom Soehn and Amos Magee may join the ranks as well.

TFC’s Mark Bloom: It took time but we finally got thereSportsnet
Mark Bloom has witnessed first-hand the very best and very worst of Toronto FC. Bloom is one of only four current players to have been with the team prior to the launch of the “Bloody Big Era,” having joined TFC on loan in the summer of 2013.

It’s all about the offence: The Toronto FC stars who put seven past New York CityWaking the Red
With 10 goals in three playoff games, the Reds have the most lethal attack in the MLS playoffs.

Veteran defender Jamison Olave bids farewell to Real Salt Lake MLS
A week after Javier Morales announced his departure from Real Salt Lake, another longtime RSL player on Monday revealed that his time at the club was up.

MLS careers of Lampard, Gerrard lackluster investments for NYCFC, LAESPN FC
The careers of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been nearly in lockstep with one another for almost two decades now. They both made their senior debuts in the 1990s and emerged as the leaders of their respective clubs — Liverpool and Chelsea — in the 2000s. The debate over their place in the England national team raged well into the 2010s.

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College Round-up: Disappointing ends to the season for SFU, UBC and Capilano on national stageAFTN
It was a tough few days for the local college sides on the national stage. Heading into the postseason the SFU Clan, UBC Thunderbirds, and Capilano Blues all had high hopes of winning gold and bringing national championships back to the lower mainland.

Residency Report: ‘Caps U-16s win twice on California tripWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency were back in action in the Development Academy this past weekend, traveling to California to take on Real So Cal and Arsenal FC.

Whitecaps hold training sessions in Terrace  – CFTK
The Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping to expand their reach into the northwest by potentially opening up an academy for youth soccer players.

VIU Mariners end soccer nationals with a win Nanaimo News Bulletin
The VIU Mariners didn’t win the Canadian championship, but they were able to end soccer season by winning their last game at nationals.

UBCO Heat soccer keeper earns scholarshipKelowna Capital News
For Nicholas Reitsma, a 6-foot-3 freshman keeper on UBC Okanagan’s men’s soccer squad, receiving the Capri student scholarship has taken one major concern off his desk.

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
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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. 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 seek to turn over a new leaf against NigeriaFIFA
No sooner had the final whistle been blown in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Group B opener between Spain and Canada than the Canadian players and coaching staff conspicuously formed a circle, whereupon coach Danny Worthington proceeded to rally his troops.

Hamilton a step closer to pro soccer teamHamilton Spectator
The hiring of the Canadian Premier League’s first official employee says one important thing to local soccer fans. Hamilton should indeed have a professional team for 2018.

Brampton’s Nunes Canada’s top college soccer playerBrampton Guardian
Marcos Nunes and the Humber Hawks men’s soccer team have capped off another championship season.

Canada Men’s U-20 win two-match series in HondurasCSA
Canada posted a win and a draw in a pair of away Men’s U-20 International Friendly matches against CONCACAF rivals Honduras. Canada won the first match 2:1 on Saturday, then drew the second match 0:0 two days later on Monday 14 November.

CIS/ CCAA Wrap-Up: League1 Players Make National WavesLeague1 Ontario
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) wrapped up their respective 2016 National Championships on the weekend, and various current and former League1 Ontario players made their presence felt.

Quebec’s Mike Vitulano Named Manitoba Technical DirectorThe Link
Manitoba Soccer’s Appointment Links to Local Coaches Taking Their Talents Elsewhere.

Marc Bircham To Leave Arizona United SC for Queens Park Rangers FCAZ United
Arizona United Soccer Club assistant coach Marc Bircham, the number two behind head coach Frank Yallop, has officially parted ways with the club. The one-year Arizona United SC assistant will be joining the coaching staff of English side Queens Park Rangers.

EDITORIAL: Immigration openness a winnerChronicle Herald
The face of Nova Scotia is changing with an influx of immigrants arriving at a record pace. And nowhere is multiculturalism making its presence felt more than at Halifax West High School. It has been a win-win proposition at the Clayton Park school, especially on the soccer pitch, where it recently celebrated provincial championship victories for both the boys and girls soccer teams.

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The deep turmoil of NASL: dark times for US soccer’s wild childThe Guardian
Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards has warned he is poised to take legal action against the league, alleging ties to “dirty money”. Edwards, a real estate investor based in St Petersburg, Florida, withdrew the Tampa Bay Rowdies from the second-tier NASL last month, instead opting to play next season in the United Soccer League, a third-tier competition featuring smaller market clubs and Major League Soccer reserve teams.

Cincinnati Announces Large Contingent of ReturneesUSL
FC Cincinnati announced on Monday that 15 players from the club’s inaugural season in the USL would return for the 2017 season with the club. Among the returning group are team USL All-League selection Harrison Delbright, midfield standout Corben Bone and forwards Andrew Wiedeman and Omar Cummings.

Asheville City Soccer Club Joins the NPSLNPSL
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Asheville City Soccer Club (Asheville, NC) has joined the league as an expansion team.  The club will compete in the South Region.

NPSL Chairman Joe Barone Provides League UpdateSoccernation
The American soccer pyramid is a tenuous thing. Tedious and temperamental at times too. At the moment though, the pyramid is in flux, and at the center of that flux, is “organized, structured chaos,” according the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Chairman Joe Barone.

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2016-17 Primera Division Week 10: The Title Race TightensVavel
With the top two sides FC Barcelona and Athletico Madrid dropping points, Levante take advantage by winning to close the gap to just two points.

WSL 1 End of Season Review: Chelsea Vavel
The 2016 WSL season didn’t go to plan for the Blues.

Only 1.8% of sport articles are written by women – so much for progress The Guardian
Ignoring women’s sport is nothing new, but this year was meant to be different. Women, lauded in the London Olympics in 2012, accounted for 48% of all the medals won by Team GB at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics this year. The hockey world cup final even delayed the 10pm news on the BBC while the Guardian put a women’s football cup final on its front page.

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European Qualifiers: the story so farUEFA
Who looks well set to reach the FIFA World Cup following the last set of European Qualifiers for 2016? We look at the story so far in the nine groups.

Messi stays mum on reports he’s broken off Barcelona contract talks Fox Sports
Everybody is talking about Lionel Messi’s possible departure from Barcelona when his contract expires in 2018. Everybody but him.

Australia only manage a draw in World Cup qualifier away to ThailandThe Guardian
The Socceroos have slipped to third in their World Cup qualifying group after a shaky display allowed stragglers Thailand to hold Australia to a 2-2 draw.

Japan 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Kiyotake and Haraguchi seal vital home winFour Four Two
Hiroshi Kiyotake and Genki Haraguchi struck to keep Japan’s World Cup hopes very much intact with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

USA can’t afford Jürgen Klinsmann’s harmful tinkering against Costa Rica The Guardian
The US are already lagging behind their rivals in World Cup qualifying. Their defenders in particular will need to improve at a venue where they are winless.

Fear of failure great motivation for Jeonbuk’s Lee Jae-sungAFC
Jeonju: Lee Jae-sung admits the fear of failure is a huge motivation ahead of Saturday’s 2016 AFC Champions League final first leg between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Al Ain, with last year’s elimination at the hands of Japan’s Gamba Osaka in the quarter-finals still a painful memory for the Korea Republic midfielder.

Central Coast Mariners desperate to win F3 derby vs. Newcastle – FerreiraESPN FC
Central Coast star Fabio Ferreira is hopeful of breaking his goal drought in one of the biggest fixtures of the Mariners’ A-League calendar — the F3 derby against Newcastle.

Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor a doubt for African Nations CupESPN FC
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested he won’t be available for the African Nations Cup if he is still without a club and out-of-practice by next month.

Maryland, Wake Forest headline field for College Cup tournamentSBI
After the final weekend of regular season and conference tournament action, the field is set for the 48-team men’s college soccer tournament.

Brazil’s crumbling World Cup legacy. Arena Corinthians in a (w)hole lot of trouble Inside World Football
The Arena Corinthians, the World Cup showcase stadium in Sao Paulo that became the home of reigning Brazilian champions Corinthians, is facing severe structural damage due to a massive water leak beneath the facility. The condition may threaten the sustainable use of the venue and again questions the legacy of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

San Marino call for apology from Germany forward Thomas MullerBBC Sport
San Marino officials have demanded an apology from Germany forward Thomas Muller, who made comments about the team following an 8-0 win on Friday.

Revolving door policy: trading trumps stability in European player marketInside World Football
German and English clubs are among the most stable workplaces for players in Europe, coming in the top three of a ranking of 31 top division European national leagues. But even in these countries an astonishing 37.8% of players in England and 36.3% in Germany only joined the first team of their employing club after January 1, 2016.

Pep Guardiola’s sex rules for a good night’s sleepBBC Sport
Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to refrain from having sex after midnight, according to on-loan French midfielder Samir Nasri.

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