VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 228 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Season’s End) – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps’ season is over. Fizzling out with a whimper, and not a bang in sight. One shot on target over two matches against Seattle Sounders is inexcusable, but that’s what we got. Now, the post mortem.
All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic to lineup against Vancouver team-mate – Stuff NZ
Stefan Marinovic has been trying to get into the opposition’s head. The All Whites goalkeeper is in the unique situation where he plays for the same club as Peru forward Yordy Reyna.
Toronto FC trusting in depth in wake of star forwards’ suspensions – MLS
The next time Toronto FC take to the pitch in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, they’ll be missing two key pieces from their attacking corps.
Toronto FC to appeal Altidore red-card suspension – SN
Toronto FC is following through on an appeal of a red card shown to striker Jozy Altidore at halftime of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
Seattle Sounders train for first time since qualifying for Western Conference Championship – Sounders FC
The stage is set … and now we wait. The Seattle Sounders returned to training on Monday afternoon at Starfire Sports, the team’s first session since securing a spot in the Western Conference Championship last Thursday. On Sunday, the Rave Green learned their opponent will be the Houston Dynamo, who upset top-seeded Portland in a 2-1 aggregate win.
Timbers left to wonder ‘what if’ after injuries derail postseason campaign – SBI
The Portland Timbers had been battling the injury bug for quite some time. Throughout the season, the team relied on depth and the superstar heroics of Diego Valeri en route to the top overall seed in the Western Conference.
Stejskal: Atlanta turned down eight-figure offers for Almiron, Martinez – MLS
Multiple sources have told MLSsoccer.com that Atlanta United turned down a transfer offer between $20-$25 million for Miguel Almiron and a separate offer of $10 million for Josef Martinez over the summer.
Inconsistency proves theme of Red Bulls season – SBI
The New York Red Bulls 2017 season could only be defined by inconsistency.
Real Salt Lake want permanent move for Liverpool’s Brooks Lennon – sources – ESPN FC
Real Salt Lake are hoping to make Brooks Lennon’s loan move from Liverpool into a permanent transfer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Columbus city leaders to meet with Crew SC owner, MLS commissioner next week – 10TV
Alex Fischer of Columbus Partnership told 10TV the meeting between him, the owner of Columbus Crew SC Anthony Precourt, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Columbus Andrew Ginther will take place later this month.
Clint Dempsey in talks for Seattle Sounders return next season – sources – ESPN FC
The Seattle Sounders are working on a new contract to bring Clint Dempsey back to the team next season, sources confirmed to ESPN FC.
Report: Brad Friedel leads New England’s “wish list” of coaching candidates – MLS
Longtime US national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the New England Revolution’s top target for their vacant head coaching position, according to a tweet on Monday from ESPN analyst and former Revs star Taylor Twellman.
BC SOCCER NEWS
MSOC: Clan earns No. 3 seed, faces rival Cal Poly in NCAA tournament – SFU
With the GNAC title under its belt, the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team is set to make a playoff run as the No. 3 seed in the West Region in the NCAA D2 Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament.
Whitecaps FC host successful second annual BC Academy Centre Fall HPP Challenge – Whitecaps FC
Last month, Vancouver Whitecaps FC brought together top young players from across the club’s British Columbia Academy Centres for the second annual Fall HPP Challenge.
Royals look to Surrey talent ahead of nationals – Cloverdale Reporter
Douglas College might not be a Surrey university, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at their roster.
Heartbreaking loss in Canada West men’s soccer final ends Spartans’ season – Langley Times
The Trinity Western men’s soccer team suffered a heart-breaking loss in the Canada West gold medal match Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium.
TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team wins Canada West bronze, prepares for nationals showdown with York – Kamloops This Week
The TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team won Canada West bronze in Vancouver on Saturday.
‘Birds grab bronze with win over MacEwan – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds earned a bronze medal finish at the 2017 Canada West final four tournament scoring two second-half goals on route to a 2-1 victory over MacEwan Saturday afternoon in Langley.
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
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From kicking the ball with dad, to representing Canada at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
This coming Thursday, Jayde Riviere will don the senior Canadian national team jersey for the first time as one of three Whitecaps FC teens called up to the team facing the United States at BC Place.
Undefeated CBU Capers women’s soccer team going for gold in Winnipeg – Cape Breton Post
Before the Cape Breton University women’s soccer team even laced up their cleats this year, history was on their minds. At the beginning of the season the club had a reunion for all women’s soccer alumni to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Capers squad that won a national championship in 2007.
Bison women’s soccer team shoots for title – Winnipeg Sun
The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team opens the national championship tournament Thursday against Trinity Western.
Men’s soccer dynamic duo lead OUA in scoring – The Charlatan
Over the summer, the Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team recruited forwards Gabriel Bitar and Stefan Karajovanovic. Since then, the first-year forwards have had an incredible first season. Bitar and Karajovanovic are currently sitting on top in the individual offence leader board in goals scored this season.
Rams, Tommies to represent Atlanic Conference at CCAA women’s soccer championship – Chronicle Herald
The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams and the St. Thomas Tommies will represent the Atlantic Conference at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women’s soccer championship beginning Wednesday in Halifax.
Graduating Sea-Hawks among those earning lates NLSA athlete of the month honours – The Telegram
The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association has named its athletes of the month for November and October.
Toronto Blizzard’s Simpson And Sigma FC’s Grant Named 2017 League1 Ontario Defenders Of The Year – League1 Ontario
In the third of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Defenders Of The Year have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
Toronto FC III’s Rollocks And Unionville Milliken’s Chang Win 2017 League1 Ontario Young Player Of Year Awards – League1 Ontario
In the second of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Young Players Of The Year have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
Indoor soccer facility takes centre stage; kids, leagues just want to play – Chronicle Journal
LET the kids play is the overwhelming voice in the local soccer community, as Soccer Northwest, our governing body, along with club representatives continue to search for solutions for the upcoming indoor season.
University sports: Conflicted London dad had two teams to cheer for on weekend – London Free Press
It was an interesting and conflicting weekend for Londoner Tom Drouillard.
FIFA publishes guide to bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup – FIFA
Following the approval of the bidding regulations for the selection of the host(s) of the 2026 FIFA World Cup by the FIFA Council in Kolkata, India on 27 October 2017, and in line with the key principle of conducting a transparent bidding process, FIFA has prepared the following guide, which is available in four languages on FIFA.com, direct links below.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
NASL’s plea: ‘The clock is ticking right now’ – Soccer America
The NASL filed its 18-page motion for an expedited appeal of the decision in U.S. District Court denying a preliminary injunction requiring U.S. Soccer to sanction it as a Division 2 league for 2018.
Owner: Armada now ‘team without a league’– St. Augustine Record
As the North American Soccer League’s future grows increasingly uncertain, Jacksonville Armada owner Robert Palmer says the third-year franchise is a “team without a league.”
That proposed soccer stadium? It faces some big hurdles – San Diego Tribune
San Diego 1904 FC, the county’s newly formed and numerically named pro soccer club, announced at a news conference Wednesday that it plans to build a 10,000-seat stadium in time to open for the 2019 season on the eastern edge of the SoCal Sports Complex at Oceanside’s El Corazon property. That sounds like a tough sprint to the goal to some people.
NASL 2.0, promotion and relegation, and a presidential showdown: US soccer braces for change – Soccer EX
After falling short in its latest attempt to challenge the US soccer status quo, the embattled North American Soccer League (NASL) bears a growing resemblance to its much-hyped and highly flawed 1970s namesake.
Lights’ Lashbrook Eager to Take Next Steps – USL
After recently revealing the Las Vegas Lights FC logo, founder and owner Brett Lashbrook has looked forward to the future of the 2018 expansion USL club. Speaking in an interview on the Freekick Report podcast, Lashbrook teased upcoming announcements, and spoke about the community in Las Vegas as the excitement for city’s professional soccer team builds.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s Champions League: Chelsea Ladies v Rosengard Women – BBC Sport
Rosengard need a “really good day” to get anything from the first leg of their Women’s Champions League last-16 tie at Chelsea, according to their German striker Anja Mittag.
Vlatko Andonovski will not return to FC Kansas City – The Blue Testament
The two time NWSL Championship coach has taken another job.
W-League: Gilliland loving being back in Newcastle – Newcastle Herald
The Jets have only played two games this season but Arin Gilliland can already feel something is different.
Frauen-Bundesliga week 7 review: Freiburg top after win over Wolfsburg – Vavel
There was movement at both ends of the Frauen-Bundesliga table this weekend as promoted Köln picked up their first win of the year, at home to Jena after Freiburg had claimed their own 1-0 over title rivals, Wolfsburg.
NCAA women’s soccer bracket features a star’s last shot, a lopsided rivalry, a starving SEC – ESPN W.
Not so very many weeks after the National Women’s Soccer League settled its season at Orlando City Stadium, NCAA soccer turns its attention to the same venue. Now the Women’s College Cup returns to the city for the first time since the event’s first two years in 1982 and 1983.
#SBSSWPL Round-up – 5/11/17 – Scottish WPL
Hamilton Academical travelled up north to Aberdeen with the knowledge that a draw or better would secure their place in the 2018 SBS SWPL 1. However, Aberdeen had other ideas as they picked up their first win of the league season. Chloe Fitzpatrick put Aberdeen 1-0 up in the first half and she scored twice in the second half to complete her hat-trick.
Nikita Parris agrees new Manchester City deal and club sign Julia Spetsmark – BBC Sport
Nikita Parris has agreed a new deal with Women’s Super League One club Manchester City, who have also signed Sweden international Julia Spetsmark.
Concerns for clubs struggling to meet new Women’s Super League criteria – Sky Sports
There are concerns some clubs won’t meet the criteria for the new structure of the Women’s Super League, with the deadline for applications on Friday.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
World Cup qualifying tournament heats up ahead of lineup confirmations – Toronto Star
The lineup of teams at the World Cup in Russia will be confirmed over the next week.
Croatia needs Modric to get back to his best for playoff – Metro
Croatia needs Luka Modric to get back to his best. And fast. The country’s top player, who was targeted by critics after Real Madrid recently lost consecutive matches to Girona and Tottenham, will be well-rested when Croatia attempts to secure a World Cup spot in the playoffs against Greece.
‘Italy has to play like Italy’ to win playoff against Sweden, make World Cup – Toronto Star
Italy may be on the verge of missing the World Cup for the first time in six decades, but it holds a decided edge against Sweden.
West Ham appoint Moyes after Bilic sacking – SN
West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.
David Moyes has ‘point to prove’ after being appointed West Ham manager – The Guardian
West Ham United will give David Moyes the chance to establish himself at the club after appointing him as their new manager on a six-month contract that could turn into a longer deal if the 54-year-old revives the team’s wretched form.
PSG may walk to Ligue 1 title but race for second place is intriguing – ESPN FC
Last weekend showed the state of affairs in Ligue 1 perfectly: the “big four” of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon and Marseille, have never have been so dominant.
Germans sack video ref chief as VAR system shrouded in controversy again – Inside World Football
The official in charge of video replays in the Bundesliga has been stripped of his role as opposition mounts against a system FIFA president Gianni Infantino is determined to use at the World Cup next year.
Japanese Players in the Bundesliga – Examining the Success of Kagawa & Co. – Fussballstadt
Have you ever thought about the fact that German football clubs have the most Japanese players? Currently, there are more than 23 officially registered Japanese nationals that play for the most influential clubs in Germany. And they don’t just play – they perform brilliantly.
Farewell Andrea Pirlo, football’s last artist in an era of athletes – SN
Italy have produced some magnificent midfielders over the years. Valentino and Sandro Mazzola, Gianni Rivera, Giancarlo Antognoni, Marco Tardelli, Rino Gattuso, Daniele De Rossi – the list goes on and on. But one player trumps all of these stars, the maestro that is Andrea Pirlo.
Andrea Pirlo: The football genius who defied the number crunchers – BBC Sport
Physicality, pace, defensive diligence and a starched lifestyle of medicine balls and clean eating. Andrea Pirlo had none of them.
Hans Schaefer, who won ’54 World Cup with West Germany, dies – Metro
Hans Schaefer, who won the 1954 World Cup with West Germany, has died. He was 90. Schaefer’s former team, Cologne, said the winger died Tuesday, calling his death an “indescribable loss” for the club and the city.
Uefa and Fifa discuss global expansion of Nations League – BBC Sport
Uefa says it has “initiated” talks with Fifa and other regional confederations about expanding its new Nations League into a global competition.
Venues revealed for Rangers’ Florida Cup clashes with Brazilian duo – Scotland Herald
Rangers will play their Florida Cup clashes at the Orlando City Stadium and Spectrum Stadium when they head Stateside in January. The Light Blues have been drawn to face Atlético Mineiro and SC Corinthians as part of their schedule during the Premiership shutdown next year.
FIFA and FIFpro bury the hatchet (for 6 years), giving more rights to ‘abused’ players – Inside World Football
After a lengthy campaign for better treatment of its members, the world players’ union FIFpro has dropped its legal bid against FIFA to outlaw football’s transfer system believing it has won significant concessions.
Row over Spain World Cup shirt as colours linked to Republican flag – ESPN FC
The Spain shirt that will be used in next summer’s World Cup has sparked controversy after being linked to the Republican flag of the 1930s.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca