VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
NYCFC’s David Villa to be available for Leg 2 vs. Toronto FC – MLS
MLS confirmed on Tuesday that while the Disciplinary Committee reached unanimous agreement that Villa’s kick should have been punished by a red card, the five members were not unanimous on the second parameter required for a suspension. The MLS Disciplinary Committee deemed that the act did not meet the threshold of being “egregious or reckless in nature such that the the Committee must act to protect player safety or the integrity of the game.”
MLS: Villa should’ve been sent off, but we’re not suspending him – Waking the Red
The basis of the decision, in short, is this: though the entire committee agreed Villa should have been sent off, his actions were not “reckless” or “egregious” enough to warrant a retrospective sanction. This is an all-too-predictable cop-out to keep a league MVP candidate in the playoffs.
New York City’s Villa inexplicably off the hook for kicking TFC’s Cooper – Toronto Sun
Pull out your Peace Collective t-shirts. It remains “Toronto vs. Everybody”. The message from Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee? It’s OK to karate kick an opponent — off the ball, mind you — in front of a referee during a major playoff series.
MLS creates a David Villa issue – US Soccer Players
Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over NYCFC on Sunday created a bit of controversy. It had nothing to do with Patrick Vieira’s decision to change his team’s long-standing attacking approach. It wasn’t his choice to swap out the starting goalkeeper for 33 of the club’s 34 regular season games for a backup with just one MLS game on his record.
MLS announces 2016 end of year awards finalists – MLS
Major League Soccer on Tuesday announced the finalists for each of the 2016 year-end awards, honoring the league’s top performers during the 2016 MLS regular season.
Canadian teams essentially shut out of MLS annual awards – Sportsnet
Canadian teams were all but shut out of the MLS awards, whose finalists were announced Tuesday.
Why Sebastian Giovinco might be the biggest MVP snub in MLS history – MLS
Sebastian Giovinco finished the MLS regular season with 32 combined goals and assists, scoring 17 goals of his own and assisting on 15 others. Apparently, however, it wasn’t enough to be named one of the three most valuable players in MLS, let alone the top spot.
MLS unveiled its award finalists. And the winners are … – Washington Post
The results are in, but the league will build suspense before revealing the winners. Here’s a look at the major honors, the dates they’ll be announced and how the outcomes might look:
Didier Drogba practises with Impact again after digesting some humble pie – Montreal Gazette
This has to be a humbling experience for someone with a world-class ego like Didier Drogba.
Impact look to end away skid to Red Bulls in conference semifinal – Sportsnet
Since they joined Major League Soccer in 2012, the Montreal Impact have played seven games at Red Bull Arena and lost every one. Now, they need to break that streak to stay alive in the playoffs.
Don’t expect Whitecaps to blow up roster in off-season – Sportsnet
Last week, Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson set off for South America, accompanied by assistant coach Martyn Pert. Their goal: to find the difference-makers needed to reverse the club’s fortunes next year.
AFTN’s Vancouver Whitecaps End Of Season Awards – 2016 (Part One) – AFTN
Another year over and for the first time in what feels like eons, it was a season of regression with a lot of disappointment.
Kekuta Manneh: Backed by Messi – Whitecaps FC
As a young kid in Bakau, The Gambia, he couldn’t afford to buy proper cleats and his dad spent his earnings on providing food for the family. It wasn’t until a tourist donated some gear that Manneh got his first pair. Now, he’s one of 10 players who have been “Backed by Messi” to wear the superstar’s new signature “Messi16” boots.
BC SOCCER NEWS
WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS CANADA WEST SELECT SIX – TWU
Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team hosts the Canada West Select Six this weekend, while the Spartans volleyball teams play their home-openers against Calgary. The men’s soccer team is in Edmonton for the Canada West Final Four while the basketball teams start their regular season schedules on the road and the men’s hockey team is in Selkirk for two games.
Huskies await Vikes in quarter-final match at Canada West select six – UVic
For the second weekend in a row the Vikes women’s soccer team is in a win or go home situation. After winning their first round playoff game, the team now travels to Langley to play in the Canada West select six tournament. First up for the Vikes is a game against the Saskatchewan Huskies on November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Emma Pringle Named GNAC Freshman Of The Year – SFU
Emma Pringle was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and five other Clan players were selected to the 2016 GNAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team.
Three stars of the week: Soccer playoff heroes named top stars – Canada West
A pair of offensive outbursts in the Canada West soccer playoffs have given UBC’s Aman Shergill and Calgary’s Bori Falaye conference first star honours.
Aman Shergill’s hat trick nets her Canada West 1st Star honours – UBC
UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer player Aman Shergill had the game of her life to keep her team alive in its defence of both the Canada West and U Sports championships.
Blues men strike gold again – North Shore News
Capilano looking for redemption at nationals after claiming second straight PacWest soccer title.
Capilano claims bronze in women’s soccer – North Shore News
The Capilano Blues women claimed their first PacWest medal in nearly a decade on Saturday, knocking off the Langara Falcons in penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie in the provincial bronze game at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.
MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016 – BC 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 2016-17 – Canada 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 Review – BCSA
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 Mandate – BCSA
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.
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
Who will be The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016? – FIFA
Experts from the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ have shortlisted ten head coaches in women’s football as candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016. Canada’s John Herdman is up for the award, and fans can vote through November 22.
Top Ten Tuesday – U Sports
The final Top Ten charts for University Men’s & Women’s Soccer in 2016.
MUN soccer star Jessie Noseworthy finishes tops in Atlantic scoring – CBC
After a successful year on the pitch, a star forward on Memorial University’s Seahawks women’s soccer team has finished the regular season as the top scorer in Atlantic Canada. Jessie Noseworthy, a fourth-year nursing student, wrapped up the season with a total of 14 goals and nine assists in 12 games, leading MUN to a second place finish behind Cape Breton University.
Canada wraps up successful Men’s U-17 camp in Vaughan – CSA
Canada wrapped up a successful six-day Men’s U-17 evaluation camp in Vaughan, Ontario. The camp featured 24 players from the Men’s EXCEL Program as the group continued preparations for next year’s CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship.
NAIT Ooks seeded second as they get set for national event in Montreal – Edmonton Sun
Head coach Carole Holt smiled briefly at the suggestion one of her motivational moments during the ACAC women’s soccer final might well be used again when her NAIT Ooks seek the national championship Nov. 9-12 in Montreal.
Ottawa goalkeeper Kayza Massey gets international call for Ghana – Ottawa Sun
The idea seemed far-fetched, a pipe dream, almost preposterous. But the more Kayza Massey and her mother Karen talked about it, the more it made absolute sense. It became motivating and challenged them to bring it to life.
Montreal soccer recruiter charged with threatening competition – Montreal Gazette
A St-Léonard man who has run youth soccer training camps for years has been charged with threatening and trying to intimidate one of his competitors to shut down his recruiting program.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Aaron Long Named 2016 USL Defender of the Year – Empire of Soccer
New York Red Bull II’s Aaron Long has won the award for 2016 USL Defender of the Year. Long’s contributions greatly contributed to NYRB II’s USL Championship winning season and also helped in setting the record for least goals-conceded in a USL season.
FC Edmonton prepare for biggest game in franchise history – Edmonton Journal
FC Edmonton will play their most important game in franchise history Saturday. Yet, head coach Colin Miller is trying to downplay that aspect of their North American Soccer League semifinal, on the road, against the Indy Eleven (1 p.m., NASL.com).
NASL semifinal preview: FCE coach Miller learned a lot about big-game planning from John Herdman – the11.ca
Before every game, FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller and his assistant, Jeff Paulus, go through a checklist of scenarios. What if Edmonton is leading? What if the team is trailing? Tied? How do they deal with a player that they think might not be able to play 90 minutes?
Eddies to manage emotion, draw off veteran experience against Eleven – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton is living in the now ahead of Saturday’s North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship semifinal against the Indy Eleven. It’s a momentous occasion for the Eddies, who will make their first postseason appearance since 2011 after leading the league defensively with 21 goals conceded and 16 clean sheets in 32 matches this season – both NASL records.
Carl Haworth returns to Fury FC for 2017 USL Season – Ottawa Fury
When Fury FC begin their 2017 season in the United Soccer League (USL) they will do so with their top scorer and Player of the Year from 2016 in the squad. On Tuesday, the club announced that Carl Haworth, the longest serving member of Fury FC, will return to the Nation’s Capital for the 2017 USL season pending league and federation approval.
Fury Focused On 2017 – Midfield Press
Ottawa Fury have officially switched gears from NASL 2016 season to USL 2017 as they announced that striker Carl Haworth will be returning to the club next year. Haworth has been with Ottawa Fury since their PDL days and will suit up next season in the USL.
Minnesota United coach Carl Craig wants to stay, but hasn’t heard fate – St. Paul Pioneer Press
Carl Craig will spend this week dissecting the good and the bad in a Loons season that ended Saturday without a North American Soccer League playoff bid.
Cosmos Confirm Belson Stadium as Potential Championship Final Venue – Empire of Soccer
Should the New York Cosmos advance past expansion side Rayo OKC in Saturday’s postseason semifinal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, they will be taking The Championship Final into the five boroughs. But the venue is a far cry from the bright lights of New York City.
Kitsap Soccer Club Joins the NPSL – NPSL
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Kitsap Soccer Club (Bremerton, WA) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the West Region’s Northwest Conference.
Detroit City FC Charts A Course For Pro Soccer – Midfield Press
Detroit City FC is perhaps the most famous soccer club in the USA outside of MLS, NASL or USL. The club came about as a result of project to bring Detroit neighborhoods together through the power of soccer during a difficult time for the city. The five founders of Detroit City FC met through this city-wide league, and giving the club as authentic a claim as any to the “City” brand since the team represents the unification of neighborhoods of Detroit under the Detroit City FC banner.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Women’s Football review: October 2016 – FIFA
October was highlighted by a highly successful staging of the first women’s FIFA tournament to be held in west Asia – the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. And though the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea now looms, it certainly proved to be a busy past month. There was a significant amount of international action, headlined by a memorable achievement for Portugal, as well as a busy domestic league calendar.
History beckons for Scotland’s best in SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final – Scottish WPL
Scotland’s top two women’s teams will battle it out for the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup on Sunday the 6th of November at the Superseal Stadium, Hamilton. History makers Glasgow City FC, who claimed a Scottish record 10 league titles in a row, will take on SWPL Cup 2016 champions and league runners-up, Hibernian Ladies.
O’Riordan on fire for Wexford – Irish WNL
Wexford Youths WFC landed their biggest score of the season over Kilkenny United as they kept in touch with league leaders Shelbourne Ladies.
Opinion: FIFA’s Shortlist for Women’s Coach of the Year is little short of a joke – Vavel
Whether ignoring those more deserving or sticking to the status quo with those who’ve under-performed FIFA have devalued a lofty award.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Preview: Tottenham hosts Leverkusen, Juventus takes on Lyon and more – SBI
While several sides have the opportunity to book their spots in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen battle on Wednesday in a match that could decide who advances from group play.
Manchester City stuns Barcelona in sweet win for Guardiola – Sportsnet
Four teams, including five-time winner Bayern Munich, sealed early places in the Champions League knockout rounds on Tuesday.
Barcelona deny reports of Luis Suarez move to Manchester United – ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed reports linking striker Luis Suarez with a move to Premier League side Manchester United.
Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri named on shortlist for Fifa coach award – The Guardian
Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri have been included on the 10-man shortlist for the Fifa men’s coach-of-the-year award. Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 over the summer, while Ranieri oversaw Leicester’s shock surge to the Premier League title last season.
Investigation ordered into rising costs of Olympic Stadium – Sportsnet
The mayor of London has ordered an investigation into the rising costs of converting the Olympic Stadium into the home venue for Premier League club West Ham.
Jamie Fullarton’s short, sharp lesson in managerial stress at Notts County – BBC Sport
Jamie Fullarton spent 11 years working towards becoming a manager, but the preparation could never have been extensive enough. Within two weeks of taking charge of Notts County in January, the Scot felt swamped by the demands on his time and the invasive nature of the pressures and stresses of the job.
Man City top Champions League payments table as big four leagues scoop 64% of the cash – Inside World Football
UEFA shared an eye-opening €1.345 billion between 42 clubs last season, an increase of €315 million on the previous season. Top of the table of high earning clubs were semi-final losers Manchester City (€83.8 million), Real Madrid CF (€80 million), Juventus (€76.2 million) and Paris Saint-Germain (€70.8 million).
FIFA helps concussion issue move forward – FIFA
On the 27th and 28th of October, representatives of FIFA joined many of the world’s foremost experts on sport concussions at the Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport (ICCCS), an event designed to share evidence about the serious issue and come to a scientific consensus based that information. The idea of a “consensus conference” – where the world’s top medical professionals gather to present new research and review and discuss established practice – has been determined as the best approach to combatting the growing issue of head trauma.
Football Manager 2017 review – the best in the series, but only for dedicated fans – The Guardian
The last few instalments in the simulation series have provided major improvements. But has the Football Manager team run out of energy this year?
Non-league footballer sent off for tackle on best friend – then has to drive him home – The Telegraph
There are bad days at the office, and then there’s the terrible Saturday that Evesham Town’s Ashley Williams endured last weekend.