VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
FCC Inks Goalie Spencer Richey – FC Cincinnati
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Spencer Richey is the second goalkeeper to sign on with FC Cincinnati in the off-season and will join the team pending USL and federation approval.
Whitecaps star Yordy Reyna speaks to Peruvian police about death of teen volleyball player – Global
Reyna, who plays for Peru’s national men’s soccer team, spent seven hours in a police station on Tuesday, according to local media reports.
MLS Cup rematch? Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders are a step away – Washington Post
Advantage: Toronto FC. Big advantage: Seattle Sounders. MLS moved one step closer to a championship rematch Tuesday as the Supporters’ Shield winners from Canada earned a 0-0 draw at Columbus and the defending champions from the Pacific Northwest claimed a 2-0 away victory against 10-man Houston.
Toronto FC show the Columbus Crew plenty of respect in first-leg stalemate – Waking the Red
The Columbus Crew have earned plenty of respect over the past couple of months – well, one man aside – and Toronto FC paid them more of it on Tuesday night.
Crew shake off criticism of missed opportunity at home – SBI
Everything appeared like it was lining up for the Columbus Crew to take an advantage in the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.
Dour stalemate in Columbus will suit TFC just fine – the11.ca
To say that the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal was an ugly affair would be an insult to the word ugly. No, it wasn’t quite 2016 MLS Cup bad in terms of anti-football, but it definitely made you wonder why you weren’t spending Tuesday evening watching The Flash, instead.
Next goal wins? Toronto, Crew SC carry dueling optimism into Leg 2 of ECC – MLS
If Tuesday night’s scoreless draw between Toronto FC and Columbus Crew SC was a bit cagey, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship series should offer a welcome change of pace.
Michael Bradley: Columbus has “fallen behind” and “hasn’t keep pace” with growth of MLS – SBI
Despite the raucous crowd at Mapfre Stadium on Tuesday night for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, one of the league’s biggest names didn’t shy away from a harsh, but honest critique.
Sounders take charge in Western Conference final – Yakima Herald
Despite missing goalie Frei, Seattle able to take command in first leg of series.
Will Bruin relishes scoring against former club Houston to put Seattle in driver seat to reach MLS Cup – Seattle Sounders
Stop if you’ve heard this before: Forward Will Bruin scored a goal at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Surely you have. The second all-time leading goalscorer for the Dynamo, Bruin has more career goals at BBVA than any other player. Every time he’d score on his team’s bench side, he’d race to the corner to meet them, losing himself in celebration.
Houston’s Wilmer Cabrera believes Dynamo can pull off a miracle in Seattle – MLS
Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera believes in miracles. And while his side hasn’t been eliminated just yet from the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, the Dynamo’s 2-0 loss at home to the Seattle Sounders in Leg 1 of the Western Conference Championship puts them in a dire situation.
International players make MLS, U.S. Soccer better – Prost Amerika
Over the past thirty days U.S. Soccer has gone through possibly its darkest period. Here are just a few of the rather depressing news stories that have happened over the past 30 days.
Miguel Almiron: Atlanta, Tata and Me – Players’ Tribune
I didn’t sleep at all after we lost to Columbus. I didn’t think losing would hurt as much as it did. Everything was new this year for me — the country, the city of Atlanta, the club. Even though I’d been here 10 months, I felt like I was still settling in by the time the playoffs came around. But I didn’t know how connected to Atlanta I had become. And by losing that match, I felt like we let the city down. I’m sorry for that.
A Day In My FC Dallas Life: Lauren Halsey – FC Dallas
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a professional sports franchise? Chances are you have. While working in the sports industry is more fun than you can ever imagine but it’s work. You sacrifice nights, weekends and holidays to do a job you love.
BC SOCCER NEWS
City of Surrey one step closer to new outdoor stadium – Global
Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Bridgeview and City Centre have been identified by the city as possible locations for the new stadium.
Whitecaps FC Residency teams set for big tests at the Winter Showcase – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-19 and U-17 Residency teams have learned their opponents for the upcoming Development Academy Winter Showcase.
Reynolds, SMUS fight to retain provincial soccer crowns – Times Colonist
They could tell the current generation a thing or two. Like winning a championship is one thing. Defending it quite another.
Titans shooting for provincial soccer gold – BC Local News
Langley Fundamental squad reaches B.C. high school AA boys final.
Carney contends at AA provincials – Tri-City News
Archbishop Carney secondary will play for third place at the BC Secondary Schools Soccer Commission AA provincials in Burnaby on Wednesday.
Midfielder joins Powell River Villa’s injury list – Powell River Peak
Cancelled game buys Kurtis Dennison and other hurt players much-needed recovery time.
VIDEO: Classy winners highlight Wall of Fame class of 2018 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
“It’s kind of all about winning.” So said Glen Martin, one of five luminaries inducted into the North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame on Saturday evening.
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
Yukoner joins second varsity team in Halifax – Whitehorse Daily Star
Whitehorse varsity athlete Skyler Bryant is trading the pitch for the track, joining his second varsity team at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Football Manager 2018: Canada League Update – Steam
(Editor’s note:) Someone has gone to a lot of time and effort to create a Canadian league modification for the video game Football Manager 2018. The fully playable Canadian soccer leagues include: PCSL, League 1 Ontario, Quebec Premier, CSL, CSL Reserves. They’ve also added full cups for Ontario and Quebec including the League1 Playoffs and Regular Season Championship. They’ve also updated the Canadian Championship, reflecting real life changes to allow League 1 and Quebec Champions compete for Champions League qualification.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
The Rise and Fall of Vancouver Whitecaps 2 – Eighty-Six Forever
With the announcement that the ThunderCaps have folded, we look back at the history of the club; its rise and subsequent fall; and what is next.
WFC2 Retrospective: The Successes – Eighty-Six Forever
WFC2 have folded in favour of a Fresno based affiliate. This has lead to a lot of discussion about whether WFC2 was a worthwhile project or if an affiliate team makes more sense. This article will look at some of the positive effects that WFC2 had.
FC Cincinnati signs four, including a goalkeeper and two former Alan Koch players – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
FC Cincinnati has now added eight players since its offseason began a month ago, and the club now has 17 rostered players. Seventeen players were either released or went unsigned after the 2017 season.
Sterling Bay Executives to Bring USL to Chicago – USL
The USL is set to arrive on the north side of Chicago within three years, as it was revealed on Tuesday by Sterling Bay Managing Principal Andy Gloor that the developer had bought a United Soccer League expansion club that will compete in the company’s planned sports and entertainment venue along the Chicago River.
Tomi Ameobi for the Cosmos? – Twice A Cosmo
Tomi Ameobi should be a familiar face for Cosmos’ fans. The fierce attacker was very dangerous against New York and the rest of the NASL for that matter.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Jodie Taylor to join Seattle Reign FC in 2018 – Vavel
English international, Jodie Taylor, is leaving Arsenal Women and joining the Seattle Reign in the 2018 season.
China’s national women’s football team comfortably defeated in Australia – GB Times
Australia’s women’s football team comfortably defeated their Chinese guests 3-0 in a friendly held in Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon.
Star Matildas, China’s ‘female Messi’ among the players to watch in key friendlies – Fox Sports Australia
WE all know about Sam Kerr’s irrepressible form for club and country this season. But on Tuesday night in Melbourne and Sunday afternoon in Geelong, there are a plethora of talented footballers taking centre stage from both Australia and China.
Football Association: Lawyer Rupinder Bains appointed to board – BBC Sport
The Football Association has changed eligibility rules to appoint a second woman to its board, following governance reforms.
VAVEL UK’s 11 noteworthy women’s coaches of 2017 – Vavel
Following on from the success of last year’s best 11 coaches, we’re back with another 11 coaches from the world of woso who deserve plaudits for their work over the calendar year.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Wednesday Preview: Juventus hosts Barcelona, Roma travels to Atletico, and more – SBI
Matchday 5 in the UEFA Champions League continues this week with several mouth-watering fixtures on display.
Real Madrid advances, Liverpool has to wait in Champions League – Toronto Star
Sevilla stages remarkable three-goal comeback to draw Liverpool, meaning the EPL’s Reds will have to wait two more weeks to see if it can make the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Sevilla says Argentine coach Berizzo has a malignant tumour – Sportsnet
A day after Sevilla rallied to hold Liverpool to a remarkable 3-3 draw in the Champions League, the Spanish club said coach Eduardo “Toto” Berizzo has a malignant tumour.
Nice look to Europa League for salvation – Ligue 1
After a run of one win in eight games in all competitions, Nice are looking to seal UEFA Europa League qualification when they host Zulte-Waregem on Thursday evening.
American Soccer Needs To Burn To The Ground – Deadspin
Instead of U.S. Soccer trying to make us more like the rest of the world, they’re trying—and could very well succeed—in dragging everyone else down to our level, where the success of the national team isn’t determined by how many tournaments you make, how many games you win, or how many great players you produce, but instead how much money you earn.
Australia coach quits despite guiding Socceroos to World Cup – Brampton Guardian
Ange Postecoglou framed his departure as Socceroos head coach with a stereotypically Aussie scenario. He’d decided to quit last week immediately after Australia qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup, only to be talked out of it an hour later.
Execs accused of bribes tried to negotiate sale to PSG owner, witness tells FIFA corruption trial – Toronto Star
Santiago Pena, a former executive of the Argentina-based Full Play Group, testified that he spent a lengthy period of time on secret negotiations called the “New York project.”
Bundesliga Matchday 12: Is Schalke Back? – Prost Amerika
Friendlies drew players away but the clubs draw them back. All the Bundesliga action back from the international break on the matchday 12 round up, and what a weekend!
Bauza sacked as Saudi Arabia coach – FIFA
After just five matches in charge of the Saudi Arabian national team, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation announced that they have sacked head coach Edgardo Bauza.
Russian doping suspicions linger as FIFA confirms investigations still open – Inside World Football
With just days to go until the much-trumpeted draw in Moscow on December 1, the spectre of doping continues to hang over 2018 World Cup hosts Russia and their main organiser Vitaly Mutko.
UEFA fines Everton for fan punching a Lyon player – Metro
UEFA has fined Everton 30,000 euros ($35,300) after a fan tried to punch an opposing team’s goalkeeper when a clash between players spilled toward the stands.
Player faces unsporting conduct charges for shoving ball boy – Sportsnet
Adelaide United defender Michael Marrone has been cited for unsporting conduct for shoving a ball boy during the late stages of his team’s 2-1 loss to Sydney FC in the FFA Cup final.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca