BC Soccer News, Wednesday, November 6, 2019


By the numbers: Comparing Bair’s first season to other MLS Homegrown attackersWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Homegrown attacker Theo Bair had a solid debut MLS season for the ‘Caps, playing 824 minutes in the league while registering two goals and two assists.

Hwang called up for WCQ versus Lebanon, high-profile friendly versus BrazilWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Inbeom Hwang has been called up to the Korea Republic men’s national team for a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying road match versus Lebanon on November 14, then a high-profile friendly versus Brazil in Abu Dhabi four days later.

Adnan called up to Iraq MNT for crucial World Cup qualifiers versus Iran, BahrainWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Ali Adnan has been called up to the Iraq men’s national team for a pair of important 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying home matches this November.

Vancouver Southsiders Notice of Annual General Meeting Sunday, November 17th at 4pmVancouver Southsiders
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Vancouver Southsiders Soccer Supporters Society (the “Society”) will be held at the Vancouver Public Library Central Library (350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC) on November 17th at 4:00pm.

Jason Kreis linked with return to Real Salt LakeESPN
Former Real Salt Lake star and head coach Jason Kreis will interview for the club’s vacant head coach and general manager positions, according to multiple reports.

SEAvTOR: Three Matchups to Watch for in the MLS Cup final at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Sounders FC
Like LAFC in the Western Conference Final, Toronto FC has never faced off against Ruidíaz, making the Peruvian scoring machine a secret weapon of sorts. Seattle’s No. 9 proved against the 2019 Supporters’ Shield winners that he can turn that unfamiliarity into an advantage, as he posted two goals against the league’s best defense.

Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis wants to win the right waySportsnet
General manager Ali Curtis is happy to stay in the background as the MLS Cup final spotlight shines on Toronto FC.

Toronto FC players hail Greg Vanney for his tactical flexibility, in-game adjustmentsMLS
Greg Vanney has all the tools in the shed. It would take far too long to list all the formations he has tinkered with, let alone all the little shifts and tweaks, his teams have gone through in his five-plus seasons with Toronto FC. Naturally, his players have grown accustomed to all the changes.

Carlos Vela is the latest Mexican sports star to take Los Angeles by stormAngels on Parade
The person who gave Carlos Vela his 2019 MLS MVP award was not a league official, someone associated with Los Angeles Football Club or even someone associated with the sport of soccer. It was Fernando Valenzuela.

Philadelphia Union: The team outperforming the moneyMLS Multiplex
The Philadelphia Union were one of the premier teams in MLS this season. Given their club value and spending, they are the one team far outperforming their spending.

From Atlanta to Zlatan: foreign players on the lure of MLSThe Guardian
As the league prepares for the MLS Cup final, we spoke to five European players to understand how US soccer compares to the their careers back home.

TFC named fifth-most valuable team in MLSWinnipeg Sun
According to Forbes magazine, the club is worth $395 million, behind only Atlanta United ($500 million), L.A. Galaxy ($480M), LAFC ($475M) and Seattle ($405M). TFC’s value is more than the worth of four NHL clubs, including the Buffalo Sabres ($375 million).


Pacific FC to Open Doors to Largest Indoor Training Facility in British Columbia Pacific FC
Pacific FC is taking sports indoors on the Westshore. The newly constructed Island Training Centre (ITC) in Langford will be open for business starting December 1st. The 55,000 square foot Indoor Training Facility will become the official training centre of Pacific FC and available for public use.

Pacific FC Announce First Roster MovesPacific FC
Pacific Football Club announced on Monday that the club will not exercise contract options on five players ahead of the 2020 season.

VIU soccer teams in the mix at nationalsNanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s soccer teams have scored a lot of goals on the pitch and achieved a lot of their goals, too, but there are a couple of major goals still looming.

MSOC: 2019 CCAA Championship ScheduleCCAA
Douglas Royals and VIU Mariners represent BC at the National Championships.

CCAA Women’s Soccer: Quarter-final matchups CCAA
VIU Mariners represent BC at the National Championships.

Thunderbird soccer squads off to U Sports National ChampionshipsUbyssey
Both the UBC men’s and women’s soccer teams are heading to the U Sports National Championships after taking gold and silver respectively in the Canada West finals over the weekend.

Cowichan’s Zurrer named to Canadian Olympic Hall of FameChemainus Valley Courier
Cowichan’s Emily Zurrer and her teammates who won bronze for Canada at the 2012 women’s Olympic soccer tournament were inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame last month.

Powell River Villa falls 2-0 to Cowichan FC on the roadPowell River Peak
Powell River Villa lost on the road to Cowichan FC by a score of 2-0 on Sunday, November 3, at Sherman Road Turf in Duncan.

2018-2019 BC Soccer Association Year In ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer’s first fall AGM (moved from Summer to reflect the Associations fiscal year change) concluded Sunday November 3rd in Surrey.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates! (Editor’s Note: On August 20, DAZN dropped access to La Liga and Ligue 1 through it’s link to beIN Sports. Find out about this and more in our latest update.)

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Candidates now being invited for BC Soccer Assoc. Board of DirectorsBCSA
BC Soccer is now accepting candidate applications for its Board of Directors for terms commencing November 2019. Elections for these positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 2nd .

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 SyndicationBC 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 WNT ready to face Brazil in China Four Nations TournamentCSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are ready to face Brazil in the opening match of the China Four Nations Tournament in Yongchuan, China PR. The match will help Canada continue their preparation for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament which will be played in January/February 2020.

U.S. to host women’s Olympic soccer qualifier with 2 tickets to Tokyo on the lineCTV
Canada will be one of eight countries vying for two berths in the 2020 Olympic soccer field in Tokyo. The host cities and draw for the CONCACAF tournament, which will run Jan. 28 to Feb. 9, will be announced Thursday in Miami.

For better or worse, Canada sticks with the three-backThe Equalizer
It has been a difficult period for Canada after falling short at the 2019 World Cup in France, where they struggled against stiffer European competition. Despite victories over Cameroon and New Zealand in group play, Canada fell to Netherlands and was eliminated in the round of sixteen following a 1-0 loss to Sweden.

Long-Read: After year of 1sts, Cavalry’s Marco Carducci reflects on a memorable CPL campaignLong-Read: After year of 1sts, Cavalry’s Marco Carducci reflects on a memorable CPL campaignBTS
Before the 2nd leg of the CPL Finals kicked off, we got a chance to speak with Marco Carducci at Media Day in Calgary. Here is what the former Whitecaps man had to say.

CPL off-season roster tracker: Who’s in and who’s out for 2020?CanPL
Do you want to stay informed about the latest player moves across the Canadian Premier League? If so, keep it locked to this page throughout the off-season as CanPL.ca keeps you up to date with the latest movements, signings and player releases from all seven teams in the CPL.

Canadian keeper Erin McLeod launches program to teach the benefits of mindfulnessGlobe and Mail
Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod is no stranger to beating herself up over mistakes made on the field. But over the years, the 36-year-old soccer star from St. Albert, Alta., has learned to better handle setbacks. She has drawn from coaches, sports psychologists, her own experiences and more than a few self-help books.

Fanshawe’s Jade Kovacevic named CCAA Player of the Year in 2019Global
Jade Kovacevic has won so many awards during her soccer career that she is starting to win them twice.


Championship Playoffs Preview: Real Monarchs SLC vs. El Paso Locomotive FCUSL
A first trip to the USL Championship Final is on the line when No. 4 seed Real Monarchs SLC hosts No. 6 seed El Paso Locomotive FC in the Western Conference Final of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Championship Playoffs Preview: Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City FCUSL
After each claiming victories on the road last weekend, No. 3 seed Indy Eleven and No. 4 seed Louisville City FC will square off for a place in the 2019 Championship Final on Saturday afternoon as they meet in the Eastern Conference Final at Mike A. Carroll Stadium.

Republic FC Parts Ways with Head Coach ElliottUSL
Sacramento Republic FC announced on Tuesday it would not extend the expiring contracts of Head Coach Simon Elliott and Assistant Head Coach Benjamin Ziemer. The club will immediately begin a search for a new Head Coach and additional technical staff as the team prepares for the 2020 USL season.

Tulsa Roughnecks FC Announces James Cannon as New PresidentUSL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC and club owners JW, Ryan and Kyle Craft, are proud to announce the addition of global sports executive James Cannon as President of the club. Bringing in a unique leadership style that will blend his tireless work ethic with a bold plan for the future, Cannon will lead the club into a new era under the Craft ownership group.


Glasgow City await European giants after sealing 14th title in a public parkThe Guardian
The names in the pot for Friday’s quarter-final draw of the Women’s Champions League have a familiar ring. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg, Arsenal and Atlético Madrid, the giants of women’s football are all there.

Adelaide United Westfield W-League season preview: Rajcic believes Young Reds will be gunning for gloryMy Football
Former Adelaide United captain Marijana Rajcic says the young and hungry Reds are under no pressure to succeed this season; and that’s why they will.

Pregnant U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan still plans to play in 2020 Summer OlympicsMSN
Alex Morgan, co-captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, said she plans to play in the 2020 Summer Olympics even though she’s pregnant and expecting a baby girl in April — less than four months before the Games begin.

Five players selected off NWSL Re-Entry WireNWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that five players were selected off the NWSL Re-Entry Wire as part of the End of Season Process.

England Women: Jordan Nobbs & Beth England hope Australia pay deal sets trendBBC Sport
Jordan Nobbs and Beth England say they want the English FA to to follow Australia’s lead and pay England women the same as their male counterparts.

Women’s Champions League final: advance ticket salesUEFA
The first tickets for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Vienna on 24 May are now on sale.


Weds. Champions League preview: Spurs in Serbia, Man City in ItalyNBC Sports
Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday, with a pair of Premier League sides in action, and facing vastly different paths forward in the competition.

Barcelona held to 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague in Champions LeagueSportsnet
On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax.

Dortmund, Chelsea stage big Champions League comebacksDelta Optimist
On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax.

Bayern Munich set sights on Arsène Wenger as manager after Rangnick blowThe Guardian
Arsène Wenger has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Niko Kovac as Bayern Munich’s manager after Ralf Rangnick ruled himself out. Bayern have made the Frenchman their No 1 target to take charge for the rest of the season before considering who will take over long term.

EPL FREE KICKS: Firing squad lining up for Gunners’ manager?Toronto Sun
You would think that a manager with just two EPL losses this season, one being against Liverpool, would be on safe footing.

Copa Libertadores final moved to Peru due to Chile unrestCanada.com
The Copa Libertadores final between Flamengo and River Plate has been moved to Lima in Peru from Santiago due to the continuing unrest in the Chilean capital, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Tuesday.

U-17 WC: Korea Republic and Netherlands earn quarter-final spotsFIFA
Korea Republic and the Netherlands became the first two quarter-finalists at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 on Tuesday.

FA Cup first round: Guide to the 31 non-league teams taking partBBC Sport
The FA Cup first round is fast approaching – and a number of non-league teams are targeting an upset.

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