VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Veteran goalkeeper David Ousted will not return to Vancouver in 2018 – MLS
David Ousted has played his last game with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Questions have swirled around the Danish goalkeeper’s future after he lost his place as the team’s starter towards the end of the season. Now, after 144 overall appearances in MLS, Ousted revealed he will be leaving the club and the city he has called home since the summer of 2013.
Whitecaps blindsided Ousted in June, but ‘keeper kept it secret – The Province
David Ousted has been keeping a big secret since June, but let it all come tumbling out Tuesday.
End of an era as Whitecaps get set to remove defensive staples – AFTN
As our season comes to a disappointing end I wanted to reach out with a thank you to two of our most beloved ‘Caps – David Ousted and Jordan Harvey.
“No excuse, we weren’t good enough.” Robinson reflects on Seattle series – Whitecaps FC
As Vancouver Whitecaps FC head into the offseason, they look back on a season of great improvement and great promise, but ultimately a season that ended in disappointment.
Carl Robinson: Expect lots of changes to Vancouver Whitecaps next season – The Province
Carl Robinson demonstrated with some of his late-season manoeuvres that emotion doesn’t play into his decisions with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Whitecaps need an injection of stars, and a new philosophy – Sportsnet
Had the Whitecaps finished first, we might be talking about them preparing to contest the Western Conference final. Instead, a timid display against Seattle in a 2-0 aggregate series loss meant Vancouver is still trying for its first major breakthrough in the MLS playoffs.
Vancouver Whitecaps Season Review: The Midfield (Part One) – Soccer Shorts
The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired midfielders this season with more voracity than Bono’s accountant acquires companies in ethically dubious offshore tax havens so, for your benefit dear reader, I will split the review of the 2017 midfield into two parts.
MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC – SN
Both teams head into the frst leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final having lost ther previous playoff game, but for the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC all that matters is the next match.
Ricketts ready to carry the load as TFC plays without Altidore, Giovinco – Toronto Star
Speedy striker has a chance to shine with Toronto’s top offensive players out of action in first leg of East final.
Impact to announce new head coach to replace fired Mauro Biello – Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact are ready to name their new coach. The Major League Soccer club has called a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to introduce the successor to the fired Mauro Biello.
Report: Montreal Impact to hire Remi Garde – NBC Sports
Following rumors that a pair of ex-Premier League coaches were in the running to take the reins of the Montreal Impact, a third has been chosen.
Tata Martino not expecting Miguel Almiron to leave this transfer window – Dirty South Soccer
In an interview with Paraguayan radio station Cardinal Deportivo, Tata Martino sounded pretty confident that Miguel Almiron is here to stay, at least for now. “Miguel’s objective is to finish in Europe,” Martino said. “He’s the best or one of the three best in MLS. In the short term he’ll leave, but he won’t do it this transfer window.”
Despite early playoff exit, Porter optimistic about Timbers’ 2018 prospects – MLS
After a series of injuries seriously hampered his club in their Western Conference Semifinal loss to the Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter was left wondering what might’ve been on Sunday night.
Robbie Rogers retires: ‘my only regret is spending 11 years in the closet’ – Pink News
LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, who is the only openly gay man in North American football, has announced he is retiring from the pitch.
Retiring gay pioneer Robbie Rogers was the best icon soccer could have hoped for – Yahoo Sports
The name-check was entirely unexpected. After the LA Galaxy had won the 2014 MLS Cup, with Robbie Rogers starting at left back, Barack Obama gave him a special mention during the president’s speech when he welcomed the team for its then-customary champions’ visit to the White House.
Orlando City decline contract options on Nocerino, Barnes, Powers – MLS
Orlando City SC announced their end-of-season roster moves on Tuesday, declining contract options on several big-name players.
Claudio Lopez will not return to Rapids amid front office, roster overhaul – Denver Post
Colorado Rapids director of soccer Claudio Lopez will not return for the 2018 season as part of a massive overhaul that will bring in three new front-office hires, up to 11 new players and a new head coach.
Revs set to name Brad Friedel as new head coach – SBI
A U.S. Men’s National Team legend is set to take over the New England Revolution.
Columbus Crew might move because ‘business is struggling.’ Financial records suggest otherwise – SB Nation
Precourt’s threat is based on the claim that the “business is struggling.” On the surface, he has a point. The Crew rank near the bottom of MLS in average attendance. However, that’s not the whole story. By gathering information obtained from records requests and other publicly available resources, we were able to piece together a picture of the Crew’s costs and revenue. Struggling they are not.
Nashville MLS expansion bid gets boost from $275m stadium approval – ESPN FC
The group seeking to bring an MLS expansion team to the city of Nashville scored a major victory Tuesday night, as the city’s Metro Council approved a $275 million stadium project by a vote of 31-6 with two abstentions.
MLS expansion race: Nashville jumps to front of the line – Soccer America
A year ago, Nashville didn’t even rate as an MLS expansion candidate.
Bob Bradley to use 1998 Chicago Fire as template for expansion LAFC – ESPN FC
Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley has been impressed with what Atlanta United has achieved this season as a new MLS franchise, but is adamant the Chicago Fire’s feat of capturing the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup in their debut season in 1998 still takes some beating.
Brace Yourselves: Fernando Torres Listed As Player On Official MLS Website – The 18
A Fernando Torres profile on the official MLS website has fueled rumors of a January transfer.
MLS tenures of Kaka, Pirlo reveal risk in leaning on legends made elsewhere – ESPN FC
A few minutes before the end of New York City FC’s Eastern Conference semifinal second leg against Columbus Crew SC, with the team needing a goal to complete an unprecedented comeback, coach Patrick Vieira subbed on Andrea Pirlo.
Allen Chapman, Corey Parker win Referee, Assistant Referee of the Year – MLS
On Tuesday, Major League Soccer announced that Professional Referee Organization officials Allen Chapman and Corey Parker were tabbed as Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year respectively.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Clan dominates GNAC All-Conference Team with 9 selections – SFU
Clan freshman Marcello Polisi is GNAC Player of Year, brother Matteo is Freshman of Year and Magnus Kristensen repeats as Defensive Player of Year.
Popadynetz named Canada West player of the year – The Omega
The WolfPack men’s soccer team has had a historical season. For the first time ever, the team made the playoffs and ended up with a bronze medal. A key part of that success was Mitchell Popadynetz.
WolfPack Set to Face York In 2017 USPORTS Men’s Soccer Nationals opener – TRU
It’s almost here. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are poised to make their debut at the 2017 USPORTS men’s soccer nationals.
Soccer teams “acclimatizing” for U Sports Nationals – CJFC
From as far away as four time zones most of the teams have now arrived in Kamloops for the U Sports Canadian University Soccer Championships.
VIU plays host to national men’s soccer tournament – Times Colonist
The Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s soccer team will look to add yet another national medal as they play host to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships, beginning today in Nanaimo.
Clan win GNAC title – Tri-City News
For the sixth time in eight years, the SFU Clan men’s soccer team are champions of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. But it wasn’t easy as a lot of pieces had to fall into place over the weekend for SFU to climb over Seattle Pacific University to the top of the table.
Powell River Villa records shutout versus Victoria – Powell River Peak
A win for Powell River Villa soccer club on November 5 has moved the team into second place in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A with a record of seven wins, one loss and a tie. Villa shutout Victoria’s Bays United FC at Timberlane Park
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
CANADA vs. UNITED STATES
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Canada and U.S. Women’s soccer teams set to renew rivalry at BC Place – CBC
Thursday’s game between the Canadian and U.S. women’s national soccer teams is billed as just a friendly, or exhibition, match but it’ll also be a chance for the home side to flip the script on the two teams’ longstanding rivalry.
There has been some thawing, but chill remains in Canada-U.S. soccer rivalry – CTV
The feelings might not be as heated, the dislike not as intense, but there hasn’t been a total thaw in the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. women’s national soccer teams.
Canada vs. United States: A women’s soccer rivalry by the numbers – Sportsnet
Rivalry. That’s how both Canadian women’s team coach John Herdman and his American counterpart Jill Ellis describe the sentiment when their sides meet.
Canada v USA Fan Advisory – CSA
Ahead of Thursday’s highly anticipated Canada v USA match at BC Place, we wanted to share some important information to help make your event experience as memorable as possible.
Former national team stalwart Timko Baxter talks past and future of Canadian women’s soccer – The Province
Now that she’s retired, Brittany Timko Baxter should get a gig in Canada Soccer’s PR department. She’d be good there.
Meet Maeve Glass, the unsung, behind-the-scenes heartbeat of Canada’s national team – The Equalizer
As Canada gets set to take on the U.S. in a pair of international friendlies (November 9 in Vancouver, and November 12 in San Jose). There will be one consistent person who will always be there to help the team, coaches, and anyone she can.
Sanoh named CCAA’s top player – PEI Guardian
Ibra Sanoh made history Tuesday, becoming the first Holland College athlete to win a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) player of the year award.
League1 Ontario Announces 2017 Men’s First, Second and Third Team All-Stars – League1 Ontario
In the fourth of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Men’s First, Second and Third Team All-Stars have been revealed, featuring outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
League1 Ontario Announces 2017 Women’s First, Second And Third Team All-Stars – League1 Ontario
In the fifth of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Women’s First, Second and Third Team All-Stars have been revealed, featuring outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
Woodbridge Strikers’ Roberts And FC London’s Gillet Named 2017 League1 Goalkeepers Of The Year – League1 Ontario
In the sixth of a set of daily League1 Ontario 2017 Awards announcements leading up to the L1O Awards banquet on Sunday November 12, the 2017 Goalkeepers Of The Year have been revealed, featuring two outstanding performers from the 2017 season.
Fabrose to represent Laval in the PLSQ next season – The Suburban
The Première Ligue de soccer du Québec, Montreal’s semi-pro soccer league, will have a new team joining their ranks next season: the Fabrose Coyotes.
Capers have history on their side for upcoming U Sports soccer championship – Chronicle Herald
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 Capers squad that won a national championship in 2007. And it had an impact on many players, including Tamara Brown.
Rams up for the challenge at CCAA soccer championship – Truro Daily
There’s no easing into the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women’s soccer championship for the Dalhousie Rams.
Manitoba Bisons leading soccer scorer adapting to life in Canada – Global
As if being a student-athlete wasn’t stressful enough, Florin Wagner picked up the role far from home. The German midfielder came to Canada this summer to play soccer for the Manitoba Bisons. It’s a rare move for someone from a country that lives and breathes the beautiful game.
Fedoriak named to all-star team – Whitehorse Daily Star
In a record-breaking season for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) women’s soccer team, Whitehorse striker Emily Fedoriak led the way offensively with seven goals and was named to her second consecutive all-star team.
FIFA Demands Visa, Work Permit and Tax Exemptions for 2026 World Cup – VOA
The United States, Canada and other countries hoping to host the 2026 World Cup should provide government guarantees on visa-free travel plus work permit and tax exemptions for their bids to be accepted, according to documents published by FIFA on Tuesday.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Louisville, Swope Park Square off For USL Cup – USL
The USL Eastern Conference champion Louisville City FC and Western Conference champion Swope Park Rangers will take aim at becoming the sixth different club in USL history to claim the USL Cup on Monday night as the culmination of the biggest season in the USL’s history visits Slugger Field for the 2017 USL Cup.
NASL Final: Scout the Deltas – Twice a Cosmo
New York finds themselves in their 4th Soccer Bowl Finals in the past five years. Different teams have stepped up to the plate against the Cosmos, but none have prevailed.
Future of FC Edmonton in doubt as North American Soccer League threatens to go under – CBC
‘What the fans know is that there’s no tickets on sale for next year, and things are very quiet right now’
NASL Hopes for Different Interpretation in Appeal of U.S. Soccer Lawsuit Ruling – SI.com
The survivability of the NASL hangs in the balance of a court familiar to many American sports fans: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This is the same federal appeals court that ruled against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It’s also the same court that will hear arguments brought by Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in his case against the NFL.
Schumer gives an assist to soccer’s ailing Cosmos – Crain’s NY Business
Support from Charles Schumer, the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate, can’t hurt at a time when the storied soccer club faces extinction after a federal judge ruled over the weekend that the U.S. Soccer Federation could banish the team—and the entire North American Soccer League in which it plays—to a lower division
What Moves Lie Ahead in Chapter 2 for FC Cincinnati? – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
Two years in, FC Cincinnati General Manager Jeff Berding stated that he wanted to move the club into Chapter Two of its existence. No more would they look at themselves as a new kid on the block but rather as a club striving for long-term success and titles.
USL Veteran Nicholson Retires – USL
Veteran USL midfielder Paul Nicholson, who made more than 150 regular-season appearances over the past seven seasons, has announced his retirement from professional soccer.
Fresno’s new pro soccer team now has a sly nickname, mascot – Fresno Bee
Let’s meet Los Zorros, or The Foxes, the nickname and mascot unveiled Tuesday for the professional club that will debut in March.
Why Atlanta United need a USL reserve team – Dirty South Soccer
On Tuesday, Kristian Dyer of Metro US dropped the news that Atlanta United was exploring starting a reserve team in USL as early as 2018. The report relies on information from an anonymous source within the league, who states that efforts for the Five Stripes to expand into USL for 2018 are moving “in a positive direction.” Dyer is generally one of the more trusted media voices around the league and is right about his reports more often than not, so there may well be fire behind this bit of smoke.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Laura Harvey leaves Reign FC; Vlatko Andonovski in as new Head Coach – GoalWA
Seattle Reign FC today announced that Laura Harvey has resigned her position as head coach and general manager of the club. Reign FC also announced that it has signed former FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski to a two-year deal to serve as the club’s head coach and executive director of Reign Academy.
Carpenter wants NWSL move in 2018 – Four Four Two
Teenage defender Ellie Carpenter is set to become the latest Matildas star to break into the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States.
NZ women to achieve parity with men for international representation – Inside World Football
The New Zealand Professional Footballers Association has become one of the first national governing bodies to publicly state it is looking to achieve a single collective agreement with its players, providing equal conditions for men and women.
Phil Murphy, Sky Blue majority stakeholder, elected governor of New Jersey – The Equalizer
Sky Blue FC’s majority stakeholder Phil Murphy has been elected governor of New Jersey.
Watford Ladies given ‘false promises’ over full-time WSL application as club prepares to prioritise ‘community approach’ – Watford Observer
Watford Ladies’ players and staff have been left lamenting “false promises” over the future of the club, the Watford Observer understands, after it announced it will not be seeking to join the new full-time Women’s Super League line-up next season.
Former West Ham Ladies player from Harold Wood launches nationwide coaching campaign for women’s football – Romford Recorder
Kat Clifton, 26, from Harold Wood, founded girls’ coaching initiative She Can Play last year, and will now be joining forces with national football centre network PlayFootball to ensure youngsters across the country can access high-quality coaching.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
It’s a Mob Trial: FIFA in America – Declan Hill
Among four key points about the trial, there is one extraordinary story that has so far been missed by the world press: It’s a mob trial. Yes, yes, yes… every time there is a mention of FIFA, people talk about the ‘mafia’ or ‘football mobsters’. However, this trial really is about an alleged mobster.
Greek soccer officials to stand trial for match-fixing – Sportsnet
The chairman of Greek soccer club Olympiakos and 27 other businessmen and former sporting officials will stand trial on match-fixing charges, a panel of judges ruled Wednesday.
FIFA ends secret voting with promise to publish who votes for whom for 2026 World Cup – Inside World Football
Having promised to leave no stone unturned in ensuring a corruption-free bid process for the 2026 World Cup after the scandals of the 2018 and 2022 campaigns, FIFA has pledged to publish all votes – traditionally kept secret – by individual federations when the ballot takes place next June.
Manchester City post record £473m revenues – SN
Manchester City have posted record revenues of £473.4million and a third successive profit as part of their 2016-17 financial report.
Italy, Sweden and World Cup hopefuls make their case to reach Russia – ESPN FC
For eight European teams, the World Cup next summer is agonisingly in reach — but first they need to negotiate a nervy playoff during the international break to book their ticket to Russia.
Buffon’s career at a crossroads in World Cup playoff – Metro
Gianluigi Buffon’s career is coming full circle. Twenty years after making his Italy debut on a snowy field in a World Cup playoff in Russia, the Azzurri captain’s international future hinges on another playoff against Sweden.
All you need to know about Europe’s World Cup play-offs – UEFA
Northern Ireland v Switzerland, Croatia v Greece, Sweden v Italy and Denmark v Republic of Ireland: the key information you need as Europe’s last four berths in Russia are decided.
England and Germany to wear black armbands bearing poppies at Wembley – BBC Sport
England and Germany players will wear black armbands bearing poppies for Friday’s friendly at Wembley. The tribute is in remembrance of members of the armed forces, said the Football Association (FA) and German Football Association (DFB).
Blackpool’s demise makes a mockery of football’s fit and proper persons test – The Guardian
The Oystons’ stewardship of the club has left so much to be desired and the idea the Football League is powerless because of an outdated rule must be addressed.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca