BC Soccer News, Weekend, November 24-26


Yordy Reyna: ‘I fully support justice’ in death of young Peruvian womanThe Province
Whitecaps star Yordy Reyna has spoken out about what he told Peruvian police.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2017 Conference Championship PreviewMLS
After a tense scoreless draw at MAPFRE Stadium last Tuesday, the Eastern Conference Championship will be entirely up for grabs next Wednesday on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Vazquez didn’t hit his usual heights in Columbus, but don’t expect a repeatESPN FC
Entering Tuesday’s Eastern Conference final first leg between Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC, there was considerable focus on just how well Victor Vazquez would lead the Toronto attack in the absence of the suspended Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

The Evil Reds: Why it’s good for MLS that TFC is just so darn despicablethe11.ca
This is a team that had two of its star players suspended for the first leg; this is a team that swarms referees with regularity. Before Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco saw cards in the playoff decider against the New York Red Bulls, they put their hands all over the officials as they protested cards. They have become a polarizing group; loved by their fans (who believe the world is against them) and hated by those who see them as dirty, whining complainers who fake it when they need to.

After torching Houston, Jones making his last few weeks in Seattle countESPN FC
The most recent two Seattle Sounders seasons, the run to the 2016 MLS Cup championship and now to the brink of another title game, have hinged on pivot points, moments when their campaigns could have decisively broken one way or the other.

How will Columbus, Seattle and Houston deal with their 2nd leg suspensions?MLS
As the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs roll on and the intensity ramps up, it’s inevitable that coaches will have to deal with absences, whether it’s through injury or suspension. In the latter case, many of those suspensions will come via yellow-card accumulation, with two cautions being the threshold for players getting suspended during the playoffs.

Mind the gap- Fixing the MLS playoff’s uneven schedule US Soccer Players
In world soccer, few scheduling quirks draw more ire than a double-game week. It’s standard practice in Europe for teams in the Champions League and Europa League. Add in domestic cup responsibilities, and it stretches even the clubs with massive budgets. Move that to MLS, and it’s a tough ask for any team.

Beyond the Lens – Blue and White BobbleheadEighty-Six Forever
While MLS and soccer may not be punching with the big boys (football, baseball and basketball), the fact that this bobblehead lineup has been produced is a pretty good indicator that professional soccer is on the uptick.


VISL Division 1 Upcoming Games, Nov.24-26BC Soccer Web
A light weekend, but a couple beauty games to take in.

Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX return to SilverLakes College ShowcaseWhitecaps FC
For the second straight year, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are sending their Girls Elite REX U-15 team, in partnership with BC Soccer, to the SilverLakes College Showcase in California.

Cascades women’s soccer program to host ID campUFV
University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer head coach Rob Giesbrecht is hosting a player identification camp on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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 RecommendationsBC 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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

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Whitecaps London receive Gold Club Excellence AwardWhitecaps FC
Affiliate club Whitecaps London were honoured by Ontario Soccer this week with the highest standard given out by the provincial body – the Gold Club Excellence Award.

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Tom Payne is leaving NASL’s Puerto Rico FC after two years as presidentSoccer America
Tom Payne will be stepping down as president of the NASL’s Puerto Rico FC when his contract expires at the end of November.

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Manchester City and Chelsea kept apart in Women’s Champions League quarter-final drawThe Independent
The last-eight draw in Nyon saw City side handed a two-leg clash against Swedish champions Linkoping while Chelsea were paired with French outfit Montpellier.

2019 World Cup qualifier: Wales set for record crowd v KazakhstanBBC Sport
Wales expect a record crowd for a women’s international football match in the country when they host Kazakhstan in Friday’s 2019 World Cup qualifier.

What we learned about USWNT in 2017 — and what looms ahead?ESPN W.
Questions lingered as little as three months before the 2015 Women’s World Cup as to who should play next to Becky Sauerbrunn in the center of the U.S. women’s national team defense. Julie Ertz provided a resounding if unlikely answer. Three games into the tournament, questions remained about how to spark the American midfield. A tactical switch freed Carli Lloyd to flourish.

Remote Bengal village girl to play in Indian Women’s LeagueTimes of India
A teenager hailing from a remote north Bengal village would be seen dribbling past opposition players when she takes the field in the Indian Women’s League, commencing in Kolhapur on Saturday.

Teresa Polias: Football is in my soulFour Four Two
Sydney FC W-League captain Teresa Polias, has won a Grand Final, been at a World Cup and played at an Asian Cup. During her decade long career, the 10 capped Matilda has recorded the second most appearances in the W-League. She tells us in her own words what playing football means to her.

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Bob Lenarduzzi: Liverpool leaning on Salah to help beat, catch ChelseaThe Province
Liverpool hosts Chelsea on Saturday, knowing a win will move the club level on points with the visitors. The Reds are sitting in fifth place, just a point behind Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea is in third, but will be battling fatigue after playing in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea travels to Liverpool, Monaco hosts PSG, and moreSBI
Following an action-packed week of UEFA Champions League matches, domestic action continues this weekend with some top matches taking centerstage.

Time for new chapter in Liverpool, Chelsea rivalryNBC Sports
Since Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho both landed at English soccer at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively in 2004-05, there’s been an extra edge to games between Liverpool and Chelsea as they often battled for the Premier League and Champions League titles. Yet in recent years this rivalry has subsided a little, with both clubs enduring roller-coaster seasons with title challenges mixed in with disappointing campaigns and managerial changes.

Burnley, Watford, Brighton, Huddersfield show promise in PremESPN FC
Small is beautiful in this season’s Premier League. English football’s “big six” are jockeying for position in the table as expected but below them lie Burnley, Watford, Brighton and Huddersfield, clubs punching above their weight while drawing strength from having a definite plan.

AC Milan advances in Europa League, Arsenal tops groupSportsnet
Andre Silva scored in each half to help AC Milan beat Austria Vienna 5-1 on Thursday and book a spot in the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Monaco and PSG collide in Sunday showdownLigue 1
AS Monaco face the toughest possible test as they seek to recover from their midweek European disappointment when they play host to Ligue 1 Conforama’s rampant leaders Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s top-of-the-bill Week 14 encounter.

Urawa and Al Hilal face moment of truthFIFA
Having been held to a 1-1 draw at home in the 2017 AFC Champions League final first leg, Al Hilal start on the back foot in the return against J.League heavyweights Urawa Red Diamonds. Indeed, if Ramon Diaz’s visitors are to claim their maiden Champions League crown, they must not only overcome their resilient rivals but also the famed Urawa support in the cauldron that is Saitama Stadium on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Nine-man Club America holds Cruz Azul, Monterrey downs AtlasESPN FC
Cruz Azul could only manage a 0-0 draw in Estadio Azul against Mexico City rival Club America on Thursday in the 2017 Apertura quarterfinal, despite Las Aguilas finishing the game with nine players.

Madrid midfielder Asensio to miss Malaga match with injuryMetro
Real Madrid will be without midfielder Marco Asensio for Saturday’s Spanish league match against Malaga because of a right leg injury.

Lionel Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorerSportsnet
Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.

Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for 2013 sexual assaultESPN FC
Former Brazil forward Robinho has been found guilty of sexual assault and was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court on Thursday. The Italian justice system permits several levels of appeal. According to reports, the verdict is placed on hold until all have been exhausted.

Portuguese referees threaten to go on strike over complaintsFox Sports
Portuguese referees say they will go on strike next month if soccer clubs, coaches and players continue to excessively complain about their performances.

Nigeria players to pocket $2.4 million for World Cup qualificationAfrican Football
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have revealed that Super Eagles players will be paid for securing qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Peru federation ‘calm’ over potential risk of World Cup expulsionESPN FC
Peru Football Federation (FPF) president Edwin Oviedo has said there is no danger of the national team losing their World Cup spot. Oviedo’s reassurance comes after newspaper Libero reported that Peru’s place could be in jeopardy following a bill presented by congresswoman Paloma Noceda that would see the FPF lose its autonomy.

Families untied. Chiriboga testifies against father and ‘friends’ in FIFAgate courtInside World Football
The son of disgraced former Ecuador FA president Luis Chiriboga (pictured) has testified against his father in the FIFAgate corruption trial in New York, admitting he facilitated bribery payments.

China’s under-20 games in Germany called off due to protestsVancouver Sun
The China under-20 soccer team’s series of friendly games against fourth-tier clubs in Germany was postponed Friday because of the protests it could face.

VAR remains in limbo as IFAB postpones Abu Dhabi meetInside World Football
Football’s lawmakers have been forced to postpone their annual business meeting in Abu Dhabi where the main focus of attention was to have been video technology.

Stonewall launches Rainbow Laces campaign for inclusion in footballSN
Stonewall has launched its annual Rainbow Laces campaign to promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in football. The group aims to make sport “everyone’s game”, and players and managers alike are being encouraged to show their support through wearing rainbow laces, pins and armbands.

Marouane Fellaini suing New Balance for £2m over ‘defective’ bootsThe Guardian
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is prepared for a high court battle against sportswear giant New Balance over his old football boots, claiming they were so poorly constructed the logo peeled off.

Premier League: Does sacking a manager in October or November work?BBC Sport
The international break that straddles October and November – the sacking season, a time for managers to be fearful. At least so the theory goes. Enough matches have been played for owners to be sufficiently concerned by poor starts, while the two-week break gives a rare window to find a suitable replacement.

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