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Twardek & Fleming named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns highlighted by Canada Soccer's 2017 National Teams international season. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by National Teams coaches as well as Canadian clubs and coaches.

At the international level, Jessie Fleming was a key midfielder with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team as she made 11 appearances and scored a goal and an assist. She also earned Player of the Match honours against USA in a 1:1 draw at BC Place in November. At the college level, she helped UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup final and she is a top-three finalist for M.A.C. Hermann Trophy honours (with the winner to be announced in January 2018).


Klopp hits out at Referee after Derby Day draw, Big Sam tells him to stop 'moaning'

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp chose to focus less on his own team selection and more on Referee Craig Pawson after Everton battled back from a goal down to steal a point from the first Merseyside derby of the season.

Liverpool dominated the contest, but had to wait till the 42nd minute to take the lead as Mohamed Salah continued his fantastic form, smashing home what was incredibly his 19th goal of the season already, a curling finish from his stronger left foot that gave Jordan Pickford absolutely no chance in the Everton goal.


US Juniors crush Finland 10-1 in International Friendly

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team scored early and often, powering home eight goals in the first half on the way to an impressive 10-1 win against Finland in its second match of the 2017 Women's Nike International Friendlies.

U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made seven changes from the starting lineup that tied England 3-3 on Dec. 7 and this combination of players came out on fire. The USA took a few minutes to find its rhythm, but then scored four goals in a seven-minute span and were up 5-0 before the 25th minute. The USA out-shot Finland 18-2 in the first 45 minutes and 29-3 for the match.


2017 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards kick off with Para Soccer and Futsal Awards

Jamie Ackinclose and Nazim Belguendouz have been named winners as part of the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with Ackinclose named the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year and Belguendouz named the Canadian Futsal Player of the Year. The two Canada Soccer national team players excelled in their respective sports in 2017.

Jamie Ackinclose won Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year honours after another standout season which was highlighted at the IFCPF World Championships. He was versatile at different positions, notably scoring four goals and three assists and earning Player of the Match honours three times in seven international matches. Throughout the IFCPF World Championships, Ackinclose was the veteran leader on a young Canadian squad that finished 13th overall.


FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Paolo Guerrero with a one-year suspension

On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.

By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.


Canada Soccer Women’s National Team set to take on Norway in final match of 2017

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will take on Norway in its final match of 2017 on Tuesday, 28 November at 13:00 ET/10:00 PT.

Coming off an exciting series against the world’s No.1 team USA earlier this month, Canada’s squad for the international friendly match against Norway has been fine tuned to include players who were unavailable against the USA due to professional commitments.


Sanchez nicks it at the death for Arsenal

An injury time penalty gifted to Arsenal by an unnecessary push by James Tarkowski on Aaron Ramsey enabled the Gunners to clinch an unexpected 1-0 victory over a competitive Burnley side that went toe to toe with Arsenal for the better part of the contest.

It was a case of deja vu at Turf Moor with Alexis Sanchez stepping up to the spot like he did in the 98th minute last season, and with only 2 minutes of injury time allotted at the end of this game, it was a case of Sanchez scoring again from the penalty spot, despite Nick Pope going the right way, with what was almost the last kick of the game.


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