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We Don’t Know What We Are Doing – TSS FC Rovers – A Season in Review

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That was quick. And long. And relentless. And chaotic. And beautiful.

Year one is in the books as they say. Well actually the books are far from done and as I sit at the coffee shop writing these words the cars are still packed with inventory, the garages are both full of remnants including kit that hasn’t been washed, and what’s left of the towel stock that hasn’t found it’s way into a foreign kit bag by mistake is draped across the laundry room. Ticket stubs lay strewn across my dining room table and countless PDL patches remain on the office desk instead of ironed onto jerseys as planned. Yes, the last on field sessions have been completed and all the matches are now over, but the cheques haven’t all been sent, the wrap up is in full swing but requires many more man hours, and believe it or not, next season looms already. Read More

How Two Friends Launched Their Own Football Club

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Upstairs in a bar, overlooking downtown Vancouver, they gathered. Despite the balloons and the sound system at the front of the room, the crowd of roughly 150 people weren’t there for a birthday party, but a celebration of a different sort.

Will Cromack and Colin Elmes stood in front of the crowd, each taking a turn with the microphone. The group facing them had gathered to support the two’s ambitious project, one the pair hoped would lead to better development of Canadian footballers.

The men had known each other as teammates on the same university football team and reconnected in the summer of 2016.

Elmes is a former University of British Columbia varsity soccer player and Canadian national team member, while Cromack played alongside Elmes and represented Canada at the youth levels. Read More

So you support Canadian soccer do you?

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So you support Canadian soccer do you?

You are our type of friend. A person to commiserate with and dream about future days when the Maple Leaf flies high at a World Cup, both on the mens and womens side!

You are made of stone. Strong willed obviously as the thought of continually supporting the underdog has hardened your skin but your heart remains buoyant that one day it will happen and the boys will earn a spot at the top of the game too.

You see players moving on to play in the world’s top leagues and agents demanding the very best of our coveted Canadian players. Read More

Canadians for Canadians

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Canada is a funny place if you’re a football fan. You grow up surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people who play the game, millions that care about events such as the Champions League and the World Cup, soccer facilities abound and yet, we are a culturally insignificant country as far as participation at the highest level of the sport go. Such and odd state of affairs. Read More

The Juan de Fuca Plate is Reborn

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The return of USL PDL soccer to the Lower Mainland was announced for the 2017 summer season when TSS FC Rovers was formed, to play out of Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. With the Victoria Highlanders resurrected for the 2016 USL PDL season under local ownership, this meant that after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Juan de Fuca Plate could be reborn! Read More