VMSL 2018/19 Season Try-outs and Info

The countdown is on to the 2018/19 winter VMSL season!

This year Rino’s Vancouver SC will be fielding 5 teams in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier, First, and Second Divisions, as well as Masters Div 1 (Over 35 and Over 45)

We’re kicking off with open sessions during the week downtown at Trillium Turf Field (https://goo.gl/maps/z1rsutAB1qu) and our home field Point Grey Turf (https://goo.gl/maps/TSSFo6Mcozn)

There are spots available at every level, and each team will have a dedicated staff to ensure a quality experience. If you are passionate about soccer and committed to showing up to training and matches throughout the winter then drop us a line at info@rinosvancouver.com with a brief bio including your age, and where you’ve previously played.

info@rinosvancouver.com

https://www.vmslsoccer.com

Rino’s Vancouver SC Player Joins Saudi Arabia Youth National Team

We are wishing the best of luck this week to Ahmed Alghamdi (#23 – far left of the photo) of our Rino’s Tigers Premier team who is currently taking part in the training camp of the Saudi Arabia youth national team.

Ahmed has been training in the Blaise Soccer Elite Training INCacademy for several years and playing with Rino’s Tigers in the VMSL under the guidance of Blaise Nkufo since he was 14 years old.

If he performs well he will be added to the roster of the Saudi team that will compete in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation U-19 Championship tournament.

Rino’s Vancouver SC wins 2018 VMSL Imperial Cup!

There’s a new name on the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Imperial Cup.

Rino’s Tigers win their first ever VMSL Imperial Cup after final win over Croatia SC (with video highlights and photo gallery)

Rino’s Tigers lifted the famous 105-year-old trophy for the first time in their history following a 2-0 victory of Croatia SC at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For a match between two high scoring teams, that had produced 13 goals in their two league meetings this season, the anticipated goalfest didn’t come, with both defences standing strong again some dangerous attackers. That said, both teams had chances to make this a far more high scoring game, but they were unable to bury them.

Rino’s came out strong from the off and dominated the first half.

The opening ten minutes were marked by some fierce tackles flying in from Croatia, and you started to worry that TSS Rovers may be missing some of their Rino’s players for the new PDL season the way things were shaping up, but things soon settled down and both teams concentrated on getting the first goal.

Rino’s were looking the more dangerous, with Croatia find themselves caught offside several times from a high Tigers backline.

The best of the early chances fell to Whitecaps Residency alumni Declan Rodriguez in the 20th minute, after a spell of concerted Rino’s pressure. Connor Glennon went on a nice run up the right, playing the ball back to Erik Edwardson at the top of the box. The Portland Pilot midfielder played a neat ball to Rodriguez in front of goal and his cheeky back heel from the edge of the six yard box was blocked by the legs of Croatia’s keeper, Ante Boskovic.

Rino’s squandered another couple of good chances, with Rodriquez firing into the side netting and another Whitecaps Residency alumni, Daniel Sagno, blasting over, but Tigers weren’t to be denied and they finally got the go-ahead goal when Rodriguez finished at the near post from a tight angle in the 36th minute.

Rino’s were well deserving of their one goal lead at the half, but Croatia came out to make a game of it in the second.

The game became end to end, with both teams having a number of chances to grab the next goal. Tigers’ Matteo Polisi came close twice, with a free kick and then drilled a low one to Boskovic’s near post.

Croatia responded with a Johnny Sulentic free kick of their own that just zipped over, before Sulentic just failed to connect an outstretched leg to a great ball to the back post.

As Croatia pushed hard for the equaliser, they left themselves short at the back and Rino’s smelt blood.

Edwardson fired over from a good position, before crashing one off the bar. Boskovic had to come up big to keep Croatia in the match, saving from Rodriguez at the near post and then turning a Glennon chance just past the post, when it looked certain he’d score in the 66th minute.

Tigers thought they’d finally doubled their lead two minutes later when Matteo Polisi turned in a deflected Rodriguez cross, but he was deemed to have been in an offside position when the pass was made.

Both teams had a couple of close calls, before Edwardson wrapped it up for Rino’s in the closing minutes, picking his spot to finish a Glennon pass after a quick breakaway.

And that was that. Rino’s Tigers were the 2018 Imperial Cup champions.

You can see our highlights video from the match, as well as the trophy presentation, below.

 

After achieving promotion back to the VMSL Premier from Division 1 last season, it’s been a great year back in the top flight for Rino’s and a great achievement for the players and personally for head coach Blaise Nkufo.

“I’m very glad,” Nkufo told AFTN after Saturday’s win. “I think we deserve it. The first half we played very good football. The second half, we were not in control, but I think we created a lot of chances. We could have won by a big score, but at the end of the day, we managed to win. I’m very happy for the team and also for myself as a coach.”

 

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Rino’s Tigers win their first ever VMSL Imperial Cup after final win over Croatia SC (with video highlights and photo gallery)

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Rino’s Vancouver Soccer Club 2017/18 Season Re-cap

The 2017/2018 VMSL Season wrapped up with a strong showing from all Rino’s Vancouver SC teams. The premier division Tiger’s team were in the title hunt all season long but were unable to find late season form and ended with a 6th place finish. A slow start from the 2017 3rd place finishing Division 1 side Fury put early doubts of promotion into their minds as they ended up in mid-table at 6th as well. The Division 2 Bulldogs had lots of promising results but carried on in the same style with a 6th place finish. The O35’s captured 3rd with a strong showing in Masters division 1 but it ended up being the old boys in the O45 Masters division, winning their respective league. Congrats to them!

The Tiger’s and Fury will now play in the VMSL Imperial Cup and hope to qualify for the BC Provincial Cup.

VMSL 2017/2018 Winter Season

The countdown is on to the winter season starting Sept 8/9/10 weekend!

This year we’ll be fielding 5 teams in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier, First, and Second Divisions, as well as Masters Div 1 (Over 35 and Over 45)

We’re kicking off with an open session this Wednesday, August 2nd, 9pm @ Trillium (https://goo.gl/maps/n2y4oQu6G6q)

There are spots available at every level, and each team will have a dedicated staff to ensure a quality experience. If you are passionate about soccer and committed to showing up to training and matches throughout the winter then drop us a line at info@rinosvancouver.com with a brief bio including your age, and where you’ve previously played.

Rino’s Vancouver 2017 Awards Night

 

Rino’s Awards Night will be taking place on Saturday June 17, 2017.

Team Award Categories:
– MVP
– Most Improved Player

Additionally we will be presenting the Andrew Wade Memorial Trophy to the key player in the club that best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, and commitment in the 2016-17 season.

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome (all ages) including wives+girlfriends. We’ll get the Whitecaps game on the TVs, and have door prizes, the first of which will be drawn at 7:45pm

Award presentations will begin at 8pm.

Rino’s Player Tak Tasaka to join PDL team TSS FC Rovers

Congratulations to Tak Tasaka who was selected to feature in the PDL this summer with TSS FC Rovers! Tak was given the opportunity to play high level men’s soccer in the VMSL as part of Rino’s Tigers Premier program coached by Blaise Nkufo when he was just 16 years old. Now at age 18 he will still be one of the youngest members of the TSS squad, but comes in fully prepared for the challenge!

http://aftn.ca/get-to-know-your-tss-rovers-tak-tasaka/

Rino’s Tigers are RASA Summer League Division 1 Double Champions

After edging out the competition in the RASA Summer League 1st Division by a single point, Rino’s Tigers completed the championship double by also winning the Danny Burns Memorial Trophy as Playoff Champions. The Playoff Final was played on Thursday August 11th against rivals Binger’s Army. A first half brace by Milan Gandesha had the team firmly in the lead, and Jovan Blagojevic scored not long into the second half. Binger’s responded with a goal of their own, but further goals by Omid Ahmadi and Alexander Escobar allowed for a comfortable finish as the final score read 5-1 in Rino’s Tigers favour. Congratulations to everyone who participated this summer on a fantastic season!