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.”



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


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:
– 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!


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!

[slideshow_deploy id=’2180′]

Rino’s Fury Finish As Runners Up in BC Soccer Keith Millar Provincial B Cup

Rino’s Fury had a great run in the 2016 BC Soccer Keith Millar Provincial B Cup. The team cruised through the opening rounds with victories over Norvan Viking Storm and Snipers FC, but were met in the semifinals by a resilient Mundiavocat FC of the BMSL who held them to extra time. In extra time though, the Fury boys proved to be too much for the older Mundiavocat side, as a goal by Kyle Reed opened up the floodgates, and two more goals in short succession powered the team to victory.

The team then traveled to Vancouver Island to face runners of up of VMSL Div 2A, Campo Atletico, in the Provincial Final. It’s unknown whether the travel or unusually early start time wreaked havoc with the Fury lads, but they were simply caught napping as they conceded an early first minute goal when caught out by a long ball to a speedy opposition striker. A second goal conceded on a cross-cum-shot that miraculously found the far top corner put the boys behind 2-0 with only a third of the match completed. A nervy remainder of the first half played out, but no further damage was done. At half time the boys regrouped, and came out with a renewed energy, controlling position and working hard to find inroads to the opposition goal. The Campo keeper pulled off a stunning save on a free kick destined for the bottom corner, and later when Cameron Gibson’s powerful header crashed off the crossbar and the follow up shot was blocked it was clear it wasn’t going to be Rino’s day. As luck would have it, a sharp counter attack by the opposition increased the deficit to 3-0, and it was only late in the game where ageless wonder Ben Cougny managed to setup Alessandro Pace for a consolation goal which he headed into the Campo net with aplomb.

Despite the defeat, the boys were still upbeat after a fantastic promotion season and lengthy Provincial Cup run. After collecting their silver medals, most of the lads spent the night out enjoying pints in downtown Victoria before heading home to Vancouver to recharge over the summer and mount their assault on VMSL Division 1 in the fall.

Fury Provincials

For match reports and highlights of the entire Provincial Cup visit AFTN Canada. Below you can find our posts focusing on the Rino’s Fury matches:
Apr 23: Rino’s Fury 2-0 Norvan Viking Storm
May 1: Rino’s Fury 3-1 Snipers FC
May 8: Mundiavocat FC 0-3 Rino’s Fury
May 14: Campo Atletico 3-1 Rino’s Fury

Rino’s Fury crowned VMSL Division 2 Champions!

Kicking off the season with a 14 game undefeated streak, including 9 wins on the trot in October and November put Rino’s Fury in pole position to win VMSL Division 2 and gain promotion to Division 1. A late year loss in the final round before the winter break to nearest rivals Vancouver Strikers meant the pressure was on for the boys to maintain their lead in the New Year. The boys rattled off another 5 wins in 6 matches including an epic 5-3 come from behind victory over America FC, and travelling to Squamish to grind out a 1-0 win before heading to Whistler to celebrate. So on March 6, when Vancouver United FC rolled up to the Fury’s home ground, Point Grey Secondary, the Rino’s lads were feeling full of confidence, and treated their spectators to a 5-star performance as they secured the championship with a brilliant 5-1 victory. A pair of goalazos by Brooks Van Stavel and Cameron Gibson really put the gloss on the day as the champagne bottles were popped, and the celebrations began with other teams in the division unable to catch the Fury’s 54 point total despite some having as many as 3 games remaining to play.

Rino's Fury Celebration

The management duo of Andy Norton and Derrick Freedman thanked the lads for their commitment over the course of the season, and look set to guide the team to a strong run in the BC Soccer Provincial Cup starting in mid-April.

Last Call for 2015-16 Vancouver Metro Soccer League Winter Season Tryouts

Looking to play competitive soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League this winter?  Look no further than Rino’s Vancouver SC!

There are limited open positions available on our teams which will participate in the following divisions of the VMSL:VMSL

  • Premier
  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • CAT
  • Masters (Over-35)


Final tryouts will occur on August 25 & 27.  Player selections will follow shortly after and the season starts September 12, 2015.

For more information on tryout locations please contact us at: info@rinosvancouver.com and provide the following details:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Position
  4. Highest level played
  5. Contact information (phone number, email address)