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TSS FC Rovers

Coordinates: 49°13′51″N 123°01′16″W / 49.23083°N 123.02111°W / 49.23083; -123.02111
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TSS FC Rovers
Short nameTSS Rovers
2017 (semi-pro team)
StadiumSwangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia[n 1]
Coordinates49°13′51″N 123°01′16″W / 49.23083°N 123.02111°W / 49.23083; -123.02111
CoachBrendan Teeling (men)
Kevin Booker (women)
LeagueLeague1 British Columbia
2023L1BC, 2nd; Playoffs, SF (men)
L1BC, 4th; Playoffs, SF (women)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

TSS FC Rovers, commonly referred to as TSS Rovers, are a Canadian soccer team based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada that play in League1 British Columbia.[n 1] Established for the 2017 PDL season by general manager Will Cromack and head coach Colin Elmes, the Rovers are the under-23 team of the TSS Academy, one of the largest soccer schools in British Columbia's Lower Mainland.[1]



Club logo from 2017 to 2020

TSS (Total Soccer Systems) Academy was founded in 1997, based in Richmond, British Columbia.[2]

PDL and WPSL era[edit]

In late 2016, TSS purchased the rights to the Premier Development League franchise of the Washington Crossfire, and in the spring of 2017 fielded their first squad.[3][4] The club has a supporters group called the "Swanguardians," alluding to the Rovers' new home, Swangard Stadium, which was previously the home stadium of the Vancouver Whitecaps before the Caps joined the MLS.[4] The team has a stated policy of fostering Canadian talent, or players eligible for the Canadian men's national teams, stating every player must be "either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee or immigrant with an intent to one day wear the Maple Leaf."[5][6]

In 2018 the women's team was founded to play in the WPSL. Notable signings included Canada WNT players Jordyn Huitema and Julia Grosso.[7] In 2018, the men's team signed its first non-Canadian, Dutchman Nick Soolsma, a former Toronto FC midfielder, as player-coach.[8]

The club competed with the Victoria Highlanders for the Juan de Fuca Plate, awarded annually to the best PDL/USL League Two club in British Columbia.[9] The Rovers won it in 2018 and 2019.[10]

In 2020, the club updated their logo to include a sword fern, a plant indigenous to coastal BC.[11]

League1 BC era[edit]

On November 1, 2021, it was announced that the club would be playing in the inaugural season of League1 British Columbia.[12] In addition, TSS decided to emulate those German clubs that were partly owned by their fans, giving the fans voting rights and a say in the direction of the team.[13][14] Fans will own 49% of the team through this initiative.[15] After finishing second in the league standings in their first season, the men's team went on to defeat Varsity FC on penalty kicks in the Championship Final,[16] thereby qualifying for the national 2023 Canadian Championship.[17]

TSS Rovers made their first appearance in the Canadian Championship on April 19, 2023, at Swangard Stadium, where they defeated Valour FC 3–1, becoming the first semi-pro team to knockout a professional team in Canadian Championship history.[18][19] They were then defeated by another CPL club, Pacific FC, in the quarter-finals.[20] TSS Rovers would finish the 2023 League1 BC season in second place before falling to the eventual playoff winners, Whitecaps FC Academy, in the semi-finals.

On April 19, 2024, it was announced that TSS Rovers would participate in the 2024 Canadian Championship to replace Victoria Highlanders FC, who had withdrawn from the competition.[21] They were drawn against Pacific FC for the preliminary round, where they drew 1-1 in normal time, with Pacific scoring a game-tying goal in the eighth minute of extra time, before being defeated 5-4 in penalty kicks.[22]

Club Culture[edit]


The team is supported by The Swanguardians, a small group of supporters who stand at the south end of the pitch and support the team with banners, smoke displays, and original chants made primarily from Canadian songs.[23][24] The group was formed in 2017 shortly after the founding of the team, and continues to support its former players in their college, professional, and national team careers on social media through their #AlwaysARover hashtag.


TSS Rovers participates in the Ironworkers Derby which is contested against Altitude FC.[25] The derby is so named due to the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge which connects the North Shore, where Altitude FC's home field is located, to the rest of Greater Vancouver.

Current roster[edit]


As of 26 April 2023[26]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Justyn Sandhu  Canada
2 DF Elijah Dos Santos  Canada
3 DF Gabriel Escobar  El Salvador
4 DF Benjamin Hultin  Canada
5 DF Nicholas Burret  Canada
6 MF Ali Zohar  Canada
7 MF Connor MacMillan  Canada
8 MF Ivan Mejia  Canada
9 FW Massud Habibullah  Canada
10 MF Matteo Polisi  Canada
11 FW Erik Edwardson  Canada
12 DF Grant Verhoeven  Canada
13 MF Kyle Jones  Canada
14 MF Tyler Dhillon  Canada
15 FW John Joseph  Canada
16 DF Naseeb Bains  Canada
17 MF Danylo Smychenko  Ukraine
18 DF Christopher Schmit  Canada
19 DF Brennan Slawter  Canada
20 MF Taylor Richardson  Canada
21 DF Shaya Zarjampour  Canada
24 DF Nikolas Papakyriakopoulos  Canada
29 DF Fugo Segawa  Japan
30 GK Ahmed Hassona  Canada


As of 1 July 2022[27]
No. Pos. Player Nation
GK Mae Hobensheild  Canada
GK Julia McDonald  Canada
GK Kirstin Tynan  Canada
DF Cassie Chan  Canada
DF Jessica Fennell  Canada
DF Chantaya Ipsen  Canada
DF Reese Moffat  Canada
DF Molly Quarry  Canada
DF Brooklyn Tidder  Canada
DF Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal  Canada
DF Claire Ye  Canada
MF Kathleen Aitchison  Canada
MF Harmeet Dadrao  Canada
MF Stella Downing  Canada
MF Madi Elcombe  Canada
MF Ella Gagno  Canada
MF Megan Lauener  Canada
MF Jessica Merk  Canada
MF Maya Rogers  Canada
MF Shayla Chorney  Canada
MF Aislin Streicek  Canada
FW Raya Athwal  Canada
FW Katie Bishop  Canada
FW Isabella Muzzolini  Canada



Year Div League Record Regular season Playoffs Juan de Fuca Plate[a] Canadian Championship Top scorer Ref
2017 4 USL League Two[b] 3–3–8 6th, Northwest Did not qualify Runner-up Not eligible Daniel Davidson (5) [28]
2018 5–2–7 4th, Northwest Did not qualify Winner Zach Verhoven (5)
2019 3–2–9 6th, Northwest Did not qualify Winner Matteo Polisi (6) [29]
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Did not enter due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions
2022 3 League1 British Columbia 6–4–2 2nd Champions 2nd Not eligible Erik Edwardson (10) [30]
2023 9–2–3 2nd Semi-finals 2nd Quarter-finals Massud Habibullah (8) [30]
2024 TBD TBD TBD TBD Preliminary round TBD [30]
  1. ^ The Juan de Fuca Plate became a combined men's and women's competition beginning in 2022
  2. ^ The USL League Two was known as "Premier Development League" until 2018


Year League Record Regular season Playoffs Juan de Fuca Plate Interprovincial Championship Top scorer Ref
2018 Women's Premier Soccer League 3–2–2 4th, Northwest N/A Jenna Baxter (5) [31]
2019 4–0–4 5th, Northwest [31]
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Did not enter due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions
2022 League 1 British Columbia 6–3–3 4th Did not qualify 2nd[a] Did not qualify Claire Ye (5) [32]
2023 6–3–5 4th Semi-finals 2nd[a] Delana Friesen (7) [32]
  1. ^ a b The Juan de Fuca Plate was a combined men's and women's competition beginning in 2022

Notable former players[edit]

The following players have played at the professional or senior international level either before or after playing for the PDL/WPSL/L1BC team.






Champions (1): 2022


Winners (2): 2018, 2019
Runners-up (1): 2017


Runners-up (1): 2022, 2023


  1. ^ a b TSS as an organization are based in Richmond, but their League1 British Columbia teams play their home matches in Burnaby.


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  2. ^ "Richmond-based TSS part of BC Premier League expansion". Richmond News. February 6, 2020.
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  15. ^ Vickers, Aaron (January 19, 2022). "You can own part of this Metro Vancouver soccer team for less than $300". Daily Hive.
  16. ^ "League1 BC season concludes with two dramatic finals". BC Soccer. August 2, 2022.
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  19. ^ Rhodes, Benedict (May 8, 2023). ""The party is still going": Inside TSS Rovers' rise from youth academy to CanChamp quarter-finalists". Canadian Premier League.
  20. ^ Vallejo, Felipe (May 12, 2023). "Like Lightning In A Bottle: The Story of the Rovers". Away from the Numbers.
  21. ^ "Update to Participation of League1 British Columbia in the 2024 TELUS Canadian Championship". Canadian Soccer Association. April 19, 2024.
  22. ^ Dheensaw, Cleve (May 1, 2024). "Pacific FC gets past TSS Rovers on penalties in dramatic cup win". Times Colonist.
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  24. ^ Adams, J.J. (June 9, 2019). "TSS Rovers supporters putting their dollars where their hearts are". The Province.
  25. ^ "Ironworkers Derby 2023 - Altitude FC vs TSS Rovers". June 17, 2023.
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  27. ^ "Rovers Women 2022 Roster". TSS Football Club.
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  30. ^ a b c "League1 British Columbia Standings". Canadian Soccer History Archive.
  31. ^ a b "WPSL Standings". Women's Premier Soccer League.
  32. ^ a b c "League1 British Columbia Women Standings". Canadian Soccer History Archive.

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