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BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 23-28, 2018

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2018 Season Preview - Total MLS
Following a busy off-season, this newly retooled Vancouver side has MLS playoff success in mind and are more than capable of just that.

Whitecaps defender Tim Parker being tracked by several teams from East - NBC Sports
Tim Parker’s next destination could very well be closer to his hometown, however, other MLS sides are in hot pursuit of the U.S. Men’s National Team defender.

Source: Vancouver seeks $1 million transfer for St. Johns product Tim Parker - Metro
Roughly a half-dozen MLS teams remain in the mix for Tim Parker, a league source tells Metro. Among them are the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, who join several Eastern Conference teams in trying to secure the player.

Tim Parker requested trade from Vancouver over contract dispute - MLS
Sources have told MLSsoccer.com that Tim Parker asked the Vancouver Whitecaps for a trade this winter, a development that played a role in the club discussing a deal earlier this week with the NY Red Bulls involving the Long Island native and RBNY midfielder Felipe.

Pros and Cons: Weighing up a Tim Parker trade and his value in MLS - AFTN
The Tim Parker trade news just won’t go away, and it’s growing some extra twists and turns as it goes.

Tim Parker: Should he stay or should he go? - Eighty-Six Forever
We delve into the rumor that Tim Parker could be on his way to New York. Does this make sense for the Vancouver Whitecaps? We discuss it and get your thoughts.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC sign experienced right back Sean Franklin - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue to bolster their roster ahead of their March 4 season opener, adding experienced right back Sean Franklin as a free agent on Thursday, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Jake Nerwinski Officially Has a Backup: Williams v.2.0 - Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have found their Sheanon Williams replacement at right back, signing former DC United defender Sean Franklin through 2018. Franklin will likely serve as a backup, and competition, for Jake Nerwinski, who overtook Williams last season.

Strikers Blondell and Kamara showing their worth for 'Caps in preseason - Whitecaps FC
When Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired Anthony Blondell back in November, Carl Robinson referenced Kei Kamara – still a member of New England Revolution at the time – when answering a question about Blondell’s qualities.

LA Galaxy Vancouver Whitecaps match preview: What to watch, predicted starting 11 and live stream - LAG Confidential
This Saturday (7 PT, live stream on LAGalaxy.com) is the Galaxy’s last chance to fine tune the squad before 2018 opening day next weekend vs. the Timbers.

Whitecaps FC mourn the passing of long-time soccer writer Dan Stinson - Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the passing of Dan Stinson, a long-time soccer writer and friend of the club.

Toronto FC adds Spanish playmaker Ager Aketxe from Bilbao - Sportsnet
The rich get richer. Toronto FC – the best team in Major League Soccer with the highest payroll and deepest roster in the league – added another major piece on Friday with the signing of Ager Aketxe via a free transfer from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao.

Sounders let lead slip away in opening-leg loss vs. Santa Tecla - SBI
The Seattle Sounders were sitting pretty through more than 60 minutes. Then, disaster struck.

CD Olimpia 1, New York Red Bulls 1 | CCL Round of 16 Recap - MLS
A 1-1 draw may not have been exactly what the New York Red Bulls were hoping for from their Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League clash with CD Olimpia, but it sets them up nicely to take control in the return leg.

MLS 2018: Friedel is preaching fitness as a key to Revs' revival - Soccer America
Just about every head coach or manager who takes over a struggling team plays the fitness card sooner or later, and new Revs’ boss Brad Friedel has already tossed it onto the table.

Potential relocation has Columbus Crew rebuilding -- but not retreating - ESPN FC
It is tempting to prematurely mourn the demise of Columbus Crew SC. Although nothing is yet set in stone, owner Anthony Precourt has been open -- some might say obstinate -- about his desire to move the club to Austin, Texas, starting with the 2019 season.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

VISL Upcoming Matches – Feb. 23-25 - BC Soccer Web
Well ,could be a quiet weekend pending the accuracy of most weather reports. Hoping they are all wrong and we are able to get the majority of games in.

VMSL Round-up: Premier sides avoid upsets in Imperial Cup 2nd Round - AFTN
It was Imperial Cup time last weekend in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL). Eight second round matches were set to be played. Seven were, as the weather bit at the last minute to stop the round being completed. At least it’s not as bad as last year’s fixture chaos.

Niners advance, look to clinch league - Lake Cowichan Gazette
The Cowichan Craig Street 49ers won their opening game of the Tony Grover Cup tournament last weekend, and will turn their focus toward capturing the Vancouver Island Soccer League Masters A title this coming weekend.

Saanich girls soccer team banned from playoffs over 'politics,' coach says - CTV Vancouver Island
A Saanich girls soccer team has found themselves in the middle of an ugly political spat with the league that has led to them being banned from the playoffs. The under-15 Saanich Fusion squad learned they were banned last Thursday over allegations that a couple of players on the team were in breach of a league policy. The rule limits the number of players who can be from out of the league's catchment area.

Park board approves Vancouver’s World Cup bid - North Shore News
The park board is on board with Vancouver’s bid to be a host city if the World Cup comes to North America in 2026.

Register for the 55+ Games this September in Cranbrook, BC - 55+ Games
Upcoming 55+ Games being held in Cranbrook BC September 11-15th preparations underway and looking for participants in the following Soccer Divisions: 55, 60, 65, and 70 Men's Divisions AND Women,s 55+ Division.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program - Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review - BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

Becoming a BC Soccer Referee - BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC - UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field - BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver's newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who's ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication - BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! - BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Sinclair to lead Canada in Portugal - Burnaby Now
Christine Sinclair, Julia Grosso and Jordyn Huitema lead the local charge as the Canadian women’s soccer team enters the Algarve Cup, an annual international tournament in Portugal.

Lakehead Express Golden Boy Tournament champions - Lakehead Express
The Lakehead Express Soccer Club on Family Day weekend sent six teams to the 10th annual Golden Boy Indoor Soccer Tournament in Winnipeg and they returned with two new champions.

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USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

USL rules against FC Cincinnati for terminating Tommy Heinemann's contract - Cincinnati.com
The prolonged Tommy Heinemann saga appears to have reached a conclusion.

Indy Eleven 2018: When Time Is Short Experience Is Critical - Bloody Shambles
A lot of things have happened and many things have changed since the end of Indy Eleven's 2017 season. Most of the news surrounding the team will not be new to you so rather than give a long-winded explanation of all recent events I will summarize as briefly as possible before looking at what we should expect during the course of 2018.

USL D3: League Updates, Speculation and More - USL D3
Two months into 2018, and two teams have already been announced as founding members of USL Division III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Nine Pride Players Called-up for International Duty - Orlando City SC
Amidst the opening of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) preseason, nine Orlando Pride players will be representing their respective national teams over the coming weeks.

Morgan Brian dishes on Lyon, the Champions League, USWNT and more - The Equalizer
When the opportunity arose for U.S. Women’s national team midfielder Morgan Brian to follow in the footsteps of current U.S. teammates Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe in joining French giants Lyon, it wasn’t just a chance to experience a new country, but also a chance to put a turbulent year behind her.

Julie Ertz returns to soccer as U.S. women's national team prepares for SheBelieves Cup - Philly.com
After enjoying the whirlwind of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, Julie Ertz is back to doing what she does best: play soccer.

Kelly Lindsey: Afghanistan women's coach says it is 'life or death' for players - BBC Sport
Spat at, stoned in the street, and having to avoid bombings on the way to training. All because you want to play football.

Pioneers of the Game – Crabbe and Gordon’s Legacy Continues - USSF
Even if you’ve followed the U.S. Women’s National Team for years, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of Kim Crabbe and Sandi Gordon. They were a part of the first group of players who more than 30 years ago set the foundation for what the team is today, but they also blazed another trail.


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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

Bob Lenarduzzi: Galvanized Gunners aim to add to City's cup woes - National Post
The final of the League Cup, or Carabao Cup as it’s now dubbed, is Sunday at Wembley as Manchester City faces Arsenal.

Jesus could return but Guardiola has doubts over Sterling - Four Four Two
Pep Guardiola had mixed news on the injury front ahead of Manchester City's EFL Cup final with Arsenal at Wembley.

Sainté ready to sink teeth into wounded Lyon - Ligue 1
A resurgent AS Saint-Etienne will provide faltering Olympique Lyonnais with an imposing obstacle in Sunday's Rhône derby as OL seek to get their podium challenge back on track.

Jose Mourinho challenges Paul Pogba to earn his trust at Man Utd - The Telegraph
Jose Mourinho has challenged Paul Pogba to earn his trust at Manchester United and has praised the midfielder for his response to being told he was going to be dropped for the Champions League tie against Sevilla.

Napoli knocked out by Leipzig in Europa League - Sportsnet
Serie A leader Napoli wasn’t good enough to advance in the Europa League on Thursday after it was knocked out in Germany by Leipzig.

Arsenal, AC Milan drawn together in Europa League - Sportsnet
Arsenal and AC Milan have been paired together in the round of 16 of the Europa League, pitting two European giants against one another.

Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain - Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
A Spanish riot police officer died of cardiac arrest after clashes involving Russian soccer fans before a Europa League match on Thursday between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, raising concerns less than four months before the World Cup in Russia.

Football violence: National police lead for football warns disorder will continue to rise at grounds - BBC Sport
Violence and disorder at English football grounds may increase further unless clubs cover policing costs, the sport's police chief has warned. Mark Roberts, a deputy chief constable with South Yorkshire Police, says the game will not be a "highly marketable product" if incidents continue.

UEFA launches research project into heading in youth football - UEFA
Two research studies from Saarland University and Hampden Sports Clinic have been commissioned by UEFA.

Neymar: Fifa ends role in Brazilian's legal case against Barcelona - BBC Sport
Fifa will not take action in Neymar's dispute with Barcelona over an unpaid 26m euros (£23m) loyalty bonus.

English FA charges Guardiola for political Catalonia ribbon - Metro
The English Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians.

Tanzania: FIFA Package to Usher in New Tanzania Football Era - All Africa
Fifa will construct modern stadiums in nine regions in the country, the world soccer governing body's president Gianni Infantino pledged yesterday.

Fritz Schmid named New Zealand soccer coach - Brampton Guardian
Switzerland-born Fritz Schmid has been appointed head coach of the New Zealand men's soccer team on a four-year contract.

EFL clubs vote to close summer transfer window before season start - Inside World Football
English Football League clubs have voted in favour of falling into line with the Premier League and shutting the summer transfer window closer to the start of the season so that everyone knows their squads before the big kickoff, a move that has long been debated across the professional game.

Fifa flexes muscles in Australian football's governance saga - The Guardian
The world governing body has established its authority but we wait to see if Fifa 2.0 really exists.

Man Utd explode on to YouTube overtaking four PL rivals in first hour on platform - Inside World Football
Manchester United may dominate rival clubs (excluding Barcelona and Real Madrid) on the social media platforms they are on, but they are generally not innovators in the digital arena. They didn’t even have an official YouTube channel – until yesterday.

Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue - Reuters
Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests.

Meet John Farnworth, the man attempting to juggle a football up Everest - The Telegraph
John Farnworth, the multiple freestyle football word-record holder, has followed in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary by using Mount Snowdon – the highest point in England and Wales - as a training location for his own assault this week on Mount Everest.

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