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Selected games to watch from British Columbia's top senior men's and women's amateur leagues.
Please check league schedules for late changes.

tuesday january 27

LIWSA: Highlanders Reserves vs Castaways
8:00pm PISE Turf, Saanich

friday january 30

VISL: Cowichan FC vs Bays United
8:00pm Westhills Turf, Langford

Saturday January 31

VMSL: Columbus FC vs Inter FC
4:00pm Trillium Park Vancouver
The ‘Italian’ Derby promises to be a very interesting match between two resurging teams.

FVSL: North Delta SC Lions vs Abbotsford United
6:00pm Delsom Turf

Sunday february 1

MWSL: Victoria Highlanders vs TSS Black
12:00pm Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence

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March 7, 2015

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC
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March 7, 2015

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC
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This Day in Football History

28 January 1959
The Irish F.A. banned John Crossan for life following alleged irregularities in his signing for Bristol City. The ban was soon relaxed so that it applied to the four "Home Associations" only and Crossan joined Rotterdam Sparta. Ironically he played for Ireland against England in 1960. He subsequently transferred to Standard Liege until his ban was lifted altogether in September 1962 and he joined Sunderland a few weeks later. He was their leading scorer in the 1963-64 season when the club won promotion to Division One.
(Association of Football Statisticians)

Richmond Hibernian FC 1-5 Surrey United Firefighters
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - September 13, 2014 - Minoru Park, Richmond, BC
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wednesday, january 28, 2015

See which players stood out in Whitecaps FC's annual preseason fitness tests
The results are in. Vancouver Whitecaps FC underwent their annual preseason testing earlier this week and according to head coach Carl Robinson, the players reported to camp in tip-top shape. Whitecaps FC

As mentor, Pa-Modou Kah could help Manneh learn the language of success
English instructions come at Kekuta Manneh in accents as varied as his bag of tricks. The Whitecaps coaching staff is Welsh, English, Scottish and Norwegian. But the most important words for the 20-year-old winger this season might well come in Wolof, the language of his people in his native Gambia. The Province

Vancouver Whitecaps' deep stable of center backs set to battle for starting spots
Strong squad depth is often a key component for clubs that harbor hopes of lifting the MLS Cup. After an offseason of roster readjustment at center back, Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson now finds himself with just that depth in his pool of five central defenders. MLS

Opportunity Knocks: Ben McKendry talks to AFTN as his MLS journey beginsOpportunity Knocks: Ben McKendry talks to AFTN as his MLS journey begins
Carl Robinson rates new Whitecaps homegrown signing Ben McKendry highly. So much so that the 'Caps coach wanted the 21-year-old to know that whenever he felt he was ready to finish his college career, there was a professional contract waiting for him in Vancouver. AFTN

The Vancouver Whitecaps had Better Not Be Done with their Backline Yet
With the start of the regular season looming, the Vancouver Whitecaps backline is anything but proven. 86Forever

Toronto FC sends Ghana winger/forward Dominic Oduro to Montreal Impact
A logjam in midfield and the need for some payroll flexibility prompted Toronto FC to ship Ghana winger/forward Dominic Oduro to the Montreal Impact on Tuesday. In return, Toronto got allocation money to help pay down some wages inside its salary cap. CBC

With club yet to make a decision, Steven Caldwell re-affirms his desire to remain captain of Toronto FC
The question over the club’s captaincy arose after the club signed Michael Bradley last season; the U.S. national team veteran imposed himself both on and off the field as the face of the club and he is, for all intents and purposes, the heart of Toronto FC’s future. MLS

Toronto FC striker Gilberto will soon be gone
When Toronto FC signed Gilberto to a designated player contract in December of 2013, the overwhelming response from fans and media was, “Who?” Unless you were a hard-core follower of Brazilian football you had no idea who this guy was, or why TFC wanted him. Sportsnet

New York, Montreal complete huge trade; Kljestan free to join Red Bulls
On Tuesday the long-rumored trade between the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact took place as a bevy of players and cash were exchanged for the all important top spot in the allocation order. Pro Soccer Talk

Report: Manchester City headed to US this summer, will not play New York City FC
Manchester City will visit the Big Apple after the conclusion of the current English Premier League in May, but the rumored meeting with sister club New York City FC is not in the cards, according to an English media report. MLS

In pursuit of free agency, players could challenge MLS as single entity
The collective bargaining agreement for Major League Soccer will expire this Saturday, and if MLS and the MLS Players Union fail to reach an agreement on a new CBA by then, there is a real possibility that a players’ strike could derail the 2015 MLS season. Sports Illustrated

WATCH: Indy Eleven's Stadium For Indiana Flyover Video
Indy Eleven launched their website stadiumforindiana.com to showcase their proposal for a downtown Indianapolis stadium. After selling out all 14 home games a season ago, the proposal is for an 18,500 seating capacity multi-purpose stadium. NASL

Building Sounders 2: Sporting Director Chris Henderson explains how
Henderson names some names, while reinforcing the idea that this is a developmental club that is part of Lagerwey's three-to-five-year plan. Sounders FC

BC Soccer Governance Committee Requests Bylaw and / or Rule Change Submissions 2015
BC Soccer bylaw and/or rule suggested amendments must be presented to the membership a minimum of 30 days prior to the BC Soccer AGM.  Therefore BC Soccer’s Governance Committee must requests to receive any amendment proposal submissions from the membership 45 days prior to the AGM, which is set of June 13, 2015. BC Soccer 

How to assess your performance in training sessions
Most coaches will assess their performance in a session in one form or another. But to really improve as a coach there comes a time when we need to dig a little deeper than a 10 minute recap on the drive home or on the way to another session. The View from the West Coast

Sports world too whiny
There used to be a time when society never questioned the overlap between machismo and our culture’s obsession with sports. But of late it seems like the vox populi have devolved sports into a whiny nitpick fest of petty complaints and political correctness. Toronto Sun

the woman's game

W-League loses more teams
And then there were two. Women's soccer in Canada has suffered a blow with the W-League confirming Tuesday that the Toronto Lady Lynx and London Gryphons would not field teams for the 2015 season. But it gets worse. The pro-am W-League, the top level of women's soccer in the country, has gone from six Canadian clubs to two in one off-season. Ottawa Sun

youth soccer

Youth Soccer in Vancouver City – Can it not be better?
I’d like to share some thoughts with you, bearing in mind that I have a bias that you may or may not agree with. Still I pose some questions, which we should all ask. Here goes..... Submitted by Graham Heal

BC Soccer Premier League new Head Referee and a 2015 Referees information meeting
Igor Cvetkovski has been appointed Head Referee for the 2015 BCSPL season.  As a current instructor and assessor within the BC Soccer referee program, combined with his experience as a National and International level referee, Cvetkovski was the clear choice as the individual to lead the BCSPL’s referee requirements. BCSPL

Mountain United FC girls win US soccer showcases
Mountain United FC celebrated two recent U.S. tournament successes as their girls’ under-17 and u-18 teams both came back with impressive first-place finishes in two separate premier soccer level U.S. Winter Classic College Showcase events - one in Seattle and the other in Portland. Burnaby Now

the local game

Cowichan LMG locks up league
Cowichan LMG's 4-0 win over Gorge in Ladysmith last Saturday may have clinched the first Vancouver Island Soccer League title in Cowichan history, but head coach Glen Martin knew the work was done long before that. "We won the league at the start of the year," he was quick to point out. "We didn't win it tonight." Cowichan Valley Citizen

world football

Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Blatter
Luis Figo wants to be FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed for official challenge against Sepp Blatter. The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday. Sportsnet

Netherlands FA chief Van Praag says he wants 1 term as FIFA president to push through reforms
Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag says he wants to clean up FIFA's sullied image and expand the World Cup if he succeeds Sepp Blatter as president. FIFA under Blatter's stewardship, "is doing badly and has lost all credibility," the 67-year-old administrator said at Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. WFP

FIFA presidency no laughing matter as would-be candidate becomes frontman for gambling
Don't laugh. There's nothing funny about the gambling industry's latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We're talking here about David Ginola. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency. WFP

International transfers break $4bn mark - FIFA TMS Annual Report
The report shows that, in 2014, transfer activity rose by 2.9 per cent to 13,090 transfers (up from 12,718) while the total amount of declared transfer fees rose by 2.1 per cent to USD 4.06 billion (up from USD 3.98 billion). FIFA

Goal-heavy Aussies confident for continental decider
Ange Postecoglou said he's not worried about Korea Republic's miserly defence in the AFC Asian Cup final after the Socceroos underlined their incredible ability to score through almost any player. FIFA

Ki: Mental strength will decide the final
Ki Sungyueng believes Korea Republic will thrive in the role of underdogs when they face hosts Australia in the AFC Asian Cup final this weekend. The Swansea City midfielder told reporters on Wednesday that the Taeguk Warriors had the steel to go all the way. FIFA

Ivanovic sends Chelsea into League Cup final, clinching 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool
Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, settling an enthralling semifinal in extra time. Canada.com

WATCH: Ronaldo handed ban for viciously striking opponent
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-match ban following his dismissal for kicking out at an opponent during their La Liga clash with Cordoba last Saturday, the Spanish league said on Wednesday. Canoe

Already in debt to Capello, Russian Football Union faces more financial worries
With national team coach Fabio Capello already unpaid for seven months, the Russian Football Union faces new questions over its finances. The new financial worries include $225,000 reportedly owed to FIFA's former chief referee Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda and a $340,000 lawsuit brought against the RFU by a travel agency which has worked with the national team. WFP

tuesday, january 27, 2015

Vancouver Whitecaps FC add Residency graduate midfielder Ben McKendry
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the addition of Vancouver, BC, native and Residency graduate midfielder Ben McKendry as the club’s eighth Homegrown Player on roster, most in MLS, and the club’s 12th all-time Homegrown Player signing, second most in MLS. Whitecaps FC

How Carl Robinson and his staff settled on signing Homegrown midfielder Ben McKendry
It was the morning of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC brain trust were huddled in a nearby hotel going over their final draft list. Two names kept coming up. One was in the draft, one wasn’t. Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps begin pre-season training with some new faces, high hopes
Pa-Modou Kah speaks an impressive eight languages. By the end of his first season with the Vancouver Whitecaps he could know a ninth. The veteran central defender signed with the Major League Soccer club last week and was on the field for his first training session Monday as the players went through fitness testing. TSN

Whitecaps training camp notes: Harvey on free agency; Mezquida and Piraux take beep test honours; McKendry signs MLS deal
Jordan Harvey had some strong words about free agency on Monday as the Caps held their first open day of training camp at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. Harvey, one of two Caps’ player reps along with Steven Beitashour, spoke to media after a session that included his third-place finish in the veterans’ heat of the beep test. Back of the Net

Whitecaps begin training; Harvey talks CBA
The first day of training for Vancouver Whitecaps players took place on a beautiful sunny Monday morning at the University of British Columbia. Carl Robinson and his coaching staff were on hand to put players through the dreaded beep test (Nicolas Mezquida won) and all sorts of fitness testing drills. RedNation

Toronto FC adds to defence but questions remain about who will captain MLS team
Toronto FC addressed the issue of defensive depth with two acquisitions Monday but other questions remained on Day 1 of training camp. Who will captain the MLS team? Will star signing Sebastian Giovinco come sooner than later? Where does Brazilian striker Gilberto's future lie? And what's going on with English forward Luke Moore? Canada.com

Toronto FC show off new toys
One of Toronto FC’s shiny new toys towered over training on Monday morning. A GoPro camera sat atop a two-storey-high medal [sic] rod, looking out over the club’s first training session of the season. “What is that?” I asked a group of assembled media and TFC staffers. Canoe

MLSE looks to search firm to help find successor to Leiweke, now a company 'consultant'
Underscoring how difficult the search for a replacement for chief executive Tim Leiweke has become, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment board members are planning to hire an executive search firm to help find Leiweke's successor. The move comes five months after Leiweke first told the sports holding company that he plans to quit and leave Toronto next summer. TSN

Montreal Impact send Felipe to New York Red Bulls
The Montreal Impact traded midfielder Felipe to the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday in exchange for left back Ambroise Oyongo and midfielder Eric Alexander. Felipe was pulled aside by coach Frank Klopas ahead of practice and told he was headed to New York. Metro

Updated MLS allocation ranking following big Montreal Impact – New York Red Bulls trade
The big prize in Tuesday's trade between the Montreal Impact & New York Red Bulls was, from the RBNY perspective, the No. 1 spot in the allocation order. By acquiring that along with Felipe in exchange for Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo and undisclosed allocation money, Jesse Marsch & Co. have put themselves in poll position to sign US international and UEFA Champions League veteran Sacha Kljestan of Anderlecht. MLS

Training with Kaka "unreal experience" for Orlando City squad looking to learn from Ballon D'Or winner
The Lions were all business during their first-ever MLS training session on Friday, but a few players still admitted to being a bit awestruck at playing next to the Brazilian. After all, many on the young Orlando side were barely teenagers when the Brazilian won the Ballon d’Or in 2007. “It’s an unreal experience,” midfielder Harrison Heath.

Report: Manchester City set for U.S. friendly vs. New York City FC in May
According to the UK’s Telegraph, NYCFC are set to host their parent club, Manchester City, this May.  The report offered no details on specific venues or dates. Under scrutiny, May seems a dubious date. Empire of Soccer

MLS Atlanta up to 17,500 seats reserved
If reserved seats successfully translate into season ticket holders, then Atlanta’s 2017 MLS expansion team is already looking as though it will enjoy a solid fan base, as the latest figures show that 17,500 seats have already been reserved for the club's inaugural season. AJC

Former Toronto FC defender O'Dea bullish on future of MLS
The 27-year-old Irish international says Major League Soccer has "massive" potential to become a league of choice in the near future. Despite spending less than a year in Major League Soccer, Irish international Darren O'Dea was left with a lasting impression of the North American top flight circuit. Goal

New York City FC isn’t the only MLS expansion club with a PR problem
New York City FC has already earned the ire of fans ahead of its inaugural season over Frank Lampard But it seems PR growing pains may be a rite of passage in MLS. Fellow expansion side Orlando City SC has created an outcry of its own on social media by announcing a partnership with Chick-fil-A. Yahoo!

MLS Popularity Increase Could Have Unpopular Side Effects for Fans
While many Major League Soccer fans are loving the increased popularity, there are some negative consequences that would arise with the league becoming mainstream. The Mane Land

MLS' Single-Entity Structure Is the League's Biggest Obstacle
MLS is on the rise. Average attendance was at an all-time high in 2014, and a new eight-year TV deal with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes will begin this season. This is all great news, but the league's single-entity structure is still restricting growth. Bleacher Report

MLS players seek choice from 'league of choice'
On a scale of 1-10 in terms of free agency, the free-agency rights MLS players enjoy are about a .1. A player out of contract meeting certain thresholds has the right to enter the Re-Entry Draft, where another team -- not necessarily of his choice -- can pick him up. The players want to change that. Soccer America

Ottawa Fury FC signs five-year MLS veteran
Ottawa Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos said Monday he was excited to announce the signing of a forward who will “bring a different dimension” to the soccer club’s front line. Andrew Wiedeman, 25, comes to the North American Soccer League after playing a combined 44 games for FC Dallas and Toronto FC over five MLS seasons. Ottawa Citizen

RRSL owner strikes deal for new soccer stadium for USL PRO side Real Monarchs SLC
Real Salt Lake's USL side could be getting its own stadium soon. RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen and Utah State Fairpark Chairman of the Board Roger Beattie announced on Monday that they have signed a term sheet for the construction of an $18 million, 8,000-seat stadium at Utah State Fairpark to be the home of Real Monarchs SLC, who debut in USL PRO in 2015. MLS

Les Wilson Part Four: Canada in the World Cup
The nickname ‘Reverend’ bestowed upon Les Wilson at Wolves was not on account of any religious fervor. Rather it was because he believed – and very much still does believe – in things being done right. Prost Amerika

2015 Canada Soccer Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests Applications Open
Applications are now being accepted for Canada’s largest national grassroots soccer program, Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests. Set to embark on its 18th season, the longstanding grant based program has contributed valuable financial, promotional and technical resources year after year to the hosting of thousands of community soccer celebrations. Canada Soccer

university soccer

Five Whitecaps FC prospects playing in the NCAA
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced that midfielder Ben McKendry has been signed as the club’s eighth current Homegrown Player – the most of any MLS team. The Vancouver native spent the past three seasons playing NCAA soccer at the University of New Mexico. Below we look at five additional Whitecaps FC Homegrown prospects currently playing college soccer in the NCAA. Whitecaps FC

KPU Eagles women and men's soccer host 2015 Player Identification Camps
The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation, along with women's soccer head coach Julie King and men's soccer head coach Srdjan Djekanovic, are pleased to announce the dates and registration details for the program's 2015 Player Identification Camps. KPU

the local game

Nanaimo United net win in Victoria
Nanaimo United has all but secured a place in the top four of Division 1 in the Vancouver Island Soccer League after victory in Victoria on the weekend. Nanaimo Daily News

canadians abroad

Adam Straith finally finds a new club, signs with Norway's Fredrikstad FK
Adam Straith finally found a new home. The 24-year-old, who had been a member of “Unattached FC” for months, signed with Norwegian club Fredrikstad this week. The former member of the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency remained a regular contributor to Benito Floro’s national team despite being without a club; his performances for Canada likely played a part in the defender/midfielder landing his new deal in Norway. MLS

women's world football

Frontrunners clipped, challengers push
The action in Europe is slowly building momentum following the mid-winter break, and there were surprises for some of the top teams in Spain and in Belgium/Netherlands. Paris Saint-Germain narrowly kept their cup hopes alive in France, while there were goals in abundance for the leading pack in Italy.

Solo could be left off World Cup roster; USSF won't say if she's to undergo alcohol treatment
Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counselling. Canada.com

world football

Sepp Blatter's FIFA presidency challenged by Michael van Praag
In the biggest challenge yet to Sepp Blatter, Dutch football association leader Michael van Praag entered the FIFA presidential election race on Monday. Van Praag became the first would-be Blatter opponent to announce he has the required nominations from five of FIFA's 209 member federations. CBC

Fresh support for Blatter in fourth FIFA presidential bid
African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year's FIFA elections, senior officials told Reuters on Tuesday. "Africa is solidly behind Blatter. You will find he is very popular on the continent," said Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association and a Confederation of African Football executive committee member. Blatter faces four challengers in his bid for re-election on May 29. Canoe

Defenders down UAE, send Socceroos into AFC Cup final
AAustralia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure to beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 and set up an AFC Asian Cup final against Korea Republic. Defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson got the hosts' goals in the first 15 minutes. FIFA

Postecoglou: There are no champagne corks being popped
Ange Postecoglou and Tim Cahill have insisted Australia are already focusing on a final against Korea Republic rather than revelling in their 2-0 victory over United Arab Emirates in Tuesday's semi-final. FIFA

All 4 African Cup of Nations quarterfinals to be played in Malabo and Bata
The quarterfinal involving host Equatorial Guinea has been moved from the small town of Ebebiyin to the country's biggest city, Bata. The African Football Confederation also decided on Tuesday that the quarterfinal in Mongomo would be moved to Malabo, the capital city. WFP

Monday, january 26, 2015

Whitecaps’ trio of newcomers ready to get to work
New Vancouver Whitecaps striker Octavio Rivero, a young Uruguayan by way of the O’Higgins club in Chile, is an avid fisherman. Freshwater dorado, golden bream and southern kingfish are all part of the fresh and salt water fishing experience in his country. We’re sure he’ll find time for salmon and river fishing in B.C. Vancouver Sun

Whitecaps confident newest trio will improve results in 2015
The Vancouver Whitecaps introduced their trio of offseason acquisitions on a rainy Friday afternoon in Vancouver. Central defenders Diego Rodriguez, Pa-Modou Kah, and striker Octavio Rivero all took time to speak to the media and offer up their impressions and thoughts on joining the Vancouver Whitecaps organization. RedNation

Photo gallery: The boys are back!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC players reported to the club’s UBC Training Centre on Saturday for the official opening of preseason. It was a busy day for the ‘Caps, who underwent entrance physicals and a series of medical tests and got their headshots done ahead of the first day of training on Monday. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps Preseason Itinerary
The Vancouver Whitecaps will take to the pitch again as they begin preparation for the 2015 MLS season. Medicals were administered this weekend prior to fitness testing on Monday at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. Preseason training will then be moved down to Kino North Stadium, Arizona from February 2nd – 11th as the players work on match fitness in the Desert Friendlies. Prost Amerika

Brazilians Gilberto and Jackson to miss start of Toronto FC training camp
Toronto FC will be without Brazilians Gilberto and Jackson when it opens training camp Monday. Gilberto is remaining in Brazil while the MLS team resolves its logjam at designated player. Metro

Damien Perquis, Polish international, signed by Toronto FC
Toronto FC has signed Polish international defender Damien Perquis. The 30-year-old Perquis spent the last three seasons with Spain's Real Betis after stints with several French clubs. CBC

Toronto FC adds more marquee talent but says stability is key this season
As always, the one thing that never changes at Toronto FC is change. But the revolving door seems to be swinging a little slower going into the 2015 season. Rather than radical surgery, head coach Greg Vanney and GM Tim Bezbatchenko have targeted key areas for improvement. Metro

Italy head coach Antonio Conte supports Sebastian Giovinco’s move to MLS
An important reaction to Sebastian Giovinco’s move to Toronto FC came from the coach of the Italian national team, Antonio Conte, who suggests that “in a few years players will elbow each other to go there.” NBC

Micheal Ramos looks to make jump from Division 3 college to Toronto FC
Tears of joy were shed when Toronto FC used its 50th pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Micheal Ramos, a forward from Division 3 Whitworth University. Ramos and his mother shared the moment over the phone after watching the third round unfold on their laptops. Canada.com

Reo-Coker, Donadel among new faces as Impact open camp after busy off-season
No one can accuse the Montreal Impact of standing pat during the Major League Soccer off-season. Eight new names were on the roster Friday when the Impact opened training camp at Olympic Stadium looking to erase bitter memories of a last-place overall finish in 2014. Canada.com

Laurent Ciman ends Belgian career in style before joining Impact
Ciman, a 29-year-old central defender who agreed to a three-year Major League Soccer contract with the Impact last week, played his final game for Standard Liege on Sunday, scoring the winning goal in the 64th minute of a 2-0 victory over Anderlecht in Belgian league action.

Montreal Impact: The long awaited DP Striker
Since Marco Di Vaio's retirement, Montreal Impact fans are hoping for a new Designated Player to be the club's all-star striker. What if this striker is already with le bleu-blanc-noir? Mount Royal Soccer

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense
Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham’s plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has made it clear that he wants a new Miami team to play in downtown.  World Soccer Talk

Canadian International Attakora to sign with New York Cosmos
Canadian defender Nana Attakora is close to signing with the New York Cosmos of the NASL, with the American club expected to announce the deal in the coming days. The 25 year old North York, Ontario native has 9 caps with the Canadian Men’s National Team and has spent the majority of his career playing in the MLS. Red Nation

Ottawa Fury FC's Grobbelaar sets sights on having best goalkeepers in NASL
Bruce Grobbelaar may be best known for his time as a stalwart in Liverpool’s lineup, but North America was the launching pad for the goalkeeper. He was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps during the North American Soccer League (NASL) Golden Era, playing a total of 24 times. Boxscore

PDL expands to 65 teams in 4 conferences in 2015
The USL PDL unveiled its 2015 conference alignment and playoff format for its 65 teams on Thursday. This season, the league has been configured into 10 divisions within four geographic conferences in the USA and Canada. Examiner

Preview of the National Soccer Coaching Conference at UofT
Soccer coaches from across the country will be in Toronto this week to attend Canada’s largest coaching education conference at the University of Toronto. The National Soccer Coaching Conference (NSCC) kicks off its fourth annual weekend for coaches to congregate, network and benefit from a plethora of speakers and clinicians from January 30th through February 1st. 24th Minute

She Kicks is back for 2015 with support from ViaSport
The ‘She Kicks’ program is back for its third year with support from the Province of British Columbia and ViaSport. The program is a partnership between Lower Island Soccer Association and the University of Victoria Women’s Vikes soccer team that is geared to the development of female soccer coaches.

What A Blog About A 14-0 Lyon/Albi Score And My Four Phases of Elite Sport Have in Common
A couple of days ago, while I was getting my nails done (even the tomboys of the world like their nails looking pretty), I was scrolling through twitter and saw an article written by Cat Fitzsimmons, a goalkeeper in the French Div 1 (top) league, after her team got annihilated by Lyon, a team of full professionals, that regularly places in the top 4 of Champions League. Life as a Female Soccer Player

university soccer

Vikes eye matchup with Vancouver Whitecaps
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team will take on the Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Feb. 15. This is the 10th meeting between the two clubs. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Victoria News

KPU Eagles men's soccer announce Dhillon, Arthur as first recruits of 2015/16
The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics and Recreation and men's soccer Head Coach Srdjan Djekanovic are pleased to welcome Mikey Dhillon and Ryan Arthur, both of Vancouver, BC, as the first recruits of their 2015/16 recruiting class. KPU

team canada

Impact's Tissot ready for more Canadian caps
Tissot, a 22-year-old left fullback with the Montreal Impact, came on as a substitute for Canada in the second half of a friendly versus Iceland on Jan. 16, a game that the Reds went on to lose 2-1. It wasn’t until the match was over that Tissot—a native of Gatineau, Quebec—realized he just earned the first of what he hopes will be many caps for his country. Sportsnet

Canadian women's soccer team to play friendly against France in April
Canada and France will continue their preparation for this year's FIFA Women's World Cup with an international friendly on April 9 in Bondoufle, France. TSN

south of the 49th

US Under-20 national team beat El Salvador 2-0 to qualify for FIFA U-20 World Cup
The US qualified for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Saturday, securing a 2-0 victory over El Salvador in a do-or-die playoff match held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica. MLS

world football

Korea Republic book final place
Korea Republic have stormed into the AFC Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago. FIFA

Postecoglou: Australia is excited
Ange Postecoglou on Monday urged his Socceroos side to seize the chance to win Australian "hearts and minds" as they size up an AFC Asian Cup semi-final against United Arab Emirates. FIFA

Algeria, Ghana have work to do to qualify for quarterfinals at African Cup
Top-ranked African team Algeria and four-time champion Ghana still have work to do to make the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations and avoid the severe embarrassment of an early elimination. Both have lost once in Equatorial Guinea, ensuring their final games in Group C on Tuesday are loaded with pressure. WFP

Former TFC manager Carver confirmed as Newcastle boss for rest of season
Newcastle United announced on Monday that caretaker manager John Carver will remain in the role for the remainder of the season. Carver, 50, managed Toronto FC for just over a year in 2008. He has been acting as Magpies boss since Alan Pardew left the club to take the reins of Crystal Palace on January 2. TSN

PSI levels and All-Star nonsense have nothing on the magic of the FA Cup
The FA Cup will never be loved the way it once was but as TSN Soccer Analyst Kristian Jack writes, this past weekend gave us powerful images that sport, the great distractor from everyday life, can so often deliver. TSN

Belgian police seek action for banner beheading
Belgian authorities and the country’s football federation on Monday sought action against Standard Liege fans who displayed a massive banner showing a drawing of a beheaded Anderlecht player ahead of their weekend match. Sportsnet

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