VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Atlanta United 2, Portland Timbers 0 | 2018 MLS Cup Final Recap – MLS
Atlanta United capped their astonishing first two years of existence with a confident 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday night, delighting the biggest crowd in league history with a vintage performance spearheaded by a goal and assist from star striker Josef Martinez.
Josef Martinez delivers decisive performance to win first career title – SBI
For all his accolades and accomplishments, Josef Martinez did something on Saturday night that he had never done before in his career. He became a champion.
Whitecaps FC acquire Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau from Montreal Impact – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Sunday that the club has acquired Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau from Montreal Impact in exchange for $50,000 of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and Vancouver’s natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
Whitecaps FC acquire left back/winger Victor “PC” Giro from Orlando City SC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Sunday that the club has acquired left back/winger Victor “PC” Giro from Orlando City SC in exchange for Vancouver’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Rapids trade Zac MacMath to Vancouver for midfielder Nicolás Mezquida – Burgundy Wave
The Colorado Rapids announced this afternoon that they had traded Zac Macmath to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for attacking midfielder Nicolás Mezquida and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Mezquida, 26, is the Rapids’ first signing this offseason.
Whitecaps FC acquire third-round SuperDraft pick from FC Cincinnati for Spencer Richey – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has acquired FC Cincinnati’s natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for goalkeeper Spencer Richey.
Orlando City SC Acquires Forward Tesho Akindele From FC Dallas – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC has announced the acquisition of forward Tesho Akindele from FC Dallas in exchange for $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) in 2019 and $50,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires Forward Fabian Herbers – Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today it has acquired forward Fabian Herbers from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for a natural second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. The 25-year-old is under contract for the 2019 MLS season with a club option for 2020.
FC Dallas trade forward Maxi Urruti to the Montreal Impact – MLS
FC Dallas saw plenty of changes throughout 2018 and kept that trend going in Sunday’s half-day trade window, trading forward Maxi Urruti to the Montreal Impact in exchange in exchange for $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and a first-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (No. 10 overall). MLSsoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal had previously reported Urruti would be dealt to an Eastern Conference team. His acquisition will be confirmed after he receives his international transfer certificate and undergoes his medical.
For MLS, Atlanta United’s Success Has Become Soccer’s Long-Awaited Gold Standard – Forbes
When MLS first began play in 1996 with just 10 teams, it’s unlikely that executives in the league offices envisioned what has happened over the past two seasons in Georgia’s capital city. The Atlanta United, a club operated by Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, has quickly become the poster team for what MLS Commissioner Don Garber believes is possible throughout the league.
The long and short of Garber’s MLS CUP Address – MLS Multiplex
One of the biggest events of MLS CUP week buildup is Don Garber’s MLS State of the League address. MLS is still growing, trending upwards in attention while trending younger in participation both on and off the field.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Results & Standings – Week 13 – BC Soccer Web
We thought Division 1 might end the 2018 year with a bang, and that is exactly what happened.
WolfPack to look for new women’s soccer coach – TRU Wolfpack
When the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team opens training camp in August, they will have a new person at the helm.
Vancouver Playing field upgrades survey – City of Vancouver
Monday is the last day to fill out the City’s online survey on potential upgrades to Vancouver sports fields.
WolfPack men’s soccer signs Alberta College scoring star – TRU Wolfpack
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team is hoping that they have found a solution to a loss in offensive production next season. Following the graduation of Mitchell Popadynetz, head coach John Antulov will be looking for someone to create some offense.
Whitecaps FC Academy heading to Real Madrid for “incredible opportunity” – Whitecaps FC
Next week, a group of Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy players will be heading to Spain to train at the facility of famed club Real Madrid CF. The trip is being coordinated by generation adidas international, the premier provider of elite international soccer training opportunities.
Cowichan United beats U21 soccer league leaders – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Head coach Tyler Hughes wasn’t there when Cowichan United beat the first-place Mid Isle Mariners 2-1 at Ladysmith’s Forrest Field last Sunday evening, but he didn’t see it as an upset.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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
Canada to face Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group E of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – CSA
Canada will face Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands in the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Canada are handing off the competition to France having hosted the most recent edition in six Canadian cities from coast to coast in 2015 when a record 1.35 million fans attended the competition.
Canada draws Netherlands, New Zealand, Cameroon at women’s World Cup – CBC
It will be deja-vu for Canada at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France after drawing two teams — the Netherlands and New Zealand — that it faced at the 2015 tournament on home soil.
With FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw complete, Canadian national team can now focus on opponents – Edmonton Sun
Stephanie Labbe was paying close attention to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw on Saturday morning, knowing the results would dictate the direction of her focus for the next sixth months.
DAZN scoops English Premier League’s Canadian broadcast rights away from TSN, Sportsnet – The Province
English Premier League soccer is set to not have a home on traditional Canadian TV for the first time in at least two decades.
2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards: Jacob Orellana top in Futsal; Damien Wojtiw top in Para Soccer – CSA
Jacob Orellana has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year as part of the 2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards. The two first-time winners have been recognised for their excellence at the international level in their respective sports.
What’s different? Forge FC coach Bobby Smyrniotis on the jump from L1O to the CPL – Canadian Premier League
Bobby Smyrniotis came to Forge FC earlier this year as a well-known Canadian coaching asset. The former Sigma FC mastermind made a slow transition from the respected Ontario-based club to the professional game this fall, eventually becoming the seventh head coach announced by a Canadian Premier League founding club.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Toronto FC II home opener announced – Toronto FC
Toronto FC II will kick off their inaugural USL League 1 season in 2019. The Young Reds will open up their home schedule on Friday, May 24th against FC Tucson.
Roughnecks Introduce Nsien as Head Coach – USL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Friday night that Tulsa native Michael Nsien had signed a two-year contract to serve as the USL Championship club’s Head Coach.
Independence Unveil McGuinness as Head Coach – USL
The Charlotte Independence announced on Friday it had appointed Jim McGuinness as the club’s new Head Coach, and that Mike Jeffries had been promoted to become the club’s General Manager as it moved toward the 2019 USL Championship campaign.
Rowdies Bring In Experienced Ekra, Felix – USL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies added two more pieces to their squad for the 2019 USL Championship season on Friday with the signings of experienced midfielder Yann Ekra and defender Ryan Felix, pending league and federation approval.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Draw – FIFA
Analysis of every group from Saturday’s France 2019 WWC Draw.
The six 2019 Women’s World Cup group-stage matches you absolutely can’t miss – The Equalizer
The opening match of any 2019 Women’s World Cup arrives with as much anticipation as any single, non-elimination contest in sports. Hosts France will kick off the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup on June 7 against South Korea. It will be a fantastic litmus test for the historically underachieving French side that will be trying not to follow in the footsteps of Germany and Canada, both of whom crashed out in the quarterfinals after playing tentative soccer on home soil in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Foord hat-trick, Kerr brace light up the competition – FFA
It was business as usual in the Westfield W-League as Westfield Matildas stars Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr grabbed five goals between them in Round 6 over the weekend.
Women’s Super League: Georgia Stanway keeps Manchester City unbeaten – Sky Sports
Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Women’s Super League after a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Birmingham moved them level on points with leaders Arsenal.
Manchester United Women lose unbeaten record at Durham – BBC Sport
Leaders Manchester United were beaten for the first time in the Women’s Championship, losing 3-1 at closest rivals Durham Women.
Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women’s soccer – WTOC
The president took his time to address most of the concerns brought up by club members, but when asked about when Real Madrid was going to create a women’s team, Florentino Perez didn’t answer.
Afghanistan suspends soccer officials amid abuse allegations – London Free Press
Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the soccer federation and five other senior officials amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female athletes.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Extra-time golazo lifts River over Boca in Copa Libertadores final – NBC Sports
For all of the negativity surrounding the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors — from the bus attack, to postponing the game, to moving it to Madrid — the 120 minutes of actual soccer delivered on the pre-final hype of a first-ever Superclasico to crown a South American champion.
Buenos Aires becomes ghost town as fans follow delayed final – The Guardian
Argentina’s capital remained a virtual ghost town on Sunday afternoon as tense football fans remained glued to their TV sets indoors. The stillness was broken only by the loud screaming that emerged from open windows with each goal.
Liverpool leapfrogs Manchester City atop English Premier League – The Star
Chelsea still has a lot of work to do to move back into contention. Having lost two of its last three league games before the visit of City, Maurizio Sarri’s side is eight points behind Liverpool. Arsenal remained level on points with Chelsea after beating Huddersfield 1-0.
La Liga: Bale scores as Real Madrid get by tiny Huesca – NBC Sports
Gareth Bale scored early in the first half and Real Madrid held on for a harder-than-expected 1-0 win at last-placed Huesca on Sunday to move closer to the top of the Spanish league.
WEEK 17 REVIEW: RENNES REVIVAL CONTINUES – Ligue 1
Although the postponement of six matches put the brakes on Ligue 1 Conforama’s Week 17, Hatem Ben Arfa’s Stade Rennais were full steam ahead while Amiens hoisted themselves out of the bottom three.
Rangers fail to grasp opportunity to go level with Celtic following draw with 10-man Dundee at Dens Park – The Telegraph
Rangers blew their chance to move level with Celtic on points at the top of the Scottish Premiership, despite having an extra man for most of this contest.
Serie A: AC Milan frustrated by results, missing out on Zlatan – NBC Sports
AC Milan’s problems in front of goal show no signs of abating and it has been forced to admit defeat in its attempts to bring back Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
David Luiz could be forced out by Chelsea’s over-30s contract policy – The Guardian
David Luiz’s future at Chelsea beyond the summer has been cast into considerable doubt after the club’s hierarchy made it clear they are reluctant to change their policy of offering only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s.
Qatar 2022: Infantino sets March 2019 deadline for 48-team expansion decision – Inside World Football
Gianni Infantino has confirmed that FIFA will definitely decide in March whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can be expanded to 48 teams, though the likelihood of the concept being brought forward from the 2026 tournament appears to be receding.
Africa Cup of Nations host to be decided on Jan. 9 after Cameroon snub – France 24
The new hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be chosen on January 9, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad told AFP on Monday.
Man City’s Sterling says media coverage fuels racism – TSN
British newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” with their portrayal of black footballers, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling said Sunday as police investigate whether he was racially abused during a Premier League match at Chelsea.
Maryland wins NCAA men’s soccer title, beating Akron 1-0 – NBC Sports
Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Maryland held off Akron 1-0 on Sunday night to win its fourth NCAA soccer title.
FifaGate: Criminal conspirator Salguero gets free pass for co-operating with FBI – Inside World Football
Former Guatemala football chief and one-time FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero avoided a jail term when he was sentenced on Thursday to time served, releasing him from house arrest following his role in the FifaGate corruption scandal.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.