VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
‘Caps receive first and second-round SuperDraft picks in exchange for Hurtado – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club has acquired Sporting Kansas City’s natural first-round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2021 and natural second-round pick in 2020 in exchange for forward Erik Hurtado.
Sporting KC acquires forward Erik Hurtado via trade – Sporting KC
Sporting Kansas City acquired 28-year-old forward Erik Hurtado on Friday from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for the club’s natural second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and natural first-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Andy Rose Chats with 86Forever – Eighty-Six Forever
Earlier this week I got a chance to chat with one of the newest members of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Andy Rose about a variety of topics from joining the club, Marc Dos Santos, the project in Vancouver, and a bit about what he does with his time away from the pitch.
Preview: Whitecaps Winter Window Transfer Targets – Eighty-Six Forever
As the Marc Dos Santos era gets underway in Vancouver, there have been plenty of roster moves in recent weeks. A massive overhaul has left the squad with a number of glaring needs in nearly every position.
Report: Vancouver Whitecaps FC interested in Swedish defender Johan Larsson – MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are making a major overhaul to their roster this offseason under new head coach Marc Dos Santos, and reports from Sweden indicate the team could be targeting a Swedish defender for the upcoming season.
Luchi Gonzalez named FC Dallas head coach – Sportsday
FC Dallas on Sunday announced Academy Director Luchi Gonzalez as the next MLS head coach of the franchise. A press conference has been scheduled for 1 pm on Monday to introduce Gonzalez to the media and fans. Gonzalez is the 7th coach in club history and is the 2nd youngest current head coach in MLS.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Announces Return to LA Galaxy; Contract Details Unknown – Bleacher Report
Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed on Monday he will play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in 2019.
Clint Irwin traded, Nick DeLeon added as TFC works on roster revamp – The Star
Three years ago on Sunday, Toronto FC embarked on a four-player, off-season signing spree that revamped the Reds’ defence and set the stage for back-to-back trips to the MLS Cup.
Who is Nick DeLeon? – Waking the Red
Last Friday, Toronto FC picked up 28-year-old right midfielder/defender Nick DeLeon in the 2018 MLS re-entry draft, where teams have the chance to pick up players who have had their options declined, and would be set to be released by the club otherwise.
Fabian Herbers relishes new opportunity with Fire following trade from Philadelphia – Chicago Fire
With a fresh opportunity in front of him, the 25-year-old is looking forward to the new challenge that the move to the Windy City presents.
Sporting KC signs free agent defender and Costa Rican international Rodney Wallace – Sporting KC
Sporting Kansas City has signed free agent defender and Costa Rican international Rodney Wallace, the club announced on Friday. Wallace has been added to the Sporting KC roster, signing a one-year contract for the 2019 season.
New England Revolution players re-enact scenes from the movie Elf – One Football
The MLS club have paid a brilliant tribute to the 2003 Will Ferrell movie Elf by re-enacting a couple of its most memorable scenes.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL Week 14 Round-up: CCB hit the summit as four points separate the top seven in the VMSL Premier (with video highlights) – AFTN
The VMSL Premier Division got it’s third leader in the past four weeks after another fantastic weekend of action that leaves the top seven sides separated by just four points as they head into their final round of matches of 2018.
‘We’re doing our homework’: Pacific FC’s Silberbauer looks ahead to January arrival – Canadian Premier League
The last number of months have been anything but routine for Pacific Football Club head coach Michael Silberbauer. The Danish coach has been balancing responsibilities with Pacific FC, while simultaneously wrapping up his current contract in Switzerland.
Montgomery invited into 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders Captain and Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer All-American defender Callum Montgomery has been invited to the 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine. Montgomery is one of 60 college soccer players invited to the Combine, which will take place from January 3-9 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Cowichan Div. 2 women out-paced in last match of 2018 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Last weekend wasn’t as busy as anticipated for Cowichan’s Div. 2 women’s soccer team.
Fight brewing over synthetic field proposal in East Vancouver – CBC
A proposal to install two synthetic turf fields in Clinton Park is not going over well with some of the people who live in the East Vancouver neighbourhood.
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
Farago and Sacramento make their homecomings official, sign with Valour FC – the11.ca
Valour FC announced the signing of two local players Friday; keeper Tyson Farago and midfielder Dylan Sacramento.
Fury FC fanbase divided over team’s removal from USL – CBC
Ottawa Fury FC’s most passionate fans are divided over the news that the club will not be permitted to play in the United Soccer League and must join the newly formed Canadian Premier League instead.
Playing Football on the Wrong Side of the Border – Northern Starting XI
In a slightly saner world, under normal circumstances I would have probably laughed at any suggestion that Ottawa Fury were likely to pick up many points away at Charleston Battery in their first game of the 2019 USL season on 9 March (as announced yesterday). Given the lunacy and intensity of the political firestorm of this past week, many of us in Ottawa will just be happy to see a side of 11 players on the pitch in South Carolina next spring.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
2019 USL Championship Home Openers Revealed – USL
The 2019 USL Championship season will open with a landmark opening day on Saturday, March 9 thanks to a 17-game slate of action – the most on a single day in the league’s history – that kicks off the regular season.
How Rising FC Established Its Place in Phoenix’s Sports Market – USL
It began with one of the more memorable moments of the 2018 USL Championship season and ended up being one of the best team promotions of the year.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Jasmyne Spencer and Morgan Andrews re-sign with Seattle Reign FC – Vavel
Seattle Reign FC announced that forward Jasmyne Spencer and midfielder Morgan Andrews have re-signed for the 2019 NWSL season. Both players are important for head coach Vlatko Andonovski with many Reign players slated to miss large chunks of the season for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Matildas lock in Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand friendlies – Sydney Morning Herald
The Matildas have locked in some high-quality preparation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup by luring three other qualified nations to Australia early next year.
Scotland’s Road to the World Cup in France has been a far from short one – The National
Earlier this year at a lunch in Glasgow, we took time to recognise some amazing women whose stories have largely gone untold. One of the Pioneers in Sport was Helen Matthews, more commonly known as “Mrs Graham”. She shot to notoriety with the British Ladies Football Club – Mrs Graham’s XI and is regarded as the first star of women’s football.
W-League: Newcastle brace for loss of US star Taylor Smith – Newcastle Herald
RISING midfielder Clare Wheeler believes Newcastle have the depth and versatility to cover the loss of US star Taylor Smith if her W-League season is over.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Weekend Rewind: Liverpool downs Man United, Ronaldo propels Juventus, and more – SBI
Jurgen Klopp has plenty of attacking options at Liverpool, however it was his bench that lifted his side to a huge win over rivals Manchester United.
Even a José Mourinho gripped by defensive dogma was better than this – The Guardian
Some time, this purgatory must end. Some time, even a board as laissez-faire as Manchester United’s must decide enough is enough. Some time, José Mourinho will be relieved of his position as manager at Old Trafford, everybody can relax and start to regroup and United can look to salvage something from this most miserable of seasons.
Messi scores hat trick to hit 50-goal mark in 2018 – London Free Press
Lionel Messi hit the 50-goal mark for club and country in 2018 after scoring his 43rd career hat trick for Barcelona on Sunday.
Liga MX: America wins at Cruz Azul to capture Apertura title – NBC Sports
Club America had a tall mountain to climb following their scoreless draw, at home, with Cruz Azul in the first leg of Liga MX’s Apertura final on Thursday, but climb that mountain they did with a 2-0 victory at Estadio Azteca on Sunday.
Week 18 review: OL, LOSC and Reims make the most of it – Ligue 1
Lyon’s 3-0 beating of AS Monaco took them back onto the podium while LOSC cemented second place with victory in Nîmes in another round of Ligue 1 Conforama limited to four matches by continued security concerns.
Serie A: Napoli’s stoppage-time winner; Roma’s comeback – NBC Sports
Arkadiusz Milik scored a stoppage-time winner to hand Napoli all three points and keep them within eight points of runaway leaders and presumed champions-elect Juventus.
Death of Christian Gentner’s father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective – The Guardian
Shortly after the captain Christian Gentner completed the flash interviews for television, which are carried out almost immediately after the final whistle, he discovered his father, Herbert, had collapsed at the stadium. Efforts to revive him were in vain, and he died.
Bundesliga: Leipzig join Gladbach, Bayern in 2nd-place battle – NBC Sports
Germany forward Timo Werner again scored twice to help Leipzig consolidate fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 home win over Mainz on Sunday.
Rangers 1-0 Hamilton: Steven Gerrard ‘not interested’ in going top of the table – BBC Sport
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he is “not interested” in leading the Scottish Premiership as he criticised his side’s lack of a “killer instinct”.
Concacaf Champions League champs Chivas crash out of 2018 Club World Cup – MLS
2018 Concacaf Champions League winners Chivas de Guadalajara were knocked out of the 2018 Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates on Saturday, after losing 3-2 to Japanese club Kashima Antlers.
Level US playing field? Comcast flexes its muscle and keeps beIN off its network – Inside World Football
beIN SPORTS, battling industrial scale piracy of their sports rights in the Middle East by Saudi Arabian broadcaster beoutQ, are now being forced to fight for fair treatment for their channel distribution in the US.
Liverpool-Bayern, Man United-PSG headline UCL Round of 16 draw – SBI
The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is set. Monday morning’s draw saw a pair of mouthwatering ties chosen as EPL heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United got the toughest draws out of the remaining clubs.
Europa League last 32 draw: Arsenal face BATE Borisov and Chelsea take on Malmo – The Telegraph
Celtic were handed a tough tie in the Europa League round of 32 after the Scottish Premiership champions were drawn to face Valencia.
Ajax star De Ligt delighted to join Golden Boy alumni – Four Four Two
Following the likes of Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe as a winner of the Golden Ball is a huge honour for Matthijs de Ligt.
The ugly spectre of racism in football on the rise across Europe – The Guardian
The abuse of Raheem Sterling and antisemitic chanting by Chelsea fans are indicative of a wider picture of unacceptable intolerance, as our continent-wide survey reveals.
Qataris turn on the style with unveiling of 2020 showpiece Lusail Stadium design – Inside World Football
It was a night of stars, fireworks and national celebration as Qatar’s World Cup organisers unveiled the design of the 80,000-capacity showpiece stadium that will host the opening match and final of the greatest show on earth in 2022.
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.