VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 311 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Finding Our Way – ‘Caps options, Russell Teibert, MLS, CanMNT, CanPL and more) – AFTN
Offseason. What offseason? It’s a busy time in Whitecapsland and in the world of MLS and Canadian football in general, and we’ve got it all covered as usual in this week’s episode.
Timbers credit Savarese for fostering “fun environment,” “united group” – MLS
Before Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese could change the team’s formations, systems, or tactics in his first year on the job, he knew the first thing to change was the atmosphere at practice.
Atlanta United’s MLS Cup tifo: ‘It’s going to be a good one’ – AJC
Domer Donaldson seems like more an attorney this chosen profession as a geologist when queried about the tifo that will be unveiled before the MLS Cup between Atlanta United and Portland on Dec. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Can you tell anything about it? “Absolutely … not,” he says with a laugh.
New York Red Bulls transfer Tyler Adams to Bundesliga’s RB Leipzig – MLS
The New York Red Bulls announced on Sunday the transfer of Homegrown midfielder Tyler Adams to RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga. Adams will officially join Leipzig when the January transfer window opens; per RBNY policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Evan Bush: Consistency between the posts – Montreal Impact
Big news in Montreal this morning: Evan Bush is here to stay. That’s right. The long-time Impact goalkeeper signed a three-year extension with the Bleu-blanc-noir, keeping him in Montreal for at least three more seasons. As if it was ever in doubt.
New York Red Bulls: What happens when history is in the way – MLS Multiplex
The New York Red Bulls have never won an MLS Cup. Yet they have topped the East four times in the past six years. This is what happens when history gets in the way.
Sporting KC announces roster moves ahead of 2019 season – Sporting KC
Sporting Kansas City announced Friday that the club has exercised contract options for the following four players ahead of the 2019 MLS season: forward Diego Rubio, defender Graham Smith and goalkeepers Eric Dick and Adrian Zendejas.
Crew SC name Pat Onstad interim GM after Berhalter’s departure – MLS
In the wake of Gregg Berhalter’s departure to become the manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team, Columbus Crew SC announced on Sunday that assistant coach Pat Onstad will assume the role of interim general manager.
Former Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter reportedly interviewed by Columbus Crew – Oregon Live
Former Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has reportedly interviewed for the newly-vacated head coaching job with the Columbus Crew.
Houston Dynamo’s Dylan Remick announces retirement after 6-year MLS career – MLS
Houston Dynamo fullback Dylan Remick announced his retirement on Sunday afternoon, ending a six-year MLS career with La Naranja and the Seattle Sounders marked by three trophy hoists.
2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League draw set for Monday – Sporting KC
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) has announced the procedures for the official draw of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which will take place Monday at 4 p.m. PT at the Univision Deportes Studios in Miami.
HUGE MLS Transaction Round-Up — Embrace the Offseason – The Blue Testament
Sporting KC and all the other recent announcements around the league.
Statement from Orlando City SC on Passing of Founding Owner Wayne Estopinal – Orlando City SC
Wayne was one of the first to believe in our Club and the dream to bring Major League Soccer to Orlando.
Chelsea to play US side as part of antisemitism awareness campaign – Times of Israel
The Blues will face New England Revolution at the end of the season, through its ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Week 12 Scores & Standings – BC Soccer Web
All Division 1 games were played over the weekend, and Week 12 results did offer more confusion to what has been a strange season in the top division.
FVSL Week 12 Premier League Report (PDF File) – FVSL
Latest roundup of Week 12 action in the FVSL.
Academy Report: U-19s beat Montreal Impact 3-0 in final Winter Showcase match – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-19 Academy won their third game in a row in their final match at the 2018 Winter Showcase on Sunday, defeating Canadian rivals Montreal Impact 3-0.
West Vancouver soccer coach says he was racially profiled by police – Global
A West Vancouver soccer coach is raising questions about racial profiling following an incident involving the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD).
A Vancouverite in Edinburgh: Meet Spartans FC ‘vet’ Nicola Mawson – Northern Starting XI
After moving to Scotland in 2014 to attend veterinary school, Mawson impressed with the University of Edinburgh’s soccer team and, after a few training sessions with Spartans F.C. Women, signed with the Scottish Women’s Premier League side prior to the beginning of the 2015 season.
FIFA 19: In a league of its own – Irish Examiner
It was the summer of 1992 and in an apartment in Vancouver’s eastern suburb of Burnaby, Bruce McMillan was sleeping with the lights on. More accurately, the source of the illumination was a computer monitor which McMillan, a team lead at the Canadian division of computer games giant EA Sports, made sure to leave on through the night. On it, tiny pixellated figures dashed after a ball.
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
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada finish fourth at Uruguay 2018 after falling 1:2 to New Zealand – CSA
Canada finished fourth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 1:2 to New Zealand in the Match for Third Place at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. One of only three nations in the world to have finished top-10 in all six editions since 2008, Canada finished with their highest-ever ranking at fourth place.
Mississauga MetroStars drop pro indoor soccer debut against Baltimore – Times Colonist
The Mississauga MetroStars fell well short in their Major Arena Soccer League debut, dropping an 11-3 decision against the Baltimore Blast on Saturday night.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Wayne Estopinal, dead in Indiana plane crash, leaves lasting legacy – Courier-Journal
Estopinal spearheaded efforts to move a United Soccer League franchise from Orlando, Florida, to Louisville in 2014, after that team was displaced by a Major League Soccer franchise. While retaining his minority stake in the Orlando ownership group, Estopinal took charge of the startup Louisville effort.
Tacoma Stars explode for 12 goals in home opener – GoalWA
The Tacoma Stars opened their 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season with a bang, knocking off the Turlock Express 12-2 at the accesso ShoWare Center in front of 3,437. For the match, the Stars out-shot Turlock 27-4 and were led by Nick Perera’s three goals.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Spain join U-17 Women’s World Cup royalty – FIFA
Spain were crowned FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup champions for the first time in their history with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Mexico in the final. New Zealand wrapped up their historic performance at Uruguay 2018 by finishing with the bronze medal after a 2-1 win over Canada in the match for third place.
Florida State wins second NCAA women’s soccer title – The Equalizer
Florida State won the NCAA women’s soccer championship for the second time in school history on Sunday, defeating North Carolina, 1-0, in the College Cup final in Cary, North Carolina.
Nigeria hold their nerve to make it nine – FIFA
Nigeria have maintained their superb CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations record, winning the competition for the ninth time out of 11 attempts. The 2018 continental title came the Super Falcons’ way when they defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties in a final that ended goalless after extra time.
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Simon finds the net, Gielnik puts on a masterclass – W-League
The ladder is taking shape in the Westfield W-League and the competition between Westfield Matildas is stronger than ever.
Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action – The Guardian
Stanway reignites the title race as Arsenal miss their injured leaders, Willie Kirk has instant impact at Everton while Chelsea look back on track.
England to host UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 – UEFA
England has been selected to host UEFA Women’s EURO 2021, with 16 teams to compete in July of that year.
With 200 career wins, Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Dambach values culture as much as always – The Collegian
Consistency and culture. When Penn State head coach Erica Dambach took the helm of the program 12 years ago, she was focused on establishing those two things. Dambach believed the Nittany Lions could be a national powerhouse and still have a family-like atmosphere, something easier said than done in college athletics.
Match officials appointed for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – FIFA
The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 27 referees and 48 assistant referees, representing 42 different countries, for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea win on dramatic derby day – The Star
By losing in the cruelest of ways, Everton remained without a win at Anfield since 1999.
Arsenal legend Lauren hails Unai Emery’s ‘tactical masterstroke’ after Tottenham thrashing – SN
Former Arsenal defender Lauren has highlighted Unai Emery’s decision at half-time as the key factor that helped the Gunners to a 4-2 win over Tottenham in Sunday’s North London derby.
Southampton sack Mark Hughes after five wins from 27 games, search for replacement underway – ESPN
Southampton have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Mark Hughes with the club 18th in the Premier League table.
Barcelona retakes lead of Spanish league after Sevilla slips – London Free Press
Barcelona retook the lead of the Spanish league on Sunday after beating Villarreal 2-0 while Sevilla was held to a draw at Alaves.
Lionel Messi: ‘What motivates me is…’ – Football Espana
Lionel Messi has emphasised the importance of Barcelona team performances rather than individuals: “The collective is always the most important thing.”
WEEK 15 REVIEW: PSG DROP FIRST POINTS, MONTPELLIER BOUNCE BACK – Ligue 1
PSG’s flawless start to the season ended at 14 wins when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux; Montpellier surged back into second with a 2-1 win in Monaco after LOSC and OL cancelled each other out 2-2.
Celtic win Scottish League Cup for the 18th time – BBC Sport
Former Aberdeen loanee Ryan Christie scored the only goal as Brendan Rodgers led Celtic to his seventh straight domestic trophy and the club’s 18th Scottish League Cup.
CAF strip Cameroon of AFCON 2019 hosting; Morocco and SA want the gig – Inside World Football
After insisting there was no plan B and promising only last month that his organisation had “never thought about” an alternative venue, African football chief Ahmad Ahmad has bowed to growing pressure and stripped Cameroon of hosting rights for next year’s African Cup of Nations.
‘Europa League 2’: Uefa confirms new tournament from 2021 – BBC Sport
A third European club competition with the working title ‘Europa League 2’ will be introduced from 2021.
All dressed up with no place to go? River Plate reject Madrid for Copa Libertadores finale – Inside World Football
So where now? After Conmebol finally agreed to play the second leg of the twice postponed Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Madrid on December 9, River Plate have objected to the venue saying the decision is “incomprehensible”.
U.S. confirms Gregg Berhalter as manager after year-long search; what does this mean for the USMNT? – ESPN
Berhalter was long considered the front-runner, and the rather secretive approach the USSF took to arriving at his appointment has raised eyebrows, but now that he has been chosen, here’s what fans can expect from the former Columbus Crew manager.
David Villa announces move to Japan’s Vissel Kobe – SBI
David Villa is set for a new adventure and a reunion with an old friend and Barcelona teammate.
Diego Maradona in spat with fans as Dorados lose Mexican second tier playoff – ESPN
Diego Maradona was involved in a post-match spat with Atletico San Luis fans as his Dorados de Sinaloa lost 4-3 in the Ascenso MX League playoff.
Germany and Netherlands to meet in Euro 2020 qualifying – CityNews
Germany will face the Netherlands in a challenging qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship in a swift reunion between the sides after meeting in the UEFA Nations League.
US Soccer dumps U12 academy system in favour of players developing at their youth clubs – Inside World Football
The US Soccer federation is abandoning its controversial U12 academy system, which it launched in 2016, in favour of returning this age-group’s player development responsibilities to its youth club system.
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.