BC Soccer News, Monday, February 1, 2016


Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveil new Sea to Sky secondary kit Whitecaps FC
Mention ‘Sea to Sky’ here in Vancouver and you’ll often hear about Highway 99, Squamish, or Whistler. The northern section of Route 99 has long been referred to as the Sea to Sky, but to us, the term means much more than white lines and pavement. For us, ‘Sea to Sky’ embodies Vancouver’s people, the city and the definitive landscapes that surround it.

Fraser Aird looking to make impression at Vancouver Whitecaps after joining from Rangers Capital City Press
Fraser Aird admits he is hoping to become a better player at Vancouver Whitecaps after joining the Canadian club on a season-long loan from Rangers. The versatile right-back has returned to the country of his birth after being limited to four substitute appearances this term.

Galaxy adds strong Nigel De JongLA Times
The Galaxy declined to discuss De Jong’s status on the record, but a person with knowledge of the talks confirmed the signing. And the addition of De Jong, a physical midfielder who played in the 2010 World Cup final, completes a busy five days for Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s coach and general manager.

Adriano joins Miami United, hopes to play in Major League SoccerESPN FC
Former Brazil international Adriano has signed for Miami United FC in the National Premier Soccer League as he seeks a stint in Major League Soccer.

Why China, not MLS, is luring stars away from EuropeThe Guardian
In terms of attendances, MLS and China are similar but perhaps not for long. The 2016 Super League season, set to kick off in March, is the most eagerly-awaited yet. Last year saw an average attendance of just over 22,000, less than two hundred behind Italy and France.

It’s a Full House: MLS Jersey Sponsorship Gilt Edge Soccer
Last weeks announcement of Sutter Health signing on to become the jersey partner of the San Jose Earthquakes was significant not only for the Quakes, but also for MLS.    For the first time in history every MLS Team has a primary jersey partner – a notable sponsorship milestone for the League.

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On an annual basis the BCSA Board of Directors is able to recognize a small few of exceptional volunteers within the membership. These award winners represent the hundreds of volunteers across the province who are the heart of soccer in BC. They are the individuals who administer, coach, officiate, schedule (and everything else in-between) whom without, the players of BC would not be able to participate in our beautiful game. Deadline is March 31.

Residency Report: Two games down on California tripWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency teams had a mix of results over the weekend during their three-match California road trip. The ‘Caps wrap-up their trip on Tuesday against Sacramento Republic FC.

VISL Weekend Results, standings, upcoming gamesVISL
Week 17 – and while the top end has been established, we are still waiting to see who is in the relegation zone for the year.

UFV Cascades men’s soccer program signs three Surrey United standouts UFV
A trio of Surrey United teammates are continuing their soccer careers together at the university level. Right back Ryan Donald, holding midfielder David Parfett and goalkeeper Jesse March have signed with the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program, and will join the Cascades in the fall. They currently play for Surrey United’s U18 side in the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.

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Canada MNT camp progresses in San Diego CSA
It has been a positive opening week to kick off the 2016 calendar year for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team. The Canadian selection, preparing for a Men’s International Friendly match on Friday 5 February, has been based in San Diego, CA, USA for the last week of January.

Doneil Henry Eager to Prove Injuries are Behind Him in Friendly against United States Waking the Red
This past season has been incredibly difficult for the Canadian centreback, but he is looking to put that all behind him as he rejoins the national team.

Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests Set to Embark on 20th Season CSA
Entering its landmark 20th year, Canada Soccer’s Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests has reached over 3 Million Canadians since 1996, with applications now being accepted for the 2016 festival season. With the program quickly reaching capacity over the past few seasons, community soccer clubs are encouraged to submit their application via the online form to ensure their place in the 2016 season.

One & Only – Remembering Canada’s Lone World Cup AppearanceSportsnet
Eleven men, long odds, one live rooster. Remembering Canada’s lone World Cup appearance.

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(Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new section on BC Youth Soccer Player Development; a new resource designed to help youth coaches and players. Throughout the week, we’ll feature news, drills and videos from the most noted professionals in the field of player development. If you have any articles or resources you enjoy, send them our way, and we’ll share them with the BC Soccer community.)

Age 9-11 Practice: 4 Goal Defending (Shuffle & Slide) Touchtight Coaching
Although this is a defensive practice in the main, we must ensure the attacking quality is at the level it needs to be in order to work the defenders. Therefore our first Interventions should be based on standard of passing and movement in possession.

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WFC2 report for training camp, announce preseason plansWhitecaps FC
Seven players currently on the WFC2 roster are in camp with the first team in Tucson, Arizona. The remainder of WFC2 players report today for medicals and preseason training. 13 players return from the inaugural 2015 season. Three new additions have been announced so far – Daniel Haber, Giuliano Frano, and Kyle Greig – with more announcements to come.

Montreal Sweeps to Exhibition VictoryUSL
FC Montreal got a pair of goals from young standout Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla as it took a 4-0 victory against Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières on Sunday night. Mastanabal Kacher and Jacques Haman also found the net as Montreal took its first win of the preseason.

Miami FC Adds Venezuelan Youth International Roberto AlterioNASL
Miami FC announced Monday that former Caracas FC Academy midfielder Roberto Alterio will be joining the team for its debut season.

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W-League grand final: Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 4-1 to finish season undefeated Fox Sports
MELBOURNE City have capped off their undefeated season by beating Sydney FC 4-1 in the W-League Grand Final.

City rejoice in title win Westfield W-League
It was a milestone moment in more ways than one as the Westfield W-League became Melbourne City’s first national championship in any competition for the club.

Melbourne City’s triumph could spur more growth The Equalizer
A near-perfect season is in the books for Melbourne City Women in their first campaign, and the standard set in Australia could also have implications across the world.

Bartusiak on Frankfurt and the future UEFA
As holders FFC Frankfurt prepare for their quarter-final with Rosengård, defender Saskia Bartusiak reflects on their mixed form, the departure of Colin Bell and her future plans.

WNL Cup Round-Up: Galway advanceContinental Tyres Women’s National League
Galway WFC became the first team to secure their place in the semi-finals of this season’s Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup.

T&T W/Warriors had no passports to travel; but TTFA light on detailswired868.com
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams insisted today that the Women’s National Senior Team was unable to travel to Costa Rica for friendly international matches this week, since they did not have heir passports among other unnamed reasons.

Women’s Championship Zonal League starts todayGhana Web
The Women’s Zonal Middle League for promotion to the National Women’s Championship starts today. With six teams from each sector, three teams each will be promoted from the Southern Sector and the Northern Sector.

Rotherham next up for Lionesses on Road to NetherlandsThe FA
The Lionesses take on Belgium as part of their UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 qualifying campaign on Friday 8 April.

Brittany Cameron transferred to Japanese teamEmpire of Soccer
According to several reports, Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Caneron – easily the most consistent player for Sky Blue last year and voted Most Valuable Player by the club – is headed to Japan on a full-time basis.

Taking stock of the USWNT’s forwards ahead of Olympic qualifyingSI.com
After the USA won the Women’s World Cup this past summer, it seemed as if manager Jill Ellis was going to have to make some tough decisions the following summer, when only 18 players could make the trip to Rio for the Olympics (provided the USA qualifies in next month’s CONCACAF tournament). As it turns out, things have worked themselves out in a different way for Ellis, leaving her with an entirely new kind of depth problem.

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Milan channel Mark Hateley to win derby as Inter and Roberto Mancini lose controlThe Guardian
Milan fans unfurled a banner depicting the English forward’s derby-winning header in 1984 before kick-off, and centre-back Alex recreated it as Milan enjoyed a rare derby success over Inter.

USMNT nabs late win vs. Iceland in first game of 2016SBI
The U.S. came from behind to pick up a 3-2 win over Iceland at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Sunday afternoon. Substitute centerback Steven Birnbaum scored the winner near the death and had the equalizing assist earlier in the second half, and captain Michael Bradley had a pair of helpers.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini told about Guardiola last week – sourcesESPN FC
Manuel Pellegrini was informed last week that Pep Guardiola was set to take over as Manchester City manager next season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Why the footballing world should be thankful for Atletico MadridTSN
Atletico are a wonderful team still searching for global respect. They do not have world icons whose shirts kids wear all around the world. They do not have players named in FIFA’s world XI’s at glamorous award shows. They simply win a lot of close football matches by knowing that they have more strengths without the ball than with it.

Chelsea captain John Terry ‘a legend’ who will be tough to replace – Zouma ESPN FC
Terry, 35, said after Sunday’s 5-1 FA Cup victory over MK Dons that he expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after being being informed that his current deal would not be renewed.

Estudiantes v Gimnasia La Plata: Game called off after mass brawlBBC Sport
An Argentine pre-season friendly between Estudiantes and arch-rivals Gimnasia La Plata was abandoned following a brawl among the players.

MK Dons leave themselves wide open to Chelsea’s Oscar in thrashing The Guardian
Karl Robinson’s midfield offer little or no protection to his back four, giving Oscar the freedom of the pitch as Chelsea ease to 5-1 victory in FA Cup fourth round.

A pathway to FIFA’s financial ruin Inside World Football
FIFA presidential candidate Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa has delivered a hard hitting rebuke to the financial proposals of some of his rivals saying that their campaign promises could never be delivered out of current FIFA funds and that if they tried to, they would bankrupt the world governing body over the next four-year cycle.

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