BC Soccer News, Monday, February 10, 2020


Whitecaps FC acquire Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinović from FK VojvodinaWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC strengthened their backline on Sunday, announcing the acquisition of centre back Ranko Veselinović from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina. The 20-year-old, who was acquired with the use of Allocation Money, joins Whitecaps FC on a one-year loan, with an option to purchase.

Who is Ranko Veselinovic?Eighty-Six Forever
That’s a good question. There’s limited video publicly available of Vancouver Whitecaps signing Ranko Veselinovic and no publicly available stats for the Serbian league. Veselinovic comes via loan with a mandate to buy should he play 12 or more games. He’s 20 years old, already has 64 senior appearances in all competitions in Serbia and is the captain of FK Vojvodina Novi Sad. He has also played 43 times for various Serbian youth national teams. He’s certainly amassed an impressive CV for someone so young.

True grit: Jay DeMerit sees something of himself in soccer partnership with Glarea schoolThe Province
Former Vancouver Whitecaps star Jay DeMerit has added elementary school teacher to his resume.

‘Let’s do this’: Bradley Wright-Phillips announces his arrival to LAFCNBC Sports
The New York Red Bulls legend, who left the club in November after seven seasons, is joining MLS Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC, according to his personal Twitter account.

Toronto FC signs Argentina’s Pablo Piatti as final designated playerCBC
Toronto FC has signed Argentine winger Pablo Piatti as its new designated player.

MLS News: Savarino joins Atletico Mineiro, TFC acquires winger Piatti, and moreSBI
Real Salt Lake star Jefferson Savarino is on the move to Brazil after previously being linked to a move away from the MLS club.

MLS safe standing sections: Four more stadiums join the party in 2020MLS
The growth of supporters culture in Major League Soccer over the years has brought with it a change to the stadium sections they call home. There are four more safe standing sections debuting in 2020 alone with the LA Galaxy becoming the latest MLS club to launch one at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Galaxy’s home since it opened in 2003.


VISL Week 18 Results: Lakehill claims first VISL Division 1 Title BC Soccer Web
Many things were decided, still a couple details to work out, but the picture has become much more clear.

Lakehill Football Club takes home Garrison Cup for first time in more than 100 yearsSooke News Mirror
The Lakehill FC Division 1 men’s team took home the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) Cup trophy for the first time ever on Friday evening.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 UBCUBC 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.

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Canada second in Concacaf after loss to USA in the confederation finalCSA
Canada will advance to the Olympic Games ranked second in their region after an 0:3 loss to USA in the Sunday final of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Canada finished the confederation championship with four wins and one loss as Stephanie Labbé won the Golden Glove and Jordyn Huitema won the Golden Boot.

California Reeling: The US continues 19-year unbeaten streak against Canada with 3-0 win in Olympic Qualifiers finaleBTS
After both teams had already punched their tickets to Tokyo this past Friday, both Canada and the US met in LA on Sunday, with a chance to win some silverware on the line. And despite a strong Canadian push, it would be the US who would triumph over 90 minutes, keeping the Canadian winless run against their neighbours at 19 years and running.

Valour newcomer Amir Soto excited for new road ahead in CPLCanPL
Amir Soto will make no grand promises or bold predictions to the crew at Valour FC. The Panamanian centre back is vowing this, however: he will put his heart and soul into the Canadian Premier League club as part of chasing his professional soccer dream.


Barcelona 10-1 Real Sociedad: Nobody can compete with Barca, warns losing coachBBC Sport
Gonzalo Arconada has questioned whether Barca’s superiority is good for the Spanish women’s game.

Utah Royals FC name Craig Harrington as head coachNWSL
Utah Royals FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has named Craig Harrington as head coach, the team announced today. Harrington becomes the second head coach in Utah history following Laura Harvey, who stepped down in January to lead the U-20 United States women’s national team.

Alex Morgan shows pregnancy does not end a playing careerThe Guardian
American is the latest elite sportswoman to prove pregnancy no longer means their title switches from athlete to mother.

Messi-inspired Hamano aims high with JapanFIFA
While many of football’s youth aspirants across the globe agree that Lionel Messi has provided them with a lasting inspiration, his myriad talents mean the Argentina and Barcelona star likely influences them in different ways.

Storm Ciara: Man City v West Ham, rugby, WSL matches, horse racing all offBBC Sport
All six Women’s Super League matches, including Everton v Liverpool, have been cancelled, along with horse racing at Exeter, Southwell and Punchestown.


Barca, Real Madrid rebound with wins after Copa eliminationsSportsnet
Real Madrid and Barcelona rebounded from disappointing Copa del Rey eliminations with away victories in the Spanish league on Sunday to continue their closely fought title race.

Inter top Serie A following stunning comeback win over AC MilanESPN
Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Sunday after completing a remarkable second half comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat AC Milan 4-2.

Bundesliga Bulletin: Stalemate in Munich, thriller in Leverkusen, endgame for Bremen?DW
Bayern Munich’s six-game winning streak in the Bundesliga came to an end, but it could have been even better for Leipzig. Elsewhere, Peter Bosz got one over Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen sunk deeper into trouble.

Sheffield United: European football a realistic prize for Chris Wilder’s sideNBC Sports
Chris Wilder will certainly not say so but Sheffield United’s incredible story could yet have a European ending.

Scottish Cup roundup: Celtic cruise past Clyde and Hibs hammer BSC GlasgowThe Guardian
A much-changed Celtic side overcame the elements to secure a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final place with a 3-0 win over Clyde at Broadwood.

Man City has big reschedule headache after West Ham postponementNBC Sports
Storm Ciara has turned Manchester City’s nightmarish schedule into a full-blown terror.

Round 24 review: Cavani sees off OL as Rennes falter againLigue 1
Edinson Cavani was back among the goals as PSG maintained their 12-point lead atop the standings with a 4-2 win over Lyon. All top eight sides tasted victory in Round 24 – except for Rennes, whose grip on third weakened with a 0-0 draw at home to Brittany rivals Brest.

CAF in crisis: PwC audit report finds financial records ‘untrustworthy’ and full of holesInside World Football
he Confederation of African Football (CAF) is said to have financial records that are “unreliable and not trustworthy” by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), the international accounting and management consulting firm, which completed its forensic audit of African football’s governing body in November 2019.

Euro 2020 fixtures: Full schedule, groups, dates, kick-off times and tournament venuesThe Independent
The tournament will be the first European Championships to be played across the entire continent, using 12 different venues from Dublin to Baku, beginning on 12 June in Rome and culminating on 12 July in London.

Flamengo shuts victims’ families out of remembrance eventsInside World Football
On Saturday, on the first anniversary of the fatal fire at Flamengo’s training complex that killed 10 youth players, the Rio club excluded families of the victims from participating in remembrance events. Flamengo fans today will protest at the club’s headquarter to express their disapproval.

Moments of joy offer Australian football window into happiness revolutionThe Guardian
There’s delight to be found in the A-League if fans can escape a culture of ‘compare and despair’.

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