VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Blondell, Reyna star as ‘Caps, LAFC draw in high-scoring preseason affair – Whitecaps FC
Yordy Reyna and Anthony Blondell each registered a brace for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a 4-4 draw against expansion side Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) on Sunday afternoon on the UCLA campus.
LAFC rallies in second half to earn its third draw in preseason – LA Times
For the second time in three preseason games, LAFC came from behind to earn a draw, this time playing the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 4-4 tie at UCLA on Sunday.
Counter Attacking, Youthful Inexperience and The Case of the Mysterious Facebook Stream – Eighty-Six Forever
After a wild Saturday Night fixture against Las Vegas Lights FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps took their show on the road to the the college campus of UCLA to face MLS newcomers Los Angeles Football Club.
Episode 244 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Centre Of The Whitecaps Universe with guests Kendall Waston and Tim Parker) – AFTN
We’re two weeks away from the start of the new MLS season, the excitement is building but is there optimism or concern amongst the Vancouver Whitecaps fanbase? What do you think?!
‘Caps edge Las Vegas Lights FC 3-2 in hotly-contested preseason match – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC edged United Soccer League expansion side Las Vegas Lights FC 3-2 on Saturday night in a hotly-contested preseason match at Cashman Field.
Video: Alphonso Davies stuns Las Vegas with box-to-box run, finish – NBC Sports
Alphonso Davies has already established himself as one of the brightest young players in Major League Soccer, and goals like this prove exactly why.
Configuring Out The ‘Caps: 2018 Preseason Phase Two – AFTN
(Con)figuring out the 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps is going to be a difficult job. Well in some regards. It already feels that this is going to be a season of varying line-ups, with a lot of rotation of both personnel and systems.
Lights Flicker in Las Vegas, but Eventually Dim – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps began the next leg of their preseason Saturday night, in Las Vegas against the new USL expansion club Lights FC. Prior to the match, Las Vegas Lights put out their starting lineup. Being used to the mess the Whitecaps give us, it was thought that the proposed 3-4-3 lineup couldn’t be correct. Turns out, it was.
Wildest MLS preseason game ever? What happened when Whitecaps hit Las Vegas – MLS
Let’s be honest: Sometimes preseason games aren’t all that easy on the eyes. Players are not yet fit and settled, nor are rosters. Teams are still works in progress, and the whole picture tends to be that of a work in progress, a half-baked cake, if you will. That’s why many teams hold some of their games behind closed doors. And then sometimes you get the exact opposite, like what went down at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas late Saturday night.
Vancouver Whitecaps: A feeling in their knees? – Soccer Shorts
On Saturday evening they beat the Las Vegas Lights (a new USL team) 3-2 in what felt like the first “proper” game of the preseason and although Carl Robinson didn’t field a full strength team it was close enough for us to at least make a few informed decisions.
Kendall Waston wants to “keep growing” in MLS as he signs contract extension with Vancouver Whitecaps – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps captain Kendall Waston pledged his future to the club Friday, signing a contract extension through 2019, with an option for 2020.
Will there be a CONCACAF Champions League advantage in MLS? – US Soccer Players
The soccer news starts with the CONCACAF Champions League. It’s another restart for the tournament, returning to a knockout scenario for the teams from the bigger leagues in the region. That means a league in theory, depending on how much weight you put on the need for a group stage. The round of 16 begins on Tuesday with games on Wednesday and Thursday. This round concludes a week later.
Colorado vs Toronto – Champions League – Preview – Futebolcidade
The CONCACAF Champions League will kick off with a new format this weekend. Technically the competition started in 2017 with the clubs from the smaller Caribbean and Central American countries playing in the CONCACAF League and the Caribbean Club Championship to qualify for the first knockout stage of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.
Cold temperatures in Colorado may be ‘dangerous’ – Toronto FC coach – ESPN
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney says the freezing forecast in Colorado could make the field “dangerous” for players in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League opener.
Toronto FC’s preseason gives clues about approach to CCL – Burgundy Wave
The Colorado Rapids spent the preseason in their familiar training territory of Arizona, playing MLS sides and a few lower league teams like Sporting AZ and Phoenix Rising FC. Toronto FC has taken a different approach.
Reliving Toronto FC’s CONCACAF Champions League history – Waking the Red
Toronto FC will be heading to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park next week, as they take on the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League last 16 tie. A week after, Greg Vanney’s clan will host the Rapids, in what could be the coldest night ever in the competition, with projected temperatures hovering at sub-zero so far.
‘He only had good things to say’: Ex-Toronto FC striker Gilberto convinced Auro to join Reds – Edmonton Sun
Ex-Red Gilberto told Auro some things. But not everything, clearly. Former teammates in Sao Paulo, Auro asked for Gilberto’s advice before agreeing to join Toronto FC on loan.
A BITTERSWEET GOODBYE: Chris Wingert decides to hang up his soccer boots for good – Front Row Soccer
Real Salt Lake veteran defender Chris Wingert, who forged a 14-year career in Major League Soccer with four clubs, Monday announced his retirement from professional soccer.
MLS Preseason Rewind: California Clasico, playoff rematch, and more – SBI
It was another busy weekend of preseason action for MLS teams as the countdown to the regular season continues.
With World Cup in mind, Toronto FC eye another round of BMO Field expansion – MLS
While 2017 was a season to remember, Toronto do not intend to rest on their laurels for 2018, and president Bill Manning has plans for the future: further expansion of BMO Field, safe standing in the supporters section and potentially, a women’s team on the horizon.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL – Jackson Cup results – 1st round – BC Soccer Web
The Sir John Jackson Cup lived up to expectations. It provided several great games, a couple expected results, and a couple upsets.
Futsal Club Vancouver launches – Vancouver Futsal
Futsal Club Vancouver is an affiliate club of the Vancouver Futsal Association. FCV runs youth futsal teams, with a clear focus on player development and creativity through the sport of futsal.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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 Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play France 9 April in Rennes – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play France, ranked 6th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, in April as it continues to gear up for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The international friendly, against the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 hosts will take place at Roazhan Park, one of nine stadiums to be used during the tournament.
CanWNT coach Heiner-Moller: Matheson’s return “what this team needs on and off the pitch” – the11.ca
New Canadian women’s national-team coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said that the return of 33-year-old veteran Diana Matheson is “what this team needs on and off the pitch.”
Darby FC To Field Men’s Side In 2018 League1 Ontario Season – League1 Ontario
Darby FC – a partnership between Darlington Soccer Club and Whitby Soccer Club – will build on the good work done with their League1 Ontario women’s side in the last two years by adding a men’s side for the 2018 season.
Changing the Game – Capilano Courier
Throughout the past decade, CBC News, Global News, VICE and Statistics Canada all conducted their respective research that revealed a sea of change that may be a tough pill for many Canadians to swallow. Soccer and swimming have surpassed hockey as the most popular sports for Canadian children to participate in, with basketball and baseball not too far behind. While multiculturalism and increased diversity certainly have a role to play in the rise of other sports, there is one simpler factor that is boosting participation for other activities: cost.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
MLS FORWARD JACK McINERNEY SIGNS WITH INDY ELEVEN – Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Professional Soccer announces the signing of forward Jack McInerney from Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy to its 2018 roster pending league and federation approval.
Marcina ‘Honored’ to Lead Menace – USL PDL
One of the oldest and most storied PDL clubs has found its new leading man, as the Des Moines Menace have hired Alen Marcina as their new head coach in 2018.
Cameroonians Carson Nsegbe, Donovan Ewolo Join NCFC – NCFC
North Carolina FC continues to secure pieces for its roster ahead of the 2018 USL season, as defender Carson Nsegbe and forward Donovan Ewolo are set to join the team pending league and federation approval.
English Striker added by Swope Park Rangers – The Blue Testament
Former Sacramento Republic and Arizona United (Phoenix Rising) striker Tyler Blackwood as joined the Swope Park Rangers. The 26-year-old Blackwood is originally from England but attended college in the United States. The team announced the signing on Friday.
Joe Cole: The next step – The Coaches’ Voice
For a long time in my career, people were concentrating on what I couldn’t do, rather than what I could do. That’s all part of my journey, though. And now I’m coming towards the end of my playing career, I can use all those experiences to help me with what’s next. Becoming a coach.
Nashville SC Unveils Extensive Broadcast Agreement – USL
27 regular-season contests to air through partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Westfield W-League Grand Final recap: Melbourne City FC wins third straight Championship – Vavel
In a repeat of their 2016 victory over Sydney FC, Melbourne City FC cruised to a 2-0 victory over the home team. Goals by Jess Fishlock and Jodie Taylor took the team ahead, and stout defense and goalkeeping helped keep Sydney off the scoreboard.
Respected rather than loved, but City women are best in the business – The Age
Nobody likes us, we don’t care. No, not feared London club Millwall (the alma mater and current employer of Socceroo legend Tim Cahill). Melbourne City. Or, to be more precise, their all-conquering women’s team, who on Sunday played themselves into history by winning an unprecedented third W-League title in a row.
Melbourne City’s W-League success fulfilling the promise of Australian women’s football – Radio Australia
Melbourne City’s runaway success in the W-League may attract jealousy and resentment, but it is providing Australian football with the blueprint to build a stronger audience.
Women’s FA Cup quarter-final draw: Liverpool host Chelsea, Man City face Sunderland – BBC Sport
Holders Manchester City will travel to fellow top-flight side Sunderland in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.
Former England women’s captain Stoney retires for coaching role – Eurosport
Former England women’s captain Casey Stoney is to join Phil Neville’s coaching staff on the national team after announcing her retirement on Monday.
Boston Breakers folding the NWSL’s fault – Cal Times
Many players from FC Kansas City found a home in Utah, surrounded by their teammates from FC Kansas City. The same fate wasn’t met for the Breakers players, who were dispersed among the various nine teams. So what could have been done to save the Breakers?
Anson Dorrance appalled at fighting between Girls’ Development Academy, ECNL – The Equalizer
Longtime University of North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance wants to see the newly formed U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy work together with the incumbent ECNL and co-exist.
Women’s football takes centre stage in museum exhibition – The Guardian
The largest ever collection of women’s football memorabilia and historical items has been acquired by the National Football Museum in preparation for an exhibition expected to be opened this year.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Euro world: Dortmund’s Reus showing signs of his old self after layoff – Sportsnet
After Barcelona rolled to a road win over Eibar on Saturday, Atletico Madrid recorded a 2-0 home victory over Athletic Bilbao the very next day on the strength of second-half goals from Diego Costa and Kevin Gameiro.
Juve win is costly with Higuain, Bernardeschi injuries – North Bay-Nipissing
The status of each player will be big concerns for Juventus’ pursuit of a seventh straight Serie A title as well as the return leg of the Champions League last 16 against Tottenham.
La Liga: Real Madrid win wild one, now just 17 points behind Barca – NBC Sports
So long as they manage to hold off Sevilla for fourth place (Champions League qualification), Real Madrid will quickly move on from their disastrous 2017-18 season, spend a half-billion dollars in the summer and pretend like the 12 preceding months never even happened.
Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight – The Guardian
It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reach.
Week 26 review: PSG purge demons as Lyon skid continues – Ligue 1
PSG bounced back from defeat to Real Madrid with a 5-2 win over Strasbourg that consolidated their 12-point lead, while Lyon slipped further adrift of chasers Monaco and OM, a 2-2 draw away to LOSC opening a six-point deficit.
Mohamed Salah – The Egyptian superstar unsatisfied after reaching 30-goal mark – African Football
The 25-year-old toward has described his ‘great feeling’ at hitting the 30-goal mark for Liverpool with his strike in Wednesday’s victory over FC Porto in Portugal, but he isn’t satisfied yet.
Vitoria v Bahia abandoned after 10 red cards and eight yellows – BBC Sport
Brazilian footballers are traditionally known for their skill on the ball, but there wasn’t much on show in the Bahia state championship match between Vitoria and Bahia.
Italy VAR chief: Incidents to be shown on stadium screens – Metro
Decisions which have been changed on video review could soon be shown on the giant screens in Italian stadiums, offering soccer fans more clarity.
Previewing Tuesday’s CAF Champions League action – African Football
Tuesday February 20 will see just three preliminary round, second-leg CAF Champions League matches played across the continent, with teams looking to secure their path into the first round.
Rochdale scores late vs Spurs to set up Wembley replay – National Post
What a difference a few days can make. After coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Juventus in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, Tottenham made 11 changes to its team on Sunday and was held 2-2 by English third-tier team Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Southampton bounces West Bromwich Albion from FA Cup – Toronto Star
The Baggies sacked two executives this week, had four players face a theft rap in Spain and were ousted from the FA Cup by Southhampton.
FA Cup replays should be made optional – Rochdale’s trip to Wembley will be magical but who wants Swansea vs Sheffield Wednesday? – The Telegraph
You know that feeling on a first date when about halfway through the first drink you both realise you’d quite like to leave, but social convention dictates that you’re going to have to stay for a second?
Death threats to UEFA match-fixing investigators prompt Ceferin to issue warning – Inside World Football
UEFA Disciplinary Inspectors have received anonymous death threats after re-opening a match-fixing probe into Albanian club KF Skënderbeu. The death threats were taken seriously enough to prompt UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin to issue a statement that UEFA would not be intimidated by third parties and giving “100%” support to investigators.
Ex-soccer coach jailed for 30 yrs for abusing young players – Metro
A former English youth soccer coach was jailed Monday for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers after the judge called him the “devil incarnate.”
FIFA double-standards? Gulati allowed to pitch United 2026 to Cosafa grouping – Inside World Football
The race to land the 2026 World Cup has exploded into fresh controversy with FIFA facing accusations of double standards and underhand tactics despite its efforts, in public at least, to ensure a squeeky clean bidding process ahead of the June vote.
Arsenal agree £200m shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates until 2024 – The Telegraph
Arsenal will increase their spending power from 2019 by around £20 million a year after agreeing a new shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates that will be worth more than £200 million until 2024.
Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners? – The Guardian
Pitch International, which has bought and sold on overseas rights from the FA and EFL, has an anonymous controlling shareholder
Lorenzo Insigne: “Even God Loves Napoli” – The Players’ Tribune
Before I begin this story, I have to start by apologizing to God. And by “God,” I mean “D10S” … Mr. Maradona. I also want to apologize to my father.