BC Soccer News, Monday, February 26, 2018


Whitecaps acquire centre-back Jose Aja from Orlando CitySportsnet
The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired centre-back Jose Aja from Orlando City in exchange for $125,000 in targeted allocation money, the club announced on Saturday.

Caps acquire Jose Aja from Orlando as Tim Parker rumors continueEighty-Six Forever
As rumors of Tim Parker’s unhappiness continue to swirl, Vancouver acquired Uruguayan center back Jose Aja from Orlando City SC Saturday, potentially setting up a major mix-up in the Caps’ defensive situation.

Jake Nerwinski feels Whitecaps in good shape to build off last year’s playoff disappointment – “We can definitely do some damage this year” AFTN
Jake Nerwinski’s rookie season was full of positives. With 22 appearances in MLS, and four more in the CONCACAF Champions league, Nerwinski had established himself as Vancouver Whitecaps starting right back by the summer, and it was a position he never gave up.

Kamara, Davies lead ‘Caps to victory in preseason finaleWhitecaps FC
Clinical finishes by Kei Kamara and Alphonso Davies made the difference against LA Galaxy on Saturday night, as Vancouver Whitecaps FC held out for a 2-1 win in their preseason finale at the StubHub Center.

​Burnley midfielder Arfield ponders Vancouver Whitecaps moveTribal Football
Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield is a surprise target for MLS sides Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact.

Tim Parker: A Bird in the Hand? – Soccer Shorts
Tim Parker is in the rather odd position of being in a union that only takes a minimal role in establishing his pay rate which means he (and his agent) have to take a lead role in the negotiations.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 2018 Season PreviewMLS Multiplex
In an expanded and improved Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps will look to build on last year’s playoff run with a heavily rebuilt forward line.

Toronto FC is odds-on favorite to win MLS Cup againPro Soccer USA
Toronto FC is the favorite to repeat as champion of Major League Soccer, according to odds makers.

‘Adrenaline junkie’ Jonathan Osorio deserves far more respect from Toronto FC fans, CanadiansToronto Sun
After 141 MLS appearances, close to 10,000 minutes played and back-to-back MLS Cup starts, Jonathan Osorio – in his sixth season – is still fighting for everything.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell’s long journey leads to TFCSportsnet
It’s fair to say that Caleb Patterson-Sewell has bounced around during his soccer career. Patterson-Sewell, a 30-year-old goalkeeper who joined Toronto FC earlier this month, previously turned out for 10 clubs across several leagues.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Timbers edge Sporting KC, LAFC wins and moreSBI
The MLS Preseason concluded this past weekend with a handful of MLS teams taking their final tune-ups before the regular season begins on Saturday.

Jesse Marsch: Red Bulls Need To Be Sharper vs. CD OlimpiaNYRB
Following the 1-1 draw against Club Deportivo Olimpia in Leg 1 of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16, Head Coach Jesse Marsch said he knew the New York Red Bulls looked good in the first half — and that there’s work to be done in the second half.

MLS Target Signings Trend Toward the Rising South American StarSI.com
When Yeferson Quintana, the 6-foot-4 center back from Bella Unión, Uruguay, signed with the San Jose Earthquakes on a season-long loan deal from powerhouse Peñarol earlier this year, his first thought was opportunity.

Eastern Conference Preview: What each team’s offseason looked likeSounder at Heart
The Eastern Conference was the stronger conference last year for the time in a few years and it only got stronger this offseason. Between teams swapping stars, spending TAM/GAM and making team altering trades; the East only got better. This is the fastest way to get up to speed on the other side of the standings.

Justin Meram: Why I Play for IraqThe Players’ Tribune
I was checking my Facebook page when the message popped up. “Are you Iraqi?” it read. Nothing else. This was in 2013. I honestly didn’t know what to think at first. Being someone of Middle Eastern descent who was born and raised in the United States, and living in a post-9/11 America, can be tough. And I can’t ignore that while playing in MLS I’ve had a few fans of other teams call me a “smelly terrorist” and shout racial slurs at me during games.

Report: Borussia Dortmund to face LAFC as part of preseason trip to U.S.SBI
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly coming stateside this summer.

MLS Kit Critique 2018: Judging Every Team’s Home and Away UniformsSI.com
Now entering its 23rd season, MLS and Adidas still haven’t found the sartorial sweet spot between those notoriously garish mid-90s clown suits and the intramural house league you played in as a kid—the one where every team wore the same reversible jersey.

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VISL Weekend Results: Jackson Cup & Divisional PlayBC Soccer Web
While most of the Province was shut down because of snow, we here on the Island were fortunate enough to get 75% of our scheduled games in. We were busy with some Cup play as well as some Division 1 & Division 2 regular season games that determined important placements within.

Register for the 55+ Games this September in Cranbrook, BC55+ Games
Upcoming 55+ Games being held in Cranbrook BC September 11-15th preparations underway and looking for participants in the following Soccer Divisions: 55, 60, 65, and 70 Men’s Divisions AND Women,s 55+ Division.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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 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.

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Heiner-Moller: Canada has a lot of talentFIFA
It was news that surprised the world of women’s football, as well as supporters of Canada’s national teams. Just a week into 2018, John Herdman made the unique move of taking over Canada’s men’s national team by leaving his role as women’s coach of the North American nation.

Another round? Soccer fans hope beer partnership can help revive soccer teamMetro
Local soccer fans were crying into their beers after FC Edmonton shut down last November. Now, the club’s most enthusiastic supporters are hoping a few pints can help revive professional soccer in Edmonton.

AUDIO: A new life for FC Edmonton?CBC
Soccer fans who never gave up: a group of supporters is working to convince the owners of FC Edmonton to restart the team in the new Canadian Premier League. Adrienne speaks to the organiser of the #YEG4CPL campaign.

Canada Soccer: World Cup and Olympic bids for 2026 would be “complementary”the11.ca
In the eyes of Canada Soccer, the United Bid to host the men’s 2026 World Cup and Calgary’s interest in hosting the Winter Olympics in the same year aren’t competing with one another.

Gold Cup to be expanded from 2019NBC Sports
CONCACAF announced on Monday that 16 teams will compete from the 2019 Gold Cup onwards, with the governing body from North, Central America and the Caribbean also saying that are exploring the possibility of hosting games outside of the United States of America.

William Hoyle, Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member, passes away at age 92CSA
Mr. William Hoyle, a Canada Soccer Life Member and an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 92. A veteran of the Second World War, Mr. Hoyle was involved in the sport of soccer in Canada for more than 50 years as a referee, administrator, and executive.

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Fury FC adds striker Tony Taylor Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Friday the addition of striker Alejandro Antonio ‘Tony’ Taylor Jr, pending league and federation approval. Taylor joined the club immediately.

What next for the Cosmos and the NASL as court kills off their bid to keep D2 status? Inside World Football
The already precarious future of the North American Soccer League (NASL) now looks even more uncertain after the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit denied the NASL’s appeal to obtain a preliminary injunction that would have reinstated its status as a Division 2 league for the 2018 season.

USL DIII Executives to Visit Fort MyersUSL DIII
USL Division III executives will travel to Fort Myers, Florida, on Tuesday and Wednesday, marking the 24th different city the expansion committee has visited since the new professional league formally launched in April of 2017.


Matildas still have ‘serious firepower’ despite injury crisis – Sam KerrESPN
Striking powerhouse Sam Kerr says Australia’s national women’s football team is well-placed to cover key absences as they begin their run to the Asian Cup.

Nigeria’s women pull out of tournament in TurkeyBBC Sport
Reigning African women champions Nigeria have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues.

South Africa: Swart – Banyana Can Shock At Cyprus CupAll Africa
Newly appointed head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis has the full compliment of her squad for the Cyprus Women’s Cup following the arrival of goalkeeper Kaylin Swart and midfielder Zanele Nhlapho in Cyprus.

FA Women’s Championship: New name chosen for England’s second tierBBC Sport
Women’s Super League 2 will be renamed as the FA Women’s Championship from next season, as part of a restructure of English women’s leagues.

Dunn leaves Chelsea LadiesChelsea FC
Chelsea Ladies FC can confirm we have agreed terms for Crystal Dunn to join North Carolina Courage.

NWSL preseason roundup: Sky Blue, Dash suffer early losses; Courage win behind Jenkins braceThe Equalizer
In the first weekend of the 2018 NWSL preseason, a number of clubs took to the field for some early competition. Although clubs were without most of their internationals—including the U.S. and Canadian women’s national team players, currently in camp ahead of next week’s FIFA window—the weekend presented an opportunity for non-national team players and trialists in camp to show their merit.

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris feels bad for Orlando Pride opponentsOrlando Sentinel
During the offseason, the Pride bolstered their already-potent attack with key additions, including forward Sydney Leroux, who had six goals for FC Kansas City last season.

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City lifts League Cup in style; United beats Chelsea 2-1National Post
Manchester City completed part one of a possible treble Sunday, winning the League Cup final in style with a comprehensive 3-0 win over a defensively absent-minded Arsenal.

Europa League or bust for Arsenal after feeble cup lossMetro
The competition that Arsene Wenger has treated virtually as an afterthought this season could end up being his saviour . For the increasingly beleaguered Arsenal manager, things have got that desperate.

How does Pep Guardiola feel about his ambassador role for Qatar World Cup?The Guardian
Manchester City manager’s yellow-ribbon display of political affiliation sits uncomfortably with a readiness to front for Qatar.

La Liga & Serie A: Griezmann hat-trick paces Atleti, Milan tops RomaNBC Sports
A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Inter beats Benevento 2-0 despite terrible performanceDurham Region
Inter Milan was booed by its fans and outplayed yet somehow beat bottom club Benevento 2-0 to move to third in Serie A on Saturday. Two goals in as many minutes from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia helped Inter to only its second win in 11 matches.

Week 27 review: PSG flying high despite Neymar injury Ligue 1
PSG have a commanding 14-point lead atop the Ligue 1 Conforama standings after their 3-0 win over OM, but are sweating the fitness of Neymar; ASSE clinched a dramatic late derby draw with OL and Montpellier overtook Nantes in the race for fifth.

Cologne beats Leipzig to boost Bundesliga survival hopesSportsnet
Cologne showed signs of life in its fight to avoid Bundesliga relegation on Sunday, coming from behind to beat Leipzig 2-1 away.

VAR: Uefa will not use system in next season’s Champions LeagueBBC Sport
Video assistant referees (VAR) will not be used in next season’s Champions League, with the head of Uefa saying he sees “a lot of confusion”.

Sydney FC win 3-1 in ‘most lopsided derby in Australian football’The Guardian
Graham Arnold has declared the Sydney derby the most lopsided in Australian football after Sydney FC surged from behind to topple Western Sydney 3-1.

Guangzhou Evergrande win Chinese Super Cup over Shanghai ShenhuaESPN
Guangzhou Evergrande put their stuttering Asian Champions League form behind them on Monday night as Fabio Cannavaro’s side picked up the first trophy of the season with a 4-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua to claim the Chinese Super Cup.

Brazil police probes graft at Salvador World Cup stadiumMetro
Brazil federal police believe a 2014 World Cup stadium in the city of Salvador was overpriced by more than $130 million, and those funds were diverted to political campaigns.

Mark Aizlewood jailed over football apprenticeship fraudBBC
Ex-footballers Mark Aizlewood and Paul Sugrue have been jailed for their part in a £5m football apprenticeship fraud. The government-funded scheme claimed to help youngsters from deprived backgrounds gain coaching qualifications.

Ceferin and UEFA crush Jersey ambition, voting not to recognise the island as a nationInside World Football
Despite a measured and convincing plea to the whole of Europe to “put football first”, Jersey’s application to become the 56th member of UEFA was crushed at the organisation’s annual congress today when not a single federation supported its bid for inclusion.

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