VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Changing The Culture: Dos Santos part of something bigger for Vancouver Whitecaps – AFTN
How important is a football club’s identity? It’s a difficult question to quantify, and an even tougher concept many clubs struggle to make clear.
Whitecaps FC acquire 21-year-old Tunisian centre back Jasser Khmiri – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired 21-year-old Tunisian centre back Jasser Khmiri on Friday, bolstering their back line with another promising young talent.
From desert to Dome: the Caps’ journey to land Tunisian Jasser Khmiri – The Province
In 72 hours, Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos flew halfway around the world and back to sign the first Tunisian player to join MLS.
Observations: ‘Caps ramp up preseason preparations with intrasquad match – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC continued to ramp up their preseason preparations on Sunday, playing a 50-minute intrasquad match at the University of Hawaii.
Whitecaps FC and midfielder Efraín Juárez mutually agree to part ways – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club and midfielder Efraín Juárez have mutually agreed to a contract termination.
Nashville ends Gutman deal, says MLS ‘does not support’ loan from Celtic – Pro Soccer USA
Andrew Gutman won’t be putting on a Nashville SC uniform in 2019.
Las Vegas Lights 5, Toronto FC 1 | 2019 Preseason Match Recap – MLS
Toronto FC took on USL Championship outfit Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday at Cashman Field in Las Vegas as part of Preseason presented by Advocare, with the home side winning 5-1.
Toronto FC try to stay on course amid “fair amount of chaos” in January – MLS
A tumultuous January at Toronto FC came to a conclusion this week with the departure of Sebastian Giovinco, leaving some massive shoes to fill.
Sounders get crushed by Atlanta in lone SoCal scrimmage – Sounder at Heart
Going up against an Atlanta United team that started preseason earlier and plays their first competitive match on February 21 in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Seattle Sounders were blown out. For Seattle it was a fitness exercise that rotated Academy and Tacoma Defiance players in with First Team quality. The Five Stripes played a near ideal XI and crushed the Sounders, 7-1.
Report: Montreal to acquire Canadian int’l Zachary Brault-Guillard on loan – MLS
Another young Canadian international could be returning home for 2019, according to leading French publication L’Equipe.
From the school yard to the big leagues: Magog’s Mikale Fontaine is training with the Montreal Impact – Sherbrooke Record
Mikale Fontaine was not born in the soccer world, but it has very much become an integral part of his life now.
Agent: “Almiron did not leave Atlanta happy” due to transfer process – NBC Sports
Taking into the consideration we’re taking an agent at his word, Daniel Campos had some parting shots for Atlanta United following Newcastle United’s purchase of Miguel Almiron for a club record fee.
Dr. Pete Edwards Saved The Columbus Crew. Who Is He? – WOSU
While Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam made more headlines for helping save the Columbus Crew, the purchase group was also led by a prominent local investor: orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Edwards.
Philadelphia Union gamer claims championship at esports FIFA tournament in LA – ABC 6
The FIFA tournament hosted gamers from participating MLS clubs as they played against each other.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Week 16 Results & Standings – BC Soccer Web
The craziness of the Superbowl is over, and the white flakes are just beginning today – we are fortunate to have played all our fixtures over the weekend.
Brad Norris Jones joins Pacific Football Club management team – Pacific FC
Pacific Football Club added Brad Norris Jones, the former general manager of the Victoria HarbourCats, to their management team today. Norris Jones will take on the position of executive vice president of operations with the club for the inaugural 2019 season.
Former HarbourCats GM Brad Norris-Jones joins Pacific FC front office – Times Colonist
Brad Norris-Jones grew up dreaming about making it to pro sports. He got there, not on the field but off, as the new executive vice-president of operations for Pacific FC.
Westhills Stadium: The Home of Vancouver Island Football – Northern Starting XI
Pacific FC president Josh Simpson announced that the club’s first match will likely be played Sunday, April 28, 2019. Whether that match is played at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC, is still unknown. With spring training a month away, the club is working hard to have Westhills Stadium ready for Canadian Premier League action.
Cowichan Div. 2 women fall to Gorge – BC Local News
Soccer team keeps pace with rivals in first half, Gorge pulls away in second.
Okanagan FC PCSL Tryouts – Okanagan FC
With more than 40 players already pre registered, our PCSL tryouts are going to give us an opportunity to select an excellent team. There is no age limit being applied, we are simply looking to build the best senior team that we can to compete in the league.
Wilson’s soccer path began in Burnaby – Burnaby Now
Bruce Wilson has a vivid memory when he was a little tyke living on Union Street in North Burnaby when his father first took him and his brother, two years older than Bruce, to Confederation Park for a training session in his father’s favourite sport. Soccer was soon Bruce’s favourite, too. Still is.
Youth sports: Cost of coaching abuse is always high, and sometimes fatal – The Province
It’s painfully obvious that child abuse is alive and well in the world of youth sports. And this issue isn’t just one of hurt feelings — it’s one that nearly cost one B.C. athlete his life.
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.
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
Cavalry FC’s Jordan Brown hopes Canada provides new beginning for career and family – Canadian Premier League
Cavalry FC’s latest signing Jordan Brown is looking for a fresh start in Canada for both his career, and for the well-being of his young family.
Having “Values Makes it Easier to Develop a Culture”-Tommy Wheeldon Discusses Building a Team – Northern Starting XI
David Standish had the chance to talk with Tommy Wheeldon Jr, head coach of Cavalry FC, about team building and soccer culture.
Canada Soccer begins new women’s youth cycle after best-ever U-17 finish at Uruguay 2018 – CSA
On the heels of a historic fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018, Canada Soccer opens a new cycle on the road to the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program will begin with their qualification journey with a week-long Regional EXCEL Program identification camp in Laval from 3-8 February.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Meilleur-Giguere Returns to Fury FC from Montreal – USL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Friday the return to the club of Canadian defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère on loan from Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact as the clubs renewed their partnership for the 2019 season, and the signing of former Impact Academy standout Luca Ricci to his first professional contract.
Rowdies Bring Aboard Tinari for New Season – USL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Friday it had signed midfielder Andrew Tinari, a former standout for fellow USL Championship side the New York Red Bulls II, and defender Shawn Barry as it continues to prepare for the 2019 season.
Snohomish County FC: Addicted to Creativity – Sounder at Heart
Snohomish County FC has quickly taken off with their social media presence and soon enough, they’ll be flying up the ranks of top lower league kits.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Manchester United expose gulf in class as Casey Stoney’s side dump Brighton & Hove Albion out of Women’s FA Cup – The Telegraph
Even at their worst, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United look every inch a Women’s Super League side.
All roads lead to Crawley and a joyful Women’s FA Cup double-header – The Guardian
As smoke wafted across the pitch from the makeshift burger stand on the edge of the muddied field on Tinsley Lane, fans joked of postponement – anything to keep the joy of this tie alive because, almost eight years after Crawley Town, then non-league, went on a wonderful FA Cup run that saw them reach Old Trafford – falling only to a Wes Brown header – now it was the turn of the town’s biggest women’s team, Crawley Wasps, to bask in the spotlight.
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Gielnik and Kerr do battle for Premiership – My Football
It was a big round of Westfield W-League action as the Premiership was decided and the last four was set in stone.
Victory rest stars before W-League semi-final – Sydney Morning Herald
W-League premiers Melbourne Victory will savour the calm in the middle of “two of the biggest weeks of our lives” when they travel to Canberra United for a catch-up game on Tuesday night.
FA Cup: Lewes call on FA board to look at gap in prize money in men’s and women’s competitions – BBC Sport
In an open letter, the club’s directors point out the winners of the women’s FA Cup collect £25,000, compared to the £3.6m given to the men’s holders.
FA plan to introduce full-time referees in Women’s Super League – The Telegraph
It is understood that that the FA want to create an elite team of referees that will serve as the equivalent to the ‘select group’ in the men’s game .
Cork City’s Lisa Fallon: ‘The lads don’t make exceptions. I’m just a coach’ – The Guardian
The only female coach working in men’s professional football in Ireland on her extraordinary career, keeping cool in the face of sexism and her battle for acceptance.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Premier League preview: West Ham v. Liverpool – NBC Sports
The Reds look to keep pace with Manchester City and Tottenham as they travel to the Olympic Stadium to take on West Ham United on Monday.
Premier League weekend review: Big wins for both Manchester clubs – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened this weekend in the Premier League, in case you missed it.
Serie A: AC Milan and Roma draw, Inter blanked at home – NBC Sports
The door to the Serie A top four was wide open, and nobody wanted to walk through.
Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich fall to Bayer Leverkusen – Sportsnet
Peter Bosz did all he could for his former side. Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen came from behind to defeat Bayern Munich 3-1 and end the visitors’ seven-game winning run in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
WEEK 23 REVIEW: OL SHOW PSG’S FEET OF CLAY – Ligue 1
Lyon sent shockwaves through French football on Sunday as they became the first side to beat Thomas Tuchel’s PSG in the league this season. The result leaves the capital club ‘just’ ten points clear of LOSC, who beat Nice 4-0.
Defensive PSG goes on offensive over Neymar criticism – London Free Press
Paris Saint-Germain is feeling defensive about its attacking star Neymar, who is recovering from his third injury in the last 12 months.
La Liga: Real Madrid pulls within two of 2nd place Atletico – NBC Sports
While Barcelona sits atop the La Liga table with a comfortable six point cushion, the race below them continues to rage on.
Lionel Messi skips Barcelona practice with injury, could miss El Clasico – Sportsnet
Lionel Messi has not practiced with his teammates on Monday, raising doubts about his presence in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Qatari players celebrated on return from Asian Cup victory – Leader Post
Qatar’s footballers have paraded the Asian Cup through the streets of Doha on an open-top bus decorated with a picture of the team on the side.
USMNT edges Costa Rica on late goals by Lletget, Arriola – SBI
It may only be January, but the Gregg Berhalter era with the United States Men’s National team is off to a perfect start – record-wise.
English police concerns over co-ordinated soccer fan violence – London Free Press
Police expressed disappointment Sunday over “co-ordinated disorder” between Bristol City and Swansea City fans following violent scenes around their second-tier soccer game.
Man leading search for Emiliano Sala’s plane says wreckage found – Edmonton Sun
The wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala was located on Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel, according to the marine scientist leading a privately funded search for the Argentine’s family.
Soccer player refuses voluntary extradition to Bahrain – Medicine Hat News
A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia told a Thai court Monday that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain, which has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies committing.
Soccer union urges IOC, FIFA to mull sanctions – Canada.com
The soccer players’ union in Australia has called on the International Olympic Committee and soccer’s governing body to consider sporting sanctions against Thailand and Bahrain following the continued detention of refugee footballer Hakeen al-Araibi in Bangkok.
Football needs to get house in order over concussion, and it is not alone – The Guardian
Too many sports do not have the right procedures in place to deal with concussion but work on pitchside diagnosis and technology to improve it is moving forward.