VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Five storylines to watch as ‘Caps kick off 2019 preseason training camp – Whitecaps FC
On Monday morning, Vancouver Whitecaps FC players will officially report to the National Soccer Development Centre for the start of their 2019 preseason training camp.
Episode 319 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The Sun And The Rain And The Blood Moon with special guest Derek Cornelius) – AFTN
The offseason is officially over and the preseason is underway. Vancouver Whitecaps head back to the pitch as their preseason training camp begins. With a new head coach and (some) new players, what can we expect? Excitement hopefully, and we’re here to help add to that.
Whitecaps FC add Nick Dasovic to technical staff as U-23 development squad head coach – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that Nick Dasovic has joined the club’s technical staff and been named head coach of the newly formed U-23 development squad.
Kei Kamara approaches Colorado Rapids with enthusiasm – Pro Soccer USA
New Colorado Rapids forward Kei Kamara mostly accepts the surprises that come with playing in MLS.
Erik Hurtado excited by the culture, mentality at Sporting Kansas City – MLS
As the 2019 MLS preseason begins, attacker Erik Hurtado finds himself amid one of the most stable club situations in MLS, after departing one of the least.
Where did the Whitecaps go? Vancouver’s former stars find new homes – The Province
The club has parted ways with 18 players since finishing last season two spots out of playoff position with a 13-13-8 record.
Report: New England Revolution to offer big wages for Stoke City’s Bojan – MLS
The New England Revolution have again been linked to a move for Stoke City’s Bojan Krkic, with The Sun’s Alan Nixon in England indicating that the Potters could let the Barcelona product leave on a free transfer.
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore says exit from Toronto FC would be ‘bittersweet’ – ESPN
Jozy Altidore has hinted that his time with Toronto FC is nearing its conclusion, adding that the end, when that happens, will be “bittersweet.”
Sebastian Giovinco eager for word from Toronto FC on his future at club – MLS
Toronto FC stars Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have said repeatedly they would be happy to stay at BMO Field beyond this season. But Giovinco still wants to know if the feeling is mutual.
Keaton Parks joins NYCFC on loan for the 2019 season – SBI
One of the many U.S. Men’s National Team central midfield prospects is headed to Major League Soccer for the 2019 campaign. On Saturday, New York City FC announced it signed Keaton Parks on loan from Benfica.
Carlos Vela ‘happy’ at LAFC, refuses to rule out move to Barcelona – ESPN
Carlos Vela has told ESPN that he is “happy” at LAFC and didn’t expand on whether he could be headed to Barcelona, with rumors swirling that he is an option for the Catalan side in this January transfer window.
Hundreds gather for legendary MLS coach Sigi Schmid’s memorial service – MLS
Friends, family and some notable members of the American soccer community gathered Friday night to pay tribute to recently departed legendary MLS coach Sigi Schmid in a memorial service at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Week 14 Results & Standings – BC Soccer Web
The top flight of Men’s League was back and open for business this past weekend, and there were some surprises you could say.
PHOTOS: 2019 FVSL-VISL ALL-STAR GAME, January 12, 2019 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photo for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VMSL Imperial Cup draw throws up some potential crackers as Rino’s Tigers face tough task to defend the trophy – AFTN
Dating back to 1913, it’s one of the oldest trophies still contested in Canadian soccer. First won by Thistle FC 106 year ago, Rino’s Tigers are the current champions, winning their first ever Imperial Cup last year in a 2-0 win over Croatia SC at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.
Development Squad goalkeeper Chituru Odunze to trial at English Premier League club Leicester City FC – Whitecaps FC
On Saturday, Whitecaps FC confirmed that goalkeeper Chituru Odunze, who is signed to the U-23 development squad, will begin a two-week trial at English Premier League club Leicester City FC, starting on Monday.
HIGHLANDERS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH J3 LEAGUE GRULLA MORIOKA – Victoria Highlanders
Highlanders FC are proud to announce a cultural and technical partnership with Grulla Morioka of the professional J3 League in Japan.
South Delta United makes giving back a priority – Delta Optimist
For the third consecutive year the youth soccer club held its Food Bank Drive at Dugald Morrison Park last weekend as part of its match days for boys and girls U5 to U9 teams. Non-perishable items were collected for Deltassist.
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
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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 2019 warm up against Norway LIVE on CanadaSoccer.com – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team has kicked off their FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign with a training camp in Rota, Spain, and a training match against Switzerland. Up next, an International Friendly against Norway on Tuesday 22 January. Fans can watch a live stream of the match on CanadaSoccer.com at 12:00 ET/ 09:00 PT.
‘We’ll fight for everything’: Y9’s Aparicio returns following ‘experience of a lifetime’ – Canadian Premier League
The story of Canadian players going abroad and thriving is all good and well, but the reality of those European moves is often less glamorous … and certainly more challenging than it may appear.
Previous connections important to helping HFX Wanderers hit the ground running – AFTN
A regularly spouted, seemingly accurate, truism that crops up during every year’s summer and winter transfer windows concerns the danger of signing too many new players in one go. How, after all, can a team be expected to perform at the limits of its potential if many of its key components are strangers to one another?
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Ward Makes Move to Fury FC – USL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Friday it had signed Charlie Ward ahead of the 2019 USL Championship campaign, pending league and federation approval, bringing the central midfielder to Canada’s capital for the new season.
Weapons Upgraded, Smith Envisions Philosophical Shift – USL
During his time as a Head Coach in North America, as much success as Nashville SC’s Gary Smith has produced at his previous stops – including winning MLS Cup in 2010 with the Colorado Rapids – it’s probably fair to say his sides haven’t immediately roused images of high-flying, attacking soccer.
Dane Kelly is the Crowning Signing of Indy’s Offseason – USL
Given the shortened timeline Indy Eleven had to assemble a cohesive on-field unit after its January entry to the league last year, the fact that Head Coach Martin Rennie’s side reached the USL Cup Playoffs at all last fall was a highly commendable achievement.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
U.S. women’s soccer team’s 28-game unbeaten streak ends with 3-1 loss at World Cup host France – Philly.com
When U.S. women’s soccer team coach Jill Ellis planned a winter trip to Europe for her program, she wanted her players to get a real test from life and games abroad. They got one and then some on Saturday.
Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League: Raso returns for Roar, Foord driving Sydney up the ladder – FFA
Brisbane Roar may have lost 3-1 to Sydney FC in Round 12 of the Westfield W-League, but they won in spirit with the return of Westfield Matildas winger Hayley Raso.
NWSL: Breakout Players for Each Club Ahead of the World Cup – Part 1 – MLS Multiplex
In the first of a two-part series, Rachael McKriger looks at five players from five NWSL teams that will have a breakout season in 2019 — a World Cup year.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal tops Chelsea, Dortmund defeat Leipzig, and more – SBI
Arsenal hosted a London derby this weekend welcoming Chelsea to Emirates Stadium. The hosts put on a dominant performance topping the Blues 2-0.
Premier League weekend review: Beware of Wolves – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened this weekend in the Premier League, in case you missed it.
Serie A: Napoli builds cushion, Zapata scores four in Atalanta win – NBC Sports
Napoli afforded itself even more space at second place in the Serie A table with a big 2-1 win over Lazio.
Serie A returns with a reminder that it can be beautiful too – The Guardian
The crowd at San Siro was the smallest it had been for any game in this Serie A season, yet also perhaps the most uplifting. Inter’s match against Sassuolo was originally supposed to be played behind closed doors, as a punishment for racist abuse of Kalidou Koulibaly by supporters at the stadium last month. Club officials persuaded the footballing authorities to let them distribute 11,000 tickets to schoolchildren instead.
Japan 1 Saudi Arabia 0: Four-time winners send Pizzi’s men out – Four Four Two
Takehiro Tomiyasu scored after 20 minutes against Saudi Arabia and his goal clinched Japan’s place in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.
Asian Cup: Lippi’s China comes from behind; Vietnam advances – NBC Sports
China fought back from a goal down to beat Thailand 2-1 in the round of 16 of the Asian Cup on Sunday and avoid a potentially embarrassing upset.
Barcelona close to signing Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo – The Guardian
Barcelona are close to the surprise signing of the former Tottenham and Portsmouth forward Kevin-Prince Boateng, with the former Ghana international’s representative’s having agreed terms with the reigning Spanish champions over an initial loan move.
WEEK 21 REVIEW: PSG RUN RIOT AS OL TAKE DERBY HONOURS – Ligue 1
PSG’s world-class strike force exacted 9-0 revenge on Coupe de la Ligue nemesis Guingamp, with hat-tricks for Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé, while Lyon claimed a dramatic late 2-1 win over ASSE in the Rhône derby.
With Verratti out, PSG coach Tuchel needs Rabiot back now – London Free Press
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel needs Adrien Rabiot back in his team — and soon — because an injury to Marco Verratti has left the French league leader seriously short of options in midfield.
Ashley Cole looks ready to join Derby County’s Premier League promotion bid – Derby Telegraph
Ashley Cole looks ready to join Derby County’s promotion bid.
How transfer spending is turbocharging European club profits – Inside World Football
A new UEFA club benchmarking report has landed, studded with new illustrations of the still widening chasm between the wealthiest members of the European – and world – financial club football elite and the rest of the continent’s more than 700 top-flight teams.
Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud in Madrid court – London Free Press
Cristiano Ronaldo will make an unwanted trip back to Madrid on Tuesday and is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud.
Crystal Palace shelter local homeless – Inside World Football
In this loadsamoney era for top-tier football, Crystal Palace stands out as a club that has managed nonetheless to retain close links with the community that spawned it. So it is not altogether surprising that of all Premier League outfits it should be the Eagles who have teamed up with their local council to provide some practical midwinter help for the homeless.