VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 240 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Back To The Grind) – AFTN
The wait it over, and so are the seemingly never ending drafts. Vancouver Whitecaps preseason is finally underway.
Whitecaps FC select Washingston Huskies fullback Justin Fiddes 17th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected fullback Justin Fiddes in the first round (17th overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.
Whitecaps FC select Creighton Bluejays fullback Lucas Stauffer 26th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected fullback Lucas Stauffer in the second round (26th overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.
New Zealander Cory Brown selected by Whitecaps FC 62nd overall – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected defender Cory Brown in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday. Over the next few days, Brown will either be invited to attend the club’s first team camp or the club’s USL affiliate Fresno FC.
The Hex: Six things to watch out for in week one of Whitecaps preseason – AFTN
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, in January. Well, from a Vancouver Whitecaps perspective. For Monday is the start of preseason.
Vancouver Whitecaps Battles to Watch in Pre-Season – Eighty-Six Forever
One of the things Carl Robinson has stressed that he wants in his team is competition for places. The 2018 rendition of the Whitecaps looks to have that in spades. As I see it the only players who are locks to be starters are Waston, Parker, and Reyna. With training camp about to start there are some fascinating battles for places about to take place.
Black is the Colour – Soccer Shorts
Many of us have enjoyed the fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s technology as dystopia series “Black Mirror”. But how many of you are aware that the plan for the fifth season is to base all the episodes around Major League Soccer? Probably none of you.
Canadian teams wrap up their selections in final rounds of 2018 MLS SuperDraft – Medicine Hat News
The draft featured four players selected from each of the University of Akron, Virginia and Wisconsin. MLS camps open Monday.
Canada shut out in SuperDraft’s first round, but there’s talent in the pipeline – Toronto Star
It was six years ago that the last Major League Soccer SuperDraft came and went without a Canadian player being selected in the first round. Until Friday.
MLS Draft 2018: Toronto FC add two defenders – Waking the Red
Toronto FC concluded the MLS SuperDraft on Sunday with a pair of picks in the third and fourth rounds. They selected centre-back Andre Morrison from Hartford 69th overall, then they added fullback Ben White out of Gonzaga with the 92nd and last pick in the draft.
MLS SuperDraft concludes with combined 35 selections in Rounds 3 and 4 – MLS
The third and fourth rounds of MLS SuperDraft 2018 presented by adidas took place via teleconference Sunday afternoon, as all 23 clubs ultimately added reinforcements to their respective rosters heading into the season. The first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft were held two days earlier at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The changing MLS: Influx of Young DPs, TAM-fueled trades and run on Homegrowns – Soccer America
MLS preseason camps open Monday around North America. That’s just six weeks since Toronto FC won MLS Cup 2017 but three months since the end of the 2017 regular season.
NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira: “We’re going to be good enough to challenge Toronto” – SBI
New York City FC finished in second place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last year and one goal short of reaching the conference finals. The club could have deemed that good enough to not have to make many changes to its roster ahead of the 2018 campaign, but it opted for a different approach in an effort to get deeper.
BMO acquires naming rights to Toronto FC’s Training Grounds, becomes Official Partner of Toronto FC Academy – Toronto FC
Following Toronto FC’s MLS Cup victory, the club and its first-ever partner BMO, announced plans on Monday morning to expand its existing partnership. As part of this extended partnership, BMO is now the official Toronto FC Academy and the official and exclusive partner of the club’s state-of-the-art training facility, now re-named BMO Training Ground.
Stoke City transfer news: Jack Harrison nears switch from New York City – Stoke Sentinel
Jack Harrison is on the verge of returning back to the Potteries to sign for Stoke City , the Sentinel understands.
Cyle Larin skips first day of Orlando City training camp – Pro Soccer USA
Cyle Larin was absent as Orlando City opened training camp Monday, continuing his push to play overseas rather than with the Lions during the 2018 season.
LA Galaxy looks set for massive turnaround – NBC Sports
Major League Soccer’s parity lends itself to dramatic turnarounds, and 2018 should be no different.
D.C. United drafts two Brazilians, invites MLS veteran to training camp – Washington Post
D.C. United claimed two Brazilians in the last round of the MLS draft Sunday and, the Insider has learned, invited veteran right back Sheanon Williams to training camp, which opens Monday in Washington.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Division 1 Results & Standings, January 22, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Week 15 was a busy one – the first one back from the Xmas break. As a result, the standings have changed and it sets up another important weekend or 2 as we move forward to the completion of the year.
TIME TO REGISTER FOR KAMLOOPS YOUTH SOCCER! – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) registration deadline is fast approaching.
BC Soccer Assoc. Board of Directors appoint Garry Sangha as a Director – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to inform the soccer community of the appointment of Garry Sangha as a BC Soccer Director. Following the BC Soccer Bylaws, the BC Soccer Association Board of Directors have made the appointment as former Director Chuck Bennet stepped down in late 2017. Garry Sangha brings years of volunteer club and league experience as a coach, administrator, scheduler, and director to his new role as a BC Soccer Director.
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
Tory says he supports proposal for Toronto to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup – CBC
Mayor John Tory wants to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Toronto. Tory endorsed on Monday a report by city staff recommending that council enter into agreements that would enable Toronto to co-host the international sporting event, widely considered the largest in the world by viewership and interest.
Canada Soccer clinches Semi-Final berth with 4:1 win over hosts at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018 – CSA
Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago, hosts of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, 4:1 to secure a spot in the knockout round with six points. Canada will now face Haiti, also with six points, in its final match to determine first and second place in Group A.
Canada beats T&T in the most CONCACAF of games – the11.ca
The hottest new club in the Caribbean is the Ato Boldon Stadium. Located in hot, humid Trinidad and Tobago, this place has everything. Bad calls, dubious goalkeeping and a Canadian team that’s advancing to the semifinal round of the U-20 CONCACAF Women’s Championship!
RASC teams meet for gold at home Winter Classic tournament – CHAT
While it’s rare that a local soccer team has a shot at winning their home tournament, it’s even more rare to see two teams from the same city meeting in the finals. That was exactly the case at the Family Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon, with two Medicine Hat-based clubs meeting with a gold medal on the line at the 2018 Medicine Hat Soccer Association Winter Classic.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Fury FC adds Canadian goalkeeper Crepeau from Impact – Ottawa Sun
Ottawa Fury FC has acquired Canadian International goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau on a year-long loan from the Montreal Impact.
Can Fresno FC Be Successful? – The Collegian
Soccer fever finally hit Fresno last year with the arrival of the new professional soccer club Fresno FC, but can this team be successful in a city that has already seen The Fresno Falcons hockey team go bankrupt and another one the Fresno Grizzlies operate in the red for many years?
Roughnecks Add Canadian Defender – USL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Friday the club had signed Canadian defender Terence Smith, pending league and federation approval. The 26-year-old former Northeastern State University signed with the club after having spent time training with the Roughnecks last year.
Which Teams Will Compete in the USL’s New Third Division League? – The Mane Land
The USL sent out a tweet suggesting we’ll start seeing the names of teams competing in the new D3 league in 2019.
‘A shambles – nobody has thought about the players’: Irish contingent caught up in US chaos – The 42
A CIVIL WAR is being waged within US soccer and some Irish players are caught up in the crossfire.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Westfield W-League Round 12 recap: Three draws and a narrowing finals field – Vavel
Sam Kerr scored a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough to win the game for Perth, who has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Just five teams have a chance of making the finals after 12 weeks of play.
Sam Kerr pays tribute to Sky Blue FC after NWSL move – FFA
Sam Kerr has paid tribute to her Sky Blue FC teammates after confirmation the Westfield Matildas star will join fellow NWSL club Chicago Red Stars next season.
Carli Lloyd requested NWSL trade: ‘I want to get back home’ – ESPN W.
The trades, for all intents and purposes a single three-way blockbuster, shook the landscape of women’s soccer. The moves overshadowed the National Women’s Soccer League’s draft on Thursday and altered the courses of three franchises, not to mention three of the most recognizable stars in the sport. And yet its genesis had less to do with changing the world than reclaiming what was familiar.
USWNT Beats Reigning EURO Runners-up Denmark 5-1 in Thrilling 2018 Opener – USSF
The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off its 2018 campaign with a powerful, come-from-behind 5-1 against reigning EURO Women’s runner-up Denmark in front of 17,526 fans at SDCCU Stadium on Sunday night.
Scotland 0-0 Russia: Stalemate in San Pedro – Vavel
Scotland continued to struggle with their end product when they clashed with Russia in a pre-season friendly, neither nation able to break the deadlock in sunny Spain.
Seattle’s Hope Solo honored for 200 games with U.S. Soccer team – KOMO
U.S. Soccer honored former goalkeeper Hope Solo on Sunday for her 200th career appearance for the national team. The on-field ceremony came before Sunday’s game between the United States and Denmark in San Diego.
Why women’s football must take the next step in 2018 – Roar
2018 is a crucial year for football in Australia, particularly in the women’s game. Our Matildas will ramp up preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France where they’ll be one of the favourites. It’s also a year when some serious decisions need to be made about the game’s direction in Australia.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Sunday European Rewind: Lyon downs PSG, Real Madrid cruises, and more – SBI
The top two teams in Ligue 1 squared off at the Parc OL on Sunday, with hosts Lyon edging PSG 2-1.
Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action – The Guardian
Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen.
No stopping Barca as Messi & co. leave Atleti, Valencia & Madrid in their wake – SN
There was a glimmer of hope for Barcelona’s rivals. When Ernesto Valverde’s side lost to Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, it perhaps proved that the Liga leaders are beatable after all. And a trip to in-form Betis on Sunday looked likely to be a tough test.
Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run – North Bay – Nipissing
Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team’s biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.
Week 22 review: Lyon strike stunning blow – Ligue 1
Lyon reignited the Ligue 1 Conforama title race as sub Memphis Depay’s last-gasp screamer clinched a 2-1 win over ten-man PSG and cut their lead to eight points. OM and Monaco also won to stay within reach of OL in second.
Arsenal, Man United set to swap Sanchez and Mkhitaryan – Sportsnet
Alexis Sanchez is close to joining Manchester United in what is set to be a rare swap deal among two of England’s top teams with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to Arsenal.
Pumas winger Jesus Gallardo continues making Mexico case – SN
Nobody came all that close to breaking the deadlock in Sunday’s scoreless draw between Pumas and Club America, but Pumas’ best chances came from left winger Jesus Gallardo.
Struggling French club Toulouse fires coach Pascal Dupraz – Sportsnet
Struggling French league club Toulouse has fired coach Pascal Dupraz and replaced him with Michael Debeve.
Super Eagles desperate to avoid 2018 CHAN elimination – African Football
Nigeria will be aiming to avoid elimination from the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament with victory over Equatorial Guinea at the Stade Adrar in Agadir on Tuesday evening.
Bayern beats Bremen 4-2 to go 16 points clear in Bundesliga – NBC Sports
Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich stretched its considerable Bundesliga lead even further Sunday with a 4-2 win over visiting Werder Bremen.
Ex-Mexican national soccer star joins leftist Morena party – 660 AM News
Former Mexican national soccer team star Cuauhtemoc Blanco appears to have joined the ranks of presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s leftist Morena party.
Gulati accused of leveraging his FIFA power to withhold youth player compensation – Inside World Football
With US Soccer president Sunil Gulati and CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani about to begin their charm offensive in Europe for the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, Gulati has been hit with new problems.
Hamburg hires Hollerbach as coach in bid for survival – Sportsnet
Struggling Hamburger SV hired Bernd Hollerbach as coach on Monday to replace the fired Markus Gisdol.
UEFA send Lakovic in further attempts to clean up Greek match-fixing shambles – Inside World Football
Allegations of match-fixing are still blighting Greek football with clubs complaining that the promised clean-up has not happened and that referees appointments are being influenced and that in turn is manipulating results.
Forget nostalgia – if Pele were playing today he would be unstoppable – The Telegraph
Gordon Banks may just have told the story before. But that does not mean it is not a good one. On Sunday night, the Football Writers’ Association held a tribute dinner in honour of Pele. The great man was intending to be there but illness had obliged him to cry off. Banks, however, was in attendance and received on Pele’s behalf a glass trophy. He was a good choice of stand-in: there was no way he was going to drop it.
Former England captain Armfield dies aged 82 – SN
Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82, Blackpool Football Club have confirmed. A member of the World Cup-winning squad of 1966, Armfield’s death comes following a battle with cancer.
Jimmy Armfield obituary – The Guardian
Armfield had been one of England’s standout players for many years, performing with great distinction in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where he was considered one of the best defenders in the tournament, and attracting admirers throughout the game.