BC Soccer News, Monday-Tuesday, January 6-7, 2020


Vancouver Whitecaps’ Top 5 Highlights of the DecadeAFTN
The decade started for the Whitecaps as a second tier club, preparing to make the jump to Major League Soccer. It ended with the ‘Caps finishing bottom of the MLS Western Conference, with the second worst record in the league. If there was promotion and relegation between MLS and USL, the Whitecaps would have finished the decade as a second tier club once again.

Five ‘Caps called up to Canada for January training camp & friendlies, including Bair’s first callWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, defender Derek Cornelius, midfielder Russell Teibert, and forwards Theo Bair and Tosaint Ricketts have been called up to Canada’s men’s national team for their upcoming training camp and international friendlies this month in Southern California.

Bacary Sagna announces Montreal Impact departure in Twitter postMLS
Bacary Sagna appeared to announce his departure from the Montreal Impact on Sunday, via a Twitter post in which the veteran fullback bid the club farewell after a year and a half in Quebec. As of Sunday afternoon, the Impact had not made an official announcement on the matter.

Toronto FC expected to make a splash in the 2020 transfer marketWaking the Red
How has TFC set themselves up this offseason, and who could be on the Reds’ radar?

From Liga MX to MLS: A look at recent record-breaking transfer movesMLS
Cuahtemoc Blanco showed over a decade ago what kind of talent can be found in Liga MX, but only more recently have we seen a steady pipeline of top-end talent coming from Mexico.

Report: DC United, Morelia agree to $5 million-plus fee for Edison FloresNBC Sports
D.C. United are, slowly but surely, filling in the void left by Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta.

2020 MLS Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Full Selection OrderBleacher Report
The 2020 MLS SuperDraft will start on Thursday with the first two rounds, with the top three picks going to expansion sides Inter Miami and Nashville SC.

The 10 biggest roster holes left to fill across MLS as 2020 arrivesMLS
The 2020 MLS preseason starts in a matter of days. And while there’s still time to get deals done before the more daunting deadline of opening weekend at the end of February, many teams are facing crunch time as they address significant needs on their rosters.


BCSPL Futsal 2020 ScheduleBCSPL
Each winter, the BCSPL operates a futsal schedule for its U13 and U14 lower mainland teams. What started in 2018 to compliment off season training, while implementing the advantages of futsal skill development, this program benefits the development of players, coaches and officials.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

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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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team holds January campCSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will hold a 12-day January camp to kick off the 2020 international season. The California-based camp will provide Canada Soccer with an opportunity to continue the positive development of the Men’s National Team Program while also providing international competition against Barbados and Iceland.

Cavs’ Carducci could see time for Canada in upcoming friendliesNational Post
Canada is calling again on Marco Carducci. The nation’s top men’s soccer squad has asked the Cavalry FC goalkeeper to join it for its current 12-day camp in California ahead of three friendlies in the 10 days.

‘A sigh of relief’: Borges relishes chance to prove himself in CanMNT campCanPL
Tristan Borges’ first call-up to the Canadian men’s team felt more like an inevitability than a surprise.

The Decade in Review – 30 big moments for Canadian soccer from the past 10 yearsCSA
It has been an incredible decade of growth for the beautiful game in Canada, from winning a Concacaf Women’s Championship and reaching the podium in back-to-back Olympic Games to hosting the world’s biggest women’s sporting event, setting global and national attendance records, and securing the bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We’ve picked out 30 big moments from across the decade and shared them in chronological order, from our Concacaf women’s youth title in March 2010 to our historic Concacaf Nations League victory over USA in October 2019.


USL: Saint Louis FC tabs Steve Trittschuh as new head coach Pro Soccer USA
Saint Louis FC is making a change at the top just two months before the 2020 USL Championship season begins.

NEW ARRIVAL: Miami Lands Jamaican International WilliamsUSL
The Miami FC announced its first signing of the offseason on Wednesday with the addition of Jamaican international forward Romario Williams, pending league and federation approval.


Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Sam Kerr’s debut shows WSL is thriving as relentless Arsenal roll on but is there fresh hope for Liverpool’s survival bid?

20 things to watch in women’s soccer in 2020The Equalizer
It’s 2020, and that means it’s the year after the year — the encore to the World Cup bump. Will the attention stick around? How much will the sport grow? Who and what should we be watching? Below are my thoughts on all that more for the 2020 calendar year.

2023 Women’s World Cup Bids Most Ambitious YetForbes
After the success of France 2019, a lot of countries expressed an interest in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Four official bids submitted their completed registrations by the December deadline and submitted their bid books to FIFA. Those bids are a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand, a bid from 2011 Women’s World Cup winners Japan, and bids from Brazil and Colombia.

China win further proof Wanderers are the real deal in W-LeagueSMH
The Western Sydney Wanderers couldn’t buy a win in the W-League last season. Now they’re knocking off national teams in their spare time.

Stanford’s Catarina Macario and Clemson’s Robbie Robinson win 2019 MAC Hermann TrophyNCAA
Stanford junior midfielder Catarina Macario and Clemson junior forward Robbie Robinson were presented as the winners of the 2019 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy on Friday at the MAC’s annual banquet.

Sudan’s women pursue soccer dream, challenging conservativesToronto Star
All her life, Elham Balatone wanted to play soccer — like her brothers, like the boys on her street. But in the Sudan where she grew up, women could be flogged for wearing pants, let alone soccer shorts. She heard all the reasons why she had to give up her dream: It’s a Muslim country, the uniform is inappropriate, the sport was meant for men. She played anyway, wearing pants or putting on leggings underneath shorts.

Second series confirmed for West Ham United women’s BBC Three documentaryWest Ham Utd.
After a successful first series of Britain’s Youngest Football Boss, documentary crews will return to Rush Green for a second series following West Ham United women during their 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL) campaign.


FA Cup third round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Lallana may yet have a key role at Liverpool, Derby should be higher in the league and Leicester see value in trophy-winning.

Regional uncertainty forces US to cancel men’s team training camp in QatarInside World Football
The US men’s squad has scrapped plans to go to Qatar for a winter training camp amid heightened tensions in the Middle East following the controversial assassination of Iran’s top military commander ordered by Donald Trump.

The USMNT may not be holding camp in Qatar anymore, but why was it going in the first place?Yahoo Sports
On Sunday, the United States men’s national team was supposed to open its annual January training camp for its many North American-based players who are out of season. Only this year, instead of Southern California, where it had been for decades, it was supposed to be in Qatar.

Serie A roundup: Belotti scores brace, Torino upsets RomaNBC Sports
Sunday’s Serie A action was marred by alleged racist abuse towards Brescia’s Mario Balotelli by traveling Lazio fans.

‘Shame on you’: Mario Balotelli accuses Lazio fans of racismThe Guardian
Mario Balotelli criticised Lazio fans after offensive chants towards the striker caused play to be briefly stopped on Sunday.

Cavani on point for PSG, OM survive scareLigue 1
PSG set about regaining the Coupe de France with a 6-0 away win over sixth-division Linas-Montlhéry, with Edinson Cavani at the double, while ten-man OM needed penalties to overcome fourth division Trélissac in the round of 64.

Toulouse coach fired after loss to Saint-Pryve Saint-HilaireSportsnet
Top-tier Toulouse fired coach Antoine Kombouare on Sunday, a day after an embarrassing French Cup defeat against amateur club Saint-Pryve Saint-Hilaire.

Man Utd v Man City, Carabao Cup: Ole Gunnar Soskjaer says Pep Guardiola’s side have ‘raised the bar’BBC Sport
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester City have “raised the bar” under Pep Guardiola, giving his side “something to aim for”.

Tom Huddlestone pleased as pitchside monitor used for right decision at PalaceFour Four Two
Derby midfielder Tom Huddlestone was pleased the pitchside monitor contributed towards the right decision being made during his side’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Europa League round of 32 ties: meet your opponentsUEFA
The UEFA Europa League round of 32 starts on 20 February – UEFA.com introduces the contenders.

La Liga roundup: Cazorla strikes, Villarreal hurt Real Sociedad with comeback winNBC Sports
Villarreal’s come-from-behind victory in San Sebastian highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.

Boca Junior’s sweet plan for Bombonera expansionInside World Football
The current ground has a capacity of about 49,000, which at times is problematic for a club with an active membership of 87,000 and a significant global fan base.

Transfer window January 2020 – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesThe Guardian
All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

Full 16-team line-up for CONIFA World Football Cup unveiledInside World Football
CONIFA describes itself as the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. The 2020 event will be the fourth staging of the World Football Cup. It will be hosted by Skopje, capital of the Republic of North Macedonia. The third edition in 2018 was held in and around London.

2020 dates for your diaryFIFA
Life on planet football moves fast, however, so fast that all the wonderful stories thrown up by 2019 are now but memories and will soon give way to yet more exciting tales. 2020 is set to be an action-packed year and to help you plan the 12 months ahead, FIFA.com brings you all the dates and events you need to make a note of in your diary.

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