VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Obituary: Dan Stinson, dean of Vancouver soccer writers – Vancouver Sun
Dan Stinson was a staple of the Vancouver Sun’s sports department for almost four decades.
Blondell, Kamara lead ‘Caps to a 2-0 scrimmage victory over LA Galaxy – Whitecaps FC
Anthony Blondell and Kei Kamara each found the net to give Vancouver Whitecaps FC a 2-0 victory over LA Galaxy in a closed-door scrimmage on the StubHub Center training pitch on Wednesday afternoon.
Q&A: Who is Alphonso Davies’ soccer hero? – Whitecaps FC
In the second installment of this year’s Q&A series, we catch up with Alphonso Davies after the 17-year-old made headlines last weekend with a spectacular end-to-end effort vs. Vegas.
‘IT’S CONCACAF, RIGHT?’ Toronto FC’s Bradley, Vanney question rash caution to captain – Toronto Sun
While TFC’s 2-0 Round of 16 lead appears safe, Vanney said he’s reluctant to experiment in the return leg.
When CCL adds more Canadian teams, frozen February matches could be the norm – the11.ca
When the Canadian Premier League begins play, the February sub-zero CCL Round of 16 match could become a regular thing.
CCL wrap: FC Dallas disappoints; Club America struts – NBC Sports
Veteran striker Edwin Aguilar scored a big goal, and goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane did plenty of good things as the Panamanian side struck a wild first blow against its MLS visitors.
Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch loves early CCL challenge – Pro Soccer USA
There will be none of the usual trappings of a Central American road fixture — the sudden all-night parties outside the team hotel, the boisterous home fans who turn up the heat on an already hot and humid night.
Impact falls 5-0 to Philadelphia Union – Montreal Impact
The Impact suffered its first loss in its 2018 training camp, falling 5-0 to the Philadelphia Union, at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex on Wednesday night.
2018 Season Preview: Toronto FC – MLS Multiplex
Toronto FC enters the 2018 as perennial favourites….well can you blame the bookies? Toronto had one of the best seasons in MLS history in 2017, but will they be able to duplicate that performance and make a third straight MLS Cup final?
NYCFC Invites The City That Never Sleeps to a 24-Hour Soccer Match – NYCFC
Today, New York City Football Club (NYCFC) announced that it will host a 24-hour soccer game at Rockefeller Center, giving 500+ New Yorkers the opportunity to play on the Plaza and the chance to be coached by NYCFC players and Head Coach Patrick Vieira in the middle of Manhattan.
BC SOCCER NEWS
City warns soccer groups to stay off snowy turf – North Shore News
Hey soccer players – chill out! That’s the message the City of North Vancouver is sending out as soccer season has become frozen in time following a new batch of snow and cold. This week the city noted that an unidentified user group cleared the snow off a large patch of the new Fenn Burdett artificial turf field, damaging the playing surface in the process.
KYSA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDS – BC Soccer Web
Graduating high school soccer players who are, or have been, registered with the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) are eligible to apply for one of nine scholarships the association will be awarding in 2018.
Register for the 55+ Games this September in Cranbrook, BC – 55+ 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 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
FCE to CanPL? It will require “the greatest comeback story in the history of Edmonton sport.” – the11.ca
Invitations went out to 50 season-seat holders, and representatives from the major minor-soccer organizations in the Edmonton area. But, far more than 50 showed up at a small south-side pub Wednesday night to see FC Edmonton launch what team General Manager Jay Ball coined “the greatest comeback story in the history of Edmonton sport.”
Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod set to return after lengthy layoff – Sportsnet
The journey continues for Canadian women’s goalkeeper Erin McLeod. After being sidelined with a knee injury, one that forced her to miss the 2016 Olympics, the soon to be 35-year-old shot stopper is now settled in with a new professional club in Germany and is back in the national team fold, ready to add to her 115 appearances for Canada.
Banned ex-FIFA head Blatter backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid – Brampton Guardian
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.
Senators call for Trump to back bid to host 2026 World Cup – SBI
A large group of American politicians have called for support for the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Northumberland United U16 boys soccer team wins gold – Northumberland News
A Northumberland boys soccer team brought home gold medals from the Hangar Family Day Classic Tournament.
Kindersley U13 Storm team dials up gold medal – Kindersley Clarion
Outdoor soccer registration to be held between March 5 and 27. The club’s annual general meeting has been set for March 20.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Greig Makes Move to Saint Louis – USL
Saint Louis FC announced on Wednesday the signing of forward Kyle Greig for the 2018 season, pending league and federation approval. The veteran forward joins an attacking corps that also includes returning striker Christian Volesky and new signing Corey Hertzog, having previously scored 36 goals in his USL career.
Swope Park Rangers Add Texas Midfielder –The Blue Testament
The Swope Park Rangers (Sporting Kansas City’s USL team) just keep growing their roster in anticipation of the start of the 2018 USL Season. On Wednesday they added former Columbus Crew draft pick Chase Minter to their midfield. Minter was selected with the 21st overall pick (1st pick in the 2nd round) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
USL D3: League Updates, Speculation and More – USL D3
Two months into 2018, and two teams have already been announced as founding members of USL Division III.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Ellis appointed as Banyana coach – Supersport
Desiree Ellis has been appointed permanent coach of Banyana Banyana with immediate effect. South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Dr Danny Jordaan made the announcement on Thursday.
South African soccer star drops studies for dream move to the US – News 24
Banyana Banyana striker Thembi Kgatlana has to drop her final year in Bachelor of Arts: Tourism at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to pursue her soccer dreams in America.
WSL 1: Liverpool 3, Sunderland 1 – BBC Sport
Liverpool bounced back from successive Women’s Super League One defeats with a win over Sunderland in Casey Stoney’s final game for the club.
Arsenal Ladies Williamson has backed returning Kim Little to guide them to cup glory – Islington Gazette
Leah Williamson has backed the returning Kim Little to inspire Arsenal Ladies to SSE Women’s FA Cup glory this season.
FA Women’s Super League 2: Maya Vio wants to reward Tottenham Hotspur Ladies loyal support with home win over Watford Ladies – Ham & High
Karen Hills’ team return to league action after having Sunday off and the mood in the camp is positive ahead of hosting the Hornets.
A reason to believe this year’s SheBelieves Cup will go differently for the USWNT – Fansided
From March 1-7, U.S. Soccer will host the third annual SheBelieves Cup, with the first games to be played at MAPFRE Stadium.
Iceland and Spain drop Cyprus Cup rosters – The Equalizer
Spain and Iceland have announced their rosters for the upcoming Cyprus Cup, beginning February 8th and running through March 7th. Spain’s roster features Celia Delgado of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Iceland’s roster features new Utah Royals acquisition Gunnhildur Jonsdottir in the midfield.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Shakhtar comes from behind to beat Roma in Champions League – Sportsnet
Roma could be left ruing a poor second-half performance after allowing Shakhtar Donetsk to come from a goal down to win 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting Wednesday.
Resolute United keep Sevilla at bay – UEFA
David de Gea made a string of saves to ensure Manchester United held out for a goalless draw against a spirited Sevilla side at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Manchester United were dull but does Mourinho have a duty to entertain? – The Guardian
The Sevilla stalemate drew mention of betraying United’s identity. José Mourinho is entitled to play the way he believes will get results but football should be about more than success
Brazil’s Gremio wins Recopa Sudamericana in penalty shootout – NBC Sports
Brazil’s Gremio has won the Recopa Sudamericana, beating Argentina’s Independiente 5-4 in a penalty shootout Wednesday night.
FIFA explores merging youth World Cups for 48-team event – Metro
England might be the first and last team to be holders of the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups. FIFA is looking to merge the youth tournaments won last year by English boys to create a 48-team competition, emulating the expansion of the main World Cup. Officials are exploring the merits of an age cut-off at 18 or 19.
Europa League preview: Rating every second leg – NBC Sports
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are one of many teams with their UEFA Europa League fates realistically in the balance come Thursday’s second legs of the Round of 32.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic: Lazio’s Serbian midfielder has Europe’s elite excited – BBC Sport
In August, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito rejected the notion that the Rome side are a selling club.
OL, OM nearly there, Nice with it all to do – Ligue 1
OM aren’t being sidetracked by Sunday’s Classique as they carry a three-goal lead to Braga for the second leg of the round of 32 of the Europa League; OL are handily positioned, while Nice have work to do in Moscow.
Man City need Carabao Cup win vs. Arsenal to put lingering anxiety to bed – ESPN
With thoughts of the Quadruple and any hope of winning the FA Cup now behind them, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City squad switch focus to winning their first trophy of the season against Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.
FIFA and AFC crisis talks with Football Federation Australia conclude – Inside the Games
The talks had taken place in an attempt to resolve the constitutional problems currently rocking Australian football, which has seen several stakeholders, including clubs, conflicted over the number of seats on the FFA Congress.
Torres could be on his way out at Atletico Madrid – NBC Sports
It seems Fernando Torres‘ time as an Atletico Madrid player is coming to an end.
Saudi conduct under scrutiny as spillover from blockade politics lands on football’s doorstep – Inside World Football
FIFA is reportedly closely monitoring the conduct of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in using football as a political tool against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.
Hampden’s future: SFA holds talks with Queen’s Park over national stadium sale – BBC Sport
The Scottish FA is looking into the possibility of buying Hampden from Queen’s Park Football Club.
Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation – The Guardian
Chris Coleman spoke of rebuilding Sunderland but, with the club bottom of the Championship, a wantaway owner unable to sell and poor player recruitment, he now seems less certain.
FIFAgate sentencing: Brooklyn court strips Mimo of $1.4m for Li bribery – Inside World Football
The next round of sentencing has begun in the US Department of Justice case against football’s corrupt officials and marketing partners with Panama-based Mimo International Exports and Imports ordered to pay a fine and restitution totalling $1.4 million for bribing Costa Rica’s former FA president Eduardo Li (pictured).
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: ‘Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley’ – The Telegraph
He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm.