BC Soccer News, Thursday, February 8, 2018


Whitecaps FC face Iwaki FC Thursday in Pacific Rim Cup openerWhitecaps FC
After a 4-0 win over J1 League side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Tuesday’s pre-tournament friendly, Vancouver Whitecaps FC open the Pacific Rim Cup on Thursday against Japanese club Iwaki FC.

Reds shift focus to Champions League as preseason continues in MexicoToronto FC
Back in town for a brief stopover, Toronto FC embarked on the second phase of their preseason Tuesday, traveling to Mexico City with a CONCACAF Champions League date just two weeks away.

Sounders trade defender Oniel Fisher to D.C. Spokesman-Review
The Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday morning they have acquired $50,000 in general allocation from D.C. United in exchange for defender Oniel Fisher.

Colorado Rapids acquire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra from Sporting KCMLS
The Colorado Rapids acquired goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra from Sporting Kansas City in a trade announced Thursday, with SKC receiving Colorado’s natural second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in return.

FC Dallas draws Santa Tecla FC 1-1 in preseason friendlySportsday
FC Dallas drew fellow CONCACAF Champions League combatant, Salvadorian side Santa Tecla, 1-1, tonight at Toyota Stadium.

Ohio officials pressure MLS to decide on FC CincinnatiNBC Sports
Ohio county officials are putting the pressure on Major League Soccer to decide whether FC Cincinnati will join the league.

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VISL Upcoming Matches, February 9-11, 2018BC Soccer Web
A mixed weekend approaches as we host Week #18 of regular season league play as well as the opening round of Jackson Cup.

Bill Merriman steps down after nine seasons as head coach of VIU men’s soccerNanaimo News Now
The man who’s been the face of VIU men’s Mariners soccer is stepping aside. Coach Bill Merriman leaves the program after nine very successful seasons and on the heels of a national championship on home turf in Nanaimo.

Hamel introduces Clan women’s soccer 2018 recruiting classSFU
Simon Fraser University women’s soccer head coach Annie Hamel announced their 2018 recruiting class today. Nicole Anderson, Gabrielle Brissette, Paige Gingras, Kayla Goncalves, Hayli Huhta, Katie MacEwen, Teagan Mackay and Danae Robillard have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Canada’s NCAA team in 2018.

LMG keeps the pedal downLake Cowichan Gazette
Cowichan LMG had already clinched the Garrison Cup as the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s Div. 1 champions, but that didn’t mean they were going to let up when they played host to Gorge last Friday.

The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is offering players in the U4 to U13 age groups an opportunity to sign up for its annual “Get Ready For Soccer” Spring Break Soccer Camp.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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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United Bid Committee: Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup could create more than $5 billion in economic activity for North AmericaCSA
Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could generate more than $5 billion in short-term economic activity, including supporting approximately 40,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in incremental worker earnings across North America, according to a study done by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global management consulting firm. Canada, Mexico and the United States are bidding to host the 48-team tournament in 2026, which will be the largest in FIFA World Cup™ history. The overall net benefit to the region would be $3 – $4 billion.

Three academy players sign NCAA National Letter of IntentToronto FC
The buzz of national signing day made its way to the BMO Training Ground today as three TFC Academy players signed their National Letter of Intent.

FC Edmonton REX trio graduate to NCAA Division I programsFC Edmonton
Striker Delana Friesen, midfielder Myah Jalal and goalkeeper Breanna Truscott committed to their NCAA Division I futures together on Wednesday, February 7.

Lessons Down Under: The Canadian Premier League can learn from AustraliaWaking the Red
As the Canadian Premier League ramps up preparations for its inaugural season in 2019, I’m sure they’re looking at plenty of case studies from startup sports leagues around the world. I’ve seen plenty of comparisons, from the obvious (early MLS) to the obscure (non-soccer team sports in Europe).

London soccer team signs Londesborough youthNorth Huron Citizen
Joey Scrimgeour put his best foot forward when he played with Huron FC over two years and, as a result, head coach Edwin Saraccini has signed him to the London Athletic Canadian FC Active Development Soccer Program. The program, which welcomes players based upon assessment, operates out of London and will see Joey playing on the club’s Spartan Team.

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‘Important name in soccer’ brings instant credibility to Fresno’s USL clubFresno Bee
The first time Frank Yallop visited Fresno, in February 2010, as coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, he knew next to nothing about the city but quickly discovered it was a soccer town.

New Ottawa Fury GM De Guzman excited about challenges aheadSportsnet
In the span of one year, Julian de Guzman went from playing for the Ottawa Fury to running the club.

Fury FC: Bringing Back That Winning MentalityNorthern Starting XI
The winter winds continue to blow through the Ottawa Valley, bringing with them snow and ice, layering foot upon foot of snow atop the turf at Lansdowne Park. While the temperature outside dips into the -20’s, inside general manager Julian De Guzman and newly appointed head coach Nikola Popovic have been working hard to assemble a squad for 2018.

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer announces the signing of midfielder Matt Watson to its 2018 roster pending federation approval. Watson joins the “Boys in Blue” after spending 2017 with Phoenix Rising FC in the United Soccer League’s Western Conference.

Veteran Broadcast Executive Brad Baker Joins USLUSL
The USL, one of the most prominent second division professional soccer leagues in the world, today announced veteran broadcast executive Brad Baker has joined the league as the Vice President of Broadcasting effective Feb. 13.

How NASL’s New Lawsuit vs. U.S. Soccer Compares, Contrasts to Federal OneSI.com
The ongoing legal battle between the North American Soccer League and the U.S. Soccer Federation entered the New York state court system this week. In an aggressively worded complaint, NASL has sued U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and 13 other members–but not every remaining one–of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.


Northern Ireland women’s players demand meeting with Irish FA over payBBC Sport
Northern Ireland women’s players are demanding a meeting with the Irish FA over a plea for adequate pay to cover the expense of playing internationals.

Portland Thorns FC to sign Ellie CarpenterVavel
Sources confirm the Portland Thorns have signed 17-year-old Australian defender Ellie Carpenter.

Rachel Hill Reflects on Experience in AustraliaOrlando City SC
The Orlando Pride roster was stacked with world-renowned names in 2017. Rachel Hill was not one of them.

Match schedule for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 announcedFIFA
Excitement continues to grow around the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which will be held in France next year, and today the match schedule for the tournament was presented to the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions in Zurich.

USWNT To Renew Rivalry With Mexico In AprilThe 18
The USWNT is currently gearing up for the SheBelieves Cup slated for March 1-7, but the American women will be facing a different kind of rival a month later. A USWNT vs. Mexico friendly will be played on April 8 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday.

Why brands must rethink their approach to women’s sports sponsorshipMarketing Week
Surging viewing figures and an array of high-profile success stories means women’s sport is riding high in 2018. So why are so many brands neglecting the sponsorship opportunities of this burgeoning sector?

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European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leaguesMetro
Tottenham and Arsenal will both feel at home when they meet at Wembley Stadium for a north London derby in the Premier League.

Spurs cruise in replay vs. Newport, reach FA Cup 5th roundNBC Sports
It should have never come to Wednesday’s FA Cup replay, but Tottenham Hotspur have, at long last, defeated League Two side Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup, 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

Sevilla beats Leganes, returns to Copa del Rey finalSportsnet
Sevilla has ended Leganes’ surprising run in the Copa del Rey.

Lyon, Caen clinch quarters slots as Troyes crash outLigue 1
OL are through to the quarter-finals for a second season in a row after beating Montpellier 2-1 in a tough encounter; SM Caen prevailed on penalties in Metz; and Troyes were eliminated 1-0 by Ligue 2 outfit RC Lens.

Frankfurt reaches German Cup semis thanks to Mainz blundersSportsnet
Eintracht Frankfurt booked its place in the German Cup semifinals with a 3-0 derby win at home over Mainz on Wednesday.

Brazil’s Chapecoense knocked out of South American cupMississauga.com
Brazil’s Chapecoense has been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.

Behind the scenes of the U.S. Soccer electionESPN
When Sunil Gulati steps to a podium in a Toronto hotel one December morning, Kyle Martino can’t hide his smirk. Nobody knows this man, Martino thinks. Nobody in America has ever seen him on television. Nobody would recognize him if they did. And isn’t that exactly the problem with soccer in this country?

VAR could be just one mistake away from Premier League reconsidering its debutThe Telegraph
Reflecting on the decision to disallow his Crotone team the winning goal they so desperately needed in a Serie A relegation crunch match last month, Walter Zenga posed the genuine question: had the official and his video assistant referee got so confused they had forgotten which team was which?

Manchester United reports half-year loss due to U.S. tax overhaulSportsnet
Manchester United says a half-year loss of $18 million is the result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul.

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