VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC acquire winger Lass Bangoura on loan from Spanish La Liga club Rayo Vallecano – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC bolstered their attack on Wednesday, adding Guinean international winger Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura with the use of Targeted Allocation Money.
Who is Lass Bangoura? – Eighty-Six Forever
Rayo Vallecano winger Lass Bangoura (26) has announced on his social media that he will be joining the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2019. But who is Bangoura? What can we expect from him? Let’s find out.
Toronto FC sends Gregory van der Wiel home after altercation with coach – Nanaimo News Now
Toronto FC’s eventful pre-season took another turn Wednesday when Dutch international defender Gregory van der Wiel was sent home from training camp in California.
Lagerwey: Seattle Sounders have received no offers for Nicolas Lodeiro – MLS
After Nicolas Lodeiro told reporters at MLS Media Day on Saturday that he wanted to go back to Boca Juniors, Seattle Sounders president and GM Garth Lagerwey has clarified that there have been no offers for the player.
FC Cincinnati buys Caleb Stanko from Bundesliga’s Freiburg – NBC Sports
FC Cincinnati has added another tool to its MLS expansion workshop, and this one carries an extra amount of intrigue.
FCC Acquires Defender Nick Hagglund – FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati has acquired defender Nick Hagglund and the No. 24 Allocation Ranking from Toronto FC in exchange for $150,000 in General Allocation Money in 2019, $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2020 and the No. 1 Allocation Ranking.
LA Galaxy sign veteran goalkeeper Matt Lampson – MLS
The 29-year-old is a veteran of MLS, having previously played for Minnesota United, the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew SC. He was selected by the Galaxy in the second stage of the 2018 Re-Entry Draft.
VIDEO: Some FC Dallas players can’t get into the country, thanks to the shutdown – WFAA
Several international players invited to FC Dallas training camp have still not arrived because of major delays in processing visas.
Sporting Kansas City 7, Phoenix Rising 0 | 2019 MLS Preseason Recap – MLS
Sporting Kansas City cruised in their MLS preseason presented by AdvoCare match on Wednesday, a 7-0 victory over USL Championship side Phoenix Rising, who were fielding trialists, in Tempe, Ariz.
MLS preseason schedules for all 24 teams – Pro Soccer USA
Between now and the season opener on March 2, teams across the league will venture to a variety of domestic and international locations to prepare for the 2019 season.
BC SOCCER NEWS
FVSL Premier League Update – BC Soccer Web
After the holidays and All-Star festivities, it was finally back to work in Umbro Premier League. While things are beginning to be decided elsewhere across the FVSL, here in the UPL it was just Week 16 of play. Just has been the case all season, this week’s results leave us with more questions than answers. With five matches left it is looking like determining the final placings will go right down to the wire!
Pacific Prospects: VMSL players worth a look from Pacific FC and the rest of the CPL – AFTN
The footballing talent in the Province may not be producing the Canadian internationals and professional footballers that it once did back in the day, but a big part of that has been the lack of developmental opportunities throughout the country once these players leave the youth ranks.
‘Keep the dream going’: Mark Village intent on making most of opportunity with Pacific FC – Canadian Premier League
Fifteen years following a last-minute decision to play as a goalkeeper for his father’s youth team, British Columbia native Mark Village is back on the West Coast with Pacific Football Club, having spent four years in the USL Championship.
Cowichan Red Arrow wins first crossover match – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan Red Arrow started the crossover portion of the Div. 4 men’s soccer season with a 2-0 win over Saanich Fusion FC Squadron at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday afternoon.
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
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
Cavalry FC adds four more talents to soccer squad – London Free Press
Four more Canadian horsemen are joining Cavalry FC. Dean Northover, Carlos Patino, Nico Pasquotti and goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos have all agreed to join the Canadian Premier League soccer squad for the inaugural season beginning in April.
Chance to be a CanPL original attracted Simmons to Halifax – the11.ca
There’s something that no one will ever be able to take away from the players who are in uniform for their respective teams’ first-ever Canadian Premier League games: Those players will always be able to say they were CanPL day-one’rs. They’ll always have that historical link to the league and Canadian soccer.
Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2019 – CSA
The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the Director positions who are able to contribute to an Association that reflects the values of engagement, transparency, accountability and the many attributes of leading edge governance.
Power of soccer among youth in Nunavut captured in short documentary – CBC
The importance of soccer for youth in Nunavut is the subject of a new short documentary filmed in Iqaluit last fall.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
S2 changes head coaches – Sounder at Heart
The Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday that the academy’s Director of Coaching Chris Little would be taking the reins of Sounders FC 2 in 2019. John Hutchinson, who had been with the club for two seasons, returned to his native Australia to take an assistant coaching job with A-League expansion side Western Melbourne.
Switchbacks FC Sign Midfielder Alex Molano – KKTV
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced Wednesday the signing of Alex Molano, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.
Bold FC Brings in Experienced Taylor, Mallace – USL
Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor and Scottish-born midfielder Calum Mallace were unveiled on Wednesday as the latest two signings for the club’s inaugural 2019 USL Championship season. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
USL East Bay’s plans for soccer stadium in Concord moves forward – SF Gate
Developer Mark Hall’s plans to bring soccer to the East Bay took a step forward last night when the Concord City Council, by a 4-1 vote, agreed to an initial exclusive negotiating agreement to explore building an 18,000-seat professional soccer stadium in downtown Concord.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Record-breaking Kerr helps five-star Glory rout Wanderers – The World Game
A record-breaking brace from Sam Kerr helped Perth Glory to a resounding 5-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday night.
Stajcic’s dismissal leaves prime job opening, many questions – The Equalizer
There is a plush job opening in women’s soccer. Australia sent Alen Stajcic down the road on Saturday, opening one of the more coveted international coaching seats with less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in France.
N.J. star to Gov. Murphy: I’d rather leave the country than play for your soccer team – NJ.com
In every way, Julia Ashley is the perfect choice as a cornerstone player for Sky Blue, the New Jersey-based women’s professional soccer team. She was a high school star in Verona, became a leader at powerhouse North Carolina and dreamed about playing in her home state from the moment she first laced up her cleats.
Lindsey Horan’s protegee, Mallory Pugh’s future teammate could be latest Colorado soccer player to become a household name – Denver Post
Two of the world’s best women’s soccer players hail from Colorado, as midfielder Lindsey Horan and striker Mallory Pugh have cemented themselves as bonafide stars.
Women’s Super League: Transfer deadline day moves – BBC Sport
BBC Sport tracks all the moves on transfer deadline day in the Women’s Super League.
Addressing football’s gender pay gap – Women in Sport Summit
As with many large industries in the UK, most of the country’s biggest sports currently have a significant gender pay gap. The difference in pay between males and females involved in sports varies, but one of the largest longstanding examples of pay inequality is women’s football.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Barcelona lose in Copa first leg (again) to Sevilla – NBC Sports
Perhaps it’s just their way of raising the difficulty level for themselves as the four-time defending Copa del Rey winners, but Barcelona are beginning to make a habit of dropping the first leg before pulling themselves through to the next round with a second-leg comeback.
Latest search for soccer player Emiliano Sala and pilot focuses on possibility of finding a life raft – Star-Phoenix
The search to find missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot resumed Wednesday with authorities in the Channel Islands looking at whether the pair may have landed safely and been unable to make contact.
Soccer star’s chilling message: ‘I’m so afraid’ – Hamilton Spectator
Before the plane carrying him vanished over the English Channel, an Argentine soccer player sent a chilling audio message from the flight in which he said, “I’m so afraid” and warned that the aircraft “seems like it’s falling to pieces,” Argentine news outlets reported Tuesday.
Neymar limps off in tears during PSG’s French Cup victory – NBC Sports
Neymar limped off with an apparent right foot injury after one hour of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday.
South Korea, Australia, Japan aiming to improve at Asian Cup – London Free Press
South Korea, Japan and defending champion Australia all made it through to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup knowing there is plenty of room for improvement.
Real Madrid and Barcelona overtake Manchester United as top earning clubs – The Guardian
Manchester United have been unseated as world football’s biggest earners after slipping to third behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in Deloitte’s annual report into club revenues. However, the underlying financial strength of the Premier League was emphasised as English clubs provided six of the top 10 in the accountancy experts’ money league, a record from a single country.
Premier League players paid £1.1bn tax in 2016-17 season – BBC Sport
Premier League players paid £1.1bn in tax during the 2016-17 season, according to an Ernst and Young report.
Behind the scenes at Accrington: ‘What people see as a dump has charm to us’ – The Guardian
A smell of toast fills the directors’ lounge at Accrington Stanley, where two large boxes of Daz and seven bottles of Bold sit in one corner. Simple parts of the daily routine, yet also signs of why the club that wouldn’t die – as “Accie” describe themselves – are thriving, setting an example and dismantling a tired joke.
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.