VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
AUDIO: Whitecaps president Lenarduzzi: We’ve added well this off-season – Sportsnet
Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi joined Sportsnet 650 to discuss the additions his team has made in the off-season, and striking the balance between being competitive and entertaining fans.
Preseason storylines: Year 3 for Phonzie – Whitecaps FC
It seems crazy to fathom, but Alphonso Davies is entering his third season as a professional.
Impact completes transfer of Ballou Tabla to FC Barcelona – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced Thursday the transfer of Quebec player and Academy product Ballou Tabla to FC Barcelona, for an undisclosed fee.
Person of Interest: New Barcelona signee Ballou Tabla – Sportsnet
One of Major League Soccer’s brightest prospects is off to Spain.
Jack Harrison and NYCFC remain focused on preseason despite transfer rumors – SBI
Jack Harrison’s departure from New York City FC might seem inevitable amid growing transfer rumors. but New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira indicated that there have been no distractions through the first three days of preseason.
Pumas sign Erick “Cubo” Torres from Houston Dynamo – SN
Guadalajara native Erick Torres has signed with Pumas, the Mexico City club announced Wednesday, moving from the Houston Dynamo for an undisclosed fee.
Report: Besiktas looking to obtain temporary license for Cyle Larin – SBI
The Cyle Larin saga continued on Wednesday as Turkish-side Besiktas try to get the forward included in their squad.
Head coach Greg Vanney in search of added depth as Champions League approaches – Toronto FC
With the start of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League a little less than a month away, Toronto FC began their preseason on Monday, speaking with the media before departing for the sunnier climes of Los Angeles to get training camp underway.
Will David Beckham stick with Overtown? Other sites raised in meetings. – Miami Herald
Even as Major League Soccer prepares to officially welcome David Beckham and his plans for a Miami soccer stadium in Overtown, his newest partners have expressed interest in the pros and cons of other sites.
LAFC and the ghost of Chivas USA – US Soccer Players
Before the start of training camp, LAFC announced its first-ever coaching staff. Bob Bradley took the head coaching job last year, but the rest of the staff waited for January. Among his hires were Ante Razov and Zak Abdel, both formerly of Chivas USA. Bradley, who had played an integral role in the club’s early days, brought back two members of the now-defunct outfit to help guide LAFC.
Columbus Crew ownership bashes fans in Columbus for complications in moving team to Austin – The Comeback
Even though PSV and MLS promised “parallel paths” in pursuing stadium options in Columbus and Austin, Precourt has focused his efforts entirely on Austin. However, the proposed relocation has hit speed bumps.
Vancouver hosting Independent Supporters Council’s 2018 Conference this weekend – AFTN
For those familiar with my work, I have always had an interest in supporter culture and what makes people tick. This coming weekend, the Vancouver Southsiders host the Independent Supporters Council Conference 2018. Why does this matter? It’s pretty simple.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Powell River Villa sets up to take division title – Powell River Peak
With two games remaining in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A season, Powell River Villa soccer club must win both to secure its destiny.
Sooke Riptide soccer team advances to Lisa Cup Finals – BC Local News
The Sooke Under 13 Riptide soccer team is flying high after defeating Gorge in a close game on Saturday afternoon.
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
Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair honoured at Rideau Hall – CTV News
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair officially joined the ranks of the Order of Canada on Wednesday, billed as “the greatest player to have ever laced up soccer cleats for Team Canada.”
Sports executive Paul Beirne appointed president of new Canadian Premier League – National Post
The Canadian Premier League’s first employee is now its first president. Former Toronto FC executive Paul Beirne, who joined the league as its project manager 18 months ago, was appointed president Wednesday afternoon, two weeks after Canada’s newest league introduced ex-Tim Hortons COO David Clanachan as its commissioner.
Ontario Soccer announces its Ontario Academy Soccer League program for 2018 – Ontario Soccer
Two-year pilot project partnered with the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is a strategic initiative of Ontario Soccer to implement and align the private academy stream into Ontario’s player development pathway
In wake of AAC title, USF women’s soccer coach gets extension – Tampa Bay Times
USF has awarded a three-year contract extension to women’s soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown, who led the program to its first American Athletic Conference title this past season. A Nova Scotia native whose Canadian accent remains distinct, Schilte-Brown has compiled a 114-70-35 record in 11 seasons at USF. Only the second coach in program history, she has led the Bulls to four NCAA tournaments, including three in the last four seasons.
Canada Soccer announces expanded 2018 Futsal Canadian Championship – CSA
Eight teams from five provinces and two territories will participate in the 2018 Futsal Canadian Championship 19-22 April 2018 at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, who played for the 2017 Championship will be joined by Nunavut, Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and a second entrant from Quebec to round out the field of eight in 2018. All matches will be streamed LIVE via CanadaSoccer.com with the final scheduled for Sunday, 22 April at 11:30 PT.
Campbellford paralegal competing in World Cup of Soccer for Lawyers – Northumberland News
Aaron Eddie, a Campbellford-based paralegal is preparing to travel to Salou, Spain, from May 4-13 to compete in the bi-annual World Cup of Soccer for Lawyers, better known as Mundiavocat.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Sacramento Republic FC sign International Midfielder Keven Alemán – Elk Grove Citizen
The Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team player spent the last four seasons playing in Costa Rica.
NO SEASON, BUT A NEW BOSS: Miami FC hires Paul Dalglish as head coach – Front Row Soccer
The North American Soccer League team announced Thursday that it had hired veteran caoch Paul Dalglish as its head man.
Fury FC clock in more than 3000 hours of community work – Ottawa Fury FC
Fury FC has always relied heavily on the fans to give them that extra push in a game and the 12th man always showed up.
Jake Edwards, One-on-One: Pro/rel ideas for USL, how Indy Eleven joined and the U.S. Soccer election – Four Four Two
The USL is now a fully sanctioned second division, with a third division joining the pyramid in 2019. Just how big will the operation grow? FFT caught up with USL president Jake Edwards.
Tormenta FC’s move to USL-D3 officially announced today – WTOC
The United States soccer landscape will look quite different after Thursday’s announcement in Statesboro. South Georgia Tormenta FC will be announced as the first official team in the new division three of US soccer, USL-D3.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
USWNT’s Mallory Pugh is on FYE – Fansided
On Jan. 21, U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh showed soccer fans two things: first, at just 19 years old she can put the team on her back, and second, what the word “fye” means.
Sky Blue’s 2018 Forecast? Cloudy with a Chance of Blue Skies – Backline Soccer
We can’t really talk about the draft in the bubble. Sky Blue’s mega trade, announced in the middle of the first round and slowly leaked out over the next day, changes the team more than who they drafted.
Representing Utah: Nadia Gomes’ journey to the NWSL – RSL Soapbox
The former BYU team captain, who considers Sandy, Utah home, is now headed to the NWSL.
Phil Neville’s appointment as England Women’s boss divides opinion within the ladies game – Huddersfield Examiner
Just this past week, the world of women’s football has been somewhat surprised to hear that the new Lionesses manager is ex-Manchester United player Phil Neville . Again, this has divided opinion, with many concerned by the absence of a female coach at the helm and Neville’s own lack of managerial experience, aside from a stint as an assistant at Valencia.
Football: Matildas star Sam Kerr named 2018 Young Australian of the Year – Nine.com.au
Matildas star Sam Kerr has been recognised for her contribution to women’s sport, crowned the Young Australian of the Year.
2018 Continental Tyres WNL fixtures released – Irish WNL
The Continental Tyres Women’s National League fixtures for the 2018 season have been released. The Women’s National League will be a eight-team league in 2018 following the announcement of Limerick FC’s acceptance into the top-level of women’s football in Ireland yesterday.
How a 17-year-old girl fought for women’s football in Barcelona – Irish Times
Away from the glitz and glamour of men’s football in Barcelona lies my favourite story of how the women’s team was established, through pioneers and a never-give-up attitude when everything is stacked against you.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to seal League Cup final with City – Times-Colonist
Two fortuitous goals helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday and seal a League Cup final meeting with Manchester City, providing a glimmer of joy in a gloomy domestic campaign.
Real Madrid eliminated from Copa del Rey by Leganes – Sportsnet
Real Madrid followed its biggest win of the season with its most embarrassing defeat on Wednesday, and the pressure is back on for coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.
Zidane: My job is on the line against PSG – SN
Zinedine Zidane accepted his fate will be decided by February’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain after Real Madrid were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes.
Bayern dominance hurting Bundesliga and maybe the club, too – Metro
Bayern Munich’s dominance could be hurting German soccer and also appears to be having a detrimental effect on the club’s European aspirations.
PSG promise to sell Neymar to Real Madrid on one condition – SN
Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to let Neymar join Real Madrid this summer if he helps the club to Champions League success.
Chelsea agree £44m deal for Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri – The Guardian
Chelsea have had a £44m bid plus add-ons of £13.2m for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri accepted and hope to sign them before the transfer window closes next week.
Lazio strengthens 3rd-place position by beating Udinese – Sportsnet
Lazio strengthened its third-place position with a 3-0 win over Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday in a match that was postponed from November.
Atalanta sanctioned for racist chants against Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – SN
Atalanta have been handed a one-game stand closure for racist chants against Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, which is suspended for a year.
Mean Montpellier out to frustrate leaders – Ligue 1
Montpellier go to Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday afternoon unbeaten in 2018 and with fond memories of shutting out the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders in a 0-0 draw at La Mosson in Week 7.
Youth soccer team stands united after coach finds racist hate mail on his car – KIVI-TV
A youth soccer team is stunned after their coach found racist hate mail left on his car windshield, in his own driveway. Athletes and families of the Idaho Juniors Futbol Club are standing together, after their coach, Jeremy Tarkon, made an awful discovery.
Mark Clattenburg: Referee stops play for call to prayer in Saudi Arabia – BBC Sport
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stopped a Saudi Arabia cup match apparently out of respect for the Muslim call to prayer – and has earned widespread praise from football fans in the country.
Party poopers. Russia ready to shut down noisy Ukrainian troublemakers – Inside World Football
A report by Russia’s state-run newspaper Pravda has accused neighbours Ukraine of trying to disrupt next summer’s World Cup. The publication says Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin is trying to canvass support for fan protests and even a boycott.
Leeds United reconsider new crest after backlash – SN
Leeds United are to reconsider the launch of a new club crest after a strong backlash on social media.
Arsenal sign world-first cryptocurrency sponsorship with CashBet Coin – Inside World Football
Bitcoin’s value may have crashed from its stunning high before Christmas, but cryptocurrency is alive and kicking and Arsenal are the first Premier League club to take advantage of this announcing a partnership with CashBet ahead of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its new cryptocurrency, CashBet Coin designed specifically for iGaming.
Why Italian football does not make sense in the English language – The Guardian
English commentary suits Premier League games but it fails to describe what is really going on when two Italian clubs meet.