VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Five things to look forward to in 2019 – Whitecaps FC
It’s shaping up to be an eventful year for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Canada’s national teams. From championship celebrations to major international competitions, there’s certainly a lot to look forward to in 2019.
Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko leaving for job with Columbus Crew – Toronto Sun
Toronto FC will have to find its way back from a dismal season with a new general manager at the helm.
What will Tim Bezbatchenko’s Toronto FC legacy be? – Waking the Red
It’s not a high bar, but Bezbatchenko was easily the best GM TFC have ever had.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto determined to bring his offensive soccer to LA Galaxy: “I have the biggest expectations” – LA Galaxy
During his stints with Boca Juniors and Lanús, Schelotto’s teams were known for their free-flowing attacking play. Over the last two seasons, in particular, Schelotto was able to implement a fluid offense that helped the team score 112 goals en route to a pair of league titles.
LAFC re-sign Jordan Harvey for 2019 – Angels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have re-signed defender Jordan Harvey to a one-year deal.
Earthquakes Acquire Argentine Forward Cristian Espinoza on Loan – San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Argentine forward Cristian Espinoza on a season-long loan from Spain’s Villarreal using Targeted Allocation Money.
VIDEO: Remembering legendary MLS coach Sigi Schmid – MLS
MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew Wiebe, Bobby Warshaw and Calen Carr reflect on the legacy of Sigi Schmid, who died on Dec. 25.
BC SOCCER NEWS
North Shore Sports Hall of Fame mounts a comeback – North Shore News
Dormant hall will come alive again in 2019 for the first class in more than 40 years.
Letters: Soccer would pay off more than hockey – Times Colonist
While hockey fans rejoice for the excitement of having a second-tier event in Vancouver and Victoria, with benefits praised by everyone on site, including videos from top government officials projected on the giant screens in both venues, soccer (football) fans still wonder why 2018 left such a sour taste after the party in power flatly refused to support a bid to have games of the upcoming 2026 Men’s Soccer World Cup in Vancouver.
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
Coast-to-coast: Canadian Premier League news you might have missed over the holidays – Canadian Premier League
In a time of year filled with year-end countdowns and Instagram stories that feel like 1,400-word articles, we thought we’d keep it simple for you.
Bayern bosses talk up Alphonso Davies talent: I’ve heard he’ll be a bomb! – SN
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic say Alphonso Davies has the potential to be a huge success at the Allianz Arena.
Canadian defender Easther Mayi Kith signs with France’s Montpellier – Guelph Today
Canadian defender Easther Mayi Kith, who played 89 career matches for West Virginia University, has signed with Montpellier HSC in the top French women’s league.
Seventeen Canadian Match Officials named to FIFA International Referees List – CSA
Canada Soccer has placed 17 of its match officials to the FIFA International Referee List in 2019. With veteran referees Joe Fletcher and Daniel Belleau retiring from International duty, two new appointees round out the match officials named. They include Referee Myriam Marcotte, and Assistant Referee Stephanie Fortin.
Veteran Canadian soccer official Morgan Quarry let go after 19 years – Canada.com
Morgan Quarry, who worked with 10 different head coaches of the Canadian men’s soccer team, is no longer with the Canadian Soccer Association after 19 years on the job. An association spokesman said Quarry’s men’s national team general manager job no longer exists “as part of the ongoing internal reorganization within the national teams department.”
Wayne Walters could never think of giving up soccer yet, especially when the West Side Monarchs keep winning titles – Northern Pen
Really, Wayne Walters could have hung up the cleats in any of the later years of a championship drought that stretched over two decades. He certainly wouldn’t have been blamed for going out on top after the West Side Monarchs exorcised that ghost in 2016, with their first Corner Brook Molson Senior Men’s Soccer League championship win since 1994.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Sacramento Republic FC edges closer to MLS expansion – MLS Multiplex
When we last checked on the state of Sacramento Republic FC’s bid for expansion, the biggest question was a simple one: Did Sacramento Republic FC have a top-tier lead investor?
“NPSL is a Battle, Sometimes Literally:” Dan Hoedeman Answers Why NPSL for a Club Like Minneapolis City SC – Fifty Five One
This is the second in a series of articles that take a look inside what it’s like to run a lower division club. It was written by Dan Hoedeman, one of the cofounders of Minneapolis City SC.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
W-League Week 9 Review: Perth unbeaten no more – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 9.
‘No idea where money goes’: Fifa urged to help Somalia’s women footballers – The Guardian
Fifa funds for women’s football are alleged not to be reaching their target, with fear of extremists said to be the reason.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Premier League Preview: Man City vs. Liverpool – NBC Sports
Manchester City can watch its title hopes disappear if it fails to take care of Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
Klopp: Liverpool should prepare for a ‘thunderstorm’ at Man City – SN
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned his side to expect a ‘thunderstorm’ when they meet Manchester City in Thursday’s crunch Premier League clash.
Herrera says Solskjaer tactics free “magic” Pogba – Yahoo Sports
Paul Pogba has come alive since Manchester United let Jose Mourinho and instituted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager, scoring four goals in four matches in a collection of spectacular performances.
Boca Juniors name Alfaro as new coach – World Soccer Talk
Argentine giants Boca Juniors named Gustavo Alfaro as their new coach on Wednesday, just hours after former boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto joined LA Galaxy.
Juventus confident of signing Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in summer after talks – The Guardian
Juventus are confident of signing Aaron Ramsey when his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season after holding productive talks with the Wales midfielder’s representatives.
Celtic captain Scott Brown has a decision to make after A-Leaguers make their move for midfielder – Herald Scotland
Celtic captain Scott Brown has a decision to make after A-League newcomers Western Melbourne yesterday formalised what is believed to be a lucrative move for the 33-year-old midfielder.
The Brazilian footballer who never was – BBC
Football has quasi-religious status in Brazil and becoming a professional player is every Brazilian boy’s dream. But prejudice within the game – and wider Brazilian society – means that, for some, that dream is cut short.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.