BC Soccer News, Thursday, January 30, 2020


– Richard Howes, BC Soccer Web


Burnaby’s Sinclair stands alone as all-time international scorer Burnaby Now
With an exclamation mark, Christine Sinclair rose to the top of the all-time women’s soccer scoring list on Wednesday in Canada’s win over St. Kitts and Nevis.

Simply the greatest: Christine Sinclair breaks world record for international goalsCSA
Canada Soccer’s Christine Sinclair stands apart from every other footballer in the history of the game after breaking the world’s all-time international goalscoring record. The Canadian captain scored her record-breaking 185th goal on Wednesday 29 January at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Edinburg, Texas.

The world hails record-setting SinclairFIFA
Twenty years and eight months had passed with an American boasting the distinction – first Mia Hamm and, since 2013, Abby Wambach. However, Sinclair found the bottom corner from the penalty spot against St. Kitts and Nevis to tie the latter’s record, before a predatory goal moved her into outright sovereignty on 185 goals.

Simply the best: Christine Sinclair’s goal-scoring record merely adds to her career of accomplishmentCBC
What do you give the woman who has everything? In a word: respect.

Christine Sinclair by the Numbers: 5 figures that define her CanWNT careerCanPL
One hundred eighty-five. That number (or whatever it ends up being, depending how many more she scores) will be the one that defines Christine Sinclair’s career with the Canadian women’s team.

The Record BreakerTSN
Christine Sinclair scored her first international goal for Canada at the 2000 Algarve Cup in a 2-1 loss to Norway. The Burnaby, BC native was just 16 at the time and playing in only her second game with the senior team.


Whitecaps FC acquire experienced MLS goalkeeper Bryan Meredith via trade from Inter Miami CFWhitecaps FC
The nine-year professional, who has spent eight combined seasons with Seattle Sounders FC and San Jose Earthquakes before being selected by Miami in the 2019 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft, joins Vancouver in exchange for the ’Caps natural fourth-round selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS Ticker: Inter Miami reportedly make late bid for Cavani, Rossi training with RSL, and moreSBI
Inter Miami are not giving up on PSG striker Edinson Cavani.

MLS Preseason 2020: Schedule and Results for all 26 clubsMLS
Three 2020 preseason action rolls on this week, with 12 teams in action Tuesday through Friday. Check out the schedule and results below.

New MLS jerseys for 2020 season leakedSBI
The start of every MLS season comes with the unveiling of some brand new jerseys, but we apparently do not have to wait any longer to see what the majority of them will look like.

Whitecaps FC partner with Covenant House Vancouver for 50/50 fundraising programWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Bell Let’s Talk Day that Covenant House Vancouver will be the club’s new 50/50 fundraising program partner. All proceeds from the 50/50 program at Whitecaps FC home matches during the 2020 season will be donated to improve the lives of Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.


VMSL Premier title race down to a two team shootout as Rino’s and Croatia battle looks like going down to the wire (with video highlights)AFTN
It’s looked like a two horse title race in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division for the last few weeks between defending champions Croatia SC and Rino’s Tigers. And as the snow cleared and the football got back to being played, last weekend’s results cemented that, with the top two pulling away with a couple of victories and the two teams in the chasing pack falling to defeat.

Cowichan LMG dumps Gorge in return after breakCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG set the tone for the rest of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season with a crushing 6-1 win over Gorge FC at the Sherman Road turf on Friday night.

Alex González departs Pacific for Panamanian club Sporting San MiguelitoCanPL
Defensive midfielder Alex Gonzalez has left Pacific FC for his native Panama.

Quw’utsun FC crushes LakehillCowichan Valley Citizen
Johnny Williams and Devin Jack both recorded hat tricks as Quw’utsun FC got 2020 off to a great start by obliterating Lakehill Hooligans 8-1 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 3B action at Victoria’s Braefoot Park on Sunday afternoon.

Cowichan United now at six games without a lossCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan United stretched their undefeated streak in Div. 2 of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association to six games with a 2-0 win over their rivals in Nanaimo on Friday night.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Canadian Premier League awards 1st Expansion Team to OttawaCanPL
The Canadian Premier League officially announced today that Ottawa, Ontario has been awarded a CPL expansion team – the League’s first.

CPL awards expansion team to Ottawa for 2020 seasonSportsnet
Spanish soccer giant Club Atletico de Madrid has purchased an expansion team for Ottawa in the Canadian Premier League.

SOCCER IS BACK: Atletico Madrid, Jeff Hunt behind Ottawa expansion team in CPLOttawa Sun
Less than three months after the death of Fury FC, professional soccer is back in Ottawa.

Cavs renew linchpins Nico Pasquotti and Jonathan Wheeldon for 2020CanPL
Nico Pasquotti and Jonathan Wheeldon will be returning to Cavalry FC for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season.


2020 Open Cup Second Round Matchups RevealedUSL
U.S. Soccer announced the pairings for the Second Round of the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday evening with three matchups that will see USL Championship opposition take on side from USL League One highlighting the slate scheduled for April 7-9.


Ticket sales on hold as coronavirus casts doubt over Matildas Olympic qualifiersThe Guardian
The Matildas’ qualification tournament for this year’s Olympics is in doubt amid fresh concerns about the potentially lethal coronavirus. Just hours after announcing the schedule for next week’s six matches involving Australia, Thailand, Taiwan and China, FFA announced they would not start selling tickets on Thursday as planned.

The Lowdown: What the NWSL teams might do nextThe Equalizer
The 2020 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft is behind us and when the calendar turns to February on Saturday, we will be just over a month out from the start of preseason. Some teams have spent the offseason overhauling their rosters. Others have suggested that big moves may still be on the way.


Barcelona’s Carles Perez joins Roma in deal worth up to €15,5 millionESPN
Barcelona forward Carles Perez has joined Serie A side Roma in a deal worth an initial €11 million, the two clubs confirmed on Thursday.

Transfer news: Spending exceeds £1.5bn – plus all you need to know about deadline dayBBC Sport
Premier League clubs have already spent more than £1.5bn on new signings across this season’s two transfer windows – although they are currently some way short of the £180m spent during the January window last season.

Liverpool goes 19 points clear with win at West HamNBC Sports
If Liverpool already had an ironclad grip on the Premier League table coming into Wednesday’s match against West Ham United, it now has an almost unbreakable one.

Manchester City reach Carabao Cup final despite Matic’s winner for UnitedThe Guardian
Remember Paris, Pep Guardiola had cautioned after his Manchester City team’s 3-1 first-leg victory at Old Trafford in this Carabao Cup semi-final. Remember Paris, Ole Gunnar Solskjær had trumpeted in the countdown to the second leg. It could be done.

Real Madrid and Valencia advance in Copa del ReySportsnet
Zinedine Zidane’s team put on yet another solid performance as it cruised past second-division club Zaragoza 4-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Inter beats Fiorentina to reach Italian Cup semifinalsTSN
Nicolò Barella scored a spectacular volley to help Inter Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Italian Cup semifinals.

China’s Super League postponed because of coronavirusBBC Sport
China has delayed the start of its domestic football season because of the escalation of the coronavirus, which has claimed at least 170 lives.

Manchester United agrees to sign Fernandes from Sporting LisbonSportsnet
Manchester United was on the brink of signing long-time target Bruno Fernandes in a deal worth up to 80 million euros ($88 million), giving under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the creative and prolific central midfielder the team has desperately needed.

VIDEO – Daniele de Rossi wears impressive disguise to attend Rome derbyCNN
Former Roma star Daniele de Rossi went to great — and pretty impressive — lengths to ensure he could enjoy the Rome derby without being mobbed by fans.

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