VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC acquire South Korean international midfielder Hwang In-beom – Whitecaps FC
One of the top up-and-coming talents in Asia is headed to Vancouver. Vancouver Whitecaps FC have acquired South Korean international midfielder Hwang In-beom via transfer from Daejeon Citizen FC and signed the 22-year-old as a Young Designated Player through 2020 with club options for 2021 and 2022, the club announced on Wednesday.
Whitecaps’ persistence pays off in signing of young star Hwang In-beom – The Province
No more waiting. The Hwang’s all here. Marc Dos Santos has long been watching South Korean midfielder Hwang In-beom. Now Vancouver Whitecaps fans will get an opportunity to do the same, as the Major League Soccer team announced the emerging Asian star will be joining them, a signing long speculated about.
How Whitecaps FC landed coveted South Korean international Hwang In-beom – Whitecaps FC
Marc Dos Santos knew there was something special about Hwang In-beom the first time he saw him play. Hwang’s fantastic footwork, ability to wriggle out of any situation on the field, decision-making on the ball, and commitment to playing without it, was exactly what the new Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach was looking for in a central midfielder.
Who is Hwang In-Beom? – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have topped the list for coveted South Korean youngster Hwang In-boem. We let you know a bit more about him and why this is such an impressive signing for the Caps.
Whitecaps FC add right back Scott Sutter – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed right back Scott Sutter for the 2019 season with an option for 2020.
Scott Sutter relishing the chance to share his experience with young Whitecaps squad – AFTN
With all the Vancouver Whitecaps transfer rumours swirling out there in the Twittersphere, one that seemed to completely fly by the radar was that of Orlando City’s experienced right back Scott Sutter.
Training report: Jon Erice leaves early impression on new teammates – Whitecaps FC
Jon Erice trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday as Vancouver Whitecaps FC continued the first leg of their 2019 preseason training camp.
Whitecaps FC 2019 Single Match Tickets on sale Thursday at 11:00 am – Whitecaps FC
Single match tickets for the entire 2019 MLS season go on sale today at 11am PST.
Sebastian Giovinco sold to Al-Hilal FC – Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced today that forward Sebastian Giovinco has been sold to Saudi Arabian side, Al-Hilal FC of the Saudi Professional League.
Sebastian Giovinco berates Toronto FC for its handling of contract impasse – CTV News
Sebastian Giovinco made sure he left Toronto FC on his own terms, turning to social media within hours of his sale to Saudi Arabia club Al-Hilal FC on Wednesday to berate the MLS club’s handling of his contract impasse.
Giovinco’s transfer marks end of unforgettable era in TFC history – Sportsnet
It wasn’t so much the fact Sebastian Giovinco scored so many goals that endeared him to fans during his four seasons with Toronto FC. It was more the way he scored them.
PSG to sign D.C.’s Luciano Acosta as Neymar stand-in – source – ESPN
D.C. United’s Luciano Acosta is Paris Saint-Germain bound, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC, after coach Thomas Tuchel demanded attacking reinforcement to cover Neymar’s absence.
Miguel Almiron: Newcastle United sign playmaker for club-record fee of £20m – BBC Sport
Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United for around £20m.
Former Aston Villa star moves to the MLS as part of a record transfer – Birmingham Live
Former Aston Villa favourite Carles Gil has signed for New England Revolution. The diminutive Spaniard, 26, has agreed a deal with the MLS club after leaving Liga Segunda side Deportivo La Coruna.
Revolution sign a No. 10 as a Designated Player – The Bent Musket
Carles Gil is officially a member of the New England Revolution. After heavy speculation, it was announced on Wednesday that Gil has signed a Designated Player contract that will bring him to the United States. According to Frank Dell’Apa of The Boston Globe, Gil will make $2 million a year.
LAFC sign Salvadoran forward Rodolfo Zelaya – Angels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have signed Salvadoran forward Rodolfo “Fito” Zelaya on a two-year deal following his transfer from Alianza FC.
Galaxy tip-toe around issues involving designated players and defensive tactics – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Galaxy opened training camp last week with two pressing problems.
Jonathan dos Santos: Giovani will stay at LA Galaxy, “without a doubt” – MLS
There’s been plenty of speculation that with the LA Galaxy currently carrying four Designated Players – one over the league limit – the player who failed to really shine of that group last year, Giovani dos Santos, could be on his way out before the 2019 MLS regular season.
Houston Dynamo signs veteran defender Maynor Figueroa – Pro Soccer USA
Maynor Figueroa’s been on the red, white and blue side of the Texas Derby a number of times; today, with the Houston Dynamo signing the veteran Honduran international defender, he joins the orange side.
FC Cincinnati plays Montreal Impact to 1-1 tie in first preseason match – Cincinnati.com
At the conclusion of FC Cincinnati’s first preseason match of the 2019 preseason, the scoreboard said: Cincinnati 1, Montreal Impact 1. But the score and result were always going to be secondary concerns. What was of greater consequence was what FC Cincinnati’s play said, and the play spoke volumes.
FC Dallas in Early Stages of Luchi Gonzalez’s Vision with First Preseason Friendly – FC Dallas
As FC Dallas continues to build through the opening weeks of preseason, the team got its first test from an outside opponent in a friendly against local amateur side NTX Rayados Wednesday afternoon at Toyota Soccer Center.
Ex-Orlando, NYCFC, RSL boss Jason Kreis joins Inter Miami’s technical staff – MLS
Jason Kreis is making a return to MLS, taking up a role in the technical department with 2020 expansion side Inter Miami CF, the club announced on Wednesday.
ON TO ABU DHABI: NYCFC starts preseason camp with 30-man roster – Front Row Soccer
New York City FC flew to Abu Dhabi Monday night with a 30-man traveling party as the club’s preseason gets underway.
Vermes and His Uncanny Ability to “Win” Trades – The Blue Testament
Peter Vermes has a knack for ending up being the “winner” in trades, here’s some of Vermes’ best trades.
Lights owner hoping to bring MLS spring training to Las Vegas – Review-Journal
Brett Lashbrook, the ambitious and gregarious Lights owner, envisions consecutive weeks of such matches at Cashman. He thinks full-fledged MLS spring training in Las Vegas would be an ideal fit.
BC SOCCER NEWS
FORMER HIGHLANDER ALUM JOINS STEVEN GERRARD’S GLASGOW RANGERS – Highlanders FC
Matt Polster joins world renowned club, Glasgow Rangers FC, and embarks on his new career in Europe.
USL League Two Unveils Full 2019 Schedule – USL League Two
TSS Rovers, Victoria Highlanders & Calgary Foothills FC know their opponents for 2019.
18 Players from Preston GM Langley FC Selected for BC Soccer’s Provincial Program – Langley Soccer
Preston GM Langley FC and Fraser Valley Premier are proud to announce that 18 of our players have been selected for BC Soccer’s Provincial Program, meant to facilitate training for players from the BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League).
Thompson Okanagan FC pleased to announce 21 Players Selected to BC Soccer Provincial Program – TOFC
Congratulationsto the following TOFC players whose hard work and dedication to developmenthave earned them selection to the BC Soccer Provincial Program.
Powell River Villa regains sole possession of first place – Powell River Peak
A goal by striker Jake Kenmuir gave Powell River Villa SC a 1-0 win over Vic West in Victoria on Saturday, January 26. The victory moved Villa back into first place in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 standings by one point.
Cowichan 49ers get back in the win column – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers got back to their winning ways on Friday, beating the Cordova Bay Bobcats 2-0 at Lochside Turf and keeping alive their hopes of winning a third consecutive masters soccer title.
Numerically challenged Red Arrow dealt rare defeat – Cowichan Valley Citizen
As player Patrick Foley put it, Cowichan Red Arrow’s Div. 4 men’s soccer match against Zgoda Juniors on Sunday afternoon was a “reality check.”
Kids need physical activity to thrive and stay healthy through their lives – The Province
January is nearly over, but it’s not to late to put New Year’s resolutions into action. For thousands of British Columbians, that means hitting the gym or trying new ways to get physically active.
Dueling Vernon petitions debate dog leash bylaw – Infotel
Darlene Hainer brought a petition with dozens of signatures to a Vernon city council meeting last week, asking the members to change a bylaw to allow for an off-leash area for dogs at Marshall Fields. But the North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association, which plays on Marshall Fields, is opposed to letting dogs off-leash in the area and they’ve started a petition of their own.
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.
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
CONCACAF boss expects Canada and 2026 World Cup co-hosts to get automatic berths – Vancouver Courier
No decision has been made yet but CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani expects Canada to get an automatic berth — along with co-hosts Mexico and the U.S. — for the 2026 World Cup.
Halifax-born midfielder Scott Firth seals ‘dream’ move to Wanderers – HFX Wanderers FC
HFX Wanderers FC are pleased to announce Scott Firth as the first Halifax-born player to sign for the club.
Halifax’s pro soccer team signs its first local player. And he’s still in high school – The Star
Scott Firth came out of his geography exam to a chorus of congratulations on Wednesday.
Cavalry FC sign former Arsenal youth academy product – London Free Press
Cavalry FC added a little English flavour to its ranks on Wednesday morning with the signing of striker Jordan Brown.
Local Prospects: Calgary players worth a look from Cavalry FC – AFTN
In the spirit of AFTN’s recent piece on Vancouver Island-based players who could – or should – be on Pacific FC’s radar, I wanted to write a similar article highlighting Calgarian players who could make an impact with Cavalry FC.
Londoner Jade Kovacevic signs first professional contract with Italy’s AS Roma – Global
She is just months removed from being named the Canadian College Women’s soccer player of the year.
Fort Sask shows off talent at third annual All Star Testimonial Game – Fort Saskatchewan Online
It was a big weekend for some local soccer players. Each Fort Sask team from U9 to U19 sent two players to play in this year’s third annual All Star Testimonial Game on Saturday (Jan.26) at the Dow Centennial Centre. About 40 kids total were chosen.
Proposed 2019 budget set for Youngs Sportsplex in Welland – St. Catherines Standard
Berger said the facility’s biggest user/client is Welland Soccer Club with some 1,100 members. The club, the largest in Niagara, accounts for $475,000 in annual revenue.
Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame names new inductees for 2019 – Durham Region
The Turul soccer team won the Ontario Cup championship and the Canadian Petro Cup in 1988.
Forge FC Supporter Group Barton Batallion Ready For Inaugural Season – Last Word on Soccer
Last Word On Soccer had the chance to interview Allan Gorman from the Forge FC Supporter Group Barton Battallion about the upcoming season.
Youth Soccer Will Happen in Portage in 2019 – Portage online
It’s official: youth soccer will happen in Portage la Prairie. More than a dozen interested volunteers took part in Wednesday’s annual general meeting for the Portage Youth Soccer Association heels in Southport, and every position on the board was filled. Newly elected president Cliff Hamilton says people stepped up.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Fury FC Signs Fall to Lead Rise – USL
Ottawa Fury FC picked up a big piece for its squad on Wednesday with the signing of midfielder Wal Fall for the 2019 USL Championship season, who arrives at the club after reaching the USL Cup Playoffs in each of his three previous seasons in the league.
Seattle Sounders 2 soccer team gets new name: Tacoma Defiance – Q13 Fox
The team known as the Seattle Sounders 2 finally has a new name to match its new home: Tacoma Defiance.
Republic FC’s 5-game preseason soccer schedule starts in Sacramento – Sacramento Bee
Republic FC will play Sacramento Gold FC at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at American River College in its first of five preseason matches.
T2 signs four players ahead of 2019 USL Championship season – Oregon Live
T2, the Portland Timbers’ lower division side, has signed midfielders Carlos Anguiano and Todd Wharton, defender Niko De Vera and goalkeeper Jake Leeker ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season.
Atlanta United 2 names new manager – AJC
Stephen Glass was promoted to manager of Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday. He will replace Scott Donnelly, who resigned in Dec. 2018. Glass was formerly manager of Atlanta United’s U-17 academy team.
Hartford Athletic Makes Five Additions – USL
Hartford Athletic continued to build its squad for its inaugural season in the USL Championship with the signing of five players, including four who bring previous Championship experience to the squad in defender Kyle Curinga, midfielders Jonathan Brown and Tyler David and goalkeeper Jacob Lissek. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
Memphis FC 901 names 1st ever Captain – WREG
Memphis 901 FC has added Major League Soccer veteran Marc Burch to its roster for its inaugural USL Championship season and named him the first team captain in franchise history, Sporting Director Andrew Bell and head coach Tim Mulqueen announced Wednesday.
Los Dos Ink Mexican Youth International – USL
The LA Galaxy II announced on Wednesday it had signed Mexican Youth International goalkeeper Abraham Romero for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Romero, a former member of the LA Galaxy Academy, returns to Los Angeles after three years with Pachuca of Liga MX.
ROWDIES AND NORWICH CITY FC LAUNCH HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP – Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies and England’s Norwich City FC are delighted to launch a ground-breaking transatlantic yellow and green partnership.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NWSL’s Seattle Reign FC relocates to Tacoma, adds investors – ESPN W.
The Seattle Reign FC is relocating to Tacoma in time to play the 2019 season in a new home. The relocation announced Wednesday is part of a larger partnership among the National Women’s Soccer League team, the Seattle Sounders of MLS and the Tacoma Rainiers Triple-A baseball franchise. The Reign will play their games at Cheney Stadium for the 2019 season with the hope of eventually moving into a soccer-specific facility.
An Open Letter to Fans and Supporters of Seattle Reign FC from the owners – Sounder at Heart
In late 2017, the NWSL made clear to us that Memorial Stadium – in its current condition – would no longer be suitable to host our home matches beginning with the 2019 season.
Duffy: NWSL team in Canada would require roster rule changes – The Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League has always been an entity devoted to providing a professional playing environment for U.S. Soccer, and collegiate athletes looking to turn pro.
Record attendance for women’s soccer match in Spain – National Post
A record crowd of 48,121 attended a women’s soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.
‘Crisis point’ – How Stajcic sacking left Matildas in tatters – SBS
Disgraceful. Outrageous. Embarrassing. Nightmare. Mess. Crisis. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used to describe what has been a shamefully dark period for women’s football in Australia over the last fortnight.
Sydney FC Reach 11th Consecutive Westfield W-League Finals Series – Sydney FC
Sydney FC have reached the Westfield W-League Finals Series for a record 11th successive season despite a 2-0 loss in the final round against Melbourne City at WIN Stadium, this evening.
Milan meeting first step on a journey to opportunity – FIFA
Empowering the next generation to take their own path while taking lessons from those more experienced is a tricky balancing act. Dean Klafuric is hardly the ‘old guard’ – the former Croatia women’s national team coach is 46 – but he is attempting to tread this fine line with his role as mentor on FIFA’s Coach Mentorship Programme.
Premier League return the target for newly-formed Aberdeen FC Women – Press & Journal
Aberdeen FC Women’s new management team believe their newly-established relationship with the Dons can help them achieve their ultimate goal of returning to the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1.
2018 Women’s Football Global Transfer Report (PDF File) – FIFA
FIFA review of all international football transfers in 2018.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Deadline day: Transfer window closing in European soccer – London Free Press
Clubs in Europe’s leading leagues are making their final signings for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day.
Transfer deadline day: live! – The Guardian
Latest news before the January window closes at 11pm GMT
Are these the 21st century’s best January signings? – UEFA
There are great deals to be done in the mid-season transfer window; here are our top ten.
Martial signs long-term contract to remain at Man United – NBC Sports
Anthony Martial wasn’t expected to leave Manchester United before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Asian Cup Final preview: Japan vs Qatar – Inside World Football
First-time finalists Qatar will seek to make national history on Friday in the final of the Asian Cup by overcoming continental powerhouse Japan. The Samurai Blue will aim for a record fifth continental crown in a final that is predicted to go down the wire.
UAE protest eligibility of Qatar’s Almoez and Al Rawi and demand AFC Final spot – Inside World Football
The UAE Football Association has formally protested against the eligibility of two Qatari footballers who played in the Asian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Peter Crouch: Stoke City striker poised for Premier League return with Burnley – BBC Sport
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, who turned 38 on Wednesday, is set to return to the Premier League at Burnley as part of a deal which will see Sam Vokes go the other way.
With Higuain quiet, Chelsea embarrassed 4-0 at Bournemouth – London Free Press
Chelsea capitulated in a 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday for a second straight defeat in the Premier League, with Gonzalo Higuain failing to make an impact in his debut in England’s top division.
Messi scores 50th Copa del Rey goal as Barca advances – NBC Sports
Nearly every time Barcelona shows a bit of vulnerability, it beats the very notion back in a big way.
Paris Saint-Germain’s grand Neymar experiment is fizzling out – Yahoo Sports
The genesis of Neymar’s world record-shattering 2017 move from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain wasn’t design but opportunity.
Juve out of cup, Roma’s Dzeko sent off after ref incident – London Free Press
Four-time defending champion Juventus lost in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while Roma lost 7-1 at Fiorentina and had forward Edin Dzeko sent off after appearing to spit at the referee.
Nantes fans pay emotional tribute to striker Emiliano Sala – France 24
Nantes paid an emotional tribute to “warrior” Emiliano Sala at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Wednesday before their first match since their former striker’s plane disappeared over the Channel last week.
IN SEARCH OF EMILIANO SALA – ESPN
The tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala, bound for new club Cardiff on a single-engine plane, raises the question: How did this happen?
Pound Notes, Canned Soup and Common Goals – NY Times
As the needs of Britain’s poor have soared under government austerity programs, soccer clubs and their fans have emerged as an unlikely (and vital) resource for local food banks.