WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
U.S. national team call-up caps off whirlwind year for Tim Parker – Whitecaps FC
What a difference a year can make. At this time last year, Tim Parker was heading into the MLS Player Combine without a whole lot of fanfare. Most pundits predicted him to go in the first round, but there were no guarantees.
Whitecaps add Costa Rican winger on free transfer – The Province
The Whitecaps might not be throwing big money around but they’re sure doing some good business in the transfer market. Reports broke Wednesday night in Costa Rica that Christian Bolaños, a two-time FIFA World Cup winger, was headed to Vancouver. The Province has confirmed those reports and Bolaños, 31, will join the Caps from Costa Rican side Saprissa, pending a physical.
Christian Bolanos Rumored Latest Addition to Vancouver Whitecaps – Eighty-Six Forever
It appears that the Vancouver Whitecaps will be adding to their Central American contingent with news that 31-year-old Tico Christian Bolanos will be joining the club from Deportivo Saprissa.
Techera completes transfer to Whitecaps – Goal
Vancouver uses targeted allocation money to bring the diminutive Uruguayan back to Canada’s west coast following a successful loan spell.
VIDEO: Lenarduzzi talks Techera, trade chatter and more – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi talks to media after the announcement of Cristian Techera’s multi-year deal.
Spanking, dehydration and ignorance of concussions: New details about Peter Nowak’s Union tenure – Philly.com
Throughout the three-and-a-half year duration of former Union manager Peter Nowak’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the team, many key details about just why Nowak was fired have been kept sealed.
Didier Drogba disputes report he has retired to join Chelsea coaching staff – SI.com
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has disputed a report from French paper L’Equipe that he has retired and is joining the coaching staff at his former club, Chelsea.
Earthquakes sign Simon Dawkins as designated player – Goal
The Tottenham youth product makes his return to San Jose, this time on a permanent deal as a designated player
D.C. United acquires Patrick Nyarko from Chicago Fire – Washington Post
D.C. United has acquired veteran attacker Patrick Nyarko from the Chicago Fire for a second-round pick in next week’s MLS draft.
Impact opens training camp on January 26 – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday the details regarding its 2016 training camp that will kick off on January 26. Following medical and physical testing, the team will take part in its first training session at Olympic Stadium on January 26, before flying to Orlando, Florida, to train until February 5.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Web Feature Matches, January 6-11, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
The stars are out in full force this week, as three leagues showcase their best in their annual All-Star matches. League play resumes for both the VMSL & MWSL, and we have some great matches to keep an eye on for soccer lovers in Metro Vancouver.
Two Whitecaps FC Girls Elite alumnae among 2016 NWSL draft prospects – Whitecaps FC
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the preliminary list of 145 players eligible for selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, including two alumnae from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program.
Coach leads LMG all-star game contingent – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG head coach Glen Martin will be leading the Vancouver Island Soccer League squad in the upcoming all-star game against the best from the Fraser Valley league, and he’s taking a bunch of his own players with him.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Alberta Soccer Assoc. names Jim Loughlin Manager of Coach Education – Alberta Soccer Assoc.
The Alberta Soccer Association today announced the hiring of experienced soccer coach and Master Learning Facilitator Jim Loughlin as the new Manager of Coach Education for the province.
Toronto’s Richie Laryea agrees to Generation Adidas deal, enters MLS SuperDraft – Canada.com
The sophomore from the University of Akron is following in the footsteps of Cyle Larin, who went first overall to Orlando in the 2015 draft. Both came up playing club soccer for Sigma FC in Toronto, with Larin playing two years of collegiate soccer at Connecticut.
Damages to soccer dome in Whitby ‘nowhere near’ $1-million estimate – Whitby This Week
Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club president John Theriault said he wasn’t sure exactly how much the actual damages were when asked by police so instead gave the value of the dome canvas itself. The damage has been repaired and the club is now in the process of submitting a claim to its insurance company. He estimated the actual cost will be closer to $20,000.
Soccer at Montreal West Island facility could resume Sunday after roof tear – CBC
An inflatable soccer dome on Montreal’s West Island which collapsed earlier this week is not expected to reopen before the weekend. No one was inside Complexe Dôme Multi-Sport Volkswagen des Sources at the time of the collapse.
UPDATED: El Salvador’s first team to return for World Cup qualifiers vs. Honduras – Some Canadian Guys Writing About Soccer
On Monday, several of the Salvadoran players involved in last October’s “work action” apologized publicly for leaving the national team in a protest over pay and training conditions. The temporary strike resulted in El Salvador fielding a considerably weaker team against Canada in the November World Cup qualifier played at Estadio Cuscatlán.
Player Development pilot programs in 2016 – OSA
The Ontario Soccer Association’s goal is to deliver the best player centred programs in Canada. The following Player Development initiatives will be piloted during the outdoor season in 2016. The pilots will be conducted at the under 8 age group (FUNdamentals) in the development stream of grassroots soccer.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
(Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new section on BC Youth Soccer Player Development; a new resource designed to help youth coaches and players. Throughout the week, we’ll feature news, drills and videos from the most noted professionals in the field of player development. If you have any articles or resources you enjoy, send them our way, and we’ll share them with the BC Soccer community.)
US Club Soccer to launch La Liga hook up at NSCAA meet in Baltimore – Inside World Soccer
Delegates heading to the world’s largest coaching event – the NSCAA Convention – in Baltimore next week, will be able to experience the US Club Soccer organisation’s latest hook-up with La Liga as they demonstrate the technical resource that has been added as part of the Players First initiative.
Learn To Train: Weekly Grassroots Drills (.PDF File) – OSA
In the following activities players will travel through 4 stations. In these examples one station focuses on general movements, one station on soccer coordination with the ball, one station on soccer technique and the final station focuses on a small sided soccer game 3v3, 4v4 and 5v5.
NASL & USL NEWS
Gregor Takes Helm for Portland Timbers 2 – USL
The Portland Timbers 2 announced on Wednesday that former player Andrew Gregor had been appointed the club’s new head coach. Gregor made more than 200 appearances for the Timbers during the club’s USL era, and was an assistant coach in the club’s inaugural season in 2015.
Louisville City takes ‘huge’ step as city announces stadium study – SBI
Louisville City’s push towards a soccer-specific stadium and, ultimately, Major League Soccer received a major boost on Wednesday.
New ownership could be exactly the jolt the Rhinos need – Democrat Chronicle
The soccer stadium is sinking. It has been for years, and either Rochester finds an owner to come in and do it the right way or we unscrew all the bolts, unhinge the seats and tear down the facility. The City of Rochester can recoup some of its money by selling it off for parts.
Veteran American Defender Rhett Bernstien Joins Miami FC – NASL
Miami FC has announced Rhett Bernstein will be joining the club for its 2016 inaugural season. The center back has spent the majority of his career playing abroad in Norway.
Carolina RailHawks owner buys trademark ‘Carolina Flight,’ begins exploring new pro team possibilities – News Observer
Not long after local entrepreneur Steve Malik took ownership of the Carolina RailHawks in October, he also purchased the trademark “Carolina Flight,” raising some eyebrows. Some thought the move hinted at a rebrand of the RailHawks, entering its 10th season as a franchise.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
PRELIMINARY LIST OF PLAYERS FOR 2016 COLLEGE DRAFT – NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the preliminary list of 145 players eligible for selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (ET) at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Baltimore.
Pay Like A Girl: Why female athletes deserve more – The Odyssey
The first place prize money awarded to the American women was $2 million. This sum was $33 million less than what the German men’s team was awarded for winning the same tournament in 2014. In fact, the United States’ men’s team was awarded $9 million for placing in 11th and not even emerging from the quarter finals. Even though the American women were more successful, the men’s team was awarded over four times as much money.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Red-hot Lukaku leads Everton past Man City – Sportsnet
A Merseyside derby in the English League Cup final was closer to reality after Everton beat Manchester City 2-1 in the first leg of their semifinal on Wednesday, with in-form Romelu Lukaku grabbing the winner.
MLS standouts, youth dominate Jurgen Klinsmann’s call-ups to US national team’s January camp – MLS
As is tradition for the January camp, which opens Monday in Carson, California and runs through February 6, MLS and developmental players dominate the roster released by US Soccer on Wednesday, with 20 players from the league named to a group with an overall average age of 24. Additionally, 10 players will look to receive their first international caps when the month-long camp culminates with friendlies against Iceland (Jan. 31) and Canada (Feb. 5).
Umar and Cassano provide latest subplots in thrilling Serie A drama – The Guardian
Sampdoria’s veteran forward and an 18-year-old at Roma were to the fore as Serie A’s teams provided a handy reminder of this season’s biggest storylines so far.
Jermaine Jenas announces retirement from playing football – BBC Sport
Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has formally announced his retirement from professional football.
Barcelona reject accusations Luis Suárez threatened Espanyol players in tunnel – The Guardian
Luis Enrique has dismissed reports that striker Luis Suárez threatened Espanyol players in the tunnel after Barcelona’s 4-1 Copa del Rey victory at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Eva Carneiro tribunal: Doctor to fight Chelsea another day after failing to reach settlement – The Independent
Eva Carneiro will continue her legal battle against former employer Chelsea Football club after failing to reach a settlement at her first hearing.
Premier League seeks first creative agency – Campaign
For the first time in its 23-year history, the Premier League will operate without a corporate sponsor from next season. It is looking at how best to maximise a “clean” brand. Agencies have been contacted directly with a brief to help plan and execute a brand campaign in time for the start of the new season in August.
Jerome Valcke: Proceedings opened against Fifa chief – BBC Sport
Fifa’s ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Radamel Falcao has injury checked ahead of potential early return to Monaco – The Telegraph
Despite managing to convince Falcao to take a 50 per cent wage cut to move to Stamford Bridge, his season-long loan has already been an expensive failure as he has only started one Premier League game and scored one goal in all competitions.
Reds put on show as Eurosnobs show true colours – Sydney Morning Herald
The sight of fully-grown men in their tens of thousands with their own surnames printed on the back of Liverpool replica jerseys showed why domestic football in Australia will never win over a certain type of fan. It was a statement that quality of football – such as that on display each week in the rapidly improving A-League – isn’t as important as the perception of prestige.
Rangers v Hibernian: SPFL to discuss sectarian chants – BBC Sport
Sectarian singing heard during Rangers’ match against Hibernian at Ibrox is to be discussed by the Scottish Professional Football League board.
AFC U23 Championship 2016 squad lists finalised – AFC
Squad lists for the teams taking part in the AFC U23 Championship Qatar 2016 have been finalised and made available online.
Rwanda/Cameroon: Amavubi Stars Held By Cameroon in Friendly – All Africa
Rwanda national team continued its winless record against Cameroon after surrendering a half time lead to draw 1-1 against Cameroon in a friendly match played on Wednesday evening at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu.
Sebastián Abreu signs for Paraguayan club Sol de América, his 22nd club – CONMEBOL
Popular Uruguayan striker Sebastian ‘Loco’ Abreu reached an agreement with Paraguay’s Sol de America for the 2016 season, his twenty-second club of his career, after leaving Uruguayan club Nacional.
The NFL wants this field for the Super Bowl, but a youth league is fighting back – The Guardian
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the US. But a small youth soccer league, with fields close to the site where this year’s game will be hosted, is refusing to allow the sporting behemoth to disrupt its season.