BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 12, 2020






MLS suspends 2020 season for 30 days in wake of coronavirus pandemicMajor League Soccer
Major League Soccer has suspended all games, effective immediately, for 30 days, the league announced Thursday as it continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 (the coronavirus).

Major League Soccer suspends season because of coronavirus; Union home opener postponed – Philadelphia Inquirer
Major League Soccer is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season, according to Sports Illustrated, The Athletic and ESPN.

Younes Namli looking to carve his own Colorado Rapids legacyPro Soccer USA
His first MLS goal against Orlando City SC showed the Danish-Moroccan midfielder’s best qualities – creativity, vision and drive.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces cancellation of large gatheringsYahoo Sports
A news release was sent out Wednesday night from Oregon governor’s office with the state taking its precautions in preventing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. In the release, it states that all gatherings of 250 people or more are canceled across the state effective immediately. This will be in effect for the next four weeks.

Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes games postponed due to coronavirusESPN
Major League Soccer confirmed that both the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes have postponed games in a bid to reduce the continued spread of the coronavirus.

Agudelo looks to seize opportunity ahead of Inter Miami’s home opener; MLS issues statement on coronavirusSun-Sentinel
At first, it was Robbie Robinson having to step up amid Inter Miami’s forward contingent’s injury concerns. Now, Juan Agudelo is expected to be depended on more ahead of the team’s home opener against L.A. Galaxy Saturday at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

LAFC vs. Cruz Azul | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
After a stunning rally to defeat Club Leon, LAFC attempts to take down a second Liga MX foe when they host Cruz Azul at Banc of California Stadium Thursday night in the opening leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal matchup.

CCL Rewind: Atlanta United pummeled by Club America, NYCFC gives up late goal to TigresSBI
The Major League Soccer contingent suffered a pair of losses in two high-profile Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal matchups against Liga MX competition on Wednesday night, pushing the league closer to another disappointing tournament showing.

Eligible candidates revealed for Veteran and Builder categories in National Soccer Hall of FameMLS
The eligible 2020 candidates for induction to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the “Veteran” and “Builder” categories have been announced, with a total of nine new names added to those eligible lists.

Sports might be canceled for a while, so now what?Dirty South Soccer
It’s now on us, in each of our communities, big and small, Atlanta United and otherwise, to create for and care for each other. In whatever form that may be. We and You are now the Great Distraction. But with that distraction, like any other, is an accompanying hope: If we can hold out just long enough, we’ll get there. The day will come. The sun will rise. We’ll cheer as someone kicks a ball. And we’ll be fine.


TRU men’s soccer captain on trial with a professional teamThe Omega
Back in November, Jan Pirretas made history becoming the first-ever TRU athlete to be drafted by a professional sports team.

Highly decorated Surrey United teammates sign with CascadesUFV
Winning is a way of life for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer program’s latest group of signees.

Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the signing of Mahdi Hammoud, pending league approval. Hammoud, a forward, is the second Highlanders Residency player to join Vikram Virk’s 2020 Pacific Coast Soccer League squad.

Emulating Caps, Cowichan LMG also sends Powell River team packing Cowichan Valley Citizen
One day after the Cowichan Valley Capitals put an end to the Powell River Kings’ hockey season, Cowichan LMG did even worse to Powell River Villa.

Cowichan 49ers wrap league playCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers closed out league play in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s masters A division with a 6-0 win over Juan de Fuca Ghostfinger Alliance on Saturday night.

Fury out of Pearkes Cup, Quw’utsun match delayedCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Farm Store Fury are out of contention for the George Pearkes Challenge Cup, while Quw’utsun FC will have to wait to determine their result in the tournament quarter-finals.

Simon Fraser Hall of Fame Induction: Class of 2020SFU
Shelley Howieson, who coached the Simon Fraser women’s soccer program from its inception to 2014, can be credited for building the program from the ground up, as well as guiding Simon Fraser to twenty-two winning seasons.

Kavie Toor appointed UBC’s Managing Director of Athletics & RecreationUBC
Toor has been part of the UBC family for over 20 years, beginning as a student who earned multiple degrees, including a Masters of Human Kinetics (Sports Management). After graduation, Toor quickly found employment on campus in a number of progressively responsible roles in the Department of Athletics and Recreation starting in 2001, most recently serving as the Senior Director, Recreation, Facilities and Sport Partnerships.

Whitecaps Academy paves way to University for Trail playersTrail Times
Greater Trail soccer players Nathaniel Riemer and Cadel Goertzen are taking their game to the next level.

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.

BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

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.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Atletico Ottawa adds fullback Kunle Dade-LukeOttawa Sun
Atletico Ottawa has signed 20-year-old Kunle Dade-Luke, who was just 14 when he made his debut in the Canada Soccer men’s national youth program in 2014 at an identification camp.

Cavs get centre-back Boskovic on loan from TFCNational Post
Robert Boskovic will be joining Cavalry FC for the 2020 soccer campaign. The 21-year-old Mississauga native comes to the team on a season-long loan from Toronto FC.

Atlético Ottawa’s Ricky Gomes credits David Edgar for CPL-bound careerCanPL
Ricky Gomes is where he is today because of David Edgar and a Portuguese elementary school teacher.

Hanson Boakai returns to FC Edmonton a more mature playerSudbury Star
A stint chasing a professional soccer career in Europe has seemingly done the trick and Boakai has returned to FC Edmonton a well-travelled, more mature player than the one who left with so much promise.

Calgary minor soccer spectator tested positive for COVID-19, league saysCBC
A spectator at a recent soccer game hosted by the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) is one of Calgary’s confirmed cases of COVID-19, the league said Wednesday.


USWNT wins SheBelieves Cup with emotional win over JapanSBI
In the fifth edition of the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team claimed the trophy for the third time on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over Japan at Toyota Stadium.

This is much bigger than soccerThe Equalizer
The U.S. women warmed up for the match with their shirts turned inside out to hide U.S. Soccer’s logo. The four stars representing the four World Cups they won, however, were still visible from the stitching on the reverse side. Players were responding to the past few days of events. First, there was U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro’s letter on the eve of International Women’s Day which said the federation offered “identical compensation” to the men’s and women’s teams.

U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro apologizes for ‘offense and pain caused by language’ in equal pay lawsuitYahoo Sports
With the sports world collectively recoiling at the language used by U.S. Soccer in its latest equal pay lawsuit filing — specifically, the argument that men’s players having superior “ability” is “indisputable science” — federation president Carlos Cordeiro is now apologizing for it.

U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro Must Resign After Disgraceful Defense in USWNT CaseSI.com
Carlos Cordeiro, the U.S. Soccer president who presided over a disgraceful legal strategy citing “science” to belittle the world champion U.S. women’s national team based on its gender, should resign immediately.

USMNT and USWNT games called off because of coronavirus pandemic – sourcesYahoo Sports
The United States Soccer Federation has decided to scrap three upcoming national team matches because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday morning.

Matildas star Foord to be quarantined from Arsenal teammatesSMH
Matildas star Caitlin Foord will be forced into quarantine for 14 days upon her return to Arsenal while coach Ante Milicic admits there are “genuine concerns” over whether next month’s friendlies against the United States and Canada will go ahead.

Utah Royals FC Signs French Midfielder Aminata DialloRSL
Utah Royals FC has signed midfielder Aminata Diallo on loan from Paris Saint-Germain for the 2020 season, pending the approval of her P-1 visa.

CBS Sports, Twitch sign three-year deals to broadcast NWSLThe Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League has come to agreements with CBS Sports and Twitch for three-year television and streaming rights deals. The partnerships will begin this season and will feature 87 NWSL matches through CBS, CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access. Meanwhile, Twitch will air 24 free matches in the U.S. during the regular season this year. (Editor’s note: Both streaming services are also available to Canadians)


Spain’s La Liga suspended, Real Madrid quarantined amid coronavirus spreadYahoo Sports
La Liga, the top soccer division in Spain, has suspended its season for at least two weeks, the latest in a growing line of worldwide precautions to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Juventus & Inter On Lockdown: Defender Daniele Rugani Tests Positive For CoronavirusForbes
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to escalate in Italy, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before a Serie A player tested positive for the virus. On Wednesday, reigning champions Juventus issued a statement, which revealed that defender Daniele Rugani had contracted Coronavirus, an event which placed all who had contact with him in isolation.

Future of Euro 2020, Champions League up in the air as UEFA calls crisis meetingYahoo Sports
UEFA has called a crisis meeting to take place next week, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday, as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to force the postponement of Euro 2020 and the ongoing Champions League.

Postponing Euro 2020 Sure Seems InevitableSI.com
The coronavirus outbreak has had a massive impact on sports around the globe, and it’s clear to see the direction things are headed in for UEFA’s showpiece international competition.

Manolo Gabbiadini tests positive for coronavirusNBC Sports
Sampdoria and Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club have confirmed.

Conmebol asks for suspension of 2020 qualifiers over fear players will be stuck in EuropeInside World Football
South American governing body Conmebol has called on FIFA to postpone this month’s World Cup qualifiers on the continent due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Public health is priority over finishing football season – Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFour Four Two
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have no complaints if the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic as Manchester United prepare to line up in an empty stadium.

PSG beats Dortmund to reach Champions League quarterfinalsSportsnet
A 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund put PSG into its first quarterfinal since 2016, following a dismal away leg in which PSG could have lost more heavily than 2-1.

Holders Liverpool dumped out of Champions League by Atletico MadridFrance 24
Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 after Atletico Madrid scored three goals in extra time to earn a shock 3-2 victory at Anfield on Wednesday that sent them through 4-2 on aggregate.

Antonee Robinson needs medical procedure to correct irregular heart rhythmFour Four Two
Wigan defender Antonee Robinson has revealed he needs a medical procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm before he can play again.

Africa’s golden Olympic historyFIFA
While Africa is waiting for the continent’s first FIFA World Cup triumph, it is worth remembering a series of historic successes that put the continent on the Olympic Football Tournament map.

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