VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC set to compete in second annual Pacific Rim Cup in Honolulu – Whitecaps FC
For the second consecutive preseason, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will participate in the second annual Pacific Rim Cup at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
VIDEO: Dos Santos: ‘The most important thing in preseason is to start establishing a foundation’ – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos talks about his expectations for the preseason following the announcement that the ‘Caps are headed to Hawaii for the second annual Pacific Rim Cup in February.
Timbers credit Savarese for fostering “fun environment,” “united group” – MLS
Before Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese could change the team’s formations, systems, or tactics in his first year on the job, he knew the first thing to change was the atmosphere at practice.
MLS Cup referee crew revealed, Alan Kelly to take charge of second final – MLS
Alan Kelly has been named as the referee for MLS Cup for a second time, and will take the whistle for Saturday’s match between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers.
Toronto FC to play Independiente FC in 2019 Concacaf Champions League – Waking the Red
Toronto FC have learned who their first round opponent will be for the 2019 Concacaf Champions League. They’ll be heading down to Panama to play Independiente FC in the round of 16.
Draw Delivers Matchups for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League First Round Matches – Concacaf
The gala event, which sorted the 15 already-qualified clubs into eight pairings for the first round of the competition, featured remarks from Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio, who also revealed the new logo for the region’s premier club competition. The captain of reigning SCCL champions CD Guadalajara, Carlos Salcido, presented the most desired club trophy in the region.
Sporting KC’s Vermes: Playing Toluca at altitude in CCL to be “a challenge” – MLS
Peter Vermes had two immediate thoughts when he watched the 2019 Concacaf Champions League draw on Monday night and saw Sporting Kansas City lined up against Mexico’s Deportivo Toluca. A tough opponent at altitude.
LAFC Re-signs Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye – LAFC
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today it has re-signed 24-year-old Canadian International Mark-Anthony Kaye. The midfielder has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2021 with a club option in 2022.
Report: Atlanta United executives in Argentina meeting Barros Schelotto – MLS
Head coach Tata Martino has already confirmed he’ll be departing the club once the season finishes, so Atlanta have to lock down his replacement. Boca Juniors manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto has long been the frontrunner and, according to Cesar Luis Merlo of TyC Sports in Argentina, ATL executives Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra are in Argentina meeting with Barros Schelotto. They are reportedly also meeting with Gabriel Milito.
FC Cincinnati Signs USL Defensive Player of the Year Forrest Lasso – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
FC Cincinnati is helping fans get through the Monday blues with the signing of USL Defensive Player of the Year Forrest Lasso.
Impact will play its home opener at Stade Saputo – Montreal Impact
For the first time since 2011, the Montreal Impact will play its home opener for the 2019 season at Stade Saputo.
“Largest gathering of soccer coaches and administrators in the world” set for Chicago when 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention arrives – Chicago Fire
Over 13,000 visitors are expected when the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention descends on Chicago’s McCormick Place from January 9-13, and will also host both Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft and the National Women’s Soccer League’s College Draft.
BC SOCCER NEWS
CapU’s Keith Jackson Named CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year – Capilano Courier
In his fifth and final year playing for the Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team, Keith Jackson polished off the 2017-18 season winning the CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award. This isn’t Jackson’s first major accolade however, having previously taken home the title of PACWEST Player of the Year for the second season in a row, along with several other well-earned titles.
Pacific Football Club opens flagship store in downtown Victoria – Sooke News Mirror
Pacific Football Club held a launch party Friday for its flagship store in Victoria. The store is the go-to headquarters for everything Pacific FC, including merchandise, ticketing and more.
Win keeps Powell River Villa atop division standings – Powell River Peak
The last home game before the holiday break was far from Powell River Villa FC’s best performance this season, but the team still managed to eke out out a 1-0 win over Bays United and stay atop Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
York 9’s Simon Karlsson Adjei ready to make CPL splash in Canadian return – Sportsnet
York 9 FC believes Simon Karlsson Adjei has that special brand of pluck, and it’s one of the reasons why the club announced on Monday they have signed the Swedish striker ahead of the 2019 Canadian Premier League season.
‘He’s prolific’: York9 FC signs Swedish target man Simon Adjei from Assyriska IK – Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League’s first international signing says York Region won’t feel foreign when he returns in January.
With L10 and Swedish league experience, Adjei makes for the prototypical CanPL foreign signing – the11.ca
Simon Adjei had a heck of a strike rate in 2016, when he played for Aurora FC in League1 Ontario. The Swedish/Ghanaian forward scored 19 times in 19 matches before heading back to Europe.
Rangers, Canada midfielder with vicious red card challenge – NBC Sports
Canada and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield was sent off this weekend for a terrible sliding challenge on Hearts of Midlothian goalkeeper Zdebek Zlamal.
P.E.I. soccer player going to Madrid with Vancouver Whitecaps Academy – CBC
Fifteen-year-old Riad Jaha has been selected to travel to Madrid with the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy, where he will play against other youth academies, train in a professional soccer setting, and watch professional soccer matches.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Rangers take tournament title – Medicine Hat News
Medicine Hat’s men’s indoor soccer season hit the half-way mark with a bang on the weekend, holding the Mid-season Megabowl Senior Tournament at the Family Leisure Centre.
Christiano Francois joins Ottawa Fury lineup – Montreal Gazette
Francois, a native of Haiti, played last season with the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, scoring four goals. He also has spent time with the Rochester Rhinos and attended the University of Maryland.
2018 USL Winter Summit Opens in Downtown Tampa – USL
The 2018 United Soccer League Winter Summit opened on Monday in downtown Tampa at Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina as the organization’s leadership welcomed representatives from clubs across its three leagues for a week of meetings and presentations in the Sunshine State.
Ilić Heads to Indy Eleven from LouCity – USL
Indy Eleven announced on Monday the signing of two-time USL Cup-winning forward Ilija Ilić to its roster pending league and federation approval. The former Louisville City FC striker is the Eleven’s first new signing ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season.
RENO 1868 FC ANNOUNCES ROSTER MOVES AHEAD OF 2019 SEASON – Reno 1868
Six players are set to return to Reno 1868 FC in 2019, pending league and federation approval, the club announced Monday morning.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Lyon star Hegerberg wins Women’s Ballon d’Or – SN
Lyon and Norway star Ada Hegerberg has won the inaugural 2018 women’s Ballon d’Or award.
How brilliant is Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg? – UEFA
Ada Hegerberg made more history last season in helping Lyon win their third straight UEFA Women’s Champions League, for which she was rewarded with a new contract until 2021 believed to be unprecedented in the female club game and by receiving the first women’s Ballon d’Or award.
Ada Hegerberg wins first women’s Ballon d’Or, expertly shakes off idiotic question – The Equalizer
Let’s start with the part of this that should be the focus: Ada Hegerberg on Monday was named the first-ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or, as the best female soccer player on the planet.
The Week in Women’s Football: W-League enters second third; Matildas vs. Chile analysis – Tribal Football
This week, we review the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season, with the 9 teams completing at least a third of their regular season schedules. We also look at the squads and results from Australia’s recent two game friendly series at home against Chile, both of whom have qualified for France 2019.
Pride in the W-League | Ubogagu Scores in Brisbane’s First Win – Orlando City SC
Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu led Brisbane Roar to its first victory over Newcastle Jets since 2014, scoring the game’s only goal in the 56th minute. Ubogagu’s second half goal proved to be enough as the Jets held Brisbane scoreless and secured the three points. Pride players Carson Pickett and Emily van Egmond each played all 90 minutes for their respective teams.
How the 2019 World Cup Draw might — but probably won’t — turn out – The Equalizer
The pots are set for the Saturday’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Draw. Sort of. FIFA has announced the pots based on official world ranking. The caveat is that new rankings come out Friday. We’re not expecting too much — if any — change that will affect the Draw, but where there is FIFA there is uncertainty. That said, let’s take a look at a few potential scenarios that could play out on Saturday.
The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 (71 – 100) – The Guardian
Here are Nos 71 to 100 on the Guardian’s list of best female players in the world. There will be another 30 per day until Friday, when we reveal our top 10.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or stranglehold over as Luka Modric crowned winner – ESPN
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has ended the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi stranglehold on the Ballon d’Or.
Salah beats Aguero and Hazard to FSF Player of the Year – SN
Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Supporters’ Federation’s 2018 Player of the Year.
PSG game postponed because of expected protests – Sportsnet
The French league says Saturday’s soccer game between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier has been postponed at police request amid expected anti-government protests.
Manchester United do not need miracle to reach top four, says José Mourinho – The Guardian
José Mourinho has retracted his claim that Manchester United now need “a miracle” to finish in the top four, but opted against making any firm predictions other than to say he was confident his team would finish above Everton.
Man City faces repercussions for misleading UEFA on finances – Sportsnet
European soccer’s leadership has an initial conclusion on leaked Manchester City correspondence: The club has been misleading UEFA over its finances.
Tottenham and Arsenal could face non-league opposition in FA Cup third round – The Guardian
Tottenham and Arsenal have been handed FA Cup third-round trips to lower league opposition, possibly non-League opposition.
LaLiga and Chinese FA hook up to create permanent Madrid training centre – Inside World Football
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has expanded its player development activity outside the country with the set up of a permanent training centre in Santo Domingo, Madrid, for its men’s and women’s teams.
Former Barcelona president Nunez dies at age 87 – London Free Press
Josep Lluis Nunez, the Barcelona president who oversaw the club’s transformation into a soccer powerhouse, has died. He was 87.
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.