VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Mini documentary: The story of the ’79 Whitecaps – Whitecaps FC
This season, the Whitecaps celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl champions. This is their story, featuring the stars of that legendary side, along with a cameo appearance by BC Soccer Web.
Episode 323 – The AFTN Soccer Show (There’s Somebody At The Door) – AFTN
Fredy Montero is returning to Vancouver and set to join the team in LA later this week. But as new players continue to be announced and get set to join the preseason camp, who will arrive in time to stake a claim to a place in the starting XI on March 2nd against Minnesota?
If nothing else, Fredy Montero tantalising – MLS Multiplex
The Vancouver Whitecaps have seemingly found their centre-forward, targetting 31-year-old Fredy Montero. If nothing else, the move is an exciting one.
Interview: Vancouver Whitecaps FC Assistant Head Coach Philip Dos Santos on Club’s New Vision for 2019 MLS Season – FoxSports 1340
Vancouver Whitecaps FC currently anticipate the kick-off of the much-awaited 2019 MLS season, which begins next month.
Vancouver Whitecaps: You hum it, they’ll play it – Soccer Shorts
A recent “news” story on the local “news” channel ran with the concept that, during the recent cold spell, humming-birds could only survive thanks to the hanging feeders a few kindly folk put out for them.
CONCACAF Champions League returns with TFC, Houston – NBC Sports
The CONCACAF Champions League returns Tuesday night with a pair of Major League Soccer sides seeking a positive start to their seasons after substandard 2018s.
CAI vs. Toronto FC | 2019 Concacaf Champions League Match Preview – MLS
After becoming the third Major League Soccer team to reach the Concacaf Champions League final, Toronto FC begin their quest to become the league’s first winner when they head to Panama to take on Independiente de la Chorrera in the opening leg of the 2019 CCL Round of 16 Tuesday night at Estadio Agustin Sanchez.
Toronto FC in ‘hostile’ territory for CONCACAF Champions League match – The Star
According to Lonely Planet, La Chorrera is famous throughout Panama for its chicheme — a sweet non-alcoholic drink made from milk, mashed corn, cinnamon and vanilla. “It’s not really worth a stop, though,” the travel guide concludes, however.
Independiente FC: Who are Toronto FC’s first Concacaf opponents? – Waking the Red
Panama’s representatives have already played four league games, winning three of them. Although this will be Independiente’s debut in this competition, it will be far from a comfortable test for an under-strength TFC side.
Guastatoya vs. Houston Dynamo | 2019 Concacaf Champions League Preview – MLS
The Houston Dynamo make their return to the Concacaf Champions League for the first time since 2013-14 when they meet Guastatoya in the opening leg of the 2019 CCL Round of 16 from Guatemala City Tuesday night.
Montreal Impact: Orji Okwonkwo the necessary Ignacio Piatti foil – MLS Multiplex
The Montreal Impact have signed striker Orji Okwonkwo on loan from Bologna in Serie A. He is the necessary foil to the brilliant but over-relied-upon Ignacio Piatti.
Nani arrives in MLS, signs for Orlando City – NBC Sports
Orlando City SC announced the Portugal national team star has arrived from Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer and has signed a three-year deal as a Designated Player.
LAFC add Pablo Sisniega – Angels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club made it official on Monday, announcing the signing of goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega from Real Sociedad, confirming the other half of La Real’s announcement over the weekend. No details were offered by LAFC on the signing, but based on Real Sociedad’s release, it was apparently a transfer with a buy-back clause for the La Liga club.
Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid conducts Twitter Q&A – Sporting KC
Reid, who joined the organization in 2010 and has served as President since 2016, touched on topics ranging from the fan experience at Children’s Mercy Park to Sporting KC app upgrades to the Swope Park Rangers and Kansas City’s bid to become a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Victoria’s new women’s soccer team gearing up for kickoff – Times Colonist
Anybody with even a cursory interest in women’s soccer will know the names of Olympic and World Cup stars Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy, Megan Rapinoe and Brandi Chastain of the U.S., Sissi of Brazil, Nozumi Yamago of Japan and Karen Bardsley of England.
Turning pro on the Island – Victoria News
When Brad Norris-Jones moved from the Victoria HarbourCats to Pacific FC, he created something for himself that would not have been possible when he was growing up in Victoria – a localized pro sports career.
GA Cup: Whitecaps FC Academy teams wrap-up regional qualifying in Los Angeles – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC U-17 and U-15 Academy teams concluded regional qualifying for the 2019 Generations adidas Cup on Monday.
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
Canadian veterans return to women’s soccer team for Algarve Cup – The Star
Veterans Diana Matheson and Erin McLeod return to the Canadian lineup for the Algarve Cup later this month.
A Second Chance – How the CPL breathes new life into the pro careers of Cavalry FC players Dominick Zator and Chris Serban – AFTN
Like most Calgarian soccer players before him, Dominick Zator had to leave the city for his first professional opportunity.
Opinion: Only three of seven CPL clubs eligible for 2019 Concacaf League – TSP
Immediately eliminating four CPL clubs from 2019 Concacaf League contention was probably a misstep. It’s not the end of the world and it’s a one-time deal, but the backlash against Canada Soccer’s announcement is justified.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
US set to get new third-tier pro league as NISA provisionally given OK – Inside World Football
The US looks set to get a second third tier professional league after the United States Soccer Federation provisionally sanctioned the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) as a Professional Soccer League. The league could begin play in the Autumn of 2019 playing to a European calendar of autumn-to-spring season with a winter break.
Basuljevic Leads Pair of Signings for Foxes – USL
Fresno FC announced on Monday it had signed former New York Red Bulls Homegrown midfielder Arun Basuljevic for the 2019 USL Championship season, with the Bronx native being joined by fellow midfielder Emir Alihodzic in the Foxes squad, pending league and federation approval.
Faris Notches Goal, Assist to Lead Steel FC – USL
Bethlehem Steel FC got a goal and assist from Faris as it took a 2-1 victory against Villanova University on Saturday in its fifth preseason scrimmage ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Sydney FC claim third W-League title in pulsating grand final – News.com.au
Stunning strikes featured all afternoon as Sydney FC claimed a W-League grand final victory of the highest quality.
Sydney FC’s Teresa Polias – The Player’s Voice
All I can control is playing well for Sydney and if I only play in the W-League for the remainder of my career, I’d still be happy with that. I was always realistic about the fact that during my career, I might never have the chance to become a full professional.
Milicic and Matildas a perfect fit, says coach of W-League champions – Sydney Morning Herald
Ante Milicic won’t have to make even the slightest adjustment to his managerial methods when he takes charge of the Matildas, according to long-time friend and W-League championship coach Ante Juric.
Defining off-field success for each NWSL team in 2019 – The Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League offseason is slowly, mercifully nearing its conclusion. Believe it or not, preseason kicks off in less than three weeks.
Marta will return to the Orlando Pride in 2019 – The Equalizer
One of many questions behind the scenes in the National Women’s Soccer League’s unusually quiet offseason was whether or not Marta would return to the Orlando Pride in 2019. Good news for Pride fans: she will.
#SBSSWPL ROUND-UP – 17/02/2019 – Scottish WPL
All the scores from this weekend’s SWPL action.
Women’s EURO 2021 qualifying draw streamed live on Thursday – UEFA
A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 with all but hosts England in the qualifying draw.
Anchorage soccer standout goes pro, signs with Swedish soccer team – KTUU
For many, the childhood dream of becoming a pro athlete remains a whimsical fantasy, becoming even more so after college if you weren’t picked up by a professional team before or sometime near graduation. Enter Ariela Lewis, who refused to let her dreams become anything but a reality.
Phil Neville names England Women squad for four-team tournament in US – The Telegraph
Phil Neville has named his 23-player squad for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup in the United States later this month, with the absence of Chelsea captain Millie Bright, still nearing a return to full fitness after withdrawing from a training camp in La Manga last month, the most noteworthy aspect of a squad announcement that is generally as expected.
Spain take first title: Women’s Futsal EURO at a glance – UEFA
Spain won the first UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO while Vanessa Sotelo was named player of the tournament.
Refereeing of women’s football needs work. Here is the plan to tackle it – The Guardian
Full-time officials for Women’s Super League and a fast-track pathway for female referees are among the ideas.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Champions League preview: Bayern visit Anfield; Lyon v. Barcelona – NBC Sports
Liverpool and Bayern Munich are set to battle for 180 minutes beginning on Tuesday, when last season’s UEFA Champions League finalists host the reigning Bundesliga champions at Anfield, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is as anxious as anyone to watch the drama unfold.
Dortmund sees league lead shrink after 3rd consecutive draw – London Free Press
Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title hopes took another blow Monday in a goalless draw at last-place Nuremberg.
FA Cup: Pogba scores, assists as Man Utd bounce Chelsea – NBC Sports
Manchester United are through to the quarterfinals of the 2018-19 FA Cup, thanks to a superstar performance from Paul Pogba which was more than enough to see the Red Devils waltz past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Chelsea stick with Maurizio Sarri for now but manager on thin ice – The Guardian
Maurizio Sarri will take charge of Chelsea’s match at home against Malmö on Thursday and is set to continue as manager for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday but defeat by Manchester City at Wembley could lead to his dismissal.
European Weekend Rewind: Girona shocks Real Madrid, Juventus rolls, and more – SBI
Real Madrid was handed a shocking home defeat on Sunday as Los Blancos fell 2-1 to Girona.
WEEK 25 REVIEW: MBAPPÉ, PSG PULL FURTHER CLEAR – Ligue 1
A stunning strike from Ligue 1 Conforama top scorer Kylian Mbappé put PSG 12 points clear atop the table; Nîmes’ Téji Savanier bagged a Goal of the Season contender; and Mario Balotelli struck again to help OM to fourth.
US boss Cordeiro says Confed Cup is finished and Gold Cup could be next – Inside World Football
U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro (pictured) has questioned the future of the Concacaf Gold Cup, revealing the tournament may be shuttered in the near future. Speaking at the annual U.S. Soccer general meeting, Cordeiro said that the FIFA Confederations Cup won’t be played again and that the biennial Gold Cup also could be discontinued.
Paraguay appoint Eduardo Berizzo as head coach – FIFA
The 49-year-old replaces Juan Carlos Osorio, who parted ways with La Albirroja after just five months at the helm.
Supercopa de Espana: New four-team tournament set to be played abroad – BBC Sport
The Supercopa de Espana – Spain’s version of the Community Shield – is set to take on a four-team format and be played abroad.
Fabian Coito named new head coach of Honduras – FIFA
Coito has been working with Uruguay’s various youth squads for over ten years, having joined the Uruguayan Football Federation (AUF) in 2007. He worked as coach of the U-15, U-17 and U-20 sides during his time with La Celeste.
Jurgen Klinsmann received $3.35M settlement from USSF – London Free Press
Jurgen Klinsmann received a $3.35 million settlement of his contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to the USSF’s tax filing.
Singapore says soccer star could face jail after missing enlistment – Yahoo Sports
Singapore’s first soccer player signed to the English Premier League has missed his compulsory military service and now faces charges that carry up to three years in jail, the city-state’s defense ministry said on Monday.
Manchester City set to add third-tier Chinese club to global portfolio – The Guardian
Manchester City’s owner is set to announce the purchase of the Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu, the latest acquisition to a growing portfolio of clubs around the world.
Italy’s Pro Piacenza kicked out of Serie C after 7-man farce – Inside World Football
An Italian third division club which cobbled together a seven-man team in order to avoid being thrown out of the league and promptly lost 20-0 has been booted out anyway despite fulfilling their promise to fulfil the fixture.