VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 321 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The Three I’s with guest Marc Dos Santos, Nick Dasovic, and Scott Sutter) – AFTN
Phase Two of Vancouver Whitecaps’ preseason training camp is underway in Hawaii. A snafu seems to have seen our flight tickets lost in the post, so we’re stuck in chilly Vancouver, but we’ll make the most of it and try and warm everyone’s cockles with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.
Vancouver Whitecaps, defender Marcel de Jong agree to mutual split – National Post
The Vancouver Whitecaps have parted ways with veteran Canadian defender Marcel de Jong.
Whitecaps Use Buyout On….de Jong? – Eighty-Six Forever
In a bit of a surprising move, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced this afternoon that they mutually agreed to part ways with left back Marcel de Jong. This appears to be a ‘buy out’ as the Whitecaps noted that part of his salary would remain on the books for 2019.
Losing millions per season, Montreal Impact owner calls for a financial makeover – CBC
Joey Saputo is disappointed in his club. Not for what the players are doing on the field, but rather with the performance of the team’s balance sheet.
Impact acquires Québécois defender Zachary Brault-Guillard on loan – Montreal Impact
he Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday the acquisition of Canadian international and Québécois right-back Zachary Brault-Guillard, following a loan agreement with Olympique Lyonnais for the 2019 season. He will join the club upon receiving his international transfer certificate and passing his medical.
NYCFC pay $8.5 million transfer fee for new DP Alexandru Mitrita – MLS
New York City FC spent serious money to sign attacker Alexandru Mitrita to a Designated Player contract.
New York City FC: Alexandru Mitrita still not a striker – MLS Multiplex
New York City FC signed Romanian Alexandru Mitrita this week as their third Designated Player. But the attacker is still not a striker, what NYCFC really need.
Real Salt Lake signs Liberian forward Sam Johnson to a designated player contract – Salt Lake Tribune
It looks like Real Salt Lake has its true striker. The club on Monday announced the signing of Liberian forward Sam Johnson to a designated player contract. Johnson comes as a transfer from Valerenga, which is Norway’s first division.
Crew beats LAFC 4-2 to continue in great preseason form – Massive Report
The Black & Gold ended their camp in California with a promising victory in Los Angeles.
Former Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko happy in Columbus, but his hands are full – Prince George Citizen
Tim Bezbatchenko is back home, with a lengthy to-do list as president of Columbus Crew SC. But his overriding mission is to build on the momentum from the “Save the Crew” campaign that helped keep the MLS team in his native Ohio.
Soccerex: 14 MLS clubs ranked in Football Finance 100 – Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer’s presence as a major financial force in world soccer is improving, according to Soccerex’s second annual Football Finance 100 (FF100) report.
BC SOCCER NEWS
B.C. Place could be renamed as government opens door to selecting naming rights sponsor – Global
Seven years after the Liberal government cancelled a deal with Telus to rename BC Place, the NDP has given the green light to look at new corporate sponsor proposals for naming rights to the stadium in downtown Vancouver.
Power Soccer in BC – SportAbility BC
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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
Canada to face England in preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – CSA
Canada have lined up another big test with a rematch against England ahead of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The two sides will meet Friday 5 April in Manchester at the Academy Stadium.
Beckie: Canada are going to France for the title – FIFA
As Canada prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, the team boasts a distinctive European flavour. With players at the likes of Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, the Canadians are represented at some of the continent’s biggest clubs.
York9 FC signs CPL-U SPORTS Draft pick Daniel Gogarty – York9 FC
York9 FC has signed defender Daniel Gogarty to a professional contract, bringing on the fourth overall pick in the 2018 CPL-U SPORTS Draft.
Canada Soccer successfully integrates Men’s EXCEL Program across Canadian MLS academies – CSA
Canada Soccer led the alignment of the international and professional game through three weeks of Men’s EXCEL programming in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The new program allowed Canada Soccer to share tactical ID and team culture concepts while also assessing player development for future EXCEL activity as player progress to the Men’s National Team.
University of Calgary offers free course on concussions – The Star
Research on concussions in sport has reached a tipping point where the University of Calgary is offering a free, online course to anyone and everyone.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Amadou Dia returns to Phoenix Rising FC – Angels on Parade
One of the surprise names who played in Los Angeles Football Club’s first two preseason games was defender Amadou Dia. The fullback, who had spent time in MLS with Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact, most recently played, and played well, for USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC.
EL PASO LOCOMOTIVE FC SIGNS DYNAMIC ENGLISH DEFENDER, ANDREW FOX – El Paso Locomotive
Fox has seen stints with Peterborough United, Stevenage, and Grimsby Town in his home country of England.
Five Reasons Why USL League One Will Be Fun to Watch in 2019 – The Maneland
There’s a new professional league in American soccer in 2019 and it is setting up to be one of the most fun leagues to watch this coming season.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Notebook: Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s back for Portland, plus more news across the NWSL – NWSL
On Monday, the Washington Spirit announced that they have re-signed forward Cali Farquharson ahead of the 2019 NWSL season. Farquharson has made 31 appearances for the Spirit since being drafted in 2016 out of Arizona State University.
Women’s FA Cup fifth round draw: Holders Chelsea drawn against Arsenal in repeat of 2018 final – The Telegraph
Women’s FA Cup holders Chelsea will face 14-time winners Arsenal in the fifth round of this season’s competition.
Manchester City’s joint approach against Chelsea aims to draw in fans – The Guardian
City hope playing their women’s and men’s teams against Chelsea on the same day will prove a double delight.
Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women’s World Cup – CBC
FIFA has faced criticism for not announcing yet that video assistant referees will be used at the June 7-July 7 Women’s World Cup just as they were for the men’s tournament for the first time in Russia last year.
Women’s World Cup 2019: England to host Canada, Spain, Denmark and New Zealand in warm-up – BBC Sport
England will prepare for the 2019 Women’s World Cup with four home games at different venues across the country.
MATILDAS ICON: ‘WOMEN’S FOOTBALL IS AN INVESTOR’S DREAM’ – The Women’s Game
Former Matildas captain and pioneer, Alison Foreman, believes female football’s most attractive attribute for investors is the passion players have for the game.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Liverpool held by West Ham as title challenge falters again – The Star
As his team dropped points for the second consecutive game, and with its title challenge enduring a wobble, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was keen to transmit serenity.
Barcelona v Real Madrid: Can Ballon d’Or winner Modric save Los Blancos’ season? – Four Four Two
Luka Modric is back in form and the Real Madrid midfielder will have a key part to play when his side face off against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
FA Cup preview: Four 4th-round replays on Tuesday – NBC Sports
Come early February, the last thing any club wants to see on their schedule is the dreaded FA Cup fourth-round replay sandwiched between league fixtures on the weekends either side, but that’s the reality for eight clubs from England’s top four divisions on Tuesday.
Neymar: Tearful Brazil and PSG player wishes for “new metatarsal” at birthday party – BBC Sport
What do you buy the man who has everything? In Neymar’s case, the present he wants, he can’t have. The Paris St-Germain star gave a tearful speech at his 27th birthday party where he wished for a “new metatarsal”.
Asian Champions League qualifiers get underway – Inside World Football
The Asian Cup may only have just finished, but there is little respite for Asia’s players as the qualifiers for this year’s AFC Asian Champions League, the continent’s premier club competition, get underway today.
Mourinho accepts guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain – London Free Press
Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho received a one-year suspended sentence after reaching a guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday.
Ben Arfa suing PSG after being frozen out in French capital – Four Four Two
Hatem Ben Arfa, who spent 15 months frozen out of the Paris Saint-Germain team before being sold, has decided to take legal action.
British man detained in UAE after wearing Qatar football shirt to match – The Guardian
A British football fan has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after he wore a Qatar national team shirt to a match.
Atalanta drop Iraqi star Ali Adnan on return from Asian Cup – Inside World Football
Adnan, who scored the winning goal against Vietnam in the 2007 champions’ opening group game in the UAE, reportedly left to join his national team earlier than anticipated with a possible fine mooted.
UK government calls soccer chiefs to summit to tackle racism – London Free Press
The British government is calling soccer leaders to a summit to discuss the spate of racist abuse and other forms of discrimination in recent months.
‘A magical figure’: Trevor Francis on being the first £1m player, 40 years on – The Guardian
Days from the anniversary of his record move to Nottingham Forest, Francis discusses Clough, six failed transfer requests and his ongoing pride.