VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 318 – The AFTN Soccer Show (They Call It Madness) – AFTN
What an action packed week in Whitecapsland! Okay, it wasn’t, but we have to have you believe that we’ve got lots to talk about in this week’s AFTN Soccer Show!
Big questions loom as new GM Ali Curtis settles in at Toronto FC – MLS
The new Toronto FC general manager has ideas about his new club, but he doesn’t yet have all the information. Hired less than two weeks ago after former GM Tim Bezbatchenko left to become president of the Columbus Crew, Curtis doesn’t know most of Toronto’s players, doesn’t have a deep working relationship with the team’s technical staff and doesn’t yet fully understand the club’s culture.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires MLS Rights to Midfielder Amando Moreno – Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the Club has acquired the MLS rights to 23-year-old midfielder Amando Moreno. The Fire acquired Moreno’s rights from the New York Red Bulls during the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, held in Chicago on Jan. 11, in exchange for the No. 32 overall pick.
LA Galaxy re-sign midfielder Emmanuel Boateng – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have re-signed midfielder Emmanuel Boateng, the club announced today. Boateng, 24, joined the Galaxy ahead of the 2016 MLS season and has made 87 appearances in three seasons with the club, scoring eight goals and adding 12 assists.
De Boer ready to focus on his strengths as Atlanta United head coach – SBI
New Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer has one thing on his mind as he takes his new job and that’s focusing on coaching a successful soccer team.
2019 MLS SuperDraft: All the picks from rounds 3 and 4 – One Football
On Monday afternoon, the final two rounds of this year’s MLS SuperDraft took place via conference call.
Fourth-round MLS SuperDraft picks that actually made it – Waking the Red
There aren’t too many, but the teams that found hidden gems got a bargain.
BC SOCCER NEWS
‘I saw the bigger picture’: Pacific’s Haber passed up options in Europe for Van Isle move – Canadian Premier League
Marcus Haber didn’t need any convincing to join Pacific FC. Players are sometimes wined and dined and presented with flashy hype videos showing off the intense fans, beautiful landscapes and entertainment options in a city as clubs attempt to persuade a signature out of their latest coveted talent. Other clubs point to the majesty of their history and promise glory to follow upon their hallowed grounds.
Starting from scratch, Pacific FC will be competing against legends – Sooke News Mirror
Two players down, at least 20 to go. Pacific FC’s roster got one step closer to completion with the signing of Marcus Haber on Jan. 9. With the club’s first season commencing in April, fans can expect to see an entire team created from scratch over the next few months.
VIDEO – Vancouver Island Soccer on Game On! – CHEK
Callum Montgomery’s historic selection in the MLS SuperDraft and a huge Pacific FC player signing, there’s almost too much content in this week’s show! In the SportsCage, we welcome the newest member of Pacific FC, Marcus Haber into the SportsCage to discuss his decision to come to the CPL and play in Victoria.
Surrey mayor vows to build ‘international’ stadium in Bear Creek Park – Surrey Leader
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum says the city will build an “international recognized sanctioned stadium” at Bear Creek Park.
First group of teams and universities announced for BCSPL University Showcase – BCSPL
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League is pleased to announce the first committed group of teams from outside the BCSPL that will be attending the 2019 BCSPL University Showcase on the May 24-26 weekend in Kamloops, BC. Also announced are the committed university soccer programs so far who will be attending the event to identify and watch the top youth players in the premier showcase.
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
Decorated Canada Soccer Referee Joe Fletcher retires from active duty – CSA
After a storied 25-year career as a respected FIFA and Canada Soccer Assistant Referee, Niagara native Joe Fletcher will no longer be visible on the touchline. Fletcher received his National Badge in 2005 and joined the FIFA List of Assistant Referees in 2007. He was the recipient of the Ray Morgan Memorial Award in 2012 and received the Canada Soccer International Achievement Award in 2015.
Canadian Premier League commissioner offers a look at new league ahead of kickoff – Times Colonist
The clock is ticking down to the Canadian Premier League kickoff and commissioner David Clanachan acknowledges there is still plenty to do.
York9 FC signs midfielder Manuel Aparicio – York 9
York9 Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Manuel Aparicio, who joins the club and returns to York Region after spending the last three years in Spain.
Squizzato: Already ‘special’ Canadian Championship receives injection of excitement – Canadian Premier League
There’s a certain kind of magic that comes with a domestic Cup – and we’re about to get a whole lot more of it.
United Women’s Soccer Expands Further Into Canada – UWS
The Board of Directors of Queen City United and United Women’s Soccer (UWS) are pleased to announce that the club has been awarded a franchise in the national pro-am league and will compete in the West Conference. UWS has accepted Queen City United of Regina, Saskatchewan for the 2019 season pending approval from Canada Soccer, US Soccer Federation, CONCACAF and FIFA.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
As American Soccer Builds Toward 2026, USL Ramps Up Its Ambition – SI.com
World Cup 2026 in North America is still seven years away, but when USL president Jake Edwards envisions the American soccer landscape in ’26, he sees one that is fundamentally changed from the one of today—due in no small part to the growth of the USL, both in its rechristened second-tier “Championship” and in the debut of its third-tier “League One” in 2019.
‘Opportunity knocks’: Greg Stremlaw leaves CBC Sports for United Soccer League – CBC
Greg Stremlaw couldn’t pass up a chance to move closer to his kids and work with people who not only share his passion for “the beautiful game” but a desire to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Indianapolis. The former CBC Sports executive director is joining Indy Eleven as president and CEO, and will begin work with the second-year United Soccer League club “in the coming weeks.”
The creation of Lights FC – Prost Amerika
Amid the bright lights and face-paced nightlife of downtown Las Vegas emerged a new soccer team that aims to mimic the non-stop, high-octane personality of its city: Las Vegas Lights FC. Las Vegas Lights is one of six new additions to the United Soccer League in 2018.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Reign send Naho to Sky Blue for Shea Groom – GoalWA
Reign FC today announced that it has acquired forward Shea Groom from Sky Blue FC in return for Japanese international forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi.
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE SIGN TWO-TIME NWSL COACH OF THE YEAR PAUL RILEY TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT – NC Courage
The North Carolina Courage announced today that it has inked two-time NWSL Coach of the Year Paul Riley to a multi-year contract. Riley returns to the Courage after completing a historic treble, guiding the team to the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup, a second consecutive NWSL Shield and the 2018 NWSL Championship.
Orlando Pride Appoints Marc Skinner as Head Coach Ahead of 2019 NWSL Season – Orlando City SC
Heading into its fourth season in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Orlando Pride has named Marc Skinner as its second-ever head coach. Skinner joins the Pride after two and a half seasons as the manager at Birmingham City Women F.C. of England’s FA Women’s Super League.
As Amanda Duffy becomes NWSL president, teams’ lack of diversity in coach and front office hires causes concern – Philly.com
There have been four major hires to coaching and front office positions across the National Women’s Soccer League this offseason. All four are white men, and three have no previous experience working in professional women’s soccer.
Sky Blue FC defender Christina Gibbons retires – Pro Soccer USA
Sky Blue defender Christina Gibbons has retired from the game after two years at the professional level, the club announced on Monday.
Can the Newcastle Jets complete the miracle run to the W-League finals? – Hunter Women’s Chronicle
After a season marred by injuries to key played like imports Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith, as well as high-flying commander Emily Van Egmond, Craig Deans’ Newcastle Jets have found themselves five points adrift from the W-League finals with just three rounds to play.
Weekend Roundup: Manchester City go top in England – The Equalizer
Barcelona edged Levante 1-0 on Mariona’s goal in the 65th minute to stay in touch with the title race while crippling Levante’s chances of reaching the Champions League. It was only Levante’s second loss of the season.
‘Football has no gender or religion’: Annie Zaidi’s journey into coaching – The Guardian
Solihull Moors Ladies’ head coach on how years of abuse could not quash her love for the game and how she owes her career to that fearlessness and Les Ferdinand.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Petr Cech: Arsenal keeper to retire at the end of the season – BBC Sport
“Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve,” said the ex-Czech Republic international.
Manchester City brush aside 10-man Wolves thanks to Jesus double to stay hot on Liverpool’s heels in title race – The Telegraph
Manchester City made rather of a mess of their previous two title defences but Liverpool are discovering that this version of the champions are a different proposition and will not give up their crown so easily.
David Wagner can hold head high after end of Huddersfield love affair – The Guardian
The German will not struggle to find another job given the miracles he produced at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Here’s the January transfers that each ‘Big Six’ Premier League club should make – Yahoo Sports
We’re around halfway through the January transfer window, and besides Chelsea’s swoop for Christian Pulisic, most of the Premier League ‘Big Six’ have yet to make any major moves.
FA Cup replay preview: Newcastle travels to Blackburn – NBC Sports
Mired in the midst of a relegation fight, the last thing Rafa Benitez needed was an FA Cup replay.
Grp B: Aussie vs Syria reprise WC showdown, Palestinians ready to make history – Inside World Football
Defending champions Australia, Palestine and Syria will battle on Tuesday for the remaining knockout spots in Group B. Jordan, the surprise package of the tournament so far, have already qualified as group winners.
Constantine resigns after India’s Asian Cup exit – FIFA
Stephen Constantine has resigned as India head coach following the country’s exit from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Managerial departures: Analysing the art of the club statement – BBC Sport
By mutual consent: three words that have become the lexicon of club statements announcing the departure of a manager.
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.