VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 239 – The AFTN Soccer Show – AFTN
Well what a jam-packed week of news it’s been in North American soccer. So much happened and only two hours to talk about it all!
What are the ‘Caps looking for on Friday? ‘Someone like Jake’ – Whitecaps FC
For MLS teams, drafting outside of the top five can be hit or miss. As Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said this week, “there are finds to be had,” but it’s not unusual for players selected in the latter stages of the first-round to be left off a club’s final roster by the beginning of the season.
2018 MLS SuperDraft: Picking Order for First Two Rounds – SI.com
The 2018 MLS SuperDraft is nearly upon us, with the player combine currently taking place in Orlando, Florida, ahead of the Jan. 19 event in Philadelphia.
MLS Combine Day 2: Whose SuperDraft stock rose and fell? – MLS
Day two of the 2018 MLS Adidas Player Combine is in the books, and coaches are starting to really put together profiles on these players. A long list of players produced solid performances on Monday, and overall the quality of the Combine games has been better than expected.
Sources: Nick Rimando set to rejoin Real Salt Lake – SN
Nick Rimando had several options to choose from when he hit MLS free agency, but the record-setting goalkeeper ultimately decided to stay with the team he has spent more than a decade playing for.
Kyle Beckerman’s RSL return was never truly in doubt – RSL Soapbox
Today, Real Salt Lake announced that they had signed Kyle Beckerman to a new contract, putting the official stamp on what we all expected to happen. While it has taken some time for the contract to be completed and officially announced, there was never much doubt that Kyle would be returning to lead the Claret and Cobalt through the 2018 campaign.
Chicago Fire re-sign former Mexico youth international GK Richard Sanchez – MLS
The Chicago Fire announced Monday they have re-signed goalkeeper Richard Sanchez for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, with a club option for 2020.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Residency Report: ‘Caps come out firing to start 2018 – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams played their first matches of 2018 this past weekend, returning to Development Academy action at the WFC National Soccer Development Centre.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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
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
Organic team identities, team contract options, single table: What CanPL can learn from MLS – the11.ca
It’s one of the most obvious questions out there. When Canadian Premier League president Paul Beirne was in Regina last summer, it came up when he spoke with supporters in the Saskatchewan capital. It was one of the first questions I had for the league’s commissioner, David Clanachan.
Canada announces roster for pair of Futsal friendlies against Costa Rica – CSA
Canada Soccer has announced the roster of 14 players who will travel to Costa Rica 15-22 January to play a pair of futsal friendlies on 18 January at 18:00 PT and 20 January at 14:00 PT. The roster will include three players who competed in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship where Canada met the host country in their opening match, a thrilling 3-2 loss to the three-time federation champions.
CCAA Soccer Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cannabis – CCES
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Vikram Puri, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) soccer athlete, received a sanction of two months for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on October 28, 2017, revealed the presence of cannabis.
‘Once we have it, they will come’: Thunder Bay council says new soccer complex a priority – CBC
City councillors in Thunder Bay, Ont., say a proposed indoor complex at Chapples Park for soccer and other turf sports is a priority, as local leagues continue to make do without a proper facility.
Implications of John Herdman’s departure – McGill Tribune
Kenneth Heiner-Møller is a capable coach, with experience as the head coach of the Danish women’s side, but with the the looming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the timing of the swap could still prove disastrous for the Canadian women: With the qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for fall 2018, the Canadian women can’t afford a misstep. The move places the men’s and women’s sides in an unnecessary zero-sum situation and fails to properly prioritize the latter.
Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Fundamentals (Week 58) – Ontario Soccer
The objective of this session is for players to be able to change direction while dribbling.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL Coaches Enjoy Close Look at Prospects – USL
The up-close-and-personal nature of the MLS Combine might be primarily aimed as a final evaluation chance for Major League Soccer’s clubs ahead of next week’s MLS SuperDraft, but for the numerous USL coaches that also attend the event each year there’s great value in the event as well.
Flemmings Makes Move to Rowdies – USL
The Tampa Bay Rowdies made another major addition to their attack on Tuesday with the signing of Jamaican international Junior Flemmings ahead of the 2018 United Soccer League season. Per club policy, further contract details were not disclosed, and the signing is pending league and federation approval.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL College Draft: Washington Spirit holds first pick – Soccer America
The Washington Spirit holds the first pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft that will be held on Thursday at 7 a.m. PT at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
2018 NWSL College Draft positional rankings – The Equalizer
With little player movement in the form of trades (there’s almost been more movement in relation to coaches than actual players) and the fate of the top prospect Andi Sullivan undetermined, the 2018 NWSL draft is shaping up to something of an enigma. Certainly, Sullivan’s future plans should be known before Thursday but at present, it’s difficult to examine the cipher that is the draft without its key.
Houston native Michaela Abam to weigh options after NWSL draft – Houston Chronicle
Women’s professional soccer in the United States still has a long way to go, but the fact it has come as far as it has in the last five years is significant.
A Move Across the Pond: The NWSL vs. European Leagues – Backline Soccer
A player’s decision to leave their league is never a simple one. Players give up something when they leave the NWSL– but European leagues also have a lot to offer.
Italy a land of opportunity as Juventus add weight to Women’s Serie A – The Guardian
The arrival of Juventus has boosted the Italian top flight and WSL players are finding it an attractive place to improve their technical level.
Keep Girls in Youth Sports with These 5 Simple Tips – TeamSnap
Want to set up your daughters for success? Keep them active! Research indicates that for young girls, a lack of physical activity is directly related to rebellious behavior, such as substance abuse, low self esteem and poor health. On the other hand, if girls stay active they are more likely to develop positive coping skills, increased self esteem and increased confidence.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Man United cruise past Stoke, cut City’s lead to 12 points – Sportsnet
With Alexis Sanchez potentially on his way to Manchester United, two members of the current forward line issued reminders of their goal-scoring talents on Monday.
Theo Walcott: Arsenal forward has Everton medical before proposed £20m transfer – BBC Sport
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is having a medical at Everton before a proposed move worth more than £20m.
Morals over money – Why Man City pulled out of Alexis Sanchez transfer – SN
Manchester City’s decision to pull out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez is based on many factors, but none have proven to be more decisive than the principles of Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain.
Ross Barkley transfer: ‘No fraud’ in Everton to Chelsea move – BBC
An investigation into the Liverpool mayor’s claims that there may have been fraud involved in Ross Barkley’s transfer from Everton to Chelsea has found no evidence of criminal activity.
Castro gives Betis win over Leganes in return to Spain – Sportsnet
Veteran forward Ruben Castro made a dream return to the Spanish league, converting a late penalty for Real Betis to beat Leganes 3-2 on Monday.
Thousands run for safety as Porto’s game against Estoril abandoned amid stadium collapse fears – SN
Porto’s match against Estoril was abandoned on Monday after concerns were raised about a stadium collapse.
PSG on guard against dogged Dijon – Ligue 1
Ligue 1 Conforama leaders Paris Saint-Germain will not be taking three points for granted when they face struggling Dijon FCO on Wednesday.
A World Cup fix & flaws in referee integrity checks – Metro
A precedent has been set about replaying crooked soccer games, but there’s still far too much uncertainty. During a World Cup qualifying campaign where the failures of Chile, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States were seismic, the ripples created by the order to re-run the South Africa-Senegal fixture hardly washed beyond Africa.
Chelsea step closer to building new £1 billion stadium as loophole used to overturn High Court – The Telegraph
The billion pound development of Chelsea Football Club’s new stadium moved a step closer on Monday night after the council sided with the club amid a row with neighbouring residents who complained the project would block their daylight.
Van Basten: Together we can achieve the best for football – FIFA
Marco Van Basten knows and appreciates the people here in Amsterdam, and they know and adore him in return – hardly a surprise when you consider that the striker gave the city some of its greatest footballing moments. In 1982, the then 18-year-old moved from Utrecht to Ajax, where players such as Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Arie Haan pioneered a brand of attacking football during the 1970s that ultimately gained international admiration as the Dutch national team’s Total Football philosophy.
Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tevez calls stay in Shanghai a ‘seven-month holiday’ – ESPN
The Argentine forward returned for a third stint at Boca Juniors earlier this month after being released by Shanghai Shenhua, with whom he had one year left on his contract.
Don’t judge players and managers too soon in this season of comebacks – The Guardian
David Moyes, Roy Hodgson, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are showing us not to write people off too quickly.
Louis van Gaal reveals he turned down Belgium job to get revenge on ‘mean and low’ Manchester United – The Telegraph
Louis van Gaal has admitted he turned down the chance to manage Belgium so that he could continue to receive compensation for being sacked by Manchester United.