VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft set for Tuesday – MLS
The main event is over, but the 2017 MLS SuperDraft isn’t yet done. Rounds 3 and 4 of the draft will take place on Tuesday via conference call. The first and second rounds were held in LA on Friday, with Minnesota United FC selecting forward Abu Danladi first overall and fellow expansion club Atlanta United FC nabbing defender Miles Robinson with the second pick.
Christian Dean’s Second Chance? – Eighty-Six Forever
Vancouver Whitecaps fans were hoping that 2017 would begin with the announcement of a new designated player striker, however, 2017 started like how most experienced 2016: pretty poorly. On January 4th, the Whitecaps announced that centerback David Edgar underwent successful PCL, MCL, and meniscus surgery on his right knee, after being victim of a hit-and-run incident over the holidays. Edgar is expected to be sidelined until the Fall.
Vancouver Whitecaps: From “meh” to Decemberists – Soccer Shorts
The ever raging conflict between devotion and disdain that seems to be an almost necessary aspect of the fan experience. And as for music then so for football.
Saputo puts Piatti’s odds of returning to Impact at 100 percent – SBI
Ignacio Patti’s strong 2016 season was bound to draw interest from clubs abroad. That said, the Montreal Impact have no intentions of parting ways with their star playmaker.
Official: Dax McCarty Traded to Chicago Fire – Empire of Soccer
New York Red Bulls have officially announced the trade of captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire. The move will send $400,000 in allocation money to New York, spread over the next two seasons.
Birmingham manager: Jonathan Spector could be headed to MLS – MLS
Jonathan Spector could be headed to MLS, according to Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola. Zola told reporters on Tuesday that the 30-year-old defender may want to return to the United States in the near future. His contract with Birmingham expires in six months.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Assoc. Enhancing Adult Soccer in British Columbia – BCSA
One of BC Soccer Assoc.’s Strategic Plan objectives is to introduce a professionally administered adult amateur soccer league by 2019. Over the past 18 months, a committee has been gathering information, feedback and researching other similar leagues/environments, within Canada and Washington, who offer a semi-professional level of play. BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to be able to now introduce the next stage of these developments presenting an open call for applications to individuals and/or organizations to apply for a Franchise Holder License in such a league.
BC Soccer RT3: New Division-3 coming to BC – Northern Starting XI
Change finally came last night when, in a surprise announcement, BC Soccer both announced there would be a 3rd Division, and that it would launch in 2018. Although this puts the launch the same year as the still-rumoured Canadian Premier League, it is a very necessary step for the sport in British Columbia. Yesterday’s announcement included a basic information package, an operations manual, and a pre-application form.
A Beer, a Ball, The Hip, and a Dream – Will Cromack
Why does one start a lower league professional soccer club in North America? How do you properly get your head around that topic as a potential owner and a soccer coach? Why on earth did we ever think to build TSS FC Rovers?
VISL Back in Action – Division 1 Listings – VISL
The VISL is happy to be back in full swing this upcoming weekend, as we have a full slate of games on tap.
Whitecaps FC Residency teams put in quality displays during California trip – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams completed a weekend trip to California, with both the U-18 and U-16 teams putting in a pair of strong performances.
FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in March – BC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards Nominations – BCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.
2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
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
Rob Lalama taking over women’s soccer program at Niagara College – Niagara Falls Review
The Niagara College women’s soccer program will have a new face at the helm for the 2017 season as Welland native Rob Lalama takes over as head coach. Lalama officially succeeded longtime friend and fellow Welland native Frank DeChellis on Monday.
Whitecaps Academy director is in St. John’s – The Telegram
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ Marinos Papageorgopoulos, director of the Major League soccer team’s FC Academy Centre, is in St. John’s visiting the club’s local academy, which they established in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA).
Winning off the field – Journal Pioneer
Georgie McKenna has scored the biggest goal of her career, and it didn’t even come on the soccer pitch. McKenna recently submitted a nomination for the Playtex Play On grant program, and was one of 10 winners selected from across Canada. As a result, McKenna’s team – Three Oaks senior AAA girls – will receive a $5,000 grant that will go towards equipment and field improvements at the Summerside high school.
Women’s soccer loop kicked off last week – Chronicle Journal
The Thunder Bay women’s soccer league has kicked off their late night loop at the Lakehead University Hangar with two games played Thursday.
Over 35 soccer round up – Gentleman Jim makes mark on his return – Whitehorse Daily Star
Jim Connell has been out of action for 2 ½ months due to injury, but his rehab must have gone well as he showed his team, Yukon Brewing, how to put the ball in the net, scoring three in a famous 6-4 win over Klondike Business Solutions.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
Fordyce moves to Cincinnati: Miller says FC Edmonton made “very good offer” to keep Northern Irish striker – the11.ca
Fordyce has closed the chapter on his FC Edmonton career. On Monday, his move to USL side FC Cincinnati was made official.
FC Edmonton Statement On Daryl Fordyce – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton would like to thank midfielder Daryl Fordyce for his contributions to the club over the past four seasons. The entire organization wishes Daryl and his wife Tina all the best moving forward with FC Cincinnati.
City Islanders Exercise Option on DiPrima – USL
The Harrisburg City Islanders announced on Tuesday the club had exercised its contract option on midfielder Danny DiPrima for the 2017 USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Switchbacks Add Kacher to Midfield – USL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Tuesday the signing of former FC Montreal midfielder Masta Kacher. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
NWSL’s Jeff Plush: ‘We can’t be complacent’ – Soccer America
The NWSL will enter the 2017 season with a new team (champion Flash relocated from Western New York) and new owner (Steve Malik) in North Carolina and new owner at FC Kansas City (Minnesota businessman Elam Baer) and an expanded schedule (24 games) and greater television presence.
Report: Heather O’Reilly to sign with Arsenal Ladies – Empire of Soccer
Heather O’Reilly is apparently the latest player from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) to jump from the United States’ domestic league to the Eureopean ranks.
NWSL: Fletcher will retire after nine pro seasons – Soccer America
Kendall Fletcher, one of the best defenders in U.S. women’s pro soccer since its relaunch in 2009, will be leaving the NWSL’s Seattle Reign. She will finish out the Australian W-League season with the Western Sydney Wanderers, then start a three-year program to earn an Advanced Diploma in Ministry at the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.
Lyon rebound, records tumble Down Under – FIFA
It might be mid-winter in Europe, but France’s 14-time champions Lyon found a way to turn on the style to regain a share of top spot. There was also similar good form displayed by the leaders in Spain and Portugal who continue to be engaged in tight championship battles. Meanwhile in Australia, the mid-summer heat did little to quell the action, with a glut of goals resulting in several records falling. FIFA.com reviews all the recent women’s football club action.
Goal avalanche highlights Round 12 – W-League
Canberra United jumped into second spot on the Westfield W-League ladder after a round highlighted by a record-breaking flurry of goals.
Carli Lloyd reflects on whirlwind 2016, U.S. women’s soccer CBA, and what’s next – Philly.com
Although Carli Lloyd hasn’t played in an official soccer game for three months, she has still been quite busy.
The Lowdown: Thoughts from the 2017 draft experience – The Equalizer
With a little help from the cozy locale in Southern California, the fifth NWSL draft achieved a new milestone when all 10 players selected in the 1st round were in attendance. After each of them accepted their new team scarves—warmup jackets for the two Courage draftees—and addressed the room, the group posed for an historic photo that also served to highlight NWSL’s growing diversity.
Scotland coach Anna Signeul to leave for Finland job after Euro 2017 – Evening Times
ANNA SIGNEUL will step down as coach of the Scotland women’s team after this summer’s European Championships, the Scottish FA have announced.
2017 Women’s National League fixtures announced – Irish WNL
The Women’s National League will be played for the first-time ever as a summer season after a truncated 2016 season which saw Shelbourne Ladies claim the League and Cup double.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Fiorentina, Totti and Tottenham turn heads – UEFA
There were highlights aplenty for the UEFA Europa League teams at the weekend as Fiorentina beat Juventus, Francesco Totti brought up a milestone and Harry Kane starred for Tottenham.
Yaya Toure: Man City midfielder rejects £430,000-a-week move to China – BBC Sport
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a £430,000-a-week offer from China.
Liverpool youngsters can bounce back from disappointment against Plymouth – ESPN FC
Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams was a little chesty after securing a goalless draw at Anfield in an FA Cup third-round tie two weeks ago, describing his squad’s display as “one of the best defensive performances Anfield has ever seen.” Perhaps he was unaware that he was only up against a team of backups and kids?
Afcon 2017: Ghana make winning start against Uganda – BBC Sport
Andre Ayew scored the only goal of the game to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Uganda in their opening Group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Juventus unveils its new club logo – Fox Sports
Italian powerhouse Juventus will boast a brand new look beginning in the summer.
Diego Costa returns to Chelsea training but wants summer move – The Guardian
Diego Costa has taken his first step towards reintegration into the Chelsea squad following his spat with Antonio Conte by resuming training with the team, with the striker hoping to play his part in the title pursuit before departing in the summer.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani rejected Serie A return – ESPN FC
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has said he recently had the chance to return to Serie A but decided against it.
Louis van Gaal to retire from football for ‘family reasons’ – The Guardian
Louis van Gaal has confirmed he intends to retire from coaching despite the former Manchester United manager receiving an offer to manage a club in Asia where he would have earned £44m in three seasons.
Soccer Bosses Want a $1 Billion Pan-American Tournament – Bloomberg
Concacaf, which oversees the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is weighing holding its biennial national team competition every four years, said the people, who asked not to be identified as talks continue. The switch would create room for a new quadrennial tournament that would also include teams from South America, perhaps as early as 2020.
Tianjin Quanjian say CSL rules ruined Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao deals – ESPN FC
Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui has said he had looked into a move for Chelsea’s Diego Costa and drawn up a contract for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao before the Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced rule changes on overseas players.
Winning big. Europe’s league champions cash-in on football’s broadcast boom – Inside World Football
KPMG’s Football Benchmark team has released their European Champions Report 2017. The findings might not be revolutionary in terms of new numbers but it is thought-provoking when looking at a Europe-wide view. The analysis, based on hard financial data, do show a huge swing from the days of spending big to win big, to a more sustainable management model.