WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Two down, two to go: Rounds 3 and 4 of SuperDraft set for Tuesday – Whitecaps FC
After Vancouver Whitecaps FC picked up three players in the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the third and fourth rounds will be held today at 11 a.m. PT via conference call.
Whitecaps FC complete transfer for midfielder Deybi Flores from CD Motagua – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has signed midfielder Deybi Flores to a multi-year contract after finalizing his transfer from Honduran side Club Deportivo Motagua. Flores was originally acquired by Whitecaps FC on a one-year loan from CD Motagua in February. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
From the streets of Honduras to MLS: The remarkable journey of Deybi Flores – Whitecaps FC
It’s hard to fathom that Deybi Flores is only 19 years old, because he’s already been through more than many people do in a lifetime. Murders and gang activity, a devastating hurricane, and the deaths of close friends and family; growing up in San Pedro Sula, one of the most violent cities in the world, the Honduran midfielder has seen it all.
Whitecaps star Gershon Koffie outlines charity work vision with Canadian High Commissioner – Ghana Soccernet
Vancouver Whitecaps star Gershon Koffie paid a call on Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana Christopher Thornley to share his future charity projects.
Smith, Waston called up to Costa Rica for January camp and friendly – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that defenders Jordan Smith and Kendall Waston have been called up to the Costa Rican national team for an upcoming training camp and friendly versus Venezuela.
Tim Parker Plans to Make the Most of U.S. Opportunity – ASN
The Vancouver Whitecaps defender has waited for years to get another chance to represent the United States, and he fully intends to make the most of his call-up to January training camp.
Vancouver Whitecaps Rumors: Gershon Koffie Out, Neil Yadolahi In? – Eighty-Six Forever
The MLS SuperDraft is complete -well, the first two round anyway- time to switch our attention back to the transfer window. At the conclusion of the SuperDraft, Carl Robinson suggested that a trade was imminent to provide some depth at the Right Back position. It was though that news might come out on Friday, along with the official signing of Christian Bolanos. It is now Monday morning and neither of those potential acquisitions have been finalized. However, we do have some other news (rumors) coming up.
Jordan Morris turns down Werder Bremen – Sounder at Heart
Just two days after Werder Bremen general manager said it was only a matter of “when” Jordan Morris would sign, the club has now announced that Morris turned down an offer to join the club this season.
Colorado Rapids trade Clint Irwin to Toronto FC amid Tim Howard link – ESPN FC
The Colorado Rapids traded goalkeeper Clint Irwin to Toronto FC on Monday amid talk of their interest in signing Tim Howard from Everton.
Clint Irwin Trade Gives Toronto FC the Final Piece to Restructured Backline – Waking the Red
Toronto FC spent this summer fixing a leaky backline, but until today the club was missing a last line of defence. The club has acquired goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), Toronto’s highest third round pick in 2016 and a conditional first round pick in 2017. The conditions of the pick were not released.
Sigi Schmid: Sounders ‘feel good’ about offer made to Jordan Morris as decision looms – Sounder at Heart
In the privacy of their offices, it’s easy to imagine the Seattle Sounders front office cursing Jurgen Klinsmann’s name. By most reports, Jordan Morris would already be a Sounders Homegrown Player without the interference of the United States national team coach. If not for he and Andi Herzog’s connections in Germany, there’s a decent chance there never would have been on Werder Bremen trial.
CFG’s Caceres deal could have MLS ramifications – Goal
Confirmation that Manchester City has sent its new signing to Melbourne may cause MLS officials to think twice about some transfers, writes Michael Huguenin.
Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans added to US national team roster for January camp – MLS
Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans is back with the US national team, US Soccer and the Sounders announced Monday, making him the latest addition to head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s January camp in Carson, California.
Montreal Impact acquire Lucas Ontivero on loan from Galatasaray – Goal
The 21-year-old Argentine joins the MLS side after loan stints in Hungary and Slovenia.
Chicago Fire sign veteran left back Michael Harrington, goalkeeper Patrick McLain – MLS
The Chicago Fire made a pair of additions on Monday, announcing the signings of defender Michael Harrington and goalkeeper Patrick McLain as the team’s 2016 roster continues to take shape.
Paulson looks to future in Q&A with local Timbers fans – Bend Bulletin
The Timbers owner and CEO, who had been in the news last week for saying United States men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had an “anti-MLS agenda,” was content to reminisce about the Timbers’ 2015 MLS Cup victory and their prospects for the future.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Whitecaps FC Residency go unbeaten in four home matches at SFU – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Residency teams went unbeaten in four home matches at SFU this weekend as the U-18s earned two wins, while the U-16s had a win and a draw.
Sooke VISL teams take weekend losses – Sooke News Mirror
The Sooke Loggers dropped a 2-0 decision to Cermaq City Wave in Campbell River Saturday in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 play.
Madrid for the win vs. Surrey – Tri City News
Coquitlam Madrid netminder Tyler Chretien earned a shutout in a 3-0 win over the Surrey Van United in under-17 boys cup play soccer last week.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
London, Ontario: A tale of two sports – London Free Press
Call it a clash between Canada’s pastime and its fastest growing sport. London politicos will be asked Tuesday to give the city’s only indoor soccer complex one-tenth what city hall gives hockey arenas every year.
Soccer referee Brad Doubrough nominated for Orillia Athlete of the Year award – Orillia Packet
Ten accomplished athletes have been nominated as Orillia’s top athlete for 2015. Over the next two weeks, the Packet & Times will profile the nominees. Today, we feature Brad Doubrough.
Ewan Wilson Pitch In Dresden – Blackburn News
An educator and a driving force behind Dresden Minor Soccer is being recognized in the naming of the main soccer field at the Lambton Kent Composite School Athletic complex. School principal Murray Hunt says the field is being named the Wilson Pitch in honour of former teacher and principal Ewan Wilson.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
(Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new section on BC Youth Soccer Player Development; a new resource designed to help youth coaches and players. Throughout the week, we’ll feature news, drills and videos from the most noted professionals in the field of player development. If you have any articles or resources you enjoy, send them our way, and we’ll share them with the BC Soccer community.)
Here’s a practice plan that focuses on general movement, soccer coordination, dribbling & creativity. There’s also a small-sided game that introduces the retreat line concept.
NASL & USL NEWS
MLS Wants to Test Instant Replay in USL – Medium.com
Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft saw Commissioner Don Garber reiterate MLS’s interest in pursuing the use of instant replay to assist referees. However, his comments went further than simply stating interest, announcing that MLS is in discussions about testing instant replay in USL in the 2016 season. MLS is apparently not ready to run trials of instant replay, but is looking closely at the idea of using USL to experiment with instant replay so that MLS can evaluate it for it’s own use.
Former Liverpool Midfielder and Real Madrid Youth Product Joins Fury FC – Ottawa Fury
With 75 days until the ‘Opening Kick’ of the 2016 NASL season, Ottawa Fury FC and head coach Paul Dalglish announced another key addition on Monday with the pre-signing of former Liverpool midfielder and Real Madrid youth product Gerardo Bruna starting July 1.
Porter happy to leave “Free Agent FC” behind as he joins the Ottawa Fury – the11.ca
The Ottawa Fury faced the Atlanta Silverbacks on the final weekend of the 2015 NASL regular season. During the visit, Fury assistant coach Martin Nash developed a rapport with then-Silverback Kyle Porter.
RGV News: New coach brings USL, college coaching experience – Brownsville Herald
The Houston Dynamo have named Michael Dellorusso as an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the club’s new hybrid affiliate set to join USL in 2016.
USL San Antonio soccer team to hold open tryouts – KENS5
An open tryout registration form is available on the website for the anticipated United Soccer League San Antonio team. USL posted that the tryouts will take place Feb. 5 at Toyota Field and the STAR Complex in San Antonio.
Impact of Reserve Teams on MLS SuperDraft – The Mane Land
The recent additions of MLS reserve teams have had an impact on the late round draftees of the MLS SuperDraft. Here’s a look at that effect.
Carmelo Anthony’s Puerto Rico FC to make NASL debut on July 2 – ESPN FC
Puerto Rico FC, the fledgling club owned by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, will make their North American Soccer League 2016 debut on July 2 when they host Indy Eleven at Bayamon’s Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Leandra Little: Doncaster Rovers Belles captain signs new deal – BBC Sport
Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Leandra Little has signed a new deal with the Women’s Super League One club.
Uwak laments state of women’s football – Punch
Super Falcons striker Cynthia Uwak has expressed her disappointment at the state of women’s football in Nigeria, 11 years after she moved to Europe.
Rutgers’ Reed, Skroski go from College Cup to NWSL – The Equalizer
Brianne Reed had explicit instructions for her mother and father in the days leading into the NWSL Draft. She did not want to know where she was projected to be selected.
Emma Lundh: Liverpool Ladies sign Sweden striker – BBC Sport
Liverpool Ladies have signed Sweden international striker Emma Lundh from Norwegian champions Lillestrom SK.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Galatasaray face ban; Hull, Panathinaikos and Sportlng Lisbon clear FFP – Inside World Football
Hull City, Panathinaikos and Sporting Lisbon have all settled their financial fair play issues with UEFA but Galatasaray have failed to comply with break-even rules and have been referred to the governing body’s adjudicatory chamber.
Messi: I’d still be great against Stoke – Goal
Fans and pundits in England have often questioned whether the Barcelona star would be as good in difficult conditions against robust opponents – finally we have an answer.
Stoke are most efficient team in Europe, PSG rank 3rd, Man Utd 5th – Inside World Football
Stoke City are the most ‘efficient’ team in Europe’s Big 5 leagues, according to the latest data from the CIES Football Observatory. PSG are beaten into third place in the ranking by Villareal, while Manchester United are placed fifth.
The 10 games that will decide Premier League title race – The Telegraph
With the season looking ever more like a two-horse race, which games will be key to deciding who lifts the trophy and who finishes in the coveted top four?
SPFL meet to discuss restructuring and fan behaviour – BBC Sport
Representatives of all 42 clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League will meet at Hampden on Tuesday. Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson has raised league restructuring as an item for discussion.
Real Madrid attempted to hide evidence of youth player, father claims – ESPN FC
The father of Manuel Godoy believes Real Madrid tried to hide their involvement with his son during FIFA’s investigation into the club. Madrid, along with city rivals Atletico, were last week banned from registering players during the summer 2016 and winter 2017 windows for breaking youth transfer rules, although the La Liga clubs have denied any wrongdoing and say they will appeal.
Fifa academic demands outcry from FAs over Sheikh Salman presidential bid – The Guardian
Mark Pieth, the academic employed by Fifa originally to oversee its reform efforts, has called for an “outcry” from voters against Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa succeeding Sepp Blatter as president of the crisis hit governing body.
Infantino launches election manifesto with cash pledge to voting members – Inside World Football
Just over a month before the FIFA presidential election, Gianni Infantino has published his eagerly awaited manifesto, much of it either mirroring the ideas of fellow candidates or simply reflecting already-approved reform measures that are being put to the vote on election day on February 26.
Fifa election: Gianni Infantino wants regional World Cups – BBC Sport
Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino says he would press for the World Cup to be held in a whole region rather than one or two countries.
Cuba’s soccer defectors hunt for respect in the United States – The Guardian
It is Cuba’s baseball players that usually attract the most attention, but a growing number of footballers are hoping to improve their skills in a new country.