VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Off to Norway: Sam Adekugbe says ‘ha det’ to Whitecaps – Ottawa Citizen
What is it about Sam Adekugbe and Scandinavia? A week after a hoped-for move to Sweden’s IFK Göteborg collapsed, Adekugbe is now on the move to Norway, joining Oslo-based club Vålerenga on a permanent transfer.
Episode 238 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Future Goals) – AFTN
The first AFTN Soccer Show of 2018 is here for your aural pleasure. We look at the latest Vancouver Whitecaps comings, goings, and news, plus look around what’s happening elsewhere in Major League Soccer.
Is Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez a good fit for the Whitecaps? – The Province
Efrain Juarez wants to move north, this we know. His final destination is up in the air, but don’t be surprised if Vancouver is on his list. Juarez, who has 39 caps with Mexico, had been playing for Monterrey in Liga MX, but didn’t take part in his club’s Clausura season opener last Saturday.
Alphonso Davies and Thomas Hasal called up to the Canada U-23 camp in preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer kick off the calendar year with a 10-day training camp featuring U-23 players eligible for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including Vancouver Whitecaps FC first-team midfielder Alphonso Davies and Residency U-19 goalkeeper Thomas Hasal, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
Whitecaps FC acquire 2018 second round MLS SuperDraft pick from D.C. United in exchange for David Ousted’s MLS rights – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has acquired D.C. United’s natural 2018 second round MLS SuperDraft selection (26th overall) in exchange for the MLS rights to goalkeeper David Ousted.
Report: At last, Atlanta United move for Ezequiel Barco nearly complete – MLS
Just a few days after Atlanta United and Argentine club Independiente appeared to have reached an impasse, a deal for highly touted teenager Ezequiel Barco is “imminent”, according to the latest reporting out of Argentina.
Report: NYCFC signing Medina was set to sign for Copenhagen, until agents intervened – NBC Sports
New York City FC’s newest Designated Player wasn’t supposed to be playing in MLS this year.
Out with the Old and in with the New for NYCFC Roster in 2018 – Prost Amerika
And then there were two. David Villa and Thomas MacNamara are the only ones left who lined up in New York City Football Club’s inaugural season. Patrick Vieira has completely redesigned the team in his image and designed it to play his style.
LA Galaxy sign David Bingham, Servando Carrasco – sources – ESPN
The LA Galaxy have signed goalkeeper David Bingham and midfielder Servando Carrasco to new contracts, multiple sources have told ESPN FC.
Report: Colombian midfielder Macnelly Torres has interest from MLS – MLS
Macnelly Torres could be on his way to MLS, according to Chilean outlet Dale Ablo.
Jack Price to leave Wolves for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids – TalkSport
Wolves midfielder Jack Price has agreed a deal to join Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids.
Goalie Alex Bono stays grounded as as pro soccer career takes off – Syracuse.com
Winning the MLS Cup as starting goalie for Toronto FC this season was one clear indication that Alex Bono has come of age as a soccer player. A few days later came an ever more obvious sign that, at just 23 years old, he’s got both feet firmly planted in the terrain of adulthood.
For Portland Timbers’ brass, Savarese quickly separated from the pack – MLS
When the Portland Timbers parted with longtime coach Caleb Porter in November, the club’s front office had an urgent decision ahead: With offseason moves already in the works, they needed a new manager quickly.
Down the Line to the 2018 Season: The Youngsters – Mount Royal Soccer
With all the offseason rumblings that were brought to light, let’s take a glance at the Impact’s prospects who will look to prove their worth under the helm of Remi Garde.
2019 CONCACAF Champions League qualifying process clarified – MLS
CONCACAF and the US Soccer Federation on Monday clarified the procedures by which the US-based qualifiers to the CCL are determined, specifically addressing the scenario that was triggered when Toronto FC won 2017 MLS Cup.
MLS academy would alter landscape of grassroots soccer here, pros say – The Statesman
Soon, being the latest professional soccer star from Austin might come with having your face on a billboard. For now, the stars who grew up in the Texas capital will have to settle for the adoration of a few hundred fans attending a charity exhibition game.
Soccer Will Soon Be America’s Third-Favorite Spectator Sport – Forbes
I’m sure you’ve heard that old, dismissive insult from hardline cynics: “Soccer is the sport of the future in America … and always will be.” Except that now, finally, fans of the beautiful game have numeric proof of its growing popularity.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL All-Star Weekend Results – BC Soccer Web
Here are all the results from the VISL All-star weekend that took place at Hampton Turf, home of Gorge FC.
2018 VISL Cup Brackets – VISL
The draw is complete! See who’s facing who in this year’s batch of VISL Cup competitions.
BC Soccer Provincial Program Phase 2 Selections – BCSA
he 2017 BC Soccer Provincial Program Phase 2 wrapped up with camps and matches at Empire Fields in Vancouver from November 13 – November 27. BC Soccer would like to congratulate the players and coaches who were selected to take part in Phase 2 of the program.
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
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
Herdman replaces Zambrano as Canadian men’s soccer team coach – Sportsnet
In a shocking development that has major implications for both the Canadian men’s and women’s soccer programs, John Herdman has replaced Octavio Zambrano as coach of the national men’s team, effective immediately.
Canada Soccer announces new leadership of Men’s National Team Program under John Herdman – CSA
Canada Soccer has named John Herdman to the post of Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director, effective immediately. Herdman takes over the role of Men’s National Team Head Coach from Octavio Zambrano who has departed Canada Soccer. Kenneth Heiner-Møller will take over as Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director after serving as an Assistant Coach alongside Herdman since 2015. Additionally, Bev Priestman will assume the role of Women’s National EXCEL Director U15-U23 and Women’s National Team Assistant Coach.
John Herdman, decorated women’s coach, makes sudden move to Canada’s men’s team – CBC
He replaces the fired Octavio Zambrano, who was named head coach of the Canadian men’s national team program last March. Herdman’s new title is national team head coach and men’s EXCEL director.
John Herdman to take over as Canadian Men’s National Team coach – Waking the Red
On a day when the U.S. Men’s National Team thought they’d have all the headlines in North America, Canada Soccer came down from the top rope. They announced Monday night that, effective immediately, John Herdman will take over as head coach of the men’s national program.
Worst-kept secret in Canadian soccer: Zambrano was on hot seat from day one – the11.ca
For months, I’ve heard the whispers. Off the record. Throughout the echelons of Canadian soccer. And that was: That the hiring of Octavio Zambrano as the national team head coach, technical director and overseer of the country’s youth programs was a mistake. What I have been told is the die was cast on Zambrano’s future (or lack of it in Canada) before Christmas.
John Herdman Does A National Team Gender Swap; Appointed As Canada Men’s National Team Manager – Forbes
My take on this move is that it either inspired or incredibly naïve and my guess is the latter. Like so many appointments everything is made out to be a perfect fit- how could it possibly fail?
Canada’s women’s team lose coach to men’s team less than 18 months out from 2019 Women’s World Cup – News.com (Australia)
CANADA’S women’s team is ranked No.5 in the world and is preparing for a World Cup next year. They just lost their coach — to their own men’s team, who are ranked at No.94.
VIDEO: Sinclair stunned by Herdman decision to leave for Men’s soccer program – Sportsnet
Soccer analyst James Sharman delves deep into John Herdman’s decision to leave the Women’s national program to help clean up the messy situation with the Men’s national program.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program announces U-23 camp squad – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program will kick off the 2018 calendar year with a 10-day training camp featuring U-23 players eligible for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The January camp features an exciting young group of players that have been developing across the Men’s Excel Program.
Longtime soccer coach Rock Basacco retiring – London Free Press
Rock Basacco is retiring after 21 years as Western Mustangs men’s head soccer coach.
Thunder Bay soccer officials to pitch for city support for new indoor space – CBC
One of the directors for Soccer Northwest in Thunder Bay, Ont., says he’ll be back in front of city councillors in the northwestern Ontario city to make his group’s case for municipal help for a new indoor facility for the sport.
Northeast sports fields in Red Deer has a new sponsor and new name – Red Deer Advocate
Alberta European Motorworks will provide $75,000 over 10 years towards the new northeast high school sports fields in Red Deer. The facility will now be called Motorworks Fields.
Young player knows showing respect earns respect – Winnipeg Free Press
“Shooting is my favourite thing to do in soccer. It feels good. I really like how it feels when you think it’s going to go into the net,” Ty says. “I get excited.” Being respectful in the classroom is important for a student, and being respectful on the soccer pitch is also important to Ty Kloppenborg .
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
GK Coach Bruce Grobbelaar Leaves Ottawa Fury FC – Ottawa Fury
Thank you to legendary Liverpool goalkeeper and Fury keeper coach Bruce Grobbelaar for his contribution to Ottawa Fury FC and our community since our inaugural season. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career .
Memphis expansion: USL’s baseball ties grow – Soccer America
Peter Freund and Craig Unger, owners of the AAA baseball Memphis Redbirds, will own the USL team that will begin play in the USL in 2019 and play at AutoZone Park, located in downtown Memphis.
Armada owner Robert Palmer says club will play in 2018, may leave NASL – Jacksonville.com
Jacksonville Armada owner Robert Palmer says his club will be playing soccer this year – whether the North American Soccer League is ready to join him or not.
Report: Indy Eleven to join USL, likely to play at Lucas Oil Stadium – Soc Takes
Multiple sources inform Soc Takes that Indy Eleven will play in the United Soccer League (USL) during the 2018 season.
Former USL Standouts Named to USMNT Camp – USL
Twelve players with USL experience have been named in a 30-player U.S. Men’s National Team squad which is set to convene in Carson, Calif. for training camp ahead of an international exhibition with Bosnia-Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at StubHub Center.
Bethlehem Steel FC Sign Midfielder Omar Holness – Philadelphia Union
Bethlehem Steel FC continued to bolster its roster with the announcement today that the club has signed midfielder Omar Holness. Holness, the fifth selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft joins Steel FC after spending the past two seasons with Real Salt Lake and their USL affiliate the Real Monarchs. The move is pending league and federation approval.
These young players relish chance to represent Lights FC and their hometown – Las Vegas Sun
Sebastian Hernandez grew up playing soccer in Las Vegas with dreams of making a lifestyle out of his passion.
Scicluna brothers aim to keep indoor soccer kicking – Detroit News
While the soccer community is caught up in Detroit City FC’s meteoric success and whether Major League Soccer will award the city a franchise, another version of the world game simply endures. Indoor soccer has a rich, colorful history in the area. Dominic and Mario Scicluna of Detroit Waza Flo are seeing to it that legacy stays alive.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Asisat Oshoala enjoys fine China to put English disappointment behind her – The Guardian
The Nigerian’s third African player of the year award, playing for Dalian Quanjian, has been the sweetest after a torrid time at Liverpool and Arsenal.
VIDEO: Interview | Bristol City Women’s Danique Kerkdijk – YouTube
Michael Statham (@EredivisieMike) met Bristol City Women’s Dutch centre-back Danique Kerkdijk to talk about her time so far in England, her past in the Netherlands and to get her opinion on what the Dutch men National Team can take from the women’s Euro 2017 success.
Amanda Dlamini announces retirement from international football – Kickoff
Former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dalmini has announced her retirement from international football.
No One Gets in Hope Solo’s Way Like Hope Solo – Backline Soccer
After a month of USSF Presidential Candidate Solo, it’s starting to become clear that the only person able to get in Hope Solo’s way, with seemingly ruthless effect, is Hope Solo.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Shots fired at German-Turkish soccer player’s car – Montreal Gazette
Prosecutors say shots were fired at the car of a German-Turkish soccer player on a German highway and they’ve launched an investigation on suspicion of attempted homicide. Deniz Naki currently plays for Amed SK, a club in Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast. The player, who is visiting his family in Germany, told German daily Die Welt that he believes he was targeted because of his political role in Turkey.
Neymar, Messi and Kane are world’s most valuable players – Inside World Football
Neymar, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane are the highest priced items in an analysis of current transfer values. 13 players from the Premier League clubs make up the top 20 places.
League Cup semifinal preview: Manchester City vs. Bristol City – NBC Sports
Manchester City looks for a berth in the first Cup final of the English calendar as they host Championship side Bristol City in the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinals at the Etihad.
Barcelona record-signing Philippe Coutinho out injured for 3 weeks – Sportsnet
Philippe Coutinho completed his record-breaking move to Barcelona on Monday and thanked the club for its patience after the disappointment of the failed negotiations with Liverpool last year.
With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track – Metro
Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training on Tuesday, saying it’s his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team’s struggles in the Spanish league.
Monaco aiming for Nice revenge – Ligue 1
Beaten 4-0 when the teams last met in September, AS Monaco are out for revenge against Derby de la Côte d’Azur rivals OGC Nice in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals on Tuesday night.
PSG reign supreme but a big four is emerging in Ligue 1 – The Guardian
Paris Saint-Germain go into the second half of the season with a commanding lead in Ligue 1 but Monaco, Marseille and Lyon are all fighting to compete.
Aubameyang scores twice in friendly amid Dortmund exit rumors – NBC Sports
Despite rumors of a big-money move to China, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started and scored twice in a 3-2 win for Borussia Dortmund over Belgian club Zulte Waregem in Marbella, Spain.
Dortmund bus bomber tells court he didn’t want to kill anyone – Inside World Football
The German-Russian, identified only as Sergei W in accordance with German law, wanted to devalue the club on the stock market in a ploy to make hundreds of thousands of euros.
Rueda takes charge of Chile – FIFA
Chile have confirmed Reinaldo Rueda as their new coach, with the Colombian agreeing a contract until the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar qualifiers.
Peter Beardsley: Newcastle U23s coach takes leave after racism allegations – BBC Sport
The 56-year-old former Magpies player, who has been in his current role since 2009, faces multiple complaints.
A-League Review: Rodriguez marks Jets debut as McCormack stars for City again – Four Four Two
Patricio Rodriguez marked his Newcastle Jets debut with a goal, while Ross McCormack hit another brace for Melbourne City in the A-League.
Luka Modric appears in Madrid court in tax fraud case – Sportsnet
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has appeared in court in a tax fraud case in Madrid. Officials said Tuesday Modric was in court for about 10 minutes along with his wife and lawyer. The player’s wife, Vadja, is also being accused of tax irregularities.
UEFA bans 6 Malta players, including 2 for life, over fixing – Metro
UEFA has banned six members of Malta’s under-21 team for match-fixing offences , with two players banished from soccer for life.
Antonio Conte insists war of words with Jose Mourinho is purely personal and adds ‘I won’t forget this’ – The Telegraph
Antonio Conte has insisted he has no regrets over his war of words with Jose Mourinho and confirmed the row is purely personal.
Mata highlights importance of recharging batteries as United head to Dubai for warm-weather training – Vavel
The Spaniard stated the benefits that the warm weather training in Dubai will bring to the side ahead of next Monday’s clash with Stoke City.
Juan Carlos Garcia: Former Wigan and Honduras defender dies of leukaemia at 29 – BBC Sport
Former Wigan Athletic and Honduras full-back Juan Carlos Garcia has died of leukaemia at the age of 29.
English soccer adopts Rooney Rule for national team jobs – Metro
English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for national team management jobs.
The records being hunted in 2018 – FIFA
Ferenc Puskas, Claudio Pizarro, Alexandra Popp, Homare Sawa, Aston Villa and Real Madrid are among the hunted. Who are the hunters of records in 2018?