VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC transfer Kianz Froese to German side Fortuna Düsseldorf – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has reached an agreement to transfer Homegrown midfielder Kianz Froese to German side Fortuna Düsseldorf – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate. As part of the transfer, Whitecaps FC will receive a match played bonus and percentage of any future transfer fees.
Five years later, Froese finally gets his chance to move to Germany – the11.ca
It took longer than originally expected, but Canadian midfielder Kianz Froese has finally got his deal to play in Germany.
Marc Weber: Thank you, readers; it has been a thrill – The Province
Mike Haddon, the former deputy sports editor at the Province, used to implore me not to bury the lead. Actually, he’d say: “GET TO THE BLOODY POINT, WEBER!”, which was funny and true, and I missed his bluntness after he left. So, here goes: Tuesday (today) is my last day at the Province and Sun. I’m leaving on my own terms, so no sympathy needed.
Whitecaps will benefit from wing battle between Davies and Manneh – The Province
The scouting report on this year’s Vancouver Whitecaps still reads: “Ask again later.” Sure, their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final against the New York Red Bulls kicks off in just three weeks, and the Major League Soccer season starts March 5, but this isn’t the final roster for opening day. It can’t be. Surely.
Southsiders suspend #CapsOnTour bus trips to United States – Vancouver Southsiders
“The Executive Board shall not coordinate any bus trips to the US until such time that the current conditions at border crossings have changed. We cannot in good conscience be responsible for arranging or hosting events or experiences which potentially come at the exclusion of some of our members, no matter how few in number those affected might be.”
Giles Barnes: Here to Stay (For Now) – Eighty-Six Forever
It seemed from his first day as a Vancouver Whitecaps player, that Giles Barnes was not going to be a member of the squad for long. Many fans and pundits suggested he was a 2016 rental player and would return to England in the off-season. That is, he was a stopgap for the Whitecaps striker woes.
VIDEO: Surprise! Carl Robinson presented with golden cap from FA Wales – Whitecaps FC
Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts presented Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson with a golden cap this morning for his 52 appearances with Wales.
MLS Vancouver Whitecaps draft Lawrence’s Nerwinski as 7th overall pick – Mercers Place
During Mike Perone’s first season as Notre Dame High boys’ soccer coach in 1977, Frank Nerwinski was on his team. A few years later, Frank’s brother Kevin joined the Irish before playing for Rider. Years later, in the 2000s, Perone received a photo of Kevin’s son, Jake, with writing scrawled on it. “He was a shrimp,” Perone said. “And on the picture it said ‘Wait for me, I’m coming to Notre Dame.’”
Episode 173 – The AFTN Soccer Podcast (Dial M For Merthyr with guests Jordan Harvey, Kyle Greig, Erik Hurtado and David Norman Jr) – AFTN
We have a lengthy chat with one of the few veterans on the team, left back Jordan Harvey and a couple of strikers looking to make a name for themselves this season, Kyle Greig and Erik Hurtado.
LA Galaxy sign French winger Romain Alessandrini as Designated Player – MLS
The LA Galaxy announced the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini as a Designated Player on Tuesday, filling one of the two DP slots vacated by the offseason departures of Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard.
Toronto FC Sign French-DR Congolese Defender Chris Mavinga – Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced Tuesday that it has signed French-DR Congolese defender Chris Mavinga. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his Canadian work permit.
New signing Chris Mavinga represents a high-reward gamble for Toronto FC – Waking the Red
The new arrival has come unheralded from Rubin Kazan but could have a big impact.
Toronto FC re-signs midfielder Benoit Cheyrou – MLS
Benoit Cheyrou will be back with Toronto FC in 2017, as the club announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed the French veteran.
New York City FC signs Alexander Ring – Empire of Soccer
New York City FC have announced the signing of Finnish midfielder Alexander Ring from FC Kaiserslautern, using Targeted Allocation Money to acquire the player.
Philadelphia Union sign Bosnia and Herzegovina international Haris Medunjanin – SN
The Philadelphia Union have signed Bosnia and Herzegovina international Haris Medunjanin, the MLS team announced Tuesday.
Portland Timbers center back Rennico Clarke has opportunity to play important role in 2017 – Oregonian
While Clarke’s injury in 2015 set him back for nearly a year, he managed to return to the field in time to make 14 starts – and even score two goals – with T2 last season, before earning a contract with the first team this year.
Sports hernia sidelines FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa for 1 month – MLS
FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa will miss the remainder of the club’s preseason after undergoing sports hernia surgery, FCD announced on Tuesday.
2017 MLS All-Star game to be played at Soldier Field – SBI
Major League Soccer has drawn plenty of big-name clubs to play in its All-Star Game in the past, but while the 2017 invitee remains unconfirmed, the location will be large.
St. Louis, San Diego, Sacramento among 12 teams to submit MLS expansion bids – SBI
A total of 12 contenders are set to duke it out for the remaining spots up for grabs in MLS expansion. By the time Tuesday’s submission deadline expired, 12 teams had submitted official expansion bids to MLS headquarters, showing willingness to pay the $150 million fee to join the league. When all was said and done, bids were officially received from Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis and Tampa-St. Petersburg.
Sacramento Republic: MLS bid without team name ‘in violation of our agreements’ – Sacramento Bee
Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer team was plunged into chaos Wednesday after representatives of Sacramento Republic FC charged that managing partner and lead investor Kevin Nagle formally submitted his bid without authorization of the minor league club.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Assoc. to Host 2017 National Championships in Langley – BCSA
From October 4-9, Langley will host Canada Soccer’s 2017 National Championships Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy finals. The two adult competitions will bring together the champion amateur clubs from across the country.
Cascades men’s soccer signs four Surrey United standouts – UFV Cascades
Four teammates from Surrey United’s U18 boys squad have signed with the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer program and will join the Cascades in the fall.
Cliff Avenue celebrates 60 years of youth soccer – Burnaby Now
This past weekend more than 250 people gathered to celebrate the club, its spirit and those who help make it run. A gala event at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown brought together former players, former and present coaches, club founder Merrill Gordon and a number of municipal dignitaries to regal in the success of Burnaby’s largest soccer organization.
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
Canadian soccer veteran Nault leaving women’s game on a high note – Sportsnet
After 13 years of representing Canada on the international stage, Marie-Eve Nault has decided to hang up her cleats.
Reunited: Canada’s women’s soccer team back in action for bronze-medal celebration friendly vs. Mexico – National Post
Despite injuries and some Grinch-like behaviour from a pair of French clubs, John Herdman’s Olympic reunion at B.C. Place Stadium is coming together nicely.
Dino Soupliotis, FIFA referee, passes away – CSA
Dino Soupliotis, an honoured member of the Soccer Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 84. Soupliotis was a former referee who spent five years on the FIFA List of Referees from 1976 to 1980.
Quebec’s 3rd Division – Northern Starting XI
The Canadian Soccer Pyramid is not the most straightforward. Currently, the top is dominated by MLS, which is then followed by NASL & USL. In Canada, 3rd division is for regional leagues, like League 1 Ontario (L1O) and La Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec (PLSQ). In play quality, these Canadian 3rd division leagues sit below USL, and also slightly below PDL, but they are improving significantly from year to year. Today, I’m going to focus on Quebec’s league.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
Whitecaps FC 2 announce 2017 USL schedule – Whitecaps FC
For the second consecutive season, WFC2 will be playing their home matches at UBC Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, and at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
Ingham Prepared To Seize Opportunity Between Woodwork – FC Edmonton
Entering his second season as a professional goalkeeper, FC Edmonton’s Nathan Ingham is preparing to push for a starting role between the woodwork, beginning on day one.
Hume Reunited With Dalglish in Ottawa – USL
Ottawa Fury FC announced on Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-5 forward Tucker Hume, pending league and federation approval. The signing reunites Hume with Fury FC Head Coach and GM Paul Dalglish, with whom he claimed the 2013 PDL Championship with the Austin Aztex.
Toronto FC II schedule introduces BMO Field double headers with first team – Waking the Red
It is also worth noting that TFC II will twice play at BMO Field as part of a double header with the big club, with the USL game set to kick off after the first-team match is played.
Sources: New York Cosmos to Call MCU Park home in 2017 – Empire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos are coming back to the Five Boroughs. Following months of speculation, EoS has confirmed through sources that the Cosmos will call MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn home for the upcoming 2017 North American Soccer League Season. It will be the first season the storied Cosmos have played inside the Five Boroughs since 1976 when Yankee Stadium hosted them.
Gulati says tone has shifted in CBA talks – The Equalizer
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said over the weekend at the tone of negotiations with the USWNT Players Association had taken a turn for the better since the players made a change in legal representation.
Kilkenny United snap up five new signings – Irish WNL
Continental Tyres Women’s National League side Kilkenny United took full advantage of #TransferDeadlineDay by announcing five new signings ahead of the 2017 season.
WSL 1 December-January Transfer Round-Up – Vavel
It’s been a busy window in England, with plenty of new deals and signings.
Women’s round-up: January 2017 – FIFA
January was highlighted by two key events – The Best FIFA Football Awards™ and the preliminary draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Meanwhile USA superstar Alex Morgan headlined a list of major club transfers. FIFA.com reviews all the news from a fascinating month for Women’s Football.
Is sharing the limelight with men good for women’s sport? – The Guardian
England’s women’s rugby team will play their Six Nations opener immediately after the men on Saturday but some argue that women’s sport is better off developing its own culture.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
January transfer deadline underwhelms, provides a dud to an expected degree – SI.com
There were no last-minute blockbusters across Europe on transfer deadline day, though clubs fighting relegation in England maneuvered to try to stay up and three Americans found new homes.
Did China splash more cash than the Premier League? The top 20 spending leagues in January – SN
Premier League clubs spent more than their Chinese Super League counterparts during the January transfer window.
Lazio ousts Inter Milan from Coppa Italia, could face Roma in semifinals – Fox Sports
It could be a capital derby in the semifinals of the Italian Cup after Lazio won 2-1 at Inter Milan on Tuesday in a match that both sides finished with 10 men.
Is AC Milan experienced and mature enough to stay in the race for Europe? – ESPN FC
Things haven’t quite gone to plan for AC Milan in recent weeks. They have suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions, which have resulted in them crashing out of the Coppa Italia and slipping to seventh place in Serie A.
Arsenal dealt blow in EPL title chase with 2-1 loss at Watford – Fox Sports
Watford dealt a major blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes as it secured a surprise 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Payet makes successful return as Marseille beats Lyon – Sportsnet
Returning to his former club after a much debated transfer, France playmaker Dimitri Payet came off the bench as Marseille beat Lyon 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the French Cup on Tuesday.
Paris under pressure in Rennes – Ligue 1
After dropping points against Monaco on Sunday, PSG will be going all out for a win in Rennes to keep their Coupe de France title defense on track – and build their confidence as the Champions League clash with Barcelona looms.
Egypt’s 44-year-old keeper steals the show at Africa Cup of Nations – Soccer America
Goalkeeper Dino Zoff, at age 40, helped Italy win the World Cup in 1982. Egypt’s Essam El Hadary, at age 44, has shut out every foe so far in Gabon and is aiming to win his fifth Africa Cup of Nations.
Norway bring in Lagerback – FIFA
Lars Lagerback has been appointed as Norway’s new head coach, the country’s FA confirmed on Wednesday.
Sin-bin plan to be looked at by football’s lawmaking body IFAB – BBC Sport
Sin-bins for yellow-card offences in football could be given the go-ahead as early as next month.
Premier League clubs face legal threat unless disabled access is improved – The Guardian
Premier League clubs’ failure to provide minimum levels of access for disabled supporters has been described as “disappointing” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which has again threatened legal action if they do not comply.
North America mulls soccer World Cup bid in the Trump era – Seattle PI
A widely speculated three-way hosting bid by Canada, the U.S and Mexico looks a good option for FIFA. It might yet be the only credible bid — albeit one needing federal governments’ support to keep teams, officials and hundreds of thousands of visiting fans safe and secure.