VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. SPORTING KC
MLS MATCHDAY #1
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Signing of Veselinovic part of a bigger picture for ‘Caps, Schuster – Whitecaps FC
Sporting director Axel Schuster wants to change the narrative around the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the plot continues to reveal itself during his first offseason with the club.
Rank(o) and File: Analyzing what Ranko Veselinovic can bring to the Vancouver Whitecaps backline – BTS
Another Vancouver Whitecaps signing was wrapped up this past weekend, as the team brought in 20-year-old Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinovic on a 1-year loan. Here is a look at what he can bring to the team.
Nashville SC Acquires U.S. International and 2019 MLS Best XI Defender Walker Zimmerman in Record Breaking Deal – Nashville SC
Nashville Soccer Club announced today that it has acquired defender Walker Zimmerman from Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) in exchange for $600,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money (GAM), $350,000 in 2021 GAM and a 2020 international roster spot. LAFC will receive an additional $150,000 in GAM in both 2020 and 2021, if Walker meets certain performance-based metrics.
What Walker Zimmerman trade means for LAFC, Nashville and the future – MLS
Nashville paid more for Zimmerman ($950k in GAM that could, and almost surely will, rise to $1.25M based on incentives) than Minnesota United did for 2019 Defender of the Year Ike Opara one year ago ($900k TAM that could rise to $1M). It is the biggest trade for a defender in MLS history.
Impact acquires midfielder Emanuel Maciel from San Lorenzo – Montreal Impact
As part of a strategic cooperative relationship between the Montreal Impact and Argentine club San Lorenzo, the Impact announced on Tuesday the acquisition of 22-year-old midfielder Emanuel Maciel via free transfer. This acquisition will be confirmed upon receiving his international transfer certificate and his work visa.
Report: Inter Miami set to finally sign Rodolfo Pizarro – SBI
The on-again, off-again saga with Rodolfo Pizarro looks set to reach its conclusion, with Inter Miami getting ready to claim victory.
Montreal Impact icon Ignacio Piatti deserves place among MLS greats – MLS
The elegant Argentine playmaker is returning to his beloved former club San Lorenzo after six years in MLS. It’s a departure that, for me, carries a sense of elegant melancholy that’s deeply Quebec, even though it revolves around an import to the City of Saints.
Here’s the latest on trademark dispute between Inter Miami and Inter Milan – Miami Herald
Inter Miami remains tangled in a trademark dispute with storied Italian club Inter Milan over the word “Inter,” and recently had one of its arguments dismissed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But, the team does not expect to have to change its name, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings. The dispute between Inter Milan and Major League Soccer, which collectively owns all its teams, is not about the full team name “Inter Miami CF.” It is over using the abbreviated word “Inter” to market the team.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
James Merriman Looks to Year Two – Pacific FC
Merriman has seen a whirlwind of a year, helping put together the inaugural squad as assistant coach before becoming interim Head Coach. Heading into year two, Merriman has been named Associate Head Coach on Pa-Modou Kah’s coaching team.
Steelheads pull out a win, 49ers blow it in the wind – Cowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan Steelheads salvaged three points out of a lacking effort on Saturday night as they edged Vic West 1-0 at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night.
Powell River Villa falls to Westcastle United at home – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa lost to second-place Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 1 side Westcastle United at Timberlane Park on Saturday, February 8, by a score of 4-2, making the last two games of the season even more critical for Villa’s Division 1 hopes for next season.
Christine Sinclair honored for setting all-time goal-scoring record – Pro Soccer USA
She was honored Tuesday at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in international soccer, breaking Abby Wambach’s record with her 185th goal two weeks ago, and she told Pro Soccer USA the response has been more than she could’ve expected.
Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to Vancouver – CSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.
Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020 – BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.
BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in Canada – BC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Power Soccer in BC – SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CANADA WNT vs. AUSTRALIA
APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
CPL unveils new Atletico Ottawa club with Mista as coach – TSN
Jeff Hunt believes Ottawa finally has the right recipe for pro soccer success with Club Atletico de Madrid on board.
‘Instant credibility’: Atlético Ottawa’s Jeff Hunt relishes off-field challenge, targets sell-out – CanPL
The club’s “first employee” help put a name and crest to the new Ottawa soccer entry Tuesday, alongside Canadian Premier League commissioner David Clanachan and Club Atlético de Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, as the CanPL made its arrival in the nation’s capital official at its new home in TD Place.
‘We’ve formally asked for a meeting’: CPL hoping to get Atlético Ottawa into 2020 CanChamp – CanPL
One of the biggest questions left to be answered about Atlético Ottawa, the Canadian Premier League’s newest member, is whether or not the club will be able to participate in the 2020 Canadian Championship.
Four Canadians named to CONCACAF Best 11 at Olympic qualifying tournament – TSN
Teenager Jordyn Huitema, who led the tournament in scoring, is one of four Canadians named to the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Championship Best 11.
Retirement not on the mind of Canadian soccer great Christine Sinclair – CBC
She has scored more goals than anybody else in soccer and played more games than any other active player, but retirement isn’t on the immediate horizon for Christine Sinclair.
Canadians Abroad: Bayern’s Alphonso Davies showing promise at left-back – Sportsnet
The Bundesliga is our focus in the first edition of Canadians Abroad, as Alphonso Davies started for Bayern Munich in its 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig on Sunday.
Ottawa South United announces historic move to PLSQ – League 1 Ontario
OSU’s men’s and women’s teams will compete in Première ligue de soccer du Québec next season, switching from League1 Ontario in a historic agreement between the two provincial division III leagues.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Orlando Pride use allocation money to sign New Zealand defender Ali Riley – The Equalizer
Ali Riley is the newest member of the Orlando Pride, the club announced on Monday. Riley, a defender, is the captain of the New Zealand women’s national team and is heading to the United States from FC Bayern Munich. She spent the last year in Germany, making three appearances in the Frauen-Bundesliga.
BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 shortlist revealed – BBC Sport
The shortlist for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 has been revealed – and you can now vote for your winner.
Premier League delays decision on Women’s Super League takeover until next year – The Independent
The Premier League will revisit the idea of a future takeover of the Women’s Super League in 12 months’ time.
Why won’t clubs invest properly in their Women’s Super League teams? – The Guardian
Poor pitches, low wages and conditions far behind the men’s teams’ are common problems – and that needs to change.
Desiree Ellis: The past year has been a dream come true – FIFA
Desiree Ellis knows what it is to thrive and excel. Just last month, she collected her second successive CAF Women’s Coach of the Year award, having led South Africa to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Ousmane Dembele: Barcelona winger sidelined for six months after surgery – BBC Sport
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for six months after surgery on a serious hamstring tear.
Alphonso Davies injured at Bayern Munich training – NBC Sports
Canadian international Alphonso Davies has suffered a left ankle injury at Bayern Munich training, with the 19-year-old carted off with a heavy ice wrap around the injury.
Klinsmann resigns as manager of Hertha Berlin – SBI
The Bundesliga side announced the news on Tuesday with the club in the midst of a relegation battle. Klinsmann served as manager for 76 days after joining in late November, after replacing Ante Covic.
Liverpool unveil details for $78 million Anfield redevelopment – NBC Sports
Liverpool have published plans to pump $78 million into its historic Anfield stadium, increasing the capacity by 7,000 new seats and rerouting Anfield Road to bypass the expanded section.
Europe, South America look to revive intercontinental games – Sportsnet
European and South American soccer leaders on Wednesday discussed reviving matches between the continents’ teams during a meeting at UEFA’s headquarters.
FIFA’s transfer report: Big 5 accounted for almost three quarters of global spending in January 2020 – FIFA
The winter 2020 edition of FIFA’s Big 5 Transfer Window Analysis is now available. The report is a summary of the activity in the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) involving clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain (the “Big 5”).
Italian referee banned from football for one year after headbutting goalkeeper – The Guardian
An Italian football referee has been banned from officiating or attending football matches for one year, after headbutting a goalkeeper following a regional league match.
‘Refugees Welcome’: Bohemians team up with Amnesty for new away kit – The Guardian
Bohemians have teamed up with Amnesty International to create a new away shirt featuring an image of a family fleeing war and the message “Refugees Welcome”.
Soccer’s Misery Index features Man United, Rangers, Malaga and other painful tales – ESPN
There are unhappy fan bases all over soccer, but if your definition of pain is not winning every trophy, or getting knocked out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals, think again. You’ve not heard anything yet.