VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Aly Ghazal targets good Whitecaps start and Egypt World Cup success – The Province
The last time Egypt was in the World Cup, Aly Ghazal wasn’t even a glint in his parents’ eyes.
The Truth Hurts: Iwaki FC Manager Hits the Nail on the Head with Caps Critique – Eighty-Six Forever
During the Pacific Rim Cup Final, the Iwaki FC manager gave his assessment on the Vancouver Whitecaps…and he wasn’t wrong. The question now becomes, how to fix the problem.
The story of Colton Hasebe and the Whitecaps FC playroom at BC Children’s Hospital – Whitecaps FC
On Tuesday afternoon, Vancouver Whitecaps FC players and staff made their first visit to BC Children’s Hospital of the new year. And it was a momentous one, indeed.
Yohan Mollo’s Whitecaps look-see is over – The Province
Yohan Mollo, the French midfielder who was brought in for a ten-day training stint by the Whitecaps at the beginning of the month, has moved on.
Toronto FC sign goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell – Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club has signed goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell after acquiring his rights from New York Red Bulls in exchange for Toronto FC’s fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Toronto FC transfer rumours: TFC trying to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder – Waking the Red
The transfer gossip has been flooding in this week. This morning, rumours broke from sources including The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke that Toronto FC are interested in signing Athletic Bilbao attacking midfielder Ager Aketxe.
Other than right back competition, Real Salt Lake easing in its newcomers – MLS
With two weeks left before the start of the regular season, Real Salt Lake is still happy to stick with what was working at the end of last season.
Seattle Sounders: Adding depth in the Midfield and at Right Back – MLS Multiplex
The Seattle Sounders officially sign right back Jordan McCray and MLS SuperDraft pick Alex Roldan to the Sounders first team, adding depth at right back and in the midfield.
Meet the new players joining the Portland Timbers this season – Oregonian
The Portland Timbers have had a busy offseason. While the Timbers are returning 10 of 11 starters from 2017, the club has still added significant depth to its roster over the last few months. Here is an introduction to the eight players that the Timbers have acquired ahead of the 2018 season.
Romario Williams Earns Visa: But Future Problems for MLS Franchises? – MLS Multiplex
Romario Williams won his Green Card on Saturday, which was a welcome relief for MLS team Atlanta United, who are struggling to manage their foreign player allocation.
Impact faces Chicago Fire Wednesday night in Bradenton – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact will begin a series of four games in 11 days on Wednesday night at 7pm, when they face the Chicago Fire at IMG Academy in a preseason friendly. The game will be broadcast on the club’s website, impactmontreal.com.
Atletico San Luis 3, New York City FC 0 | MLS Preseason – MLS
New York City FC continued their busy preseason itinerary with a friendly against Atletico San Luis Tuesday night, falling 3-0 to the Mexican second-division side at Estadio Alfonso Lastras as coach Patrick Vieira mixed a few academy prospects and new faces in with his likely first-team starters for 2018.
ESPN’s Web Service Gains Exclusive MLS Pro Soccer Rights – Bloomberg
Major League Soccer is shutting down its MLS Live streaming product and shifting those games to ESPN+, the new streaming service Walt Disney Co. plans to launch in the next few months, according to people familiar with the plan.
Austin: Don’t pave paradise to put up a parking lot — or a stadium – Austin Statesman
Now that Butler Park has been removed from consideration as the site of the proposed Major League Soccer stadium, attention has shifted to an even worse idea: East Austin’s Roy G. Guerrero Park, a wild slice of the Colorado River 10 minutes from downtown that has somehow survived into the 21st century in its natural condition.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Schneider adds Bassi, Koren to 2018 Recruiting Class – SFU
Simon Fraser University men’s soccer head coach Clint Schneider has signed two more student-athletes to the 2018 Recruiting Class, securing commitments from North Delta centre back Brandon Bassi and defender/midfielder Ulrik Koren from Oslo, Norway.
Velte, Jones up for Sport BC University Athlete of Year – SFU
Mallory Velte from women’s wrestling and Adam Jones from men’s soccer have been named finalists for Sport BC University Athlete of the Year.
Powell River Villa dominates to secure first place – Powell River Peak
Home team takes final game of the season and embarks on cup challenge.
Comox Valley United still with a chance to remain in division one next season – Comox Valley Record
Despite finishing in the relegation zone, CVU could play in a “challenge game” to remain in Div. 1
Niners a win away from Masters soccer title – Cowichan Valley Citizen
An exhibition match against Cowichan LMG was just what the Craig Street 49ers needed going into a crucial stretch.
VIDEO: Decorated youth soccer player climbing refereeing ladder – Surrey Now-Leader
There Ryan Freda was, running along the pitch at UBC’s Thunderbird Park, trying to keep his nerves and wits in check. The student from Langley’s R.E. Mountain Secondary worked as the assistant referee for the Vancouver Whitecaps U15 residency team’s game against Santa Cruz late last month, and said he relished the pace of the game.
Soccer dome approved for West Kelowna – Infotel
Design of a new soccer dome and field will move ahead immediately after West Kelowna council agreed to early approval of the project.
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
Steel City Rapids team takes second in provincial tournament – Soo Today
Steel City Rapids, a local program founded in 2016 and lead by Anthony Romano, is a soccer development program for youth of all ages.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Nashville SC moves home opener to 69k seat Nissan Stadium – NBC Sports
Demand is so high for the USL club’s home debut that it has announced a move to Nissan Stadium for the March 24 opener against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Charleston Battery signs Victor Mansaray – Charleston Battery
Charleston Battery have signed former Seattle Sounders winger Victor Mansaray for the 2018 season, pending USSF and USL approval.
Atlanta United 2 goal to develop players for MLS – AJC
Atlanta United 2 opened its preseason on Tuesday and manager Scott Donnelly has a few goals for the USL squad in its inaugural season.
Steel FC’s Omar Holness Receives Green Card – Philadelphia Union
Omar Holness has spent the last six years of his life in the United States. Born in Jamaica in 1994, Holness moved to the United States when he signed to play collegiate at the University of North Carolina. And now, he is officially a permanent resident of the United States.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Dash acquire forward Tiffany Weimer from Washington Spirit – Houston Chronicle
In a move that likely adds valuable leadership to a team that will be learning under a first-year coach, the Dash on Tuesday acquired forward Tiffany Weimer in a trade with the Washington Spirit.
Ellie Carpenter officially signs with Portland Thorns FC – Vavel
The official date for her arrival will be April 28, following the conclusion of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The tournament serves as the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying for Australia from April 7-22.
Australian WNT goal scorer and NWSL champion Katrina Gorry Joins Utah Royals FC – RSL
Utah Royals FC have signed MF Katrina “Mini” Gorry, an Australian Women’s National Team standout, General Manager Craig Waibel and Head Coach Laura Harvey announced today. Bringing experience from leagues in Asia, Australia and the United States and a former NWSL champion with FC Kansas City, Gorry returns to stateside boasting a résumé of highlight goals, trophies and accolades.
Six Brisbane Roar players in Matildas squad for Algarve Cup in Portugal – News.com.au
SIX Brisbane Roar players have been named in a 25-strong Matildas preliminary squad for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Jill Ellis names preliminary SheBelieves roster – Stars & Stripes
Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the preliminary roster for this year’s SheBelieves tournament. The final roster will get cut down to 23 before they play their first game in Columbus.
WSL 1 Recap: The year so far – Vavel
A quick look back at how 2018 is playing out for each WSL 1 club.
FA Women’s Super League 2: Spurs Ladies end barren winless run with comeback success over Oxford United Women – Ham & High
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies’ persistence paid off at Cheshunt Football Ground, after turning around a deficit to win 2-1 against Oxford United Women during their FA Women’s Super League 2 encounter, putting to bed a winless seven-game run.
Frauen-Bundesliga four match recap – Vavel
Postponed December match get teams up to speed before the league recommences.
Matildas’ Thailand clash a World Cup audition for Perth: Stajcic – FFA
Westfield Matildas boss Alen Stajcic believes Australia’s upcoming friendly with Thailand is an opportunity for Perth to prove its worth as a FIFA World Cup host city.
Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 & 2 – Top Goalscorers – SWPL
The top goalscorers from the top levels of Scottish Women’s Football.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Real challenge for PSG in clash of titans – Ligue 1
Unai Emery has challenged his Paris Saint-Germain players to “show what we can do” when they take on holders Real Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Champions League takeaways: A titanic tussle in Turin – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, in case you missed it.
Juventus 2-2 Tottenham: Just how impressive was Spurs’ comeback? – BBC Sport
Few teams leave Juventus’ Allianz Stadium with a goal to their name, let alone a draw – and Spurs did it the hard way.
Liverpool aims to make Porto “life difficult” in Champions League – NBC Sports
That’s to say that Liverpool’s Brazilian striker doesn’t necessarily dominate the headlines or regularly engage in absurd celebrations, but it isn’t a surprise at all when his confidence goes from the pitch to the press conference.
The Europa League is back and more than ever is a competition to savour – The Guardian
This season’s round of 32 is arguably the strongest since the Uefa Cup was rebranded in 2009 and should help the second-tier tournament shed its second-rate reputation.
AFC Champions League Review: Sydney suffer first home loss since 2016, CSL sides stutter – Four Four Two
Suwon Bluewings made a strong start to their AFC Champions League campaign by inflicting a first home defeat in almost two years on Sydney FC, while Chinese Super League sides Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua were both held to 1-1 draws.
Ryan Giggs’ medals will not help him – Wales women’s boss Jayne Ludlow – BBC Sport
Giggs’ appointment has been met with scepticism from some Wales fans because of the perception that he put club over country during his playing career.
Bans sought for 36 players for match-fixing in La Liga – Sportsnet
Spanish prosecutors are seeking two-year prison sentences and six-year soccer bans for 36 players accused of match-fixing in the Spanish league seven years ago.
Hearts apologise to Isma Goncalves after claim racism forced him out of club – BBC Sport
Hearts are to apologise to Isma Goncalves after the striker claimed that racist abuse had played a big part in his January exit from the club.
Premier League secures £4.46bn for domestic TV rights with two packages still to sell – Inside World Football
For the first time in a number of years the Premier League’s income from domestic rights is set to fall after Sky, together with BT Sport, agreed to pay less under the latest three-year deal just struck: £4.46 billion to show 160 live games a season starting in 2019-20. In the current cycle they paid £5.14 billion for 168 live games.
Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst – The Guardian
An assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019‑22 can be assisted by adapting a famous old quip: reports of football’s bubble bursting are greatly exaggerated.
Carlos Cordeiro’s tenure will be judged by how he handles Soccer United Marketing (SUM) – World Soccer Talk
After Carlos Cordeiro’s election win this past weekend as US Soccer Federation (USSF) President, the general sense is that Cordeiro’s management style will be different than his predecessor Sunil Gulati and that he will attempt to find a more consensus-based approach to issues. But in terms of general policies and positions, he doesn’t differ from Gulati very much except in one notable place — the role of Soccer United Marketing (SUM) as the media partner of US Soccer.
Manchester United fans call for relocation of Old Trafford ‘prawn sandwich’ brigade in bid to revive atmosphere – The Telegraph
Manchester United have been urged to relocate executive supporters once dubbed the “prawn sandwich” brigade as well as the family stand and disabled section at Old Trafford in a bid to improve the stadium’s troubled atmosphere, which has been criticised by Jose Mourinho.
Do Premier League teams really need 40 points to avoid relegation? – BBC Sport
The 40-point mark – the magic number that is supposedly needed to guarantee Premier League survival. But with such a compelling relegation scrap this year, we have to ask, is it still true?