WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Are Vancouver Whitecaps prepared for MLS Cup challenge? – Fox Soccer
The two moves arrived in concert and illustrated the Whitecaps’ overarching philosophy heading into the 2016 season. Blas Pérez completed his long-awaited move from FC Dallas to increase the options up front. David Ousted signed his long-awaited contract extension to tie him to the Whitecaps for a couple more years.
‘Our city:’ Ousted explains decision to stay in Vancouver despite European aspirations – Whitecaps FC
“This is our city.” That’s what David Ousted’s three-year-old daughter said to him earlier this year as he and his family flew into Vancouver after the offseason. It’s not the only reason why Ousted agreed to a multi-year contract to remain in Vancouver, which announced on Tuesday.
Whitecaps lock up foundation player in Ousted – Whitecaps FC
Would you trade David Ousted for any other goalkeeper in MLS? How about Kendall Waston for any other centre-back? Matías Laba for another defensive midfielder?
Whitecaps lock in goalkeeper David Ousted with long-term deal – Vancouver Sun
David Ousted says his dream to play goalkeeper in a top European soccer league won’t be abandoned. It is what drives him at age 31 to continue to work on his craft and to improve his game.
Insider: Beckham meets with Qataris; MLS’s Mattocks next for China? – SI.com
Obafemi Martins isn’t the only MLS player being targeted by China. So is Vancouver forward Darren Mattocks, though it’s not certain that deal will go through.
Blas Perez goes from foe to friend with Vancouver Whitecaps – Metro
If a picture is worth a thousands words, then soccer fans in Vancouver would love to know what goalkeeper David Ousted was really shouting at Blas Perez back in October of 2014.
VIDEO: Perez: “What happened in the past happened in the past’ – Whitecaps FC
New Whitecaps FC striker Blas Perez speaks to media after it was announced that the ‘Caps have acquired the Panamanian international from FC Dallas in exchange for Mauro Rosales.
Nigel de Jong’s passion for American sports played a big part in his decision to join the LA Galaxy – LA Galaxy
Since an early age, Nigel de Jong has been drawn to the United States. Throughout his storied career in Europe, the 31-year-old Dutchman has looked to the United States for inspiration and entertainment.
Montreal Impact hope focus on sports psychology, full-time mental coach will give them leg up – MLS
Top-level athletes have accepted mental preparation as a valuable tool. Montreal have embraced it. Guldner, a full-time member of the Impact coaching staff, divides his time between the first team, which is always looking for an edge up in MLS, and the Impact’s academy, where the idea originated.
Stand As One: MLS unveils new marketing campaign for 2016 season – Whitecaps FC
MLS has unveiled its new marketing campaign for the 2016 season, titled “Stand as One.” The campaign, which will feature creative elements including television spots, digital and print advertising, in-venue visibility, social content, and storytelling, will be rolled out during the 2016 MLS season. The campaign will debut this week with spots running across MLS’ broadcast partners, along with significant online activation.
BC SOCCER NEWS
MWSL Soccer Player Needs your Help – Go Fund Me
We are the Women’s SFC Rangers and we are asking for support from the general public as well as our fellow soccer communitee to help raise funds for our friend and teammate, Mariah. Mariah a 21-year-old female, came to Canada as a refugee from Africa in 2015. On Feb. 7, she was brutally assaulted at Newton Athletic Park. To help Mariah get back on her feet we have started a campaign to raise funds to assist in her recovery and are appealing to the public to help us.
BC Soccer Assoc. To Introduce High Performance License for BCSPL Franchise Clubs – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. hires Mike Salmon as High Performance Lead to work with BC Soccer’s Luca Dalla Pace and support the High Performance Clubs in British Columbia.
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.
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CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada one win away from Olympic berth after winning Group B – CSA
Canada beat Guatemala 10-0 in the third match of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Championship, maintaining a clean sheet through all three of its group stage matches and securing its spot in the semi-finals against Costa Rica.
Olympic women’s soccer qualifying: Canada routs Guatemala to end group stage – CBC
Rebecca Quinn and Nichelle Prince each scored three goals as Canada crushed its third straight opponent, beating Guatemala 10-0 on Tuesday to set the stage for the one game that matters at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Canadian youngsters shine in CONCACAF win – Sportsnet
It’s tough to say the Canadian women’s team has been truly tested thus far at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
CSA head Victor Montagliani has a mountain to climb – Toronto Sun
Canadian candidate for CONCACAF presidency would have some work to do to bring confederation back to legitimacy.
It’s Up to Us Fans to Make The Canadian Premier League Work – Waking the Red
Launching a soccer league in Canada is never going to be easy. So if the league is going to succeed it is going to need all the passion of Canadian soccer supporters it can get.
Oakville Soccer Club to host national para soccer camp – Oakville Beaver
Canada national para soccer team will make its preparations for the upcoming season in Oakville.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
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Attitude of ‘getting the call right’ will someday supersede that of ‘getting on with it’ – Soccer America
At its annual general meeting next month, the International Football Association Board is expected to green-light extensive trials of video replay and trigger a firestorm of debate.
VIDEO: The Ref Show – 15th February 2016 – You Are The Ref
There were plenty of flashpoints over the Premier League weekend; leading the trio to discuss handball, dangerous challenges and a consistent approoach to grappling.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Puerto Rico FC Adds First Two Players – NASL
Puerto Rico Football Club announced the signings of midfielder Joseph “Jackie” Marrero and forward Pedro Mendes as the first players for the club’s inaugural season. The club is scheduled to begin play at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium July 2nd 2016.
Peter Wilt looking to revitalize soccer in Chicago with NASL project – SBI
Peter Wilt has already solidified his place as one of the more important figures in the history of Chicago soccer, but the longtime executive is now looking to revitalize and revolutionize the game in a city he calls home.
Rumor: The NASL could be broadcast on a CBS network – Twice a Cosmo
One thing that has limited the commercial growth of the North American Soccer League is the lack of a television deal to bring more eyeballs to the competition. If Bob Williams of The Telegraph has an accurate source, however, this could be about to change for the 2016 season.
Markets NASL Should Target That MLS Won’t – Part II: The Untapped Markets – Midfield Press
This article is Part II in a series covering markets that could be excellent fits for NASL that MLS is unlikely to enter. In Part I, we discussed Big League Cities that NASL could enter. These are markets that have a NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL team and would raise the league’s “major league” profile as it seeks to become “Division 1A” in US soccer. Along with placing clubs in underserved sections of the top 10 metro areas in the country that also have MLS, these markets help NASL build credibility for a TV deal, which is an important source of revenue for sports leagues.
FC Cincinnati president talks MLS ambitions, turns to Orlando City SC as model for success – MLS
In addition to incoming clubs in Atlanta, LA, Minnesota and Miami, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has mentioned St. Louis, Sacramento, San Antonio, Detroit and San Diego as potential sites for future MLS expansion. If FC Cincinnati have their way, they’ll soon be in that mix, too.
Innovative Affiliation Between Dynamo and RGVFC Will Be One to Watch – Indomitable City Soccer
The Houston Dynamo and their hybrid USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC are embarking on a unique relationship that could pay dividends for both, while paving the way for future MLS2 teams to alleviate a primary concern among USL faithful.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
T&T hope to play spoilers vs. US in semifinals– The Equalizer
Trinidad and Tobago have earned the right to play World Cup champions USA for a spot at the Rio Olympics in August. Trinidad and Tobago came up with a surprisingly strong 5-1 victory over Guyana. This is the same squad that looked all out of sorts and nowhere near a the semifinals after a disastrous 6-0 loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon.
Trinidad has no illusions about beating U.S. in women’s soccer – Houston Chronicle
Since the draw was released for CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying tournament, most soccer fans assumed it was just a formality for the United States women’s national team to punch its ticket to Brazil this summer.
Australian women’s football team announced for Olympic qualifiers – Australia Olympic Committee
The Australian women’s football team Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named his 20 player-squad for the 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan as Australia’s national women’s team attempts to feature in the Olympic Games for the first time since 2004.
Nottingham can become leading city of football for women – sporting chiefs say – Nottingham Post
Nottingham can become the shining light for women’s football nationally – according to sporting stars and local leaders.
USSF to launch a girls Development Academy in 2017; ECNL plans to forge ahead – Soccer America
The U.S. Soccer Federation is set to launch a Development Academy (DA) for girls in August 2017, replicating the DA for boys that it launched in 2007.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL preview: In-form clubs Roma, Real Madrid battle in Italy and more – SBI
If recent form is anything to go off of, Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League matchup between Real Madrid and AS Roma is sure to be exciting. Both sides enter the round of 16 on impressive runs in domestic play. Real Madrid has scored seemingly at will against Spanish La Liga competition, while Roma has fought its way into a European qualification spot in recent weeks with vital wins.
Cometh the hour, cometh Cavani for PSG – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in Tuesday’s marquee tilt between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League…
Guus Hiddink left with plenty to ponder at Chelsea after PSG defeat – ESPN FC
Chelsea’s precious away goal in a narrow 2-1 first leg defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 has given them a fighting chance of progressing to the quarterfinals of this season’s competition.
Hebei China Fortune announce Ezequiel Lavezzi deal from PSG – ESPN FC
Hebei China Fortune have announced the signing of Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain. Lavezzi’s PSG contract was due to expire at the end of the season and sources told ESPN FC earlier this month that the Argentina international was planning a move to China despite links with clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea.
The mandatory insurance that can leave amateur footballers on £30 a week – The Guardian
Three years after the FA made insurance mandatory for English 11-a-side teams some in the grassroots game think NGIS ‘is not worth paper it’s written on’.