VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Canadian centrebacks hoping to become top duo for Vancouver Whitecaps – CTV
There are a lot of new faces among the Vancouver Whitecaps, and one of them is hoping to form one of the team’s top pairings at the centreback position.
Professional Soccer Returns to Aloha Stadium – KHON
Professional soccer returns to Hawaii with the Pacific Rim Cup 2019 powered by Under Armour on Feb. 8 and 10 at Aloha Stadium. The participating teams are Real Salt Lake (USA), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada), Iwaki FC (Japan) and V-Varen Nagasaki (Japan).
Darrell Davis: Hey boss, can we go to Hawaii? – CJME
There’s a sports-talk radio show in the Vancouver market, hosted by Matt Sekeres and Blake Price, which is similar to the Green Zone. For four days this week they will be conducting their TSN radio show live from Hawaii. They’re apparently in Hawaii to cover a soccer team — the Vancouver Whitecaps are holding training camp on the tropical island, so Sekeres and Price will most certainly be working hard in Honolulu.
Florentin Pogba: Guinea defender ready for ‘new adventure’ – BBC Sport
Guinea international Florentin Pogba says he’s ready for a new adventure at Major Soccer League (MLS) champions Atlanta United. The 28-year-old defender, who is the older brother of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, joins as a free agent.
Columbus Crew Acquire Waylon Francis from Seattle Sounders – Last Word on Soccer
It was announced mid-day Tuesday that the Columbus Crew have reacquired Costa Rican defender Waylon Francis in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money with Seattle Sounders FC.
Toronto FC signs United States international striker Terrence Boyd – ESPN
Toronto FC have signed United States international striker Terrence Boyd from German side Darmstadt, the club announced on Tuesday.
Sporting Kansas City add Rwandan int’l defender Abdul Rwatubyaye – MLS
Sporting Kansas City have acquired Rwandan international defender Abdul Rwatubyaye, the club announced Tuesday. The center back is under contract for 2019 with team options through 2022.
Ola Kamara notches a brace, David Bingham stops Andres Iniesta penalty as LA Galaxy beat Vissel Kobe 4-1 in preseason opener – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy earned a 4-1 win over Japanese club Vissel Kobe in the first preseason game under new manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Baggio Husidic departs LAFC preseason camp – Angels on Pararde
Perhaps the biggest name among Los Angeles Football Club’s preseason trialists has moved on.
For Minnesota United FC, trip to Tucson marks the start of special spring – Tuscon.com
The prospect of better weather, and recommendations by his coaching staff, are what have led Heath and his team to Tucson for the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.
PRO Referees: New Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified – PRO
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) and the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) are pleased to announce the ratification of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will run through January 2024. The ratification of a new CBA is the culmination of a process that started nearly a year ago.
Giovinco introduced to fans during Al-Hilal game – TSN
While his former Toronto FC teammates trained in California, a smiling Sebastian Giovinco was introduced 13,300 kilometres away to his new fans in Saudi Arabia.
FC Cincinnati scuttles orange roof, scales back other development around stadium – Cincinnati Business Courier
FC Cincinnati has ditched its plans for a partial roof that can turn orange at its $250 million Major League Soccer stadium and reduced future development around it, team officials told the City Council on Tuesday.
Rival bid for Lockhart site a new obstacle for Beckham’s MLS and USL dreams – Magic City Soccer
Nothing in Miami is ever easy. And getting their way in Fort Lauderdale just got even harder for Miami Beckham United.
MLS: Why having a strong media team is actually important – MLS Multiplex
It’s MLS offseason time, which means fans are craving action from their favorite clubs. How do teams satisfy that need and avoid alienating their fans?
How MLS and the Scottish Premiership became unexpected frenemies – The Guardian
Both leagues are unable to compete in financial terms against the European elite, and a mutually exploitative relationship is developing.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Charter Members! TSS Achieves a First in Club Charter Program – BCSA
TSS becomes the first private academy to achieve standard one in the BC Soccer Club Charter Program.
AUDIO: STU YOUNG SAYS THE EXPANSION OF WESTHILLS STADIUM WILL BE DONE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET – CFAX
Langford Mayor talks about progress on the new home for Pacific FC.
Cowichan LMG gets by Lakehill to keep grip on first – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG held on to first place in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s top division with a 3-1 win over Lakehill at the Sherman Road turf on Friday night.
Canadian soccer star Sophie Schmidt to visit UFV Feb 8 – UFV
One of Abbotsford’s star citizens will visit the University of the Fraser Valley on February 8 to share her experiences from the world of women’s soccer.
Council orders info on Balment for KEYSA project – E-Know
City of Cranbrook council last night set wheels in motion for an answer to a location for Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association’s (KEYSA) proposed $1.1 million indoor sports-field facility.
Burnaby pair part of SFU soccer’s newest recruiting class –Burnaby Now
The Simon Fraser University women’s soccer team unveiled its newest crop of commitments for the 2019-2020 season, led by a pair of Burnaby products.
BCSPL Referee Info and Education Meetings – BCSPL
The BCSPL is pleased to announce its Referee information and education sessions ahead of the 2019 season of play.
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.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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
Ticats owner Bob Young committed to Canadian Premier League – Sportsnet
Young is the owner of Forge FC, a team based in his hometown of Hamilton that is set to compete in the CPL. A new professional soccer league with seven clubs from coast to coast, the CPL will officially kick off on April 27 when Forge FC host York 9 FC at Tim Hortons Field.
CPL’s Wanderers add Langwa, N’Sa to roster – Chronicle Herald
The ranks of HFX Wanderers FC continues to grow with the signing of a pair of Canadian players on Tuesday.
The Trinidad 4: A closer look at HFX Wanderers’ four international signings – AFTN
One of the early charms of the Canadian Premier League has been the variety of countries and resources mined for talent by the seven founding clubs. Even the Canadian players that have found their way home have often done so via intriguing, and largely unknown, footballing destinations. The negative side of this, particularly if you’re writing about the league, are the dead-ends encountered when trying to learn about these players and their careers up until now.
Former Nottingham Forest defender Jim Brennan on taking up a new challenge – Nottingham Post
The 41-year-old, who made close to 150 appearances for the Reds during a four-year spell from 1999 to 2003, is preparing for the start of the inaugural Canadian Premier League as head coach of newly-established franchise York9.
In the mind of Rob Gale: Valour FC boss on coaching habits, sideline antics and more – Valour FC
You’ll never mistake who you’re talking to when Rob Gale is on the other end of the line. He’s jovial, as always, and a delight to interview, especially when Arsenal are playing, which was the case when this reporter hopped on the phone with the Valour FC head coach to ask him a few questions regarding some upcoming league business.
Rebecca Quinn signs with Paris FC, the latest Canadian to opt for a European team – The Star
Defensive midfielder Rebecca Quinn has signed with Paris FC, becoming the latest Canadian international to opt to play in Europe.
Davies added to Bayern’s Champions League Round of 16 roster – SBI
Alphonso Davies will be available for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
Rattlers name new coach for men’s soccer/futsal teams – CHAT
The Medicine Hat College Rattlers have announced a new coach for the soccer and futsal teams.
Soccer dome proposal on hold – Red Deer Advocate
The association says there is a need for a soccer facility of this kind. There are only three full-size non-boarded indoor soccer pitches in Alberta — two in Edmonton and one in Calgary. Local competitive teams have been travelling to Edmonton to play all of their games on full-sized pitches.
Soccer honouring two stalwarts – The Telegram
Two long-time soccer stalwarts are being recognized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association for their outstanding commitment to the sport.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Ottawa Fury Begin 2019 in USL, But Will They End the Year There? – Socceresq
The Ottawa Fury won a reprieve in their fight to play in USL Championship in 2019. Whether it’s a commutation or merely a stay is still to be decided. The Canadian-based team went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to fight an initial ruling from CONCACAF, the governing body of North American and Caribbean soccer, which would have prevented the team from playing in the U.S. based league.
Chattanooga Red Wolves aim to bring ‘elite’ play to USL League One – Times Free Press
The Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club has a unified vision of winning championships right away.
Bold FC Brings Soto into Backline – USL
Austin Bold FC added two more pieces to its defensive unit on Tuesday, including the arrival on loan of American defender Josué Soto from Liga MX club Querétaro. The side also added goalkeeper Juan David Ramírez on loan from Atlético Nacional SA of Liga Águila in Colombia for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.
Is the end of pro soccer in the Lehigh Valley at hand? – Philly Soccer Page
Bethlehem Steel FC will play this season at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., more than 70 miles from its namesake city, after being forced to vacate Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem because it lacks floodlights, a new stadium requirement for USL.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Washington Spirit re-sign attacker Cali Farquharson – Black & Red United
The Washington Spirit announced yesterday that they had re-signed winger/forward Cali Farquharson for the 2019 season. As is NWSL custom, terms for the deal were not disclosed. Farquharson, 26, has been with the club since being selected 12th overall in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.
Dash waive forward Thembi Kgatlana and midfielder Linda Motlhalo – Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dash waived forward Thembi Kgatlana and midfielder Linda Motlhalo, the club announced today.
REIGN FC WAIVE FORWARD ELIZABETH ADDO – Reign FC
“Elizabeth informed us that she has an opportunity to play in China that will be beneficial to her and her family,” said Reign FC owner and president Bill Predmore.
Man City Women learning from past mistakes in quest for multiple trophies – Manchester Evening News
City’s hopes of bringing silverware back to Manchester this season could be defined by a week that has already seen them beat Watford in the FA Cup, before a double-header against Chelsea in the Continental Cup and Women’s Super League 1.
Welcome to FA Cup fever: women’s football style – The Telegraph
In the end, Crawley Town played host to the weekend’s other standout tie, Brighton vs Manchester United, as a town probably best-known for being the hometown of the gothic-rock band the Cure adjusted to its brief cameo at the epicentre of women’s football.
Scottish Women’s Premier League: Preview of season as Glasgow City defend – BBC Sport
The Scottish Women’s Premier League season begins on Sunday amid high-profile exits, calls for club compensation and one team’s plan to become the first full-time female side in the country.
W-League Week in Review: Semifinals set, new champion to be crowned – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 14, with Melbourne Victory winning the Premiership title while Brisbane, Sydney FC and Perth Glory are set for next week’s semifinals.
Edmonds CC Women’s Soccer Head Coach job opening – GoalWA
The search for a new head coach is underway. For information on the job, go here. The position is open until filled. “We have our hiring committee ready; our goal is to have the next head coach in place by March 1 so they can get their feet under them, hit the recruiting trail, and to be ready for the spring season on April 1,” Stark said.
Bembem Devi: Road to Olympic qualifiers couldn’t have been better planned – Sportstar
The Indian senior women’s team coach says an international tournament in India is the perfect step for women’s football in the country.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FA Cup roundup: Wolves come back to beat Shrewsbury Town, and more – NBC Sports
For the second time, Shrewsbury Town was leading one of the top 20 clubs in Britain before conceding to tie the score. This time, they couldn’t hold on.
Messi practices ahead of Copa ‘clasico’ against Real Madrid – NBC Sports
Lionel Messi has returned to training, a day before Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.
Mohamed Salah: West Ham investigate racist abuse of Liverpool striker – BBC Sport
West Ham are investigating after a video emerged of a fan racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 draw at London Stadium.
PSG READY FOR VILLEFRANCHE, LILLE SET FOR RENNES TEST – Ligue 1
Experienced superstars such as Gianlugi Buffon, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves be key in ensuring there is no Coupe de France upset for holders Paris Saint-Germain when they face amateur outfit Villerfranche-sur-Saône in Wednesday’s Last 16 tie.
Marseille beats 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in empty stadium – London Free Press
Playing in an empty stadium due to fan trouble, Marseille defeated 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in a postponed French league game on Tuesday.
Ambling Aston Villa must step up or face another Championship season – The Guardian
Dean Smith’s expensively assembled side go into three crucial matches in sore need of a run of wins but the defender Tommy Elphick expects them to handle the pressure.
AS Roma get greenlight to start Stadio della Roma build – Inside World Football
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi has greenlighted the build of AS Roma’s proposed new 52,000 all-seat stadium – Stadio della Roma – in the south of the city. Construction could begin by the end of the year.
Infantino the lone candidate for FIFA president’s election – NBC Sports
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of soccer’s governing body as the only candidate for election.
Former Guatemalan soccer head fined $350,000 in FIFA scandal – Star Phoenix
Brayan Jimenez, a former head of Guatemalan soccer’s governing body, was sentenced Tuesday to time served and fined $350,000 after pleading guilty for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal uncovered by U.S. prosecutors.
FIFA moves to assert closer control over Qatar 2022 delivery – Inside World Football
FIFA has moved to assert control over the Qatar 2022 World Cup delivery process. The governing body has announced establishment of a joint venture with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC) that will take responsibility for the planning and delivery of operations and services for the tournament, scheduled for the first time for a northern-hemisphere winter.
Concacaf Appoints Heidi Pellerano as Chief Commercial Officer – Concacaf
Following a global public search that delivered over 500 candidates, the Confederation named former Executive Vice President with more than 20 years of experience leading sports and entertainment strategies.
Australia scraps game in Thailand, campaigns to free refugee – London Free Press
Australian soccer authorities have cancelled a game in Thailand to protest the continued detention in Bangkok of a refugee player who is fighting extradition to Bahrain.
ESPN+ reaches two million subscribers – SportsPro Media
ESPN+, the Disney-owned over-the-top (OTT) platform, has surpassed more than two million subscribers in less than a year, doubling its customer-base during the past five months.
This French team are a real life ‘Football Manager’ game but the whole concept is under threat – BBC Sport
Fans of French side Avant Garde Caennaise can’t chant “You don’t know what you’re doing” at the manager, because they’d be singing it at themselves.