VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Fredy Montero headed for Lisbon – The Province
Fredy Montero is definitely not coming back to the Whitecaps. The Colombian striker is set to sign with Sporting in Lisbon, Portugal, Postmedia can confirm.
CPL, MLS, VAR, CMNT – Soccer Shorts
We really are in the lull before the storm when it comes to the Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer right now.
With no World Cup for US this year, Altidore shifts focus – Medicine Hat News
For Jozy Altidore, this was supposed to be the time when the United States was preparing for this summer’s World Cup. That changed early in October when the Americans got bounced from the tournament. The stunning failure shifted Altidore’s focus.
Montreal to nab Algerian DP Taider from Bologna – NBC Sports
The loss of Swiss power Blerim Dzemaili is a big one for the Montreal Impact, but another World Cup player may be taking his place in Quebec.
Raheem Edwards: from Red to Bleu-blanc-noir – Montreal Impact
On Saturday, December 9, Raheem Edwards and Toronto FC won the MLS Cup. On Monday, he celebrated the win at the victory parade in downtown Toronto. Before dinner on Tuesday, he was a member of the Montreal Impact.
Portland Timbers complete signing of Peruvian winger Andy Polo – MLS
The Portland Timbers added another fearsome component to their high-octane attack on Monday, announcing the signing of Peruvian international Andy Polo from Mexico’s CA Monarcas Morelia.
Source: Columbus Crew striker Ola Kamara target of La Liga Bid – Metro
While trade rumors swirl around Ola Kamara, the Norwegian international’s final landing spot might not be in MLS but might see the star striker making a return back to Europe to play in one of the world’s top leagues.
No rumor: Houston Dynamo sign key Venezuelan D Alejandro Fuenmayor – MLS Multiplex
The Houston Dynamo on Tuesday brightened their back line’s look for this season, introducing Venezuelan defender Alejandro Fuenmayor.
RSL signs defender Shawn Barry – Salt Lake Tribune
Defender Shawn Barry has signed with Real Salt Lake and will return to the United States after over seven years abroad.
MLS approved for 14% of U.S. Soccer presidential vote – sources – ESPN
Major League Soccer’s delegates will account for 14 percent of the overall vote in the upcoming election for the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, sources have told ESPN FC.
Mock MLS SuperDraft 2018: Who we picked for Toronto FC – Waking the Red
SB Nation’s MLS blogs held their annual mock SuperDraft last weekend, and Waking the Red was present to pick for Toronto FC. Unfortunately, after the Reds won MLS Cup, they have the last selection in every round, so we were pretty much left to pick up the scraps.
2018 MLS SuperDraft club-by-club needs – NBC Sports
Six MLS teams have three picks between Friday’s first and second rounds of the SuperDraft, while two teams — Portland and Philadelphia — aren’t scheduled to select anyone at all.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL PREMIER PHOTOS: BCT TIGERS ROVERS UTD. 3, RINO’S TIGERS 1, January 13, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Pronghorns add defender from BC Premier League – U. of Lethbridge
Following two local signings in December, the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s soccer program and head coach Randy Bardock is delighted to announce the signing of defender Mahek Gill from Abbotsford, British Columbia.
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
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2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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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
Friends and family rally around ailing Canadian soccer player Drew Beckie – Medicine Hat News
Drew Beckie went to Europe in search of a soccer team. Instead the former Ottawa Fury defender found himself struck by a serious virus.
New Canadian soccer has plenty of CFL connections – 3 Down Nation
The Canadian Premier Soccer League announced this week that its inaugural season will kick off in the spring of 2019 – and it will have plenty of CFL connections.
Washington trades Canadian international Lindsay Agnew to the Houston Dash – Guelph Today
The Houston Dash acquired Canadian international Lindsay Agnew in a trade with the Washington Spirit on Tuesday. Houston sent Washington the third overall pick in Thursday’s NWSL draft, getting Agnew and the No. 6 pick in return.
Former Impact captain Patrice Bernier combines soccer and fundraising – Montreal Gazette
Impact Academy coach unveils plans for second edition of indoor soccer match to benefit La Maison d’Haiti.
Broken. – Footy Scout
At the very top of the Association we now are led by two men, Steve Reed and Herdman, who have never played a game of professional football in their lives. The latter has only been an international manager since 2006 and never led at club level where most international coaches cut their teeth in the day to day running of a football club.
Tristan St. Pierre captains soccer team to nationals – The Charlatan
The Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team finished off one of the best seasons in Ravens soccer history this year with a sixth place finish at U Sports nationals in Kamloops, B.C. The team consisted of only one fourth year and one fifth year player, with the majority of the team being first-years. The young team found a leader in fourth-year midfielder Tristan St. Pierre.
Hamilton United Elite Formally Announce 2018 League1 Involvement – League1 Ontario
2018 will be a banner year for League1 Ontario, as three new clubs join the province’s pro-am league, opening up new regions and potentially creating more regional derbies.
Women’s U-20 World Cup: CONCACAF’s best battle for France 2018 berths – FIFA
Having dominated previous editions of this tournament, much will be expected from North American powerhouses Canada and USA at Trinidad and Tobago 2018.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Martin Rennie to lead Indy Eleven as Head Coach – Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has concluded the search for its next head coach by officially welcoming Martin Rennie to the technical staff of “Indiana’s Team.”
FC Cincinnati Full of New Faces as Workouts Begin – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
When last we saw FC Cincinnati in October, the Orange and Blue walked off the Al Lang Stadium pitch in St. Petersburg, Fla., dejected after being bounced from the USL playoffs at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-0.
Sacramento Strikes Deal with Cohen – USL
Former Rising FC goalkeeper returns to California for 2018 season.
Birmingham Legion FC Announced as Official Brand of Birmingham USL Team – Birmingham Legion
Management for the recently announced United Soccer League professional team in Birmingham, Ala. today unveiled its official brand, the Birmingham Legion Football Club (FC).
U.S. Soccer board of directors sanctions MLS, NWSL and USL for 2018 – Soccer America
MLS and the NWSL are Division I leagues, while the USL was sanctioned as a Division II league for the second year.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Never managed and didn’t apply: how the FA made Phil Neville its No 1 – The Guardian
Surprising frontrunner for the job of England women’s manager sums up the FA’s continuing bumbling approach
Courage acquires rights to Dunn; NWSL schedule announced – Tuscon.com
The Washington Spirit has sent the rights to forward Crystal Dunn to the North Carolina Courage in exchange for Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch.
Each NWSL team’s biggest draft needs and the players to fill them – The Equalizer
With the 2018 NWSL College Draft right around the corner, teams are starting to make moves to get draft picks to help them fill their rosters.
‘Written-off’ Sky Blues now eyeing Westfield W-League home final: Juric – W-League
After being “written off” after the opening three rounds, Sydney FC boss Ante Juric says the Sky Blues are primed to secure a top-two finish in the Westfield W-League.
FA Women’s Super League 2: Spurs Ladies captain Jenna Schillaci confident they will bounce back from five-game losing streak – Ham & High
Jenna Schillaci believes Tottenham Hotspur Ladies need to start believing in the quality they possess after a run of five shortcomings.
Investment sparking fresh Icelandic dreams – FIFA
Less widely reported is that Iceland’s women’s team have been just as impressive as its men. This is a side that had reached the EURO quarter-finals twice before their male counterparts shocked the world by doing so in 2016, and which last year qualified for the continental finals for a third successive time.
We’re ready to host Women’s AFCON – Freda Prempeh – Ghana Web
Africa Women Cup of Nations LOC Chairperson, Hon. Freda Akosua Prempeh has expressed optimism and readiness about Ghana hosting the 2018 CAF Total Women Africa Cup of Nations.
Leading women in football: An interview with Kat Smith – Roar (Australia)
For years, Kat Smith has been regarded as one of the best technical directors in Victorian football. Now, she’s one of the top female coaches in the country.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Ronaldinho calls time on mesmerising career – FIFA
Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies and a legacy of outrageous talent.
The utterly beguiling genius of Ronaldinho – The Telegraph
An international star of the sport, one of the most exciting players to ever grace a football pitch, gifted with the most Brazilian of Brazilian flair – Ronaldinho has retired from football.
Falcao snatches draw for Monaco in derby – Ligue 1
Radamel Falcao’s injury-time equaliser allowed reigning champions AS Monaco to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with OGC Nice on Tuesday. Mario Balotelli had scored twice for the visitors at the Stade Louis II.
FA Cup preview: Three more PL sides face 3rd-round replays – NBC Sports
Three more Premier League sides, including a top-four fighter, attempt to join a dozen of their top-flight contemporaries in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Real Madrid: I can’t see Cristiano Ronaldo exit, says Zinedine Zidane – BBC Sport
Head coach Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo belongs at Real Madrid and cannot imagine him leaving the Spanish giants.
Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni banned 1 year for doping – Sportsnet
Italy’s national anti-doping organization made the decision Tuesday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento’s 1-0 loss to Torino in September.
UEFA Nations League draw seedings – UEFA
Check out the seedings for the UEFA Nations League draw on 24 January – Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain are in Pot 1 of League A, but where do the 51 other teams fit in?
Nicolas Otamendi: Manchester City defender extends his contract until 2022 – BBC Sport
Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has signed a contract extension until 2022.
Gary Speed ‘one of four players coached by Bennell to have killed themselves’ – The Guardian
Gary Speed was one of four players from Barry Bennell’s junior football teams who killed themselves later in life after being coached by the man now charged with multiple sex offences against young footballers, the jury at Bennell’s trial was told.
Liverpool defender gets 12-month community order for assault – Sportsnet
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan must do 40 hours of unpaid work and attend 15 rehabilitation activity days as part of a 12-month community order for assaulting his girlfriend.
Landon Donovan in Liga MX kicks off new era in US-Mexico rivalry – ESPN
Donovan, of course, is now a Club Leon player, effectively coming out of retirement a second time to “fulfill a dream” of playing in Mexico, a country with which he has a long and complicated relationship.
The ‘old boys club’: How U.S. Soccer ignores talented players from underserved communities – SB Nation
Jonathan Gonzalez slipped through the fingers of U.S. Soccer to play for Mexico. There will be more like him because the people at the top don’t care. American soccer is not accessible to everyone.
English Championship boasts third biggest crowds in Europe – BBC Sport
The Premier League tops the list with total attendances of more than 13m, with Germany’s Bundesliga second.
UEFA report shows a business in rude health and a governing body holding a tiger by the tail – Inside World Football
European football has never had it so good, it’s official, and the latest UEFA Club Licensing Benchmarking Report backs this up with an impressive gathering of statistics and analysis that reports another financial year (2016) of 10% growth for the European game.
The Ramshackle Goals We Make to Play Soccer – Vice
A roofer by trade, Liverpool-based photographer Michael Kirkham has spent the last two years travelling through some of the most deprived areas of the country in search of makeshift goals.