VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 316 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Ringing In The New Year with Rhian Wilkinson, Alan Koch, and Sam Nicholson) – AFTN
Happy New Year and ‘Lang May Yer Lum Reek’, as we say in Scotland. We hope you’ve all had an enjoyable festive period and we want to wish you a happy and healthy 2019. Thanks for all your support of AFTN in 2018. We’ve a lot of new and exciting things planned for the coming year, so stay tuned!
Vancouver Whitecaps: We Know We Are, We’re Sure We Are – Soccer Shorts
An expensive and poorly assembled squad of players that needs whittling down and re imagining to suit the needs of a new coach, an ultra rich owner who wants things run according to a strict financial diktat and a general sense that the club has been drifting aimlessly toward the rocks with nobody positioned on deck to spot the impending crash.
Why it’s Silly to Worry That the Vancouver Whitecaps Haven’t Signed Anyone – Eighty-Six Forever
People are freaking out that the Whitecaps roster, as it stands, is bad, and that the pile of money (both theoretical and actual) hasn’t been spent yet.
Forward Michael de Leeuw departs Chicago Fire, signs with FC Emmen – Pro Soccer USA
Another notable name is exiting the Chicago Fire. In an offseason that appears set to see numerous changes for the Fire, Michael de Leeuw added his name to the players departing.
D.C. United acquire Argentine midfielder Lucas Rodríguez – DC United
D.C. United have acquired midfielder Lucas Rodríguez on a year-long loan with an option for a permanent transfer from Club Estudiantes de La Plata of the Argentine Primera División pending receipt of his P1 visa and ITC. D.C. United will send $50,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) to Atlanta United in exchange for the player’s discovery rights.
Ranking the top 12 2019 MLS SuperDraft senior prospects – MLS
The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is less than two weeks away, with the annual 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine beginning on January 3 in Florida.
MLS roster transactions: Recapping a wild December – Pro Soccer USA
All 23 teams were busy in the final month 2018, and if you missed any of the roster moves, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Everyone Won, Also Nobody Won, In Crew Saga – Fifty Five One
After over a year of suspense, fans in Columbus finally received official confirmation this week that their club was being coaxed from the vulturous grasp of former owner-operator Anthony Precourt. Instead, a new ownership group led by the Haslams, who own the Cleveland Browns, and the Edwards family of Columbus, will assume operation of the team.
A 2019 wish for every MLS club – MLS
Bobby Warshaw has a very specific, extra special new year’s wish for each of your clubs (well, maybe not every club).
BC SOCCER NEWS
YEAR IN REVIEW: Silberbauer-led Pacific FC looks to unite Van Isle through Canadian Premier League – Pacific FC
With former Canadian national team members Rob Friend and Josh Simpson leading the way, Pacific FC was introduced to their community at a massive event in Victoria, B.C. on July 20.
Memorable moments in sports from 2018 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
It was another big year for sports in the Cowichan Valley.
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
CPL Rewind: Everything that happened in ’18 – Canadian Premier League
Welcome 2019, the year everyone in Canadian soccer will associate with the Canadian Premier League; the first match, first champion, first season.
Alphonso Davies, Canada look to climb up FIFA rankings, earn place in World Cup – The Star
Alphonso Davies may have only turned 18 in early November, but Canada’s soccer wunderkind is no stranger to watershed moments.
Success of soccer star Alphonso Davies shines spotlight on Free Footie program – Medicine Hat News
Hundreds of boys and girls run into the field house at a recreation centre where 10 small soccer pitches are set up for an end-of-season tournament.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Orange County to Face J-League’s Vissel Kobe – USL
Orange County SC will get a big preseason test as it prepares for the 2019 USL Championship season with a clash against the J-League’s Vissel Kobe on February 5 that will wrap up the star-studded Japanese side’s tour of the United States that opens next month.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
CELTIC TO MAKE HISTORY BY BECOMING FIRST SCOTTISH CLUB TO FIELD FULL-TIME WOMEN’S TEAM – Scottish WPL
Celtic are set to make history by becoming the first Scottish club to field a full-time professional women’s team.
Updated 2019 NWSL Draft order – The Equalizer
Here is the full and complete 2019 NWSL Draft order as of 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, December 31, 2018. The draft will be held Thursday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m. PST in Chicago. Streaming details will be announced soon.
Afghan FA boss Karim denies sexual abuse charges insisting they are a ‘conspiracy’ – Inside World Football
Banned Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim (pictured) has broken his silence over allegations of sexual abuse by totally denying wrongdoing and suggesting his accusers may have invented the claims to help their applications for asylum in Europe.
The Guardian footballer of the year 2018: Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw – The Guardian
The University of Tennessee striker has overcome personal tragedy – she lost four brothers, three of them to gang-related violence – to guide Jamaica to the 2019 World Cup.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
PL preview: More good times for Man Utd? Chelsea host Saints – NBC Sports
While the entire soccer world awaits the big one on Thursday — you know, Manchester City hosting Liverpool in top-of-the-table clash that could either signal the Premier League title race being back on or all but finished — Wednesday’s six-game schedule should hold us over for 24 hours.
Arsenal beats Fulham 4-1, keeps in touch with EPL’s top 4 – Yahoo Sports
Arsenal bounced back from its mauling by Liverpool by easing past Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League to move to within two points of the Champions League qualification positions on Tuesday.
Golden Boot up for grabs in the English Premier League – The Star
It appears Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have some company as they vie for the second straight season to be top scorer in the Premier League.
Chelsea acquires Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund – SBI
Christian Pulisic’s transfer saga is finally over, with a Premier League giant winning the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder’s services.
Nasri completes West Ham move as transfer window opens – France 24
Former France midfielder Samir Nasri has completed his expected move to Premier League team West Ham on a deal to the end of the season after he finished a doping ban.
Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues – The Guardian
All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
Records being hunted in 2019 – FIFA
Which milestones are Messi and Ronaldo chasing in 2019?
Infantino opens 2019 with renewed speculation on 48-team Qatar 2022 World Cup – Inside World Football
Brand new year, same old rhetoric from FIFA about an expanded World Cup in 2022.
Leader of Inter Milan ultras arrested for death of fan in clashes – NBC Sports
Police have arrested a leader of Inter Milan’s hardcore “ultras” fan group following the death of a supporter during clashes with visiting Napoli fans last week.
Stalinism – Football and Culture in the Interwar Soviet Union – Futbolgrad
Football has always been a game for the masses. But how did a game for the masses function during the time of Stalinism in the Soviet Union? How did football and politics intertwine during the time of Stalinism and was football even a vehicle for political opposition?
Unmissable football dates for your 2019 diary – FIFA
After enjoying a 2018 packed with football-related excitement and entertainment, it’s time to flip open next year’s calendar and take a glance at the adventures that await fans of the beautiful game in 2019. What is the first tournament on the agenda? Which events just cannot be missed?
The Knowledge: Which clubs can fit their location’s entire population in their stadium? – The Guardian
“Kilmarnock has a population of 46,350. Rugby Park holds 17,899. My maths makes that their stadium can hold 38% of the town,” writes Paul Savage. “Are there any other high-flying clubs that dominate their respective populace?”
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.