VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Shot to play favored position excites new Vancouver Whitecap Efrain Juarez – MLS
Efrain Juarez’s pro career spans more than 10 years and traverses two continents. It’s seen him win championships, cups, play in the Champions League, win two Gold Cups and represent Mexico at the 2010 World Cup. His latest landing spot has brought him to Vancouver.
Henry regaining fitness, looking to start for Vancouver – Red Nation Online
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Coach Carl Robinson has always preached the importance of having quality centre-back depth over the course of an MLS campaign. Injuries, suspensions, and international duty often come together at the most crucial junctures of the season. Offseason acquisition, Doneil Henry is hoping to step right in.
Transfer Scorecard: The ins and outs of Vancouver Whitecaps’ offseason so far – AFTN
Change can be hard. For a soccer fan, changes can sometimes be more exciting than actual games. The Whitecaps have had a busy offseason, as we expected them to do. But have they made themselves stronger or weaker with all the movements?
Preseason storylines: ‘Caps considering formation change – Whitecaps FC
Carl Robinson dropped an interesting nugget in an interview with Vancouver media earlier this month, revealing that he may look to experiment with a back three formation during the preseason.
Vancouver Whitecaps: How Soon is Now? – Soccer Shorts
Yay! The Vancouver Whitecaps players are back at preseason training which means no more Christmas miracles, no more dystopian futures and much more opportunity for me to phone all this in with the kind of “Here are five things…” kind of posts that you, dear reader, will plough through until the end in the vain hope of excavating maybe a nugget of information or insight or just something, anything, to make the whole sorry exercise worth while.
The Vancouver Whitecaps Preseason Schedule for 2018 – Eighty-Six Forever
With the season just around the corner, we look at where the Whitecaps will be playing prior to the beginning of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.
Impact get a leg up on 2018 MLS season – Montreal Gazette
Montreal Impact head coach Rémi Garde led his new charges through the first training session of its preseason camp on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium.
Impact open camp without Tabla; transfer to European club expected – Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact are close to losing Ballou Tabla, their brightest young prospect, to a European club.
Michael Petrasso finally comes home – Montreal Impact
Petrasso was just 16 years old when he left Canada to sign a contract with English club Queens Park Rangers F.C. The young Canadian stayed with the club for six years, while also playing for four other English clubs while on loan. Now, at 22 years old, Petrasso decided it was time to come play soccer at home.
Toronto FC re-sign defender Eriq Zavaleta – MLS
Toronto FC announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed defender Eriq Zavaleta. The 25-year-old center back made 36 appearances between the regular season, Canadian Championship and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2017.
Top TFC draft pick owes big debt of gratitude to Jurgen Klopp – Sportsnet
If not for some divine intervention from Jurgen Klopp, Toronto FC probably wouldn’t have drafted Tim Kubel.
How I became a long-distance Toronto FC fan – Waking the Red
The difference in time zone doesn’t prevent me from following the boys in Red all the way from Malta.
Report: Lee Nguyen fails to report for Revs training as he pushes for move – SBI
Lee Nguyen was absent from training on Tuesday as reports continue to swirl about his unhappiness with the club. Nguyen reportedly is pushing for a move, prompting him to skip practice.
Atlanta United’s plan for Year 2? More of the same, just better – MLS
Atlanta United made a tremendous splash in its inaugural campaign, scoring lots of goals, playing sizzling attacking soccer and thrilling huge home crowds to become just the third first-year club to reach the postseason in MLS history.
David Accam’s ties to Alejandro Bedoya make Union’s trade look even better – Philly.com
David Accam’s speed, skill and scoring touch checked all the boxes when the Union were looking for a winger. There is little doubt that the Ghana native makes the attack better instantly. If he stays healthy and fills up box scores, he’ll be worth the $1.2 million transfer fee and Designated Player salary the Union are paying for him.
Source: Beckham plans to unveil Miami MLS team on Monday – Sportsnet
David Beckham’s plan to bring Major League Soccer back to South Florida is on the cusp of becoming reality.
MLS might force D.C. United to find yet another place to play its home opener – Washington Post
MLS does not want D.C. United to play its home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex because of facility and security issues, multiple sources told the Insider. No final decision has been reached yet, but if the plan is rejected, United would have to scramble to arrange another location for the March 17 match against the Houston Dynamo.
VIDEO: MLS Commissioner Don Garber On Columbus Crew’s Possible Relocation – SI.com
On SI TV’s Planet Futbol, Grant asks MLS Commissioner Don Garber about Columbus Crew’s possible move to Austin, TX.
BC SOCCER NEWS
2018 Imperial Cup Schedule – VMSL
The Imperial Cup draw is complete and the battle for the 105 year old trophy begins February 2.
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
Soccer Executive Paul Beirne Named President of Canadian Premier League – Canadian Premier League
David Clanachan, Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), announced today that Paul Beirne has been named President of the CPL – Canada’s highly anticipated domestic men’s soccer league set to debut in spring 2019.
Canadian Premier League names Paul Beirne as President – CSA
Paul Beirne has been appointed President of the Canadian Premier League, the new domestic men’s professional soccer league that will debut in the spring of 2019.
Edmonton’s 2026 FIFA bid goes forward – CBC
Edmonton is officially vying to host the men’s FIFA World Cup in 2026. City council voted Tuesday to join Mexico and the United States in a group bid to host the international soccer event.
Edmonton to go forward as World Cup host-city candidate; but there is concern over conflict with Calgary’s potential Olympic bid – the11.ca
It is not a healthy discussion, but it could become a factor in Canada Soccer’s push to be a co-host for the 2026 World Cup. Calgary vs. the Rest of Canada. Olympics vs. World Cup. Skiing, curling, skating and hockey vs. soccer.
North America touts ‘risk averse’ World Cup bid amid Trump issues – CTV
With barely four months until FIFA votes on the 2026 World Cup host, Morocco got round to launching its bid on Tuesday.
New women’s soccer coach Heiner-Moller sees seamless transition from Herdman era – CFJC
There is only one John Herdman. But in putting Herdman in charge of the men’s national team and naming assistant coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller his replacement with the women, the Canadian Soccer Association opted for continuity and the hope that the experienced Dane can continue the Canadian women’s rise.
Toronto FC to host inaugural Youth in Soccer Symposium – Toronto FC
Toronto FC is set to host their inaugural Youth in Soccer Symposium this Thursday at the BMO Training Grounds. The event will focus on youth soccer development and the maturation of young athletes.
London TFC Academy adds St. Thomas Soccer Club to its partners – London Free Press
It’s about elevating the level of soccer in Ontario, and a recently established partnership between a London training centre and a St. Thomas club is helping make it happen.
North Sydney park project nearing completion – Cape Breton Post
The Munro Park project will soon be completed. The project, which is being done in two phases, is just over 90 per cent finished, according to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Fury FC brings back Irish defender Colin Falvey – Ottawa Sun
Ottawa Fury FC is bringing back Irish defender Colin Falvey for the 2018 United Soccer League season.
Penn FC appoints Tim Schulz as general manager – Penn Live
Penn FC announced on Tuesday it had appointed Rush Soccer President and CEO Tim Schulz as the club’s new General Manager, bringing aboard the experienced soccer executive to lead the club’s front office as it builds toward the 2018 USL season.
Freddy Adu On Trial With USL Expansion Team Las Vegas Lights – The 18
Just days after announcing his return to soccer, Freddy Adu has surfaced in Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Lights.
USL: 2018 Schedule and Conference Alignment Set – MLS Multiplex
The USL is booming at the moment, hitting a new attendance record in 2017 and heading into 2018 with a record 33 clubs across the US and Canada.
Rochester plans to boot Rhinos from stadium. Owners’ response: Not so fast – Democrat-Chronicle
The Rochester Rhinos won’t play any soccer matches this year but their owners may do battle with the city of Rochester.
Phoenix Rising FC Taps Populous, Gould Evans for MLS Stadium Design – Soccer Stadium Digest
Phoenix Rising FC has announced that two firms, Populous and Gould Evans, will collaborate on the design of the club’s proposed MLS stadium.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Phil Neville hired as manager of England’s women’s team – Durham Region
Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville was hired as the coach of England’s women’s team on Tuesday for his first full-time managerial role.
Phil Neville apologizes for misogynistic, sexist tweets – Sportsnet
Phil Neville apologized Wednesday for misogynistic and sexist comments he made on Twitter that have overshadowed his appointment as coach of England’s women’s national soccer team and led to calls for him to be charged.
Phil Neville may be a ‘top bloke’ but the sexist tweets controversy masks the real issue: he isn’t qualified for the job – The Independent
The controversy over Neville’s tweets is a convenient smokescreen for the real issue: that he is simply not qualified for the elite role he is about to step into, and a woman would never be allowed to do the same.
Phil Neville’s Appointment as England Manager is an Insult to Women’s Football – SI.com
The England women’s senior team deserve so much more. Having finished third place in the 2015 World Cup and now sitting at the lofty heights of third in the world rankings too, this group of footballers deserve more.
Phil Neville appointment a kick in the teeth for better qualified coaches – The Guardian
A damning indictment of the Football Association’s recruitment process? A kick in the teeth for those who have done the hard yards in the women’s game? A devaluation of the coaching profession? Or yet another case of jobs for the boys?
2018 NWSL team open tryout rundown – Vavel
Open tryout dates have been announced for clubs in the league. Here is the list for each team on when and where tryouts will be held.
What the Zadorsky-Bledsoe deal means for the Spirit – Prost Amerika
Those who thought that the Washington Spirit were done dealing after last week’s roster overhaul were sorely mistaken on Tuesday as the club announced that it had traded captain and center-back Shelina Zadorsky to the Orlando Pride in exchange for goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and a first round pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft.
NWSL expansion to Philadelphia remains a long shot – Philly.com
When the National Women’s Soccer League took over the Convention Center’s grand ballroom for its annual draft last week, a significant puzzle piece was missing: There was no Philadelphia team taking part.
Expanding the W-League in a global market – Roar
This isn’t just another expansion article; this time it’s specific to the W-League and the expansion part is already handled. Instead this article looks at how to structure up a ten-team league in a short summer window.
Limerick FC welcomed into the Continental Tyres Women’s National League – Irish WNL
The Football Association of Ireland have welcomed Limerick FC into the Continental Tyres Women’s National League ahead of the 2018 season.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Germany grouped with France, Netherlands in Nations League – Toronto Star
The first Nations League also placed 2010 World Cup winner Spain in a group with England and Croatia. The top-tier League A also grouped European champion Portugal with Italy and Poland, while Belgium drew Switzerland and Iceland.
Monaco-Lyon tops Wednesday bill – Ligue 1
It’s fourth versus second in the league as OL, fresh from beating PSG, travel to Monaco in one of three all-Ligue 1 encounters in the Coupe de France’s round of 32.
League Cup semifinal preview: Arsenal vs. Chelsea – NBC Sports
Hardware hopes are on the line when Chelsea hits the Emirates Stadium for a League Cup semifinal second leg with Arsenal on Wednesday.
Manchester City ends Bristol City’s memorable run in League Cup – Sportsnet
Manchester City ended second-tier Bristol City’s memorable run in the English League Cup by winning the second leg of their semifinal 3-2 on Tuesday, advancing to next month’s final at Wembley Stadium 5-3 on aggregate.
Paris Saint-Germain land Lassana Diarra – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain have announced their first signing of the winter transfer window: former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, who joins the capital club on an 18-month deal, signed as a free agent.
Chicharito’s future at West Ham uncertain – NBC Sports
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez appears far from happy at West Ham United and the latest comments from his agent, plus growing media speculation, suggests his future lies elsewhere.
Checkatrade Trophy: Chelsea become first academy team to reach semi-finals – BBC Sport
Chelsea’s under-21s reached the EFL Trophy semi-finals with victory over managerless League One side Oxford.
UEFA considers cap on agents fees to stop financial ‘hostage’ taking – Inside World Football
UEFA is considering imposing a cap on agents’ fees following a meeting of its Professional Football Strategy Group.
Super Eagles soar into 2018 CHAN quarters – African Football
Nigeria booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) following a 3-1 win over Equatorial Guinea at the Stade Adrar in Agadir, Morocco on Tuesday evening.
Russian tourist board focuses in on profiteering hotels over 5,000% World Cup price hikes – Inside World Football
Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism has named and shamed a list of hotels that have jacked up their prices by massive amounts for the World Cup.
‘It looks like a Gaviscon ad’ – Leeds United criticised for new club crest – The Guardian
Leeds United have revealed a new crest to commemorate the club’s centenary. It has not been universally welcomed.