WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC proud to support sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are proud to support the club’s Premier Founding Partner for the sixth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Since 2010, Bell has donated over $73 million to mental health initiatives in Canada. Today (Wednesday, January 27), Bell will donate an additional 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every Tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, Facebook share, text or call made on its network.
With Kudo, Whitecaps think inside the box – The Province
Ruud van Nistelrooy, the retired Dutch striker, scored 150 goals in 219 games for Manchester United. Not one of them came from outside the penalty area. Masato Kudo, the Whitecaps’ new Japanese striker, modelled his game after van Nistelrooy, he told the Footy Soldiers podcast on media day.
Whitecaps hopeful new right back will arrive soon – Goal
Though a deal has yet to be concluded, head coach Carl Robinson believes he will land a new right-sided defender ‘in the next day or so’.
Training report: ‘Caps ‘still working towards’ deal with new right back as camp continues – Whitecaps FC
Monday may have been fitness testing day, but Tuesday was equally as grueling. The rain and cold probably didn’t help, either. “It’s a lot of the tough runs in the rain, but that’s how it should be,” said Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted. “That’s how you build fitness but also build character.”
Fraser Aird: an intel report from Ibrox – Eighty-Six Forever
They say where there’s smoke there’s fire, and just like the persistent rumours that preceded Christian Bolaños’ arrival in Vancouver the rumour mill would have us believe that a move to Major League Soccer is imminent for Toronto-born fullback Fraser Aird.
Erik the Viking glad to be back in Vancouver for preseason but will he remain a Whitecap? – AFTN
Last year, the addition of forwards Octavio Rivero and Robert Earnshaw saw Hurtado slip further down the depth chart, managing only one start and nine overall MLS appearances before a late summer loan saw him heading over the Atlantic to see out the season with Norwegian top flight side Mjøndalen.
Nigel Reo-Coker, Montreal Impact part ways, paving way for reported return to native England – MLS
Nigel Reo-Coker and the Montreal Impact have parted company, it was announced Friday by the club on Twitter.
‘We can do it this year,’ Impact’s Bush says of MLS title – Montreal Gazette
Goalkeeper Even Bush sees no reason why the Montreal Impact can’t aim for a Major League Soccer championship.
Source: Tim Howard “highly likely” for Colorado Rapids, MLS move in May – NBC Sports
The rumor had died down for a few days but just got very interesting as a source has told ProSoccerTalk that Howard has held “serious talks” with Colorado and after 10 years at Goodison Park he looks highly likely to sign for the Rapids and supposedly wants a return to the U.S.
Matt Miazga set to join Chelsea from New York Red Bulls – sources – ESPN FC
U.S. international and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga is set to be sold to Premier League side Chelsea within the next 24 hours, a source told ESPN FC.
LA Galaxy president Chris Klein on roster shuffle: “It will all come into focus very clearly” – MLS
The LA Galaxy haven’t come into camp under Bruce Arena with so much unsettled since his first preseason with the club, seven years ago. Club President Chris Klein doesn’t believe that’s a negative, and says that “it will all come into focus very clearly” once the Galaxy finalize their roster.
PRO prepares for first preseason camp of 2016 – PRO Referees
Preparations are well under way ahead of the 2016 season, and the first PRO preseason training camp of the year will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, from January 29 to January 31. The camp will be attended by all of the Organization’s officials, assessors and support staff.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Women’s national team trending away from B.C. – The Province
Two out of 20. That’s B.C.’s representation on the women’s national team roster named Tuesday for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament, which runs Feb. 10-21 in Texas.
Richmond FC soccer coach Roberto Sciascia has charges stayed – CBC
Assault charges against Richmond FC soccer coach Roberto Sciascia have been stayed, meaning the veteran elite coach will have no criminal convictions, according to B.C.’s criminal justice branch.
Langford soccer club United in victory on the pitch – Goldstream Gazette
Jon Shah scored twice and Jessie Johal added a single as Westcastle United defeated Lakehill FC 3-1 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 1 men’s play Saturday at Westhills Stadium.
New Robron all-weather field is open – Campbell River Mirror
Like many of our neighbouring Vancouver Island communities, Campbell River now has an artificial turf all-weather playing surface.
Comox Valley Soccer referee clinic coming in the spring – Comox Valley Record
The clinic is for those 14 years and older. It runs April 7-9 at the CVUSC clubhouse on Lerwick (between Valley View and Isfeld schools). Cost is $129.25, and successful CVUSC youth participants receive a referee starter kit, supplied by the Comox Valley United Soccer Club.
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
The future is February for seven newcomers trying to take Canada back to Olympics – Toronto Star
Janine Beckie knows better than most what a difference a year can make. This time last year the young Canadian striker found herself on the bubble of the national’s team roster as the squad prepared to host the Women’s World Cup.
Canadian women’s soccer team embracing expectations – TSN
Heavy favourites. That’s how Canada’s women’s national team will enter CONCACAF Olympic qualifying early next month in Frisco, Texas. John Herdman’s team of 20, named on Tuesday, will attempt to qualify for the Rio Summer Olympics by emerging from a group of minnows in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala.
Women’s Olympic Qualifying: Will Houston’s pitch hold up to rugby, then a slew of soccer matches? – the11.ca
In 2014 and 2015, the Canadian Soccer Association took heat for hosting a Women’s World Cup on artificial surfaces. Several players, led by a cadre of prominent Americans, took their case to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal — a pursuit which was later abandoned. Now, should the Americans also be subject to criticism for the 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament?
Jesse Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky are members of the national soccer team attempting to qualify for the Olympics – London Free Press
Jesse Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky are part of a 20-member Canadian women’s soccer team roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio. The Londoners will participate in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in two weeks in the U.S. Canada can qualify by making the tournament final.
Ajax’s Nichelle Prince, Courtice’s Allysha Chapman in hunt for Rio Olympics – Ajax News Advertiser
Forward Nichelle Prince of Ajax and defender Allysha Chapman of Courtice are among the 20 players who will try to lead the Canadian women’s soccer team to the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Kaylyn Kyle left off women’s soccer Olympic qualifying team – CBC
One of Saskatchewan’s best-known soccer players will not be playing for Canada’s Olympic qualifying team. Saskatoon-born Kaylyn Kyle has been left off the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas next month.
Trio to represent Canada – Brampton Guardian
Three players who grew up in Brampton have been named to represent Canada in a men’s soccer friendly against the U.S. scheduled for Friday Feb. 5 in Carson City, Calif. Twenty-three players began a training camp in California on Jan. 25. Included is Cyle Larin, a forward with Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer (MLS); centreback Doneil Henry, currently with West Ham United; and veteran midfielder Iain Hume, currently unattached.
Home Is Where The Heart Is – FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s Nik Ledgerwood has played nearly his entire professional career overseas, competing for a variety of German clubs over the course of 13 years. That will change in 2016, when the Lethbridge native returns to his home province of Alberta to ply his trade with the Eddies.
Red Deer’s Sarcevic headed to Bosnia for soccer – Red Deer Advocate
Red Deer Renegades Soccer Club player Ajdin Sarcevic has been invited to attend the Bosnian national team under-17/19 identification camp beginning Feb. 8 in Zenica, Bosnia.
Crown drops sex assault charge against Pan Am soccer player – Toronto Star
The lawyer for a Brazilian soccer player wanted on sexual assault allegations after last summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto says the charge against his client has been dropped. Brian Greenspan says prosecutors dismissed the charge against Lucas Domingues Piazon, 21, on Tuesday morning because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
Bradford soccer team includes Barrie’s Kaitie Shipley, Victoria Van Es – Barrie Examiner
When the Bradford Eagles under-17 girls soccer team started the 2015 season, they had one goal: to win the Ontario Cup. The 18 players not only had an undefeated season under head coach Greg Beauchamp and not only won the Ontario Cup, but they went on to win the U18 girls title at the Canadian National Soccer Championships.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
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It is Time to Find the Positive in Youth Soccer Development – Soccer with Shel
It is time to shift away from all the opinions, negativity and misconduct when it comes to youth soccer. In this day and age, it seems that no program is good enough, no coach is ever given enough credit, nor the volunteers and the hardest part is that there is a tremendous amount of expertise coming from the sidelines which generally does not involve the highly educated soccer folks who are working very hard to make the game a safe, enjoyable and rewarding experience for youth.
Overtraining by Taylor Evernden (Head of Sport Science) – Foothills Soccer Offside Blog
Dealing with youth amateur sports is one of the most rewarding jobs there is but it is also frightening at the same time. On the first hand I see kids that are enjoying their sports and love to enter “The Factory” everyday, and on the other hand I see kids that are examples of walking zombies. This comes from training 7 days a week in a multitude of settings from the weight room, on-field conditioning, individual technical work, team sessions, and last but not least games.
Why are we still competing for results? – Red Nation Online
In youth soccer, the pressure to win games works completely against player development, as there is simply no way for a coach to allow players to make mistakes during competitions when they will be punished (either through dropping points and position in league standings and/or through relegation to a lower-level league) for losing those competitions.
NASL & USL NEWS
WFC2 announce 2016 USL schedule – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the complete 2016 schedule for Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) in their second season in the United Soccer League (USL).
WFC2 to play two home matches away from Thunderbird Stadium, as 2016 USL schedule is revealed – AFTN
One of the big talking points from the new schedule is that not all of the ‘Caps USL games will be played at Thunderbird Stadium this season, which will certainly please some in the support.
Three must-see 2016 WFC2 home matches – Whitecaps FC
There are only two months to go until WFC2 kick off their second USL season, and today their complete 2016 schedule was announced.
City Islanders Announce New Home for 2016 – USL
The Harrisburg City Islanders will have a new home in 2016, as the club moves to Metro Bank Park for the 2016 USL season.
Ottawa Fury coach unfazed by turnover – Ottawa Sun
There’s no sign of a bed or sleeping bag in or around the TD Place office of new Ottawa Fury FC coach and GM Paul Dalglish.
NASL, Traffic Sports in discussions to end relationship – Empire of Soccer
The NASL, Traffic Sports relationship has been a source of intrigue ever since former league chairman and Traffic President Aaron Davidson was indicted by the United States on charges relating to the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.
Carolina’s TSF Recognized as Philanthropic Supporters Group of the Year by ISC – Triangle Soccer Fanatics
During the event Triangle Soccer Fanatics was recognized by the ISC as the Philanthropic Supporters Group of the Year for our contributions to the community. In particular, the council recognized TSF for creating community projects that work directly with Carolina RailHawks’ players and supporting the player’s charity interests.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Sky Blue’s O’Hara highlights 20-player USWNT roster – Empire of Soccer
Sky Blue’s Kelley O’Hara was named to the 20-player camp roster as the United States Women’s National Team readies for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Frisco and Houston, Texas.
FA Women’s Super League: 2016 fixtures released – The FA
FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) 1 champions Chelsea will face newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers Belles when they begin their title defence in March.
Tabain eyeing Grand Final redemption – Westfield W-League
If anyone should have extra motivation to be victorious in Sunday’s Westfield W-League Grand Final at AAMI Park it is surely Melbourne City’s Marianna Tabain.
FFA admit W-League referee blunder cost Canberra United against Sydney FC – Sydney Morning Herald
It is “little consolation” for Canberra United, but Football Federation Australia referees boss Ben Wilson says referee Casey Reibelt got it wrong in allowing Sydney FC’s deciding goal in the W-League semi-final to stand and she will not officiate this weekend’s decider.
Coaching in the NWSL – Our Game Magazine
On a Thursday afternoon at the 2016 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, four head coaches from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) sat down and explained the nuances of coaching in the NWSL, discussed some of the challenges that go along with the job, and offered suggestions for improving the league.
How Playing a Sport Can Get Women to the C-Suite – Fortune
Leadership takes practice, and is a skill to be honed and tested over time. A significant barrier to leadership of any kind is having the opportunity to lead but lacking the skills to do so. In my opinion, the best way to grow your leadership skills and get comfortable with leading is by participating on a team, specifically a sports team.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Gianluigi Buffon to quit after 2018 World Cup – Sydney Morning Herald
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is planning to retire after the 2018 World Cup, Italian media reported on Monday.
We must look closer to home before denouncing Russia and Qatar’s tightening grip on world sport – The Telegraph
London’s unhealthy dependence on unregulated foreign wealth results in some double standards
Stoke’s Mark Hughes takes textbook approach against Liverpool – but in vain – The Guardian
Jon Walters was the catalyst for the attacking improvement against Jürgen Klopp’s victorious high-tempo side in the Capital One Cup semi-final
More pressure on Hibs than St Johnstone – BBC Sport
St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon reckons his former club Hibernian will feel more strain in Saturday’s League Cup semi-final.
It’s crystal clear why Palace took the Emmanuel Adebayor gamble – goals – The Guardian
He splits opinion and often leaves via the back door but the Togo forward’s undoubted quality ought to be able to help put Palace back on track
Paraguyan Dominguez takes the hottest seat in football as president of CONMEBOL – Inside World Football
Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay was elected unopposed as president of CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, after Wilmar Valdez of Uruguay withdrew his candidacy.
Queen’s Park launch missing persons appeal after mascot’s head disappears – The Guardian
Queen’s Park have launched an urgent missing persons appeal after their mascot’s head disappeared from the club pavilion. The Scottish club tweeted a picture of Harry the Hoopo (with his head intact) and the plea: “We beseech you to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for Harry’s head.