VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps shore up their foundation, sign Felipe, Reyna to extensions – The Province
“I’m here to stay, to win, to make history with this club,” said Felipe about his extension.
Newcastle United: Miguel Almiron to sign for club-record fee – BBC Sport
Newcastle United could be set to break their 14-year-old transfer record by signing Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United.
Miguel Almiron sends message to Atlanta United fans ahead of Newcastle transfer – Dirty South Soccer
The long and drawn out transfer saga of Miguel Almiron took a massive turn on Tuesday when multiple reports emerged saying that Atlanta United and Newcastle United have agreed in principle on a fee for the Paraguayan midfielder. The deal will net the Five Stripes around $27 million when all is said and done.
João Pedro loaned to Portuguese club – LAG Confidential
LA Galaxy midfielder João Pedro has been loaned to Portuguese first-division club C.D. Tondela.
Carlos Vela after Barcelona interest: “I don’t want to leave LAFC” – Angels on Parade
After a whirlwind transfer saga a little over a week ago, Carlos Vela spoke to reporters at Los Angeles Football Club at training for the first time on Monday.
Former LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Brian Rowe training with Orlando City – Pro Soccer USA
MLS veteran Brian Rowe is training with Orlando City on a trial basis and is with the club at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Toronto FC and Sebastian Giovinco want to stay together. But at what price? – The Star
The Giovinco sweepstakes are well under way with Toronto FC, which has turned down an offer from a Middle Eastern club for the mercurial Italian, negotiating with its star striker’s agent over a new contract.
Ignacio Piatti tells TVA Sports he could stay in Montreal beyond 2019 – MLS
With the Montreal Impact holding a 2020 contract option, Ignacio Piatti recently told TVA Sports he’s open to staying in his current city beyond the 2019 season.
Peter Vermes expresses dismay after trading Ike Opara – SBI
A day after trading proven centerback Ike Opara, Vermes expressed dismay on Tuesday with having to move a player that he was fully expecting to count on during the 2019 season and beyond. The Sporting Kansas City head coach lamented both how Opara’s desire for a raise or move elsewhere came to the public light and having to ultimately make the decision to part ways with him.
Loons’ busy offseason crystallizes their 2019 goal: MLS Cup playoffs – Duluth News Tribune
In December, Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire foreshadowed this busy offseason for his Major League Soccer club.
FC Tucson 2, Minnesota United 9 | 2019 MLS Preseason Recap – MLS
Led by a hat trick from trialist Jiro Toyama, four players scored at least twice as Minnesota United opened their preseason with a 9-2 victory over USL League One outfit FC Tucson Tuesday in Arizona.
LGBTQ rainbow flag tag one of options for new Philadelphia Union away jersey – The Brotherly Game
An LGBTQ rainbow flag will be one of the 10 options players and fans have to choose for back tags on Philadelphia Union’s new away jersey.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL Week 19 Round-up: CCB and West Van victories set up top of the table clash this Friday – AFTN
It’s starting to feel like no-one can hold on to the top spot in the VMSL Premier Division for too long this year.
Cowichan LMG takes over top spot in Div. 1 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Somewhat unexpectedly, Cowichan LMG find themselves atop the Div. 1 standings in the Vancouver Island Soccer League.
Building Character The 2019 Provincial Progam kicks off – BCSA
For BC-born players of the 70’s and 80’s, there was no greater honour than being selected to the Provincial team. The big “B-C” emblazoned on the uniform represented excellence and the highest standard of youth football in our Province. The advent of professional environments has changed the country’s landscape, and the BC Soccer Provincial Program has evolved along with it.
Comox Valley United wins two in a row – Comox Valley Record
The Comox Valley United Division 1 men’s soccer team has kicked off 2019 with a pair of wins.
SFU: Michielli named associate director, major gifts – SFU
Franco Michielli has been appointed associate director, major gifts, for the Simon Fraser University Department of Athletics and Recreation, Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation, Theresa Hanson, announced today.
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
CPL inaugural match: Forge FC hosts York9 FC for ‘monumental day’ in Canadian soccer history – Canadian Premier League
History will be made in Hamilton on April 27 as Forge FC welcomes York9 FC to Tim Hortons Field for the very first match in Canadian Premier League history.
York9 FC to face Forge FC to kick off Canadian Premier League – York Region
York9 FC, the region’s new professional team, will travel to Hamilton to face Forge FC in the first match in the Canadian Premier League.
York9 FC vs. Forge FC: Where does CPL opener sit in Canada’s biggest men’s games? – Canadian Premier League
When York9 FC faces Forge FC to officially cut the ribbon on the new Canadian Premier League, it promises to be a historic moment for the men’s game in this country. With that in mind, let’s look back at some of the biggest men’s games to occur on Canadian soil — and where the CPL opener fits in.
CPL’s debut in Steeltown viewed as a fitting place to kick-start new league – Toronto Sun
Among the moves and shakers at Tuesday’s Canadian Premier League event were Bob Young, the effervescent Caretaker of the Ticats, and his right-hand man, Scott Mitchell, a gridiron legend at U of T.
Canadian Premier League kickoff set for April 27 in Hamilton but questions remain – Burnaby Now
The Canadian Premier League added another player, showcased a foundation sponsor and announced its official kickoff date Tuesday.
Volkswagen Canada named a Founding Partner of Canadian Premier League – Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League (CPL) is pleased to announce a dynamic new partnership with Volkswagen Canada. One of Canada’s favourite automotive brands will be one of CPL’s founding partners that includes official jersey sponsorship of a CPL club.
2019 Canada Soccer Futsal Canadian Championship dates and location announced – CSA
The 2019 Futsal Canadian Championship will be held 11-14 April 2019 at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and feature eight teams from seven Provincial and Territorial Member Associations. The competition will feature 16 games over 4 days with the 2019 Futsal Canadian Championship final going Sunday 14 April at 9:30 a.m. PT. All games will be streamed live on CanadaSoccer.com.
Alberta Soccer welcomes new Manager of Coach Education, Matt Thomas. – Alberta Soccer
With the current changes occurring in Alberta Soccer’s technical department, the Association has an opportunity to restructure in a way that aligns with the future of Coach Education and Club Licensing across the country. In support of this focus, Alberta Soccer is pleased to welcome Matt Thomas as the new Manager of Coach Education.
Soccer club hopes for news on regional centre – St. Albert Gazette
The ball could soon be rolling on the much-anticipated Capital Region Soccer Centre after an 18-month delay.
After 52 years, long-time proponents say it’s past time for a field house in Calgary – Calgary Herald
If length of waiting time has anything to do with which large project Calgary city council funds next, then the field house has it.
Soccer teams rebound to win medals at Okotoks tournament – Medicine Hat News
Losing their first game meant one Medicine Hat soccer team couldn’t do any better than second place at an indoor tournament in Okotoks this past weekend.
Herdman: Davies can help take Canada to the next level – FIFA
It was a move that stunned a nation and shocked the football world. While many had speculated over John Herdman’s next job after Canada’s women, no-one predicted it would be with the Canucks’ men.
VIDEO: TSN Original: One Heavy Medal – TSN
National team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé was at the zenith of her career after helping Canada to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics. Then the trap door of depression flew open, swallowing her whole. After some ups and downs – and yoga, persistence and a solid support group – she has walked back into the light with a smile on her lips. In conjunction with Bell Let’s Talk Day, Michael Farber sits down with Labbé to tell her story in the TSN Original: One Heavy Medal.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
New Zealand’s Brotherton Bolsters NCFC’s Defense – USL
North Carolina FC added a significant piece to its defensive corps for the 2019 USL Championship season on Tuesday with the signing of New Zealand international and former Sunderland center back Sam Brotherton. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa.
Watts’ Professional Ascent Mirrors USL Championship – USL
Since debuting as the voice of the USL Championship at the 2015 USL Cup, Mike Watts has had a first-hand view of the league’s progression and growth.
Bob the Builder – Pittsburgh Soccer Now
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s coach Bob Lilley has an incredible track record of building successful teams. This is how he does it.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Born and bred Basque: Inside Athletic Bilbao’s cantera policy – The Equalizer
In English, the motto translates to, “with homegrown talent and local support, there’s no need for imports.” The phrase refers to Athletic’s cantera policy, a 100-plus-year-old rule whereby the club will only sign players who were born in the Basque country, or who learned their soccer skills at a Basque club. It is a “unique philosophy,” as longtime Athletic Feminino member and current coach Iraia Iturregi would be the first to admit.
W-League Week 13 Review: Two teams in, two spots left – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 13, with Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar both assured of a semifinal spot in two weeks’ time, and Canberra United and Adelaide United both eliminated from the playoffs after losses.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Man City stumbles at Newcastle, giving Liverpool a chance to extend lead – The Star
Rafa Benitez never won the Premier League in his six years with Liverpool but he has done his old team a huge favour in its bid to end a 29-year wait for English soccer’s biggest prize.
Manchester City ‘have to win a lot of games now’, says Pep Guardiola – The Guardian
Manchester City handed Liverpool the initiative in the title race with an unscheduled defeat here when Newcastle came from behind to record an important victory in their bid to remain in the Premier League.
Valencia reaches Copa semifinal with 2 stoppage-time goals – London Free Press
In a span of a few seconds in stoppage time, Getafe squandered a chance to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for just the fourth time in its history as it was eliminated by Valencia in a frantic finish.
Spanish league bans 2nd-division club Reus for 3 years – Leader Post
The Spanish league banned second-division club Reus for three years Monday for not paying players’ salaries for several months.
NEYMAR TO RETURN ‘WITHIN TEN WEEKS’ – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain have said they expect Neymar to return to action “within ten weeks”, meaning the Brazilian superstar could be available for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, should the club reach that stage.
Asian Cup: Qatar reach first-ever final with emphatic win – FIFA
Two goals in each half saw Qatar record an emphatic 4-0 victory over hosts United Arab Emirates and advance into their first-ever AFC Asian Cup final.
PSG top goal scoring efficiency in Europe, Arsenal lead in England, Dortmund in Germany – Inside World Football
Paris St-Germain lead all European teams when looking at the most efficient shots-to-goal ratios. PSG so far this season have scored every 4.7 shots.
Atletico Madrid’s trainer accused of violence against women – London Free Press
Atletico Madrid’s fitness trainer was detained and released after being accused of violence against women, Spanish police said on Tuesday.
Sol Campbell: ‘There’s a surprising, sad underbelly of abuse in football’ – BBC Sport
Macclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell says he has been surprised by a “really sad underbelly of abuse in football that has been left for far too long”.
Russian Demin buys back full ownership of Bournemouth – Inside World Football
Russian businessman Maxim Demin has regained full ownership of Premier League club Bournemouth after acquiring the 25% stake held by Chicago-based private equity firm Peak6 Investments.
FNL Cup – Post-Soviet Cooperation and Winter Preparation – Futbolgrad
It might be just a winter tournament, but in many ways, the FNL Cup is a highlight of the Russian league calendar and also a symbol of post-Soviet football cooperation.