BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 11, 2020



SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020, 4:00 PM PT



Major B.C. events during coronavirus outbreak: What’s cancelled, what’s postponedGlobal
British Columbia has so far not issued a directive to cancel community events, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said each large event is being taken on a case-by-case basis, guided by a risk assessment.

‘Too small’ Raposo takes his chances, makes an impact for WhitecapsStandard-Freeholder
Ryan Raposo has battled his doubters and detractors his entire life, but showed in his professional debut with the Vancouver Whitecaps that he has the tools to be a standout pro.

Impact fall to Honduras side in first leg of COCACAF quarterfinalDelta Optimist
The Montreal Impact learned the hard way that CONCACAF does not use video review.

NYCFC vs. Tigres UANL | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
In the first of three MLS-Liga MX matchups during the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, New York City FC will host Tigres UANL in the opening leg Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

Club America vs. Atlanta United | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
In a highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s thrilling Campeones Cup, Club America and Atlanta United meet in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday night for a first-leg game at the famed Estadio Azteca.

Toronto FC winger Pablo Piatti still 3-4 weeks away from playingSportsnet
Pablo Piatti warmed up with his Toronto FC teammates Tuesday but then went his own way as the training session started for real.

BULKING UP THE STAFF: Juarez joins NYCFC as an assistant coachFront Row Soccer
On the eve of its first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal match vs. Tigres, New York City FC Tuesday announced that Efraín Juárez has joined the club as part of head Ronny Deila’s staff.

Benny Feilhaber retires after storied US men’s national team, professional careerMLS
After a 15-year professional career that included nine years in Major League Soccer, midfielder Benny Feilhaber announced his retirement via Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Century Club: Greg Vanney’s journey to 100 MLS winsWaking the Red
We take a look back at how a midseason management shake-up produced the best head coach TFC has ever had.


The Highlanders are pleased to announce the first signing of 2020, the returning Goteh Ntignee, pending league approval. Ntignee, a forward, marks the first addition to Vikram Virk’s 2020 Pacific Coast Soccer League squad.

Okanagan Premier League continues growth after successful second seasonKelowna Capital News
The Okanagan Premier League (OPL) successfully wrapped up its second year after nearly doubling its total competing clubs.

Powell River Villa ties Cowichan FC in season finalePowell River Peak
Despite efforts, Villa ends 2019/2020 campaign relegated to Division 2.

Canadian soccer icon aims to lessen Alzheimer’s stigma by sharing his family’s storyGlobal BC
Canadian soccer icon Bob Lenarduzzi was in the Okanagan Tuesday to talk about how his family dealt with the pain of Alzheimer’s.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC 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.





TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Canadian women salvage 2-2 tie with Brazil in final match at Tournoi de FranceDelta Optimist
Janine Beckie scored in the 87th minute as Canada salvaged a 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Tournoi de France women’s soccer tournament.

Canadians Abroad: Doneil Henry off to fine start in South KoreaSportsnet
Once the K-League season begins, it will be easier to evaluate Henry’s progress. Early indications show that he’s still prone to the same mistakes that Canadians have recently witnessed. Luckily for Henry, centre-backs tend to peak between the ages of 29 and 32, so he has plenty of time for growth, though it’s never too early to learn.

FC Edmonton sets high standard heading into second Canadian Premier League seasonEdmonton Sun
It’s not exactly championship or bust for the club, but with a solid core of returning players and an exciting mix of newcomers, expectations are high for the team this season.

Atlético Ottawa signs goalkeeper Ricky Gomes and fullback Michel DjaozandryCanPL
Atlético Ottawa made two more moves on Tuesday as it prepares to open training camp in Madrid this week.

OSEG delivers with FieldTurf Core playing-field upgrade at TD PlaceOttawa Sun
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has announced its existing turf will be removed and replaced with FieldTurf Core, a playing surface engineered to provide athletes with a more grass-like feel.

Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association decides to relax player registration rules for 2020 outdoor seasonGlobal
Following about two decades of Winnipeg and area minor soccer players being told where to play and who to play for, the 2020 outdoor season will mark the first time that athletes and their parents will be free to make that choice.

Peterborough Youth Soccer Club scrapping post-game handshakes for time beingPTBO Today
Families are also being encouraged to pack individual snacks instead of sharing with the team.


USSF says hostile crowds give USMNT different jobs than USWNTNBC Sports
The U.S. Soccer Federation says facing hostile crowds in Mexico and Central America makes playing for the U.S. men’s national team a different job than competing for the USWNT.

In Quest to Win Equal Pay Case, U.S. Soccer Belittles USWNT PlayersSI.com
U.S. Soccer has put itself in the awkward position of debasing and undercutting the very same players they claim to not be discriminating against in an equal pay fight that has turned rather ugly.

If U.S. Soccer is OK with weaponizing misogyny, winning the equal pay lawsuit is irrelevantYahoo Sports
Does U.S. Soccer really want to win this way? As the federation defends itself against a wage discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s national team, an unsavory argument has emerged: U.S. Soccer apparently thinks women’s soccer is inherently inferior, and therefore it justifies paying the USWNT less.

Italy women pull out of Algarve Cup final due to coronavirus disruptionThe Telegraph
Italy women’s national football team have pulled out of the final of the Algarve Cup and will be flying home on Wednesday amid concerns coronavirus disruption to flights would have left them stranded in Portugal.

SheBelieves Cup: Why Jordan Nobbs’ return could be key for EnglandBBC Sport
England midfielder Jordan Nobbs was out for eight months with a serious knee injury but made her third start in eight games in the SheBelieves Cup victory over Japan, was named player of the match and put in an impressive display.

Zambia women beat Cameroon to qualify for first Olympic tournamentInside World Football
Zambia have qualified for the first time for the Olympic Women’s Football tournament following a 2-1 victory over Cameroon.

Matildas seal Olympic spot in styleFIFA
Australia have qualified for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020, winning 2-1 in Vietnam to complete a resounding 7-1 aggregate triumph in the AFC play-off.

FA intends to sell Women’s Super League television rights for first timeFA intends to sell Women’s Super League television rights for first timeThe Telegraph
Women’s elite football was previously available to watch for free but specialists have been consulted ahead of the 2021-22 tender process.


Manchester City–Arsenal Match Postponed Amid Coronavirus ConcernsSI.com
The news comes as Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis reportedly has recently contracted coronavirus, just over 10 days after Arsenal played Olympiacos at the English team’s home, Emirates Stadium.

Champions League: History looms over Liverpool, PSG comeback bidsNBC Sports
Liverpool is hoping lessons from its history can lead it back from a first-leg deficit in the UEFA Champions League, while Paris Saint-Germain hopes to expel its UCL demons.

Coronavirus: Getafe refuse to travel to Inter Milan, Kenya call off AFCON qualifierInside World Football
In a major escalation of the effects of Covid-19 on UEFA competitions, Getafe have refused to travel for their Europa League game against Inter Milan on Thursday, putting the club in direct conflict with European football’s governing body.

Valencia 3-4 Atalanta (4-8 agg): Josip Ilicic scores four as Serie A side cruise throughBBC Sport
Josip Ilicic scored four goals against Valencia as Atalanta eased into the Champions League quarter-finals in the competition’s first match to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

PSV Eindhoven hires Roger Schmidt as coach for next seasonYahoo Sports
PSV Eindhoven hired Roger Schmidt as coach on Wednesday for next season, replacing interim coach Ernest Faber.

All Ligue 1 matches to be played at empty stadiums until April over coronavirusFrance 24
All French Ligue 1 and second division matches will be played behind closed doors until April 15, the French football league announced Tuesday.

Coronavirus: Nottingham Forest players and staff test negative following owner’s positive resultBBC Sport
Nottingham Forest players and staff have tested negative for coronavirus after Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis returned a positive result.

UEFA asking governments to ensure Euro 2020 goes aheadSportsnet
UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Football club finances in the age of coronavirusInside World Football
Now, with some of Europe’s Big Five leagues poised to go ‘behind closed doors’, and Tuesday night’s Valencia versus Atalanta Champions League second leg having already done so, we may be about to learn how economically insignificant live audiences have become to our very biggest clubs.

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