BC Soccer News, Weekend, December 13-15, 2019


Door wide-open: Do the recent Vancouver Whitecaps moves suggest a formation shift for 2020?BTS
As it looks less and less likely that Michaell Chirinos returns to Vancouver, we look at why a shift to the 3-5-2 may now be in order for the Whitecaps, especially with Lucas Cavallini coming into the fold.

Marc Dos Santos fined for criticism, but is he wrong?MLS Multiplex
Last week, MLS handed down a fine to Vancouver head coach Marc Dos Santos for criticisms he made about the league’s offseason. But is he in the wrong?

Toronto FC officially bring back captain Michael BradleySportsnet
With captain Michael Bradley taking a multimillion-dollar hometown discount on his new contract, Toronto FC now has the funds and the opening to sign a marquee attacking talent.

LA Galaxy sign midfielder Sacha KljestanLA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has signed free agent midfielder Sacha Kljestan. Kljestan, a U.S. Men’s National Team veteran, joins the LA Galaxy with 264 appearances, 38 goals and 93 assists in Major League Soccer in addition to a standout career with Anderlecht in Belgium’s first division.

Inaugural 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase to scout top college prospects Dec. 13-15 in Raleigh, N.C.Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer today announced details for the inaugural 2019 adidas MLS College Showcase, which will take place from Dec. 13-15 in Raleigh, N.C. The three-day event will give technical staffs from every MLS club an opportunity to scout the top collegiate prospects in the nation, including players with remaining NCAA eligibility.

Miami ready to arrive as global soccer cityNBC Sports
It is sure to be one heck of a party at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach this weekend as Miami continues to grow as a worldwide soccer destination.


VISL Division 1 Listings and Previews, Week 14BC Soccer Web
The upcoming weekend will be the last weekend of VISL top flight Division 1 amateur soccer for 2019.

Hat-tricks and braces highlight big weekend for top three title contenders in VMSL PremierAFTN
With one weekend of Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) fixtures remaining until the Christmas break, the top four continue to have very little to choose between them in the race for the 2019/20 Premier Division title.

#TrustTheKids: Pacific FC Re-Sign Six PlayersPacific FC
Pacific Football Club is pleased to confirm that defender Kadin Chung, midfielders Matthew Baldisimo, Alessandro Hojabrpour, Noah Verhoeven, Zach Verhoven and forward Terran Campbell are contracted through 2020.

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 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.

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Ashley Lawrence named 2019 female Canadian soccer player of the yearSportsnet
Ashley Lawrence, who played in all 15 internationals in 2019 and led the Canadian women in minutes played, has been named Canadian Player of the Year.

Teen forward Jonathan David named Canadian Player of the Year after record runToronto Star
Teenage forward Jonathan David, who has scored a Canadian-record 28 goals for club and country this year, has been named Canadian Player of the Year.

Forge FC Roster Update: Championship core set to return in 2020Forge FC
Forge FC announced Friday that 12 players from the club’s 2019 Canadian Premier League (CPL) championship team will officially be returning to defend the title in 2020. The announced returning players include 2019 Player of the Year, Best U-21 Canadian Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner Tristan Borges, as well as team captain and CPL Player of the Year finalist Kyle Bekker.

Bright glimpses, growing pains: Canada 2019 retrospectiveMLS
Despite the ebbs and flows, the team does seem as cohesive and drama-free as ever. Whether that can be attributed to John Herdman’s renowned emphasis on sports psychology depends largely on one’s opinion of the head coach — and there are plenty of strong opinions to go around.

Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team announces December camp roster and January 2020 friendly series in Costa RicaCSA
Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos has called 21 players for a three-day camp 12-15 December. The team will gather in Laval, QC as it continues to prepare for the Concacaf Futsal Championship scheduled for early 2020. The top four teams will qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020.

MJSA Invites People to Try Walking SoccerDiscover Moose Jaw
It’s a new take on a classic sport that looks to raise the participation level to include more people.


Ottawa Fury FC sells USL franchise rights to Miami FC after suspending operationsGlobal
Ottawa Fury FC, which suspended operations last month, has sold its USL Championship franchise rights to Miami FC.

2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Format UnveiledUSL
U.S. Soccer announced major changes to the 2020 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday that will lengthen the space between rounds as the tournament opens in March for the first time in its modern era.


US complete a year at the top as World Rankings reflect an upwardly mobile women’s gameInside World Football
FIFA has released its final Women’s National Team world rankings for 2019 which show the USA ending the year as they began it at the top, following their impressive all-conquering unbeaten run to the France 2019 World Cup title.

Australia and New Zealand join forces for 2023 Women’s World Cup bidThe Guardian
Australia and New Zealand have confirmed a joint bid to co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The trans-Tasman neighbours submitted their bid to Fifa before Friday’s bid deadline with aspirations of hosting the expanded 32-tournament in under four years’ time.

Julie Ertz beats Megan Rapinoe to U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the YearESPN
World Cup winning midfielder Julie Ertz has been voted U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2019.

Women’s Continental League Cup: Reading, Man Utd and Arsenal progressBBC Sport
Reading squeaked into the last-eight of the Women’s Continental League Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Group D leaders Chelsea after a 1-1 draw.

Western Washington advances to NCAA Division II women’s soccer title gameSeattle Times
The nation’s top-ranked defense once again stepped up to the challenge as Western Washington defeated Flagler College of Florida 2-0 on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh to advance to Saturday’s NCAA Division II women’s soccer national championship game.

The fixtures for the 2020 Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) season have been announced.


Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend The Guardian
Arsenal can exploit Manchester City’s weakness, Pellegrini in peril and Brighton upbeat for Palace derby.

Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool contract through 2024NBC Sports
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his two assistants Peter Kraweitz and Pepijn Lijnders have signed new contracts at the club that run through the summer of 2024, the Premier League leaders announced on Friday.

Why is firing your manager midseason a roll of the dice Premier League teams keep taking?Yahoo Sports
The English Premier League has just seen four managers sacked in the span of a mere 17 days. It’s that time of year when it isn’t early enough anymore to write off poor results as a bad start or an adjustment period. But it’s also not so late that a new manager can’t make meaningful changes in order to right things.

PSG out to extend lead at Saint-EtienneLigue 1
Paris Saint-Germain will have two games in hand over Olympique de Marseille – and at least a two-point cushion at the top of the table – when they travel to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to take on AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe worth the price for PSGToronto Star
As the world’s two most expensive soccer players, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe already stand apart.

Club World Cup: Fifa willing to make changes to expanded tournamentBBC Sport
Fifa has indicated it would be willing to make wholesale changes to its controversial plans for a 24-team Club World Cup.

Europa League: Gladbach’s shock exit delivers familiar Bundesliga issueDW
Borussia Mönchengladbach are riding high in the Bundesliga, but were dramatically dumped out of the Europa League in the last moment. The result reminds of a familiar problem, but comes with a silver lining.

Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt advance in Europa LeagueSportsnet
Teenager Bukayo Saka scored one goal and set up another to secure a 2-2 draw for Arsenal at Standard Liege on Thursday and lead the Gunners into the next stage of the Europa League.

Europa League groups: who went through?UEFA
The UEFA Europa League group stage is complete and the contenders are set for the round of 32 draw, streamed live from 13:00 CET on Monday.

Pulisic named U.S. Soccer Male Player of the YearSBI
Christian Pulisic’s 2019 is ending on a strong note, with the Chelsea winger tearing it up on the club level, and his excellent finish will also include another honor to add to his resume.

Relegation escapees Botafogo plan for a more commercial futureInside World Football
Financially challenged Brazilian top tier club Botafogo, is to transition from an association to a corporate structure to professionalise operations. Debt at the Rio club has risen to more than €200 million.

Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager signs new deal until 2024BBC Sport
Manager Steven Gerrard believes Rangers are “building something special” after extending his contract until 2024.

FIFA and European Parliament to team up to address social issues through footballFIFA
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and European Parliament (EP) President David Sassoli have agreed to organising a joint event next year with the objective to address critical social issues via football following a fruitful meeting held today in Brussels

Rich and famous help Famalicão shake up Portuguese footballThe Guardian
Club are third in top flight after a rapid rise assisted over the past 18 months by a billionaire owner and agent Jorge Mendes.

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