BC Soccer News, Weekend, December 14-16, 2018


Marc Dos Santos on Whitecaps rebuild: It looks ugly, but we have a planMLS
After a coaching change and MLS record outgoing transfer fee, this offseason was always going to usher in a new era in Vancouver, but the Whitecaps are in the process of a massive overhaul since Marc Dos Santos took over as head coach.

The Vancouver Whitecaps Best Eighteen (December 13th 2018)Eighty-Six Forever
Things have changed rapidly for the Vancouver Whitecaps over the past three days. With that in mind it’s time to look at what the best eighteen is! Spoiler alert: It’s pretty bad. But that’s ok.

Whitecaps FC pass in MLS Waiver Draft; four players selectedWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC passed with in the 10th pick in Tuesday’s MLS Waiver Draft.

Caleb Porter near deal to take Columbus Crew job instead of LA Galaxy – sourcesESPN
Caleb Porter is poised to become head coach of the Columbus Crew, according to ESPN FC sources.

Caleb Porter is out of the running for Galaxy coaching jobLA Times
The Galaxy’s search for a new coach took an unexpected turn Thursday when Caleb Porter, who appeared to have the job, turned his attention instead to the coaching vacancy with the Columbus Crew.

What just happened? Breaking down a whirlwind of roster movesMLS
Strap in. It’s time to sort through the meaning behind a wild three days of roster moves.

Portland Timbers appoint Ned Grabavoy as club technical directorTimbers.com
The Portland Timbers today announced that director of scouting and recruitment Ned Grabavoy has been appointed technical director of the club. Grabavoy joined Portland’s technical staff ahead of the 2017 season after a 13-year playing career in MLS, including one season with the Timbers.

MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2019 CombineMLS
The 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine is almost here, and the list of invitees for the event is out.

A look at FC Cincinnati’s roster build for the 2019 seasonSBI
FC Cincinnati made a multitude of additions to its roster since Tuesday ahead of their first Major League Soccer season.

Bring Brek Shea HomeBig D Soccer
At 28-years old with his option declined by Vancouver, Brek is now a free agent, and this could be a great opportunity for FC Dallas to bolster its squad with a flamboyant Texan at a position that could use some depth.

MLS Re-Entry draft: Eligible players, rules and morePro Soccer USA
The next phase of the Major League Soccer offseason occurs Friday afternoon.

AEG announces new partnership with Dignity Health, renames LA Galaxy home stadium Dignity Health Sports ParkLA Galaxy
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, has partnered with AEG and effective Jan. 1, 2019, the official home of the five-time Major League Soccer Cup champions LA Galaxy, will be renamed Dignity Health Sports Park (DHSP).

MLS Finally Learned It Doesn’t Need to Compete With the Premiership to MatterNY Mag
Ironically, “MLS 3.0,” as has been the long-standing shorthand, may have arrived by, at last, taking a step backward — or what would have seemed like an unconscionable step backward to earlier iterations of the league and its fans. To put in the words of MLS commissioner Don Garber: “We need to be more of a selling league.” By this he means: a league that develops young talent, then sells it to the top clubs in Europe.

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Jordyn Huitema surprised at her Canadian International Youth Player of the Year awardBCSA
You could easily make the argument that she is the Poster Girl for soccer in our province and our country; the smile, the passion for the game, the obvious talent, the signature flailing pony tail and the joy she exhibits when scoring. But Jordyn Huitema has always focused on the process, not the outcome. She’s also still wrapping her head around the fact that young girls are already putting her poster up in their bedrooms.

Mamadi Camara invited to Major League Soccer Player CombineSFU
Simon Fraser University senior captain Mamadi Camara, who led the Clan to the NCAA Championship tournament for the third straight year, was one of four Canadians invited to participate in the 2019 Major League Soccer Player Combine.

UNBC adds to its soccer flockPrince George Citizen
If the UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team needs someone to move mountains to clear the path to victory next season in the U Sports Canada West conference they might turn to Kenzie Chilcott.

Academy Report: ‘Caps play first match in Spain against CD LeganesWhitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC Academy played the first match of their trip to Madrid, Spain on Thursday as they faced the 2003 academy side of La Liga club CD Leganes.

SFU Stadium Project: Finally, A Green Light! Shovels Set To Break Burnaby Mountain Soil In January For 18-Month ProjectVarsity Letters
It’s a project whose flashing green-light past has too often gotten stuck on extended periods of solid amber. But now, the long-anticipated Simon Fraser University Stadium Project has been placed on an official 18-month timeline with shovels set to break into the Burnaby Mountain soil in January.

BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma CourseBCSA
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 seasonPacific 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 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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Teen phenom Alphonso Davies keeps climbing, named Canadian men’s soccer player of the yearCBC
The 17-year-old enjoyed a breakout MLS season before a record transfer to Bayern Munich.

Ottawa Fury FC says soccer confederation moved to block it from playing in USLGlobal
Ottawa Fury FC says CONCACAF has moved to block it from playing in the United Soccer League in 2019.

Fury FC exploring options after CONCACAF move leaves 2019 season in limboOttawa Citizen
The governing body of North American soccer has ordered the Ottawa Fury FC to stay home and play in the fledging Canadian Premier League in 2019 even though a single game has yet to be played in the new league.

CONCACAF ruling ties Fury GM’s hands at time he is recruiting playersOttawa Sun
Ottawa Fury FC general manager Julian de Guzman had expected to make some major free agent player signings before the new year.

The Filth and the Fury: CONCACAF’s non-sanctioning of Ottawa for 2019 USL season “unprecedented and simply wrong” and threatens Canada’s footballing landscapeAFTN
When Ottawa was announced as a NASL expansion team in June 2011, there wasn’t exactly a rush of investors looking to put their hands in their pockets and provide Canadian footballers a place to play and making a living as a pro.

CONCACAF’s attempt to clarify the Fury situation only serves to muddy the waters the11.ca
CONCACAF has issued a statement regarding the Ottawa Fury, and it only serves to make a confusing situation, well, even more confusing.

FC Edmonton signs Son Yongchan, Bruno Zebie, Ajeej Sarkaria and Ajay KhabraCanadian Premier League
FC Edmonton announced Thursday the club has signed midfielder Son Yongchan to a contract following an outstanding showing at the Canadian Premier League’s #GotGame Open Trials.

Golden Bears star soccer player cutting loose for FC Edmonton ranksStandard-Freeholder
That is the question on the minds of any elite collegiate athlete fortunate enough to carry on their playing careers into the professional realm ahead of the curve.

Valour FC Sign goalkeeper Tyson Farago and midfielder Dylan SacramentoValour FC
Valour FC today announces the club has signed two Winnipeg natives to multi-year contracts; goalkeeper Tyson Farago and midfielder Dylan Sacramento.

‘To the next level’: FC Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium ready for Canadian Premier LeagueCanadian Premier League
It’s the centrepiece of Edmonton soccer, an historic venue central to the game in the Albertan capital that once again will host professional soccer come April.

Ashley Lawrence signs new Paris Saint-Germain dealThe Star
Just 23, Canadian soccer international Ashley Lawrence is looking after her future while doing her best to help the welfare of others.

Soccer Laval tapped as top region for Soccer QuebecThe Suburban
ARS Laval was crowned Regional Association of the Year at the Quebec Soccer Federation Gala Mi-Temps, edging out ARS Quebec and ARS Rive-Sud for the honour. ARS Laval has had a unique year with the organization of a major event in addition to their annual tournaments, as well as being part of the all-star game between the Concordia and Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière leagues which was a finalist in the Event of the Year category.


Nashville SC signs former Timbers, SKC forward Kharlton BelmarPro Soccer USA
Nashville won’t be a Major League Soccer city until at least 2020, but on Thursday the city’s United Soccer League Championship side announced the signing of a forward with MLS experience.

Las Vegas Lights announce preseason matches against MLS teamsKTNV
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman attended the event at Cashman Field, saying there is a lot to look forward to next season.

USL signs up Tickets.com as first ticketing partner SportsPro Media
The United Soccer League (USL), the US second-tier soccer league body, has signed a deal with Tickets.com, which will see the California-based company become the official ticketing provider of the USL Championship and USL League One.


Reports: LAFC could still team up with Barcelona for NWSL team, or go it alonePro Soccer USA
If you have been waiting for NWSL to come to Southern California, heck, even the state of California, at some point here, the bad news is that it’s not happening for 2019, by the looks of it.

Reign sign Spanish defender Celia Jiménez DelgadoGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC today announced the club has signed Spanish defender Celia Jiménez Delgado for the 2019 NWSL season. As per club and league policy, terms were not disclosed.

Manchester United Women booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with a convincing victory over Everton at Southport’s Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Phil Neville: ‘To be told I knew nothing was incredibly disrespectful’The Guardian
“Flown by. Absolutely flown by,” Phil Neville says as he reflects on his time in charge of the England women’s team. It has been almost a year and, as is the case with any job, there have been highs and lows, both of which Neville is willing and able to speak about on a clear winter’s afternoon at the national team’s base at St George’s Park.

When Akers and USA got the party startedFIFA
USA are the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s most successful nation. The tournament’s history is bookended by Stars & Stripes triumphs in 1991 and 2015, and they will start next year’s edition as favourites once again.

Women’s World Cup a platform to spotlight players’ poor working conditionsThe Equalizer
A lot has changed since the last tournament, which broke records of its own, and as interest in the game has continued to grow, the quality of play has improved alongside it. The next seven months promise to bring high-level competition to the global stage, and with that comes an exciting opportunity to showcase a talented pool of athletes who are driving women’s soccer forward. But this World Cup must be about more than what happens on the field.


Europa League roundup: Arsenal wins; Rangers, AC Milan bouncedNBC Sports
Twenty-four games in about four hours: It’s the Europa League group stage, and it’s reached its conclusion.

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in EuropeLondon Free Press
Jose Mourinho loves nothing more than spoiling the party at Anfield, so ending Liverpool’s unbeaten start and potentially knocking it off the Premier League summit is a tantalizing prospect for Manchester United on Sunday.

PSG vs. Dijon among 5 weekend French league games postponed NBC Sports
For the second straight weekend, Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain will not play after several games were postponed at the request of authorities.

AC Milan risk one-year ban as Uefa make FFP ultimatumBBC Sport
AC Milan will be banned from European competition for a season if they do not break even by June 2021 after falling foul of financial fair play rules.

Real Madrid to face Leganes again in Copa del ReyLondon Free Press
The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host NBC Sports
The Egyptian Football Association says it has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year’s African Cup of Nations host, a surprise pitch by the North African country which wasn’t initially thought of as a contender.

Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this seasonThe Star
The usual pretenders topped their groups. Nearly all of the top teams advanced. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers. Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League? Maybe not.

English FA CEO Glenn quits as 2030 World Cup bid consideredNBC Sports
The English Football Association is searching for a new leader while it considers whether to press ahead with a bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Australia’s A-League to expand to 12 clubs by 2020-21 seasonNational Post
The A-League will expand to 12 clubs over the next two seasons after Football Federation Australia decided to award licenses to new teams based in western Melbourne and southwest Sydney.

Chelsea face partial stadium closure if Uefa finds fans guilty of antisemitismThe Guardian
Chelsea will be forced to close part of Stamford Bridge in the Europa League if Uefa concludes their fans were guilty of an antisemitic chant in Budapest.

Chelsea anti-Semitic chants: Football fans ‘using political atmosphere to cover racism’ – FareBBC Sport
Some fans are using the “political atmosphere as a cover for their own racism and prejudice”, says anti-discrimination group Fare.

CAF exco member Ngaïssona charged with war crimes, murder, torture and recruiting child soldiersInside World Football
Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, a member of CAF’s executive committee and president of the Central African Republic FA, has been arrested in France and charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers. Even by African football’s current standards – a number of its senior officials face anti-corruption investigations in their own countries – Ngaïssona’s arrest raises to whole new levels questions about the governance of its football body whose leadership have proved the major support powerbase of FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The Reynas’ Story of Loss and LegacySI.com
Claudio and Danielle Reyna experienced tragedy upon the death of their son, Jack, but his memory and legacy endure and are carried on in part by another son and U.S. youth national team standout, Giovanni.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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