BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 14-16, 2020




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 PM



Whitecaps’ tactical plan is the same, but hope the execution is differentVancouver Sun
Coach Marc Dos Santos’s promise of an aggressive, exciting, ball-possessing team landed with a thud last season. But this year the plan looks like it might actually come to fruition.

Mexican star Rodolfo Pizarro is in town finalizing transfer to Inter MiamiMiami Herald
Mexican national team star Rodolfo Pizarro landed in Miami on Thursday morning wearing a New York Yankees cap, and was greeted by Inter Miami team owner Jorge Mas, sporting director Paul McDonough, a couple of T.V. crews, and a police escort that led him through the airport. He spent the rest of the day undergoing a physical and finalizing the paperwork for his transfer to Inter Miami.

Liga MX imports can provide MLS litmus testNBC Sports
Measuring how Liga MX’s stars and would-be European exports fare in MLS will be a far better comparison for the status of the league right now than whether imports like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney can show up and crush it. The same is true for Mexican stars like Carlos Vela and Chicharito).

On MLS: There’s no room for sentimentality in a salary cap leagueSBI
In a league where teams are bound by a salary cap, tough decisions involving long-serving standout players come with the territory.

Mayor Cooper Reaches Deal with Nashville SC Ownership to Move Forward on Stadium Demolition to Begin Immediately While Community Benefits Remain IntactNashville SC
Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Nashville Soccer Club lead owner John R. Ingram announced this morning that they have reached agreement on an amendment to the future Soccer Stadium to be built at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

Piette: It’s surreal having Thierry Henry as our coachFIFA
Samuel Piette’s 2020 campaign promises to be one of the most exciting and important of his career. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder is approaching his 50th cap for Canada, having captained the side on multiple occasions, and is entering his fourth season with Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact under new head coach Thierry Henry.

Details announced for the 2020 Generation adidas CupWhitecaps FC
he details for the 2020 Generation adidas Cup, an elite youth tournament featuring top clubs from North America and across the globe were announced by MLS on Thursday.


VIDEO: Canadian Men’s soccer team expected to announce International match coming to Vancouver IslandCHEK
Canadian Men’s soccer head coach John Herdman will headline a media event Friday morning at Westhills Stadium in Langford to announce what many are speculating to be an International friendly to be played in the last week of March in Victoria.

Canada Soccer schedules news conference amidst speculation of international gameTSN
Men’s coach John Herdman is due to address the media at Westhills Stadium, home of the CPL’s Pacific FC.

VISL Division 1 & Jackson Cup Previews, February 14-16 BC Soccer Web
All VISL teams are involved in respective Cup run, their version of playoffs.
Teams will battle it out in a bracket type draw which will see teams eliminated when they lose, for many – marking the end of their season.

Canada West teams collide for inaugural Biercraft Cup at Thunderbird StadiumUBC
Five perennial playoff teams will take centre stage at the inaugural Biercraft Cup taking place at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium February 14 through 16.

Goalkeepers duel ends in a draw for Cowichan and BaysCowichan Valley Citizen
It was cold on the pitch last Friday as Cowichan LMG battled Bays United in Oak Bay, but a pair of hot goalkeepers ended up making all the difference.

Tyler Baldock Named Women’s U20 Canadian National Team GK CoachSFU
Tyler Baldock, a member of the Simon Fraser University Men’s Soccer Team’s coaching staff, has been announced as the Goalkeeping Coach for the Canadian Women’s Under-20 National Team. Baldock will begin his coaching stint for Canada as the U20’s get set for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers later this month in the Dominican Republic.

55+ BC Games coming to RichmondRichmond News
The 2020 55+ BC Games will be held Sept. 15 -19 and the Richmond Host Society is hard at work building on the success of the 2019 edition in Kelowna where over 4,000 participants attended.

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.

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.

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APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


York9 FC add Jamaican attacker Nicholas Hamilton to 2020 squadCanPL
York9 FC announced Friday that it has signed Jamaican attacker Nicholas Hamilton to a multi-year contract with club options, penning the 23-year-old ahead of the 2020 Canadian Premier League campaign.

Escalante, Mavila return to Cavalry FC for 2020CanPL
Cavalry FC announced Wednesday that two more members of their successful 2019 squad will be returning for the upcoming CPL season.

Davies back training with Bayern after ankle issueTSN
Canadian international Alphonso Davies returned to training Thursday, one day after leaving practice early with what Bayern Munich called “slight ankle problems.”

2020 Canada Soccer Active Start Soccer Festival Hosting Applications Now OpenCSA
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that hosting applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Active Start Soccer Fests program. As Canada’s largest national grassroots soccer program, community soccer club administrators, coaches and volunteers are encouraged to apply online today to host a fun-filled event to your community.


WSL: Arsenal tops LiverpoolBBC Sport
Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored her 15th and 16th goals of the Women’s Super League season to help earn the Gunners a gripping 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Liverpool.

Quarantine over, Chinese women prove to be surprise package at AFC Olympic qualifiersInside World Football
The AFC qualifiers for the Tokyo 2022 Olympics women’s tournament have been whittled down to the final four teams after Australia came back in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw against China and win the group on goal difference. Both teams go through to the final play-off.

USWNT to face Australia, Brazil in pair of spring friendliesSBI
The U.S. Women’s National Team will face top competition in a pair of Spring friendlies following the upcoming SheBelieves Cup.

The Lowdown: Ali Riley is coming homeThe Equalizer
Ali Riley had been thinking about it for some time. When Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) folded in early 2012, she left the United States in search of a place to continue her professional soccer career.

Pay pals: US men call on federation to ‘triple’ women’s wagesInside World Football
In a significant escalation of the gender equality pay dispute in the United States, the US men’s national team has leaped to the defence of their female counterparts, urging their federation to triple the pay of the women’s team and accusing the federation of “working very hard to sell a false narrative” in an effort to limit the wages of the reigning women’s world champions.

Melanie Reay: Shearer’s cousin plots Sunderland Ladies’ return to big timeThe Guardian
Birmingham of the WSL visit Sunderland on Sunday in the FA Cup and the resurgent Wearside club are keen to make a statement.


Premier League preview: Arsenal need to start turning promise under Arteta into winsESPN
As the rest of the Premier League returns from the winter break to complete this elongated round of matches, here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s action.

Football around Europe: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Farke faces defensive dilemma for Liverpool, Forest need their best XI, Chelsea’s women eye treble and a six-pointer in Austria.

Chelsea agrees to sign winger Ziyech from AjaxTSN
Chelsea agreed Thursday to sign winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax at the end of the season on Thursday for 40 million euros ($43 million).

Coppa Italia draw shows AC Milan on the up, but are Juventus regressing?ESPN
Paolo Maldini admitted he didn’t know how AC Milan’s players would react after Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina. The mental scars that came from losing a game 4-2, after going in at half-time 2-0 up and playing the best football they had played all season, were still fresh.

Sociedad takes lead over Mirandes in Copa del Rey semisSportsnet
Real Sociedad beat second-division club Mirandes 2-1 at home Thursday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.

AFC Wimbledon fans raise over £4m to keep Plough Lane return aliveThe Guardian
AFC Wimbledon supporters have raised more than £4m towards building a new stadium at Plough Lane in an effort to meet an £11m shortfall and maintain the club’s supporter-owned structure and ethos. The £4m total was passed on Thursday, shortly before Friday’s initial deadline set for raising money from the “Plough Lane Bond”, that launched on 5 February.

Pele: Brazil legend says health problems ‘normal for people my age’BBC Sport
Legendary Brazil forward Pele has spoken for the first time since his son claimed he was reluctant to leave his house, saying his health issues were “normal for people of my age”.

Oceania aspirants buoyed after Hienghene breakthroughFIFA
For nearly a decade it seemed New Zealand’s stranglehold on the OFC Champions League was unshakeable. Auckland City led the way with a world record seven straight continental club titles, while Team Wellington maintained NZ’s domination at the back end of the decade.

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