BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 15-17, 2019


“Football will overcome” challenges in Vancouver Whitecaps’ squad of united nationsAFTN
If things prove challenging in the upcoming Major League Soccer season, Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to make a play for any new League of Nations that may be set up in the current political climate.

Vancouver And Dos Santos Embark On A Complete RebuildFlo FC
The sheer volume of their tear-down moves is staggering: They declined the options of eight players, let four out-of-contract or loan players walk, traded four to other MLS teams, mutually agreed to part ways with two, loaned Anthony Blondell to Chile and transferred a certain teenage prodigy to Bayern Munich. New manager Marc Dos Santos walked into British Columbia, saw a mess of chemistry issues and regressive soccer and decided to nuke everything.

New-look Whitecaps slowly adapting to fresh identity under new coachEdmonton Journal
A team that once relied on counterattacks and long balls is now looking to smother its opponents on offence and defence, but there’s a long learning road ahead for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps trade Vancouver snow for California sun with latest training tripCTV
Russell Teibert can’t wait to get back to training with his Vancouver Whitecaps teammates — even if the field is covered with snow.

LA Galaxy preseason match vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC canceled due to inclement weatherLA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy announced today that the club’s preseason exhibition match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at Orange County Great Park has been canceled due to inclement weather that has made the field unplayable.

Don Garber to stay MLS commissioner through 2023NBC Sports
The man who’s overseen Major League Soccer’s dramatic growth in revenue will stay in the job a while longer.

FC Dallas signs Edwin Cerrillo as its 24th Homegrown PlayerSportsday
FC Dallas has announced Edwin Cerrillo as the 24th Homegrown Player in team history. The 18-year-old had been linked with a professional contract for some time and has impressed through the preseason.

Concacaf Champions League to be streamed live on Yahoo Sports platformsMLS
Games will be available for viewing on the Yahoo Sports app on iOS and Google Play, as well as at YahooSports.com. Verizon holds exclusive English language rights to distribute multiple Concacaf tournaments in the United States, as well as rights to distribute on digital and mobile devices in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis: ‘We’re close’ to adding new playersSportsnet
Ali Curtis has a lot on his plate these days. Curtis, a 40-year-old native of Philadelphia, has hit the ground running ever since being named Toronto FC general manager on Jan. 4.

Atlanta United: George Bello’s time to shineMLS Multiplex
After impressing supporters in the 2018 season, George Bello’s time to shine is now as Atlanta United takes on a match-heavy 2019 season.

Worse Than Ever? Adidas 2019 MLS Authentic vs Replica KitsFooty Headlines
The 2019 Major League Soccer season will kick off on March 2 2019. League-wide supplier Adidas released one new jersey for each club, including many awesome looking kits. If you are intending to buy the jersey of your favorite club or one you especially liked, you have to be aware that the jersey you wanted to buy will not look like the one worn by the players – the reason for that is that the authentic and replica MLS jerseys are very different.

Seattle Sounders become North America’s 1st carbon-neutral pro soccer teamMLS
The club announced on Thursday that their 2019 operations will make no net contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide, thanks to a thorough review of every department in the organization, the help of a local sustainability consulting group and some ecologically-minded service projects. They’re the first pro soccer team in North America to do so.

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KEYSA Soccer registration in full swing for 2019Cranbrook Townsman
There may be snow on the ground, but the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) is gearing up for the 2019 season.

Kelowna v. Mexico soccer match a successKelowna Captial News
Soccer players from the Okanagan returned to Mexico for a week of sun, sand and old-timer soccer. This was the second time the men played in the 60-years and over category in Ixtapa and Zihuantanejo, Mexico.

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 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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Canadian youth international Luca Gasparotto joins York 9 FCSportsnet
York 9 FC has signed former Canadian youth international defender Luca Gasparotto.

Small-town dreams: York9 FC’s Morey Doner emerges from soccer wildernessCanadian Premier League
York9 FC fullback Morey Doner has the kind of story that’s hard to come by in Canadian soccer. The 25-year-old grew up in Collingwood, Ont., a town of about 21,000 people nestled between the ski-hills of Blue Mountain and cold, deep waters of Georgian Bay.

Valour FC adds Croatian midfielderGlobal
With their first training camp less than three weeks away, Winnipeg professional soccer club added some more international talent on Thursday.

Bradford City to make decision over signing of free agent defenderThe 72
Bradford City are making a decision whether to sign Canadian free agent defender David Edgar, after impressing manager David Hopkin during training.

Foot Soldiers Ready for CPL Season and Renewing the Battle of AlbertaLast Word on Soccer
Last Word On Soccer had the chance to interview Sean Clarke from Foot Soldiers Supporter Group (Cavalry FC) about the upcoming season.

MetroStars Q&A: All your arena soccer questions answeredWaking the Red
The Mississauga MetroStars are now at the halfway point of their inaugural Major Arena Soccer League season, so I decided to host a Mississauga MetroStars/ arena soccer Q and A on Twitter.


In possible long-shot bid, Indy Eleven owner takes soccer stadium idea to Indiana lawmakersIndy Star
The Indy Eleven asked lawmakers Thursday to fund a $150 million, 22,000-seat soccer stadium, but the proposal could be a long shot at this point.

The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team announced the club has signed veteran striker Dominic Oduro, pending league and federation approval. In his 16-year MLS career, the Ghanaian international has scored 63 goals, added 32 assists and appeared in 346 regular-season matches.

LA Galaxy II sign defender Michael GallagherLA GAlaxy
LA Galaxy II have signed defender Michael Gallagher to a USL contract, pending league and federation approval, the club announced today. Gallagher, 24, joins Los Dos after two seasons with Real Monarchs SLC.

USL Championship Goalkeepers to Watch in 2019USL
Here are 10 goalkeepers that are going to be looking for big seasons in the upcoming USL Championship campaign, with experienced, award-winning veterans joined by two young standouts that should command attention this year.


W-League grand final: Sydney FC aim to take game to Perth GloryThe Australian
Stop Sam Kerr and you stop Perth Glory. That has been the common thread leading up to the W-League grand final between Sydney FC and Perth Glory at Kogarah Oval today, but Ante Juric is not about to buy into it.

Westfield W-League 2019 Grand Final predictions: Duggan forecasts five-goal thrillerW-League
Who could possibly predict the outcome of the Westfield W-League 2019 Grand Final after a season of endless twists and turns?

Chelsea and Arsenal to face off in Women’s FA Cup fifth roundEvening Standard
Holders Chelsea face Arsenal in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, in a repeat of last year’s final.

The inspiration driving Australia’s young indigenous footballersFIFA
Through the program’s scholarships, local children have the opportunity for a life-changing opportunity to pursue education and football opportunities in Sydney. Former Australia captain Craig Foster and Socceroos great Tim Cahill have been among those to actively lend their support.

Logarzo and Harrison join NWSL side Washington SpiritFFA
Westfield Matildas Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison have joined National Women’s Soccer League outfit Washington Spirit, the club has confirmed.

Defining off-field success for each NWSL team in 2019The Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League offseason is slowly, mercifully nearing its conclusion. Believe it or not, preseason kicks off in less than three weeks.

Liz Angeles, more than just a playerFIFA
If four years ago you had told Lizbeth Angeles that she would end up making a living from football, she would undoubtedly have laughed at you. At that time, she was 24-years-old and there was not even a professional women’s league in Mexico.


European Soccer Weekend: What to watch in main competitionsNational Post
Thanks to a five-game winning streak, Real Madrid has closed the gap on Barcelona from 10 to six points in recent weeks and the second-place side hosts struggling Girona on Sunday.

Europa League: Inter wins, Betis equalizes late, Benfica tops Galatasaray NBC Sports
In the shadow of the start of Champions League knockout stage play, the Europa League has also begun the elimination stage of its competition, and it’s already provided plenty of fireworks.

FA Cup: Five fifth-round ties to look out for this weekendBBC Sport
It’s FA Cup fifth-round weekend, with all eight ties played to a finish on the day after replays were abolished to ease fixture congestion.

Fresh from their Old Trafford exploits, Paris Saint-Germain face another big test on the road on Sunday night as they return to Ligue 1 Conforama action against AS Saint-Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

UEFA investigates Ramos over possibly intentional bookingLondon Free Press
UEFA is investigating reported comments by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that he intentionally got a yellow card to provoke a favourable Champions League ban.

Declan Rice’s switch shows why dual nationalities should be respectedThe Guardian
Many people believe it is about picking a country and sticking with it but when your heritage is dual it is tricky.

Chile join South American bid for 2030 World Cup hostingInside World Football
Chile are to join Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in bidding to stage the 2030 World Cup in what, if successful, would be the first ever four-nation joint hosting.

Flamengo plays 1st match since academy fire that killed 10London Free Press
Nearly 30,000 fans, many with white balloons, banners and flags, attended the state championship match.

Trading places: Palermo sold again in prep for another big money investorInside World Football
Italian Serie B club Palermo has been sold for the second time in three months.

Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubsThe Guardian
The game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blanchflower’s famous quote would point out something else: that the game is also about politics and placement, about soft power, about presenting a face to the world. As the Champions League knockout stage kicks in, this element of Big Football is primed once again to take the main stage, the executive arm of a sport that has never looked so tangled.

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