BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 2-4, 2018


Crystal Palace’s Jordon Mutch in talks with Vancouver Whitecaps – sourcesESPN
Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch is in talks with Vancouver Whitecaps over a move to Major League Soccer, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Hawaii gives Whitecaps a warm ‘aloha’ for first ever Pacific Rim Cup Vancouver Courier
Hawaii Tourism Authority wants Canadian soccer fans to show up to Aloha Stadium to cheer on their soccer team .

Whitecaps still looking to add to an offseason of new additionsRed Nation Online
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC roster is rounding into shape as opening weekend is one month away. The Caps will host the Montreal Impact on Sunday, March 4 at B.C. Place. It’s been quite a busy offseason for the organization with multiple players coming and going. Vancouver looks to have plenty of youth and potential this season.

Shea what? Upbeat Whitecaps’ winger aims to be even better this seasonThe Province
The beginning to Brek Shea’s soccer 2017 couldn’t be much more different than the beginning to his soccer 2018.

Whitecaps FC on track to eclipse best ever home opener crowdWhitecaps FC
Single match tickets for all 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC home matches at BC Place will go on sale to the public next Friday, February 9 at 10 a.m. PT.

Potential pitfalls for Western Conference contendersMLS
Seattle are a team loaded with talent, but general manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerway and head coach Brian Schmetzer have a potential time bomb on their hands

Wins will help new-look Impact forge bond with fansMontreal Gazette
New coach Rémi Garde makes conditioning a priority as team returns to Montreal after spending eight days mostly running in Miami.

Is it possible for Toronto FC to build on a perfect season?Waking the Red
The only caveat I have is that my expectations for the upcoming season aren’t so positive. I mean, how does a team build on a season that included the first ever treble for an MLS team and included a staggering all-time points record (69)?

Larin’s protracted Besiktas move has wide-ranging consequences for MLSESPN
The Cyle Larin saga ended with a pithy press release announcing an official transfer from Orlando City to Besiktas, but Major League Soccer may have solved one problem while starting another.

‘It’s just rumours’ – Mourinho plays down Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy claimsSN
Jose Mourinho is adamant that he will be the first to know if Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to leave Manchester United to join the LA Galaxy.

NYCFC prepares for life without Jack HarrisonSBI
While Jack Harrison watched his new team at Middlesbrough play to a disappointing home draw with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week, his former club at New York City FC continued pre-season preparations without their valuable cog from a season ago.

Days after David Beckham’s Miami victory party, a warning: ‘It is not a done deal.’Miami Herald
A group trying to block David Beckham and partners from building a 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood packed a community center on Thursday night and urged residents to resist the plan.

Some Miami residents call foul over Beckham football ventureWorld Soccer Talk
David Beckham has finally achieved his goal of bringing Major League Soccer to Miami, but the prospect of a stadium without parking that drives up housing costs in a low-income neighborhood is no hit with residents.

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VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches & StandingsBC Soccer Web
Division 1 still has several things to get sorted out. First place is confirmed, but there is relegation to finalize and determining who is the 2nd team to fall in the relegation zone.

TSS FC Rovers kick off 2018 PDL season with two home games as they look to build on strong first yearAFTN
I do love schedule release day. Just as well, because the thing with supporting different teams at different levels of North American soccer is that you get a few of them!

Highlanders FC, USL Announce 2018 Premier Development League ScheduleVictoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC, in conjunction with the United Soccer Leagues (USL), announced Thursday the club’s Premier Development League (PDL) 2018 regular season schedule.

UNBC Timberwolves welcome Sofia Jones Kelowna Now
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s soccer team has officially announced the recruitment of Sofia Jones for the 2018-2019 season.

Whitecaps FC name Northwest BC Academy Centre head coachVancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that Eric Horsburgh has been named full-time head coach of the Whitecaps FC Northwest BC Academy Centre in Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Kitimat.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.

BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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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Herdman to make men’s coaching debut in March friendly vs. New ZealandSN
John Herdman’s debut as the head coach of the Canadian men’s national soccer team now has a date.

Herdman lays out early Canadian soccer blueprintToronto Star
Former national women’s team coach John Herdman, now running men’s program, talks vision and how to conquer CONCACAF less than a month after surprising switch.

Canada to face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 ChampionshipCSA
Canada will face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship taking place at Estadio Nacional in Managua, Nicaragua from 19-29 April 2018. The confederation championship will qualify three teams to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

Toronto to bid on co-hosting 2026 FIFA World CupToronto Star
Council supports Toronto bidding on the World Cup, serving alcohol early during Winter Olympic hockey and honouring a civil rights leader.

Local soccer’s potential kicked up a notchFort Saskatchewan Record
It’s been almost a year with Canadian soccer legend Sean Fleming at the head of the Fort’s soccer development programs. He dedicated two decades of his life coaching with Canada Soccer, including the men’s national U17 team, Canada’s FIFA U20 World Cup team in 2007 and FIFA U17 World Cup in 2011 and 2013. Regardless of the depth of experience, he was just as happy to watch the ball being kicked around by local talent during the Fort Saskatchewan Soccer Association’s second annual All-Star Testimonial on Jan. 27.

Devo pads lead atop senior men’s soccer league Medicine Hat News
Devo FC has assumed control of the Medicine Hat Senior Men’s Indoor Soccer League. Devo cruised to a 5-1 win over the PBR Rangers on Sunday at the Family Leisure Centre and a 13-3 blowout over the Rattlers Under-17 White squad Tuesday to improve to 11-0-1 on the year and stretch their new lead in the standings to seven points over the Earls Phantoms.

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Familiar Faces Among Switchbacks’ ArrivalsUSL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will have a pair of familiar faces back in its lineup for the 2018 season, with defender Taylor Hunter and midfielder Saeed Robinson among four recent additions to the squad as the club prepares for its fourth season this spring.

Fan Favorite Connor Tobin Returns to North Carolina FC for 2018 SeasonNorth Carolina FC
North Carolina FC filled a vital role for the club’s upcoming 2018 USL season with the re-signing of star defender Connor Tobin. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

Heaps Named Legion FC President, GMUSL
Birmingham Legion FC welcomed Jay Heaps as its first President and General Manager on Thursday night, with the former New England Revolution Head Coach set to guide the club as it prepares for its inaugural season in the USL in 2019.


Sydney Leroux traded to Orlando PrideSBI
Sydney Leroux will be reunited in the same town as husband and Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer for the 2018 season.

Melbourne City’s only focus in clinching a finals berth when they visit Newcastle JetsFox Sports
MELBOURNE City defender Lauren Barnes said clinching a finals berth away to Newcastle Jets in Saturday’s final round W-League clash was their only focus.

Manchester City survive Chelsea onslaught to stay top of WSLThe Guardian
Chelsea were disappointed not to come away with the win as Manchester City survived a late onslaught and the loss of their first-choice goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Women’s FA Cup fourth round: Crossing frontiers from equal pay to PyongyangBBC Sport
A team that toured North Korea and a club with equal pay for its male and female teams are among the sides looking to extend their Women’s FA Cup runs on Sunday.

Dash sign South African teenager Linda MotlhaloHouston Chronicle
Dash coach Vera Pauw already is delivering on her promise to sign up-and-coming players the world may not know much about. Pauw’s first international signing is 19-year old South African midfielder Linda Motlhalo, who played under Pauw with the South African women’s national team.

Beyond Boston: Who wins? Who loses?Vavel
For the second time this off-season, the NWSL saw another one of its original franchises fold. Additionally, for the second time, we are left wondering “who wins, and who loses?” just like we were when FC Kansas City folded in November 2017.

Corinne Diacre: ‘People with nasty intentions say women coaching men is impossible’The Guardian
La Creuse is a rural part of provincial France, right in the middle of the country, known for its farmland. In 1986 Corinne Diacre, a football-mad girl who lived there and bucked the trends of the time with her exceptional passion for the game, took the 400km journey to Paris to take part in a national ball-juggling competition.

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European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Tottenham, Lyon travels to Monaco, and moreSBI
The opening weekend of February gets underway with a bang as two of the top five teams in England face off on Merseyside.

Lenarduzzi: Weekend win not likely for Premier League hanger-on Burnley F.C.The Province
Burnley hosts leaders Manchester City in the Premier League’s early game on Saturday to kick off the weekend action. Burnley is clinging to seventh place, which would give the team a chance to qualify for the Europa League. Leicester is one point back.

‘We have to finish second’ – Mourinho concedes title to Man CitySN
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United cannot win the Premier League title, insisting that they must now focus on finishing second.

OM take on Metz in clash of form clubsLigue 1
Olympique de Marseille hope they’ll be able to see off in-form Metz at Orange Vélodrome on Friday evening to move into second place in Ligue 1 Conforama.

Leader Pumas host champion Tigres; Queretaro, Veracruz battle at bottomESPN
Defending champion Tigres and current league leader Pumas will face off Sunday at the Estadio Olímpico. After four weeks, unbeaten Pumas has bounced back from a horrid Apertura 2017 campaign that featured three managers, 10 losses and a whole lot of finger pointing.

CHAN hosts Morocco are beatable, says Nigerian coach SalisuAfrican Football
Nigeria coach Yusuf Salisu feels that Morocco are beatable ahead of their titanic clash on Sunday. The two African giants will lock horns in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco.

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss says Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues ‘being destroyed’BBC Sport
Competition in Europe’s biggest leagues is being “destroyed” by clubs who have “huge financial power”, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Italy bosses speak to Roberto Mancini about Azzurri coaching jobSportsnet
The Italian soccer federation has talked to Roberto Mancini about the possibility of becoming the next coach of the national team.

Scottish game desperate for reform, says Henry McLeishBBC Sport
Former first minister Henry McLeish says Scottish football “is in desperate need” of reform following Stewart Regan’s resignation.

Sunil Gulati slams US Soccer narrative in scathing speech amid upcoming election NBC Sports
Asked to speak at the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame dinner in Philadelphia, outgoing U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati spent 17 minutes absolutely slamming a number of presidential candidates and those critical of the organization in the wake of missing the 2018 World Cup.

Panathinaikos risks 1-season UEFA ban for unpaid debtsMetro
UEFA says Panathinaikos faces a one-season ban from European competition if it fails to pay creditors this month.

Exclusive: FIFA set to analyse Russia 2018 anti-doping samples in LausanneInside World Football
For the second World Cup running, FIFA is planning to test anti-doping samples at a laboratory outside the host country.

2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar’s Supreme Committee publishes workers’ welfare reportSN
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers have jointly published the findings from a series of inspections carried out at various stadium construction sites in Qatar.

Ignore the noise: big-money transfers mean little without the basicsThe Guardian
Ignore the noise. If you were one of the millions tuning in to television, radio or social media on transfer deadline day this week then I expect you would have found it impossible to escape the hype and hullabaloo of the mega money‑go‑round we call the transfer window. Even we players (and coaches and clubs) get caught up in the excitement of the comings and goings but I wonder if, in all the millions being thrown about, we are losing sight of what’s really important in football.

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