BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 10-12, 2020


Whitecaps FC select Canadian midfielder Ryan Raposo in the MLS SuperDraft Whitecaps FC
“I’m really excited,” Raposo told reporters. “Vancouver is the place I wanted to end up and I got my wish. I’m happy to be staying here in Canada and help to grow the game here. Not only in Hamilton, not only in Ontario, but now all over the nation.”

“Hostile” German experience prepared Whitecaps draft pick Ryan Raposo for life as a proAFTN
Growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, the path to becoming a professional footballer was never going to be a completely smooth one for Vancouver Whitecaps’ first round draft pick Ryan Raposo.

Canadian Ryan Raposo ready to take next step of soccer dream with WhitecapsTimes Colonist
Ryan Raposo has always had his eye set on pro soccer. On Thursday the Vancouver Whitecaps opened the door to his dream, taking the Syracuse attacking midfielder fourth overall in the MLS SuperDraft.

Whitecaps Select Canadian Winger Ryan Raposo 4th OverallEighty-Six Forever
Rapso joins the Whitecaps hailing from Hamilton ON, and having put up an impressive 15 goals as a sophomore at Syracuse University before preparing for his transition to the pro ranks. At the National Team level, Raposo is also a veteran of four Canadian youth camps, having captained Ontario to gold at the 2017 Canada Games where he was named tournament MVP.

VIDEO: Highlights of MLS SuperDraft selection Ryan RaposoWhitecaps FC
A look at some of the great moments in the young career of VWFC’s 2020 draft pick.

J.J. Adams: There’s ‘smoke,’ and a little fire, with Whitecaps players acquisitionsThe Province
The Whitecaps used the fourth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft to take a Canadian winger in Ryan Raposo, but their player acquisition cupboard is still bare.

Whitecaps FC select FIU goalkeeper Daniel Gagliardi in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraftWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected Florida International University goalkeeper Daniel Gagliardi in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

Hermann Trophy winner Robinson leads MLS SuperDraft picksNBC Sports
College players from 13 countries found professional homes by the end of the draft’s first two rounds.

TFC GM Curtis thrilled with haul in MLS draft Toronto Sun
Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis and his staff are hoping that they hit the Nyal on the head with their first selection in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.

Impact acquires $75,000 in general allocation moneyMontreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that the club acquired $75,000 in General Allocation Money from the Colorado Rapids, in return for defender Jeremy Kelly, who had been previously drafted by the Impact with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

FC Cincinnati signs Japanese international as new Designated PlayerNBC Sports
FC Cincinnati has its man, signing Yuya Kubo as a Designated Player from KAA Gent in Belgium.


VISL vs. FVSL All-Star Match PreviewsBC Soccer Web
If we are lucky, and the snow stays away just long enough, the VISL will showcase the top players with the Allstar games this Saturday January 11/2020.

Croatia and Rino’s bang in the goals to pull away at the top of VMSL PremierAFTN
The Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) returned to action after the Christmas break this past weekend in an extraordinary week that saw 37 goals scored over the six Premier Division match ups, with all six victorious teams winning by large margins in a veritable goalfest.

New West defender a key recruit for SFUNew West Record
Among the new recruits, New Westminster’s Nikolas Papakyriakopolous fits a targeted need on the backline. The five-foot-11 defender was a product of the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program, and is transferring in after two years at Western Michigan University.

Andoh’s journey from Amsterdam to Ipswich (via Aston Villa and Canada)… and he’s already under the wing of skipper ChambersEast Anglian Times
Former TRU Wolfpack Player has signed for Ipswich Town.

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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Canadian men’s team to face Honduras in Concacaf Olympic qualifiersCanPL
The Canadian under-23 men’s team has high hopes of ending the country’s lengthy Olympic drought.

Concacaf get ready for Tokyo 2020 qualifiers with Mexican drawInside World Football
Concacaf have announced the draw for the eight-team tournament that will qualify their two teams for the Tokyo 2020 game.

Four League1 players selected in 2020 MLS SuperDraftCanPL
Vaughan SC had – count ’em – four players draft in the first round of top 20 picks by MLS clubs at the 2020 SuperDraft. That’s 25 per cent of the top young prospects out of the NCAA emerging from a small satellite community just to the north of Toronto proper.

What to expect in CanMNT’s second game vs. BarbadosCanPL
The Canadian men’s team is off to a roaring start in 2020 following a 4-1 win over Barbados on Tuesday night. Seventeen players from Canada’s 26-man roster took the field in Irvine, California, with coach John Herdman handing senior debuts to five youngsters in the first of three friendlies for the Reds this month.


USL Championship Unveils 2020 ScheduleUSL
The complete schedule for the 10th anniversary season of the USL Championship was announced by the United Soccer League today with 35 teams set to play 595 regular season contests over 33 weeks ahead of the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs that begin in October.


The Week in Women’s Football: Top moments of 2019; Interview with Athanasia Moraitou; Canada awardsTribal Football
This week we present some personal reflections of the highlights of 2019 for women’s football.

Foord set to follow Kerr to England with Arsenal move on the cardsSBS
Matildas attacker Caitlin Foord could be the second high profile Aussie player to make the move to England’s Women’s Super League.

Midge Purce is a smart addition to Sky Blue FC’s ongoing refreshThe Equalizer
After being (understandably) snubbed by both their first-round draft picks in 2019, Sky Blue FC’s past year has been one of intentional turnover and improvement. Gone are former general manager and head coach Tony Novo and Denise Reddy, now replaced by Alyse LaHue and Freya Coombe, respectively. Gone are the games at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University; the club will play all its matches at Red Bull Arena in 2020.

Andi Sullivan, Aubrey Bledsoe ink new deals with SpiritWashington Spirit
Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke had this to say on the contract renewals: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have re-signed two players whom I regard as veritable stars of the NWSL and players that the USWNT will be looking to incorporate into plans moving forward.”

Tacon dream big as soon-to-become Real Madrid Women get set for Clasico rehearsalYahoo Sports
CD Tacon play Barcelona for the final time on Saturday before the club morphs into Real Madrid and the fixture becomes the Clasico of women’s football.

GOODBYE, ROSCOE: Former USA TODAY writer Nance, who covered 1st Women’s World Cup, passes awayFront Row Soccer
Former USA TODAY soccer writer Roscoe Nance passed away on Thursday. Nance, who covered soccer for several years for the newspaper, was one of two print journalists who travelled to China and wrote about the U.S. women’s triumph at the very first Women’s World Cup in 1991.


Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Odds are against depleted Spurs, Everton need to respond after their derby woe while Solskjær is feeling the heat again.

Klopp wants Liverpool to be unpredictable against Mourinho’s TottenhamFour Four Two
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is planning something unpredictable to combat what he believes will be a defensive Tottenham team put out by Jose Mourinho on Saturday.

Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid: Angel Correa winner takes Atleti into Spanish Super Cup finalBBC Sport
Angel Correa scored late on as Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 in an incident-packed game to reach the Spanish Super Cup final.

Bundesliga: Where next for Mario Götze?DW
Mario Götze will likely be available on a free transfer at the end of the season after talks with Dortmund broke down. He’s been linked with an array of clubs but at 27, the World Cup winner’s career is at a crossroads.

Torino beats Genoa in shootout to reach Cup quarterfinalsSportsnet
Ten-man Torino beat Genoa 5-3 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw Thursday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.

Fan who aimed chants at Balotelli banned from sports eventsNBC Sports
A Sicilian man was banned from European sports events for five years Thursday for directing racist chants at Brescia striker Mario Balotelli.

Serie A gets another new boss with Dal Pino given mandate to sort mess outInside World Football
Italy’s Serie A, mired in multiple integrity issues including its failure to act on institutional racist issues, election malfeasance and its controversial Super Cup deal with Saudi Arabia, has elected Paolo Dal Pino as its new president.

Lille aim to improve away form in chase for podiumLigue 1
Having ended a brilliant 2019 with a chastening defeat, LOSC resume their push for a return to the UEFA Champions League by travelling to Burgundy to face relegation battlers Dijon FCO on Sunday.

Player power. FIFPro ‘amplifies’ its voice with new player councilInside World Football
International players’ union FIFPro has launched a Global Player Council to strengthen the role of male and female professional footballers.

‘If they find us it’s death or kidnap’: the Eritrean footballers on the run‘If they find us it’s death or kidnap’: the Eritrean footballers on the runThe Guardian
As Eritrea internationals use matches abroad to defect and seek asylum, we speak to one of the players hiding in Uganda.

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