VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Caps ‘back to the madhouse,’ looking to uncover a gem at MLS combine – The Province
While the rest of Wales was busy with mulled wine and Plygain, Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson had a busy holiday “break.”
Vancouver Whitecaps say “Adiós” to Bolaños – Soccer Shorts
So farewell then Christian Bolaños. It’sen announced that the Costa Rican international has moved back to his home country to play for his former club Saprissa. So how do we assess his time for the Vancouver Whitecaps?
Brett Levis vs Marcel de Jong – Eighty-Six Forever
With Jordan Harvey and Sam Adekugbe moving on this offseason, the once ‘stacked’ left back position is down to two. Is that enough? Who will be the go-to guy for Carl Robinson in 2018?
MLS ON TSN 2018 Regular Season Broadcast Schedule Kicks Off March 3 – TSN
As the exclusive English-language rights-holder of Major League Soccer (MLS), TSN today announced its 2018 MLS ON TSN regular season broadcast schedule.
Report: Atlanta United sign Barco in record MLS deal – NBC Sports
Tata Martino is set to land a long-term target in Ezequiel Barco, with the Argentinian teenager from Independiente said to cost a record transfer fee of $15 million for a Major League Soccer franchise.
LA Galaxy sign midfielder Servando Carrasco – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have signed midfielder Servando Carrasco, the club announced today. The Galaxy acquired Carrasco’s rights with the first pick in Stage 2 of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December.
Seattle Sounders sign University of Washington midfielder Handwalla Bwana to Homegrown contract – Seattle Sounders
The Seattle Sounders on Thursday announced the signing of University of Washington midfielder Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown contract, the 10th in club history. He is the latest on a list that includes DeAndre Yedlin, Sean Okoli, Aaron Kovar, Victor Mansaray, Darwin Jones, Jordan Schweitzer, Jordan Morris, Henry Wingo and Seyi Adekoya.
Report: Montreal Impact in advanced talks to sign defender Zakaria Diallo – MLS
Blerim Dzemaili may be on the way out at the Montreal Impact, but Zakaria Diallo could be on the way in.
Chicago Fire Re-Sign Midfielder Dax McCarty to Contract Extension – Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that the club has re-signed Dax McCarty to a two-year contract extension. McCarty is guaranteed through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
SUPERDRAFT: Mock MLS SuperDraft Round-Up – FC Dallas
MLS SuperDraft 2018 is close. Like, just around the corner. Who do the experts have FC Dallas picking at No. 11? Here is a collection of 2018 MLS mock SuperDrafts from around the world of soccer.
First-year expectations for Bob Bradley and Los Angeles Football Club – MLS Multiplex
LAFC’s decision for a head coach was a statement of intent all on its own, bringing on former US national team manager Bob Bradley. At the MLS level, the 59-year-old’s work has been extremely impressive at a variety of different locations.
Toronto FC Announce 2018 Preseason Plans – Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced Friday the club’s plans for preseason with camp set to officially open on Monday, January 22 with medicals at the club’s training facility.
Chicago Fire hitman David Accam recounts traumatic racial abuse in Sweden, wants FIFA to deal with canker critically – Ghana Soccernet
Racism has been one of the major challenges of Africa stars plying their trade in Europe – a phenomenon many African greats have suffered. Ghana winger David Accam who currently plies his trade in the Major League Soccer with Chicago Fire recounts his traumatic experience during his playing days in the Swedish Allsvenskan.
eMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS – MLS
MLS is entering the competitive gaming arena, partnering with EA Sports on the creation of eMLS, a new competitive EA Sports FIFA 18 league which will feature the best FIFA 18 players from the US and Canada vying for a chance to become world champions.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL Round-up: Campo Atletico come from behind to win big relegation battle as league action returns after Christmas break – AFTN
The Vancouver Men’s Soccer League (VMSL) got back into action after the Christmas break last weekend, with a full slate of matches and some important results in the various promotion and relegation battles through the divisions.
Gorge Soccer Association and Surrey United Soccer Club Achieve Standard 1 of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to announce that two more clubs, Surrey Unite FC and Gorge Soccer Association, have achieved standard 1 of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program. The program is based on meeting Administrative, Technical, and Governance criteria. The criteria and the program were created to help assure players, parents, coaches, and administrators that their club is operating and meeting a set of on and off-field standards.
Former Vike, national MVP Hundal returns to assist Vikes men’s soccer team – UVic
The University of Victoria celebrated the name Cam Hundal (Terrace, B.C.) on an incredible number of occasions throughout the Vikes men’s soccer stand out’s career from 2011 to 2016. The five-time Canada West All-Star, 2015 CIS Player of the Year and 2011 CIS championship MVP has returned to Victoria but this time to assist head coach Bruce Wilson on the bench.
Sardis soccer stars sign on with UFV Cascades – Chilliwack Progress
Nikki Gregory and Mackenzie Silbernagel will make the jump to Canada West soccer next fall.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
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, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
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.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
You can now add BC Soccer Web news to your website simply by adding our new RSS Feed! Find out more.
Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Edmonton to discuss playing host to FIFA World Cup in 2026 – Edmonton Journal
Hoping to deliver a kick to cash registers and set them ringing, the City of Edmonton is scheduled to discuss participating in a bid to be host city of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Morocco 2026 World Cup bid hires international consultants – Metro
Morocco previously bid for the World Cup in 1998 and 2010, and the north African nation has been accused of bribery on both occasions by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of its investigation into FIFA corruption.
Canadian Championship schedule finally gets itself away from the NHL playoffs – the11.ca
Thank you, Canadian Championship schedule makers. Even with the addition of League1 Ontario champs Oakville Blue Devils and PLSQ winners AS Blainville (OK, there’s the loss of FC Edmonton, too), the schedule for this year’s edition of our national soccer championship is a lot more fan- and media-friendly than it has been in previous seasons.
Canadian Premier League: Welcome news in turbulent week for Canadian soccer – Waking the Red
“Grassroots, community-based” vision for CPL hits all the right notes. Will it succeed?
Holland College soccer star aims to go pro – CBC PEI
Former Holland Hurricanes player Ibra Sanoh has returned to P.E.I. after trying out for MLS’s Toronto FC this week.
Yukon Brewing starting to click in Rapids action – Whitehorse Daily News
Yukon Brewing won back to back games for the first time this season in a 5-3 win over Tony’s Pizza in Whitehorse Rapids Over-35 soccer action.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL Reveals 2018 Conference Alignment – USL
The United Soccer League today announced its conference alignment for the 2018 USL regular season. The league will feature 33 teams across two conferences for the upcoming season, with an even greater group of regional rivalries featuring across both conferences in the new year as the league’s regular season expands to 34 games.
USL getting closer to expanding into D.C. and Baltimore markets – Washington Post
The United Soccer League, a second-division circuit with 33 teams and growing, is moving closer to expanding into both the Washington and Baltimore markets.
Orlando City B Elects to Forgo 2018 USL Division II Season – Orlando City SC
Orlando City B has elected to not participate in the upcoming United Soccer League (USL) Division II season. The Club will continue its discussions with USL to evaluate its options for future participation in the league.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
End of an era in Portland: Allie Long traded to Reign – Soccer America
Allie Long, who won a spot on the U.S. national team thanks to her work with the Portland Thorns over five seasons, has been traded to the Seattle Reign. The Thorns obtained the rights to Australian international Caitlin Foord and a 2020 NWSL College Draft pick.
W-League: Newcastle’s play-off hopes hit after upset loss to Adelaide – The Herald
NEWCASTLE Jets have two weeks to get their game – and their attitude – in order or risk missing the finals.
Brian, Sauerbrunn ruled out of current January camp due to injuries – Vavel
The two stalwarts of the USWNT will not be with the rest of the team and will be given a chance to rehabilitate those injuries.
Sky Blue FC Acquires Rebekah Stott And Katlyn Johnson From Seattle Reign FC – Once a Metro
Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced that it has completed a trade with Seattle Reign FC.
WU20 World Cup: South Americans vie for two tickets to France – FIFA
Ecuador is all set to host the eighth edition of the South American U-20 Women’s Championship, where ten nations will be competing for two berths at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.
Phil Neville set for talks over England Women manager’s job – Sky Sports
Phil Neville is set to have talks with the FA over the England Women manager’s job, according to Sky sources.
Hope Solo to be Honored for 200 Caps – Vavel
The 36 year-old goalkeeper will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Jan. 21.
Footballers’ Lives with Megan Bell: ‘People say girls shouldn’t play football, but God’s given me a talent and I will use it’ – Belfast Telegraph
In the latest of our popular Footballers’ Lives series, Linfield Ladies ace Megan Bell tells us why faith is so important to her, how the women’s game here is booming and what it was like making her senior NI bow at just 16.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Man City, Bayern travels to Leverkusen, and more – SBI
Round 23 of England’s top flight may get underway on Saturday, but the match of the weekend comes from Merseyside a day later. The EPL’s top two highest-scoring teams will duke it out at Anfield as Liverpool hosts Manchester City.
Bob Lenarduzzi: Liverpool looks to stop Sterling, who has been money – The Province
Manchester City is enjoying a dominant Premier League campaign, and on Sunday will look to overpower fourth-place Liverpool. It’s bad timing for the Reds, who have just sold Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a staggering $240 million.
Top Storylines for Premier League Week 23 – NBC Sports
With the Premier League back following a week of FA Cup action, let’s take a look at the top storylines heading into this weekend.
Sevilla and Espanyol reach Copa del Rey quarterfinals – Sportsnet
Sevilla beat Cadiz 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, while Espanyol overturned a first-leg deficit to eliminate Levante.
Cavani hoping to return as PSG go to Nantes – Ligue 1
Edinson Cavani will hope to return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up as the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders face Claudio Ranieri’s FC Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday evening.
Alexis Sanchez: Man City prepared to miss out on Arsenal forward over fee – BBC Sport
Manchester City are prepared to risk missing out on Alexis Sanchez – possibly to Manchester United – rather than pay Arsenal’s £35m asking price.
Zidane says it’s not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid – Sportsnet
As far as Zinedine Zidane is concerned, things are not as bad as they look for Real Madrid.
Huddersfield sign Pritchard for $15 million – NBC Sports
Huddersfield Town have signed Alex Pritchard from Norwich City for a club-record $15 million, which includes add-ons.
How the FMF wooed Jonathan Gonzalez and other dual U.S.-Mexico nationals – ESPN
The news that youth international Jonathan Gonzalez was shifting his national team allegiances to Mexico represented a bitter blow to U.S. Soccer and sparked an inquest into how and why an 18-year-old midfielder, who has excelled for Monterrey in Liga MX, slipped away, especially considering that the California-born midfielder had seemed intent on representing the country of his birth.
Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy among four interviewed for Wales manager’s job – The Guardian
The Football Association of Wales is expected to announce Chris Coleman’s successor in the coming days after completing a managerial search that saw Ryan Giggs, Osian Roberts, Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen interviewed for the post that has been vacant since November.
French league suspends goal-line technology after failures cross the reliability line – Inside World Football
The French football league (LFP) has suspended the use of goal-line technology due to a series of errors.
Chelsea stadium: £1bn Stamford Bridge hit by family dispute – BBC Sport
Little has ever stood between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and realising his ambitions for the club. But plans for a reported £1bn new stadium are being held up by one family over their right to light – and the lack of it shining into their home when the new Stamford Bridge is built.
Greg Clarke: “We Want The FA – And The Game Of Football – To Truly Represent The Diverse Nation We Are”. – Huffington Post
“At its best English football is a game for all, enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls of every ability and background. Unfortunately the running of the game has not always reflected the vibrant diversity of its playing.”
Jeremy Alexander: My 50 years of football reporting, from Hurst and Moore to VAR via Le Tissier – The Guardian
After half a century covering the game in all its guises, with escalating wages and silly celebrations, it is League Two that provides the perfect swan song.