BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 15-17, 2016


Vancouver Whitecaps says Georgetown defender Cole Seiler flew under draft radarMetro
Cole Seiler was the third Georgetown defender to go in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft but Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson thinks he may have got the best of the deal based on his needs.

Cole Seiler has “all the tools” to become Vancouver Whitecaps’ latest centre back sensationAFTN
Cole Seiler from Georgetown University became the third centre back to be selected by Robinson and the Whitecaps in the first round of the draft for the third straight year. And like Tim Parker and Christian Dean before him, Seiler looks like an excellent prospect who will be sticking around in Vancouver.

Whitecaps’ Cole Seiler flew under the draft radarSportsnet
Cole Seiler was the third Georgetown defender to go in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft but Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson thinks he may have got the best of the deal based on his needs.

Whitecaps FC select striker Christopher Hellmann in second round of 2016 MLS SuperDraftWhitecaps FC
Hellmann, 23, joins Whitecaps FC after three successful seasons with the Lynn University Fighting Knights of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II.

Whitecaps FC select striker Thomas Sanner with 36th overall pick in 2016 MLS SuperDraft Whitecaps FC
Sanner, 21, joins Whitecaps FC after four seasons at Princeton University of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Ivy League.

Carl Robinson finds “character” and “fills positional needs” for Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016 SuperDraftAFTN
After three long hours, the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft are now all finally done and dusted. There were some interesting moves and Chicago and Philadelphia were the busiest by far. Not unexpected considering their needs to rebuild.

Notes & Quotes: Learn more about Vancouver’s SuperDraft selections Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected centre back Cole Seiler and strikers Christopher Hellmann and Thomas Sanner on Thursday in the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Fire Draft and Trade in Baltimore Prost Amerika
It was a wild day at the Baltimore Convention Center where the MLS SuperDraft was held. The Chicago Fire had the first pick and surprised everyone by selecting Jack Harrison of Wake Forest. Harrison was then traded to New York City FC for their first-round pick (#4 overall) and allocation money. With that pick, the Fire then selected defender Brandon Vincent of Stanford who is currently at US National Team camp in Carson, CA.

NYCFC acquires Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS Draft dominated by trades SBI
With the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft in the books, there was a common theme in Baltimore on Thursday: trades aplenty. After being selected first overall in this year’s draft by the Chicago Fire, Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison wound up with the club that wanted him all along, New York City FC. The two sides traded picks, NYCFC owning the fourth pick, and the Fire acquired the selection of Stanford defender Brandon Vincent.

Top pick Jack Harrison heads to NYC FC – but is the MLS SuperDraft broken? The Guardian
Chicago trade No1 pick Jack Harrison to New York and bring in Brandon Vincent from Stanford in a draft whose importance has diminished in recent years.

Top prospect Joshua Yaro finds drama, then triumph at MLS SuperDraftMLS
For the most important day of his 21 years so far, Joshua Yaro picked out a blue suit. And as he counted down the minutes to the decision that would change the entire track of his life, he barely broke a sweat. Instead, the hotly tipped Georgetown center back seemed, at least on the outside, unruffled as he waited for the beginning of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore.

Richie Laryea, top Canadian MLS draft pick, reunites with Cyle LarinCBC
The MLS SuperDraft unfolded beautifully Thursday for Toronto midfielder Richie Laryea. After a series of deals reshuffled the top of the draft, the University of Akron sophomore went seventh overall to Orlando City where he will be reunited with friend and fellow Canuck Cyle Larin.

Toronto bullish on Japanese midfielder Tsubasa Endoh, taking him ninth in MLS draftMetro
Love is flying 14 time zones in the hopes your son gets taken in the MLS SuperDraft. Tsubasa Endoh’s mother did just that arriving — video camera in hand — to see her University of Maryland midfielder/son chosen ninth overall by Toronto FC on Thursday.

Impact draftee Fisher ‘absolutely loves’ coachesSportsnet
Meet Kyle Fisher and he looks you right in the eye, asks for your name and shakes your hand. Two minutes in, you’d be comfortable sharing a foxhole with the Clemson defender.

Whitecaps FC honoured with MLS Club and Executive year-end awards Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC won ten of the league’s year-end awards recognizing individuals and clubs for outstanding contributions off the playing field in 2015. Award winners were honoured at the 2015 MLS Club and Executive Awards Ceremony.

St. Louis is MLS coaches, GMs’ future expansion city of choice SI.com
MLS commissioner Don Garber recently announced that the league would expand to 28 teams in the future, listing a number of cities as potential destinations. If it were up to a number of the league’s coaches and executives, St. Louis would be at the top of the list.

Former Whitecaps captain gets a kick out of custom stereosVancouver Sun
Recently retired Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit had only intended to have some fun making stereos out of vintage suitcases. Although the idea wasn’t original, DeMerit got a kick out of getting back to product design, his major in university, but a career he’d set aside for professional soccer.

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UBCO Spring Women’s Soccer ID Camp UBCO
Kelowna, April 2 & 3. The purpose of the camp is to provide an opportunity for athletes interested in UBC Okanagan Heat soccer to showcase themselves and for the coaching staff to provide feedback as to where they might fit-in in the post-secondary soccer setting. It is strongly encouraged that athletes interested in the program attend the camp. Players in Grades 10, 11, & 12.

BCSPL fullback to join Heat women’s soccer in SeptemberUBCO
Surrey product and current BCSPL fullback Violet Bacon is the next student-athlete recruit announced to join the Heat women’s soccer program in 2016. Graduating from Surrey Christian Secondary this June, the 5’7” defensive specialist is ready to take the next step and face the challenge of university level competition.

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Soccer, a universal language: Syrians were ‘ready to play’ Chronicle Herald
They fled war for a new beginning in a land in which virtually every aspect of daily life is different from what they’ve known. Yet despite the cultural and linguistic differences, more than a dozen young Syrian refugees and volunteers from the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia spoke the same language Thursday as they played the beautiful game at the BMO Soccer Centre in Clayton Park.

FC Barcelona expands Canadian academies, including MississaugaToronto Star
The board of directors for the Spanish soccer giants approved the creation of two new FC Barcelona academies Wednesday, one in Mississauga and the other in Edmonton.

York Region soccer players audition at development campYorkregion.com
Several York Region players will have an opportunity to showcase their skills on the pitch when Canada Soccer will conduct an U14-17 Girls’ National EXCEL development camp in Vaughan that began Wednesday and wraps up Jan. 19.

Torraville commits to Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s programThe Telegram
Nicole Torraville, the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association’s 2015 female junior player of the year, will play for the Memorial Sea-Hawks women soccer program next season.

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Grassroots “Active Start” Practice Plan for U4-U6 Players (PDF File)OSA
Here is a four-station Practice Plan that emphasizes movement, fun and basic skills for U4-U6 Players.

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FC Edmonton’s 2016 regular season schedule expands to 32 games Edmonton Journal
FC Edmonton’s first test of the 2016 North American Soccer League season will come on April 2 against Rayo OKC, a new addition to the league.

Fury to kick off 2016 schedule against Cosmos Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC will start the 2016 North American Soccer League schedule by taking a shot at a measure of revenge against the New York Cosmos on April 3.

Fury FC add USL Champion; Sign former MLS First Rounder Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC today announced the signing of defenders Onua Thomas Obasi and Rich Balchan. Obasi comes to Fury FC after helping the Rochester Rhinos to the USL Championship. Boasting both MLS and NASL experience, Balchan brings strength, depth and experience to a club that posted the best defensive record in the NASL in 2015. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Cosmos Sign Costa Rican Forward Jairo ArrietaEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday the signing of forward and Costa Rican international Jairo Arrieta for the 2016 season. The addition signals a move to address some of the attacking losses the Cosmos have suffered this offseason.

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NWSL College Draft: Thorns hold top two picksSoccer America
In wheeling and dealing that saw seven of the 10 first-round picks traded — two picks were traded twice — and three second-round picks traded three or more times, the NWSL College Draft boils down to this: Portland ended up with the top two picks, putting it in line to take U.S. international Emily Sonnett from the University of Virginia with the first pick.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will host a Live Stream and a Live Draft Chat, starting at 7 a.m. (PT) during the 2016 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 15 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Baltimore.

Nadim sent to Portland; Thorns, Sky Blue swap picksThe Equalizer
Nadia Nadim is headed to Portland Thorns FC in a trade announced just two hours before the start of the 2016 NWSL Draft. The Thorns sent the No. 2 overall pick to Sky Blue FC — who is expected to use it on MAC Hermann Trophy winner and Costa Rica international Raquel Rodriguez — and acquired the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 from Sky Blue FC.

Earlier today, Seattle Reign FC announced the launch of Seattle Reign Academy, a partnership with Seattle United that will provide a comprehensive competitive platform for elite-level female youth soccer players in the Seattle region.

Adelaide fall just short after Canberra draw Westfield W-League
Adelaide United’s season has ended in heartbreak after a 1-1 draw with Canberra United at the Adelaide Shores Football Centre.

Westfield W-League Round 14 PreviewWestfield W-League
All the team news for the final round of the Westfield W-League headlined by the crucial clash between Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.

FA’s Sue Campbell: women’s football in England is a bit like a patchwork quiltThe Guardian
Sue Campbell is on a mission to transport women’s football in England to sport’s sunlit uplands. “It’s in a good place now but the aim is to move it to a really iconic place,” she says. “That’s something Martin Glenn’s determined to achieve.” Appropriately enough, the Football Association’s chief executive has taken a significant stride towards fulfilling this ambition by making Lady Campbell his new head of women’s football.

A pink football for ladies takes sexism in sport to a whole new level She Knows Canada
The ‘ladyball’ won’t encourage women to play football, just remind them how female athletes are treated.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend The Guardian
Louis van Gaal likely to leave any tinkering for his defence, Spurs need to bounce back against Sunderland and Leicester set to make Villa’s revival short-lived.

Lenarduzzi: Liverpool-Man U clash brings together a pair of underperforming sidesThe Province
Liverpool hosts Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday (TSN, 6 a.m.), in what will be the biggest game yet for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp. It will also be a contrast in coaching styles. Klopp is very animated on the sidelines, while United’s Louis van Gaal is known for sitting calmly in the dugout.

Premier League clubs face fallout from Real and Atlético Madrid transfer banThe Guardian
Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea may be forced to alter their transfer plans after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid were banned by Fifa from registering new players in the next two windows, a decision that could have significant ramifications in England.

Manchester United academy chief to quit after ‘growing disillusioned at state of youth system’ The Telegraph
Manchester United’s head of youth development is to quit the club at the end of the season after becoming disillusioned with the state of the academy, according to reports.

Highland Hospice gifted 19% in Inverness Caley ThistleBBC Sport
A charity that offers care to people dying from an incurable disease has become a major shareholder in a Scottish Premiership football team.

Matt Scott: Infantino has not got UEFA’s house in order. So why let him into FIFA House?Inside World Football
Infantino may not be hewn from the same mountainside as Blatter – he is the son of Italian immigrants to Switzerland – but if what Blatter said is true, then he was nurtured at the bosom of the same, tiny, 200-inhabitant village as was the arch-politican of FIFA. Infantino has certainly proved himself to have learned from Blatter’s political skills. Faced with a crisis at UEFA when his president, Michel Platini, was evicted from Nyon upon a 90-day provisional suspension from all football activity, the Swiss turned the situation to his personal advantage.

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