BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 23-26, 2020


Move to Whitecaps and MLS not really a return home for Cristian Gutiérrez but it is an important “next stage” in his footballing growthAFTN
Life can take most of us in unexpected directions, When you’re a professional footballer, even more so, with a career that can often find you playing in a variety of weird and wonderful places.

Whitecaps FC acquire Érik Godoy via transfer from Club Atlético ColónWhitecaps FC
An important piece on the ’Caps backline is returning to the fold.

Once A Whitecap: Where are they now? (Part 1) AFTN
At the end of every Football Manager season, the game generates a message to the player titled “The Team of 2020: Where are they now?”. Inspired by this, I decided to take a deep dive into four former Whitecaps and find out what they have been up since they booked a one-way ticket out of town.

LAFC’s Jose Cifuentes stretchered off in CONMEBOL Olympic qualifying tournamentMLS
Fans of LAFC already knew they would have to wait for their first look at new midfield signing Jose Cifuentes, who is a part of Ecuador’s contingent at the 2020 CONMEBOL Olympic Qualifying tournament in Colombia.

MLS Ticker: Jara joining FC Dallas in July, LAFC’s Cifuentes stretchered off with Ecuador, and moreSBI
Franco Jara is on his way to MLS in July 2020.

Toronto FC skipper Michael Bradley undergoes successful ankle surgerySportsnet
Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley has undergone successful ankle surgery in New York City with the MLS team confirming that the veteran midfielder will be out for four months.

Wondolowski, Earthquakes aim at MLS Cup in captain’s swan songSBI
Major League Soccer’s all-time leading goal-scorer signed a one-year-deal with his boyhood club, the Earthquakes, back in October after a 15-goal campaign that seemed to surprise everybody.

Chicharito tells father MLS move is “beginning of my retirement”NBC Sports
Major League Soccer has been fighting the notion that it is a “retirement league” for the better part of the last decade. The business strategy of bringing on European stars in the twilight of their careers is sensible to garner interest in the league, and often those players have gone on to set records and become stars.

Whitecaps FC celebrate volunteers from 2010 Winter Olympics and ParalympicsWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday special home opener ticket pricing in honour of Blue Jacket volunteers from the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.


Canada returns to Vancouver in April for Women’s International FriendlyCSA
They’re coming home: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will face Australia on Tuesday 14 April in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 2020 Women’s International Friendly match will be played at BC Place with tickets to go on sale this coming Wednesday 29 January.

The Canadian Women are coming back to Vancouver!BCSA
BC Soccer is excited to welcome the Canadian Women’s National team back to British Columbia for a clash with fellow top 10 ranked Australia, Tuesday April 14th, 7:30pm at BC Place.

VISL Division 1 Upcoming Matches – Week 16BC Soccer Web
Finally, we can say that there will be some VISL Division 1 soccer played this weekend.

Soccer draws a mixed bag for Cowichan teamsCowichan Valley Citizen
LMG aims for Jackson Cup, masters teams will meet in play-in game.

Soccer falls to snow in battle for Island fieldsCowichan Valley Citizen
It was a quiet weekend on Vancouver Island soccer pitches as nearly all adult games were postponed due to snowy weather.

Local masters soccer derby resumes this weekendCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan 49ers face Cowichan Steelheads — who ya got?

Whitecaps FC girls take on Cascadia rivals Seattle Reign and Portland ThornsWhitecaps FC
The Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX U-14 and U-16 teams, in partnership with BC Soccer, were introduced to the Cascadia rivalry this past weekend as they travelled to face their academy counterparts from Seattle Reign FC and Portland Thorns.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

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 UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC 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.


Cavalry FC adds scoring punch with Peruvian forward Jair CórdovaCanPL
Cavalry FC bolstered its attack on Wednesday with the signing of Peruvian forward Jair Córdova to a multi-year contract in a move that sees another promising South American prospect land in the Canadian Premier League.

HFX Wanderers FC ink young Canadian fullback Mateo RestrepoCanPL
HFX Wanderers FC announced Wednesday that it has signed right fullback Mateo Restrepo to a multi-year contract.

Borges Transfer Sends A StatementNorthern Starting XI
Forge FC and the Canadian Premier League announced today the transfer of Tristan Borges to Belgium second division side Oud-Heverlee Leuven for an undisclosed fee. This news comes on the heels of the league’s first outgoing transfer, Joel Waterman to Montreal Impact for a fee $100,000, and both transfers certainly send the statement that the Canadian Premier League has quality young players worthy of investment.


TRANSACTIONS: San Antonio Installs PC to MidfieldUSL
San Antonio FC announced on Wednesday it had signed midfielder Victor “PC” Giro for the 2020 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Matildas to take on Canada in friendliesYahoo Sports Australia
Australia coach Ante Milicic says the Vancouver match will be an important test for his side if they qualify for the Olympics.

North Carolina Courage signs Hailie MaceNWSL
The North Carolina Courage have signed Hailie Mace to a two-year contract ahead of the 2020 NWSL season, the club announced on Wednesday.  Per club and league policy, no further details were disclosed.

Inside the push to stop female footballers suffering so many ACL injuriesThe Guardian
Female athletes are far more susceptible to cruciate damage and one man is particularly determined to find a solution

Emily Lima: I’m excited by Ecuador’s aspirations FIFA
Emily Lima could not hold back the tears during her unveiling as the new coach of the Ecuadorian women’s national team. The trigger, the Brazilian admitted to FIFA.com, was the message left by her brother in a video shared with the media.


United loses to Burnley to deepen league strugglesTSN
Manchester United lost to Burnley at Old Trafford for the first time since 1962 as fans expressed their anger at the state of the club under the owning Glazer family.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Could Sunday’s FA Cup tie be his last match as Manchester United boss?BBC Sport
Speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as Manchester United manager was dominating the headlines on Thursday after the 2-0 home defeat by Burnley.

Griezmann scores late to save Barcelona in Copa del ReySportsnet
With Lionel Messi rested and Luis Suarez out injured, it was Antoine Griezmann who had to come through to save Barcelona from an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey.

At Barcelona it’s Lionel Messi, Pique and the players who hold the power, not the managerESPN
“Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being coach of Barcelona,” Quique Setien said after the club appointed him last week, ending a turbulent chapter under the previous boss, Ernesto Valverde. “I never thought Barcelona would choose me.”

Scottish Premiership roundup: Celtic stay top with Rangers in hot pursuitThe Guardian
Celtic maintained their two-point advantage over Premiership title challengers Rangers with a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Odsonne Édouard fired the visitors into the lead in the 25th minute before Leigh Griffiths added a second at the start of the second half.

Iran: Clubs back down on Asian champions League boycottBBC Sport
Four Iranian clubs have decided against boycotting the Asian Champions League after their games were moved out of the country for security reasons.

Saudi overcome Uzbeks to secure AFC U23 final place and berth to Japan 2020 OlympicsInside World Football
Saudi Arabia have become the first Asian country to qualify for the Olympic football tournament, alongside hosts Japan, after defeating reigning champions Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semi-finals of the AFC U-23 Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

Police enter headquarters of Spanish club MalagaNBC Sports
Police entered the headquarters of Spanish club Malaga on Wednesday to seize documents related to a court case involving the second-division team.

Agents furious over FIFA plans to cap commissions and threaten legal actionInside World Football
Leading agents, including Mino Raiola, Jorge Mendes and Jonathan Barnett, have threatened FIFA with legal action over proposals to cut fees to the representatives of players and clubs involved in transfers.

Juan Roman Riquelme: Youth tournament in South America features 11 players named after Argentina legendBBC Sport
“We all dream of a team of Riquelmes. Number one is Riquelme. Number two, is…” you get the idea.

The psychology of football rivalriesThe Guardian
Why does supporting one club mean you have to hate another?

More BC Soccer News…


Posted in BC Soccer News.