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BC Soccer News, Thursday, January 18, 2018

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS

Whitecaps FC acquire versatile Mexican midfielder Efraín Juárez from Club de Futbol Monterrey - Whitecaps FC
A Mexican Liga MX veteran who started in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and spent two years in the FC Barcelona academy is headed to Vancouver.

How a visit from Carl Robinson and call from Giovani dos Santos sold Efraín Juárez on Vancouver - Whitecaps FC
Efrain Juarez was a not-so-impartial observer during last year’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinal between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Tigres UANL.

Whitecaps walk away from Nosa Igiebor - The Province
In what will go down as one of the strangest side-plots in team history, the Whitecaps have announced they are not going to be bringing back midfielder Nosa Igiebor.

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson announces his retirement after 10-year professional career - Whitecaps FC
Midfielder Andrew Jacobson formally announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday, concluding a 10-year professional playing career that saw him play in Canada, France, Norway, and the United States.

Newest Whitecap Kamara says he has lots left in the tank - The Province
Take a quick look at Kei Kamara’s cv, and he seems to be a gift passed down to the Vancouver Whitecaps from the soccer gods.

Professional Soccer Comes to Hawai‘i - Big Island Now
Held Thursday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, the Pacific Rim Cup features two professional men’s soccer matches each evening with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer, Iwaki FC from the Fukushima Prefectural Football League and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo from the Japan Professional Football League.

Impact waives defenders Wandrille Lefèvre and Deian Boldor - Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that the club has waived defenders Wandrille Lefèvre and Deian Boldor.

Report: Armando Cooper linked to Chilean club Huachipato - Waking the Red
Several Spanish-language outlets have been speculating today that Armando Cooper, recently released by Toronto FC, could be on his way to Chile. Huachipato of the Chilean Primera Division are apparently in talks with Cooper, according to Panamanian outlet TVMax.

Toronto FC, Eriq Zavaleta closing in on new contract; Endoh expected to join Reds for preseason - Toronto Sun
The Reds and Eriq Zavaleta have agreed to terms on a new contract to extend the 25-year-old’s stay at BMO Field.

Timbers sign Peruvian winger Andy Polo from Liga MX’s Morelia - NBC Sports
The Portland Timbers have acquired winger Andy Polo on loan from Liga MX club Monarcas Morelia for the upcoming season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger re-signs with the Chicago Fire for the 2018 season - SN
Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed a new contract with the Chicago Fire, the MLS outfit confirmed Wednesday night.

Orlando City acquires Homegrown Lindley from Fire in exchange for Ramos, TAM - SBI
The club announced a trade for North Carolina midfielder Cam Lindley, who joins from the Chicago Fire in exchange for defender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. With the deal complete, Lindley also signed a four-year deal with the Lions.

Orlando City and the option for Cyle Larin - U.S. Soccer Players
Orlando City striker Cyle Larin is still Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, no matter what the Twitter account of Turkish champions Besiktas might say. Of that, at least Orlando City is certain. Whether Besiktas accepts Orlando City’s version of the truth is still, as of yet, unknown.

Toronto FC’s treble named Canada Soccer 2017 Moments campaign winner - CSA
An historic season from Toronto FC, who had a record setting regular season on the way to the 2017 Canadian Championship crown, a Major League Soccer Supporter’s Shield, and MLS Cup Finals victory and, has earned the club the 2017 Canada Soccer Moments title.

There's talent to be had in MLS SuperDraft, but also complications - Metro
Major League Soccer's SuperDraft, always a crapshoot, is more complicated than ever this year.

A look at each MLS team's best draft pick - SBI
The MLS Draft may have lost some of its luster over the last few years with the introduction of more Homegrown players, but it’s been an incredible resource for teams.

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BC SOCCER NEWS

Powell River Villa dominates in foggy conditions - Powell River Peak
Somewhere in the fog, Powell River Villa soccer club scored seven goals against Prospect Lake in a Vancouver Island Soccer League makeup game on January 14.

Hosting BC Grant Applications now open - ViaSport
The Province of BC continues to invest and fund event hosting through the Hosting BC grant program to facilitate economic and community development brought forth through notable sporting events. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for Hosting BC funding of up to $35,000 depending on the type of event.

VMSL PREMIER PHOTOS: BCT TIGERS ROVERS UTD. 3, RINO’S TIGERS 1, January 13, 2018 - BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

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
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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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! - BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS

Canada Soccer opens group stage against Costa Rica at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018 - CSA
Canada Soccer will open its group stage at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship against Costa Rica today in Trinidad and Tobago. The opening match will see Canada face one of the emerging CONCACAF powers, before taking on tournament hosts Trinidad and Tobago on 20 January in its second match, followed by Haiti on 22 January in its final group stage fixture.

Rylee Foster looking for third U-20 World Cup appearance - Cambridge Times
Cambridge keeper hopes to guide Canada through CONCACAF championships.

Trust must be rebuilt in fallout of Canada Soccer shake-up - Sportsnet
It’s been more than a week since a seismic shift in the Canadian soccer landscape took place, but we’re still feeling the aftershock.

Ledgerwood makes the move south to Calgary Foothills - the11.ca
Nik Ledgerwood has committed his future to Calgary Foothills. Ledgerwood will join Foothills and participate in the upcoming PDL season as a player/coach. Ledgerwood, who has a young family and hails from Lethbridge, spent the previous two seasons with FC Edmonton.

City council to debate risks of Edmonton hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup - CBC
Edmonton City Council will decide next week if it will put forward a bid to host some of the games during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Longtime volunteer Roy Cohen scores as Aurora soccer boss - YorkRegion.com
Busy people get things done. Well, Roy Cohen is one busy guy. For starters, he coaches three soccer teams in the summer and a boys team in the winter. He’s also a trainer for a minor bantam Aurora Tigers hockey team and coaches a spring showcase team.

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USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS

Fury FC adds midfielder Kevin Oliveira - Ottawa Sun
With training camp opening Jan. 29, Ottawa Fury FC has signed 21-year-old attacking midfielder Kevín Oliveira.

Fresno FC Inks dynamic winger Jemal Johnson - Fresno FC
Fresno Football Club has signed versatile winger Jemal Johnson for the club’s inaugural season in the United Soccer League, pending league and federation approval. Johnson, 32, played in Europe from 2004 to 2012 before spending the previous five years with various clubs in the North American Soccer League. He joins the Foxes from Jacksonville Armada FC, where he departs as the club’s all-time leader in appearances with 76 matches played.

Calistri Makes Move to Saint Louis - USL
Saint Louis FC announced on Wednesday it had signed former Chicago Fire Homegrown signing Joey Calistri, adding another piece to the club’s retooled attack for the new USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

Jax Armada to honor remaining player contracts, include option for players to leave - SocTakes
As the NASL awaits the court’s decision, all the uncertainty has certainly affected players and front office personnel negatively. In a letter sent to the 10 remaining players on the Jacksonville Armada roster, team owner Robert Palmer has attempted to ameliorate some of their concerns by declaring that they will, at the very least, continue to get paid through 2018.

Martin Rennie Can Take the Indy Eleven to a New Level - Indiana Sports
With a head coach in place, Indy Eleven can begin building their 2018 roster. Rennie will face no short task. Indy Eleven is facing a whole different beast than previous battles in the North American Soccer League. One such challenge Indy Eleven will face heading in 2018 is getting out of its own way.

Expecting Atlanta United 2 to win a championship? Don’t. - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s USL affiliate isn’t about winning. It’s about development.

WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS

Washington Spirit select Andi Sullivan with No. 1 pick in NWSL Draft - The Equalizer
The Washington Spirit rebuild took another big step forward Thursday morning with the selection of Andi Sullivan as the first overall pick in the NWSL College Draft.

Seattle Reign FC Acquire Yael Averbuch and 2018 NWSL College Draft Pick - The Bold
Seattle Reign FC announced today the club has acquired defender Yael Averbuch and the 25th overall pick in today’s 2018 NWSL College Draft from Utah Royals FC in exchange for midfielder Diana Matheson.

Why you should care about the NWSL College Draft - Fansided
The 2018 NWSL College Draft is here, with the sixth NWSL season slated to begin in late March.

North Carolina Courage Locks In Returners Zerboni, O’Sullivan, Speck for 2018 Season - NC Courage
North Carolina Courage players McCall Zerboni, Denise O’Sullivan and Meredith Speck have each renewed their contracts for the 2018 season, the club announced today. The trio joins a core group of 12 returners and new addition Crystal Dunn to round out the current roster to 16 total before the NWSL College Draft.

Sonnett looking to bring Australian success to the USWNT - ASN
Emily Sonnett has had a tough time earning consistent calls to the USWNT but now the Georgia native is hoping that success in Australia's W-League will result in an improved game and staying power at the international level.

UEFA 'Press Play' vlog series now live - UEFA
Four top European players feature in the first episode of UEFA's new weekly vlog series designed to increase the visibility of women's football to teenage girls.

UEFA co-sponsors memorial to renowned English women’s team - UEFA
UEFA has honoured the most successful women’s football team of all time – Dick, Kerr Ladies from Preston, England, who were founded a century ago.


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WORLD SOCCER NEWS

If you like tight title races, these are the European leagues to watch - The Guardian
Unlike the Premier League, in Greece only five points separate the top four teams in the Super League while the top flights in Poland and Israel also look tighter than a drum

FA Cup: Chelsea, Swansea into 4th rd; B’mouth ousted by Wigan - NBC Sports
Two more Premier League sides booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, courtesy of third-round replays, on Wednesday, bringing the PL’s total representation to 14 clubs.

Barcelona, Gerard Pique agree to new deal until 2022 - Sportsnet
Barcelona says it has reached a deal to renew Gerard Pique’s contract until 2022, adding a buyout clause of 500 million euros ($611 million).

Sanchez to Man United 'likely to happen,' Wenger says - Metro
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a deal sending Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Emirates Stadium in exchange.

Manchester United to rival Manchester City’s attempt to sign Jean Michaël Seri - The Guardian
Manchester United are ready to rival Manchester City’s attempt to sign Jean Michaël Seri from Nice, with José Mourinho keen to go head to head with Pep Guardiola once again to sign the Ivory Coast midfielder at the end of the season.

Walcott sends heartfelt message to Arsenal fans after joining Everton - SN
Theo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.

Bordeaux sacks coach Jocelyn Gourvennec after poor run of form - Sportsnet
Bordeaux has fired coach Jocelyn Gourvennec following a run of poor results.

Son rising to celebrated status in Premier League - Metro
He's the humble Tottenham attacker in the form of his life, breaking records in the Premier League and helping to carry his nation's hopes heading into the World Cup.

Michael O'Neill: Scotland begin talks with Northern Ireland manager - BBC Sport
The 48-year-old has been Scotland's number one target since the departure of Gordon Strachan in October.

Is VAR killing football's soul or is it needed to stop injustices? - SN
Having been utilised in the Confederations Cup last summer, as well as a number of international tournaments, such as the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, VAR was introduced this season in several major European competitions, including Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga and England's FA Cup.

Manchester United top European net debt table with €561m - Inside World Football
Manchester United has by far the highest net debt among European football clubs, according to the latest UEFA Club Licensing Benchmarking Report, published this week.

A letter to Cyrille Regis … my dad’s hero, who gave me the belief to follow my dreams - The Guardian
"You helped convince my father he could be a successful, black footballer and your courage gave the generation beneath you (including me) the confidence to push forward." - Liam Rosenior

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