BC Soccer News, Monday, December 16, 2019


Whitecaps FC set to introduce new strikerWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will announce the club’s newest addition on Monday morning at 10 a.m. PT and will hold a media conference at BC Place.

There’s a Whitecaps tank parked outside of BC Place right nowDaily Hive
A Whitecaps FC branded tank with the No. 9 on it has rolled into downtown Vancouver and was spotted parked outside BC Place Sunday morning. Unless the Whitecaps plan on waging war sometime soon, it appears to be a publicity stunt for a major player signing.

MLS and Vancouver Whitecaps: Lucas Cavallini signifies new eraMLS Multiplex
The Vancouver Whitecaps are reportedly set to sign Lucas Cavallini. Does his arrival signify a new era for the club and MLS as a whole?

TFC’s Michael Bradley envisions long-term stay in TorontoSportsnet
Michael Bradley is the longest-serving Toronto FC player after Jonathan Osorio and Ashtone Morgan, a pair of southern Ontario natives who rose through TFC’s academy to the first team.

Montreal Impact: Time to face Ignacio Piatti problemMLS Multiplex
Like every year, reports are again claiming that Ignacio Piatti wants to return to San Lorenzo and Argentina. It is time for the Montreal Impact to face the problem head-on.

Report: LAFC agree to deal with Uruguayan midfielder Francisco GinellaMLS
LAFC have again turned to Uruguay when scanning the international transfer market, according to a report from Uruguayan outlet Urugol.

Updated MLS rosters: Where teams stand heading toward 2020SBI
With the Expansion Draft in the rearview mirror and every MLS team announcing its roster moves this week, we can now take stock on where all 26 MLS teams stand heading into the winter.


VISL Division 1 Results and Standings, Week 14BC Soccer Web
The last weekend of 2019 in the top flight on amateur soccer is complete, and it delivered with more surprising results.

CanMNT veteran Marcel de Jong returning to Pacific FC in 2020CanPL
Marcel de Jong in staying put on Vancouver Island. Pacific FC announced Friday that de Jong is contracted through to the 2020 season, a move that comes after the veteran midfielder suffered through an injury-plagued 2019 campaign.

The Victoria Highlanders FC 1st team will be participating in the Pacific Coast Soccer League for the upcoming 2020 season as the club prepares for the introduction of a new league in 2021.

Verzosa-Dolezal, Williams and ‘Caps alumni called up to Canada U-20 WNT camp Whitecaps FC
Included on the roster are two current members of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer: centre back Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal, and striker Andersen Williams. Also included are Whitecaps FC BC REX alumni Tanya Boychuk, Mya Jones, Emma Regan, and Caitlin Shaw, while Maya Antoine and Maya Ladhani spent a year with the ‘Caps.

Pat Philley, Hall of Fame honoured member, dies at age 90CSA
At the club level, Pat was just 21 years old when he won Canada Soccer’s 1950 Championship with Vancouver City FC. He later won the Pacific Coast League Championship in 1953-54 with Vancouver City (alongside his brother Brian) and 1956 with the Westminster Royals.

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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Canada Soccer announces squad for Women’s National U-20 Team Camp in BurnabyCSA
Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the Women’s National U-20 Excel camp in Burnaby, British Columbia from 13-18 December. The five-day camp will continue Canada’s preparations for the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in early 2020.

Matthew Arnone, Andre Bona highlight HFX’s 16-player released listCanPL
HFX Wanderers FC is clearing house. The club on Saturday announced the release of 16 players from its inaugural squad, a clear sign that coach Stephen Hart will try to rebuild his roster this off-season after finishing in last place in the overall table in 2019.

Kempenfelt Crew kicking up support to bring professional soccer to the cityBarrie Today
“Getting a team into League 1 would be so fantastic and such a huge honour,” said Cordelle. “That’s not to say we couldn’t get a team in the Canadian Premier League (CPL) someday, but to start in League 1 would help grow the game here in Barrie and add such a fun fanbase.”


Alen Marcina excited to lead San Antonio FCKSAT
San Antonio FC hired Alen Marcina as the second head coach in club history on Monday, and Marcina has plenty of experience with coaching soccer at Toyota Field.


Koreas pull out of WWC 2023 hosting race, leaving four bids to battle for rightsInside World Football
FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the tournament but the South Korean FA pulled out just before the deadline for candidates to submit completed bid books.

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Miedema just keeps scoring and Reading come from behind again but the WSL pitches simply are not good enough.

Italian women’s Serie A fast tracked to professionalism with lifting of salary capInside World Football
A new law in Italy, removing the current salary cap, will allow women players at Serie A Femminile clubs to be paid as full time professionals.

‘We’re breaking barriers’: Rob Mitchell on the FA Player’s WSL strategySportsPro Media
In a year which saw the Fifa Women’s World Cup capture the imagination, the Football Association’s brand lead explains why the summer spectacle gave English soccer’s governing body confidence to launch a streaming service dedicated to the Women’s Super League.


Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionThe Guardian
Kevin De Bruyne breaks Arsenal’s spirit within two minutes, more VAR pettifogging at Anfield and Mason Greenwood makes a pressing case for a start for Manchester United.

La Liga roundup: Benzema’s last-minute heroics earns Real Madrid valuable pointNBC Sports
A stunning draw from Real Madrid against Valencia highlight La Liga’s Sunday action.

Bundesliga Bulletin: Leipzig snatch top spot, Coutinho shows his class for Bayern MunichDW
For the first time in 10 weeks, we have a new front runner in the Bundesliga title race after Mönchengladbach’s defeat. It was also a weekend to remember for Philippe Coutinho, who finally announced himself at Bayern.

RB Leipzig are top of the Bundesliga, and that’s not a good thingDW
After Borussia Mönchengladbach lost to Wolfsburg, the Bundesliga has a new leader: RB Leipzig. The team is there on merit, but the rise of the Red Bull franchise deserves scrutiny, not celebration, says DW’s Matt Ford.

Ligue 1 Week 18 reactions – Tuchel: ‘Another great performance’Ligue 1
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was a happy man after his side made it five wins in a row with a 4-0 beating of ten-man Saint-Etienne, whose coach Claude Puel lamented a lack of cutting edge.

Serie A roundup: Ronaldo sets record with brace, Juventus top Serie ANBC Sports
Juventus’ routine win, which puts them level with leaders Inter Milan, highlights Sunday’s Serie A action.

Liverpool and Manchester City land Madrid duo in Champions League drawFour Four Two
Liverpool have been drawn to play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, while Manchester City face a daunting tie against Real Madrid.

Europa League draw: Arsenal, Man Utd, Wolves learn fateNBC Sports
Premier League sides learned their fate in the UEFA Europa League, and not one of them were handed an easy path to the Round of 16.

Georgetown outlasts Virginia in 2019 College Cup for first national championshipNCAA
For the first time in program history, the Georgetown Hoyas are College Cup champions. The juggernaut of the Big East held two separate leads in the national championship over Virginia, finally outlasting the Cavaliers in the seventh round of a penalty shootout.

Barcelona ramps up security as Catalan separatists target ClasicoYahoo Sports
Spain will deploy a large-scale security operation involving 3,000 personnel at the Clasico on Wednesday, when the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos look set to share the limelight with Catalan separatist protests.

China’s state TV channel drops Arsenal game after Ozil condemns muslim crackdownInside World Football
In an unprecedented move that illustrated the country’s sensitivity over human rights issues, China’s state broadcaster pulled Sunday’s Arsenal-Manchester showpiece fixture from its broadcast schedule after Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil criticised Beijing’s brutal crackdown on ethnic Muslims.

Craven Arsenal abandon Mesut Özil over his stance on China’s Uighur persecutionThe Guardian
The midfielder is in tune with a United Nations panel and human rights groups over the imprisonment of millions of Uighurs but the club chose to raise a white flag

When sport and politics meetDW
Mesut Özil’s support for the Uighur population in China and criticism of Muslim countries for their unwillingness to speak out has made political waves. Here’s a look at some previous political protests in sports.

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