VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
David Edgar suffers right knee injury – Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC centre back David Edgar sustained a right knee injury while on a golf trip in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was the victim of a hit and run motor vehicle accident.
Whitecap Kekuta Manneh has Bruce Arena’s Attention – MLS Multiplex
Bruce Arena showed interest this week in bringing Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh into the U.S. Men’s National Team January training camp.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC add goalkeeper Spencer Richey to MLS roster – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has signed goalkeeper Spencer Richey to an MLS contract for 2017, with options for 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC add striker Kyle Greig to MLS roster – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has signed striker Kyle Greig to an MLS contract for 2017, with options for 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Episode 168 – The AFTN Soccer Podcast (The State of the Whitecaps 2016 with special guest Carl Robinson) – AFTN
2016 has been a pretty shitty year all round. From a Vancouver Whitecaps perspective, it hasn’t been on of their best, but that’s all in the past now and we just need to look forward to the better times ahead.
Montreal Impact signs Dominic Oduro to two-year deal – Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that it has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with striker/midfielder Dominic Oduro.
Reports: DC United, Sporting KC, Houston eyeing Latin American strikers – MLS
Three more talented Latin American attackers have been linked to MLS moves as the winter transfer season cranks into high gear. A new report by Honduran outlet Diez claims that Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo are among the leading suitors for Alberth Elis, a 20-year-old striker who turned heads as a member of the Honduras Olympic squad in Brazil last summer.
Orlando City SC Signs Defender José Aja to Four-Year Contract – Orlando City SC
“We are excited to keep José in Orlando. He proved to be a great player and strong asset for our team in a short period of time,” Lions General Manager Niki Budalic said. “We look forward to his continued contributions in 2017.”
Sounders GM hints at CONCACAF Champions League format change – SN
Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey hinted Sunday that the 2016 MLS Cup champions might kick off CCL play in 2018 instead of late 2017, with the competition potentially shifting away from its traditional fall-to-spring schedule.
LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos wins top MLS player at Univision awards – ESPN FC
Giovani dos Santos received the MLS Player of the Year Award at the Premios Univision Deportes on Sunday night.
Incoming governor opposes St. Louis soccer stadium funding – Yahoo Sports
Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens said Monday he opposes taxpayer money to help build a new soccer stadium in St. Louis, calling the project ”nothing more than welfare for millionaires.”
Feud Between Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts is Unnecessary – Tip of the Tower
With Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts playing at BMO Field together, there has been issues brewing between the teams and their fans that should stop before it gets worse.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL All-Star Squads Announced – VISL
With this year’s Xmas break comes the road trip to Surrey as the VISL takes on the Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) in 2 All-star game matches.
Cowichan U13 girls hand first loss to Gorge FC – Cowichan Valley Citizen
For proof of how far the Cowichan U13 Gold girls soccer team has come, you only need to take a look at their results against Gorge FC.
The ‘Caps diet plan: How to fuel up like a soccer player – Whitecaps FC
For Whitecaps FC players, it’s all about “matching their plates with their training.” We sat down with club nutritionist Dana Lis, who gave us a rundown on the diet plan of a professional soccer player.
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC Soccer Assoc. Releases their 2015-2016 Year in Review – BCSA
After another successful year of soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer Assoc. is pleased to release their 2015-2016 Year in Review. The creation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program, delivery of a FIFA Live Your Goals Festival, along with the numerous Grassroots Festivals across the province and Coach Education highlight some of the major successes this past year.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries – BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.
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
Atiba Hutchinson named male selection for the 2016 Canadian Players of the Year award – CSA
Canada Soccer announced that Atiba Hutchinson has been voted the Men’s National Team winner for the 2016 Canadian Players of the Year award. Hutchinson from Brampton, ON was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian media (50%) and Canadian coaches (50%).
Atiba Hutchinson voted Canada Soccer’s male player of the year – Sportsnet
Atiba Hutchinson now has bragging rights over former teammate Dwayne De Rosario. The 33-year-old midfielder was named Canada Soccer’s top male player Friday for the third straight year and record fifth time, surpassing De Rosario, a four-time winner.
Hutchinson still hasn’t made up his mind about his national-team future – the11.ca
Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson has been named the men’s national team player of the year for the fifth time.
League1 Ontario Continues To Grow Across Ontario – League1 Ontario
West Ottawa Soccer Club, Toronto Azzurri Blizzard and Unionville Milliken SC will join the women’s ranks, growing the division to 12 teams next season. Ottawa South United will join the men’s division, which will now boast 17 teams in 2017.
Canadian college soccer stars Wright, Awuah and Nanco invited to MLS combine – Globe & Mail
Three Canadians are on the initial list of 57 NCAA Division I players invited to Major League Soccer’s player combine.
WFC2, USL & NASL NEWS
Canadian Goalkeeper DeBellis Bound for Kickers – USL
The Richmond Kickers announced Friday the addition of goalkeeper Marcel DeBellis for the 2017 season, pending league and federation approval, and international clearance.
Swope Park Rangers signs 2015 USL Rookie of the Year Kharlton Belmar – Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers have signed forward Kharlton Belmar, the club announced on Monday. Belmar spent the last two seasons in the USL with Portland Timbers 2, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. Belmar will join the club pending USL and federation approval.
Sources: Deltas looking to add former Cosmos mid Szetela – Empire of Soccer
The uncertainty in the North American Soccer League is not stopping the San Francisco Deltas from forming their roster for 2017. EoS has learned that the Deltas are looking to lure longtime New York Cosmos fan favorite, Danny Szetela, to their ranks.
Orlando Pride Adds Brazilian International Camila – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride has signed Brazilian defender Camila Martins Pereira for their second National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, the Club announced today. Camila will join the Pride pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policies, details of the contract were not disclosed.
UWCL: Paris trump Lyon, Harder joins Wolfsburg – UEFA
Paris Saint-Germain ended Lyon’s long unbeaten run as the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finalists completed their fixtures for 2016 while Wolfsburg have shown intent with the signing of Pernille Harder.
Canberra and Perth move top – Round 7 review – W-League
Canberra United and Perth Glory made the most of another shock defeat for Melbourne City in a remarkable weekend of action in the Westfield W-League.
Frauen-Bundesliga Match Week 11 Round-Up: Little luck for those at the bottom – Vavel
Using their midweek games in hand, Potsdam and Wolfsburg went first and second respectively before Munich and Freiburg capitalised on Wolfsburg’s postponed match against Jena to leapfrog the Lower Saxony team.
Sjögren takes Norway helm for Women’s EURO – UEFA
Martin Sjögren described Norway as “an exciting team with great potential” after taking over as coach of the UEFA Women’s EURO hopefuls, fresh from leading Linköping to the Swedish title.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons end protest – BBC Sport
Nigeria’s women’s team have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them.
Motherwell Ladies FC – 2017 season preview – Scottish WPL
After a successful first season since it’s creation, SWPL 2 will have three new faces in the division for 2017 in the form of Motherwell, East Fife, and Forfar Farmington. In the run-up to the new season, the SWPL will be looking at these new additions and their hopes in perhaps the most competitive league within Scottish Women’s football.
Women’s player who lost scholarship for obscene gesture on TV will sue UConn – Fox Sports
A former UConn soccer player who lost her scholarship after giving the middle finger to a television camera plans to sue the school, alleging her punishment was excessive.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
CONCACAF announce 2017 Gold Cup venues, USA and Mexico group schedule – MLS
CONCACAF announced on Monday the 13 cities that will host the 2017 Gold Cup next July 7-26 and revealed the sites and dates of group stage matches for the US and Mexico national teams.
Real Madrid receive FIFA World Champions Badge in Japan – FIFA
By defeating Kashima Antlers in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016, Real Madrid have earned the honour of being able to wear the official FIFA World Champions Badge on their competition jerseys for the duration of 2017.
Japan 2016 makes Kashima household names – AFC
On November 23, Kashima Antlers scraped past Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 in the J.League championship semi-final play-off. No one could have predicted that about one month later, Kashima would be playing in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 — a game in which they even snatched a 2-1 second-half lead against Real Madrid.
Russia accused of doping cover-up in national soccer teams – Fox Sports
Players from Russia’s under-21 national soccer team had suspicious drug-test samples covered up, emails released by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation show.
Lucas Leiva hails Merseyside Derby as “most important game of the year” – Vavel
The Brazilian speaks about what the derby means to him ahead of the first clash between the two sides on Monday.
Pressure mounts on Bob Bradley after latest Swansea City loss – SBI
Bob Bradley is facing more and more scrutiny after Swansea City’s latest loss, a defeat that has the Swans now tied on points for last place in the English Premier League.
Bundesliga match day 15 round up – Prost Amerika
Bayern wins, Leipzig wins, a title race is on but perhaps will only feature two horses at the end of the 15 round of the Bundesliga.
Roma lose Juventus clash, Lyon show their claws – UEFA
Roma fell seven points behind Juventus after losing to their Serie A rivals on a weekend when Lyon defeated Monaco and English duo Tottenham and Manchester United both won.
Week 18 review: Nice ‘Autumn Champions’ as Monaco, PSG stumble – Ligue 1
OGC Nice’s 2-1 win over Dijon – coupled with closest rival Monaco’s shock 3-1 undoing at home to Lyon – guaranteed the Aiglons of going into the break in top spot while champions PSG, 2-1 losers in Guingamp, trail by seven points.
FIFA gives Chile and Romania stadium bans, fines many Latin American FAs – ESPN FC
Chile and Romania have received stadium bans from FIFA, as the world governing body issued fines to a number of national football associations on Monday, including many for anti-gay chants in Latin America.
Did Tigres or America benefit most from long layoff before Liga MX final? – SN
The wait is nearly over for the Liga MX final. After the league’s semifinals wrapped up Dec. 4, we knew we’d have a long wait for the final, with its two legs set for Thursday and Sunday.
World Cup TV corruption puts Televisa affiliate in the frame – Inside World Football
Court papers filed by prosecutors in the US allege that an affiliate of a major broadcasting company in Latin America paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain the rights for the next four World Cup tournaments in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
‘Disgraceful’ – British fans outraged by FIFA’s £35,000 poppy fine – SN
Football fans across the United Kingdom are in outrage following the news that England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have been fined for ‘displaying political symbols’ during World Cup qualifiers on Remembrance Day.
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon jokes he might play on until he is 65 years old – ESPN FC
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has told Tuttosport he has no plans to retire and has said he could foresee himself playing on for another 10 or even 15 years.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco ends hunger strike to defend his mayorship – ESPN FC
Former Mexico international Cuauhtemoc Blanco said he has ended a hunger strike to defend his mayorship of the city of Cuernavaca after Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a stay against efforts to impeach him.
A major schism: U.S. Youth Soccer strikes back at Washington state for seeking sole USSF registration – Soccer America
In response to Washington Youth Soccer announcing its quest to register its players solely with the U.S. Soccer Federation, U.S. Youth Soccer announced that it has “formally accepted WYSA’s resignation from U.S. Youth Soccer effective as of January 1, 2017″ — a move WYSA states it has not taken.
When it comes to sponsoring youth football, FA is right to boot tattoo deal for U12 team into touch – The Telegraph
They are clearly an enterprising bunch at Kings Heath Concorde Junior football club. I know from my own ill-starred experience in charge of a youth sports outfit that finding sponsors is never an easy task.
Brazil-Colombia friendly for Chapecoense confirmed for January 25 – Four Four Two
A Brazil side formed of domestic-based players will take on Colombia to raise funds for Chapecoense in January.
Legendary Chilean soccer club enjoys West Bank homecoming – Yahoo Sports
For over a week, Palestinian soccer fans have been enjoying a special Christmas-season present: the first visit by Chilean soccer club Deportivo Palestino to the West Bank.