VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Pacific Rim Cup Final – Whitecaps FC
After back-to-back wins to start the preseason, Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell 1-0 to J1 League side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo on Saturday night in the Pacific Rim Cup Final at Aloha Stadium.
Colyn shines in Hawaii with Whitecaps on soccer pitch, sound pitch – The Province
Coming on in the 78th minute in place of Myer Bevan in their pre-season opener against J1 League side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, the Langley native’s impact was immediately felt.
Whitecaps FC right back Jake Nerwinski agrees to a contract extension – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club has signed right back Jake Nerwinski to a contract extension through 2019, with options for 2020 and 2021.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Maybe we think too much? – Soccer Shorts
Just when you think that having no football to write about is pretty tough along comes the preseason and you realise that having meaningless football to write about is even tougher.
Whitecaps FC Single Match Tickets Now on Sale – Ticketmaster
Single match tickets for the 2018 MLS season are now available.
MLS Preseason Rewind: NYCFC in LA, Caps and Crew in Hawaii – SBI
There were plenty of preseason warm-up matches featuring clubs from all around the nation, and the world, last weekend.
MLS Preseason Schedule for this week: 2/12 – 2/18 – MLS Multiplex
The 2018 MLS regular season is now less than three weeks away. We enter the last week of preseason before a few sides start CCL action.
Opinion: Toronto FC’s lacklustre off-season cause for concern – Waking the Red
In my less than humble opinion, Toronto FC’s current depth is worse than last year’s; Bez and Vanney have created problems where there were no problems, and have yet to address Toronto’s key need post-December 9, 2017.
Homegrown standout Ayo Akinola ready to take the next step with Toronto FC – Toronto FC
While focused on the present, one must always have an eye on the future. The start of 2018 CONCACAF Champions League and MLS season is fast approaching, and the reigning MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, and Voyageurs Cup Champions, Toronto FC, are braced to defend their titles and eager to make their return to the regional competition for the first time since 2012, marking their fifth appearance in the Champions League.
Impact wins first preseason game 2-0 against Las Vegas Lights FC – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact started its sequence of preseason games on the right foot, beating Las Vegas Lights FC 2-0 on Saturday night at Cashman Field. Michael Salazar and an own goal provided the victory for the visitors.
Sounders may have to spend more in new MLS financial realm – Seattle Times
There’s concern that changes could lead to a less egalitarian MLS system, where teams become “haves’’ and “have-nots’’ in spending and performance much like Major League Baseball in prior decades.
Lee Nguyen back in training following hold out – NBC Sports
The standoff between the New England Revolution and Lee Nguyen appears to be over; at least for now.
Ola Kamara believes signs of improvement already there for LA Galaxy – MLS
Ola Kamara knows not to take too much stock in what the scoreboard shows at the end of preseason matches.
Former Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell announces retirement – Houston Dynamo
Former Houston Dynamo defender and 13-year MLS veteran Bobby Boswell announced his retirement from professional soccer Monday morning via social media.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VMSL Round-up: Upsets lead the way in first weekend of Imperial Cup action – AFTN
A couple of big cupsets led the way in the 105 year old Imperial Cup, as two VMSL Premier Division teams crashed out to Division 1 opposition.
C License Course in Kamloops and Kelowna – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to have delivered a 4-day regional C License course in late January. The course was held over two weekends in Kamloops and Kelowna training 18 candidates from around the province.
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
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
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
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
Barcelona’s Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla: Didier Drogba is proud of me – ESPN FC
Barcelona new boy Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla says he is receiving guidance from former Chelsea star Didier Drogba as he looks to make it at Camp Nou.
Voyageur’s Cup: A Near-Future Vision – Northern Starting XI
This should be a huge competition. It should be highly regarded, and heavily fought. As the only way for Canadian Teams to go beyond the league they play in, the Voyageur’s Cup should be the epitome of soccer in the country. Guess what? It isn’t.
Having a ball: Halifax student’s business brings soccer balls to Africa – Metro
When Keegan McGinnis goes to Africa in April, he’ll definitely have a ball. Or more than 100 of them. My Greatest Play is his clothing line with a charitable side. For every item of clothing sold, a soccer ball is donated to a child in a developing country.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
New USL teams Las Vegas and Nashville SC open preseason with sell-out crowds – Soccer America
First-year USL teams Las Vegas and Nashville SC played their first home game and drew sell-out crowds of 10,387 and 9,059, respectively.
San Antonio Earns Victory in Dallas – USL
San Antonio FC got goals from Ever Guzman and Kris Trypak as it defeated FC Dallas 2-0 in the club’s second preseason match on Sunday afternoon. SAFC newcomer Jose Escalante notched assists on both goals to earn victory for the Alamo City club.
Bethlehem Steel’s preseason experiment – Philly Soccer Page
Saturday afternoon the 2018 Bethelehm Steel FC conducted the first preseason “game-like event” at YSC Academy in Wayne against FC Motown of the NPSL from Morristown, NJ.
Cincinnati Edges Out Rowdies – USL
FC Cincinnati scored just past the hour-mark through Garrett Halfhill to earn a 1-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a preseason exhibition between the two USL rivals at IMG Academy on Saturday evening. Halfhill’s goal was the lone tally in an entertaining clash that will see both teams take positives away as they build toward the start of the new season.
1868, Earthquakes, agree to affiliate extension – KOLO TV
Reno 1868 FC and its MLS affiliate, the San Jose Earthquakes, have agreed to a one-year affiliation extension, the clubs announced Saturday.
Phoenix Rising boosts MLS expansion efforts by adding Chinese billionaire – SBI
Phoenix Rising FC may not be in the running for the next MLS expansion franchise, but that is not stopping the USL club from making moves that could help land it one of the following two teams.
Our City: Why the Las Vegas Lights Neon Jersey is Just What American Soccer Needs – The Mane Land
Today I will attempt to defend the undefendable new Las Vegas Lights FC neon kits. They are obnoxious, and just what American soccer needs.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Portland Thorns forward Caitlin Foord suffers serious foot injury, will undergo surgery – Oregonian
Portland Thorns forward Caitlin Foord has ruptured the lisfranc ligament in her foot and will undergo surgery.
Sydney’s grand final hopes hit hard by Foord injury blow – Canberra Times
Sydney FC’s hopes of dethroning treble-seeking Melbourne City in Sunday’s W-League grand final have been dealt a major blow thanks to a season-ending injury for star striker Caitlin Foord.
W-League: Newcastle Jets coach calls for longer season and deals – The Herald
Jets coach Craig Deans believes Football Federation Australia needs to “bite the bullet” and give W-League players a longer, more professional competition.
Liverpool Ladies beaten as Man City go top of Women’s Super League – Liverpool Echo
Manchester City ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Liverpool Ladies to move back to the top of FA WSL 1 and extend their season unbeaten run.
Scotland Women: Rachel Corsie back for New Zealand friendlies – BBC Sport
Scotland captain Rachel Corsie will return from injury for the two friendly matches against New Zealand in March.
What is Carlos Cordeiro’s platform to date regarding women’s soccer? – The Equalizer
Carlos Cordeiro was elected the new president of U.S. Soccer on Saturday, beating out seven other candidates in a vote that went to three ballots before Cordeiro received the required majority vote.
London FA launches scheme to engage more girls – Barking & Dagenham Post
As a key part of this initiative, the London FA is searching for 100 new female coaches to deliver its sessions.
The dos and don’ts of sponsoring women’s sports – Marketing Week
Women’s sport might be growing in popularity, but when considering sponsorship opportunities there are certain things brands should consider.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Champions League: Ronaldo-Neymar showdown with jobs at stake – National Post
The Champions League resumes with a mouthwatering meeting of the aristocrats and the disruptors of European soccer.
Formidable Juve defence faces stern test from Kane’s Spurs – Metro
This is one defence even Harry Kane might struggle to breach. The world’s leading scorer in 2017 comes up against one of Europe’s tightest back lines when Tottenham takes on Juventus on Tuesday.
Upon further review: Spurs go from strength to strength – Sportsnet
Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it.
Barcelona stumbles again, held 0-0 at home by Getafe – Fox Sports
Barcelona has hit a bit of a slump, and Atletico Madrid is edging back into the title race.
Inter ends 2-month winless streak by beating 9-man Bologna – Sportsnet
Inter Milan ended a two-month winless streak in Serie A with a 2-1 win at home to nine-man Bologna on Sunday, thanks to teenager Yann Karamoh.
Week 25 review: PSG prepare for Madrid as Monaco hit back – Ligue 1
PSG had Neymar Jr to thank for a somewhat shaky 1-0 win in Toulouse as their trip to face Real Madrid looms; Monaco’s big win in Angers took them back to second as OM drew and OL’s skid continued 2-0 at home to Rennes.
Bremen, Stuttgart win to ease Bundesliga relegation fears – Sportsnet
Werder Bremen and Stuttgart managed to ease their Bundesliga relegation worries on Sunday with home wins.
De Bruyne, the assist king with the Ballon d’Or in sight – Metro
For Kevin De Bruyne, it was perhaps the ultimate compliment. Following another midfield masterclass from the Belgian, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was asked if De Bruyne had elevated himself to the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — and could even break their decade-long stranglehold on the Ballon d’Or.
CAF Confed Cup: Asante Kotoko win, Akwa United stunned – African Football
On Sunday eight CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first-leg matches were played across the African continent.
US Soccer picks new president, frustrating those seeking big changes – The Guardian
After US failure to qualify for World Cup, vice-president Carlos Cordeiro, described by Hope Solo as ‘more of the same’, takes top job.
What Carlos Cordeiro’s USSF Presidential Victory Tells Us – Fifty Five One
The reaction to Cordeiro’s election has ranged from relief, to disappointment, to exhilaration. That helps to describe the Cordeiro candidacy and the personality of the new president himself — truly independent and not wed to any specific ideology about the sport, Cordeiro seems the right person to institute internal reforms regarding governance of U.S. Soccer without rocking the boat and blowing up the professional and youth structures.
Gulati’s gone but will Cordeiro allow US youth clubs to receive training compensation fees – Inside World Football
Sunil Gulati may now have left the presidency of the US Soccer Federation but he leaves behind one huge legacy issue in the shape of training compensation for youth players and whether the US is going to abide by FIFA rules and conventions or go it alone and continue to refuse the training payment solidarity principles.
Japan’s biggest European success stories – UEFA
With Japan celebrating its national day, UEFA.com pays tribute to the Japanese players who have shaken up Europe, with Shinji Kagawa leading the way.
Liga MX ending promotion, relegation could have dangerous impact – ESPN
It’s always a tiny bit jarring to witness so many grown men openly weeping. The medals and the trophy were still in the league’s hands, but the banda was at full volume, the confetti was in the air, and the journalists were out on the field. There’s a special kind of ambiance behind a promotion battle.
Tackling Matchfixing: Should we being doing more? Are you kidding me, says de Medeiros – Inside World Football
Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros does not mince his worlds when it comes to issues of sports integrity. More needs to be done, it needs to be done now and these are non-negotiable conditions. For de Medeiros, tackling matchfixing is very firmly in the middle of that mix of integrity issues globally that have to be addressed.
A Royal Visit – Sounder at Heart
As the original NASL’s 50th anniversary kicks off, a look at the league’s first stop in Seattle, well before the Sounders came to town.