VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. MINNESOTA UNITED FC
MLS MATCHDAY #1
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019, 3:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN 1 & 4 RADIO: TSN RADIO 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Week 1: Rebuilt Whitecaps take on new-look Minnesota United in Vancouver – MLS
Vancouver welcome the Loons to BC Place in Week 1 as both clubs look for positives to start new seasons and new eras. The Loons are focused on a playoff push, with Allianz Field opening on April 13, while the Whitecaps are moving into a new chapter, with 15 additions and 21 subtractions from the squad that missed the playoffs last year.
VIDEO: Are Vancouver Whitecaps the biggest mystery in MLS? | 2019 Season Preview – MLS
MLSsoccer.com’s Susannah Collins, Calen Carr and Bobby Warshaw preview the 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps. With a new coach and 15 new players on the roster, the Whitecaps appear to be the biggest mystery in MLS entering the season.
Montero keen to play ‘Portuguese style’ under Dos Santos – Whitecaps FC
Fredy Montero’s second spell as a member of Vancouver Whitecaps FC got underway on Saturday night, as the Colombian striker played the first half of the ‘Caps final preseason match, a 1-0 loss to LAFC, after finally joining the team on Thursday.
Whitecaps wrap up pre-season, but Fredy Montero just getting started – The Province
Fredy Montero left money on the table and a “terrifying” locker-room attack to return to the Pacific Northwest, where he has an eye on his long-term future.
Montero, Hwang appear in ‘Caps final preseason test at LAFC – Whitecaps FC
Fredy Montero made his return and Inbeom Hwang donned the Blue and White for the first time as Vancouver Whitecaps FC wrapped up their preseason slate with a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday evening.
Minnesota United FC: After Productive Offseason, Loons Look Set For 2019, But Not Beyond – Fifty-Five One
In the past two seasons, United have been a team that could’ve made the playoffs with good managing and injury luck. They have had neither. Now, with the team’s offseason investment, this is a playoff roster on paper, and with some tolerance for injuries and international absences.
Toronto FC faces Herculean task in Concacaf Champions League – Sportsnet
How does a team rebound from one of the worst performances in franchise history? That’s the question facing Toronto FC ahead of next Tuesday’s Concacaf Champions League game at BMO Field.
SBI 2019 MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact – SBI
Little turnaround, little stress. At least that’s what Remi Garde and the Montreal Impact are banking on for the 2019 season.
Impact renews radio deals with TSN 690, 98.5 FM through 2020 – Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact announced on Friday it has renewed its radio rights deals in English and French for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Cogeco’s 98.5 FM and Bell Media’s TSN 690 will continue to broadcast most games, though the team will be fighting scheduling conflicts with the Canadiens and Alouettes.
Podcast: Commissioner Don Garber and the Pressing Issues on the Docket for MLS – SI.com
On the new episode of the Planet Fútbol Podcast, MLS commissioner Don Garber joins SI.com for a conversation on a number of topics ahead of the start of the MLS season on March 2.
How C.J. Sapong fits in with the Chicago Fire – Pro Soccer USA
C.J. Sapong’s last two seasons mirror the Chicago Fire’s, and now Sapong joins the Fire in hopes of a resurgent season.
FC Cincinnati takeaways: Club turns to MLS regular season, away from ugly Crew SC loss – Cincinnati.com
FC Cincinnati’s first-ever MLS preseason ended with a dull thud Saturday night.
Mike Grella announces his retirement – Once a Metro
In three seasons with the Red Bulls Mike Grella was able to convert 16 times. His match winner at the Columbus Crew was the 1,000 goal in club history on March 28th, 2015. A long distance floating chip that beat Steve Clark from distance.
Major League Soccer scores expanded Twitch tie-up – SportsProMedia
New one-year agreement could include non-gaming content such as match highlights.
Documentary series “We are LAFC” to debut on ESPN+ on Monday – Angels on Parade
Word has trickled out in recent days that ESPN+ will be releasing a behind-the-scenes documentary about Los Angeles Football Club’s debut season, called “We are LAFC,” on Monday.
Robert Kraft charges come as part of human trafficking sting – Boston Globe
New England Patriots (& Revolution) owner Robert Kraft, one of the nation’s most powerful sports figures, is expected to face charges of soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor, in a case that could mean lasting damage to his reputation and possible disciplinary action by the National Football League.
For David Beckham and Miami, a Bumpy Road Enters the Homestretch – NY Times
When David Beckham, the former captain of England’s national team, announced his intention to bring a Major League Soccer team to South Florida at a rousing event in downtown Miami five years ago, the excitement was palpable.
BC SOCCER NEWS
PACIFIC FC vs. HFX WANDERERS FC
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY #1
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
WESTHILLS STADIUM, LANGFORD, BC
PHOTOS: VMSL All-Stars 3, Whitecaps FC U23 2, February 24, 2019 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VISL Results – February 22-24 – BC Soccer Web
The weather cooperated and we were able to get all the scheduled games this past weekend.
Inaugural Pacific FC season kicks off April 28 against Halifax at Westhills Stadium – Pacific FC
A coastal clash marks the launch of Pacific Football Club‘s inaugural Canadian Premier League season. The Vancouver Island-based club will host Halifax Wanderers FC at Westhills Stadium to kick off their first league campaign in club history.
Building the Club in Abbotsford By Alan Errington – Google Docs
In 2001 I was invited to join the Abbotsford Soccer Club, just outside of Vancouver BC Canada. We set out to develop the club to be successful & put together a template for achieving success.
Canada Soccer to celebrate Pacific Coast league rivals – Burnaby Now
Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances.
Powell River Sports Hall of Fame announces first nine inductees – Powell River Peak
Powell River’s rich history includes a long list of athletic achievers who have made significant contributions on the sporting scene, locally, nationally and internationally. These accomplishments will be recognized this summer as the first nine inductees to the Powell River Sports Hall of Fame are celebrated.
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.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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
CANADA vs. FRENCH GUIANA
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Canadian international Janine Beckie helps Man City women lift Continental Cup – Sportsnet
Canadian international Janine Beckie proved to be the difference in a penalty shootout Saturday as Manchester City beat Arsenal to claim the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
May the Fourth be with you – “Excited” Cavalry FC announces home-opener against York amidst another busy week of activity – AFTN
It’s been another busy week for Cavalry Football Club, as preparations march on for the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.
York9 FC adds left fullback Diyaeddine Abzi – Canadian Premier League
York9 FC added some pace Friday, signing Diyaeddine Abzi from Canadian Championship Round 1 opponents A.S. Blainville to a contract.
Y9’s Estevez Tsai bringing uncommon skillset to CPL – Canadian Premier League
immy Brennan had seen enough. After impressing at the Canadian Premier League’s Open Trials in Toronto, Emilio Estevez Tsai was invited to a second combine by the York 9 FC head coach a couple of weeks later.
Report: Alphonso Davies dropped from Bayern Munich first team – Sportsnet
It seems like Alphonso Davies will have to wait a little longer to lock down a first-team place at Bayern Munich.
Alphonso Davies: Work in progress at Bayern – Pro Soccer USA
The Bundesliga, and Bayern Munich, in particular, is a shark tank. While the league, in general, is a great place for young talent, points ultimately, trump personal development.
Valour FC sign defender Martin Arguiñarena – Valour FC
Arguiñarena, 27, joins Valour FC from Boston River (Uruguayan Primera Division) where he spent the last season.
Enigma, Prospect, Four Vets and a Legend: CanPL Signing Review 1 – Maple Leaf Forever
The thing about starting a seven-team league up from scratch is that you get a lot of new players. Praise be to Edmonton and Cavalry; they’re signing alumni, academy products, and old Foothillers to go with the obscure guys. But we still have dozens of players piling into the league who the casual fan, if he has heard of them at all, hasn’t followed for years. Early imports have, typically for this level, been nobody you’d have heard of in your deepest Football Manager dives. A few of the Canadians are bigger names but even they need to be put in the context of this new league.
Canada Soccer hosts 2019 National Referee Camp – CSA
Canada Soccer will host 56 referees at a pre-season camp in Bradenton, Florida, from 22-24 February. The camp is an annual milestone for National Referees as Canada Soccer prepares to kick off the professional season which, in 2019, will include Canadian Premier League matches for the first time. Amongst the participants this year will be 18 NextGen referees.
Toronto FC Announces Grassroots Partnership with Cumberland-Capital United Soccer – Toronto FC
Toronto Football Club and the Ottawa-Cumberland Soccer announced a partnership today that will see the two organizations work closely together to build a model professional player pathway and soccer development partnership. Toronto FC will support Ottawa TFC as a regional satellite club, providing professional technical player and coaching development at the youth level. Ottawa TFC joins Windsor TFC and London TFC as exclusive youth affiliate clubs of Toronto FC.
Canada hands Women’s World Cup trophy over to France – CSA
To mark the launch of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour in Paris on Sunday 24 February, 2015 tournament organisers Canada handed the baton on to upcoming hosts France, who are hoping to raise the bar even higher in terms of attendances and audience.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Brown Leads Energy FC Past Phoenix – USL
Deshorn Brown had a goal and assist as OKC Energy FC took a 2-0 victory against Phoenix Rising FC at the Kino Sports Complex on the final day of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Going Dutch – Nashville Adds Vermeer to Squad – USL
Nashville SC announced on Friday it had signed 23-year-old midfielder Vinnie Vermeer for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.
USL notes: North Carolina FC signs academy product Comsia to pro deal – Pro Soccer USA
North Carolina FC added a familiar face to its USL Championship squad ahead of the upcoming season.
Stars Reserves Capture WISL Championship With A Wild Comeback Win – GoalWA
In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Tacoma Stars Reserves scored three times in the final 1:26 including Nate Ford’s game winning goal with 1:04 left to take the 2018-2019 Western Indoor Soccer League Championship with a 7-5 win over Bellingham United. JJ Schmeck and Adrian Correa each scored twice for the Stars Reserves, who finished the season undefeated at 12-0-0, ending Bellingham’s three-year WISL championship streak.
Del Piero reveals ownership in small Los Angeles soccer club – Leader Post
Former Juventus and Italy standout Alessandro Del Piero has decided to disclose that he is an owner of a small soccer club based in Los Angeles.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
NC COURAGE ACQUIRE CANADIAN GOALKEEPER STEPHANIE LABBÉ – NC Courage
The North Carolina Courage announced today they have acquired Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé. Per club policy, no further details of the transaction were disclosed. Labbé will bring years of experience to the North Carolina Courage as they look to defend the NWSL Shield and title in 2019, following the departure of Sabrina D’Angelo.
‘Everything hurts’: Arsenal Women aim to avenge final defeat with league glory – The Guardian
A gruelling 120 minutes followed by penalties is tough on any team, but for Arsenal, who have a seven-a-side team’s worth of top international talent injured, their squad is being stretched beyond its limits.
History-maker Hegerberg at home in Lyon and at peace with World Cup absence – World Soccer Talk
Having been recognised as the top women’s footballer on the planet, Ada Hegerberg is revelling in her status as a role model for aspiring young talents as she thrives at Europe’s top club.
Midfielder Sarah Killion Re-Signs with Sky Blue FC – Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC have re-signed midfielder Sarah Killion to a new contract ahead of the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not announced.
USWNT star Tobin Heath is becoming as comfortable with fame as she’s long been with a soccer ball – Philly.com
Tom Anderson first saw Tobin Heath play soccer when she was an 8-year-old trying out for his youth team in Somerset Hills, N.J. He sensed right away that Heath could be special.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Goalkeeper Kepa defies Sarri as Chelsea loses to Man City in Cup final – Sportsnet
As Manchester City celebrated defending the League Cup, Chelsea was trying to clean up the fallout from a player mutiny on the Wembley field.
Liverpool freeze as Solskjaer stakes claim – NBC Sports
Like a rabbit startled in the headlights, Liverpool were at sixes and sevens throughout their draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Week 26 review: Another record for Mbappé, Monaco stun Lyon – Ligue 1
Prodigy Kylian Mbappé racked up his 50th Ligue 1 Conforama goal in record time as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nîmes 3-1 to go 17 points clear; AS Monaco continued their revival by toppling OL to move five points clear of the drop.
Messi hits 50th hat trick to give Barca 4-2 win at Sevilla – The Star
Just when Barcelona was at its worst, Lionel Messi gave one of his best performances of the season.
Dortmund beats Leverkusen to get back on track in Bundesliga – Sportsnet
Borussia Dortmund held on to get its Bundesliga title challenge back on track with a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Dybala lifts sagging Juventus to 1-0 win at Bologna – London Free Press
Paulo Dybala came off the bench to lift a sagging Juventus to a 1-0 win at Bologna on Sunday and help the seven-time Serie A champion rebound from a deflating loss in the Champions League.
FIFA’s big bosses strip Peru of October’s U17 World Cup hosting – Inside World Football
Yet another country has been stripped of hosting rights but this time it is not a regional competition but, unusually, FIFA’s very own under-17 World Cup due to be staged in just eight months’ time.
Rosell starts trial facing prosecutors’ call for 11 years in Spanish jail and €60m fine – Inside World Football
The high-profile trial of Sandro Rosell, the former Barcelona strongman who is accused of money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian national football team, finally got under way today with Spanish prosecutors seeking an 11-year prison sentence plus a fine of nearly €60 million.
Reims were in Ligue 2 last season. Now they are dreaming of Europe – The Guardian
Reims struggled to adapt to the top flight at the start of the season, but they are now unbeaten in 10 matches.