BC Soccer News, Monday, February 5, 2018


Whitecaps FC open preseason schedule Tuesday vs. Hokkaido Consadole SapporoWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC open their 2018 preseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo of the Japanese first division.

Efrain Juarez a key piece of experience for Vancouver Whitecaps after offseason “reset”AFTN
Carl Robinson has targeted getting his Vancouver Whitecaps squad younger for the coming season. The natural fall out from that results in losing a lot of experience from his squad.

Vancouver Whitecaps: The Battles Ahead Soccer Shorts
A lot will depend on which system Carl Robinson opts for but right now there are too many players who play on the left to fit into whichever lineup they go for.

Whitecaps on Loan (January 2018)Eighty-Six Forever
With the sad demise of WFC2 we’ve chose to replace our “last month with WFC2” reports with a general monthly report on the Whitecaps’ loanees. It being the American offseason January was a pretty quiet month but football is in full swing in Mexico and Honduras so there’s something to write about!

5 Bold Predictions for the 2018 WhitecapsAFTN
Preseason is now well upon us, and as the ‘Caps soak up the sun in Hawaii, we Vancouverites are left here in the rain and cloud, looking at Twitter videos and Instagram stories to try and gauge any information about how the squad will look, play, and finish in the standings.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveil new steel grey “Unity Jersey”Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveiled a new steel grey “Unity Jersey” on Monday, created in collaboration with adidas. This is the first time in club history that Whitecaps FC have had a grey match day kit, drawn from the silver and grey outline on the club’s logo.

MLS Preseason Recap: Sounders win a Cascadia Derby, Red Bulls squeak by Union and moreSBI
MLS preseason is underway and many clubs were in action over the weekend.

Toronto FC not standing pat despite the championshipToronto Star
One of the oldest teams in MLS last season is eager to mix in young blood such as local product Liam Fraser.

Energized Chris Wondolowski enters season with huge MLS record in sightMLS
At the age of 35, San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski is encountering something he hasn’t gone through since his MLS rookie season of 2005: attending training camp with a coach he hadn’t previously known.

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VISL Division 1 Scores & Standings, Feb. 5, 2018BC Soccer Web
Superbowl weekend did not stop the Island’s top flight of soccer from another full slot of games.

VMSL Round-up: Three points separate bottom five in red hot Premier relegation battleAFTN
As the VMSL 2017/18 league season winds down, there’s a red hot relegation battle raging at the bottom of the Premier Division table, with just three points separating the five teams trying to avoid the drop.

Comox Valley United stares relegation in the face for second consecutive seasonComox Valley Record
With one game left in the VISL this season, the Reds have it all to play for.

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards finalists revealedNanaimo News Bulletin
The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards announced the finalists selected, and as usual, it’s a diverse group that includes provincial, national and even world champions.

Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching ProgramDasovic-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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in ReviewBCSA
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, 2017BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Concussions changed his life, now he wants to change soccerCBC
In 2012, Chris Ross was on top of the world. He was making good money working full-time for the Yukon government, had just finished building some rental suites with his wife in downtown Whitehorse, and was in great physical shape. Then, while playing in a rec soccer game in an over-35 league, things would change forever.

Greek-Canadian Friends Launch Trailblazing Kids’ Football ClubGreek Reporter Canada
In a land where ice hockey rules, four lifelong Greek-Canadian football fans — friends for over 20 years — have united to bring soccer to Toronto’s young people. Nick Papalambropoulos, Markos Dimopoulos, Giorgio Trikkas and Johnny Giorgopoulos have been offering kids free memberships of their trailblazing club, Hellas FC.

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Toronto FC II announce 2018 preseason plansToronto FC
The boys are almost back! Toronto FC II announced Sunday the club’s plans for preseason with training camp officially opening on Monday, February 5.

USL: Indy Eleven adding impressive pieces ahead of USL debutMLS Multiplex
As Indy Eleven heads into their first season in USL, early signings show plenty of promise as they prepare to handle the USL Eastern Conference in 2018.


Westfield W-League Round 14 recap: Brisbane Roar wins the PremiershipVavel
The final weekend of W-League play included statement wins from Brisbane and Sydney FC, who head into the semifinals as the #1 and #2 seeds, respectively.

The Women’s FA Cup Final will be free for children this year in a bit to improve Wembley attendanceThe Independent
Hoping to build on last year’s record 35,000 at Wembley, this year’s game will be free for under-16s.

Brighton and Hove Albion Women footballers inspire pupils at Worthing primary schoolEaling Times
The passion for football often develops at a young age, and that spirit is certainly burning bright in West Sussex.

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Napoli win again, Atlético close Liga gapUEFA
Dries Mertens scored a fifth goal in five games as Napoli returned a point clear of Juventus in Italy, on a night when Atlético moved within nine points of the Liga summit and Lyon lost.

Harry Kane’s 100th goal gives Tottenham a draw vs. LiverpoolToronto Star
England striker is second fastest to achieve milestone, reaching it in 141 games.

Week 24 review: Monaco stun OL in race for secondLigue 1
Ten-man Monaco’s breath-taking fight-back to beat Lyon 3-2 struck a blow in the race for second place, but Marseille’s mauling of Metz saw them come out of the weekend on top, 11 points behind a PSG who cruised to victory in Lille.

La Liga & Serie A: Juventus blasts seven past Sassuolo and moreNBC Sports
A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Nigeria outclassed by Morocco in CHAN finalAfrican Football
Nigeria’s dreams of a first African Nations Championship title were dashed on Sunday night when they suffered a 4-0 beating at the hands of hosts Morocco in the final in Casablanca.

Hamburg’s relegation worries remain after Hannover drawNBC Sports
Filip Kostic prevented an even worse outcome for hosts Hamburg when he scored late to salvage the draw, but Hamburg remains in the drop zone with 13 games left after its eighth match without a win.

Rogue’s gallery: CAF elects Ngaissona despite allegations of being a terrorist group leaderInside World Football
Edouard Ngaissona from the Central African Republic (CAR) has sparked more controversy and suspicion over football governance in Africa after being elected to the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the top table of football decision making in the region. Ngaissona is accused of holding close ties to the violent anti-Balaka militias.

English clubs paid 51% of transfer fees across Europe’s big five, says CIES studyBBC Sport
The spending of Premier League clubs in January accounted for 51% of transfer fees paid out by Europe’s top five leagues, according to a CIES study.

Isaac Hayden: ‘We have mansions, yet people are queueing for food’The Guardian
The Newcastle midfielder visited the city’s West End Foodbank as the club’s fans and staff help the local community.

Barcelona head for the big screen with Pixar talks on animated feature filmInside World Football
The move by clubs into general entertainment television programming via reality style behind-the scenes shows has now been taken a step further with Barcelona reportedly in preliminary talks with Disney-owned Pixar over the making of an animated feature film.

Deportivo La Coruna hires Seedorf as coachMetro
Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna has hired former Dutch player Clarence Seedorf as its coach for the rest of the season.

Luigi Di Biagio takes over as Italy coach on caretaker basisSportsnet
Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio was promoted Monday to take over Italy’s senior national team on a caretaker basis for friendlies against Argentina and England next month.

Man City to head to US for pre-season, ICC and a Soccer Festival in LAInside World Football
Manchester City have become the first of Europe’s big clubs to confirm they will be playing in the International Champions Cup (ICC) tournament this summer in the US.

As long as there is football there is a good reason to remember MunichThe Guardian
There have been worse air crashes involving football teams before and since Munich, yet the tragedy that struck Manchester United is always perceived as the most poignant.

Munich air disaster and Man Utd’s laundry ladies – from lipstick on the collars to cleaning the coffinsBBC Sport
“One week before Munich my mum was washing their shirts, the following week she was polishing coffins.”

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