VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 Oxford United FC 0 – Whitecaps FC
First win of the preseason: check. Vancouver Whitecaps FC defeated the development side of English Football League One outfit Oxford United FC 4-0 on Monday in their second of three matches in Wales.
Nerwinski hungry for more after ‘special experience’ in preseason debut – Whitecaps FC
He was the only Whitecaps FC player to play the full 90 minutes. And it was his first-ever game, preseason albeit, in a ‘Caps uniform. Suffice to say, it was a “special experience.”
FTBL Episode 163 – Trialists and Tribulations – From The Backline
The start of the preseason for the Vancouver Whitecaps is now well and truly under way as they prepare for the upcoming 2017 season. This week we discuss the signing on Jordy ‘Magic’ Reyna, players trialling with the ‘Caps and much more!
Episode 172 – The AFTN Soccer Podcast (Croeso with guests Carl Robinson, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Dean) – AFTN
Croeso i Gymru. Or Welcome to Wales if you want that in English. The AFTN travelling roadshow has hit Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan as we follow Vancouver Whitecaps preseason preparations in Wales.
Whitecaps’ Williams looking to provide stability at right back – Sportsnet
Asked whether he’s aware that right fullback was something of a sore spot for the Vancouver Whitecaps last year and Sheanon Williams flashes a polite smile.
USMNT captain Bradley attacks Trump as sports world rounds on travel ban – The Guardian
The USA soccer captain, Michael Bradley, has attacked Donald Trump’s executive order, which bans travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Gulati sits on the wall over US World Cup 2026 bidding and immigration issues – Inside World Football
As global condemnation of Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration intensifies, U.S. Soccer president and FIFA powerbroker Sunil Gulati says his country still hasn’t yet made up its mind whether to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Time to do away with labels and hyphens for US players – MLS
Klinsmann’s replacement, Bruce Arena, now in his second term helming the USMNT, spiked the concept at November’s media roundtable: “The phrase ‘foreign nationals’ is a very poor term, whoever uses it. I will not use it. I will not use ‘dual citizens’; they are national team players.”
2017 Training Camp: California Day One Recap – Toronto FC
Toronto FC arrived into Newport Beach, California on Saturday afternoon for the first phase of the 2017 preseason. Once settled, the Reds took to the field at UC Irvine for a light session to help unwind after the flight.
TFC thinks outside the box after MLS Cup letdown – Toronto Star
It was more than two decades ago that Greg Vanney and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates suffered an overtime loss to DC United in the first Major League Soccer Cup final, but when the Toronto FC coach reflects on that defeat the disappointment is still vivid.
Josh Saunders joins Orlando, 2nd expansion team in three years – MLS Multiplex
The Oregon native is set to join his second expansion team in three years. His latest endeavor, in central Florida, hoping to prolong his career.
The case for selling Sebastian Giovinco to China – Waking the Red
Are there any reasons Toronto FC’s answer to interested clubs wouldn’t be a flat ‘no’?
MLS can’t compete with China’s millions – so it should focus on youth – The Guardian
In the face of the lavish salaries in the Chinese Super League, MLS clubs might have to pump the brakes on ageing stars. But that could prove to be a blessing.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Former Falcon Rachael Pelat returns to guide women’s soccer team – Langara
The Langara Falcons are excited to welcome back alumna Rachael Pelat as head coach of the women’s soccer team. Pelat was a league all-star multiple times when she played for Langara for three seasons, 2004-2007. She was the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year in 2006, leading Langara to their second consecutive national championship.
VISL – Weekend Results & Updated Standings – VISL
Cowichan continue to be in sole possession of 1st place and earn a little extra space from Bays United as they were defeated by Gorge FC. Vic West are now alone in 2nd place with their win over Campbell River. Comox with another draw vs Lakehill stay in the relegation zone with Saanich Fusion who lost to VI Wave.
Pinnacle soccer player a happy T-Wolf – Penticton Western News
When the UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team hits the pitch in West Division action of U sports next fall, they do so wanting to control the tempo of games.
Cowichan senior soccer teams combine to post five shutouts – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Five Cowichan Valley senior soccer teams came out of last weekend with clean sheets.
Missing stars, LMG shakes off rust to shatter Lakehill Maple Glass – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Glen Martin had more than one reason to be concerned as Cowichan LMG prepared to face Lakehill Maple Glass in Victoria last Friday. For one thing, after the Christmas break and a few cancellations, it was the team’s first Vancouver Island Soccer League game in 48 days.
FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in March – BC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.
BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards Nominations – BCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.
2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).
Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
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. 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
Canada Soccer Bronze Medal Celebration Match to be Broadcast LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2 – CSA
Canadian soccer fans from coast to coast can relive the excitement of Rio 2016 when Canada hosts Mexico in the Bronze Medal Celebration Match on 4 Feb. The live broadcast of the match from BC Place in Vancouver airs on TSN2 and RDS2 at 15:00 PT/ 18:00 ET.
USL Standouts Selected for Canada U20 Camp – USL
Toronto FC II’s Shaan Hundal and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2’s Kadin Chung – both selections in the 2016 USL 20 Under 20 – lead a group of eight USL players selected to a nine-day training camp with the Canada U20 National Team in Mexico that continues the team’s build-up to the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship in February.
Ten League1 Alumni Selected For Canada Men’s U20 Camp In Mexico – League1 Ontario
Canada Soccer will take a small group of players for a nine-day training camp in Mexico as part of the continuing preparations for the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in February. The camp runs 27 January to 4 February, with friendly matches against Cruz Azul and CF América youth teams.
Buchanan wins Hardman Award again – Dominion Post
It’s not easy to surprise Kadeisha Buchanan. Winning the 2016 Hardman Award as the state of West Virginia’s top amateur athlete did just that for the former WVU women’s soccer star.
Olympic hero Stephanie Labbé honoured at Alberta Soccer Awards – CSA
Canadian goalkeeper and Olympic bronze medalist Stephanie Labbé was honoured by the Alberta Soccer Association with the 2016 Award of Excellence. Labbé, who was one of the stars of Canada Soccer’s memorable run at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was honoured on Saturday night at Alberta Soccer’s annual Awards Banquet.
‘There’s talent in this town’ says Soccer Canada’s development chief of Yellowknife – CBC
Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s top development official, wrapped up a visit to the Northwest Territories and likes what he sees.
Cambridge Youth Soccer honours volunteers and hall of famers – Cambridge Times
The organization presented its first house league volunteer of the year award and honoured its first two Hall of Fame members.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
Whitecaps FC 2 kick off USL season on March 25, host home opener on April 8 – Whitecaps FC
The United Soccer League (USL) announced on Friday that Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) will kick off their third season on Saturday, March 25 on the road at LA Galaxy II. The league also announced that WFC2 will host their home opener against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday, April 8. The complete season schedule is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Kadin Chung and Thomas Hasal again called up to Canada U-20s – Whitecaps FC
Canada Soccer announced on Friday that Whitecaps FC 2 right back Kadin Chung and Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency goalkeeper Thomas Hasal have again been called up to Canada’s U-20 national team.
Ex-Caps coach Alan Koch thrilled to join MLS expansion hopefuls FC Cincinnati – The Province
Alan Koch has traded Vancouver for Cincinnati, Ohio — and he’s swapped a USL head coaching job to be a USL assistant coach and head of scouting.
Galvão set for breakout year with FC Edmonton after finding foothold in 2016 – FC Edmonton
After arriving in Edmonton mid-season from Portugal, the midfield/defence utility man hopes to earn more First Team minutes in 2017.
St. Pete entrepreneur Bill Edwards dogged by lawsuit seeking to freeze assets – Tampa Bay Times
As Edwards pushes ahead with plans to make St. Petersburg home to a Major League Soccer team, he continues to be dogged by a lawsuit that paints a less flattering picture of the 72-year-old entrepreneur.
VIDEO: Undiscovered soccer players chase their dream at LA Galaxy II tryouts – LA Galaxy
Some of SoCal’s best undiscovered soccer players tried to impress LA Galaxy scouts at Galaxy II open tryouts at StubHub Center.
Canberra crowned premiers amid final-round drama – W-League
A dramatic finale to the Westfield W-League regular season has seen Canberra United secure the premiership for a record third time, while Perth Glory overhauled Sydney FC to earn a home semi-final.
Canberra United crowned premiers after remarkable Sydney FC capitulation – The Guardian
Sydney FC capitulated to a stunning 5-2 defeat against Adelaide United on Sunday allowing Canberra United to snatch the W-League premiership on the final day of the regular season.
NWSL loanees play their part in weekend of upsets in Australia’s W League – Prost Amerika
With the NWSL teams beginning their pre-season training and the young draftees headed to new homes and locker rooms, one group of overseas players is settling into the business end of their second life, having been loaned overseas.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action – The Guardian
Liverpool’s defence needs to find cohesion fast, Lincoln felt the force with Alan Power and Bastian Schweinsteiger is welcomed back by José Mourinho.
BBC were refused permission to show Lincoln City’s FA Cup upset instead of Man Utd, again, claims Gary Lineker – The Telegraph
The corporation came under fire on Sunday for failing to show Lincoln or Sutton United’s triumphs over Championship opposition which ensured two non-league sides’ places in the fifth round for the first time.
Higuain scores again as Juventus extends lead over Roma – Sportsnet
If Gonzalo Higuain continues like this, he could break his own Serie A record.
Week 22 review: Monaco maintain pole in Parc thriller – Ligue 1
Bernardo Silva’s late goal in the 1-1 draw in Paris could prove crucial in the title race this season, as it kept Monaco in front of Nice and three points clear of PSG. Meanwhile OM claimed their first win of 2017, 5-1 over Montpellier.
Tijuana can do both, Palencia’s Pumas’ grit and more things we learned from Liga MX Round 4 – SN
For the second consecutive week, it was the defending in Liga MX that actually came out on top. Just three of the weekend’s nine matches saw multiple goals and two games ended in scoreless draws.
What we learned from La Liga Week 20 – Football Espana
There were goals, sending offs and controversial incidents in the 20th La Liga weekend.
Afcon 2017: Ayew brothers drive Ghana past DR Congo and into semis – The Guardian
Ghana reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals for the sixth tournament in a row after Jordan and André Ayew secured a 2-1 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in a rough-and-tumble match.
Dortmund draws again, wastes chance to go third in Bundesliga – Sportsnet
Borussia Dortmund wasted the chance to go third in the Bundesliga as coach Thomas Tuchel had a frustrating return to former side Mainz on Sunday.
Dimitri Payet: West Ham criticise player as he rejoins Marseille for £25m – BBC Sport
West Ham have accused Dimitri Payet of showing a lack of “commitment and respect” after the France international rejoined Marseille for £25m.
USA 0, Serbia 0 | International Friendly Recap – MLS
Portland Timbers star midfielder Darlington Nagbe put on an inspired performance, but the US national team couldn’t quite find its finishing touch in a 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti: Winter break gives Bayern Munich advantage over Arsenal – ESPN FC
Carlo Ancelotti has maintained the Bundesliga winter break gives Bayern Munich an advantage ahead of his side’s Champions League round-of-16 tie against Arsenal next month.
Bayer Leverkusen face punishment after two injured by fans’ fireworks – ESPN FC
Two people were injured by fireworks thrown from the Bayer Leverkusen stands ahead of the 3-2 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Chapecoense: Brazilian team win first game since plane crash – BBC Sport
They beat Inter de Lages 2-1 in the state competition they won last season, with goals from Niltinho and Wellington Paulista at the Arena Conda stadium.
Football returns to Aleppo after five years of war – BBC
A local football match took on significant meaning for supporters this weekend – as war-torn Aleppo saw its first live game in five years.