VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
D.C. United acquires veteran goalkeeper David Ousted – Washington Post
D.C. United has signed Danish goalkeeper David Ousted to a multiyear contract as part of a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps, General Manager Dave Kasper said Monday. Ousted will compete with Steve Clark for the starting job, which opened when Bill Hamid signed with Danish club Midtjylland this past fall.
Tim Parker called up to U.S. men’s national team for January camp and friendly – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that centre back Tim Parker has been called up to the United States senior men’s national team 30-man roster for their upcoming camp and friendly this month.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2018 schedule: A supporter’s view – AFTN
January is upon us, and so begins the season of Provoking Supporter Outrage. Over the next couple of months we will see social media storms about signings, a new kit design, draft picks, and things that are downright unpredictable.
Vancouver Whitecaps: A fair and balanced schedule – Soccer Shorts
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in recent years about making predictions around how the MLS schedule will impact the Vancouver Whitecaps it’s that we just can’t do it.
All The Way Up – Eighty-Six Forever
So the Whitecaps have a history of not being taken all that seriously and being handed an unbalanced Cascadia Cup schedule is just the latest slight. What can be done about this? You ask.
Major League Soccer announces 2018 Generation adidas class – Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer on Friday announced the Generation adidas class that will be available for selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. The league also announced that it has signed three college seniors ahead of the SuperDraft.
New head coach Rémi Garde will put his stamp on Impact in 2018 – Montreal Gazette
His three-year contract also makes him the Impact’s director of player personnel, but will he be able to last that long on a team known for changing coaches?
What Adam Grinwis’ Signing Could Mean for Orlando City – The Mane Land
Following the blockbuster trade that sent Tommy Redding and Carlos Rivas to New York and Sacha Kljestan to Orlando, the Lions made an under-the-radar deal that could have an impact on the future of the club. That signing was bringing in 25-year-old goalkeeper Adam Grinwis from Saint Louis FC. While this signing could just be someone to battle for a roster spot with the MLS side, it could also be meaningful for a current Lion.
Here’s why Gabriel Somi’s arrival is good news for Kelyn Rowe – Prost Amerika
The New England Revolution appear to have solved multiple problems with their signing of Swedish-Syrian left back Gabriel Somi, who will join the team later this winter for preseason.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vikes put out call for UVic Sports Hall of Fame nominations – UVic
Forty-five individuals and seven teams currently make up the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the nominations committee is looking to build on the existing prestigious list. Vikes Athletics and Recreation are putting out the call for nominations to be inducted in one of the four categories – athlete, team, coach or builder/administrator.
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.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
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
Luca pens permanent deal until end of season – Greenock Morton
We are delighted to announce that defender Luca Gasparotto has this morning joined the club on a permanent basis after departing Falkirk. The Canadian centre-half secured his release from the Bairns yesterday afternoon and has now signed on at Cappielow until 10 June 2018.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
North American Soccer League to skip spring season – Metro
The NASL said Monday it plans to shift to the international calendar of August-May seasons, pending the outcome of its appeal in its lawsuit against the USSF. After the second-tier status was denied, the NASL filed an antitrust suit against the USSF in federal court in Brooklyn.
Cosmos look very uncertain of their future – Twice a Cosmo
It shouldn’t be a huge secret by now that the future of the NASL is in huge jeopardy. After being denied “Division 2” status by the USSF, a 2018 NASL campaign looks very unlikely.
San Diego’s 1904 FC soccer team ‘most likely’ won’t start until 2019 – San Diego Tribune
The “19” in San Diego’s 1904 FC represents the 19th letter of the alphabet, or the S in SD. It represent something else now: the year the professional soccer club begins playing games.
Bethlehem Steel FC Sign Forward Brandon Allen – Philadelphia Union
With the start of club’s third preseason on the horizon, Bethlehem Steel FC announced today the signing forward Brandon Allen. A native of Old Bridge, NJ., the 24-year-old joins Steel FC after spending two seasons with the New York Red Bulls organization where he earned the USL All-League and Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. In 2017, Allen continued his scoring ways with nine goals in 15 appearances with Red Bulls II before going on loan with Minnesota United.
Expansion: A look at 25+ clubs joining US soccer leagues in 2018 – MLS Multiplex
MLS may be only adding one club in 2018, LA FC, but across the divisions, more than 25 new teams will be hitting the pitch this year.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
W-League Review: Sydney FC win streak snapped by Newcastle – The Equalizer
In Westfield W-League Week 10 action, Brisbane extends their lead at the top of the W-League from 2 to 4 points while City’s 3-0 win over Perth puts the Glory under pressure to make the semifinals with three games left in the regular season.
Aussies break through with stellar year – FIFA
Australia have been making steady and significant progress in women’s football for years, but 2017 will be remembered as a truly breakthrough year for the Matildas.
WSL roundup: Chelsea edge five-goal thriller after Arsenal own goal – The Guardian
A late own goal from the goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal settled a five-goal thriller as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-2.
USA-Denmark: Danes’ new coach picks experienced team – Soccer America
Denmark named the 20-player team that will face the USA in a women’s friendly on Jan. 21 in San Diego.
Where do the USSF Presidential Candidates Stand on Women’s Soccer? – Backline Soccer
The race for the next USSF president has been about men’s soccer. The fate of the USMNT has been at the front and center of the race since the team failed to qualify for the 2018 Men’s World Cup. But the USSF president is not president of men’s soccer in the US. They aren’t MLS’s commissioner able to change the league to a different time table nor able to bend the league to their will on the issue of pro/rel or pay.
Women’s FA Cup: Brighton v Manchester City, Yeovil v Arsenal, London Bees v Chelsea – BBC Sport
Manchester City Women will start their defence of the Women’s FA Cup with a fourth-round tie away to second-tier Brighton & Hove Albion.
Norwich City Ladies confirm double appointment – Eastern Daily
Norwich City Ladies have confirmed Grant Palmer has been appointed as first team manager with immediate effect.
#MeToo movement could uproot culture of disrespect toward women in sports – Sheboygan Press
Sports is — sadly — one area where women are given more hurdles to jump through than almost any other profession, whether it’s playing, coaching or reporting.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona defeats Levante, Arsenal falls in FA Cup, and more – SBI
Barcelona continued their dominance in La Liga, as they rolled past Levante 3-0 at the Camp Nou. A day after signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, Ernesto Valderde’s side earned their 15th league win of the season.
Arsenal’s FA Cup defence ended by 2nd-tier Nottingham Forest – Sportsnet
Long protected at Arsenal by FA Cup glory, Arsene Wenger endured his earliest elimination Sunday when his title defence ended at managerless, second-tier side Nottingham Forest.
Forest, Coventry and Merseyside derby breathe life back into FA Cup – The Guardian
Stronger Premier League lineups, teams intent on attack and third-round upsets have helped revive the profile of football’s oldest competition.
Messi, Suarez score as Barcelona wins before Coutinho arrival – Sportsnet
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona’s nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho emulating Barcelona’s Brazilian legacy – Toronto Star
The playmaking midfielder comes to the Spanish powerhouse on a $192-million transfer with the task of being the heir apparent to aging Andres Iniesta, the current midfield leader.
Manchester City set to step up pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez with new bid – The Guardian
Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Alexis Sánchez, with the club believing the Chilean can be prised from Arsenal this month. The forward is due to become a free agent in the close season so his price would be expected to be around £30m.
Napoli hangs on to top spot in Serie A – Toronto Star
Napoli will go into the delayed winter break top of Serie A after beating relegation-threatened Hellas Verona 2-0 on Saturday.
Lazio signs former Juventus defender Caceres from Verona – Metro
Lazio has signed former Juventus defender Martin Caceres from Verona on a one-year contract.
Real Betis crowned kings of Seville again after winning the wildest of all derbies – The Guardian
An incredible 5-3 win on Kings Night that will be remembered for years ended Sevilla’s unbeaten home run and sparked a Betis party that would run and run.
Bayern draws 3rd-tier Paderborn for away game in German Cup – Sportsnet
Bayern Munich has been drawn against third-division Paderborn in the quarterfinals of the German Cup.
Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo suffers suspected heart attack – The Telegraph
Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo is in a stable condition after suffering a suspected heart attack on Saturday evening.
Bristol City’s stunning League Cup journey heads to Man City – Metro
Bristol City, an unheralded club in England’s second tier, has beaten four Premier League opponents — including Manchester United — to reach the semifinals of the English League Cup. Now the hard work begins.
Ex-English soccer coach pleads guilty to child sex offenses – Fox Sports
A former English soccer coach has pleaded guilty to six child sex offenses at the start of his trial.
The MAC Hermann Trophy – Mac Hermann Trophy
The MAC Hermann Trophy, a 10-pound crystal soccer ball awarded annually since 1967, honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer based on voting conducted by NCAA Division I coaches.
U.S. soccer loses rising star Jonathan Gonzalez to Mexico – Washington Post
Billed as a “focus on the future,” the U.S. Soccer Federation on Monday announced the MLS-heavy roster for this month’s men’s national team training camp. It comes on a day, however, when news broke that one of the most promising young players in American soccer wants to play for archrival Mexico, instead.
Futsal EURO 2018: all you need to know – UEFA
UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 kicks off on 30 January in Ljubljana with 12 teams aiming for the title: we give you the key pointers to following a tournament full of skill and passion.
Saudi football stadiums to open doors to women fans for first time on Friday – The National (AE)
Women in Saudi Arabia will this month for the first time be allowed to enter sports stadiums to watch football matches between local teams.
Why we must get video technology even more involved in football matches – The Telegraph
Video Assistant Refereeing will help raise the credibility of our officiating again.
Usain Bolt holds out hope for Man United dream deal – NBC Sports
Jamaican world-record holder Usain Bolt says he will have a trial with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in March, which could determine his future as a professional footballer.
Yorkshire wins nation status, and organises battle of giants against Isle of Man – Inside World Football
The non-FIFA Confederation of International Football Associations (CONIFA) ratified the membership of Yorkshire on Saturday. Yorkshire will play its first friendly against the Isle of Man in January.