VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Configuring Out The ‘Caps: 2018 Preseason Phase One – AFTN
A new year. A new squad. A new system. A new hope. Well depends who you talk to for that last one as there definitely feels an air of despondency amongst a section of the Vancouver Whitecaps fanbase that may take a lot of shifting.
Slump or bump? A look at how second-year players may fair in 2018 – Eighty-Six Forever
Despite an influx of new talent, the Caps’ group of sophomores will be vital this season.
Whitecaps taking a look at French winger Yohan Mollo – The Province
The Vancouver Whitecaps have brought a Frenchman in for a look. Yohan Mollo, 28, will travel with the Caps to Hawaii for their 10-day camp.
Marcel de Jong happy with hunger and motivation of new look Whitecaps squad – AFTN
Preseason. The time of year that sees the excitement building. The new faces are coming in to the squad, the players are back on the training pitch, there’s friendlies, and you can feel the new season being just weeks away. It’s definitely a time many of us enjoy. But not Marcel de Jong.
Toronto FC officially unveil Gregory van der Wiel – Waking the Red
After at least a week of gossip and speculation, Toronto FC have officially announced the signing of Dutch right back Gregory van der Wiel. Coming over from Serie A’s Cagliari on a TAM-based transfer, van der Wiel is TFC’s first new signing of 2018.
Toronto FC beats Xolos 3-2 in wild game at USD – San Diego Tribune
It’s hard to learn much from international friendlies where one pro club is in its first week of preseason training camp, and the other uses no regular starters and instead goes with a pair of 18-year-old outside backs with jersey numbers of 285 and 292. But we did discover this Wednesday night when the Tijuana Xolos “hosted” reigning MLS champion Toronto FC at USD’s Torero Stadium.
Striker Nick DePuy loaned to Danish club BK Fremad Amager for three months – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that American striker Nick DePuy has been loaned to Danish second division club BK Fremad Amager, for three months, with an option to renew the loan until December 2018.
Fire Make Front Office Moves – Prost Amerika
On Tuesday, the Chicago Fire made a pair of executive moves to fill in the void left by former Chief Operating Officer Atul Khosla when he left last August for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. General manager Nelson Rodriguez will also serve at club president while John Urban, formerly of Legends (a partnership of the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys), has been named Chief Operating Officer to oversee the club’s business operations.
Impact acquires international roster spot for 2018 season – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that the club has acquired an international roster spot from Orlando City SC for the 2018 season in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money.
LAFC: New YouTube TV deal and how it impacts the future of MLS rights – MLS Multiplex
LAFC announced both their first ever jersey sponsor and new broadcast partner as they team up with YouTube to create the first of its kind deal.
FC Dallas streaming local matches for free – Sports Business Daily
FC Dallas has become the first MLS club to stream its locally aired matches for free on its website.
Ann Kitchen 1, Precourt Sports Ventures Nil – Austin Chronicle
Austin’s soccer saga is officially a mess. Last Friday, one week after reiterating their shunning of the offer to move their Columbus Crew into a new stadium out by the Travis County Expo Center, Anthony Precourt and company also announced that Precourt Sports Ventures (which owns the Crew) no longer seek to site their privately funded 20,000-person, $200 million stadium in Butler Shores – the ownership group’s first choice for a stadium outside of (and perhaps including) a new one in their native Columbus.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Highlanders FC Announce New Ownership Group – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC announced Wednesday, that the organization will open the 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season under a new ownership group. Led by key Victoria businessmen and soccer enthusiasts Brett Large, Moreno Stefani, Grant Olson, Mark deFrias, and Ryan Wilson. Previous owners Marvin Diercks and David Dew will also join the club’s new ownership group.
New local ownership group hopes to kickstart Highlanders on and off the field – Times Colonist
Victoria Highlanders FC will enter the 2018 Premier Development League soccer season under a new ownership group, it was announced Wednesday. Victoria businessmen Brett Large, Moreno Stefani, Grant Olsen, Mark deFrias and Ryan Wilson are part of the group. Previous owners, Marvin Diercks and David Dew, will remain as part of the club’s new ownership group.
Zurrer eligible for Hall of Fame in 2020 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Emily Zurrer’s path to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has been set. Earlier this month, Canada Soccer announced a list of players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in upcoming years, and the Cowichan Valley product was included among the nominees for the class of 2020.
Cowichan U21s bounce back to beat Bays – Cowichan Valley Citizen
After starting 2018 with back-to-back losses, Cowichan United returned to their winning ways in impressive fashion on Sunday, thumping Bays United 6-1 at Dave Williams Field.
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
James Easton Named Head of Soccer Operations for the Canadian Premier League – Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League (CPL), announced today that former professional soccer player and Canadian men’s national team member, James Easton, has been named Vice President of Soccer Operations for the CPL.
CanPL V-P James Easton talks about how rosters will be built, and competition will be shaped – the11.ca
James Easton, who on Wednesday was announced as the vice-president of the Canadian Premier League who will oversee on-field competition, imagines a national-team that will be competitive at the 2026 World Cup.
Thunder Bay to spend additional $25K on indoor soccer facility business case – CBC
The City of Thunder Bay will approach the provincial government to seek financial help for an indoor soccer and turf sport facility proposed for Chapples Park.
Four soccer clubs merge to form United DFC – Chronicle-Herald
Four soccer clubs in the Dartmouth, Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage areas have merged to form United DFC.
Peterborough City U18 girls soccer team preparing for top division action this coming season – Peterborough Examiner
The Peterborough City CarStar U18 girls soccer team wants its second trip to the Ontario Youth Soccer League’s top division to be a memorable one.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Controversy after Ex-SF Deltas star Tommy Heinemann released from FC Cincinnati – SF Gate
Before even playing a minute for FC Cincinnati, Tommy Heinemann, 30, was released from his contract by the club today, reportedly due to a failed entry physical. Soon after the ex-SF Deltas forward released a statement on his twitter account conflicting FC Cincinnati’s press release, saying he is healthy and will be going to a formal dispute resolution process with the club.
Paul Buckle Departs from his Position as Technical Director and Head Coach of Sacramento Republic FC – Sacramento Republic
Sacramento Republic FC announced today that Paul Buckle is moving on from his position as technical director and head coach of the club effective immediately. The decision is based on a mutual agreement between Buckle and the club.
Here come the Foxes! Fresno Football Club tests out new home – Fresno Bee
Professional soccer has taken its first steps in Fresno – literally. The Fresno Football Club held its first training session on Wednesday morning at Chukchansi Park, with players suited up and running drills on the pitch in preparation for the 2018 United Soccer League season.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies vs. Manchester City Women Preview – BBC Sport
Chelsea’s Women’s Super League One title bid is in their own hands, says midfielder Erin Cuthbert, ahead of Thursday’s visit of leaders Manchester City at Kingsmeadow.
Manchester City are leading the way when it comes to promoting the ladies’ game – time for United to take note – The Independent
Since bringing the women’s team in-house in 2014, City have become the best in England. Now, the club is helping the women’s game take baby steps forward.
Women’s Continental Tyres Cup final venue confirmed – Tribal Football
Adams Park, the home of League Two Wycombe Wanderers, will host the Women’s Continental Tyres [League] Cup final on Wednesday, 14 March between Manchester City and four-time winners Arsenal.
Julie Ertz was soccer star before Zach’s Super Bowl bid – Fox Sports
Julie Ertz has a world championship and Player of the Year honors in her sport. So she’s already got an edge on husband Zach – that is, if they were competitive.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Transfer deadline day: Premier League clubs spend record £150m – BBC Sport
Premier League clubs spent a January transfer deadline-day record £150m on Wednesday to take their overall outlay for the month to £430m, according to analysis by Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.
Man City moves one game closer to EPL coronation – Toronto Star
Manchester United and Chelsea clocked surprising losses as City racked up another win, putting even more distance behind it on the scoreboard.
Bologna and Juventus win big; Roma, Napoli miss out in window – ESPN
There have been more memorable January transfer windows in Serie A, that’s for sure. This one lacked the coup du theatre of bygone calciomercati. Mario Balotelli didn’t come home. There was no business between the big clubs like 20 years ago, when Edgar Davids swapped Milan for Juventus. No equivalent of Dejan Stankovic moving from Lazio to Inter in 2004.
Aubameyang departure is the latest in Dortmund’s demise – Metro
The big-money moves of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele show that Borussia Dortmund is still struggling to compete at the highest level.
Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao win but will Real regret not spending? – ESPN
The winter window used to be something that happened in other leagues, but not this time. It might have been powered, at least in part, by the money than came from France and England — almost €300 million arrived just from the sales of Neymar in the summer and Aymeric Laporte now — but La Liga has been more active than ever before. Much, much more active.
Sparta Prague goalkeeper Dubravka moves to Newcastle – Metro
Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has moved to Newcastle in the English Premier League on loan till the end of the season.
El Tri standout Moreno leaves Roma for Real Sociedad – NBC Sports
When last we caught up with Hector Moreno, he was set to be a major player in AS Roma’s bid for a Serie A title. Just over six months later, he’s returning to La Liga to help arrest a relegation slide… and lead a Europa League run.
Falcao fires as Monaco march into final – Ligue 1
AS Monaco booked a second-straight Coupe de la Ligue final berth against PSG by besting Montpellier 2-0, a first-half double from Colombia striker Radamel Falcao doing the damage at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday night.
Nigeria look to upset hosts Morocco in CHAN final – African Football
Nigeria will look to upset hosts Morocco in the 2018 African Nations Championship final, set for the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Sunday evening.
‘Arena made decisions that cost us going to the World Cup’ – Cameron slams former U.S. boss – SN
U.S. national team defender Geoff Cameron has laid the blame for the country’s World Cup qualifying failure at the feet of former coach Bruce Arena.
World Cup organizers dismiss threat of locust plague – Sportsnet
The head of the World Cup organizing committee has dismissed claims that a plague of locusts could threaten the soccer tournament in Russia.