BC Soccer News, Thursday, February 16, 2017





Ed Willes: Is Fredy ready to strike for Whitecaps’ anemic offence?The Province
“If anyone thinks signing players is easy they’re wrong,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said during a conference call which announced Montero’s signing. “If we had $5 million to throw at David Villa or Robbie Keane, we wouldn’t have to do anything else. But we don’t have that luxury. We have to be shrewd with our money.”

Can Fredy Montero be the difference-maker the Whitecaps need?Sportsnet
After starting the pre-season with a work-in-progress roster, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally made a big splash.

Rosales connection helped Whitecaps add Fredy MonteroThe Province
The noise had been there for a couple days, now it’s official: the Vancouver Whitecaps have signed striker Fredy Montero on a one-year loan from Chinese club Tianjin TEDA.

Fredy Montero – Who is Vancouver’s New Colombian Forward?Futebolcidade
In terms of soccer, Vancouver could very well be described as a striker’s graveyard. The list of forwards who have been part of the Whitecaps is long and, for one reason or another, it has always ended in tears.

Fredy or not here he comes!Soccer Shorts
So finally the long and seemingly painful search for a proven goal scorer has come to and end for the Vancouver Whitecaps with the loan signing of Fredy Montero from Chinese side Tianjin Teda FC.

Whitecaps FC close preseason with 2-1 loss to Portland TimbersWhitecaps FC
The 2017 preseason drew to a close on Wednesday evening as Vancouver Whitecaps FC suffered a 2-1 loss to host Portland Timbers in their final tuneup match at Providence Park.

Portland Timbers take preseason honors against Vancouver WhitecapsProst Amerika
Cascadian rivals Portland and Vancouver opened their rivalry for 2017 on a typically rainy February night in Providence Park. It was the last of 3 games in the preseason tournament with both teams fielding strong sides, though Vancouver probably had a few less certain starters.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver WhitecapsSBI
One of the more drastic declines in 2016 occurred in Vancouver when the Whitecaps went from second place in the Western Conference in 2015 to eighth place the next season. Thanks to a couple of astute acquisitions, the Whitecaps are hoping to rekindle their form from two years ago.

Revs acquire Femi Hollinger-Janzen for Bobby Shuttleworth in trade with Minnesota United FCNE Revolution
The New England Revolution announced today that the club has acquired forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen from Minnesota United FC in exchange for goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

NYCFC Sign Rodney WallaceNYCFC
The Costa Rican international joins as a free agent from Sport Recife in Brazil. NYCFC have traded $75k GAM and $50k TAM to Portland Timbers in exchange for the Right of First Refusal for the 2015 MLS Cup champion.

Josh Gatt Signs With MNUFCMinnesota United
Today Minnesota United announced the signing of 25-year-old winger Josh Gatt. After signing with SC Rheindorf Altach at 16, Gatt earned a reputation as an effective offensive weapon with Molde in Norway from 2011–16, including two league championships in 2011 and 2012.

Oscar Pareja fixated on bringing elusive MLS Cup to FC DallasSN
Oscar Pareja is not like most coaches. He was pleased with his teams’ wins in 2016, happy with the identity the team is taking on. Yet, entering his fourth year at the helm of the team he used to patrol the midfield for, he has an intense desire to win the MLS Cup.

Evans berates MLS acquisition rules, Gomez and McCarty respondSBI
Brad Evans doesn’t like MLS’ convoluted acquisition rules, and isn’t too shy to say so, as he took to twitter to state he’d never play for a rival team despite them.

Homegrown Camargo’s Road to TFC Northern Starting XI
Camargo was born in Cúcuta, Colombia on August 16, 1994. He was 4 when he moved with his sister and parents to Canada-his parents were hoping to build a better life and find work, living in North York-a suburb of Toronto.

New York Red Bulls and Ali Curtis “mutually agree to part ways”  – MLS
After weeks of uncertainty regarding his role with the team, the New York Red Bulls and sporting director Ali Curtis “mutually agreed to part ways” on Thursday.

VAR decision changes result of MLS preseason matchSBI
While full Video Assistant Referee implementation remains a few months away, its preseason trial run has made its first major impact on the result of a match, perhaps providing a glimpse at the future to come.

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Record Number of Riptide Soccer Teams Clinch FirstUpper Island Riptide
The Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide elite soccer program fields 8 teams – 4 boys teams and 4 girls teams, ranging in age from 14-18.  Each of these regional teams include players from the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Powell River, and Port Hardy.  Since the inception of the VIPL in 2011/2012, only a couple of seasons have seen 3 or 4 Riptide teams finishing first in the standings before this year.

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!

TSS FC Rovers Open TryoutsTSS Rovers
Vancouver’s newest team, TSS FC Rovers, is looking for Canada’s best up and coming players to play for their first squad in 2017. If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, could possibly play for our national team one day, and meet the age requirment of 23 and under, we want to see you play!

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC 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 NominationsBCSA
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 saleHighlanders FC
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VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
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MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC 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.

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
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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.

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Canada faces rivals Honduras at CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 ChampionshipCSA
Canada will kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship with a tough Friday test against rivals Honduras. The two sides will meet in the competition’s opening match as CONCACAF’s 12 remaining nations fight for four berths to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

Canadian men’s team look to end U-20 World Cup droughtSportsnet
Ten years. That’s how long it’s been since the Canadian men’s team last played at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

CONCACAF U20s Preview: Canada vs. Honduras USL
anada’s Men’s U20s – which counts nine current and former USL players in its ranks – kick off the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship on Friday evening when they face Honduras in the opening game of Group A at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Livestreams for the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, Feb 17 – 23Facebook
CONCACAF will be livestreaming all Canada U-20 matches live on Facebook.

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship preview: Americans take aim at first titleMLS
Canada are two-time winners (1986 and 1996), but for them the quest will be to make the World Cup. Accomplish that, and this qualifying tournament will certainly be successful.

Lancers seek new men’s soccer head coach after Hart steps downWindsor Star
The University of Windsor is searching for a new head coach for Lancers men’s soccer team after Steve Hart’s decision to step aside after 10 seasons.

AUS Soccer: Dalhouse Tigers add goalie Ben Grondin, left back Arjun Sethi Chronicle Herald
Following its 5-0 first-round loss in the playoffs, the Dalhousie University men’s soccer team is shoring up its defence with a pair of recruits. Head coach Pat Nearing announced Wednesday the program has received official commitments from goalkeeper Ben Grondin (Calgary) and left back Arjun Sethi (Halifax).

City pitches ‘up to’ $106,000 for soccer plex planThunder Bay Newswatch
During budget deliberations on Wednesday, council voted to commit to covering as much of the $136,000 beyond the $30,000 Soccer Northwest has already raised to plan a proposed $25-million soccer complex to be built at Chapples Park.

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Whitecaps FC 2 announce 2017 USL scheduleWhitecaps FC
Kickoff times have now been added to WFC2’s USL schedule.

Defender Papé Diakité re-signs with FC EdmontonFC Edmonton
The North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Young Player of the Year returns to Edmonton for 2017.

FC Edmonton of NASL signs former Toronto FC goalkeeper Chris KonopkaEdmonton Journal
The 31-year-old New Jersey native spent time with Philadelphia, the New York Red Bulls and Kansas City but started just two MLS games before a breakthrough 2015 that saw him start 22 games for Toronto.

Rhinos Add Canadian Midfielder DoverUSL
The Rochester Rhinos announced on Wednesday the signing of midfielder Jordan Dover, a former member of the University of Green Bay-Milwaukee. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

The San Francisco Deltas: Canada’s Unofficial TeamRed Nation Online
The Deltas’ Canadian love first showed with the selection of their head coach: Marc Dos Santos. Dos Santos hails from Montreal and, at only 39, has coached all over the world

Cosmos Sign Menjivar, NASL JourneymanEmpire of Soccer
The New York Cosmos have added a midfielder to their roster, a player who is well acquainted with the North American Soccer League — Richard Menjivar.

Orange County SC sign goalkeeper Charlie LyonAngels on Parade
A midwestern native, Lyon played collegiately at Marquette University before being drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2015. He was on the MLS roster the last two seasons as a third-string ‘keeper, but did not play for the first team in any competitive games.

The complete list of MLS-USL affiliations, partnerships for 2017MLS
MLS continues to enjoy deep ties to the United Soccer League, with 10 MLS teams set to operate their own USL club in 2017, while 12 others – including 2018 expansion side LAFC – will have a USL side as an affiliate.

How a fight over turf helped sink an NASL club, and what it taught the leagueFour Four Two
An almost-famous Spanish club thought its name alone would make Rayo OKC a success. Instead, it was a flash in the pan with ugly fallout.

Orlando Pride Inks Four Players to New ContractsOrlando City SC
Orlando Pride has agreed to new contracts with four players ahead of the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, coming to terms with forward Jasmyne Spencer, midfielder Maddy Evans, defender Toni Pressley and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. Per team and league policy, terms of the contacts are not announced.

Madalyn Schiffel: Seattle Reign’s new #2 goalkeeperSounder at Heart
It began with a question from a friend asking me today what I knew of the new Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel. When the trade between the Washington Spirit and Reign FC was announced that sent Havana Solaun to Washington in exchange for the Christine Nairn, Schiffel’s NWSL rights were included in the trade.

Scotland head coach Anna Signeul names her Cyprus Cup squadVavel
Ahead of the Cyprus Cup, Signeul has named her squad as she continues to experiment ahead of the 2017 Euros.

Carli Lloyd: Steph Houghton says US star can help Man City’s young starsBBC Sport
England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton believes her club’s new signing, US star Carli Lloyd, can help their young English players to develop.

Yeovil Town Ladies will be getting their civic reception after winning FA WSL2 crownSomerset Live
An official event to celebrate the promotion of Yeovil Town Ladies to the top flight of English women’s football will be held next month.

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Arsenal ‘nightmare’ signals the end is near for WengerSoccer America
Arsenal fans have seen this movie before. The Gunners reach the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League — like they’ve done the previous 13 years — and then exit almost as quickly as snowdrops arrive in London, signaling the end of winter.

Arsenal and Arsène Wenger must prepare for the hardest of decisions The Guardian
The jadedness Wenger identified after their defeat to Bayern Munich has been there for too long and the club face the kind of shake-up they traditionally avoid

Madrid flex goalscoring muscles to halt NapoliUEFA
Eye-catching goals were the order of the day as Real Madrid recovered from 1-0 down to end Napoli’s 18-match unbeaten run in spectacular fashion at the Santiago Bernabéu.

UEFA Europa League preview: Mourinho eyes more hardware, Spurs to BelgiumNBC Sports
The battle for Pogba family bragging rights just so happens to be Jose Mourinho’s next step in a quest for lots of laurels at Manchester United.

Barcelona seal Mina deal for 2018 in €9 million agreement with PalmeirasSN
Barcelona have a deal in place that will see highly-rated defender Yerry Mina join the club from Palmeiras in January 2018, reports Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

Everything you need to know about Chivas vs. America in Clasico NacionalESPN FC
The Clasico Nacional is more than a simple game of soccer; it brings different fragments of Mexican society together and sets them against each other on the field.

Referee Clattenburg swaps Premier League for Saudi ArabiaSN
Referee Mark Clattenburg is set to leave the Premier League to join the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has announced.

Whatever you think of referee Mark Clattenburg, he is one of the best around and will be missedThe Telegraph
Mark Clattenburg is a massive loss to the English game. He was the world’s No 1 referee and, by a mile, the best that we had.

Brazil’s Rio 2016 alchemist Micale falls from favour over U20 failureInside World Football
The CBF, the Brazilian Football Confederation, and coach Rogerio Micale are poised to part ways following Brazil’s failure to qualify for the U20 World Cup in South Korea. Micale coached the Brazilians to the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Manchester City fined £35,000 for flouting anti-doping regulationsESPN FC
Manchester City have been fined £35,000 after accepting a charge of breaching the Football Association’s anti-doping rules.

2026 – Infantino’s caring, sharing and sustainable World Cup blueprint Inside World Football
FIFA president Gianni Infantino says multiple hosting of the World Cup can work perfectly well and that 2026, when the process is likely to start, could even be staged by up to four neighbouring countries.

3 ex-Betis players charged in match-fixing case in SpainSportsnet
A Spanish judge has charged three former Real Betis players for alleged involvement in match-fixing three years ago.

FFF and LFP open joint office in BeijingLigue 1
The French Football Federation and LFP have opened a joint office in Beijing as part of their project for development and cooperation in China.

Football Association announces record turnover for 2015-16BBC
The Football Association says it will be able to invest “more money than ever” into the grassroots game after record turnover in the 2015-16 season. Broadcast rights, commercial deals and England playing at Euro 2016 helped bring in £370m, up from £318m in 2015.

We shouldn’t ignore the Ukip donor trolling the Hillsborough disaster The Guardian
From his skiing holiday in Switzerland, the millionaire Ukip and Leave.EU referendum campaign funder Arron Banks has now taken to trolling about the Hillsborough disaster. The deaths of 96 people attending a football match – the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, which were determined by an inquest jury last year to have been unlawful killing due to gross negligence manslaughter by the South Yorkshire police officer in command – was just “an accident”, according to Banks.

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