BC Soccer News, Thursday, February 6, 2020


Episode 378 – The AFTN Soccer Show (A Glove Story with guests Max Crepeau and Thomas Hasal) [NSFW]AFTN
We’ve got something a little bit different for you in the latest AFTN Soccer Show. For one thing, it’s short! But it’s also not a news-laden episode, instead we’re bringing you a goalkeeper’s special.

On the Front Foot: It’s not perfect yet, but Whitecaps are pressing in ‘right direction’ after San Diego tripBTS
The Vancouver Whitecaps wrapped up the first portion of their preseason this week, finishing their San Diego trip with a record of 1W-1L-1D, using the trip to improve on tactical ideologies and their team bonding. Here is what the team had to say on all of that after 10 days down in Sunny California.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveil the Wave jersey for 2020 seasonWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s new Wave jersey was unveiled Wednesday in New York City by actor Jacob Tremblay and in Vancouver by first team players Inbeom Hwang, Ali Adnan and Russell Teibert.

Three stripes or three strikes? Whitecaps reveal new ‘Wave’ jerseyVancouver Sun
Reaction to the shirt, a mix of dark and “smoke” blue, was generally positive, with local touches like the city’s flag and motto “By Sea Land and Air We Prosper” adorning the waist and nape of the neck, respectively. The subtle wave pattern woven into the material, a nod to the team origins, was also well received.

A-League: Carl Robinson confirmed as Club’s Head CoachNewcastle Jets
The former Vancouver Whitecaps coach will arrive in Australia prior to this weekend’s clash with the Central Coast Mariners, watching proceedings at McDonald Jones Stadium before officially taking the reins on Monday.

Source: Toronto FC close to signing designated player as Piatti undergoes medicalLethbridge Herald
Toronto FC appears to have found its new designated player in Argentine winger/forward Pablo Piatti.

TFC must tread carefully as Delgado takes contract talks publicTSN
Marky Delgado has now publicly placed his chips in the middle of the table.

Diomande suffers broken foot, Lodeiro out with tendonitis, and moreSBI
Defending Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC will be without one of its physical attacking options for the near future after a recent preseason injury.

Reports: NYCFC to play CONCACAF CL game at Red Bull ArenaNBC Sports
NYCFC has been left red-faced as it gets set to open its season early against Costa Rican side AD San Carlos in CONCACAF Champions League play.

MLS Preseason 2020: Three Matches on Tap for ThursdayMLS
You can find this week’s schedule right here, and be sure to scroll down to check out the complete list of your team’s preseason results and upcoming matches.

MLS Unveils New Jerseys for Its Landmark 25th SeasonSI.com
Each team–save for expansion clubs Nashville and Miami–boasts one carryover and one new uniform for the league’s landmark season.

David Beckham’s team is coming to MLS. But will a strike stop them playing?The Guardian
Negotiations between the league and players are on a knife edge. We explain the ins and outs of the talks, and what it could mean for fans.


Ex-Norway international Pa-Modou Kah wants to coach The GambiaBBC Sport
Ex-Norway international Pa-Modou Kah says that he wants to coach The Gambia, where he was born, one day. The 39-year-old has just begun his first job as a senior coach at Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC.

Pacific FC linked with Alejandro Díaz – First Mexican in the CanPLTransfermarkt
Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC are heavily linked with Club América’s Alejandro Díaz. Currently on loan at Club Atlético Zacatepec, the 24-year-old forward is expected to arrive in Victoria on Wednesday to complete his medical and paperwork. Díaz would be the first Mexican in the Canadian Premier League.

Cowichan United bounces back to beat GorgeCowichan Valley Citizen
A second half surge gave Cowichan United a thrilling 3-1 win over Gorge United in driving rain at the Sherman Road turf on Friday.

Cowichan 49ers lock up second place, provincial berthCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers clinched second place in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s masters A division and a berth in the provincial tournament, while the Cowichan Steelheads remained in contention to finish third in the division.

Stuck at home by flood, LMG regroups to battle BaysCowichan Valley Citizen
Cowichan LMG has had soccer games cancelled for weather-related reasons before, but never quite like this.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 UBCUBC 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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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.


Class of 2020: LeBlanc and Timko Baxter named to Canada Soccer Hall of FameCSA
Class of 2020: LeBlanc and Timko Baxter named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

Karina LeBlanc, Brittany Timko Baxter named to Canada Soccer Hall of FameVancouver Courier
Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter, who won 242 caps for Canada between them in a combined 29 years of senior service, have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

Why Ottawa’s inclusion is important to CPLCanPL
The league’s first expansion side, which was confirmed last week, will host its introduction event in the nation’s capital Tuesday, when Club Atlético de Madrid officials, alongside club staff member Jeff Hunt and commissioner David Clanachan, will unveil its crest, name, and colours.

‘She has a long future with this team’: Christine Sinclair touts canWNT youngster Julia GrossoCanPL
Canada’s run at the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers has been dominated by Christine Sinclair’s record-breaking efforts.


The Lowdown: Lisa Cole is building another program from the ground upThe Equalizer
As National Women’s Soccer League fans anxiously await the start of the new season, a far more low-key opening day for women’s soccer happened last week. Antigua and Barbuda is the latest country to have made women’s soccer something of a priority, and a brand-new, seven-team circuit launched on Jan. 31. At the helm of this new venture is former Boston Breakers head coach Lisa Cole.

How international viewers can watch the AFC Women Olympic Football Tournament QualifiersMatildas
Group B of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers in Sydney is underway, and matchday two on Friday sees Australia and China PR enter the fray!

Bala Devi: The woman making Indian football historyBBC
Ngangom Bala Devi became the first Indian woman pro-footballer when she signed an 18-month deal with the Scottish club, Rangers FC.


Silva loses CAS appeal after battling US Soccer’s promotion/relegation rulesNBC Sports
Riccardo Silva has lost his appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as he battled to overturn U.S. Soccer’s rules blocking promotion and relegation.

Move over, Barcelona: Real Madrid are Spain’s new kings of youth developmentESPN
Real Madrid and Barcelona were united by their teenage prodigies last weekend.

FA Cup: Spurs blow lead, erase deficit to top SaintsNBC Sports
For the second time in 11 days’ time, Tottenham Hotspur coughed up a lead to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, only this time Jose Mourinho’s side was fortunate enough to escape with victory on the back of their own comeback capped off by an 87th-minute penalty kick.

Celtic and Rangers earn wins while Sky apologises for Morelos ‘inaccuracies’The Guardian
A 4-0 win for Celtic at Motherwell kept the champions on a steady course for their ninth successive Premiership title despite Ianis Hagi’s winning goal on his Rangers debut.

Kenny Miller retires from football – former Rangers and Celtic striker played in four decadesTransfermarkt
Former Scotland international Kenny Miller has announced his retirement from football. Miller, who enjoyed three spells at Rangers but also played for fierce Glasgow rivals Celtic, has decided to hang up his boots after recently leaving Partick Thistle.

Thomas Müller proves his worth as Bayern Munich reach German Cup quartersDW
Thomas Müller has kicked off the new decade in style, scoring in all four of Bayern Munich’s games in 2020. The 30-year-old forward has been rejuvenated under Hansi Flick and has showed his value once again.

Lazio remains third in Serie A following draw with VeronaSportsnet
Lazio was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Hellas Verona on Wednesday, wasting a chance to move into second place in Serie A.

Premier League clubs vote to change summer transfer window deadlineESPN
The deadline will fall in line with the other major European leagues again and close on Sept. 1.

Spanish club Malaga facing potential administrationNBC Sports
Second-tier Spanish club Malaga, which was a Champions League quarterfinalist just seven short years ago, is facing potential sanctions for severe financial struggles.

Coronavirus: Asian Football Confederation postpones more football matchesDW
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Tuesday that it had postponed matches featuring Chinese clubs for the first three matchdays of the Asian Champions league due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FA coaching guidelines will restrict heading by under-18s in trainingBBC Sport
The FA is set to launch new coaching guidelines that will restrict the amount of heading by under-18 players in training.

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