WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
2016 MLS Draft Video Livestream & Draft Tracker – MLS
Keep up with the MLS Superdraft LIVE at 10 am PT.
Whitecaps hoping to add firepower at SuperDraft – Sportsnet
As the Vancouver Whitecaps approach Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft, coach Carl Robinson has his eyes on selecting players he feels can potentially add something to his attacking group.
SuperDraft: Four seniors signed as MLS releases full draft list and order – Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer today announced the signing of four additional college seniors in advance of tomorrow’s 2016 MLS SuperDraft. In addition, the final draft order as well as the full list of draft-eligible players are now available.
Whitecaps playing it cool at MLS SuperDraft – The Province
Carl Robinson’s an honest guy, but draft week gets the best of everyone. Asked about the Whitecaps’ obvious need for a right-back to challenge the returning Jordan Smith, Robinson claimed the Caps would have other aims at Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore (10 a.m., MLSsoccer.com).
Whitecaps trading up in MLS draft a ‘wildfire’ rumour: Robinson – Vancouver Sun
Reports out of the Major League Soccer Combine that the Whitecaps are actively looking to trade up for the first overall pick in Thursday’s SuperDraft are the result of “somebody spreading wildfire,” head coach Carl Robinson insisted today.
Breaking down the 2016 MLS draft talent by position – Goal
The 2016 MLS draft boasts what is considered the deepest collection of talent in the past few years. Goal’s Ives Galarcep breaks down the players by position.
Chicago Fire could trade No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick as they close in on European defenders – MLS
General manager Nelson Rodriguez has insisted the Chicago Fire “will be a better team” on Thursday whether they keep or trade their coveted No. 1 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The Fire hold picks No. 1, No. 33, No. 57 and No. 62 heading into Thursday’s draft in Baltimore (10 am PT, live stream on MLSsoccer.com), and have already rejected one of three firm offers for the first pick.
New IMFC staff looking for leadership at draft – Montreal Impact
Mauro Biello has a number of MLS Combine and SuperDraft experiences under his belt, but this time, he’s covering some new ground as it’s his first as the Impact’s head coach. “The Combine was a good experience for us as a new staff,” said Biello. “We got to see some good young talent and it was exciting for us to see which player might fit and help us build our team.”
Ben Polk and Hadji Barry become latest college seniors to pen MLS deals before SuperDraft – MLS
The league has confirmed that two goal-scoring forwards – Central Florida’s Hadji Barry and Syracuse star Ben Polk – sealed MLS deals on Wednesday night. Barry had 11 goals for UCF in the 2015 season, while Polk hit for 12 goals.
As D.C. United prepares for MLS draft, Bill Hamid undergoes surgery – Washington Post
As MLS decision-makers began descending on Charm City for the MLS draft Thursday — one in which a Georgetown Hoya might go first overall — D.C. United officials were keeping tabs on their star goalkeeper in a Los Angeles surgery center.
Earthquake survivor Tsubasa Endoh set to fulfill pro dreams a long way from home – MLS
Tsubasa Endoh, the MVP of the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine, has long been accustomed to living far away from home. Endoh left his family at age 12 to move to Fukushima, Japan where he formed part of the first class of players at the Japanese Football Association (JFA) Academy, an elite residential program founded to better develop some of the top youth soccer players in the country.
Philadelphia Union Sign Brazilian Defender Anderson Conceição – Philadelphia Union
The Philadelphia Union announced today the club has acquired 26-year-old Brazilian defender Anderson Conceição on loan for the duration of the 2016 season, pending the receipt of a P-1 Visa and an international transfer certificate (ITC). Conceição is contracted to Tombense FC and played for America Mineiro in 2015, where he helped the club win promotion to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the highest division of Brazilian soccer. Per club and league policy, additional details were not disclosed.
So Long Norberto Paparatto, Hello Jermaine Taylor – Stumptown Football
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter and general manager Gavin Wilkinson held a conference call today in the wake of this week’s bevy of moves from the team and before tomorrow’s MLS SuperDraft. While the call covered plenty of ground, there were two big confirmations that came out of it: the team believes that Norberto Paparatto will be staying in Argentina and will not be with the Timbers next year, and the team is working to sign Jermaine Taylor, whose rights were taken during the 2015 MLS Re-entry Draft.
Earthquakes Sign Argentinean Defender Andres Imperiale – San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Argentinean defender Andres Imperiale, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Imperiale has been primarily used as a center back over his career and also has experience at left back. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
U.S.’ Jordan Morris to continue trial at Bremen – ESPN FC
United States forward Jordan Morris is set to travel to Bremen, where he will continue his trial with the Bundesliga club following Werder’s winter training camp in Turkey.
David Beckham’s Path to a MLS Stadium in Miami Just Keeps Getting Twistier – Vice
Last year, David Beckham’s expansion MLS franchise in Miami looked dead in the water. On May 20, 2014, the City of Miami Commissioners voted down Beckham’s PortMiami stadium proposal. His Plan B for the club, which is to be called Miami Beckham United, was a stadium on Biscayne Boulevard. That plan died an unofficial death on June 11, 2014, when Miami City Mayor Tomas Regalado publicly rejected it.
St. Louis: Goodbye NFL, Hello MLS – Arch City Sports
Now that we’ve divorced the NFL we get to date again with leagues who want to be with us. To get with a league that is willing to be invested in our lives and cities. Hey I know a league that is a perfect for St. Louis! Major League Soccer (MLS).
BC SOCCER NEWS
Registration now open for the 2016 WFC2 Open Tryout – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club will host the 2016 WFC2 Open Tryout presented by adidas on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Field #4. Tryouts will begin at 5 p.m. PT on both days. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Villa coach notes improvement – Powell River Peak
An early 1980s exhibition match at Timberlane Park pitting Vancouver Whitecaps against Powell River Villa sparked a lifelong interest in soccer for 10-year-old Chris McDonough. “I’m pretty sure we lost,” said McDonough, who currently coaches Powell River’s Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) team.
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.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
(Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new section on BC Youth Soccer Player Development; a new resource designed to help youth coaches and players. Throughout the week, we’ll feature news, drills and videos from the most noted professionals in the field of player development. If you have any articles or resources you enjoy, send them our way, and we’ll share them with the BC Soccer community.)
Go Play Better Coaches’ Boot Room Roundtable – Impacting the Culture and Play of Your Team – Mahony and Sons, Burrard Landing, Vancouver, February 20 – Go Play Better
2016 is here and with that comes more coaching. We wanted to start this year’s Boot Rooms with a more interactive session of education. So let’s talk planning, preparation and maximizing your volunteer time to make the most difference to your group. Maybe it’s your spring team, beginning to look ahead to a new group, or even just planning for the next age group up with your current group.
NASL & USL NEWS
Fury FC Add Canadian International Kyle Porter – Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury FC today announced the signing Canadian International Kyle Porter. The versatile forward/defender brings NASL and MLS experience to the Nation’s Capital and joins Fury FC from the Atlanta Silverbacks. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Blues Sign Trinidad & Tobago’s Caesar – USL
Orange County Blues FC added another piece to its attack on Wednesday as the club announced the signing of Trinidad & Tobago international Trevin Caesar. The signing is pending approval of the player’s P-1 visa.
Orlando City B Deepens Squad with Seven Acquisitions – Orlando City SC
Orlando City B significantly strengthened its squad today, announcing seven acquisitions – forwards Pierre da Silva, Dembakwi Yomba, Michael Cox, William Eyang, midfielders Jonathan Mendoza, Marius Obekop and defender Craig Nitti – leading up to the 2016 USL campaign. Eyang and Nitti’s signings are pending clearance of their ITC Visas.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Sydney Leroux traded to FC Kansas City in three-team NWSL deal – SI.com
NWSL’s two-time defending champion FC Kansas City acquired U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday.
NWSL to livestream 2016 College Draft – Keeper Notes
For the first time ever, NWSL fans will be able to watch the NWSL College Draft over the internet when the 2016 version of the draft rolls around on January 15th. The NWSL has announced that the draft will be streamed in its entirety on the NWSL website beginning at 10am. Jonathan Yardley will be the host for the broadcast while Keeper Notes’ own Jen Cooper will act as analyst.
2016 NWSL Draft – Chris’ FINAL (Probably) Big Board – All White Kit
An incredibly detailed look at over 106 players who may be selected in the 2016 NWSL College Draft on Friday.
NWSL ANNOUNCES U.S. WNT ALLOCATED PLAYERS – NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for the 2016 season. A total of 24 U.S. allocated players will be participating in the upcoming season.
NWSL game of coaching musical chairs continues – Soccer America
Two days before the College Draft, Sky Blue FC, one of two NWSL teams without a head coach, filled its vacancy with the promotion of Irishman Christy Holly to the position of head coach.
Baroness Campbell joins as Head of Women’s Football – The FA
The FA has named Baroness Sue Campbell CBE as its new Head of Women’s Football. During her time as Chair of UK Sport, Baroness Campbell oversaw a step change in the delivery of British medals at the Olympics and she will now take forward The FA’s drive to increase girls and women’s grassroots football participation and generate further success among England’s elite women’s teams.
FA aim to build on a year to remember after Women’s World Cup success – The Football League Paper
FA director of development and participation Kelly Simmons says 2015 felt like a year that the nation “fell in love with the Lionesses” and admits that, as a result, the organisation is now reviewing its five-year strategy. After England’s colossal effort in winning a bronze medal in Canada last year, along with more coverage of the women’s game in this country, Simmons revealed she and her team have been “pleasantly surprised” by how much the nation has got behind the national team.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid given FIFA transfer ban over youth players – ESPN FC
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been banned from registering new players for the next two transfer windows, FIFA has announced. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee announced that the two clubs “violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration” of players under the age of 18.
CONCACAF investigation reveals no evidence of match fixing at Gold Cup – ESPN FC
CONCACAF has announced it has completed an investigation into the referees’ performance at last summer’s Gold Cup tournament, and that there was no evidence of match fixing in the wake of several controversial decisions at the event.
World Cup bid inspector was banned for seeking family favours, Fifa reveals – The Guardian
The 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector was banned from football for seeking several favours for family members, the Fifa ethics committee has said six months after imposing a seven-year sanction.
Luciano Spalletti: Roma appoint former coach to replace Garcia – BBC Sport
Roma have appointed former coach Luciano Spalletti as successor to Rudi Garcia, who was sacked on Wednesday.
Jonathan de Guzman could make Swansea return on loan – sources – ESPN FC
Swansea City are closing in on the signing of former loan star Jonathan De Guzman, sources have told ESPN FC. De Guzman, 28, has been targeted as an ideal replacement for Jonjo Shelvey following the England midfielder’s £12 million move to Newcastle earlier this week.
Manchester United Need to Finally Let Sir Alex Ferguson Go – Paste Soccer
Imagine the devil tells you he (or she) will give your football club a manager capable of winning nearly every piece of silverware the sport has on offer. There is only one catch—all that success will follow the manager out the door when they inevitably leave.
Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny: the tireless street footballer who slept with a ball – The Guardian
The idea was that Mohamed Elneny should become at one with the ball. It came from his father, who was a youth team coach at Baladeyet Al-Mahalla in Egypt, and it was put into practice when Elneny was very young.
FIFPro launches GameChangers campaign to level football’s wealth gaps – Inside World Football
The international players’ union FIFPro has launched a new global campaign, GameChangers, aimed at exposing how football governance, not least the transfer system, malfunctions and fails its 65,000 members.