VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
“The ones that will make history together”: Bair looking to make his mark on golden generation – Whitecaps FC
It’s something I’ve always had aspirations for.” Those were the words of Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Theo Bair after receiving the call-up to John Herdman’s squad for Canada’s January training camp in California, along with teammates Maxime Crépeau, Derek Cornelius, Russell Teibert, and Tosaint Ricketts.
Should we be preparing for the blame game and another season of Whitecaps disappointment? – AFTN
When the final whistle blew 100 days ago after a truly awful 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake in the last match of the 2019 season, I let out a sigh of relief. As it was my fourth season not being a season ticket holder, I closed my laptop and went about my day. As I attempted to forget about the game, something hit me…
Jon Erice Departs | A look back on the Failure of 2019 for the Vancouver Whitecaps – Eighty-Six Forever
In late 2018 the Vancouver Whitecaps named Marc Dos Santos head coach. He set out to rebuild the team around a set of principles and a new tactical philosophy. Then, and there is no nice way of putting this, he fell flat on his face in his first year as head coach.
Impact completes permanent transfer of Ballou Tabla – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that it acquired Homegrown midfielder Ballou Tabla from Spanish club FC Barcelona, coming to terms on a two-year contract with two option years.
Toronto FC teenage forward Jayden Nelson continues to turn heads with Canada – CBC
Last year, the young forward from Brampton, Ont., made his pro debut with Toronto FC 2, turned 17, represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and was named Canadian Youth International Player of the Year. He kicked off 2020 by making his senior debut Jan. 7 and scoring his first goal three days later in a pair of 4-1 wins over No. 162 Barbados.
Colorado Rapids acquire attacking midfielder Younes Namli as Designated Player – Colorado Rapids
The Colorado Rapids announced today the signing of attacking midfielder Younes Namli on a two-year loan with a club option to buy. The Dane will join the Rapids roster as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, and will occupy an international roster spot.
Los Angeles FC signs Dutch goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer – Sportsnet
The MLS club announced the deal Wednesday to acquire the 34-year-old Vermeer, who has spent nearly all of his professional career in the domestic Eredivisie.
Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey leans into “meticulous and stubborn” offseason approach – MLS
Garth Lagerwey is sticking to his guns. The Seattle Sounders general manager has heard critics say he hasn’t been active enough this offseason revamping a roster that saw several key contributors from last year’s title-winning squad depart.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
Rino’s Tigers weather the storm to go top in VMSL Premier as snow decimates fixtures (with video highlights) – AFTN
When you look out the window right now, it’s hard to imagine that just a few days ago there were some Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) matches being played!
Chris Lee, Connor Mrazek to join T-Birds this fall – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds are thrilled to announce the commitment of two terrific local talents for the 2020 season in Chris Lee and Connor Mrazek.
Powell River Villa postpones home game due to weather – Powell River Peak
Due to weather and current field conditions at Timberlane Park, Powell River Villa has postponed its next home game. The Vancouver Island Soccer League match against Mid Isle Mariners, scheduled for Saturday, January 18, will be played at a later date.
Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020 – BC 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 Canada – BC 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, 2019 – BC 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 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.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada wrap up January camp after 0:1 loss to Iceland in California – CSA
Canada fell 0:1 to Iceland in a Men’s International Friendly at the tail end of their 12-day January camp to open the 2020 international season. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team posted back-to-back wins over Barbados before falling to their European opponents on a first-half goal from a set play in the Wednesday night match.
Wanderers add new dimension to back line with signing of Daniel Kinumbe – HFX Wanderers
The Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of athletic young Canadian defender Daniel Kinumbe.
USL & LOWER LEAGUE SOCCER NEWS
TRANSACTIONS: Walls Reunited with Lilley in Pittsburgh – USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced on Wednesday it had signed defender/midfielder Tony Walls to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season, pending league and federation approval.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Canadian talent available in NWSL draft but Fleming opts not to take part – TSN
A handful of Canadians are eligible for Thursday’s NWSL draft but Canadian international Jessie Fleming is not one of them.
THE FINAL LIST: More than 200 players eligible for NWSL draft – Front Row Soccer
The National Women’s Soccer League Wednesday released the final list of more 200 players eligible for its college draft. The draft will take place at the United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore on Thursday at 8 a.m. PT
Kumagai: Japan want to win gold at Tokyo 2020 – FIFA
Saki Kumagai is a player familiar with collecting trophies. As a 20-year-old she helped Japan win their first FIFA Women’s World Cup title at Germany 2011 before finishing as the runners-up four years later at Canada 2015. After being handed the captain’s armband in 2017, she skippered Nadeshiko to be crowned champions at the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Mbappé nets two against former club as PSG wins at Monaco – TSN
Kylian Mbappé scored twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain won 4-1 at Monaco on Wednesday to move eight points clear at the top of the French league.
‘I felt tears in my eyes’ – how tiny Réunion team stunned French football – The Guardian
Until a couple of weeks ago JS Saint-Pierroise were best known, paradoxically, as a byword for footballing obscurity.
Lukaku nets 2 as Inter beats Cagliari to reach quarters of Italian Cup – Sportsnet
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Inter Milan beat Cagliari 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
Unloved Leipzig aims to break Bayern’s hold on Bundesliga – TSN
When one club has won the league title seven years in a row, you might expect fans of other teams to cheer on any viable challenger. Not so in Germany.
Manchester United beats Wolves in FA Cup replay, Rashford hurt – Sportsnet
Manchester United beat Wolverhampton 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday but lost Marcus Rashford to an injury that could force him out of a Premier League match against fierce rival Liverpool at the weekend.
Africa Cup of Nations moved, Premier League clubs impacted – NBC Sports
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon has been moved and it is likely to impact several Premier League clubs.
How Man City & Co. make transfer profits with players never featuring for them – Transfermarkt
In the past few years, this transfer model developed into one of the most common: The top clubs use their financial strength to tie down talents early. They often develop during loan spells at other clubs – the success of Chelsea’s loan army is exemplary for this. Either players become alternatives for the squad at their parent club, Thibaut Courtois (27) would be such an example, or it is tried to sell them on for as much profit as possible.
Children in Scotland could be banned from heading footballs over dementia link – The Guardian
A move towards banning children from heading balls in training in Scotland because of the links between football and dementia has been welcomed as a “positive step” by the campaigner Dawn Astle, who has urged other governing bodies follow its lead.