VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Departed Andy Rose: I’ll always look out for Motherwell results – Motherwell Times
The 28-year-old Australian will soon travel out to Canada to join up with Vancouver Whitecaps, ending an 18-month association with Motherwell which included helping the club reach both national cup finals and helping the club to a 2-1 derby win at Hamilton Accies in his final match for them on December 29.
Atlanta United sign MLS MVP Josef Martinez to five-year contract extension through 2023 – ESPN
Josef Martinez agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep with Atlanta United through 2023, with the MLS MVP calling the Five Stripes his Barcelona or Real Madrid.
‘Pity’ Martinez arrives in U.S., even with no official ATL UTD announcement – NBC Sports
Atlanta United hasn’t officially announced the signing of Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez, but the talented Argentine attacker is in the U.S. now anyway.
TFC additions offer something old and something new – The Star
Laurent Ciman and Nick DeLeon arrived ready for a change with Toronto FC. Now, the Major League Soccer veterans plan to help their new club make the changes needed to return to the top.
Toronto FC looks to return to stingy ways on defence with addition of Ciman – PEI Guardian
After seeing his team concede a franchise-worst 64 goals last season, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney is looking forward to integrating veteran defender Laurent Ciman into his backline.
LAFC re-sign Danilo Silva and Dejan Jakovic – LA Times
With the start of training camp just five days away, the Los Angeles Football Club re-signed two more key pieces of its back line Wednesday, agreeing to contracts with Danilo Silva and Dejan Jakovic.
San Jose GM Jesse Fioranelli out to make up for forgettable 2018 – MLS
After his team endured one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2018, San Jose Earthquakes GM Jesse Fioranelli knew he had to get it right with his next head coach hire.
Orlando City SC Signs Brazilian Right Back Ruan – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC has signed defender Ruan (WHO-ahn) to a one year contract ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The 23-year-old right back comes to the United States from Brazil’s Série B.
LA Galaxy re-sign midfielder Servando Carrasco – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have re-signed midfielder Servando Carrasco, the club announced today. Carrasco, 30, has recorded 19 appearances for the LA Galaxy since signing with the club ahead of the 2018 MLS season.
Revolution trade Claude Dielna to Portland for a pittance – Pro Soccer USA
The New England Revolution off-loaded fringe defender Claude Dielna on Wednesday afternoon by trading him to the Portland Timbers for at least $100,000 in general allocation money.
Real Salt Lake name Rob Zarkos executive VP of soccer operations – MLS
Real Salt Lake have hired Rob Zarkos as executive vice president of soccer operations as part of a front-office restructure, the club announced Wednesday.
Austin FC: Even with Anthony Precourt, there is hope – MLS Multiplex
Austin FC have been officially unveiled as the 27th MLS expansion club. The franchise, owned by Anthony Precourt, has hope for a bright future, even with Precourt at the helm.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Pacific Prospects: Vancouver Island based players worth a look from Pacific FC – AFTN
As the weeks count down to the first matches of the inaugural Canadian Premier League, the excitement continues to build. As does the hard work by all involved.
Powell River Villa hosts Victoria Highlanders in first-place showdown – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa FC starts the stretch run in Vancouver Soccer League Division 2 at home on Saturday, January 19.
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema called up for Canada Soccer training camp – Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack soccer star Jordyn Huitema is spending time with the Canadian senior women’s team this month as it prepares for the 2019 season.
TRU looks to hire new women’s soccer head coach – The Omega
“We have had a lot of applicants from across the world and the depth of quality in the applicants is quite impressive,” Curtis Atkinson said. “We want someone with the background at a high-performance level, preferably with women’s high-performance sport and at the college or university level.”
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Cavalry FC inks Brazilian forward Oliver Minatel – Edmonton Journal
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but Cavalry FC has added its first taste of international flavour.
HFX Wanderers solidify backline by adding defensive leader Chakib Hocine – Canadian Premier League
The 27-year-old Canadian joins the Wanderers after an impressive season playing in Finland’s second tier.
Y9’s Roger Thompson to bring hard-tackling, modern ball-playing style to York Region – Canadian Premier League
Roger Thompson is a defensive presence, the kind of defender who sticks out … in a good way.
15 ONTARIO ATHLETES CALLED TO CANADIAN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FOR WORLD CUP 2019 WARM-UP MATCHES – Ontario Soccer
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will launch their all-important 2019 season with two matches in Spain including a training match against Switzerland on 17 January and an international friendly match against Norway on 22 January in La Manga.
Canadian soccer veteran Tosaint Ricketts optimistic of direction of men’s national team – Edmonton Sun
For Tosaint Ricketts, the road to the Canadian men’s national soccer team began in Chile.
Alberta Soccer seeking diverse representation on its Board – Alberta Soccer
Alberta Soccer is welcoming nominations for Board of Directors Candidates until February 4, 2019. Our organization is seeking a diverse group of individuals who wish to serve Alberta Soccer’s Membership and support the strategic plan of the Association.
Indoor turf facility signalled as priority ‘legacy project’ – TB News Watch
Council approves creation of new reserve fund solely dedicated to the pursuit of an indoor multi-use artificial turf facility.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Indy Inks Championship Record-Setter Kelly – USL
Indy Eleven unveiled another major addition to its squad for the 2019 USL Championship on Wednesday evening with the signing of the league’s all-time leading scorer Dane Kelly, pending league and federation approval. The Jamaican international joins the Boys in Blue from Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, with which he spent the 2018 campaign.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
W-League Week 11: Huerta scored a beauty – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 11.
W-League Preview: Round 12 features Dash clash and crucial push for playoff spot – Houston Dynamo
Amber Brooks, Veronica Latsko and Adelaide United host the last-place Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday in a key matchup for the Reds’ bid to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.
NWSL growth continues, bringing aboard players for the future, adding more talent and money – Prost Amerika
Most of the players selected in the opening round were from teams that played in last month’s College Cup and with a number of them had played soccer in California. All with the expectations and the opportunity which happened at McCormick Place on Thursday.
Beverly Yanez re-signs with Seattle Reign FC – Vavel
A stalwart at the club will be returning for at least one more season as Seattle Reign FC announced on Monday that Beverly Yanez would be returning for the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Buena High graduate Hailie Mace may forgo NWSL to play overseas – VC Star
Hailie Mace was drafted No. 2 overall in Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League college draft. So why is the Buena High graduate and current U.S. women’s national team defender on the cusp of signing a pro contract in Australia or Sweden or England, rather than the U.S.?
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Girona shocks Atletico Madrid behind stunning goals – NBC Sports
Co-owned by Pep Guardiola and the City Football Group, Girona isn’t your average minnow. However, what Girona did on Wednesday is worthy of a closer look.
HENRY, VIEIRA REUNION ENDS IN DERBY DRAW – Ligue 1
Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira shared the spoils in their reunion on Wednesday, as AS Monaco and OGC Nice drew 1-1 in the Côte d’Azur derby.
Mario Balotelli set to join Marseille from Nice – BBC Sport
Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is set to join Marseille from Nice. The Italy international, 28, has been at Ligue 1 side Nice since leaving Liverpool on a free transfer in 2016.
Derby beats Southampton on penalties in FA Cup – Delta Optimist
Derby came from two goals down for the second time against Southampton to eliminate the Premier League club from the FA Cup on Wednesday, winning a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in their third-round replay.
BBC defends decision to bump Theresa May for Derby vs Southampton – The Telegraph
BBC One has defended its decision to shunt a live Brexit speech from Theresa May on to BBC Two so the channel could instead screen penalties from an FA Cup third-round replay.
Asian Cup Wrap: South Korea clinches top spot in group, and more – NBC Sports
Heung-Min Son started, recorded an assist and went 89 minutes three days after arriving in the United Arab Emirates as South Korea finished off the group stage with a resounding, 2-0 win over China.
Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia – National Post
Travelling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar’s soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis is impacting sports and could have ramifications for Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Juventus beats Milan to win Italian Super Cup in Jeddah – Leader Post
Amid a background of protests and political outrage, Juventus beat 10-man AC Milan 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to win the Italian Super Cup for a record eighth time.
Soccer now has its own Spygate, and we know about it thanks to the manager responsible – Yahoo Sports
Soccer finally has its own Spygate. More than 11 years after Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots staff were caught videotaping the New York Jets’ signals, soccer has its own spying scandal brewing.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa follows ‘Spygate’ with detailed scouting explanation – ESPN
Bielsa has been a huge success in his first season at Elland Road — Leeds are four points clear at the top of the Championship — but last week’s “Spygate” controversy, which saw the club apologise after a member of staff was caught observing a Derby training season ahead of Friday’s game between the two teams, has led to an EFL investigation.
With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend – The Guardian
The Leeds manager has an almost pathological honesty and there are few people in football so ready to admit fault as him.
Premier League: BBC executive Tim Davie turns down chief executive role – BBC Sport
Senior BBC executive Tim Davie has become the second person to turn down the chance of becoming the new head of the Premier League.
Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead – Orillia Matters
Police in Ghana say an investigative journalist whose work exposing corruption in African soccer led to the downfall of a member of the sport’s high-powered FIFA Council has been shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.