VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Bolaños named to CONCACAF Best XI – Whitecaps FC
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced their 2016 year-end awards today, with Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Christian Bolaños earning a Best XI selection.
On-loan Brighton and Hove Albion defender Sam Adekugbe targets permanent deal – The Argus
The Canada international left-back has set his sights on a more permanent deal when his loan from Vancouver Whitecaps expires at the end of the season.
2017 Strength of Schedule Rankings: Who has the toughest schedule? – MLS
The numbers say that Vancouver Whitecaps FC have the toughest schedule heading into 2017.
Fraser Aird: Midfielder leaves Rangers to join Falkirk – BBC Sport
Aird, 21, featured regularly for Rangers between 2012 and 2015 and was loaned to Vancouver Whitecaps last year. He has four international caps.
2017 MLS SuperDraft Rounds 3 & 4 Analysis: Vancouver Whitecaps – MLS Multiplex
This week the SuperDraft concluded with Rounds 3 and 4. The Whitecaps selected Jorge Gomez Sanchez 51st overall and Nazeem Bartman 73rd overall.
MLS teams begin reporting for 2017 preseason on January 21 – MLS
The MLS offseason will very soon be a thing of the past, as clubs will begin their preseason camps in just a few days.
LA Galaxy sign U.S. int’l Jermaine Jones – Empire of Soccer
After weeks of speculation, the LA Galaxy have officially signed midfielder Jermaine Jones.
Tim Howard’s views on USA’s foreign-born players ‘dangerous’, says Jones – The Guardian
Jermaine Jones has told ESPN that Tim Howard’s comments about national team players born or brought up overseas were “dangerous stuff” and that playing for USA wasn’t about being “half-American or full-American”.
Howard clarifies dual-nationals comments as Jones responds to ‘dangerous’ discussion – SBI
Less than a day after making controversial comments regarding the commitment of dual-nationals on the U.S. Men’s National Team, Tim Howard has attempted to clarify his comments.
Orlando City coach Jason Kreis upbeat about offseason roster moves – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City’s offseason was busy with player movements, a front-office shakeup, stadium construction and more.
Safe Standing: American Soccer Stadiums Latest Trend – Soccer Stadium Digest
In America, the safe standing revolution is being led by the design firm Populous. Two of the firm’s latest MLS projects, in Orlando and Minnesota, are pioneering safe standing in their designs.
Report: St. Louis stadium funding bill given new life – SBI
Just as MLS expansion to St. Louis dropped into a gloomy state, a new sense of hope was pumped into the city’s bid to bring one of the four new franchises in MLS to Missouri.
FC Dallas Player Recovering At Home After Being Hit By Car – CBS DFW
The snow and bad road conditions in North Texas on January 6 helped put FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead on the sidelines.
Portland Timbers no longer a defendant in Eddie Johnson’s concussion lawsuit – Oregonian
The Portland Timbers are no longer a defendant in a $9.9 million personal injury lawsuit filed by former Timbers forward Eddie Johnson.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Marcus Haber signs new deal – Dundee FC
Dundee Football Club are delighted to announce that Marcus Haber has today signed a two year extension to his contract.
KYSA HOLDING PRO-D DAY CAMP FRIDAY – BC Soccer Web
The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association is holding its first Pro-D Day Soccer Camp of the year on Friday, January 20 at the Kamloops Soccer Dome.
FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in March – BC 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 Nominations – BCSA
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 sale – Highlanders FC
Support local soccer on Vancouver Island. Join the excitement of Highlanders FC PDL Soccer!
PHOTOS: CANADA WEST WOMENS FINAL, UBC 3, TWU 0, NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver – CSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016 – BC 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.
BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach Mandate – BCSA
IMPORTANT: If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.
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
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Hamilton still getting a pro soccer team – but not a bubble dome – CBC
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are likely “within 90 days” of announcing a new level one soccer team for the Canadian Premier League, said John McGrane, a Canadian soccer hall-of-famer and 25-time national team member who’s been working with the team. It’s already licensed four names, including Hamilton United and the Hamilton Steelers.
Canada names MLS-heavy roster for men’s friendly vs. Bermuda – Sportsnet
The 18-man squad includes veterans Marcel de Jong (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Tosaint Ricketts (Toronto FC), as well as young prospects Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact), Marco Bustos ( Whitecaps) and Jay Chapman (TFC).
RedNation Interview Series: Michael Findlay – Red Nation Online
Michael Findlay is a long time coach within the Canadian men’s system and current interim head coach of the Canadian men’s national team.
Women’s soccer coach Herdman honoured with CONCACAF award – CTV
Canadian women’s soccer coach John Herdman has earned CONCACAF’s Outstanding Performance Award for leading his team to the medal podium in back-to back Olympics.
‘Opens their eyes a little bit’: P.E.I. soccer players learn from pro academy – CBC
About 30 young P.E.I. girls participated in soccer drills and scrimmages Wednesday night lead by Marinos Papageorgopoulos, the director and associate head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy Centre.
Discovering League1 Ontario: A Rising Star Story – Northern Starting XI
I was lucky. I was lucky that as a passionate fan I was born and spent twenty something years in a country that was also mad about the sport I love. That has a deeply embedded culture and league system that has been around for donkeys years. A league system that most of the world base theirs off of and has been very successful. A semi successful national team. A 24/7 soap opera that makes headlines on the front and back pages of the national newspapers. Football is everywhere. Then I moved to Canada, Toronto to be exact, and that all changed.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
Norman Newest Addition to WFC2 Squad – USL
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 announced on Thursday that the club has signed Residency graduate midfielder David Norman Jr. to a professional contract, pending league and federation approval.
COMMENTARY: David Norman Jr. has Whitecaps FC in his blood – Whitecaps FC
On a personal level, it is very special to see David sign his first professional contract with the club as he takes another step forward in his career. It honestly doesn’t feel so long ago that I saw him as a smiling baby. I’m excited by what he has achieved so far and even more so by what’s still to come.
LAFC, OC Blues FC sign partnership agreement – Prost Amerika
It’s been a busy offseason for many sides in the USL, perhaps none more so than the Orange County Blues FC. With a new owner (James Kasten), a new name, a new manager (Logan Pause), and new players, the club will certainly look different from the side that came within a whisker of making the USL Western Conference Finals last season.
Charleston Battery extends affiliation agreement with MLS’ Atlanta United FC – Post & Courier
The Charleston Battery will continue its affiliation with Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC into the 2017 season, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.
Continued Community Efforts Sparking More Fan Engagement For FC Edmonton – NASL
Off the field, the club started new initiatives, which have carried into the offseason with the opening of the FC Edmonton fan shop.
Orlando Pride Acquires Australia National Team Defender Alanna Kennedy – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride added another top international talent today, acquiring Australia Women’s National Team defender Alanna Kennedy in a trade with the recently relocated North Carolina Courage. In exchange, the Courage, formerly the Western New York Flash, received midfielder Sam Witteman.
Sky Blue bring Daphne Corboz home to New Jersey – The Equalizer
Sky Blue FC announced the signing of Daphne Corboz on Thursday. The 23-year old was drafted by Sky Blue in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft but elected to sign in England. She has played the last two seasons for Manchester City in the FAWSL. Corboz played at Watching Hills High School, about a 30-minute drive from Yurcak Field.
Lauren Bruton signs ‘longest ever’ Reading Women FC contract – Football in Bracknell
Reading Women have issued the longest ever professional contract in the clubs history to keep a key midfielder at the club until 2019.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
CONCACAF executive downplays chance of merger with CONMEBOL – SN
Even with the World Cup set to expand, CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio says the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean has no plans to merge with CONMEBOL, the South American confederation.
AFCON: Algeria 1-2 Tunisia – ESPN FC
Tunisia gave themselves an African Nations Cup lifeline and put northern neighbours Algeria on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 win in Franceville.
Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I have a bad reputation in England and I don’t know why’ – The Guardian
The Togo striker has been without a club since June but says he is feeling better than ever as he leads his country at the Africa Cup of Nations and would love a Premier League return.
Liverpool edges fourth-tier Plymouth in FA Cup replay on rare Lucas goal – Fox Sports
Liverpool managed to eliminate Plymouth at the second attempt in the FA Cup on Wednesday, edging past the fourth-tier club 1-0 to reach the fourth round.
Small attendances, poor form, ownership protests – is Coventry City a dying club? – BBC Newsbeat
They’ve won the FA Cup and spent 33 consecutive years in the top flight, but fans say Coventry City is a “dying club”.
CFA threatens to expel Chinese Super League clubs that overspend – ESPN FC
Chinese clubs will face further difficulties in their attempts to spend huge sums on foreign and domestic players after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) threatened to expel those who overspend in the Chinese Super League (CSL) in a new 18-point directive.
Police drafted in to protect Sporting Lisbon as fans vent fury over Cup loss – Inside World Football
Sporting Lisbon players were confronted by angry fans and had to be protected twice by riot police after the club’s Portuguese Cup defeat by Chaves.
Bundesliga will be ready to use video review next season – Sportsnet
The Bundesliga says it will be ready to use video review next season.
Bundesliga clubs promote their own young coaches. Why don’t English clubs? – The Guardian
While Premier League clubs rely on experienced and expensive managers, their German counterparts are using their academies to develop coaches and players.
Mario Gomez: The Moment You’re Weightless – Players’ Tribune
My father always tells this one particular story about my very first football match. I was four years old and I didn’t really know what I was doing. All I knew was that I had the ball at my feet and I wanted to score a goal. So I started dribbling up the field and all my teammates began to yell my name.