VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
Training report: Day 2 in Wales – Whitecaps FC
Carl Robinson has spent “many a times” at Dragon Park, the Welsh National Football Development Centre located in Newport, South Wales. That’s where Robinson, and many others like Thierry Henry and Peter Crouch, worked on their official coaching licenses. And on Wednesday afternoon, Robinson returned to the scene of the crime.
Brad Guzan set to join Atlanta United at end of Premier League season – SBI
Middlesbrough announced on Wednesday that Guzan is set to join Atlanta United at the end of the Premier League season. Middlesbrough also announced that Guzan has signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta United after weeks of speculation regarding a move.
Cyle Larin aiming to surpass previous MLS accomplishments in 2017 – MLS
Cyle Larin is setting the bar for himself higher in 2017 than his first two seasons with Orlando City SC. Head coach Jason Kreis may be setting it even higher still.
Union still shopping as Edu nears return while Onyewu, Picault join camp – SBI
The Philadelphia Union have made some shrewd additions to bolster their depth for the 2017 season, but just because the preseason has started doesn’t mean the club is done doing business.
Source: Landon Donovan will not be signing with Real Salt Lake – SI.com
Landon Donovan will not be joining Real Salt Lake, SI.com has learned.
What is a Special Discovery Player? – MLS
A Special Discovery Player is a player whose acquisition costs (up to $500,000) are able to be amortized over the term of the player’s contract. Normally, the acquisition cost of a player (i.e. a loan or transfer fee) is charged against the acquiring team’s salary cap in the year in which it is paid.
MLS expansion: An in-depth look at the many bids for the league’s next four clubs – SI.com
There will be 22 teams in 2017 as the Uniteds Minnesota and Atlanta take the field, and those following them will have to pay $150 million just to get a foot in the door. Sponsorships, a stadium, a proven fan base and more will be expected along with the expansion fee. And the line to get in is long.
Carlo Ancelotti: Lack of relegation ‘demotivating’ for MLS clubs – ESPN FC
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says the lack of relegation in Major League Soccer “hurts” teams’ motivation to succeed.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Legendary Clan Soccer & Golf Coach John Buchanan Passes Away – SFU
The Simon Fraser University community is saddened to learn of the passing of legendary men’s soccer and golf coach John Buchanan, who passed away peacefully at home with his family on January 19th at the age of 77.
Time is right to give women’s pro soccer another kick in Vancouver – The Province
The Canadian women’s soccer team has never been more popular, more marketable, or more influential than these past 4½ years.
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
Canada captain Sinclair among players allocated to NWSL – Hamilton Spectator
The Canadian Soccer Association has announced that 10 national team players will be allocated this season to the National Women’s Soccer League.
National Women’s Soccer League Announces Canadian Subsidized Players for 2017 – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride players Josée Bélanger and Kaylyn Kyle, who were both subsidized in 2016, will not be subsidized by Canada for the 2017 NWSL season. The Pride have passed on retaining both players’ rights and making them available for selection in the NWSL Distribution Draft.
Changes in the technical staff of the Impact Academy – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday a few changes in the technical staff of its Academy. Ex-Impact player Simon Gatti, who was previously an assistant coach with FC Montreal after a season as the Impact U14 head coach and one season as the Impact U16 head coach, becomes the Academy head scout and will be supported by Jean-Yves Grenouillat, who will be assistant scout.
‘I’m penniless, homeless’: Ex-Olympian Paul James fasting for Justin Trudeau’s attention – Toronto Sun
The former Olympian, once a star soccer player and coach, now homeless, jobless and destitute in Toronto, began a hunger strike to draw attention not only to his plight, but the plight of all Canadians who suffer the stigma attached to addiction.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS HEADLINE COACHING CONFERENCE AT U OF T – U Sports
The University of Toronto is set to host the 2017 National Soccer Coaching Conference, presented by Bell in partnership with Toronto FC & the Canadian Soccer Association this weekend (Jan. 27-29) at Varsity Centre.
Inaugural Winnipeg CanPL Supporters Meeting – Northern Starting XI
There were 8.5 attendees to the inaugural Winnipeg CanPL Supporters Group meeting. It was 8.5 because one of the supporters was just there to support a supporter. We don’t have a name, crest, or colours yet, but we do have passion and opinions. On the agenda were items like what we know about the league and a background of what is coming, ideas for who we are, how we’ll work with ownership, and what we want to accomplish as a supporters group.
High-scoring game starts off weekend over 35 soccer action – Whitehorse Daily Star
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Larry White, Klondike Business Solutions star player, has been putting in incredible performances all season without getting the reward. But up against the top of the league Tony’s Pizza, he scored the winning goal with seconds left on the clock to end a fine game of soccer 6-5 between two committed teams.
WFC2, USL, NASL & NPSL NEWS
Ottawa Fury FC signs English defender Sergio Manesio – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Fury FC added another player to its roster Wednesday, announcing the signing of a contract with English defensive midfielder Sergio Manesio.
Ottawa Fury signings force us to ask more questions about roster rules – the11.ca
Both the Fury and the Canadian Soccer Association have guarded the team’s Canadian-content obligations for 2017 like a state secret. The Canadian Soccer Association doesn’t provide the answers — and the Fury continues to hold the line that any answers about the roster regulations have to come from the CSA.
FC Edmonton Season Seat sales heating up ahead of 2017 NASL campaign – FC Edmonton
More than double the number of season seats from last season have already been sold after one of the most successful seasons to date for FC Edmonton.
Switchbacks Secure Loan Deal for Jamaica’s Frater – USL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Thursday the addition of Jamaican forward Kevaughn Frater on loan from Harbour View FC for the 2017 USL season The signing is pending league and USSF approval.
Charlotte Independence president feels ‘run over’ by Marcus Smith’s soccer league bid – Charlotte Observer
The president of the Charlotte Independence, a minor-league soccer team that worked on a plan to renovate Memorial Stadium, said in an e-mail Wednesday to City Council that his own architectural plans for the site were used without his consent to help Marcus Smith try to win a Major League Soccer team.
Wednesday Roundup: NWSL min salary to more than double – The Equalizer
An NWSL spokesperson confirmed to The Equalizer on Wednesday that the league’s minimum salary will jump to $15,000 for the 2017 season. That is an upgrade of more than 100% over the 2015 number of $7,200.
Final-round scenarios for the finals – W-League
Sydney FC, Canberra United and Perth Glory are each guaranteed a top four finish, and each also have a chance of finishing on top of the final ladder and therefore becoming Premiers.
Five seasons later, where are all the female coaches in pro women’s soccer? – Excelle
When the NWSL launched for its inaugural season in 2013, three of its eight clubs had female head coaches: the Portland Thorns FC’s Cindy Parlow Cone, Seattle Reign FC’s Laura Harvey and Boston Breakers’ Lisa Cole (who was replaced by interim coach and team captain Cat Whitehill after she was fired mid-season).
My daughter, the footballer: sexism and the beautiful game – Financial Times
After almost a century of being forgotten, women’s football is rising. But misogyny on the pitch persists
India launches inaugural women’s league with six teams and a World Cup message – Inside World Football
Six clubs will participate in the inaugural Indian Women’s League, the IWL. Kolkata and Bengaluru have no representation, but the tournament may help to improve the standard of women’s football in India.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Celta pull off Madrid shock – Football Espana
Celta Vigo held on for a famous Copa del Rey giant-killing as a 2-2 draw was enough to eliminate Real Madrid and see the Galicians into the semi-final.
Monaco reaches League Cup final after beating Nancy – Sportsnet
Monaco scraped into the League Cup final on Wednesday, beating Nancy 1-0 after top scorer Radamel Falcao was gifted a goal in first-half stoppage time.
Shane Long drives superb Southampton past Liverpool into EFL Cup final – The Guardian
For Southampton, it was a night they will cherish for a long time and a victory that will go straight into the list of great occasions in the club’s history. Liverpool, the eight-times winners, had been knocked out and over two legs what a tribute to Claude Puel’s disciplined, talented players that they made it feel like a trick of the mind their opponents were actually the Premier League’s highest scorers.
Egypt shaping into serious contenders for African Nations Cup glory – ESPN FC
So, after a 1-0 win, Egypt reach the last eight, where they will play north African rivals Morocco here in Port-Gentil, as group winners. Hector Cuper’s side were happy to play largely on the counter after Salah’s strike but Ghana, who had already made sure of their place in the knockout stage, only threatened sporadically to make their evening more awkward.
Juventus beats 10-man Milan to reach Italian Cup semifinals – Sportsnet
In a rematch of last year’s final, Italian Cup holder Juventus beat 10-man AC Milan 2-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday to avenge its more recent defeats to Vincenzo Montella’s side.
Brazil beat Colombia in Chapecoense memorial friendly – ESPN FC
Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly that raised over £300,000 for the families of the Chapecoense players and staff who were killed in a plane crash in November.
Marseille signs left back Patrice Evra from Juventus – Sportsnet
Marseille has signed veteran left back Patrice Evra from Italian champion Juventus, the French club’s first significant signing under its new ownership.
Profits bounce at buoyant Bundesliga as revenue tops $3.2bn mark – Inside World Football
Germany’s Bundesliga enjoyed a landmark year for business in 2015-16, with post-tax profits among the 18 top-tier clubs soaring to a record €206.2 million. All but two of the clubs in the competition were profitable. The outcome was described as “far and away the best result” in the league’s history.
Bundesliga club cuts player over ties to organization linked to Salafism – Fox Sports
Bundesliga club Darmstadt parted ways with Tunisian player Anis Ben-Hatira on Wednesday following criticism of the midfielder’s ties to an organization with alleged links to the radical Islamic Salafist scene.
Will soccer speak about Mr. Trump? – Prost Amerika
For those who are firm believers in the ‘stick to sports’ philosophy this probably isn’t the article for you. While we certainly welcome your thoughts we are giving you the heads up that we will be discussing politics and sports.
Playing through the soccer pain or using pain killers? – GoalWA
Sometimes we’re so caught up in all the pro sports stars whose lives have been wrecked by misusing prescription painkillers that we forget the problem extends down to the amateur level.