BC Soccer News, Thursday, March 5, 2020




SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020, 7:00 PM PT



Episode 384 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Pruning The Peacock – LA Galaxy v Whitecaps preview show)AFTN
The 2020 MLS season didn’t get underway anyone at Vancouver Whitecaps would have hoped for. A disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sporting Kansas City saw a poor performance and a lot of the spark and optimism from the preseason disappeared quicker than snow aff a dyke for many in the fanbase.

Banning spectators from L.A.-area sporting events is a possibility amid coronavirus outbreakLA Times
A spokesman for LAFC, which has played before 38 consecutive sellout crowds in its 22,000-seat stadium in Exposition Park, said the team participated this week in a conference call with health officials and the operators of other Los Angeles sports and entertainment venues over how to deal with a “worst-case” scenario.

LA Galaxy legend Sean Franklin announces his retirementLA Galaxy
Franklin, a two-time, MLS All-Star, made nearly 300 appearances in Major League Soccer with stops at the LA Galaxy, D.C. United and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. A Southern California native, Franklin enjoyed his best stint with the Galaxy where he won a host of trophies including two MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields as well as the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.

Vancouver footballers need to win big with local fansBIV
The North American footballers are, of course, the venerable BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. The rest-of-the-world footballers are the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. Each has a significant fan dilemma that the coming season will either reveal or resolve.

Grading the Impact: Bombing wingbacks, set-piece woes and moreSBI
After dispatching Deportivo Saprissa in the Concacaf Champions League and besting the New England Revolution in their season opener, the Thierry Henry era is off to a great start in Montreal. While the Impact’s performance on the weekend was just enough to secure the three points, question marks remain.

Major League Soccer examining ways to shorten lengthy offseasonPro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer’s 25th season kickoff event last week was a ceremonial end to an off-season that had multiple league executives, including MLS Commissioner Don Garber, acknowledging issues with its length.

Here’s how Nashville SC are supporting Middle Tennessee tornado relief effortsMLS
Nashville SC has joined in the relief efforts following a powerful storm that dropped tornados into Nashville and the surrounding area on early Tuesday morning. According to several reports, least 25 people were confirmed dead as of Wednesday evening.

VIDEO: “The Beckham Effect” documentary highlights David Beckham’s time in the MLSLA Galaxy
On July 21, 2007, global superstar David Beckham made his debut for the LA Galaxy. “The Beckham Effect” examines the ups and downs of his six-year tenure with the LA Galaxy and its impact on the sports landscape.

Chicharito Stars With Guillermo in Jimmy Kimmel Live Sketch SI.com
Ahead of the LA Galaxy’s home opener, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is getting the L.A. treatment.


Pacific FC official pre-season training begins this weekPacific FC
“As a club we are excited about the talent and quality we have added to our squad and we are delighted to have the returning core group back,” said Pa-Modou Kah, Head Coach, Pacific FC. “We are a technical, versatile, and dynamic squad and having our captain Marcel de Jong returning from injury will be massive for our team and club.”

Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce their schedule for the 2020 Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) season, as well as two matches against USL2 side Vancouver TSS Rovers for the Juan De Fuca Plate.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC 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 CanadaBC 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, 2019BC 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 RefereeBCSA
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 UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC 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.





TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


France dominates play in win over Canadian women at Tournoi de FranceSportsnet
Viviane Asseyi scored on a marvellous free kick to give France a 1-0 win over Canada in the opening match Wednesday of the inaugural Tournoi de France.

Atlético Ottawa signs Canadian veteran Ben Fisk as its first playerCanPL
One of the biggest CPL free agents of this off-season has landed in the nation’s capital.

Splashy Ben Fisk signing a statement of intent for Atlético OttawaCanPL
Fans in the nation’s capital can be forgiven for getting a little antsy in the past week or so, as they watched the seven other Canadian Premier League clubs building up their 2020 squads while Atlético Ottawa’s remained blank.

York9 adds Argentinian Midfielder Brian López as Final InternationalYork9
Brian López has become the seventh and final international signing for York9 FC during the offseason after agreeing to join the Nine Stripes from Racing Club in Argentina, subject to work permit approval.

Canada eliminated by USA at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 ChampionshipCSA
Canada were eliminated by rivals USA at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship following an 0:4 loss on Wednesday afternoon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. USA scored twice in each half, with the first three goals scored following corner kicks. Mia Fishel scored twice and both Brianna Pinto and Kennedy Wesley scored once each.


SheBelievesCup Preview: Olympic hopefuls look to make impactYahoo Sports
New U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski would no doubt like to win the SheBelievesCup, getting the title back after losing it to England last year.

USWNT Vs England: 3 things to watch for – Semi-Final rematchMLS Multiplex
A rematch of the 2019 World Cup semi-final will open the slate of matches for the USWNT at the SheBelieves Cup. Here are three things to watch for.

A new coach but the same United States out to prove they’re still the team to beatThe Independent
Under normal circumstances, the world champions heading into a major tournament off the back of losing their double World Cup winning head coach would leave a sense of opportunity floating through the air for the chasing pack.

Two veterans depart Reign FC, three new players signSounder at Heart
Three new faces signed for Reign FC while two long-time veterans bid adieu today, with the team announcing the signings of Sofia Huerta, Amber Brooks and Julia Ashley, as well as the departures of Australian international goalkeeper Lydia Williams and Japanese international midfielder Rumi Utsugi. All three new players are signed through the 2022 season.

Becky Sauerbrunn named first USWNTPA presidentESPN
U.S. women’s World Cup winner Becky Sauerbrunn has been selected as president of the United States Women’s National Team Players Association, USWNTPA executive director Becca Roux confirmed to ESPN.

The Lowdown: Lisa Baird already has a visionThe Equalizer
Lisa Baird met the media last week in a conference call a day after the National Women’s Soccer League announced her as its next commissioner. Baird will officially take the post March 10.


Mbappé scores hat-trick as PSG rout Lyon to reach French Cup finalFrance 24
Kylian Mbappé hit a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the final of the French Cup with a thumping 5-1 win at Lyon on Wednesday.

FA Cup Wrap: Norwich stun SpursNBC Sports
For the first time in almost three decades, Norwich City is in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Asian World Cup qualifiers face postponement over virus: FIFAYahoo Sports
FIFA and Asia’s football governing body are considering postponing upcoming World Cup qualifiers over the novel coronavirus, a statement said on Thursday.

Italian sport to take place without fans until April 3Medicine Hat News
All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak in the country, the Italian government announced on Wednesday.

FA Cup quarter-final draw: Holders Man City draw Newcastle UnitedBBC Sport
Arsenal, who have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, visit Sheffield United while Chelsea, who last won it in 2018, are away to Leicester.

Tim Howard ends retirement, joins USL side Memphis 901 FCSBI
The longtime U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper has joined USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC for the 2020 season. Howard has been Sporting Director and Minority Owner of the club, but will now combine those roles with his new one as a player.

Platini loses Human Rights court appeal, FIFA says it still wants its $2mInside World Football
Former UEFA president Michel Platini, who has been free to work again in football from last October, has nevertheless suffered another blow to his reputation after losing his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights against his four-year ban from the game.

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