VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Welsh manager search has MLS, Red Bulls flavor – Metro
There might be another head coach on the international level with a strong connection to the New York Red Bulls and MLS on the horizon. Carl Robinson and Thierry Henry are both candidates for the Wales national team position, each player having ended their illustrious careers here in New York.
‘Just a boy from Egypt:’ Meet Aly Ghazal – Whitecaps FC
As a young kid growing up in Egypt, soccer was in Aly Ghazal’s DNA. His dad played. His uncle played. And some of his most vivid memories are playing soccer with friends on the streets of Cairo.
Whitecaps FC loan out goalkeeper Spencer Richey to USL side FC Cincinnati – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has exercised the 2018 contract option on goalkeeper Spencer Richey and loaned him to FC Cincinnati through December 31, 2018.
Sources: Quakes set to hire Mikael Stahre as head coach – SBI
The San Jose Earthquakes are set to hire Mikael Stahre as the club’s new head coach, sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to SBI.
Reported Colorado Rapids target Anthony Hudson resigns as New Zealand coach – MLS
The Colorado Rapids coaching search could be drawing toward a long-expected close, as Anthony Hudson resigned his post as New Zealand head coach Wednesday.
Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley might be the most hated man in U.S. Soccer, but Canadian fans know they’re lucky to have him – Toronto Sun
We’re divided by more than the 49th Parallel and our divergent opinion of Nickelback. Donut holes, too. It has become crystal clear that Canadian and American soccer fans have vastly different opinions of Michael Bradley.
Crew remain confident despite Altidore and Giovinco’s imminent return for TFC – SN
For Toronto FC, the cavalry awaits. After holding the Columbus Crew to a scoreless draw in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final in Ohio on Tuesday night, TFC can now look ahead to next week’s second leg secure in the knowledge that the team’s top two goal scorers — Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore — will be available.
Dynamo’s Jalil Anibaba regrets mistakes that led to red card – Houston Chronicle
Regret lasts longer when the mistake is made in a high leverage situation. Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba has not been in many situations as important as he was Tuesday night.
Antoine Griezmann reveals desire to play in MLS – NBC Sports
In his new book titled “Behind a Smile: The life of the Little Prince” Griezmann says that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol, David Beckham, and finish his career in MLS. Griezmann also stated his love for NBA star Derrick Rose and his admiration for David Villa, captain of NYCFC.
Columbus Crew: Operation #SaveTheCrew Gets More Complicated – MLS Multiplex
Since the club’s inception in 1994, The Columbus Crew have been a gleaming example of what the future of soccer could look like in America . The Crew were the first club in MLS to promise, and then build their own soccer-specific stadium.
Death to the Myth of MLS 4.0 – Fifty Five One
Are we in MLS 4.0, yet? Have we moved past the academy revolution of 3.0 and the designated player plus supporters culture iteration of 2.0? The only thing that remains clear is that we have not transcended the delusional Silicon Valley fad of speaking of American soccer in terms of teleological progress. Anthony Precourt, however, can murder that notion.
Dynamo legend Brian Ching aims to build soccer hub in downtown Houston – MLS
Brian Ching has been seeking a venture that brings him excitement – as he puts it, a purpose that inspires him “gets [him] out of bed” – and he believes he’s found it in the form of a 25,000-square-foot warehouse kitty-corner to BBVA Compass Stadium. Between now and next spring, the warehouse at 904 Hutchins Street will be transformed into Pitch 25, a bar slated to open in time for the Houston Dynamo’s first 2018 home match.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vince Greco stepping down as VISL President in 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Vince Greco announced his plans to step down as President of the VISL in 2018. His seven years at the helm has seen the league grow both in size and stature.
Fantastic Fundamentals! First-half barrage carries Langley Fundamental’s Titans to B.C. AA soccer crown – Varsity Letters
It’s hard to nurse a case of the jitters for very long when a substitute makes his way onto the pitch in the biggest game of the season and promptly scores a goal to open the floodgates.
BC High School AAA Boys Provincial Championship Schedule – BC High School Sports
The BC High School AAA Boys Provincial Championships get underway Thursday morning in Burnaby.
Mount Baker Wild Senior boys soccer team set to begin Provincials – Cranbrook Daily Townsman
The Mount Baker Secondary Senior boys soccer team are in Burnaby for the weekend, as they prepare to face off against the top similarly-sized schools in B.C. at the AAA Boys Provincial Championship.
Three possible locations for proposed Surrey sports stadium – Surrey Now-Leader
The City of Surrey has revealed three possible locations for a proposed sports stadium in Surrey. Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Bridgeview or City Centre are three areas the city says it has land that could house such a facility, Councillor Bruce Hayne told the Now-Leader.
Indoor facility fundraising off and running – E-Know
Fundraising for the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) Indoor Sports Facility was officially kicked off this past week. The group is fundraising to construct an indoor air-supported dome sports facility in Cranbrook (with artificial turf) that would allow for year-round use for ‘summer’ sports such as soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track and field and more.
Alberni Valley soccer players learn Whitecaps Way – Alberni Valley News
Young soccer players in Port Alberni got first-hand lessons from Whitecaps coaches.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
MPP Todd Smith introduces Garrett’s Legacy Act in hopes of saving lives on soccer fields – County Live
In an emotional day at Queen’s Park, Prince Edward Hastings MP Todd Smith introduced legislation to require all movable soccer goal nets in Ontario be anchored.
Earls the team to beat in Hat men’s soccer league – Medicine Hat News
The Medicine Hat Senior Men’s Soccer League is well underway, and Earls have established themselves as the team to beat.
Jim Brown’s lucky boots in Rapids action – Whitehorse Daily Star
Winless Yukon Brewing needed something to change their luck in Whitehorse Rapids over-35 soccer action and they found it in Jim Brown’s lucky boots.
Confederation College “bubble” cleared for indoor soccer – TB Newswatch
After a delay of several weeks, indoor soccer is set to begin this weekend in the bubble facility on the grounds of Confederation College.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL Awards: Reno 1868’s Kelly is named MVP – Soccer America
Jamaican Dane Kelly, who led the USL with 18 goals in a record-setting season for expansion Reno 1868, was named the league’s 2017 Most Valuable Player.
Former Orlando City B coach Anthony Pulis ready for new challenge in St. Louis – Orlando Sentinel
About a month ago, Anthony Pulis’ phone rang with a question: Would you be interested in moving to Missouri? He said yes, launching a weeks-long interview process that ended Monday night when Saint Louis FC of the United Soccer League announced Pulis as its new head coach.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Kerr, Morgan among those shortlisted for CONCACAF Player of the Year – The Equalizer
NWSL Most Valuable Player and single-season goal scoring queen Sam Kerr is up for yet another honor–CONCACAF Female Player of the Year. The Sky Blue FC striker was one of 10 players shortlisted for the award on Wednesday. Also on the list is Alex Morgan who returned from Lyon and went on a goal scoring tear for the Orlando Pride, helping the second-year club to its debut playoff appearance.
Boston Breakers at a crossroads: What ownership change would mean for the team, NWSL’s future – Four Four Two
The Breakers were nearly the team which Real Salt Lake replaced. Boston is in search of new ownership. Here’s what could happen.
Liverpool Ladies: Four players sign new contracts with Women’s Super League side – BBC Sport
Ashley Hodson, Becky Flaherty, Ellie Fletcher and Alicia Johnson have signed new deals with WSL 1 side Liverpool.
NCAA Tournament: Quarterfinals Schedule – The Equalizer
It’s now time to set the College Cup field. Get your shopping done, grab some leftovers, and then enjoy some high stakes soccer action. Here’s all the information you need to enjoy.
Going Dutch? Sports minister says KNVB must end women’s pay exploitation – Inside World Football
Dutch Minister for Sport Bruno Bruins wants the Dutch FA (KNVB) to consider narrowing the salary gap between professional men’s and women’s football in the Netherlands.
Brazil’s female footballers on a crusade to score big changes – Equal Times
A veritable mutiny broke out a few weeks ago within the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). After years of having their demands ignored, several international level professional football players have called for changes in their working conditions and the right to at last take part in decisions concerning them at the decision-making level of the powerful CBF.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – Metro
Huddersfield ended Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League last month and will attempt to do the same to Manchester City on Saturday.
Chelsea through to knockout stage of the Champions League – Toronto Star
Chelsea advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare after beating 10-man Qarabag 4-0 on Wednesday, securing manager Antonio Conte’s 50th victory in all competitions with the Blues.
PSG can still improve, says Emery – Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted his side can get better yet after they came from behind to score seven against Celtic on Wednesday and claim their record UEFA Champions League win.
Nagasawa ‘honoured’ to be part of AFC Champions League final – AFC
Saitama: Kazuki Nagasawa says it is an “honour” and a “privilege” to play in the showpiece event of the AFC Champions League as Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds prepare to face Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the second leg of the final on Saturday.
World Cup draw is without 10 of top 32 in new FIFA rankings – Sportsnet
Ten of the top 32 teams in the latest FIFA rankings will not be in the World Cup draw next week.
Resting Messi, playing Paulinho & 4-2-3-1 – welcome to Valverde’s pragmatic Barcelona – SN
Ernesto Valverde is doing things his way. The Barcelona boss appears to be unconcerned by outside interests and even in playing pretty football. He just wants to get results and, up until now, his pragmatic approach has been extremely effective.
Everton take further step towards stadium move after agreeing 200-year lease at Bramley Moore Dock – The Telegraph
Everton have taken a major step forward in their plans for a £300 million new stadium by agreeing a 200-year lease at their preferred site on Liverpool docks.
Vote opens as CONCACAF unveils nominees for 2017 awards, a mix of old and new – Inside World Football
CONCACAF has released the nominees for its 2017 awards, the fifth time the confederation has held the awards for performances based in its competitions.
Protests, criticism overshadow Chinese friendlies in Germany – Metro
China may be regretting the decision to have its under-20 soccer team to play a series of friendlies against lower-level German clubs.
Birmingham top arrest list as Leeds and Manchester City again near top of data – BBC Sport
More Birmingham City fans were arrested than at any other club in England’s top five leagues for a second consecutive season in 2016-17.
Study to look at long-term health risks of playing soccer – National Post
A major study into whether soccer players are at risk of degenerative brain disease was commissioned on Thursday amid concerns that the sport’s authorities in England haven’t done enough to tackle the issue.
Beverly Hills soccer referee quits after calling parents ‘disrespectful,’ ‘entitled’ – ABC
The lifestyle of the rich and the famous was too much to bear for one youth soccer administrator in Beverly Hills, who called parents “disrespectful” and “entitled” before resigning from his post.
2017’s TOP SOCCER BOOKS – Amazon.ca