BC Soccer News, Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Episode 313 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Unleash The Fury with guest Julian de Guzman)AFTN
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and Vancouver Whitecaps are fully embracing the gift of giving sending players all over the place in MLS.

MLS announces new playoff format for 2019 seasonMLS
The playoffs will now consist of a fixed-bracket, single-elimination format with the higher seed hosting every match.

MLS playoff revamp: The good, the bad and the uglythe11.ca
On Monday, the league unveiled a new 14-team expanded playoff, which will be quicker to complete than the old 12-team system. Confused? It wouldn’t be MLS if you weren’t, right?

Former Sounders captain Brad Evans retires from professional soccerSeattle Times
A key piece of Sounders history is hanging up his cleats. Former Seattle captain Brad Evans announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday after 12 MLS seasons, nine with the Sounders.

Report: Crew SC linked with Brazilian winger RobinhoMassive Report
Artur may not be the only Brazilian to be part of Columbus Crew SC’s roster in the 2019 Major League Soccer season as the Black & Gold have reportedly reached an agreement to sign 23-year-old winger Robinho from the country’s top tier side Ceará Sporting Club.

Toronto FC exercises its contract option on AuroThe Star
Toronto FC locked down Auro permanently on Monday by exercising its option to buy the defender from Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC.

Houston Dynamo acquire Chris Duvall in trade with Montreal ImpactMLS
The Houston Dynamo acquired defender Chris Duvall in a trade with the Montreal Impact on Monday, in exchange for Houston’s natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

Revs re-sign Juan AgudeloThe Bent Musket
The New England Revolution announced Monday morning that they had re-signed 26-year-old forward Juan Agudelo to a multi-year contract.

Union for MLS and NWSL referees takes strike authorization vote, claims PRO is delaying CBA talksPhilly.com
The union that represents referees who call MLS, NWSL and USL games across the United States and Canada has taken a strike authorization vote after filing an unfair labor practice charge against the Professional Referees Organization.

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Chilliwack soccer star Jordyn Huitema coming home for the holidaysChilliwack Progress
It’s safe to say that no Chilliwack soccer player has ever enjoyed the type of success Jordyn Huitema experienced in 2018.

BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma CourseBCSA
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 seasonPacific 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 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 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.

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Ottawa Fury not backing down, but will players, agents take chances on a team with an uncertain future?the11.ca
The Ottawa Fury is putting on a very brave front. The team has got notice that an application to play in USL for 2019 won’t be approved by CONCACAF.

Soccer teams rack ’em upMedicine Hat News
It’s been a month of medals for Medicine Hat’s young indoor soccer players.


Toronto FC II signs Jahkeele Marshall-RuttyToronto FC
This season Marshall-Rutty, 14, has been playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the TFC U-15 squad. Marshall-Rutty has played 12 games scoring 20 goals to lead the entire U-15 DA in scoring. Marshall-Rutty becomes the youngest ever homegrown signing by Toronto FC.

Ex-US national team coach Dave Sarachan takes over USL’s North Carolina FCMLS
Dave Sarachan was officially unveiled as the new head coach of USL Championship club North Carolina FC on Monday, marking the next chapter for the man who led the US men’s national team for over a year during an awkward phase of transition following the failed 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.


Reign FC acquire forward Darian Jenkins from CourageGoalWA
Seattle Reign FC today announced that it acquired the rights to forward Darian Jenkins from the North Carolina Courage in return for the 9th overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

After a year out of the international reckoning, Rachel Daly has enjoyed an England renaissance under new boss Phil Neville.

Women in football face daily battle, says France coachWorld Soccer Talk
Trailblazing France coach Corinne Diacre said women in football face a constant struggle for acceptance and are often regarded as “objects” despite rising visibility and media coverage of female players.

Women’s stars’ childhood tales inspiring in SwedenFIFA
With many footballers today being global megastars, their images plastered across the sides of buildings and stepping out in front of thousands every week, adding a dose of humanity to the players we see on screen is refreshing.


José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 yearsThe Guardian
José Mourinho has been sacked as Manchester United manager following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016. United finally lost patience with a head coach who was not adhering to the club’s core attacking values and who had overseen their worst start to a campaign for 28 years.

Vermaelen out a month, compounding Barcelona defensive woesNBC Sports
Barcelona’s back line has been forced to dig deep of late, and they’ll be digging even deeper with the news that center-back Thomas Vermaelen will miss a month with a calf injury.

League Cup preview: Leicester takes on Man CityNBC Sports
The quarterfinals of the 2018/19 Carabao Cup have arrived, and there’s a Premier League matchup waiting for us on which to feast.

SM Caen welcome follow strugglers Toulouse FC to the Stade Michel d’Ornano on Tuesday evening knowing that a win would lift them out of the relegation play-off place, for four days at least.

Senegal, Nigeria back at the Beach Soccer World CupFIFA
Senegal once again dominated proceedings in Egypt last week, winning the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations and claiming a spot at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 in the process. Impressively, they have now emerged victorious from five of the last seven continental tournaments.

The 100 best male footballers in the world 2018: Nos 100-71The Guardian
Our panel of 225 experts from 69 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2018. We will unveil 30 names a day until the top 10 on Friday.

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.

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