BC Soccer News, Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Whitecaps have an eye on a somewhat nasty guyThe Province
Blas Perez is out of contract but not a free man in MLS. Figure that one out. For those unfamiliar with the league’s myriad roster rules, here are the broad strokes.

VIDEO: Fraser Aird: ‘I’m excited to get started’Whitecaps FC
Fraser Aird talks with the media for the first time since arriving from Rangers.

PODCAST: Soccer Talk with Tyler Green and Simon Fudge, Feb.1 Soccer Talk
On this episode, Tyler and Simon discuss the new Whitecaps FC secondary jersey, reports that former FC Dallas striker Blas Perez may be heading north to Vancouver, and what new loan signing Fraser Aird will bring to Carl Robinson’s side at right back. We’ll also hear from the Canadian international, as he begins preseason training with his new teammates in Tucson, Arizona.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Wave goodbye?Soccer Shorts
Last time out we perused four players who were definitely staying with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016 and how their respective seasons needed to shape up. This time out, because every silver lining has a cloud, let’s take a look at four players who may be (or perhaps ought to be) on their way out of the club.

Rapids land Gashi, top Swiss league marksmanSoccer America
Gashi, 27, scored 19 goals for Grasshopper in 2013-14 and 22 goals for FC Basel in 2014-15. In 2014, he earned Axpo Player of the Year accolades, awarded to the best player in the Swiss Super League.

Crew SC adding defender Amro Tarek according to Real BetisMassive Report
Crew SC appears to have made a signing, but not an attacker. Real Betis announced that they have loaned 23 year old Egyptian defender Amro Tarek to Columbus for six months with an option to extend for the entire 2016 season. The deal has not been announced by Columbus Crew SC or MLS, but that appears to be a formality.

Portland Timbers reportedly transfer midfielder George Fochive to Danish side Viborg FF  – Oregonian
The Portland Timbers have reportedly transferred midfielder George Fochive to Danish side Viborg FF.

Preston Burpo named Red Bulls Goalkeeper CoachEmpire of Soccer
Former MLS goalkeeper Preston Burpo has been named the new goalkeeper coach of the New York Red Bulls. Burpo is reunited with Marsch whom he served under at the Montreal Impact in 2012. Burpo also was goalkeeper coach in 2013 and 2014 for DC United, where he coached 2014 goalkeeper of the year Bill Hamid.

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TSS Academy is pleased to announce its long awaited relocation. Come September 1, 2016, BC’s most established soccer academy will be moving programming to its own 20,000 square foot indoor soccer facility in Richmond BC. As part of the Drummond Club, a unique private athletic and leisure facility on Savage Road (off No. 6 Road), TSS will be joining other recreational businesses such as the Patrick Chan Elite Figure Skating School, as well as a premier badminton centre.

Comox Valley United earns berth in first-ever Provincial A Cup Comox Valley Record
A win in their final regular season road game has put Comox Valley United on the road to their first-ever Provincial A Cup appearance.

Off-season continues for Vikes women’s soccer on Florida tourUVic
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer are set to make their annual return to Florida this week, Feb. 2-13, as head coach Tracy David is well into her way to shaping her squad for the 2016-17 season. The Vikes will play three exhibition games against NCAA schools Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Florida International, while booking in five training sessions at the exceptional Florida Atlantic training grounds.

Vikes men’s soccer head to Florida for NCAA Division 1 competitionUVic
Preparations never stop as head coach Bruce Wilson is set to take the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team to Florida for their annual spring tour Feb. 2-13. Throughout the week and a half the Vikes will play three exhibition games against NCAA competition Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International and Florida Atlantic, while also getting in several training sessions.

Riptide U15 girls blank Juan de Fuca 1-0 in youth soccerComox Valley Record
Fifteen games into the VIPL regular season, the Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U15 girls soccer team holds onto top spot with one home game remaining.

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Canadian Doneil Henry finally healthy againSportsnet
After an injury-plagued year in England, Canadian international defender Doneil Henry is looking for a fresh start in 2016.

League1 Ontario growing again in 2016OSA
North Mississauga Panthers becomes the 16th Men’s team to earn membership into League1 Ontario and will play in the Western Conference in 2016. They join the North Mississauga Panthers Women’s team, who won the L1 Cup in 2015.

Respecting the Whistle: Toronto FC Academy Players to Become Certified RefereesWaking the Red
Toronto FC Academy players to become certified Ontario Soccer Association Referees as part of an educational partnership with the provincial soccer governing body.

ASA honours Lethbridge soccer supportersLethbridge Herald
The Alberta Soccer Association honoured a pair of Lethbridge soccer icons at its annual banquet on Jan. 23. Brent and Nancy Thorburn were awarded lifetime memberships by the ASA, a reward for years of service to the sport in Alberta.

Wolves men’s soccer recruit four Swan City productsGrande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Though the ACAC soccer season is still a few months away, Chris Spaidal, head coach of the GPRC Wolves soccer teams, continues to piece together the team rosters.

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Keeping Your Kid Humble Positive Coaching Alliance
“My 13-year-old son has had a growth spurt in the last six months or so, and he is suddenly achieving much more on the field. The increase in achievement has boosted his confidence…maybe a bit too much. How can I teach him easy lessons in being proud but humble before his coaches or teammates are tempted to teach him some harder lessons?”

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Energy FC Adds Speedy Winger Frimpong  – USL
Frimpong was a standout in the PDL for Reading United AC, and helped the side claim the 2010 Eastern Conference Championship. He was selected by the Chicago Fire in the First Round of the MLS Supplemental Draft in 2012, but turned professional with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, with whom he claimed the 2012 NASL Championship. Frimpong made 69 appearances for the Rowdies over three seasons.

Rio Grande Valley FC Toros sign five players ahead of inaugural seasonLast Word on Sports
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros announced today the club has signed forward Dzenan Catic, defender Kevin Garcia, goalkeeper Devin Perales and midfielders George Malki and Charlie Ward. Garcia and Ward will be added to the Toros roster pending receipt of their P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate. Per club and league policy, terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Alen Marcina Embraces Challenge As Rayo OKC Prepares For Inaugural Campaign NASL
Rayo OKC head coach Alen Marcina has plenty of experience in the NASL – he led the San Antonio Scorpions to the 2014 title. He knows exactly what challenges lie ahead in the club’s first year, a task made more difficult by the quality signings around the league during the offseason.

Rowdies Sign Austrian Goalkeeper Michael Langer Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Austrian goalkeeper Michael Langer ahead of the 2016 North American Soccer League season, the club announced Tuesday. Per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed.

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TTFA allegedly asks Waldrum to help get W/Warriors match practiceWired 868
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) allegedly turned to axed American coach Randy Waldrum yesterday in a vain effort to get warm-up matches for the “Women Soca Warriors” before their CONCACAF 2016 Olympic qualifying series kicks off against Guatemala on February 11 in Houston.

Liverpool Ladies to undertake first pre-season tourSky Sports
Scott Rogers’ side travel to Johannesburg where they face the winners of the Discovery Walter Sisulu Ladies Challenge on February 21, before playing the South Africa Women’s national side four days later.

Women’s Super League One: 2016 transfer listBBC Sport
The Women’s Super League transfer window opened on Friday, 1 January and will close on Friday, 18 March.

Sporting codes will be stripped of taxpayer funding unless men and women players treated equally Courier Mail
SPORTING codes in Australia will be stripped of tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding ­unless they stop flying women athletes in cattle class while male sport stars live it up in business class.

Women’s football team promises SAG gloryShillong Times
The National camp for the Indian women’s team is underway at the Third Ground, Polo for over two weeks now. Top female footballers of the country who have represented the nation umpteen times in various international events are preparing hard to see to it that India repeats the feat it achieved in the last South Asian Games in Dhaka; that of emerging champions in women’s football event.

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130th IFAB AGM agenda confirmed FIFA
The AGM will be asked to ratify what represents the most comprehensive revision of the Laws of the Game ever undertaken in The IFAB’s history. The new format will be more clear and concise, with half the current word count and improvements to the structure, layout, terminology, phrasing and consistency.

FIFA halts payments to confederations in AmericasSportsnet
FIFA has halted payments to the regional soccer bodies of the Americas during ongoing investigations into corruption. The money was due to the federation known as CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean, and the South American group known as CONMEBOL.

Transfer deadline day: Stoke City sign Giannelli Imbula from PortoBBC Sport
Stoke have broken their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

January transfer window review: Premier League clubs can all now afford to speculateThe Guardian
The January transfer window is a month for tweaks, bargains, panic buys or a bit of what a top club might fancy, and while this time the number of deals was restrained, the total spent, £175m, is historically hefty, and another signal of Premier League financial dominance.

Santos Laguna win third straight game in Liga MXProst Amerika
Just less than a month away from Los Guerreros’ trip north to Los Angeles for Champions League and fans are already seeing a different team than last tournament in Liga MX.

The day Chelsea captain John Terry’s political clout finally ran outSydney Morning Herald
John Terry’s absence has been written into the job offer to the next Chelsea manager. Those looking for footballing reasons for the club’s refusal to offer him a new contract will not find them. Politics have shaped his 21 years at Stamford Bridge and politics have brought his downfall.

Jamie Vardy: Leicester striker close to agreeing new contract BBC Sport
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is close to agreeing a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League leaders.

Liverpool supporters label club’s new ticket prices as ‘morally unjustifiable’ The Guardian
Liverpool’s new ticket price structure has been described as “morally unjustifiable” by its own supporters committee after it was announced some seats in the rebuilt Main Stand will cost £77 next season.

Greek players in sit-down protest against migrant deaths in AegeanInside World Football
Footballers in Greece have staged a sit-down protest as a tribute to hundreds of migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach the Aegean islands.

Slovenian side use LinkedIn to sign defender ESPN FC
Needing a new right-back, NK Domzale coach Luka Eslner posted an advert looking for a new defender on LinkedIn, the professional social networking site.

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