VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Reports: Whitecaps in trade talks with Red Bulls – Edmonton Journal
Carl Robinson has already done plenty of deck shuffling this off-season and it looks like he’s may not be done yet. Washington Post soccer insider Steven Goff says the Whitecaps and the New York Red Bulls have been talking trade. MLS writer Sam Stjeskal is reporting he’s heard similar things.
Toronto FC look to get on the front foot in first leg against new-look Rapids – Toronto FC
Preseason is over. Now the fun begins. Following the shortest break in club history, Toronto FC will hit the pitch on Tuesday night in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League with the away leg of their Round of 16 series against the Colorado Rapids in Denver (7 pm PT | TSN2).
Toronto FC to face Colorado in CONCACAF Champions League during MLS off-season – Medicine Hat News
Toronto FC is hoping a short off-season will help carry the momentum from their MLS Cup championship into the round of 16 in the CONCACAF Champions League, which begins Tuesday in Colorado.
Vanney on Toronto FC Leg One: Style of Play Won’t Change – Last Word on Soccer
There are number of factors going into this match. This game could be the coldest match an MLS team has ever played in. This will also be the first competitive match for both teams this calendar year. The Colorado Rapids are a completely different team from last year. Here’s what TFC is dealing with going into Leg One.
‘IT’S LIKE PLAYING IN F—ING SIBERIA’: Toronto FC, Rapids brave frigid temperatures ahead of Champions League opener – Edmonton Sun
Sebastian Giovinco exited the dressing room, took a few steps and did what his teammates likely wanted to do: He headed back inside as temperatures dropped to -9C in the Denver area.
2018 CONCACAF Champions League: Round of 16 Preview – Big D Soccer
The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League is here. 16 teams from all across CONCACAF will take part in the new format. Let’s take a look at how they match up this year, and who are the favorites to advance out of the Round of 16.
LA Galaxy banking on revamped backline for turnaround – MLS
Things look very different at the back for the LA Galaxy this year, a big plus after what went down last season.
Orlando City sign defender Sane from Werder Bremen – NBC Sports
After making a number of moves to improve its attack this offseason, Orlando City SC is now splashing the cash to improve its backline.
Colorado Rapids sign Enzo Martinez from USL affiliate Charlotte – MLS
The Colorado Rapids rebuild continues with the signing of midfielder Enzo Martinez from the club’s USL affiliate Charlotte Independence.
Marco Farfan has transformed his body in quest to claim starting role with Portland Timbers – Oregonian
Marco Farfan turned heads in his rookie season. The then-Centennial High School senior put in five strong starts for the Portland Timbers and looked like a seasoned pro in April when he was named to the MLS Team of the Week following his second start at the MLS level.
Chris Henderson on scouting abroad for the Sounders, how his job has changed and why he loves it – Soccer America
The Seattle Sounders are in El Salvador this week to play Santa Tecla in the Concacaf Champions League, but sporting director and vice-president of soccer Chris Henderson will instead be in Costa Rica to scout three other CCL games.
Former Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier joins TVA Sports – MLS
Former Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier is going to remain close to his former team after all.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Nanaimo sport awards honour outstanding achievement – Nanaimo News Bulletin
One of the big winners Friday was Vancouver Island University’s national-championship-winning men’s soccer team, selected as Team of the Year. Bill Merriman, coach of that side, was honoured as High-Performance Coach of the Year.
Disqualified Saanich soccer team disputes ruling – Victoria News
A Saanich under-15 girls soccer team says it’s been blindsided by a recent decision that ended their season ahead of the provincial cup playoffs.
Aldergrove U18 soccer boys keep on win streak – Langley Advance
Aldergrove’s boys prevailed in this game and have a 8 win, 1 tie and 2 loss record.
Marine Harvest Riptide Present EVN International Exchange Soccer Program – BC Soccer Web
We are pleased to present the opportunity for players and parents interested in learning more about the international student exchange program offered for soccer players from EVN located in Nyborg, Denmark.
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.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Learn to Train (Week 59) – Ontario Soccer
This week features a focus on Developing Spatial Awareness.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Rainers and new Sounders minor league team playing import role in Tacoma renaissance – Q13 Fox
Tacoma is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment. Just look around. Check out Cheney Stadium, for instance. The home of the Tacoma Rainiers recently underwent a $30 million renovation, transforming the 50-year old baseball stadium into a diamond gem. And this spring, it’s transforming again – into a soccer stadium.
Indy Eleven’s first USL roster is barely recognizable – Indy Star
Team has just three holdovers, but added notable firepower Monday with acquisition of Jack McInerney.
Opinion: Robert Palmer has compelling vision for new pro league – Soctakes
While much of the oxygen in the American soccer media is taken up by covering MLS expansion and the hobbies of billionaires, organic and community-based soccer has grown to unprecedented levels in this country, largely under the radar.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Division 1 Féminine Week 15 Review: Relegation fight closer than ever – Vavel
The big three all got expected wins, but elsewhere Paris FC fell to defeat against Guingamp.
#SBSSWPL Round-up – 18/02/18 – Scottish WPL
The second weekend of the 2018 Scottish Building Society SWPL season saw some incredible games. In SBSSWPL 1, Stirling University picked up their first point under Barry Rodgers whilst Motherwell lead SBSSWPL 2 after an 8-0 win.
Frauen-Bundesliga week 12 review: Duisburg off of the mark for the season – Vavel
There was a surprise or two in store when the Frauen-Bundesliga returned from its winter break this weekend as MSV dug out their first points of the season at home to a romping Freiburg team as Werder overcame a two-goal deficit to tie with Sand.
Liga Iberdrola week 20 review: Atleti reclaim top spot – Vavel
It was all-change at the top this weekend in Liga Iberdrola as Atleti claimed a vital win over Valencia and Barcelona tripped up against Athletic Club, Betis eased to a home win against Albacete and Sociedad came up trumps in Tenerife.
Dash’s first-day scrimmage important for coach Vera Pauw – Houston Chronicle
With so many unknown things surrounding the Dash this season, first-year coach Vera Pauw does not want to waste any time learning as much as she can about her new team.
Women’s soccer alumnae recreate family atmosphere in NWSL – Marquette Wire
The family atmosphere Marquette head coach Markus Roeders fosters has translated into a sisterhood between Marquette’s three professional signees – Morgan Proffitt, Maegan Kelly and Mary Luba.
Matildas Radar: Sam Kerr opens up on her NWSL trade, which Matildas are playing overseas – Fox Sports Australia
IN January, Australian superstar Sam Kerr was part of the biggest trade deal in NWSL history. The Aussie attacker left Sky Blue FC to head to Chicago Red Stars in a deal which also displaced two-time World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and US national team forward Christen Press.
Beni Suef’s first female football team aspires to Egypt’s Premier League – Egypt Independent
In an attempt to challenge patriarchal traditions in Upper Egypt, 27 women in Beni Suef governorate decided to form the first ever all-female football team in the governorate, which currently is preparing to participate in the Second Division of Egypt’s Premier League on behalf of the Teachers’ Club.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea hosts Barcelona, Man United travels to Sevilla, and more – SBI
Eight more teams will do battle this week as the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first legs come to a close. A pair of historic clubs will duke it out in London on Tuesday as Chelsea hosts La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Sevilla’s misfiring attack takes on Man U’s stout defence – Metro
It seems simple to Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella: His forwards better get their act together or his team won’t have a chance against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Wigan Atheltic 1-0 Manchester City: Will Grigg’s goal gives Wigan shock FA Cup win – Vavel
Manchester City suffer their third loss of the season and crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of Wigan at the DW Stadium.
FA Cup: Just how big was Wigan’s victory over Manchester City? – BBC Sport
Wigan beat City despite having just 17.5% possession, and they scored from the second of their two shots on target.
FA poised for investigation after Sergio Aguero clashes with invading fan after Manchester City’s Cup exit at Wigan – The Telegraph
The Football Association are gathering all available video evidence of the pitch invasion that marred Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester City before deciding whether to press charges.
Getafe keeps momentum in Spain, defeats Celta Vigo – Sportsnet
Getafe followed its surprise draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium with a comfortable 3-0 win against Celta Vigo on Monday, halting its four-game winless streak in the Spanish league.
Didier Drogba’s 17-year-old son Isaac joins French Ligue 1 side Guingamp – BBC Sport
He joins Guingamp 16 years after his father signed for the club in an £80,000 move from Le Mans.
Tianjin stays unbeaten in maiden ACL with draw vs Kashiwa – Metro
Alexandre Pato saved Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian from a first loss in its first Asian Champions League when his late goal earned a 1-1 draw with Kashiwa Reysol of Japan on Tuesday.
Frankfurt rallies to win over Leipzig in Bundesliga – Sportsnet
Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Leipzig 2-1 as its fans vented their fury in the first of five contentious Monday night games to be played in the Bundesliga.
‘No to Monday night football’: Frankfurt fans protest against Bundesliga plans – The Guardian
Hundreds of fans left the terraces shortly before kick-off and occupied the area behind the pitch with banners which carried messages such as “No to Monday night football”, delaying the start of the match for six minutes.
Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in fight for Bundesliga survival – Four Four Two
Bruno Labbadia is the man tasked with guiding Wolfsburg away from the Bundesliga relegation zone.
Report: Barcelona agree nearly $50 million deal for Brazilian starlet Arthur – NBC Sports
According to a report from Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, Barcelona has agreed with Gremio on a $49.4 million transfer fee for midfielder Arthur. The deal would see 60 percent of the fee go to Gremio and the rest to agents and the owners of part of the player’s rights.
Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion – The Guardian
Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing up.
FIFA and AFC officials will meet with the FFA, A-League clubs and state federations – News.com.au
AUSTRALIAN football’s protracted civil war is set to enter volatile territory when A-League clubs and state member federations push their cases to FIFA.
FIFA to inspect Rwanda’s readiness for U17 World Cup – African Football
With Rwanda having bid to play host for the 2019 U17 World Cup, a FIFA delegation is set to visit the country and inspect their readiness.
Spanish police arrest 20 in raids on suspected matchfixers across country – Inside World Football
The scourge of matchfixing has reared its ugly head in Spain yet again with a spate of arrests relating to alleged rigging in the country’s lower leagues.
Russian authorities fine hotels for World Cup price-gouging – Sportsnet
Russian authorities in two cities say they have issued hundreds of fines after finding many hotels were illegally hiking prices for the World Cup.
Warner extradition on the rocks again as judge pushes appeal date back to November – Inside World Football
Jack Warner, the most wanted man of all among powerbrokers snared by US authorities in the $200 million FIFAGate corruption scandal, has again managed to thwart extradition by having committal proceedings against him put on hold – for another nine months.
Why the quadruple remains English football’s impossible dream – The Telegraph
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as “impossible”, and this week’s events have proven him right.