VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
MLS MATCHDAY #1
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, 3:00 PM PST
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
TV: TSN 1 & 3 RADIO: TBD LIVESTREAM: TSN GO
Episode 245 – The AFTN Soccer Show (MLS Season Preview with Jonathan Tannenwald and Steven Agen) – AFTN
The new MLS season is almost upon us. Vancouver Whitecaps kick off their 2018 campaign next Sunday, and we have a season preview episode for you this week.
INTERVIEW: Whitecaps’ Aly Ghazal shares his full story ahead of MLS season – Kingfut
From the streets of Cairo all the way to MLS, Ghazal spoke to KingFut’s Ramez Nathan about his full story.
Four players primed to step up in 2018 – Whitecaps FC
As we get set to kick off the 2018 MLS season this Sunday, March 4 at BC Place (3 p.m. PT), today we look at four players ready to take their game to new heights.
‘IT WAS AN EXAMPLE LAST WEEK’: Rapids, Toronto FC approaching Champions League with far different mentalities – Toronto Sun
While the Reds refuse to look beyond Tuesday night’s return leg, the visiting Colorado Rapids appear to have their sights set on Major League Soccer’s opening weekends.
Toronto FC avoids 2014-like ‘disaster’ with investment in pitch technology: Groundsman – National Post
Heavy snow and frigid conditions would have compounded to create a “disastrous” situation for BMO Field’s groundsmen a few years ago.
Sounders’ Jordan Morris out for season with knee injury – Sportsnet
The tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee came during last week’s CONCACAF Champions League matchup against El Salvador’s Santa Tecla.
2018 MLS Preview: Western Conference – Stumptown Football
We spend a lot of time around these parts discussing the Portland Timbers. Let’s take a look around the league and who the Timbers will be competing with for the 2018 MLS Cup, starting with the Timbers’ competition in the West.
SBI MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact – SBI
It’s the start of something new at the Montreal Impact. Out went Mauro Biello and in came Remi Garde, as the Impact followed in the footsteps of many MLS teams by recruiting a high-profile coach. The Frenchman brought friends and former colleagues from back home to form his staff.
MLS Assignments: Week 1 – PRO Referees
Drew Fischer has been assigned as the referee for Sunday’s Whitecaps-Impact match.
Is Beckham’s Miami stadium receiving ‘secret discount’ from taxpayers? Lawsuit says yes – Miami Herald
In granting David Beckham and partners a no-bid deal to pay $9 million for three acres of government land for a soccer stadium, Miami-Dade County gave the venture “a secret discount from the taxpayers” by avoiding the chance for better offers, lawyers fighting the proposed Overtown complex said in court papers filed late Monday.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Victoria bidding for 2020 North American Indigenous Games – Times Colonist
Victoria is up against Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax in the race to submit bids by the March 15 deadline. The site evaluation committee will visit in mid April. Presentations will be made to the NAIG Council in Montreal in early May with the decision to be announced later that month.
Soccer enthusiasts talk passion and the need for new turf – Squamish Chief
Lots of kids of all ages love and play soccer in Squamish. So many in fact, there are more players than turf to play on.
Three more Clubs Achieve Standard 1 of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program – BCSA
BC Soccer is pleased to announce that three more clubs, West Vancouver Soccer Club, Central City Breakers Football Club, and Surrey Soccer Club, have achieved Standard 1 of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program. The program is based on meeting Administrative, Technical, and Governance criteria. The criteria and the program were created to help assure players, parents, coaches, and administrators that their club is operating and meeting a set of on- and off-field standards.
Register for the 55+ Games this September in Cranbrook, BC – 55+ Games
Upcoming 55+ Games being held in Cranbrook BC September 11-15th preparations underway and looking for participants in the following Soccer Divisions: 55, 60, 65, and 70 Men’s Divisions AND Women,s 55+ Division.
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.
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
Canada Soccer announces Mauro Biello as Men’s National Team Assistant Coach and EXCEL U-23 Program Director – CSA
Canada Soccer announced that Mauro Biello has been hired as Men’s National Team Assistant Coach and EXCEL U-23 Program Director. Joining Men’s National Team Head Coach and Program Director John Herdman, Biello will lead Canada’s youth teams and support Herdman as Assistant Coach for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team.
Herdman calls on Mauro Biello and belief to help reshape Canada’s soccer future – CBC
After a month at the helm, John Herdman’s vision for the Canadian men’s national soccer program is starting to take shape.
Herdman: Canada to enjoy ‘clarity of vision’ under new coaching staff – SN
It’s time to step into the present. That was the underlying message delivered by John Herdman in his first public appearance as head coach of the Canadian men’s national team.
Canada Soccer creates new U-23 director position for Biello to fill – the11.ca
On Monday, new men’s national-team coach John Herdman and his newly hired assistant, Mauro Biello, were talking about systems and structure.
4 years later, Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field stadium still isn’t finished – CBC
There are still leaks to be fixed, and a railing to be replaced, said Rom D’Angelo, the city’s director of energy, fleet and facilities. There are also problems with the sound system. All of these issues are linked to the stadium’s original build.
Stingrays’ major coup for top job – Illawarra Mercury
It was 2015 and then Canadian international Carmelina Moscato had just stepped off the plane to link up with the Wanderers in the Australian W-League. In a sensational twist, the former defender was unveiled as the Stingrays new coaching director for the upcoming NSW Women’s National Premier League campaign on Tuesday.
Sault College soccer men bring home championship – Sault This Week
Sault College Cougars men’s indoor soccer team is fresh from a first-ever Ontario Colleges Athletic Association experience, having recently won the Georgian College tournament that was held in Barrie.
Fanatiz to stream Conmebol tournaments in US and Canada – SportsPro Media
Latin American soccer streaming service Fanatiz has agreed a partnership with sports agency MP & Silva for the rights to stream the 2018 editions of the major continental club soccer tournaments organised by South American soccer’s governing body, Conmebol, in the US and Canada.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
EXCLUSIVE: USL Austin given the green light by soccer league for 2019 – The Statesman
The United Soccer League, in consultation with USL Austin ownership, decided Monday the franchise should make every effort to take the pitch in 2019.
NASL cancels 2018 season; teams move on – NBC Sports
The NASL also confirmed that three of its six remaining teams, the Jacksonville Armada FC, Miami FC, and New York Cosmos, will play in the National Premier Soccer League (unofficial fourth-tier) from April 15, 2018.
FC Cincinnati decision makers — school board, council — set to talk West End stadium – Cincinnati.com
As the bid to win an expansion Major League Soccer continues, members of Cincinnati City Council and the Cincinnati Public Schools board will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss building a stadium in the West End.
Freddy Adu grabs assist on Las Vegas Lights debut… against D.C. United – Four Four Two
At the weekend he came off the bench on the hour mark in a pre-season friendly for USL side Las Vegas Lights – an expansion outfit who began professionally this year – and assisted their second goal in a 4-2 defeat against his first club.
Busy offseason has Bethlehem Steel FC looking forward to good regular season – Morning Call
The Bethlehem Steel FC had a number of personnel objectives when it came to signing players this offseason, and the first priority is the one that never change: look for talented, young players with an upside.
Deadline for Rhinos to vacate Capelli Sport Stadium has been extended – WXXI
It appears both sides are still talking in the dispute surrounding the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
SheBelieves Preview: Turmoil to Triumph for England? – Backline Soccer
2017 was an interesting year for the Lionesses, with turmoil off of the pitch, but success on it.
This is how much women footballers earn compared to men – Birmingham Live
Ever wondered how much your average female footballer earns compared to their male counterparts? Women’s football in England has been magnified since the Lionesses reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Uruguay working hard to develop women’s football – FIFA
Now 41, Patricia Cor has been involved in women’s football in Uruguay since she was 19. One of the first women to register as a player with the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), Cor had a 15-year playing career before helping to found not one, but two clubs. Such is her love for the game, however, that she wanted to do more and pass on her knowledge to new generations, a goal she has now achieved thanks to a coaching course funded by the FIFA Forward programme.
Alex Morgan, USWNT agree to host Stoneman Douglas soccer players mourning loss of teammate – Orlando Sentinel
The U.S. women’s national team, which plays the final match of the SheBelieves Cup against England on March 7 in Orlando City Stadium, on Sunday agreed to host the teammates and family of Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old soccer player at Stoneman Douglas who was killed in the shooting.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Conte is Italy’s top choice for national coach – Metro
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is Italy’s top choice as national coach. “I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best,” Italian federation vice commissioner Alessandro Costacurta told Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ll definitely talk with him in a couple of months.”
FA Cup preview: Swans-Wednesday, Spurs-Rochdale – NBC Sports
Swansea City’s new managerial hero meets his old mates, and Mauricio Pochettino‘s men hope to avoid further egg on their collective face.
FA Cup: Rochdale ‘must be like Premier League side’ against Spurs at Wembley – BBC Sport
The League One club scored in added time to draw 2-2 with Mauricio Pochettino’s side earlier this month.
Goal fever shakes up the EFL Championship promotion race – The Football League Paper
Whilst the battle for the Premier League title has become a foregone conclusion, it’s clear that things aren’t quite so simple in the EFL Championship. Last weekend saw an incredible 34 goals scored in twelve matches that certainly shook up what’s been a thrilling season so far.
Samir Nasri banned for 6 months for anti-doping violation – Sportsnet
Former France international Samir Nasri has been banned from football for six months for an anti-doping violation from 2016.
Drugs testing in football: The lottery, stage-fright and ‘no pill for skill’ – BBC Sport
As drugs-testing rates in the game continue to increase, BBC Sport speaks to players about what the process is like, and looks at what football is up against in the fight against drugs cheats.
Keeping the conversation going: Smart ideas we shouldn’t forget from the USSF election – Four Four Two
A spirited debate has given way to relative normalcy following the election of Carlos Cordeiro. The new U.S. Soccer president would be wise to revisit some of these ideas from his competitors.
The seven ages of the modern Arsenal fan – The Telegraph
Arsène Wenger might be about to exit the Arsenal stage, with those in the gallery watching the unfolding tragedy with a cocktail of fury, apathy and jet-black amusement. Where there was once a fiercely contested, if tediously repetitive, debate about the manager’s future, there is now consensus.
Guangzhou Evergrande are CSL favourites but under pressure this year – ESPN
Fabio Cannavaro is all too aware of one of the biggest issues he faces as he begins his second stint at the helm of Guangzhou Evergrande, the Chinese Super League’s seemingly eternal champions.
Video assistant doctors for World Cup to assess concussion – Sportsnet
World Cup teams have been told video replays will be extended to their doctors to assist the diagnosis of concussions.
Gianluigi Buffon confirms surprise return for Italy in March friendlies – ESPN
Gianluigi Buffon confirmed he will accept an invitation to play for Italy in their upcoming friendlies with Argentina and England after caretaker coach Luigi Di Biagio said he wanted to count on the 40-year-old for what could prove to be his only games in charge.
Calm after the storm. LaLiga reports quiet betting markets after 32 matchfixing arrests – Inside World Football
The first weekend of football in Spain’s leagues after the dramatic arrests of 32 suspected matchfixers last week has seen a welcome return to normality in the Spanish football betting markets. LaLiga head of integrity Alfredo Lorenzo, said that the “from the intelligence we have on Segunda B and the Third Division, it is completely flat.”
Barry Bennell was allegedly sacked by Crewe after parents confronted him about his behaviour – The Telegraph
One of Bennell’s former players and his mother have claimed Bennell was challenged by a group of parents a short time before the then coach abruptly left Crewe in January 1992.
I was a Crewe obsessive. Now I’m so ashamed of my club I’ve divorced them – The Guardian
Since the crimes committed by Barry Bennell at Crewe came to light, the seeming lack of empathy and common decency shown by the people in charge has been incomprehensible.
Parents worried about abuse in youth sports take charge – Vancouver Sun
Experts say the spotty rules and certifications for coaches and glorification of sports culture can make children who feel pressure to achieve even more vulnerable. No longer a casual pastime, sports teams can leave kids as young as 5 in the care of undertrained, undersupervised coaches.