BC Soccer News, Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Quality group of trialists have “a real opportunity” to earn a roster spot as tough Whitecaps preseason training camp gets underwayAFTN
It feels like an age ago now that Vancouver Whitecaps last kicked a ball in anger in MLS. It was 106 days to be precise. It’s been a slow offseason since then, with the majority of the action taking place in the front office rather than the first team squad, with Axel Schuster announced as the club’s new Sporting Director and Mark Pannes appointed the new CEO.

Whitecaps hope changes on field and in front office lead to better results in 2020TSN
The Vancouver Whitecaps are hopeful that a fresh approach will lead to improved results as their 2020 training camp kicked off Monday at the National Soccer Development Centre on Monday.

Toronto FC camp opens to drama as Bradley faces surgery and Altidore rips doctorsRichmond News
Toronto FC, no stranger to drama, opened training camp with a bang Monday.

Thierry Henry looks to add defenders after 1st practice with Impact as head coachCBC
Crucial roster decisions loom for 42-year-old former Arsenal star as camp opens.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez confirms move to LA Galaxy: ‘It was the right time’ESPN
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has confirmed to local media his move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, telling the LA Times on Tuesday: “It was the right time, the right opportunity.”

MLS preseason 2020: Five must-watch teams as opening day approachesMLS
All 26 clubs have plenty of storylines worth watching for, of course, and questions to answer in the weeks ahead. But these five stand out for me, whether it be for the promise they’ve shown entering 2020, the scale of the challenges in front of them or the personalities onboard.

MLS Ticker: RSL re-signs veteran Beckerman, Camara’s contract with Revolution voided, and moreSBI
One of MLS’ top veteran midfielders will return to Real Salt Lake in 2020.

Inter Miami Finally Takes Field With First Preseason PracticeSI.com
David Beckham’s new soccer team finally got to play soccer.

The five biggest roster voids MLS teams still need to fillSBI
The MLS preseason is officially underway for all teams, but not every club is heading into camp with the rosters they plan to start the season with.

2020 MLS Trialists: Your rundown of where players are auditioning for new contractsMLS
Sometimes, the best way to get signed onto a club is to get out there on the training field. Here’s where some familiar and not so familiar faces are on trial with preseason camps opening this month.

Beckham takes Inter Miami pitch to Qatar for sponsorship backingInside World Football
David Beckham’s new franchise is holding talks with Qatar to secure a headline sponsorship for Inter Miami ’s first season in the Major League Soccer.


North Vancouver’s O’Flynn commits to Soccer AxemenAcadia U.
An accomplished youth Goalkeeper, Michael O’Flynn is a long-time member of the Mountain United Football Club as well as the B.C. Provincial High-Performance Program.  With Mountain United, O’Flynn captured U13, U15 and U17 B.C.SPL Provincial Championships as well as being a U14 and U16 B.C.SPL Provincial Finalist. The U15 and U17 squads represented B.C. at the Canada Soccer Nationals in Calgary in 2017 where they finished fifth and most recently in this past fall in Prince Edward Island, narrowly missing out on the bronze and placing fourth.

BC Soccer and belairdirect announce partnership agreementBCSA
The agreement between BC Soccer and belairdirect entitles everyone involved in soccer in British Columbia (including players, their families, coaches, referees, and board members at all levels) to an additional discount on their home and auto insurance when they choose belairdirect.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 UBCUBC 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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York9 FC parts ways with club president Preben GanzhornCanPL
York9 FC announced Monday it has parted ways with club president Preben Ganzhorn, who was at the helm of the Nine Stripes for the inaugural 2019 Canadian Premier League campaign.

Where should Marco Bustos go from here?CanPL
Here’s the Canadian Premier League’s first player saga – a “will he or won’t he” scenario that leaves clubs, supporters, and players in suspense.

CPL takes unique approach to scouting international playersCanPL
The Canadian Premier League is partnering up with the 21st Club, a world class data and analytics group, to recruit young international players who are interested in plying their trade in Canada’s top domestic league.

Canada national team’s Jonathan David hits brace to continue rampant form with GentMLS
Jonathan David, five days after his 20th birthday, pounced for a brace in KAA Gent’s 3-1 victory over R. Excel Mouscron on Sunday, a result that helps the Belgian side keep pace in a very tight race for the second spot in the Belgian First Division A standings.


GEARING UP: New Mexico United Strikes Historic Partnership with PUMAUSL
New Mexico United announced a partnership with global leader PUMA.

LOCKED IN: LouCity Promotes Danny Cruz to Technical DirectorUSL
The club’s former assistant coach signed a multi-year deal to stay in Louisville.


Matildas’ European migration exciting but fanning W-League anxietyThe Guardian
Australian football’s hierarchy must catch the European wave or watch it roll on without them.

NWSL allocation money: A bait and switch, or just good business?The Equalizer
A few days after the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League Championship in October, the league announced a new, groundbreaking compensation policy which dramatically increased team salary caps, eliminated caps on housing and car allowances entirely, and introduced allocation money into the picture for the first time.

Chelsea harness their collective power to ignite WSL title raceThe Guardian
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea produced moments of magic to beat Arsenal but most impressive was their unyielding unity.


Premier League preview: Chelsea-Arsenal a crucial London derby for European hopesESPN
Under normal circumstances a team in tenth place, ten points adrift of the top four with 15 games to go, could probably stick their passports away for the following season, safe in the knowledge that they wouldn’t be playing in Europe’s elite competition. However, things are a little different this season.

Free to sign players, Lampard raises prospect of Cavani bidSportsnet
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is keen on bringing more experience into his squad now that the club’s transfer ban has been lifted.

Atalanta loses at home to struggling Spal in Serie ATSN
Atalanta surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened Spal in Serie A on Monday, in one of the upsets of the season.

Real Madrid adds Brazilian teen phenom Reinier JesusNBC Sports
Barcelona and Real Madrid may be neck-and-neck in the short-term, but the Madrid side keeps landing stars for the bigger picture.

La Liga president criticises Fifa and says richest clubs are ‘danger’ to gameThe Guardian
The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, was in London last week. Recently re-elected for a further four-year term, the controversial 57-year-old was in the capital for the launch of his TV channel, La Liga TV; but he had other things to say too, lots of them.

Match fixing threat and bomb attack forces Cyprus to postpone matchesInside World Football
Football in Cyprus has once again been plunged into a suspected match-fixing scandal after a raft of matches were postponed at the weekend following notifications sent by UEFA with regard to suspicious betting activity and a bomb attack against a local official.

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