VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps Preseason storylines: Fresh blood – Whitecaps FC
One of the best and most intriguing aspects of the preseason, at least in my mind, is always the integration of new players. And this year, the ‘Caps have a lot of them.
New-look Vancouver Whitecaps ready to hit the ground running in 2018 – The Province
Jake Nerwinski was chatting with his parents when they asked him which teammates he was close to ahead of his second season with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
AUDIO: Plenty of reasons for optimism as Whitecaps open training camp – Sportsnet
Sportsnet.ca soccer reporter John Molinaro joined Sportsnet 650 to talk about the new players the Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired during the off-season, and how the team is taking shape as it begins training camp.
Algerian international Saphir Taïder joins Impact as new Designated Player – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday the acquisition of French midfielder and Algerian international Saphir Taïder as a Designated Player, following a three-year deal, including a two-year loan from Italian club Bologna FC 1909, and an option for 2021. He will join the club upon receiving his international transfer certificate and undergoing his medical.
Impact’s Saphir Taïder signing shows MLS is attracting top European talent, coach says – Montreal Gazette
The Impact will have a new designated player when they open their training camp Monday and coach Rémi Garde says midfielder Saphir Taïder is an example of the growing prestige of MLS among European players.
Chilean attacking midfielder Jeisson Vargas joins Impact – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Monday that Chilean attacking midfielder Jeisson Vargas signed a contract with the club for the 2018 season with two and a half option years.
‘CALL ME CRAZY’: Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley reflects on record season, says Reds could be even better in ‘18 – Toronto Sun
Asked to reflect back on the best season in MLS history, Michael Bradley went back even further.
Cyle Larin spotted training with Besiktas after skipping first day of Orlando City preseason – SBI
The transfer drama surrounding Cyle Larin is getting even crazier as it doesn’t look like the striker will be showing up to the club’s preseason camp any time soon.
Seattle Sounders reflect on Cup loss: “On some level, we didn’t show up” – MLS
As the Seattle Sounders officially reported to preseason training camp for the first time in 2018 at Starfire Sports Complex on Monday, the mood was less jovial than it was at this time a year ago.
LA Galaxy sign midfielder Chris Pontius – LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have signed free-agent midfielder Chris Pontius, the club announced today. Pontius, 30, has spent nine years in Major League Soccer playing for D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, where he has amassed 45 goals and 29 assists. He has joined the team today for preseason training ahead of the 2018 MLS Regular Season.
New England add to attacking corps with forward Cristian Penilla – MLS
The New England Revolution shipped out forward Kei Kamara earlier this offseason and it appears they may have gotten a replacement on Tuesday morning.
Friedel: Recent signings intended to make Revolution faster, more athletic – MLS
Instead of a drastic overhaul, the New England Revolution have opted for incremental change ahead of the 2018 MLS season.
2017 USL Defender of the Year Sebastien Ibeagha earns preseason trialist role with NYCFC – Two Ten Soccer
The frequent San Antonio FC captain seems to have earned a chance with a high profile MLS club.
Running the rule over the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the past week – MLS
The SuperDraft is in the rearview mirror, along with a raft of accompanying signings, trades and other transactions. The 2018 preseason officially kicked off today, with several MLS teams already taking to the training field.
Howard Webb aims to for MLS officials to keep pace with league’s growth – San Jose Earthquakes
Even an ocean away, Howard Webb could see soccer in the United States was improving every year. Because of that, the famed British referee also had a feeling that the officiating must improve with it. And in his new role as general manager of the Professional Referee Organization, that’s exactly what Webb plans to do.
Trump’s comments on immigration hit close to home for TFC’s Altidore – Sportsnet
It’s safe to say Donald Trump can’t count on Jozy Altidore’s vote in the next U.S. Presidential election.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Cascades men’s soccer program to host ID camp – UFV Cascades
University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer head coach Tom Lowndes is hosting a player identification camp on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
Vikes join Canada West members in conversation about mental health with Bell Let’s Talk – UVic Vikes
The University of Victoria Vikes will be getting as many of their varsity athletes out to the Vikes basketball games against Mount Royal on Jan. 27 to help raise awareness for Bell Let’s Talk day. Varsity athletes across all nine sports will sport their blue Bell Let’s Talk toques, while each of the teams have been creatively preparing to post and share content in the lead up to and on Jan. 31.
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
Canada Soccer wins Group A with 4:0 victory over Haiti; Advances to Semi-Final at CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 team has won Group A at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship, going undefeated in all three matches after topping Haiti 4:0 in their final group stage fixture on Monday. Over the group stage, Canada has outscored its opponents 11-2 and recorded one clean sheet.
Flynn scores three goals to lead Canada past Haiti 4-0 in CONCACAF soccer event – Chronicle-Herald
Shana Flynn scored three goals as Canada beat Haiti 4-0 on Monday to win Group A at the CONCACAF women’s under-20 soccer championship.
Flynn’s rapid-fire hat trick paces Canada to win over Haiti – the11.ca
If there was one criticism of Canada’s first two games at the CONCACAF U20 Championships in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s that the Canadians didn’t start well in either game.
Bringing World Cup matches to Toronto could be the catalyst for something bigger – Toronto Star
Hosting smaller events may be a valuable exercise in taking stock, looking at projects that could be done, planning and funding and moving towards them, Edward Keenan writes.
VIDEO: ‘Politics will not harm USA World Cup bid’ – BBC Sport
The head of Concacaf, Victor Montagliani, tells BBC Sport’s Dan Roan that President Donald Trump’s comments about foreign countries will not harm the United States’ joint bid with Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.
Morocco launches 2026 World Cup campaign and logo – BBC Sport
Morocco has launched its campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca. The North African nation, making its fifth bid to host the finals, faces competition from a joint bid proposed by Canada, Mexico and the USA.
Morocco unveils 2026 bid logo and promises to ‘surprise’ on infrastructure and commercials – Inside World Football
As the US-led three-nation bid team wooed the British media at a central London hotel, so Moroccan bid chief Moulay Hafid Elalamy made his first public appearance at a counter press conference in Casablanca a few weeks after the north African nation officially entered the fray.
40 League1 Ontario Players (Incl. Alumni) Represented Canada In 2017 – League1 Ontario
The year 2017 was another golden one for current and former League1 Ontario players and the Canadian National Team program.
Let the Commissioner of Canada’s New Soccer League Sell You on It – Vice
Clanachan is in “100 percent” agreement that being Canadian isn’t just part of the league’s marketing appeal, but part of its core identity. He’s already talked to the potential ownership groups about building a “professional soccer industry in Canada” to develop not only players, but also coaches and administrators.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Roughnecks Ink Jamaican International – USL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC added experience to its midfield on Monday with the acquisition of Jamaican international Michael Binns for the upcoming USL season, pending league and federation approval.
USL Transfer Tracker – USL
A reasonably accurate update of every team’s comings and goings so far in 2018.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Orlando Pride Acquires Defender Shelina Zadorsky from Washington Spirit – Orlando City SC
Orlando Pride acquires Canada Women’s National Team defender Shelina Zadorsky from the Washington Spirit in exchange for goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and Orlando’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft.
Lauren Barnes re-signs with Seattle Reign FC – Vavel
The co-captain of the club will prolong her stay there for the foreseeable future.
Football Ferns duo earn professional contracts after signing with European clubs – TV NZ
Two more Football Ferns will join the professional ranks after striker Aimee Phillips and Meikayla Moore put pen to paper with European clubs.
Washington Spirit draft class has throwback feel – The Equalizer
The Washington Spirit 2018 draft had a decidedly #ThrowbackThursday feeling. Once maligned for selecting players with some form of local ties, could the Spirit’s path up from the basement of the NWSL standings be driven by players who’ve already donned the red and white jersey?
USSF presidential candidates on NWSL – Stars & Stripes FC
This past weekend, most of the US Soccer presidential candidates spoke at the United Soccer Coaches convention. I was able to sit in on several of their panels and ask them specifically about the future of NWSL and what they think US Soccer’s involvement with the league should look like in coming years.
Lady Black Cats find Sunderland’s charity does not begin at home – The Guardian
While use of the Academy of Light has been offered for training to hard-up Hartlepool, Sunderland’s women feel left out in the cold.
Recruiting 101: the Journey to Division I Women’s Soccer – Fifty-Five One
When they officially commit to the University of Minnesota in February, the Gophers’ soccer class of 2022 will be wrapping up what can be a decade-long process of choosing their college program.
USA Soccer’s Julie Ertz Tears Up Learning Of Husband Zach’s Super Bowl Berth – NESN
The United States women’s soccer team star cried tears of joy Sunday night when she learned the Philadelphia Eagles — who employ her husband, tight end Zach Ertz — defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
League Cup semi: Man City take 2-1 lead into 2nd leg vs. Bristol – NBC Sports
Manchester City can move one step closer on Tuesday to claiming their first of four potential trophies this season, when Pep Guardiola‘s men take on Bristol City in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal.
Mascherano to leave Barcelona as Hebei move looms – SN
Javier Mascherano will leave Barcelona after seven and a half seasons at Camp Nou, the Catalan club have confirmed.
Serie A: Juve keep winning to remain 1 point back of Napoli – NBC Sports
Juventus closed the gap on Serie A leader Napoli back to just one point as the six-time defending champion eased past Genoa 1-0 on Monday.
Man City ramp up transfer plans & hope to sign Fred & Laporte in January – SN
Manchester City have ramped up their transfer plans after missing out on Alexis Sanchez and are now trying to bring in both Aymeric Laporte and Fred this month, Goal has learned.
Newcastle have eight days to save their season and hold onto the one man keeping this divisive club united – The Telegraph
This is the time of year for grandiose statements about the importance of new signings, a month when all sense of perspective can be lost in the frenzy of speculation and rumours that fuel the January transfer window. But it is no exaggeration to say this is the most important window in Newcastle United’s recent history.
Bad bet. FUN88 logo stripped from Newcastle United youth team shirts – Inside World Football
Newcastle United has removed online betting firm FUN88 from the club’s youth team shirt. The sponsor’s logo was deemed by the club as a potential breach of FA regulations and comes after growing pressure on the UK government to look harder at the gambling advertising from betting companies in broadcast media and club sponsorships.
Joey Barton claims 50% of professional footballers bet on matches – BBC Sport
Ex-England player Joey Barton claims “50%” of professional footballers bet on matches, and says gambling is “culturally engrained” in the sport.
Liberia swears in ex-soccer star George Weah as new leader – Medicine Hat News
Former international soccer star George Weah was sworn into office Monday as Liberia’s new president, taking over leadership of this post-war, impoverished West African nation from Africa’s first female president.
La Liga-Saudi deal puts cash before player development, says Spanish players union – Inside World Football
A ground-breaking agreement between Spanish football and authorities in Saudi Arabia has received a furious rebuke from Spain’s football union which says the arrival of nine Saudi players in La Liga will harm local development and is purely a money-earning exercise.
Road to FIFA eWorld Cup begins in Barcelona on 26 January – FIFA
The FUT Champions Cup #1 – our first live event on the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series and road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 – is set to take place from 26 to 28 January in Barcelona.
What is the Uefa Nations League – and will it be successful? – The Guardian
Designed to end the ‘meaningless friendly’, Wednesday’s draw for the inaugural competition has good intentions. But will it actually work?
Welcome to the Neighborhood: America’s Sports Stadiums Are Moving Downtown – NY Times
Across the country, in more than a dozen cities, downtowns are being remade as developers abandon the suburbs to combine new sports arenas with mixed-used residential, retail and office space back in the city. The new projects are altering the financial formula for building stadiums and arenas by surrounding them not with mostly idle parking lots in suburban expanses, but with revenue-producing stores, offices and residences capable of servicing the public debt used to help build these venues.