VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC announce 2019 MLS regular season schedule – Whitecaps FC
Highlighted by a special 40th anniversary match to celebrate Vancouver’s 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl championship, Cascadia Cup home fixtures in March and May, an all-Canadian tilt prior to the Concacaf Gold Cup break, and four of the last five games at BC Place, Whitecaps FC unveiled their 2019 regular season schedule on Monday.
Impact and TFC renew rivalry in July while ‘Caps mark anniversary win in August – Prince George Citizen
Toronto FC, with former Impact defender Laurent Ciman wearing red instead of blue, will renew its fierce rivalry with Montreal on July 13 at Stade Saputo.
2019 Strength of Schedule Rankings: Who has the toughest schedule? – MLS
The 2019 MLS schedule was released on Monday and fans can start planning their weekends for this upcoming season.
Report: DC United, Vancouver eyeing Sheffield Wednesday’s Gary Hooper – MLS
Two MLS sides are eyeing a talented but injury-plagued striker from the English Championship, according to a new report from Sky Sports.
Orlando City hasn’t reached deal yet with Brazilian midfielder Diego Ribas – Pro Soccer USA
Reports that Orlando City has reached a deal with Brazilian midfielder Diego Ribas are premature, according to a club source.
Real Salt Lake Signs MF Everton Luiz On Loan – RSL
Real Salt Lake announced today that the club has signed Brazilian MF Everton Luiz on loan from Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor (S.P.A.L.) in Italy’s Serie A for the 2019 season.
Sounders nearing deal with Homegrown keeper Trey Muse, report says – Sounder at Heart
On Monday night Brian Sciaretta, an MLS and USMNT writer for American Soccer Now, tweeted out that he’s hearing that the Seattle Sounders are expected to sign goalkeeper Trey Muse to a Homegrown Player contract.
Inter Miami announce hiring of Niki Budalic as director of soccer ops – MLS
Inter Miami CF announced on Monday the hiring of Niki Budalic as the club’s director of soccer operations, adding another experienced MLS executive to the club’s growing technical staff, pending approval of his US work permit.
LAFC channel 1980s music commercials with new schedule video –Angels on Parade
Los Angeles Football Club’s 2019 schedule is out, and to celebrate the new season, the club released a flippin’ beautiful video. Check it out, in all its glory.
2019 MLS Combine Performance Tests Recap – Orlando City SC
The top-10 lists in each of the three tests are below.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Famed B.C. sports columnist Jim Taylor has died – The Province
As Taylor wrote, “when sport makes instant millionaires out of kids who can hit a ball or a puck with a stick or stuff a leather balloon through a fishnet, what’s not to laugh?”
Washrooms adding to cost of West Kelowna soccer dome – Daily Courier
The cost for West Kelowna’s indoor soccer dome is rising because city officials didn’t realize the facility would need bathrooms.
Opinion: Yellow card – Daily Courier
If it wasn’t a waste of public money, the latest chapter in the Westside soccer dome saga would be funny. The controversial soccer dome project in West Kelowna will again come before city council today.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
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
Di Chiara, Thompson make their moves home to York 9 – the11.ca
One of the goals of the Canadian Premier League was to give opportunities to Canadians playing in Europe — and then fallen off the radars of fans back home — the chance to repatriate themselves.
University of Toronto names Ilya Orlov its new men’s soccer coach – Powell River Peak
Ilya Orlov has been named men’s soccer coach at the University of Toronto.Orlov had served as the Varsity Blues’ lead assistant coach for the last four seasons, helping the team to two OUA bronze-medal finishes and two national championship berths.
Helping shape the future of local soccer refereeing scene – Inside Halton
Verna Dalgleish first stepped on to the pitch with … well, something less than a firm grasp of the game.
Deer euthanized after becoming tangled in soccer net at Dundas park – Hamilton Spectator
A wildlife rescue organization is warning about the dangers of leaving soccer nets up in parks after a deer had to be euthanized when it became tangled in a net in Dundas.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Alderman expected to reject 20,000-seat soccer stadium proposal on North Side – Chicago Tribune
A planned 20,000-seat stadium for a new Chicago soccer franchise owned by Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts appears to be on life support, in a setback for the planned Lincoln Yards mixed-use development on the city’s North Side.
ENERGY FC SIGN TWO-TIME MLS CUP WINNER RAFAEL GARCIA – USL
Energy FC have signed midfielder Rafael Garcia, Head Coach Steve Cooke announced today. Garcia joins OKC after spending 2018 with New York Cosmos B and Western Conference rival Las Vegas Lights FC.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Utah Royals FC Signs MF Vero Boquete – RSL
Utah Royals FC announced Friday that the club has signed Spanish Women’s National Team veteran MF Veronica Boquete. Her attacking prowess will be essential to Utah Royals FC in the club’s second season as Head Coach Laura Harvey builds a roster capable of withstanding departures for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
NC COURAGE ACQUIRE SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL MIDFIELDER JULIA SPETSMARK – NC Courage
The North Carolina Courage announced today they have acquired Swedish international midfielder Julia Spetsmark pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa. Per club policy, no further details of the transaction were disclosed. With the addition of Spetsmark, the defending NWSL Champions look to build on the already strong midfield as they prepare to defend their 2018 title.
Brian Ching to step down as Houston Dash managing director – Houston Dash
The Houston Dash announced today that Brian Ching will step down as the managing director to focus on personal and entrepreneurial interests, but will serve as an adviser to the team for the 2019 NWSL season.
USA’s Julie Ertz: ‘We feel it’s coming together. We’re excited for 2019’ – The Guardian
Midfielder is looking towards the World Cup in France while her husband, Zach, has his eyes on a repeat Super Bowl.
England Women to train in Qatar: Phil Neville names 28-player squad – BBC Sport
England Women will travel to Qatar on 15 January for an eight-day, warm-weather training camp.
Women’s soccer in Colombia is at risk of regressing – The Equalizer
Colombia finished fourth at the 2018 Copa America Femenina, missing out on both the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2020 Olympics thanks to South America’s still-ridiculous double jeopardy qualifying setup.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Mexico’s Martino won’t promise a World Cup quarterfinal – London Free Press
Aware Mexico is obsessed with reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, Gerardo “Tata” Martino did not make any promises when he was introduced as El Tri’s new coach.
LYON STEP UP SILVERWARE HUNT – Ligue 1
Winning a Cup is a stated aim this season for Olympique Lyonnais, who host RC Strasbourg Alsace in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Tuesday.
Gary Rowett: Stoke City manager sacked after less than eight months – BBC Sport
Gary Rowett has been sacked by Championship side Stoke City after less than eight months in charge.
Egypt to host African Cup; Salah’s chance to shine at home – London Free Press
Egypt will replace Cameroon as the host of this year’s African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, giving Mohamed Salah a chance to shine on his home stage.
FA Cup fourth-round draw: Arsenal host Man Utd – BBC Sport
Arsenal have been drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.
Sunderland meet Newcastle – but this is not the derby everyone wants – The Guardian
The Premier League side’s youngsters visit the Stadium of Light in the Checkatrade Trophy but Sunderland’s Jack Ross wants to face their north-east rivals in the Premier League.
Turkish Super Lig clubs given financial lifeline with plan to restructure $2bn of debt – Inside World Football
Turkish Super Lig clubs have been handed a financial lifeline via a brokered between the country’s banks and the football federation to allow clubs to restructure their debts.
Athletic Bilbao Is Flush With Cash and Facing Relegation – NY Times
Europe’s midseason soccer transfer window is open this month. For teams battling relegation, and potential financial ruin, it brings a last, vital chance to strengthen a leaky defense or fortify a goal-shy forward line ahead of the second half of the season.
‘Every trophy is important’ – Chelsea want Carabao Cup to be springboard to more glory – SN
Chelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini has stressed that winning the Carabao Cup should be a priority for manager Maurizio Sarri and that such success would help push the club onto a greater 2019.
Burton Albion: Nigel Clough’s Carabao Cup semi-finalists hope to tap into family’s cup magic – BBC Sport
There was a familiar glowing smile on the face of Nigel Clough as the Burton Albion boss glanced upon the uniquely ‘three-eared jug’ that is the League Cup on his desk.
Discrimination: Eto’o says black coaches seen as ‘second-class citizens’ – Inside World Football
Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o says black coaches are seen as “second-class citizens” around the world and don’t get the trust they deserve.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.