BC Soccer News, Tuesday, March 10, 2020



SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020, 4:00 PM PT



Episode 385 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Let’s Have A Horo Gheallaidh with guests Mark Pannes and Jake Nerwinski) [NSFW]AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps got their first win of the new MLS in LA on Saturday night and we’re going to celebrate the unexpected three points in fine fashion in this episode of the show.

Adnan, Ricketts selected to MLS Team of the WeekWhitecaps FC
Ali Adnan and Tosaint Ricketts were named to the MLS Team of the Week following their performances in the 1-0 victory over LA Galaxy on Saturday, the league announced on Monday.

San Jose Earthquakes set to comply with Santa Clara ban in wake of coronavirusMLS
“The San Jose Earthquakes fully support the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s recent announcement barring all mass gatherings through the end of the month and will comply immediately. We will soon have more information regarding upcoming events at Earthquakes Stadium.”

Coronavirus: Sharks, Quakes react to Santa Clara County’s banSan Jose Mercury
The ban on large public gatherings in Santa Clara County, announced late Monday in response to the coronavirus, will impact at least three San Jose Sharks home games and one for the San Jose Earthquakes.

MLS closes team locker rooms to media amid coronavirus concernsPro Soccer USA
Amid the coronavirus threat, MLS has joined the NBA, MLB and NHL closing locker rooms to media.

Impact to kick off CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal with Olimpia in MontrealLethbridge Herald
Playing until the final whistle is something the Montreal Impact have had trouble doing this season. Perhaps they could could learn a lesson from their next opponents, C.D. Olimpia of Honduras.

Montreal Impact vs. CD Olimpia | Concacaf Champions League PreviewMLS
The Montreal Impact resume play in the Concacaf Champions League, hosting CD Olimpia in the first leg of the quarterfinals Tuesday night at Stade Olympique.

Have the LA Galaxy already hit a crisis stage?LAG Confidential
Attack sputters while Schelotto says they will stay the course.


Pacific coach Pa-Modou Kah preaches trust as club begins pre-seasonCanPL
Early March in British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound, the Pacific Ocean is cold enough to knock the body unconscious in as little as an hour. Cold-water shock sets in under 15 degrees Celsius. Most spring days in the spruce-shadowed surf town of Tofino, the sea is a balmy nine degrees. No matter for Pacific FC’s new coach Pa-Modou Kah, nor the players under his charge.

B.C. soccer team could lose $100,000 after trip cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreakCTV
The U15 Metro-Ford team was set to fly out Wednesday for Europe, with plans to play five exhibition games in London, Manchester, Milan and Venice. Last week, they had to make the call to cancel the trip due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

U14 Comox Valley girls soccer team qualifies for B.C. tourneyComox Valley Record
The U14 MOWI Riptide girls soccer team qualified for the B.C. tournament by defeating Victoria North in the Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL), Saturday in Victoria.

B.C. official uses ‘poop zamboni’ to clear goose droppings from soccer fieldsCBC
A B.C. man who’s been using a “poop zamboni” to clean up the goose droppings on his local soccer fields says he’s no hero.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC 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.





TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Canadian soccer women to play in empty stadium in FranceCBC
The French Football Federation announced Monday that Canada’s game against Brazil in Calais on Tuesday, as well as another game between France and Netherlands in Valenciennes, will be closed to the public.

York9 FC adds Argentinian Brian LopezCanPL
Diminutive Argentinian midfielder Brian López was announced as the seventh and final international signing for the Nine Stripes Thursday, joining recently-unveiled Brazilian Jacó as the club’s final signings from abroad.

Valour FC a better team on paper this yearWinnipeg Free Press
Despite losing local standouts Marco Bustos and Tyler Attardo, the team that hit the field Monday for the opening day of training camp is much better than the one that ended the inaugural Canadian Premier League season at the bottom of the table.

Atlético Ottawa signs former FCE midfielder Ajay KhabraCanPL
Atlético Ottawa announced on Monday the signing of 24 year-old midfielder Ajay Khabra. Khabra spent last season with the Canadian Premier League’s, FC Edmonton where he made 24 appearances for the club, 21 as a starter totalling 1,730 minutes.

FIFA visits Toronto this week to hold 2026 World Cup candidate city workshopsMedicine Hat News
The next step in the host city selection process for the 2026 World Cup takes place Thursday when FIFA representatives meet with the Canadian Soccer Association and representatives from Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

Ontario Summer Games moves ahead for London – with monitoring of coronavirusLondon Free Press
“Everyone is monitoring the situation on a daily basis,” said Johnny Misley, CEO of Ontario Soccer, the sport’s governing body in the province. He says he has not seen or heard any information that would indicate the Games aren’t on track.

Futsal playoffs inspire next generation of Westman soccer playersBrandon Sun
While the Brandon University Bobcats women’s futsal team didn’t send the Healthy Living Centre crowd into a frenzy on Saturday, they had a group of Westman FC soccer players dreaming of their own chance to play on a stage like that one day.


Despite loss, Spain shows off progress — and forces USWNT to reactThe Equalizer
Spain are good. They’re not perfect, not yet global contenders, but they are good. And everyone knows it.

Amy Rodriguez named Utah Royals captain at start of training camp as club moves on from Becky Sauerbrunn tradeSalt Lake Tribune
The Utah Royals FC lost more than just a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist when it traded defender Becky Sauerbrunn for allocation money and a Portland Thorns defender. It also lost its captain, its defensive anchor and one of the younger players’ strongest mentors.

Orlando Pride coach Marc Skinner thrilled he has chance to mold players during preseasonPro Soccer USA
The coach and players are focusing on building an athletic base in the coming weeks as stars Toni Pressley and Sydney Leroux embrace their returns to full health.

The Week in Women’s Football: Baird, Whisler talk NWSL future; Canada focus on Tournoi de France; USWNT topples EnglandTribal Football
This week, we present some interesting comments from a media conference call with recently appointed NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird and Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler, focusing on her role, the overall state of the league and future expansion possibilities. We also present some views from Canadian national team head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller ahead of the Tournoi de France tournament in France and then the results from the first two rounds of matches.


Serie A, all sport in Italy halted due to coronavirus outbreakESPN
All sports in Italy have been halted because of the coronavirus outbreak, including games in Serie A and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics, Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed in a television address on Monday.

Serie A’s suspension was overdue, and playing soccer as coronavirus spreads might soon be irresponsibleYahoo Sports
While it was entirely predictable that the pandemic would disrupt soccer, it’s also possible that its effects will be more severe than we could have fathomed.

UEFA Champions League Preview: PSG hosts Borussia Dortmund, Atletico visits Liverpool, and moreSBI
The first four teams to bounce their tickets to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will take place this week with two matches each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Spanish soccer games to be played in empty stadiumsYahoo Sports
All upcoming soccer games in Spain and some in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bundesliga and coronavirus – an exercise in passing the buckDW
Thousands of people in a confined space makes for ideal conditions for the spread of the coronavirus, but for weeks the advice has been ignored. Holding games behind closed doors now is too late, writes Joscha Weber.

Coronavirus: Financial impact of measures on EFL clubs could be ‘devastating’BBC Sport
Sport around the world is taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with events taking place without spectators and even being postponed.

Vardy, Barnes help Leicester City blow past Aston VillaSportsnet
Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score twice as Leicester beat Aston Villa 4-0 at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Monday.

United States, Mexico get Nations League schedules for semifinal, finalESPN
CONCACAF released the schedule for the final two rounds of the inaugural edition of the Nations League.

FIFA go Dutch with VAR test event to improve tech and affordabilityInside World Football
The Dutch FA (KNVB) has staged a video assistant referee (VAR) technology test event en route to the 2022 World Cup with a focus on fine-tuning the technology and making it more affordable.

Oldest footballer in the world scores goal in debut matchESPN
A 74-year-old grandfather became the oldest footballer in the world to score a goal in an official match when he netted on his debut for an Egyptian third tier side on Saturday.

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