VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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MLS MATCHDAY #1
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, B.C.
Episode 247 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Whitecaps Make An Impact with guests Alphonso Davies and Felipe Martins) – AFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps were Back In Black and Back to Business on Sunday, getting their 2018 MLS season off to a winning start against Montreal Impact.
Whitecaps FC acquire General Allocation Money from Colorado Rapids – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has acquired $185,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from Colorado Rapids in exchange for $277,500 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
Vancouver Whitecaps Give Colorado Rapids $92,500 in Allocation Money…for Because? – Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps traded away $277,500 in TAM for $185,000 in GAM. We break down what this means, and why it is not as strange as it sounds.
Poised for breakout season, Alphonso Davies using pressure as motivation – MLS
Yes, he’s still is only 17 but the Vancouver Whitecaps winger is now in his third season in MLS. And with 35 MLS appearances and more than 1400 minutes of playing time already under his belt, along with impactful outings in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Championship, the teenager could be poised for a breakout year in 2018.
Totally outrageous conclusions from Whitecaps’ game one – Edmonton Journal
Remember: it’s just one game, so none of this matters. But also remember: we’re to talk sports, so here are three things of note from the Whitecaps’ 2-1 win Sunday at home vs. the Montreal Impact.
Residency midfielder Noah Verhoeven signs USL contract with Fresno FC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that Residency midfielder Noah Verhoeven has been signed to a USL contract with affiliate club Fresno FC. He joins fellow Whitecaps FC prospects Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, and Sean Melvin at Fresno FC, along with assistant coach Robert Earnshaw.
MLS Team of the Week: Earthquakes’ Hoesen leads in Week 1 – MLS
Week 1 of the 2018 MLS regular season was full of thrills, and big performances in big wins led the way in the MLS Team of the Week.
Toronto vs Tigres – Champions League – Preview – Futebolcidade
The quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Champions League will play host to the clash of the champions between current MLS Cup holders Toronto FC and Liga MX Apertura champions Tigres UANL from Monterrey.
Toronto FC’s Marky Delgado ready to test himself against Liga MX teams he grew up watching – Pro Soccer USA
For those not familiar with Liga MX, Club Deportivo Guadalajara – or more commonly, Chivas – is something of an institution.
Preview: New York Red Bulls travel to Mexico for CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tijuana – Once a Metro
On a rainy and cold night in a half filled Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls pulled off a solid 2-0 win against Olimpia to secure their spot in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Bradley Wright-Phillips wasted no time in starting off his scoring tally for the year, netting from long range in the second half. Sean Davis added a second due to a wicked deflection off an Olimpia defender, and the Red Bulls more or less cruised home to a comfortable victory.
Fire still interested in Lee Nguyen – Hot Time in Old Town
Earlier last month Fire club president Nelson Rodriguez stated that the club was still looking for an “a classic #10.” Now seven days before the home opener against Sporting Kansas City and the Fire is still looking for that mystical unicorn.
Impact sign veteran French defender Rod Fanni to contract through June 30 – Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Impact have signed French centre back Rod Fanni to a contract through June 30 with an option for the remainder of the season.
Source: D.C. United closing in on Dane Kelly – Metro
The prolific USL striker and Jamaican international is about to join MLS, sources tell Metro.
Ohio, Columbus sue to prevent MLS’ Crew from leaving – USA Today
The Ohio Attorney General and the city of Columbus have sued Major League Soccer and the owner of the Columbus Crew SC to stop a proposed move to Austin, Texas.
Another site for Beckham’s soccer stadium? Miami has a golf course in mind – Miami Herald
Miami’s top administrator this week met with David Beckham partner Jorge Mas about building a Major League Soccer stadium on the city-owned Melreese golf course, floating a 180-acre alternative near Miami International Airport as Mas is raising doubts about long-standing plans to build the stadium on nine acres in Overtown.
MLS refs, and VAR, follow English lead by going easy on physical fouls – Soccer America
The refereeing here, sadly, reflects the laxity in the English game. No surprise there — such a development was always likely when MLS made the ill-informed choice of an English ex-referee — Peter Walton — to head up PRO.
Growing number of players enjoying move from Swedish power Malmo FF to MLS – MLS
An intriguing pipeline has formed, one that runs from the Swedish capital of Malmo across the Atlantic Ocean and has branched off in Orlando, New York City and Seattle.
How Atlanta United became the team of LGBTQ Atlanta – Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United, more than any other professional sports team in the city’s history, has connected in a lasting way with Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.
MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 1, March 4, 2018 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Class of 2018: Talented ‘Caps BC REX girls make their college commitments – Whitecaps FC
Last month, universities throughout North America celebrated their annual signing day with young athletes committing their collegiate futures.
T-Birds top Pilots in Portland – UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team didn’t show much rust playing their first game in three and a half months in edging the Portland Pilots 2-1, in a spring exhibition match Saturday afternoon at Merlo Field at the University of Portland.
Triton, United Spirit claim indoor soccer titles – Kamloops This Week
The Women’s Indoor Soccer League finals were held at the Kamloops Soccer Dome on Sunday.
VIDEO: Sights & Sounds: New ‘Caps playroom unveiled at BC Children’s Hospital – Whitecaps FC
Last month, the new Vancouver Whitecaps FC-themed playroom was officially unveiled in the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital – part of Whitecaps FC’s $1 million commitment to BCCHF.
Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, Ontario – Canada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
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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 defeats Korea Republic 3:0 in final Algarve Cup group stage match – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Korea Republic 3:0 in its final Algarve Cup group stage match, with Captain Christine Sinclair and Jessie Fleming scoring for Canada. Sinclair earned her 171st and 172nd international goals, putting her now only 12 goals back from the world record, while Jessie Fleming earned her fifth goal on the occasion of her 50th appearance.
Christine Sinclair scores 2 in Canada win over South Korea – Sportsnet
Christine Sinclair scored twice and helped set up another to help Canada to a 3-0 win over South Korea at the Algarve Cup soccer tournament Monday.
One dozen and counting; Sinclair’s double brings her closer to Wambach – the11.ca
171… 172… 12 more to go. Christine Sinclair scored twice in Canada’s 3-0 win over South Korea Monday at the Algarve Cup. With the win, Canada finishes second in its group behind Sweden, who beat the Canadians to open the tourney.
Canada to get first look at its path in inaugural CONCACAF Nations League – Times Colonist
Canada will learn Wednesday its first steps in the new CONCACAF Nations League, set to kick off in September with qualifiers featuring 34 men’s national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Taking the kick-back out of soccer – Nova News Now
Families with children in arts and sports programs – and those taking public transit – are likely going to be forking over more of their hard-earned money to Ottawa this year, say tax specialists. Two tax credits, one for children’s arts and the other for fitness programs, are gone this year after being cut in half for the last tax season.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Riverhounds SC Adds MLS Veteran Zemanski – USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced on Monday it had signed former Portland Timbers midfielder Ben Zemanski to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
9 Evergreen Premier League clubs featuring 7 new head coaches – GoalWA
The Evergreen Premier League expanded to nine clubs for the 2018 season. Those 9 clubs will be bringing in 7 new head coaches as the elite adult men’s league experiences an era of unprecedented change.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Netherlands, Sweden to play for Algarve Cup; Canada wins – The Equalizer
The Netherlands played Iceland to a scoreless draw on Monday to win Group C and advance to the championship match at the Algarve Cup.
#SHEBELIEVES CUP PREVIEW: USA vs. England – BBC Sport
England women will win the SheBelieves Cup for the first time if they gain at least a draw against world champions the United States on Thursday.
Cyprus Cup matchday 3 round-up – Vavel
Placement matches were all confirmed as the group stage wrapped up in Cyprus.
Scotland Women 2-0 New Zealand: Repeat win breeds confidence – Shelley Kerr – BBC Sport
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says a second 2-0 win over New Zealand in Spain was ideal preparation for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Caf holds first women’s football symposium in Morocco – BBC Sport
A first ever Confederation of African Football (Caf) women’s football symposium has opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.
NWSL preseason roundup: week two – Vavel
NWSL preseason continued as a number of NWSL teams took on regional collegiate teams.
Indian women’s football league to start on March 25 – India Today
The tournament will be played among seven teams who face each other once with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals to be played on April 12.
England’s Karen Bardsley: ‘You have to fight for what you believe’ – The Guardian
The Manchester City and England goalkeeper has her eye on a tight title race but is also keen to encourage girls to pursue their dreams of becoming footballers.
Walking Football Scotland urge more women to take up the game – Edinburgh Reporter
As part of International Women’s Day, Walking Football Scotland would like to encourage more women to get involved in the walking game. There are already a few female only sessions at Aberdeen and Montrose however most of the walking football sessions across Scotland welcome both men and women.
The story of women’s football in 10 objects – BBC
A hundred years ago, teams of women were playing in front of large crowds and making big money. Then the Football Association banned them from its grounds. Here’s the story of the fall and rise of women’s football, told through 10 objects collected by the National Football Museum.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Champions League: Why Real Madrid, PSG, Spurs, Juventus can advance – Sportsnet
The UEFA Champions League resumes this week with the second legs of the Round of 16, although half of the ties are likely out of reach.
Tottenham players will be heroes if they win Champions League, says Mauricio Pochettino – The Telegraph
Mauricio Pochettino has told his players they will be Tottenham Hotspur heroes if they beat Juventus and go all the way in the Champions League this season.
Massimiliano Allegri: The ‘bride abandoner’ and maverick Juventus boss plotting Tottenham’s downfall – BBC Sport
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is used to criticism. Speaking in an interview in GQ magazine in 2016 he wryly observed: “‘Allegri is a jerk,’ they said. ‘He plays at the casino, he bets on horses, he leaves a bride at the altar, he’s just crazy in the head.'”
Matic stunner completes Man United comeback in win at Palace – Sportsnet
Nemanja Matic scored a stunning long-range goal in injury time as Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in a wild English Premier League game and reclaim second place on Monday.
Late goal gives Celta win over relegation-wary Las Palmas – Sportsnet
An 89th-minute goal by midfielder Pablo Hernandez helped Celta Vigo come from behind to beat relegation-threatened Las Palmas 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.
Cannavaro, Guangzhou win in Asian Champions League – Metro
Fabio Cannavaro earned his first victory in his second spell as coach of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday.
Wydad Casablanca can retain Champions League title – Faouzi Benzarti – African Football
Wydad Casablanca coach Faouzi Benzarti believes his side can claim the CAF Champions League title for a second year in a row.
Man City to find out whether they face sanctions for allegedly breaching rules over Benjamin Garre signing – The Telegraph
Manchester City are expected to discover before the end of the month if they will face sanctions for allegedly breaching rules around the signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garre.
Authorities raid Benfica facilities amid corruption probe – Metro
Portuguese authorities have raided Benfica facilities as part of an operation to investigate corruption allegations involving club officials. The club says it is fully co-operating with local officials.
U.K. ponders World Cup boycott, other sanctions in Russian spy poisoning probe – Toronto Star
After the suspected poisoning of a Russian dissident over the weekend in western England, Britain says it’s considering tougher sanctions and perhaps a boycott of the soccer World Cup if the Kremlin is found to have played a role in the incident.
José Mourinho joins RT as World Cup pundit – The Guardian
José Mourinho is going to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for RT, a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.
Amazon Prime to produce La Liga documentary featuring Atletico Madrid – ESPN
Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez is to feature alongside five other La Liga figures including Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado and Eibar president Amaia Gorostiza in a new Amazon Prime documentary series to be screened in 2018 and available in 200 countries.
Pep Guardiola claims FA chief Martin Glenn failed to understand meaning of yellow ribbon – The Telegraph
Pep Guardiola has said Martin Glenn failed to understand what the yellow ribbon stood for after the chief executive of the Football Association was forced to apologise for likening the symbol to the Nazi swastika or an Isis logo.
Davide Astori died ‘natural death’ from heart issue, autopsy shows – ESPN
Preliminary results of an autopsy on the body of Davide Astori confirmed that the Fiorentina captain died of natural causes related to a heart issue.
Davide Astori’s shirt retired by former clubs – NBC Sports
On Tuesday it was announced by both Cagliari and Fiorentina that the No.13 jersey he wore will be retired as a mark of respect.
100 days to the World Cup: how is Russia 2018 shaping up? – The Guardian
From tickets to trouble spots and the football itself, we place under the microscope the issues that will determine the success of this summer’s tournament.