VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Episode 310 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Simple Things with guest Kei Kamara) – AFTN
The end of November. A time of the year in MLS in which the losers cut their loss and the final four standing make a push for glory. Once again Vancouver Whitecaps fall into the former category. One year things may be different. Maybe next year!
Whitecaps FC announce first roster moves ahead of 2019, exercise seven contract options – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that the club has exercised the 2019 contract options on seven players.
Whitecaps bring back blue-collar players at option deadline – Edmonton Journal
Marc Dos Santos knows that he has a huge job ahead of him in overhauling the good ship Whitecap. And the new manager’s first official moves as the man in charge made it clear who he wants crewing the club when the new season launches: players who won’t rock the boat.
Marc Dos Santos on Where Do We Go From Here? – Eighty-Six Forever
On a rainy Monday morning, Whitecaps fans were finally treated to some indication about what direction the club is heading as Marc Dos Santos faced the media, and fielded questions following today’s announcements of which player options were picked up, and which were not.
Ashley Cole released by LA Galaxy as part of year-end roster moves – SN
Ashley Cole has been released by the LA Galaxy as the club opted to decline the defender’s contract as part of its year-end roster moves.
Colombian club waits to hear from TFC on Osorio loan request – Sportsnet
Octavio Zambrano has made the formal request. Now the coach of Colombian club Deportivo Independiente Medellin is just waiting to hear back from Toronto FC.
Montreal Impact decline options on veteran defenders Sagna, Fanni – Sportsnet
The Montreal Impact have exercised contract options for seven players and declined options on six others, including former France internationals Bacary Sagna and Rod Fanni.
Orlando City parts ways with club GM Niki Budalić – Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City SC has officially parted with with General Manager Niki Budalić, but club officials don’t expect to be without a general manager for long.
Report: USMNT’s No. 1 goalkeeper nearing blockbuster transfer to Manchester City – Yahoo Sports
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen is nearing a deal to move to reigning Premier League champion Manchester City in the January transfer window, according to Paul Tenorio of The Athletic.
Report: Another Peruvian could join Alexander Callens at New York City FC – MLS
According to a report from Diaro AS in Spain, another Peruvian could join center back Alexander Callens as a member of New York City FC next season.
FC Dallas picks up four options, declines six others – Sportsday
FC Dallas announced today that the club has picked up the options on four players, made a contract offer to an out of contract player, and declined options on six others. 26 players are currently under contract for the 2019 season.
Fire negotiating with out-of-contract Schweinsteiger, Kappelhof, Polster – MLS
The first of what will be likely be many offseason moves, the Chicago Fire announced on Monday the club exercised the 2019 contract options on six players, including midfielder Brandt Bronico.
FC Cincinnati Signs USL MVP Emmanuel Ledesma – Cincinnati Soccer Talk
FC Cincinnati got into the Cyber Monday mood with the signing of midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma.
Columbus Crew SC exercises options on contracts of eight players ahead of 2019 – Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew SC today announced that the core of its 2018 side that reached the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals is set to return entering 2019. The club announced that it has exercised the contract options on eight players from its 2018 roster and has reached a new contract agreement with defender Lalas Abubakar. With 13 other players already under contract for 2019, today’s roster update gives the Black & Gold a roster that currently features 22 players.
Nashville building for future with signing of Daniel Rios – MLS Multiplex
Despite the fact that Nashville still have a whole season remaining before they join Major League Soccer, the expansion club is wasting no time getting to work for life in the top flight. Daniel Rios is now in town.
Crews begin $70M stadium expansion as Timbers head to Kansas City – KPTV
Sunday night’s scoreless draw for the Portland Timbers in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship means the Timbers’ season at the stadium is over.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Canada returns to Vancouver for crucial Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match – CSA
Canada returns to Vancouver, British Columbia for a crucial Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match on Sunday 24 March at BC Place. The home match will feature a rematch of last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup opener between Canada and French Guiana, with Canada looking to secure its place in Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Canada to play final Nations League qualifier in Vancouver – Sportsnet
Canada’s campaign to qualify for next year’s Concacaf Nations League tournament will climax in Vancouver.
Polisi, North, Trasolini, Camara picked All-Region by coaches – SFU
The post-season awards keep coming for the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer program as forward Matteo Polisi, goalkeeper Luciano Trasolini, and defender Michael North were named All-Region First Team by United Soccer Coaches while Mamadi Camara was named to the Second Team.
It’s the Irish out of nowhere! Vancouver College builds its soccer history in one weekend after claiming first BC AAA title – Varsity Letters
It’s never easy to change the culture of a sports program over the course of one season, yet you wouldn’t be off base if you said that is precisely what happened with the new B.C. senior boys AAA soccer champions from Vancouver College.
Powell River Villa loses player to injury in shutout loss – Powell River Peak
Kurtis Dennison suffers broken leg in 5-0 defeat to Juan de Fuca.
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
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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
Huitema hopes to help Canada continue to make history at U17 Women’s World Cup – Vancouver Sun
In the 83rd minute against Germany last Sunday in Montevideo, Uruguay, the 5-foot-9 striker — who missed the previous game because of a red card — converted a cross after a sublime run by Caitlin Shaw, her Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX teammate, to score the game’s only goal.
Top 2018 Performers Recognized At Year-End Awards Gala – League1 Ontario
We had a great time at the 2018 League1 Ontario Awards Banquet on Sunday November 25, honouring the many, many standout performers of the season.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL players form union, prepare for labor negotiations – Washington Post
Growth in the United Soccer League has come in the form of sprawling expansion, rising operational standards and quality of play. And now comes another sign that the circuit is maturing: the formation of a players’ union and the imminent start of labor negotiations.
USL Voluntarily Recognizes Players Union – USL
The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that its USL Championship clubs have officially recognized the USL Players Association (USLPA) as an independent labor union and the exclusive bargaining representative of their players.
Lilley sets sights on another ‘significant jump’ for Riverhounds in 2019 – PGH Soccer Now
For Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC head coach Bob Lilley, the off season provides little time for sentimental reflection or rest.
United Premier Soccer League Announces Jacksonville Armada Academy FC as Florida Expansion Team – UPSL
The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to welcome Jacksonville Armada Academy FC as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
World Roundup: PSG narrowly escapes disaster – The Equalizer
Paris Saint-Germain fell behind winless Rodez on Sunday and trailed into the final 15 minutes before Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored on penalties in the 77th and 88th minutes to avert disaster.
La Roja, trio of first-timers make intriguing final four – FIFA
The first semi-final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 pits New Zealand against Spain; a counter-attacking side against a possession-based one.
Cameroon – Nigeria: Indomitable Lionesses battle Super Falcons for World Cup ticket – SN
Cameroon and Nigeria go head-to-head on Tuesday in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations semi-final which will send the winning team to the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.
Canberra United skipper throws down gauntlet to Sydney FC – Sydney Morning Herald
Canberra United skipper Rachel Corsie says the pressure is on a star-studded Sydney FC in their crunch round five clash, despite both teams making lacklustre starts to the W-League season.
Overseas trip puts USA in right mood for defending World Cup in France – The Guardian
USA spent much of the year on home soil but recent trip to Europe provided valuable experience on and off the pitch.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UEFA Champions League preview: Manchester rivals can advance – NBC Sports
Matchday 5 of the group stage begins Tuesday, with Groups E through H holding a possibility of nearly every knockout round berth getting sewn up.
Mane a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with PSG – SN
Sadio Mane is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain due to illness.
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez out for 2 weeks due to knee injury – NBC Sports
Barcelona says Luis Suarez will be sidelined for two weeks because of a right knee injury.
Costa Rica will host two Group B Matches at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup – MLS
Costa Rica will become the first Central American nation to host Concacaf Gold Cup matches in the 2019 tournament, the federation announced on Monday, with a pair of Group B games slated for San Jose’s Estadio Nacional on June 16.
CONMEBOL opens hearing against River Plate after bus attack – Sportsnet
South American soccer body CONMEBOL has opened a disciplinary hearing against River Plate after its fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus before the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday.
How Argentinian football had the chance to prove it had changed – and blew it – The Guardian
Talk before the Copa Libertadores final was of putting on a new face to the world but River Plate fans’ attack on Boca Juniors changed all that.
FIFA panel urges tough line on Iran’s ban of female fans – NBC Sports
FIFA-appointed human rights experts want the soccer body to set Iran a deadline for ending a ban on women attending games.
Suspect in Dortmund bus attack convicted of attempted murder – Sportsnet
A German court on Tuesday convicted the suspect in last year’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team’s bus of attempted murder and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.
French dominate European clubs, English barely lead in their own country, finds report – Inside World Football
French developed players dominate Europe’s Big 5 leagues with almost one in five minutes being played (19.7% of total minutes) by players who grew up in the country.
Bargain hunt: Premier League players whose contracts are up next summer – The Guardian
Dozens of top-flight players are potentially weeks away from being able to open talks with clubs abroad. But who are they and who might teams try to keep?
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.