BC Soccer News, Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Upgrade Suggestions: The pressing need to improve the Whitecaps both on and off the pitchAFTN
So here we are in this our offseason of discontent. From the Whitecaps’ perspective, we are hearing some of the right things. We’ve finally got our new Sporting Director who will, we expect, lend some rigor and some professionalism to the operations side of the Club and rumour has it that we even have a scouting department with actual scouts in the field. The club has also acknowledged some shortcomings in the product on the pitch.

Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos fined for calling MLS a “Mickey Mouse” leaguePro Soccer USA
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos has been issued an undisclosed fine for comments criticizing Major League Soccer, the league announced Tuesday. The Whitecaps confirmed to Pro Soccer USA that the interview in question was one with The Athletic where Dos Santos criticized the long break between seasons for clubs that have been eliminated prior to the playoffs.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber fines Jozy Altidore, Marc Dos Santos, Matias Almeyda for public criticismMLS
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued fines one player and two coaches for violation of the league’s public criticism policy, the league announced Tuesday.

Interim no more: Real Salt Lake promotes Freddy Juarez to head coachKSL
For the fifth time in club history, Real Salt Lake has a new charge. But don’t bother learning a new name; this time, you already know it.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF, Nashville SC assigned to conferences by MLSESPN
MLS confirmed the conference designations for its 2020 expansion teams Monday, placing Inter Miami CF in the East and Nashville SC in the West.

MLS breaks with tradition, will no longer have every team face every other teamWashington Post
MLS teams will not play every other franchise at least once next season, a departure from scheduling since the league launched in 1996.

Toronto selects Juan Agudelo in MLS re-entry draftYahoo Sports
Former New England forward Juan Agudelo was selected by Toronto on Tuesday in the second stage of Major League Soccer’s re-entry draft.

Vela, Zlatan, Lodeiro headline the SBI MLS Best XI for 2019SBI
The 2019 MLS season has become a distant memory in the wake of a wave of postseason maneuvering, and the impending arrival of 2020, but it isn’t too late to look back on which players stood out the most.

MLS Hot Stove: Is Chicharito finally coming? Is Tyler Miller headed for Europe?ESPN
Nearly a month has passed since the Seattle Sounders’ MLS Cup triumph, and while the city still may be working to remove Rave Green from any nook and cranny in town, teams around the league already have their sights firmly set on the 2020 season. As front offices discuss incomings and outgoings in hushed tones, we bring you the latest gossip from across Major League Soccer in this edition of the MLS Hot Stove.


Gorge FC shuts out Powell River Villa in VictoriaPowell River Peak
“The score doesn’t tell the entire story of the game,” said Villa coach Chris McDonough. “Gorge had some good goals, we made some errors that cost us, but overall we played very well shorthanded against a tough opponent.”

Four additional Organizations achieve BC Soccer Charter StatusBCSA
New members to BC Soccer Association’s Charter Program brings to 34 the number of organizations that have fulfilled the criteria.

Whitecaps Academy Report: ‘Caps academy centre teams benefit from challenge at GA CupWhitecaps FC
Two teams composed of players selected from regional Whitecaps FC Academy Centres – part of the Whitecaps FC Academy System – took on a series of MLS counterparts as part of the affiliate division in the U-12 Generation adidas Cup in Atlanta, Georgia. Both groups were overseen by Pre-MLS academy head coach Bart Choufour.

Former 100 Mile House minor soccer player gets a national silver medal100 Mile Free Press
Reid Davidson was part of the 2019 VIU Mariners CCAA silver-medaling team.

VIDEO: Northern Starting XI’s Pacific FC Year in ReviewYouTube
This week we do our Pacific FC 2019 season in review with PFC coach James Merriman! We talk what PFC will be looking to add in the off-season, if Terran Campbell is underrated, and more!

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 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.

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Canadian Premier League Fan Awards Voting CanPL
CanPL Fans can win prizes for voting on the Goal, Save and Team of the Year.

Holland College grad Ibra Sanoh signs with Halifax WanderersJournal Pioneer
Former Holland College Hurricane Ibra Sanoh has signed with the Halifax Wanderers of the Canadian Premier Soccer League (CPL).

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies: “I always wanted to play professionally, but didn’t think it was possible”Bundesliga
Alphonso Davies has shown himself to be made of exactly the right stuff in his first year at record champions Bayern Munich, but there was a time when Canada’s biggest soccer talent had doubts about making it at all.

Active Start Soccer Fests celebrate Canadian soccer coast-to-coast-to-coast in 2019CSA
Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests 2019 season has wrapped-up with 141 community soccer clubs hosting fun-filled festivals in nearly every Province and Territory from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Over the past year, Canada’s largest grassroots soccer program connected nearly 100,000 Active Start participants under the age of 12 and over 215,000 total on-site attendees including families, volunteers and coaches across the Canadian soccer community.


Phoenix Rising signs former New Mexico United forward Santi MoarArizona Sports
Phoenix Rising FC has signed former New Mexico United forward Santi Moar pending league approval, the club announced on Tuesday.

TRANSACTIONS: Hertzog Among Returning Reno TrioUSL
Four-time USL Championship All-League selection Corey Hertzog was among three players announced as returning to Reno 1868 FC on Tuesday as the club continued its offseason personnel moves. Joining Hertzog in returning to the Biggest Little City in the World are midfielder Sam Gleadle and defender Yosimar Hernandez.

TRANSACTIONS: Indy Re-Signs Leading Scorer PasherUSL
Indy Eleven announced on Tuesday it had re-signed forward Tyler Pasher for his third season with the club. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be released.

Play Your Kids: a look at the youth numbers for the 2019 MLS & USL SeasonsASN
‘Play Your Kids’ has been a popular phrase in American soccer circles, especially since the failure to qualify for Russia just over two years ago.


USWNT star Megan Rapinoe wins 2019 Ballon d’OrPro Soccer USA
Rapinoe adds to her collection of individual awards after leading the USWNT to another World Cup triumph.

Megan Rapinoe’s clean sweep is reward for excellence on and off fieldThe Guardian
The Ballon d’Or is just the latest award for remarkable USA forward who has not shirked from voicing her opinions.

The 100 best female footballers in the world 2019: 100-41The Guardian
Steph Houghton and Carli Lloyd are among the players ranked between 70 and 41 as our countdown continues.

A vital step forward for women’s football in AsiaFIFA
As the Nippon TV Beleza players held the trophy up to the sky, their joy was palpable. The Japanese team had just won the FIFA/AFC Women’s Club Championship 2019 after two victories and a draw in the round-robin tournament.

W-League: Newcastle Jets guarded for new-look Perth GloryNewcastle Herald
Newcastle assistant coach Ash Wilson believes Perth can’t be taken lightly despite their losing start to the W-League season and the absence of Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill.

NWSL, Octagon seek three-year broadcast deals to ensure long-term growthSportbusiness.com
The National Women’s Soccer League and consulting partner Octagon will be seeking a minimum three-year commitment from English- and Spanish-language broadcast partners in the United States to ensure the league’s long-term growth.

Afghanistan midfielder Hailai Arghandiwal: ‘When you liberate half the population, you liberate everyone’DW
Perceptions are changing, but life as a female footballer remains tough. Afghanistan midfielder Hailai Arghandiwal spoke to DW about that reality and how she is trying to use her platform to help her teammates.


Man Utd v Tottenham: What awaits Jose Mourinho on Old Trafford return?BBC Sport
Jose Mourinho returns to the Old Trafford dugout on Wednesday almost a year after his last appearance, for a 4-1 win over Fulham on 8 December 2018 that proved to be his last victory as Manchester United manager.

Manchester City finds stride in victory vs. Burnley; Crystal Palace winsSportsnet
City bounced back from its disappointing draw at Newcastle by beating Burnley 4-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday, displaying the kind of fluent attacking play that has often eluded Pep Guardiola’s team lately.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth timeBBC Sport
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.

2020 Copa America draw pits Argentina, Chile in tournament openerSBI
The fireworks near the tail-end of this summer’s Copa America may very well carry over into the next.

Angry Bordeaux fans force match to be halted, Marseille winsSportsnet
Nigerian forward Josh Maja scored a hat trick as Bordeaux routed Nimes 6-0 Tuesday in a French league game that was temporarily halted in the first half after dozens of home fans stormed onto the field to protest against the club’s board.

WEEK 16 REACTIONS: ‘AVB strategy surprised me’Ligue 1
Olympique de Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas engineered a fifth straight Ligue 1 Conforama win that took Angers SCO coach Stéphane Moulin by surprise; Rudi Garcia felt hard done by as Olympique Lyonnais were beaten by LOSC Lille.

Atlético Madrid faces punishment after Griezmann threatsYahoo Sports
Atletico Madrid is facing punishment after its fans made threatening chants against former player Antoine Griezmann during last weekend’s Spanish league match against Barcelona.

Werder Bremen to pay for policing as German teams reject pooling costsDW
Werder Bremen will continue to pay for extra policing costs of “high risk” games after the DFL refused Bremen’s request to split the bill. Bremen have threatened legal action; 34 of 36 teams declined to share the costs.

IFAB rule makers want deeper dive on concussion thinking and better VAR communicationInside World Football
Concussion substitutes, improving player behaviour and tweaks to VAR were among the topics discussed when the International Football Association Board (IFAB) held its Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in Belfast, Tuesday.

Agents made $650 million from player transfers in 2019Yahoo Sports
Looking for a new “get rich quick” scheme? Try becoming an agent for any number of professional footballers, but you better hurry.

Four screens and countless tweets: the modern perils of consuming football The Guardian
Amazon UK’s major selling point, that you can watch all the games, is the worst thing about it. You CAN watch them all. Add in social media, and being an armchair fan becomes exhausting

Judge bans Argentine fan from soccer games over unpaid child supportEdmonton Sun
A judge in Argentina has banned a Boca Juniors fan from attending any of the club’s future games until he pays what he owes his ex-wife in child support.

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