VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. SPORTING KC
MLS MATCHDAY #1
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: TSN ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
WATCH: New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC face New England Revolution on Wednesday in their penultimate match of the preseason. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT and the match will be streamed live.
Whitecaps ignore critics’ bark, focus on unleashing an improved team – National Post
The pundits don’t give the Whitecaps much of a chance, but their barks don’t scare coach Marc Dos Santos.
2020 Western Conference Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps – The Burgundy Wave
For a team that seems to need sweeping changes to get back to being a playoff contender, they appear to be going for a multi-year plan of attack.
Deportivo Saprissa vs. Montreal Impact | Concacaf Champions League Preview – MLS
The Thierry Henry era in Montreal begins when the Impact head to Costa Rica to face Deportivo Saprissa in the opening leg of their Concacaf Champions League Round-of-16 matchup.
Montreal Impact hope coach Thierry Henry’s international experience will be an asset – CTV
The Montreal Impact are hoping new coach Thierry Henry’s vast experience on the international stage translates into CONCACAF Champions League success.
Tuesday CCL Rewind: LAFC falls to Leon, Atlanta United earns draw at Motagua – SBI
Two MLS teams got their first taste of competitive action in 2020 as Atlanta United and Los Angeles FC opened their Concacaf Champions League campaigns with lackluster performances on Tuesday night.
Argentine winger Piatti could make Toronto debut Wednesday in pre-season game – Medicine Hat News
New designated player Pablo Piatti could make his Toronto FC debut on Wednesday in a pre-season game against the Chicago Fire.
Impact acquires England youth international centre-back Luis Binks – Leader-Post
Binks, 18, is joining the Impact after playing with the Tottenham Hotspur academy, joining the English Premier League side in 2007 at age 6.
FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigns following allegations he used a racial slur in front of players – CNN
Ron Jans, 61, resigned as head coach of FC Cincinnati Monday evening following an investigation by Major League Soccer for allegations that he made “extremely inappropriate comments.”
Sounders re-sign Alex Roldan – Sounder at Heart
When Alex Roldan showed up to Seattle Sounders training camp in January as a trialist after having his option declined in November, it seemed that he would be a longshot to make the team in a crowded midfield. As a right back however, there was a opening for the former Seattle University product to establish himself.
MLS introduces new fan code of conduct, changes controversial language – Pro Soccer USA
MLS removed the broad ban on ‘political’ signage, drawing applause from the groups that protested last year.
ISC Statement Regarding Updates to MLS Fan Code of Conduct – ISC
The Independent Supporters Council today expressed encouragement and approval of the language in the revised Fan Code of Conduct, which was recently released by Major League Soccer. The revised Code responds to questions and concerns that arose during the 2019 MLS season, and clarifies what symbolism and language will and will not be permitted at MLS events in 2020 and beyond.
Chicago Fire: Earning the supporters’ trust – MLS Multiplex
After a transformative offseason, Chicago Fire fans are left once again wondering if they should trust the club’s new structure. And this time, the organization will have to earn it.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
Goalkeeper Callum Irving Signs with Pacific FC – Pacific FC
Pacific Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Callum Irving for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season.
Pacific FC’s Terran Campbell ready to prove breakout 2019 wasn’t a one-off – CanPL
At the dawn of last November, as Forge FC hoisted the North Star Shield in Foothills County, Pacific FC’s Terran Campbell watched from his home in Vancouver and thought about 2020. “It makes you want to be in their position,” the 21-year-old Campbell told CanPL.ca. “I think we all feel we could have done a lot better last season.”
Westhills Welcome: With World Cup qualifying hopes on the line, Canada Soccer turning to Victoria for support – BTS
On Friday, Canada Soccer announced that the Men’s National Team would play a pair of March friendlies to Victoria, bringing the National Team back to Vancouver Island for the first time in over a decade. Here is why the announcement is so big, how these matches will impact Canada, and a look at why the Olympic Qualifiers may stand to be impacted by these games.
Bob Lenarduzzi will be speaking in Kelowna next month – Castanet
On March 10, Lenarduzzi will be speaking at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s inaugural Breakfast to Remember fundraiser at Kelowna’s Coast Capri Hotel.
North Delta’s Brandon Bassi honoured in throne speech – Surrey Now Leader
Late North Delta Huskies captain Brandon Bassi was honoured at the start of last week’s speech from the throne as one many notable British Columbians who passed away in the last year.
VIDEO: From Decisions to Debrief – YouTube (BCSA)
Follow 3 Provincial Referees as they officiate a Jackson Cup match on Vancouver Island. This is BC Soccer’s “Adult Integration” Program, which allows referees to experience travel, different environments, and new teams .
Canada returns to Vancouver Island for March Men’s International Friendly – CSA
Canada Soccer will return to Vancouver Island for a 2020 Men’s International Friendly match on 27 March in Langford, British Columbia. The Friday night match will feature Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team against Concacaf rivals Trinidad and Tobago as Canada continues to prepare for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the Fall of 2020. The home match also gives Pacific coast fans a chance to watch some of their favourite heroes while turning Westhills Stadium into a fortress for their Men’s National Team.
Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to Vancouver – CSA
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.
Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020 – BC 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 Canada – BC 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, 2019 – BC 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 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.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CANADA WNT vs. AUSTRALIA
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Ex-Wanderers defender Matthew Arnone signs with York9 FC – CanPL
Matthew Arnone is going back to York Region for the 2020 season.
HFX Wanderers FC sign Haiti international centre back Jems Geffrard – Lethbridge News Now
HFX Wanderers FC have signed Montreal-born Haiti international defender Jems Geffrard.
WHY ATLÉTICO OTTAWA, THE NEWEST MEMBER OF ATLÉTICO MADRID’S FAMILY, CAN THRIVE THANKS TO BIG-CLUB INVOLVEMENT – These Football Times
So just why is this giant of Spanish football making a move into a new market in a country where football is growing but clearly lags behind other sports in terms of popularity?
Canada Soccer’s crucial second game against Trinidad and Tobago may be closed to public – National Post
If a team plays a game critical to World Cup hopes, and there’s no one there to see it, did it really happen? No need to ponder the metaphysical. The answer could come as soon as March 31.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Hope Solo Leads National Soccer Hall of Fame Candidates – SI.com
This year’s list of eligible candidates for the National Soccer Hall of Fame will be released soon, and the list of newly eligible candidates is headed by Hope Solo, the goalkeeper who won one Women’s World Cup and two Olympic titles in a 17-year career with the U.S. women’s national team. Other new candidates include Hérculez Gómez, Mike Magee and Carlos Ruiz.
15 Westfield W-League stars named as Westfield Matildas target Tokyo – W-League
Fifteen stars of the Westfield W-League have been selected in Ante Milicic’s 20-played squad that will look to seal progression to the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament when they take on Vietnam home and away in March.
‘A blessing in disguise’: Kyah Simon emerges from tough year to thrive – New Daily
Matildas superstar Kyah Simon is reaping the benefits of a change in mindset with both club and country.
NWSL to announce new commissioner ‘in coming weeks’ – Sportbusiness.com
The National Women’s Soccer League has announced that its new commissioner is a woman and that she will be unveiled “in the coming weeks.”
Sky Blue FC to train at New York Red Bulls’ training facility – Pro Soccer USA
Sky Blue will also play at Red Bull Arena in 2020. This move enhances the partnership between the MLS and NWSL clubs.
India set to host 2022 Asian Cup in women’s soccer – Yahoo Sports
India is set to host another international tournament in women’s soccer as the game seeks to develop in the cricket-loving nation of 1.3 billion people.
Match schedule and host cities announced for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – FIFA
The stage is set for the future stars of women’s football as the match schedule and host cities for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 were unveiled by FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today, alongside the Official Slogan for the tournament.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Well-drilled Atletico Madrid leaves Liverpool on verge of early Champions League collapse – Yahoo Sports
On Tuesday, as the Champions League returned from its two-month hiatus to kick off the typically unchained knockout stages following the dreary group stage, Liverpool once again learned why repeating in Europe is so tough.
Diego Simeone the conductor as Atlético orchestra finds its rhythmDiego Simeone the conductor as Atlético orchestra finds its rhythm – The Guardian
The Atlético Madrid manager was at his whirling, grizzled best as his side claimed a first-leg advantage against Liverpool.
Haaland scores twice to give Dortmund win over PSG in Champions League – Sportsnet
Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 meeting on Tuesday in the Norwegian striker’s first European game for his new club.
Neymar blames PSG’s handling of injury for poor form in Dortmund defeat – France 24
Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after the Parisians slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, a disappointing result that leaves the French club facing the prospect of yet another early Champions League exit.
Champions League preview: Spurs host Leipzig, Valencia visits Atalanta – NBC Sports
Two more UEFA Champions League Round of 16 ties kickoff Wednesday, including one being labeled as the biggest in a club’s existence.
EPL FREE KICKS: Is this the end of Manchester City? – Sudbury Star
The fine itself is pretty hefty, but you also shouldn’t underestimate how much money City gets from playing in Champions League — upwards of $100 million per season. Even with an oil sheikh owner who has no shortage of cash, that’s a lot to be missing out on.
Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano says FFP breaches ‘simply not true’ – BBC Sport
Manchester City’s “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations are “simply not true”, says chief executive Ferran Soriano.
Manchester City backers are not the sort to take Uefa’s punishment lying down – The Guardian
There is resentment among City fans about their treatment and word is that Abu Dhabi will be fighting back against Uefa.
Premier League Preview: Man City v. West Ham – NBC Sports
Manchester City takes the pitch at the Etihad Stadium for the first time since UEFA hammered it with a two-year Champions League ban when it hosts West Ham United on Wednesday .
Bundesliga breaks €4bn revenue barrier, 28 out 36 clubs profitable – Inside World Football
Germany’s Bundesliga has reported record 2018/19 combined revenue for the 18 clubs in its top tier, breaking the €4 billion barrier for the first time, a 5.4% increase on the previous season.
FIFA cancels ruling council’s two-day meeting over coronavirus concerns – Toronto Star
FIFA has cancelled plans for its ruling council to travel to South America next month for a two-day meeting.
Match-fixing: FIFA probe Myanmar World Cup qualifiers – Inside World Football
FIFA is investigating suspected match-fixing in Myanmar’s 7-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifier last year.
The Reynas’ Story of Loss and Legacy – SI.com
Claudio and Danielle Reyna experienced tragedy upon the death of their son, Jack, but his memory and legacy endure and are carried on in part by another son and U.S. youth national team standout, Giovanni.