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 RADIO: TSN 1040 ONLINE: TSN DIRECT
Tuning out the noise of 2019, Montero hopes to make some of his own this year – The Province
Colombian striker Fredy Montero has made a habit of late-game heroics, a sign he’s adjusted to his new role as a super-sub for the Whitecaps.
Whitecaps extend CMNT forward Ricketts – TSN
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of Canada striker Tosaint Ricketts to an extension through 2021.
Training Notes: Owusu’s Arrival, Tosaint’s Extension & Departing Trialists – Eighty-Six Forever
After a successful pre-season, we track some of the developing stories going into matchweek one of MLS.
Ali Adnan: Adnan: Iraq’s World Cup moment has arrived – FIFA
Ali Adnan wasn’t even born when Iraq last reached the FIFA World Cup. But he was very much alive, and brimming with life, when the Lions of Mesopotamia famously brought home the AFC Asian Cup in 2007.
Sporting KC: 2020 Preview – Can Peter Vermes bounceback? – MLS Multiplex
Following on from topping the Western Conference in 2018, last season was a huge disappointment for Sporting Kansas City, who finished the term in 11th spot in the West and 21st overall, with just three teams worse than them throughout the regular season.
2020 Sporting Kansas City Season Preview – The Blue Testament
October 6, 2019. 141 days. That’s how long it has been since Sporting Kansas City has played an MLS match. After a very long off-season, it is finally time for Sporting Kansas City to kick off the 2020 season.
Whitecaps FC launch official TikTok account – Whitecaps FC
One of the world’s fastest growing social media platforms, TikTok has become a leading destination for short-form mobile videos, with more than 1 billion users across 150 countries.
Chicago Fire FC continue to add to their roster with international players ahead of their opener – WGN
Once they took over the clubs towards the end of the 2019 season, sporting director Georg Heitz and head coach Raphael Wicky would have the task on filling a number of holes on the Chicago Fire FC roster.
LA Galaxy sign forward Gordon Wild – LAG Confidential
The 24-year-old, a preseason trialist for LA, has spent time on two MLS rosters the last two years, first for Atlanta United after being drafted by them in 2018, and at D.C. United last year. While he has yet to make an appearance at MLS level, Wild spent extensive time on loan at USL Championship club Charleston Battery in 2018 and another USL Championship side, Loudoun United in 2019.
Portland Timbers sign Chris Duvall for defensive depth – Stumptown Footy
After a preseason injury to center back Bill Tuiloma and the departure of full back Zarek Valentin over the offseason, the Portland Timbers have signed versatile defender Chris Duvall to help fill in on the back line as needed.
Nashville SC signs four selections from 2020 MLS SuperDraft – MLS
Nashville SC have signed four of their selections from the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced Tuesday.
Montreal Impact vs. Deportivo Saprissa | Concacaf Champions League Preview – MLS
The Montreal Impact bring back two away goals to Stade Olympique for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 after playing to a 2-2 draw at Deportivo Saprissa.
Impact coach Thierry Henry looks for big win in Montreal debut – Airdrie Today
Thierry Henry is happy his home coaching debut will be a high-pressure knockout game for the Montreal Impact.
CCL wrap: Atlanta United, Cruz Azul advance – Yahoo Sports
The underdogs did not have their days on Tuesday in the CONCACAF Champions League.
NYCFC vs. AD San Carlos | Concacaf Champions League Preview – MLS
New York City FC head into the uncomfortable home confines of Red Bull Arena for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 with a very comfortable two-goal advantage over AD San Carlos Wednesday night.
2020 MLS Season Preview: Inter Miami – SBI
Six years after David Beckham made his initial announcement, Miami is finally set to make its way back to MLS.
MLS: Money the motivator for Liga MX movement – MLS Multiplex
More than in any previous offseason, MLS teams have signed players from Liga MX. Money is the primary motivation for the transfer, but it doesn’t always have to be.
As MLS Hits 25th Year, What Comes Next for the League? – SI.com
MLS has made significant strides in 25 years, but what are the league’s next frontiers? And when will it be considered among the best leagues in the world? A panel of MLS players and coaches chimes in.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
Pacific FC, midfielder Fisk agree to part ways – Times Colonist
Ben Fisk, who wore the captain’s armband on several occasions for Pacific FC last season, announced he will not be returning to the Canadian Premier League club for the 2020 season.
Ben Fisk announces departure from Pacific FC; reveals he’s staying in CPL – CanPL
It was never the plan to leave Pacific FC, Ben Fisk assured CanPL.ca. One is inclined to believe him, as the 27-year-old winger is everywhere in Victoria. He is perhaps the most well-liked player west of the Haro Strait. A native of Vancouver, his Fisk’s likeness is splashed across BC Transit buses; heck, his face adorns Pacific FC’s Fort Street storefront.
Powell River Villa’s Jackson Cup run over with loss to Vic West – Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa lost to Vic West 2-0 in its round-of-16 match for the Sir John Jackson Cup at Timberlane Park on Saturday, February 22, and has been eliminated from cup play.
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
Canada Soccer announces squad for Tournoi de France – CSA
Canada Soccer have announced a 22-player squad for the upcoming newly established Tournoi de France which will take place in Calais and Valenciennes from 4-10 March 2020. Canada will face France, Netherlands and Brazil at the international tournament which will help Canada to launch its preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.
Canada women happy to test themselves against elite opposition at French tourney – Kamloops Matter
For Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller, one of the takeaways from last summer’s early exit at the Women’s World Cup in France was the need to play more Tier 1 opposition.
Canada Soccer announces Provisional List for Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying – CSA
Canada Soccer have published their 50-player Provisional List for the upcoming 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship from which the final 20-player roster will be announced on 11 March. Canada’s pre-tournament camp is scheduled to open 13 March followed by up to five competitive matches from 21 March through 1 April.
HFX Wanderers sign Brazilians Morelli, Santos – Chronicle Herald
The Canadian Premier League club announced on Tuesday that attacking midfielder João Morelli and shut-down defender Eriks Santos, both from Brazil, have signed with the team.
Halifax Wanderers get ready to kick off second season – Halifax Today
The first game of 2020 will be played on the road on April 13, and the home opener goes Saturday, April 25 against the league’s newest addition.
Cape Breton Capers men’s soccer team make additions to roster – Chronicle Herald
The Cape Breton Capers men’s soccer team recently announced the commitment of two new players for the 2020 Atlantic University Sport season.
Canadians Abroad: Hat-trick hero Jonathan David shines for Gent – Sportsnet
Arsenal, Leicester City and Everton are reportedly tracking Jonathan David. He may have other suitors abroad, too, and there are several reasons why teams of that stature are monitoring him.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Finally, the 2020 NWSL schedule has arrived – The Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League released its 2020 schedule on Tuesday. The regular season will begin on Saturday, April 18 and end on Sunday, Oct. 18. The semifinals will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, after an international break. The NWSL Championship is slated for Saturday, Nov. 14, later than any of the previous seven finals.
2020 Reign FC schedule announced – Sounder at Heart
Mark your calendars for Reign FC’s second season at Cheney Stadium, with the full 2020 NWSL schedule finally available. The Tacoma side starts the year with their first two games on the road, but closes with three of the final four at home.
Thorns FC announce schedule for 2020 NWSL season – Timbers.com
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today unveiled the full 24-game, 2020 regular-season schedule for Portland Thorns FC. Portland will open the 2020 season, presented by Providence Health & Services, at Providence Park, playing host to Utah Royals FC on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. women’s team and U.S. Soccer remain far apart on many issues – LA Times
The two-time reigning World Cup champion women’s national team is suing U.S. Soccer, the ruling federation for the sport in this country, alleging gender discrimination in pay and other benefits. The trial is scheduled to begin May 5 in federal court in Los Angeles and last week the two sides staked out positions that couldn’t have been more apart.
What The NWSL Can Learn From The WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement – Forbes
Sydney Leroux admits she spent more money on babysitters and nannies for her children than she made last year playing for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Amber Hearn retires from football – NZ Football
The highest international scorer in New Zealand’s footballing history will not be adding to her tally as Amber Hearn has decided to retire from all forms of the game.
Saudi Arabia to launch women’s football league – The Telegraph
The ultra-conservative kingdom will fund the new league aimed at increasing female participation in the sport.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
UCL Rewind: Bayern Munich rolls past Chelsea, Barcelona ties Napoli – SBI
In his second trip to London this UEFA Champions League campaign, Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry picked up where he left off back in the group stage.
Alphonso Davies shines in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 Champions League win at Chelsea – Global
Canadian international Alphonso Davies set the tone with lightning-fast runs while Serge Gnabry scored a brace and Robert Lewandowski added a goal in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at Chelsea in Champions League action Tuesday.
Championship roundup: Robson-Kanu extends West Brom’s lead at the top – The Guardian
West Brom moved seven points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-0 win over in-form Preston at the Hawthorns. Hal Robson-Kanu was creator and scorer of Albion’s two first-half goals, controlling Callum Robinson’s fine left-wing cross with his chest and firing under the goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
Manchester City files appeal against UEFA ban at CAS – Sportsnet
Manchester City has filed an expected appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a two-year ban from European soccer competition.
The forgotten story of … Manchester City flouting finance rules in 1906 – The Guardian
A punch thrown in 1905 culminated in 17 City players and four directors being banned over the club’s illegal overspending.
Coronavirus: Italy may lift ban on sporting events by Monday – NBC Sports
The Italian government could lift its ban on sporting events by Monday in areas affected by the coronavirus if the number of cases stabilizes.
Egyptian derby abandoned as no-show Zamalek hand win to arch rivals Al Ahly – Inside World Football
Egypt’s top-flight club Zamalek face strong sanctions after failing to show up for their hotly anticipated Cairo derby against Al Ahly, causing the game to be abandoned.
Asian soccer meetings postponed because of virus outbreak – Yahoo Sports
Asian soccer leaders on Wednesday postponed two key meetings because of the spread of a virus.
VIDEO: ‘A tasty right foot’ – life-sized Ronaldo statue made of chocolate – BBC Sport
A Portuguese chocolatier reveals a life-sized sculpture, made entirely of chocolate, of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.