BC Soccer News, Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Reyna looking forward to new challenge with Whitecaps FC: ‘It’s a good opportunity’ Whitecaps FC
Yordy Reyna has touched down in Vancouver. And yes, he answered the question you’ve all been asking – or, at least a lot of you have. It’s pronounced “Jordy.”

MLS to make big marketing push in CanadaGlobe & Mail
MLS will also establish a national marketing group with the goal of drawing coast-to-coast attention to some of the circuit’s marquee events, which include the playoffs, the all-star game and MLS Decision Day – the last day of the regular season, when several games are played at the same time.

Don Garber, the fourth DP and Major League Soccer’s Canada problemWaking the Red
The commissioner says he has a plan to help grow the league north of the border, but are they really doing all they can?

The Independent Supporters Council stands with the Vancouver Southsiders in wake of US Travel Ban.ISC
The Independent Supporters Council (ISC) stands with the actions of the Vancouver Southsiders soccer supporters group to limit their organized supporter travel and calls on all ISC affiliated groups to exercise a similar abundance of caution in protecting their members.

FCD return fullback Hernan Grana to MLS, add midfielder Carlos CermenoMLS
Argentine right back Hernan Grana is returning to MLS, signing on Tuesday with FC Dallas on loan from Argentine side All Boys.

Sean Johnson looking to lift NYCFC following offseason trade from FireSBI
The veteran goalkeeper is entering his seventh season in Major League Soccer. After spending his first six years as a professional in Chicago with the Fire, Johnson brings massive expectations with him to New York City although briefly it appeared that he was going to move closer to home.

Freddy Adu’s two-week Timbers trial ends without a contract MLS
Freddy Adu’s two-week trial with the Portland Timbers ended without the former phenom being offered a contract.

Dax McCarty displeased with Red Bulls’ handling of trade to FireSBI
The days immediately following your wedding are supposed to be some of the happiest of your life, but they were not for Dax McCarty. His professional life got in the way of his personal one.

Impact gains another midfield option with Andres Romero’s returnMontreal Gazette
Having Andres Romero back after missing an entire season will be almost like adding a new player for the Montreal Impact.

Impact’s Biello on Oyongo’s AFCON win: “It’s a big honor”Prost Amerika
The secret is out: Ambroise Oyongo is one of the best players in Major League Soccer. While those who have seen the 25 year old defender over the past two seasons with the Montreal Impact could attest to his ability he always seemed to fly under the radar. That will no longer be the case. On Sunday Oyongo made history becoming the first-ever active player from Major League Soccer to win the African Cup of Nations, assisting Cameroon in their 2-1 defeat of Egypt.

LA Galaxy Draw with Xolos in First Preseason Action Corner of the Galaxy
In their first preseason exhibition game, the LA Galaxy and Club Tijuana (Xolos) tied 1-1 at StubHub Center under somewhat rainy skies. In a game that can be defined by two different lineups per each 45-minute half, LA trotted out it’s most likely starters — minus several big names — and a bunch of younger kids, in front of a mostly reserve Xolos side.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber visits Covenant House Vancouver to donate $10,000Whitecaps FC
MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in Vancouver on Monday and took time to make a special visit to ‘Caps community partner Covenant House Vancouver. On behalf of MLS and MLS Works, Commissioner Garber presented Covenant House Vancouver with a cheque for $10,000.

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National treasures: North Shore Girls Soccer Club spends weekend with Team CanadaNorth Shore News
It’s not often that you get to meet your heroes, let alone spend a whole weekend with them. That’s the good fortune, however, that befell some of the members of the North Shore Girls Soccer Club, as luck of the draw – as well as luck of the snow – allowed several players to get up-close and personal with members of Canada’s national women’s soccer team.

BC Soccer Assoc. congratulates BC’s Emily Zurrer and Karina LeBlanc as well as Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, Marie Eve- Nault and Carmelina Moscato on their incredible Women’s National team careers  – BCSA
The women’s national team took to the pitch at BC Place this past weekend to celebrate not only back to back Olympic Bronze medals but also to celebrate the careers of some truly incredible athletes.  Among those recognized were BC’s Emily Zurrer and Karina Leblanc.  BC Soccer is incredibly proud of these two inspirational athletes and BC Soccer also wants to congratulate them on an incredible career.

Date change for UFV women’s soccer ID campUFV
University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer head coach Rob Giesbrecht is hosting a player identification camp on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The camp had originally been slated for Sunday, Feb. 5, but was rescheduled due to heavy snowfall.

The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is offering players in the U5 to U12 age groups an opportunity to sign up for its annual “Get Ready For Soccer” Spring Break Camps.

To our Readers: A Choice BC Soccer Web
Soccer has brought us to the United States many times. It’s a great place with decent people. We especially look forward to our Cascadia trips to Seattle and Portland. They’re incredible cities with wonderful supporters. That’s why it was so disheartening to see chaos and fear take hold in the airports and borders of our neighbours to the south.

FVSL All-Stars to face WFC2 in MarchBC Soccer Web
January snow and ice in the Lower Mainland put the brakes on the annual clash between the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars and the best from the VISL this year. That hasn’t stopped the FVSL from planning an ambitious All-Star series in March.

BC Soccer Assoc. is Now Accepting 2016-2017 Awards NominationsBCSA
We are pleased to inform everyone that BC soccer Assoc. is currently accepting Awards nominations until the submission deadline date of March 31, 2017. Selection of the award recipients is based on many factors including the individual’s commitment, community involvement and willingness to give back to the game. This year any BC Soccer Assoc. member and their affiliate clubs may submit a nomination.

2017 BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is accepting candidates for its Board of Directors for terms commencing June, 2017 (following the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting).

Victoria Highlanders 2017 Season Passes now on saleHighlanders FC
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VMSL PHOTOS: Richmond FC Hibs 1, ICSF Columbus FC 0, November 5, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in VancouverCSA
Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico Women’s National Team Bronze Medal celebration match on 4 February 2017 in Vancouver are now on sale to the public. Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

MWSL PHOTOS: Van United Primas 0, Fraser Valley Action 2, October 30, 2016BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: GNAC Women’s Soccer: SFU 1 Concordia U. (Ore.) 0, October 20, 2016 BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

BC Soccer Assoc. Delivery of Coach MandateBCSA
IMPORTANT:  If you are coaching in the ages U6-U12 you are required to complete the age appropriate course(s) even if you have a higher level of certification (ie. Soccer for Life, B pretest, C License, B License or A License). In order to enable our membership to deliver on the coaching mandate, BC Soccer Assoc. will be scheduling Learning Facilitator training sessions to assist organizations to have qualified individuals to deliver in-club coach certification courses to their coaches.

2016 BC Soccer Provincial Cup Photo Galleries BC Soccer Web
Westhills Stadium & Goudy Park in Langford hosted the 2016 BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup Finals. It was a thrilling weekend of soccer on Vancouver Island that saw seven champions crowned. Richmond FC & Surrey Pegasus qualified for the National Championships this Fall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Both Coquitlam Metro-Ford Masters & Classics sides qualified for the Western Canadian Masters Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In all, it was a clean sweep for teams from the VMSL & MWSL. Monique Lamoureux & Bill Currie from BC Soccer Web were on location that weekend, capturing the all the action.

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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Herdman focused on moving Canadian women’s soccer forwardGlobe & Mail
The B.C. Place Stadium friendly was billed as a tribute to his Olympic bronze-medal team, and the Canada coach was choked up as he led a post-match tribute to the retiring Marie-Ève Nault, Melissa Tancredi and Rhian Wilkinson. But while celebrating the past, Herdman also had an eye open to the future.

Ottawa soccer gets a big boost Ottawa Sun
The West Ottawa Soccer Club, and the Ottawa South United Soccer Club, in partnership with Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer, have had their applications accepted to join League 1 Ontario. Founded in 2014, League 1 Ontario is a semi pro-am, standards-based, senior circuit, which is a stepping stone for graduating age-group players to world-wide professional leagues.

Lancer men’s soccer program adds promising local recruit Chris CampbellWindsor Star
The University of Windsor Lancers men’s soccer team scored a major recruit who will fill a key roster hole for next season.

Mississauga duo sign with NCAA soccer programsMississauga News
Danielle Camilleri from Mississauga has signed her letter of intent to Seton Hall University in New Jersey for the 2017 NCAA women’s soccer season.

What happened to the academy graduates after they left?Mount Royal Soccer
Since 2013, four members of the Impact Academy have graduated to the senior team with professional contracts, only to find themselves cut loose. These players have all bounced around, and still play soccer professionally, albeit in colours other than Impact blue. Today, Mount Royal Soccer asks: Where are they now?

Capital goods: Hannah Rivkin, Liam Hickey, Team Gushue named St. John’s best in 2016The Telegram
In the end, it was soccer player Hannah Rivkin who was named the city’s top athlete, while Paralympian Liam Hickey walked away with male athlete of the year during a dinner and awards ceremony in The Foran/Greene Room.

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FC Edmonton’s Strengthened Back Line Highlights Key Re-SigningsFC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announces return of defenders Aleksic, Nicklaw, Smith as well as dynamic forward Keegan.

Miller says continuity is important for FC Edmontonthe11.ca
With Tuesday’s announcement, the Eddies have 14 returning players on their roster. Coach Colin Miller said three or four new players will be announced soon. But, for a team that got to the NASL semifinal stage in 2016, and boasted the league’s stingiest defence, returning a lot of players is key.

Deltas Make Four More SigningsNASL
NASL veteran Tom Heinemann and Canadian international Kyle Bekker among newest additions.

Let’s Talk: Queens Boro Prez wants a soccer stadium in Flushing Empire of Soccer
Both New York City FC and the New York Cosmos have previously spoken to City officials about building a stadium and training grounds in Queens, EoS has learned. Joining them are the Islanders of NHL fame who are looking for an expedient exit from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, none of these groups has reached out since Katz’s State of the Borough address.

Soccer flows like a river of life in the Rio Grande ValleyTop Drawer Soccer
In the midst of all this chaotic morass, one of the fastest growing regions in the country is littered with soccer balls. They are in the streets, kicked among school children playing 5-on-5 with goals fashioned from shoes as the ball skips along the sun-cracked asphalt. They are on bleached fields and on fake turf kicking up rubber crumbs and in driveways hammering dents into garage doors.

The Grand Final in numbersW-League
A look at the numbers that matter ahead of Sunday’s Westfield W-League 2016 Grand Final between hosts Perth Glory and reigning champions Melbourne City.

NWSL: Engen ‘exploring other passions,’ leaves BostonSoccer America
After losing her spot on the U.S. women’s national team, for which she played at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2016 Olympics, 29-year-old defender Whitney Engen announced she won’t be playing in the NWSL for the Boston Breakers in 2017.

Sunil Gulati: U.S. Soccer, USWNT will come to ‘equitable agreement’ on CBAFox Sports
The U.S. women’s national team and U.S. Soccer remain engaged in talks over a new collective bargaining agreement, and after one meeting with the new player reps and legal representation, the tone of those talks has changed, federation president Sunil Gulati said in a wide-ranging interview with SI’s Grant Wahl on the Planet Futbol Podcast.

Hope Solo wants a chance at France 2019 The Equalizer
During an interview on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports, suspended U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo hinted that she would like the opportunity to be the team’s goalkeeper at the next World Cup in France.

Levin Signs Pro Contract with Kopparbergs / Göteborg FCUSC Trojans
USC senior and 2017 National Champion Savannah Levin has signed a pro contract to play for Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC (KGFC) of the prestigious Damallsvenskan, the highest division of women’s soccer in Sweden.

Colin Bell replaces Sue Ronan as Ireland managerRTE
The FAI have confirmed that Colin Bell will take over as head coach of the Republic of Ireland Women’s International Senior Team.

Sweden squad for the Algarve Cup namedVavel
With very few changes to the squad named for the January training camp and friendlies last month, the biggest interest lays at the front of attack as Pia Sundhage has little time to find a replacement for the injured Sofia Jakobsson.

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Barcelona tops Atletico to reach 4th straight Copa del Rey finalSportsnet
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off.

Antoine Griezmann “loves life at Atletico” insists club president, despite Manchester United linksVavel
Griezmann has become one of the deadliest strikers on the continent since his move to the Madrid club, with 72 goals in 138 appearances, and he has scored 15 goals in 31 appearances in the current campaign.

Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich captain, to retire from playing at end of seasonThe Guardian
The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract with the defending Bundesliga champions and had previously said he would leave the game after honouring that deal. Yet the former Germany full-back now says he will walk away early and that he has rejected an offer from the club to become a sporting director.

How brilliant is Bayern captain Philipp Lahm?UEFA
Philipp Lahm has lifted more than his fair share of major club and international trophies. Diminutive in stature, the FIFA World Cup-winning captain has always been a giant on the field for Bayern München and Germany.

Head of English soccer threatens to quit over reforms Yahoo Sports
The head of the English Football Association has threatened to quit if a set of proposals to reform the governing body is not backed by the British government.

PSG keeper Alphonse Areola backed after error hands leveller to LilleESPN FC
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has been tipped to bounce back from the late error that almost gifted Lille a Ligue 1 point on Tuesday.

Rolan and Bordeaux roll onLigue 1
Diego Rolan took advantage of a glaring error to set Girondins de Bordeaux en route to an emphatic 4-0 win at SM Caen on Tuesday and ease his side into the thick of the battle for fourth place.

Inter midfielder Brozovic out for weeks with broken toeSportsnet
Inter Milan will be without Marcelo Brozovic for several weeks after the midfielder broke his toe in Sunday’s defeat at Juventus.

Hearts v Hibernian: Ian Cathro calls for fire and ice in Scottish Cup derbyBBC Sport
Head coach Ian Cathro wants Hearts to combine composure with “a bit of fire” at home to Scottish Cup holders Hibernian on Sunday.

Carlos Tevez fails to inspire Shanghai Shenhua in ACL loss to Brisbane RoarESPN FC
Carlos Tevez and his new employers Shanghai Shenhua endured the worst possible start to their 2017 season as Gustavo Poyet’s side were knocked out of the AFC Champions League following a 2-0 loss to Australia’s Brisbane Roar on Wednesday evening.

Qatar spending $500m a week on World Cup projectsThe Guardian
Country’s finance minister says the rate of spend could continue for the next four years to get country ready for tournament.

Atletico Tucuman score Copa Libertadores upset using borrowed kitsESPN FC
Atletico Tucuman on Tuesday beat El Nacional of Ecuador, 1-0, in the return leg of the second round of Copa Libertadores on Tuesday despite being more than an hour-and-a-half late for the kickoff in Quito and wearing kits and boots borrowed from the Argentina under-20 team.

Grant to step down as Ghana head coachFIFA
Ghana will be looking for a new coach on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after it was announced that current manager Avram Grant would not be renewing his current contract. The 62-year-old, who previously managed the likes of Chelsea, Portsmouth, West Ham United, Partizan Belgrade and Israel, took charge of the Black Stars at the beginning of December 2014.

How to win the Premier League: steamroller everyone outside the top sixThe Guardian
Chelsea’s nine-point lead was not built on victories against their closest rivals – but on their record of only dropping two points against the bottom 15 clubs.

FIFA internal investigation could prompt new chargesToronto Star
An internal investigation of world soccer’s governing body has uncovered wrongdoing that extends beyond the corruption alleged last year by U.S. prosecutors, according to a person familiar with the information.

20 years on – Fans United: When football came together to help save Brighton & Hove AlbionFootball League Paper
Football fans still have a voice in football, and as Brighton’s story shows, they can make a difference.

Soccer Ball From Challenger Explosion Makes it to Space 31 Years LaterABC
A soccer ball that was taken aboard NASA’s ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger finally made it into space last week, 31 years after the shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after launch.

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