VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps in 2019: New-look club readies itself for anniversary season – National Post
The Vancouver Whitecaps look like they will open the 2019 season with more question marks than signed players, and don’t expect any answers to those questions until later in the year.
Whitecaps FC mourn the passing of legendary Vancouver sports writer Jim Taylor – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the loss of legendary Vancouver sports writer and friend of the club Jim Taylor, who passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
MLS: Gary Hooper the proven but hamstrung goalscorer – MLS Multiplex
Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper is reportedly attracting interest from two MLS clubs, D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 31-year-old is a proven but hamstrung goalscorer.
Alphonso Davies: “An honour to play for Bayern Munich” – Bundesliga
It’s not even been a week since Alphonso Davies officially joined Bayern Munich, but the Canadian teenager already feels at home at the record German champions.
LA Galaxy facing a designated player dilemma as 2019 season approaches – SN
When Guillermo Barros Schelotto was introduced as the LA Galaxy’s new coach, one of the things he said he was looking forward to was working with the team’s star players. He proceeded to name the team’s four designated players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini. What went ignored is the reality that the Galaxy can’t keep all four players.
Alan Koch on FC Cincinnati’s 2019 season: ‘We’re not going to come out of the gates blazing’ – Cincinnati.com
Back in June during his club’s visit to Cincinnati for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Minnesota United FC head coach Adrian Heath offered Alan Koch some unsolicited advice via the local media.
Former Seattle Sounders star Ozzie Alonso close to joining Minnesota – One Football
The deal will is a bit complicated but the Loons believe they find a way to get it done.
Houston Dynamo: DaMarcus Beasley the epitome of class – MLS Multiplex
The Houston Dynamo have re-signed evergreen defender DaMarcus Beasley for the 2019 season to help them with their grueling schedule. He really is the epitome of class.
Columbus Crew New Era Showcases a Fresh and Inspiring Appreciation for Club’s Roots – Last Word on Soccer
Throughout the fiasco that ultimately proved a quixotic attempt by Anthony Precourt to relocate the Columbus Crew, supporters continuously uttered a similar refrain: respect your roots.
Austin FC announces apparent launch event with MLS commissioner Don Garber – Pro Soccer USA
Austin FC, expected to be the 27th Major League Soccer franchise, took one step closer to that Tuesday afternoon by revealing a Jan. 15 event that will bring together MLS commissioner Don Garber, Austin FC Chairman and CEO Anthony Precourt and Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Sporting KC installing electric field heating system, first of its kind – MLS
From the day following Sporting Kansas City’s elimination from the 2018 MLS Cup playoffs, the pitch at Children’s Mercy Park has been undergoing improvements for 2019.
The SBI 2019 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0) – SBI
The 2019 MLS Draft is fast approaching, and with the first two days of MLS Combine action in the books, the field is starting to come into focus.
Quakes’ San Quentin prison visit changes Eric Calvillo’s POV on convicts – MLS
Eric Calvillo, Paul Marie and the SJ Earthquakes staff put inmates through drills as the men went through the paces with smiles. They got to speak with the men, talk soccer and life. The club produced a brilliant six-minute video that is well worth your time.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Pacific FC set to make major announcement Wednesday – Canadian Premier League
Pacific FC is building up to a major announcement.
Jim Taylor’s gift to this province was laughter, and we can use more of that – Vancouver Sun
Jim Taylor would have loved this, not the part where he was the centre of attention because he was never one to seek out the spotlight. But the part where his guys would get together and tell stories. Man, Jim lived for that.
Kicking it with Takano – VIU
For Shun Takano, his teammates are his band of brothers. The VIU Mariners student-athlete, a midfielder who plays on the men’s soccer team, says they are like family and he receives so much support both on and off the pitch.
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
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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Homegrown additions for Valour FC – Toronto Sun
Valour FC announced the signing of two more Canadians to multi-year contracts, Tuesday.
Orange crush: Syracuse alumni Thomas and Murrell will reunite in Winnipeg with Valour FC – the11.ca
When Jordan Murrell takes the field for his first Valour FC training session, me might feel right at home. That’s because he’ll be lining up next to Skylar Thomas.
Canadian forward Marcel Zajac leaves Akron early to sign with Forge FC – Sportsnet
Canadian forward Marcel Zajac is forgoing his final year of eligibility at the University of Akron to sign a multi-year contract with Forge FC of the Canadian Premier League.
Kingston soccer coach part of new national soccer league – London Free Press
A local soccer coach, with connections to Canada’s national teams, has been hired as the head scout of the Halifax Wanderers of the fledgling Canadian Premier League.
Capers’ Disipio among U Sports Academic All-Canadians for 2017-18 – Cape Breton Post
Shocked. That word best describes Ciera Disipio’s initial reaction when she learned Tuesday she was one of eight student-athletes to be named U Sports Academic All-Canadians for the 2017-18 season.
Canadian Alex Comsia emerges mentally stronger from painful shootout loss – Leader Post
Sometimes caring so much comes with a cost. Canadian centre back Alex Comsia learned that the hard way in December 2016 when his North Carolina Tar Heels took on Stanford in the semifinals of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium.
Parents, players, and coaches kick off 2019 at Grassroots Symposium – Alberta Soccer
Young players enjoyed learning new skills while spending time on-field with their parents at the annual Grassroots Symposiums over the weekend.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Stadium issues hit Chicago’s USL franchise – NBC Sports
The owner of the Chicago Cubs has pulled out of plans to invest in a United Soccer League team after developers scrapped a planned 20,000-seat stadium.
Indy Brings Aboard Veteran ‘Keeper Newton – USL
Indy Eleven announced on Tuesday it had signed 2018 USL Championship Golden Glove-winner Evan Newton for the new season, pending league and federation approval.
Local referees are third team between the boards at Tacoma Stars matches – GoalWA
Scanning around the acceso Showare Center half an hour before game time, eager fans of all ages are finding their seats and getting ready to cheer on the Tacoma Stars in MASL action. The Stars and their opponents are on the field warming up, but there’s a third team on the floor getting ready, the referee crew.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Washington Spirit name Richard Burke as the new head coach – Vavel
After months of speculation, the Washington Spirit announced today that Richie Burke would be the new head coach and technical director of the team going forward.
Thembi Kgatlana wins Africa’s Women soccer player of the year – SABC
Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana is the best women’s soccer player in Africa. She was named African Women’s Player of the Year at the CAF Awards in Dakar Senegal Tuesday night. A year before she had lost the award to Nigerian Asisat Oshoala.
W-League Week 10 Review: Americans shine in abbreviated week – The Equalizer
Last week was an abbreviated slate for the Westfield W-League with just three matches. Here’s what went down.
Kevin Murphy: Hearts Women recruit Manchester City Women’s technical director – BBC Sport
Hearts have recruited Manchester City Women’s technical director Kevin Murphy as part of their drive to “invest significantly” in women’s football.
Women’s soccer takes center stage at this year’s United Soccer Coaches convention – Philly.com
It’s fitting that in this women’s World Cup year, women’s soccer will take center stage at this year’s United Soccer Coaches convention.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Salah beats club mate Mane to African player of year award – Inside World Football
Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has won the African footballer of the year award for the second consecutive time.
Kane’s VAR penalty gives Spurs first leg lead over Chelsea – NBC Sports
Video Assistant Referee played a huge role in the League Cup semifinal first leg between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
League Cup semi preview: Just how stunning an upset? – NBC Sports
We saw what Manchester City’s second unit is capable of doing to a Championship side when Pep Guardiola‘s men deconstructed Rotherham United to the tune of 7-0 in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. So what can City do to a mid-table side from League One?
Bayern signs France defender Benjamin Pavard for next season – Sportsnet
Bayern Munich has signed France defender Benjamin Pavard from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart for next season.
STRASBOURG STUN LYON TO REACH SEMI-FINALS – Ligue 1
RC Strasbourg Alsace are through to the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals for the first time in 14 years after stunning Olympique Lyonnais with a 2-1 win in their last-eight tie at the Groupama Stadium.
Asian Cup: Iraq edge Vietnam in thriller, Saudis cruise past Korea DPR – FIFA
Iraq star Ali Adnan scored a sumptuous free-kick in the 90th minute to bring the Lions of Mesopotamia all three points in a fascinating back-and-forth duel with Vietnam in Group D. In the day’s other match, four different goalscorers helped Saudi Arabia cruise to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Korea DPR in Group E.
Asian Cup organizers condemn Saudi piracy of TV broadcasts – London Free Press
Organizers of soccer’s Asian Cup say they condemn Saudi-backed pirate broadcasts of games stolen from Qatari rights holder BeIN Sports.
EFL Trophy: Sunderland beat Newcastle U21s, Man City U21s progress – BBC Sport
Sunderland beat the under-21 side of local rivals Newcastle 4-0 to reach the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals.
Stoke appoint Luton’s Nathan Jones as new manager – The Guardian
Stoke City have appointed Nathan Jones as their new manager after agreeing a compensation package with Luton Town. The 45-year-old takes over from Gary Rowett, who was sacked on Tuesday after less than eight months in charge.
Serie A must address racist issues – SN
When football fans today discuss Serie A; they often reminisce about its golden period in the 90s. Today Italy’s top-flight is more often than not seen as a retirement home for washed-up stars over the age of 30 wanting one last bite at the cherry of top-class football. Besides endemic corruption, the problem of racism has continued to rear its ugly head in the league.
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.