BC Soccer News, Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Whitecaps FC and midfielder Jon Erice mutually agree to part waysWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club and midfielder Jon Erice have agreed to a mutual contract termination.

Episode 375 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Snow Days with special guest Ryan Raposo)AFTN
Christmas already feels like an age away, although the snowy weather outside may beg to differ.

D.C. United acquire Peruvian National Team midfielder Edison FloresDC United
D.C. United have acquired Peruvian National Team midfielder Edison Flores on permanent transfer from Liga MX (Mexico) side Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa. Flores will become the second Designated Player on the Black-and-Red roster.

Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar, Eric Remedi become U.S. permanent residents, no longer occupy international roster spotsAtlanta United
Atlanta United announced Tuesday that Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar and Eric Remedi have become U.S. permanent residents and no longer occupy international spots on the club’s roster.

Chicharito to LA Galaxy – Announcement expected soonTransfermarkt
Chicharito to LA Galaxy appears to be a done deal. The Major League Soccer side are in final talks with LaLiga side Sevilla to finalize a deal that could be worth in the region of $10 million according to a previous report by Spanish journalist Ricardo Puig.

Thierry Henry: Montreal Impact will add for “two to three positions” as CCL loomsMLS
Even on the first day of preseason camp, new Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry has his sights set on the Concacaf Champions League. After all, they’re just over a month out from their opening clash on Feb. 19 at Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa.

TFC trades Benezet’s rights to RapidsTSN
Toronto FC has shipped the rights to French winger Nicolas Benezet to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for US$50,000 general allocation money.

Inaugural MLS Youth Affiliate Coaches Summit brings expanded League presence to United Soccer Coaches ConventionMLS
Major League Soccer continues its commitment to coaching education by today announcing – in conjunction with United Soccer Coaches – five days of MLS-led programming at the United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center from Jan. 14-18. MLS will see an enhanced presence at the United Soccer Coaches Convention with the inaugural Youth Affiliate Coaches Summit, offering elite player development and talent identification seminars to participating coaches.


Pacific FC announces new head coach Pa-Modou KahPacific FC
Pacific FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Pa-Modou Kah as Head Coach, with the former Norwegian international earning his first role at the helm of a club.

Former MLS player Pa-Modou Kah takes Pacific FC helmTimes Colonist
Pa-Modou Kah’s lifetime of globe-trotting has landed him on the Island. The 10-time capped former Norwegian international was named head coach of Pacific FC of the Canadian Premier League on Tuesday

‘He’ll challenge us all’: Pacific’s Chung, Campbell buzzing for reunion with Pa-Modou KahPacific FC
Pa-Modou Kah has been named coach of Pacific FC ahead of the 2020 Canadian Premier League season, and for a healthy core of the club’s squad, the chance to work with the former Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps defender marks a reunion of sorts.

Trinity Western University men’s soccer alum Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) has joined the Montreal Impact, becoming the first Spartan to sign a contract with a Major League Soccer club.

Cowichan Cougars fall to Castaways in return after winter breakCowichan Valley Citizen
Winter weather played havoc with the Cowichan Cougars last Friday as they prepared for their first O30A women’s soccer game since the Christmas break.

BC Soccer Association’s suggestions for 2020 soccer resolutionsBCSA
With (the new year and decade ahead) in mind, BC Soccer would like to offer 10 resolutions for the coming year and beyond, that if we all take a moment to incorporate into our soccer activity, could greatly improve the soccer experience for everyone involved.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC 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 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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Canada hopes to use Iceland friendly to boost FIFA rankingGlobe and Mail
A pair of comfortable 4-1 victories over No. 162 Barbados has given Canada confidence, but done little to move the needle when it comes to the FIFA rankings. Canada remains in El Salvador’s rear-view mirror in the race for position in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Au Revoir et Bonne Chance, Joel – Cavalry center back Waterman heads to Montreal Impact, in history-setting transferAFTN
The 23-year-old center back/defensive midfielder became the first Canadian Premier League player to be sold to an MLS team, after the Montreal Impact announced his signing via transfer from Cavalry FC on Jan. 14.

4 reasons why Joel Waterman is the 1st CPLer moving to MLSCanPL
Yes, Waterman is not a star striker or explosive midfield general – he’s the kind of ball-playing defender you can only appreciate over a 90-minute performance. He doesn’t write tweets, he writes novels.

Valour FC sign defender Andrew Jean-BaptisteValour FC
Valour FC today announce the signing of Haitian defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

It’s qualifying season for the 2020 Olympics — here’s how Canadian teams can get inCBC
Christine Sinclair and the Canadian women’s soccer team won bronze at the last two Olympics. But they still have to qualify for 2020.


TRANSACTIONS: Defiance Bring Aboard Experienced FernandezUSL
Tacoma Defiance announced on Tuesday it had signed midfielder Collin Fernandez. The 22-year-old has appeared in 80 career USL Championship games and three MLS contests, including helping Phoenix Rising FC reach the 2018 USL Championship Final. The signing is pending league and federation approval.


The Lowdown: Draft marks another NWSL silly seasonThe Equalizer
Ten years after a memorable Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft produced what many still believe is the best draft class in the history or women’s soccer, the eighth National Women’s Soccer League College Draft could take us to the other extreme. Yet despite some opinions about the weakness of this year’s class and the potential that the four best players won’t even declare, picks have been moving around fast and furious with whispers of more trades to come.

Former England forward Eni Aluko retiresNBC Sports
Former England striker Eni Aluko retired from professional soccer on Wednesday, ending a career in which she became a prolific scorer for multiple teams and accused one of her international coaches of racism.

The Krashlyn Wedding and Beyond: The Story of the USWNT’s Married CoupleSI.com
USWNT World Cup-winning teammates Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris were married in late December, with an assist from Sydney Leroux, a long-standing boost from Megan Rapinoe and with on-field goals still on their radar.


Ernesto Valverde and the Prison of Barcelona’s PastNY Times
On top of La Liga and unbeaten in the Champions League, Barcelona fired its manager because its present cannot compete with its golden age.

Lukaku nets 2 as Inter beats Cagliari to reach quarters of Italian CupSportsnet
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Inter Milan beat Cagliari 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.

Gedson Fernandes: Tottenham complete loan move for Benfica midfielderBBC Sport
The 21-year-old made his debut for Benfica last season and Spurs have the option to make his signing permanent at the end of the loan period.

FA Cup draw: Shrews leave it late to seal fourth-round date with Liverpool – The Guardian
Aaron Pierre scored an 89th-minute winner to give League One Shrewsbury a 1-0 victory over the Championship side Bristol City in their FA Cup third-round replay and set up a meeting at home to the Premier League leaders, Liverpool. Sam Ricketts, the Shrews’ manager, is going in with a positive mindset, and said: “They have weakness like any team. We will have to ride our luck and, when we get chances, have to try and take them.”

Everton come unstuck with towering £111.8 m loss as Usmanov lurks in wings – Inside World Football
Everton have become the second Premier League club this month to report losses of more than £100 million.

Manchester United scrap Gulf region training camp plans amid rising tensionsBBC Sport
Manchester United have scrapped plans for a training camp in the Gulf region during next month’s winter break because of security concerns.

FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 to take place in MilanFIFA
FIFA and Electronic Arts (EA) today announced the location of the FIFA eClub World Cup, confirming that the world’s best 24 teams – who secured their berths after five rounds of exciting online qualification matches – will battle it out for the world title in Milan, Italy on 7-9 February.

Japanese legend Keisuke Honda to build new club from scratchInside World Football
Former Japanese international Keisuke Honda wants to found an amateur football club in Tokyo after a previously failed attempt to run a club in Austria.

Kanerva: Finland’s qualification a dream for generationsFIFA
On 15 November 2019, at long last – and after 32 failed qualifying campaigns spread across nine decades – the Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls) finally reached a major tournament.

The story of professional fouls: from Willie Young to Federico Valverde – The Guardian
The red card shown to Valverde in the Spanish Supercopa can be traced back to a foul in the FA Cup final 40 years ago.

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