VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps FC acquire experienced Spanish midfielder Jon Erice – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC continued their busy offseason on Tuesday, acquiring experienced Spanish midfielder Jon Erice with the use of Targeted Allocation Money.
Jon Erice – More than just a replacement for Aly Ghazal? – AFTN
At first blush, the signing of Jon Erice by the Whitecaps fills the need for a defensive midfielder given the release of Aly Ghazal. While Ghazal’s role as a stopper who made some terrific tackles was well received, his passing ability fell short of the mark. The more cynical of us will hope that we’ve seen the end of the repetitive odd passes to no-one (or to the opposition). The signing also may herald an additional bonus for the faithful.
Dos Santos eager to write new chapter in Whitecaps history – Sportsnet
While the Vancouver Whitecaps don’t kick off their Major League Soccer season off until early March, fans are already eagerly waiting to see what the club looks like on the pitch following a disappointing 2018 campaign.
New style starts to emerge as ‘Caps train under Dos Santos for the first time – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC had their first training session under new head coach Marc Dos Santos Tuesday on a wet and chilly morning at the WFC National Soccer Development Centre. And in the span of just under 90 minutes, a new high-tempo style of play already started to emerge.
Tim Howard to retire after 2019 season with Colorado Rapids – Pro Soccer USA
After 21 years of playing soccer professionally, Colorado Rapids goalkeeper and United States men’s national team legend Tim Howard is ready to hang it up. Howard announced the 2019 Major League Soccer season will be his last playing soccer.
Scottish midfielder Adam Wilson pinching himself at Toronto FC training camp – Delta Optimist
Adam Wilson was playing Xbox in a Louisville hotel room during the MLS SuperDraft, waiting to move into his new apartment.
Noble Okello signs first team contract with Toronto FC – Waking the Red
Toronto FC announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed 18-year-old midfielder Noble Okello to a first team contract, making him the club’s 19th academy player to sign with the MLS team.
Kevin Gilmore takes over for Joey Saputo as president of Montreal Impact – CBC
Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo is stepping down as president of the MLS club, handing those duties to Kevin Gilmore.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires Polish National Team Midfielder Przemysław Frankowski – Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it has acquired Polish National Team midfielder Przemysław Frankowski via transfer from Polish first-division club Jagiellonia Bialystok, utilizing Discretionary Targeted Allocation Money. The 23-year-old midfielder is under contract with the Fire through the 2022 MLS season. He will be added to the Fire’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
FC Cincinnati sign winger Roland Lamah after Re-Entry Draft selection – MLS
A month after selecting him in the Re-Entry Draft, FC Cincinnati have agreed to a deal with former FC Dallas winger Roland Lamah, the club announced Tuesday.
Orlando City SC Waives Forward Stéfano Pinho – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC and Stéfano Pinho have mutually agreed to terminate the forward’s contract and waive his rights ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
LAFC: Personnel only part of the defensive problem – MLS Multiplex
LAFC are attempting to fix their defensive problems this season. But their weaknesses go beyond just the personnel available.
Expansion candidates Sacramento Republic FC add Ron Burkle as lead investor – MLS
Sacramento’s MLS expansion bid has added billionaire financier Ron Burkle as its lead investor, it announced Tuesday.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Coach Martin’s 200th win a big one for Cowichan LMG – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Glen Martin’s 200th win as a Div. 1 men’s soccer coach was a satisfying one.
UFV celebrates 2019 HOF class – Chilliwack Progress
The University of the Fraser Valley celebrates its past on Friday, with the school’s athletic department presenting its third annual Hall of Fame class and induction.
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema sees action as Canada’s soccer squad blanks Norway – Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack soccer star Jordyn Huitema got on the field for 28 minutes Tuesday morning, helping the Canadian national women’s team top Norway 1-0 in an international friendly match.
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
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Christine Sinclair scores goal No. 178 in Canada’s 1-0 win over Norway – Edmonton Journal
Captain Christine Sinclair, chasing history, scored the 178th goal of her international career Tuesday to give the Canadian women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over Norway in its first full international of 2019.
Canada open 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup year with 1:0 win over Norway – CSA
Canada opened 2019 with a 1:0 win over Norway in its first official match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ year. Captain Christine Sinclair earned Canada the win with a second half goal, her 178th international goal in her 275th appearance for Canada bringing her just seven goals away from the all-time FIFA goal scoring record.
Preparations continue apace at Meadows on the Green as Cavalry FC count down to CPL kickoff – AFTN
If all goes to plan, Cavalry FC’s future home should be match-ready by the middle of April, according to club president and COO Ian Allison.
York 9 makes Japan midfielder Wataru Murofushi its second international signing – Times Colonist
York 9 FC has made Japanese midfielder Wataru Murofushi its second international player signing.
Halifax’s HFX Wanderers FC adds two youngsters to Canadian Premier League roster – The Star
“He had an excellent scoring record with Montreal Impact,” Wanderers coach Stephen Hart said in a statement. “We want to further develop his progress and make him into one of the top strikers that could be available for us over a long period of time.”
Player Tracker: Canadian Premier League clubs filling rosters ahead of 2019 season – Canadian Premier League
A running list of Canadian Premier League signings ahead of the inaugural 2019 season.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
USL League One readies for Opening Day – Yahoo Sports
The USL rebranded its top league as the USL Championship and its college-aged U-23 league the PDL as USL League Two, making way for a new group of professional sides in USL League One.
Monarchs add Damian German and Lionel Abate Eoundi for 2019 USL Championship season – RSL Soapbox
Real Monarchs SLC officially announced the signing of midfielder Damian German and forward Lionel Abate Eoundi for the 2019 USL Championship season today. German, a 23-year-old midfield player who had a number of successful season at the RSL Academy had already announced his signing through his personal twitter account back on January 4th.
Birmingham’s Pro Soccer Team- Birmingham Legion FC Opens Pre-Season Training Camp – CBS 42
Birmingham professional soccer team Birmingham Legion FC opened their first-ever day of pre-season camp today. BIrmingham Legion FC inaugural season starts at home on March 9th vs Bethlehem Steel FC.
USL Squad Slated for Proposed Hawks Ballpark – Ballpark Digest
If built, a proposed new ballpark for the Boise Hawks (Short Season A; Northwest League) will also house a professional soccer club in USL Championship. This news was recently confirmed by Hawks ownership and the USL.
Why Players Pick Minneapolis City SC by Dan Hoedeman – Fifty Five One
This is the fourth in a series of articles that take a look inside what it’s like to run one a lower division club. It’s focused on the playing side of things: mainly, our mission and what it takes to be competitive in the NPSL.
Snohomish County Steelheads offer lifetime season tickets for just $100 – GoalWA
The Snohomish County FC Steelheads are preparing for their first season in the Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) and they want to encourage local support along the way. The club has introduced a “Founders Club” where fans can buy season tickets for life for just $100.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
What’s Plan B? European jaunt shows Ellis what works — and what doesn’t – The Equalizer
“It’s about looking at players’ versatility. It’s important for us to explore our options and profiles of players.” That was the response of U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis when asked by The Equalizer whether her side’s trip to Europe was as much about exploring and testing out potential Plan Bs, if Plan A at the World Cup isn’t working.
W-League Week 12 Review: Stajcic dismissal sends shock waves; Raso returns – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 12, which saw Haley Raso return to the field with Brisbane after her long injury layoff and Alen Stajcic forced out as Matildas’ coach.
Embarrassment Continues: Sky Blue Look for Unpaid Assistant Coach – Backline Soccer
If not providing adequate facilities wasn’t enough, if not paying players a proper wage wasn’t enough, if the lack of interest from current players wasn’t enough then Sky Blue FC have gone the extra mile to embarrass their organization by putting up an advertisement for an unpaid assistant coaching position.
Football in India: The Mumbai girls defying tradition to follow World Cup dreams – BBC Sport
In the cramped and colourful streets of Colaba’s Ambedkar Nagar, a slum community in the south of India’s biggest city, the Women’s World Cup seems a long way away.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Small plane carrying Premier League star Emiliano Sala to new club missing at sea – Edmonton Journal
Sala, 28, had spent the previous hours saying farewell to teammates in France after Cardiff signed him for a club-record $25 million fee last week.
Emiliano Sala: Profile of ‘a South American warrior’ & the ‘local Carlos Tevez’ – BBC Sport
At 28, Emiliano Sala had just reached football maturity, and his move to Cardiff was shaping up to be a thrilling adventure.
Sarri says Gonzalo Higuain will sign for Chelsea from Juventus – Sportsnet
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says striker Gonzalo Higuain is in final negotiations to join the Premier League club from Juventus.
PSG-STRASBOURG TOPS WEDNESDAY BILL – Ligue 1
PSG do battle against in-form bogey team Strasbourg for palace in the last 16 of the Coupe de France whileSaint-Etienne play host to Ligue 1 Conforama rivals Dijon. Caen and Rennes travel to lower-league opponents.
League Cup Preview: Manchester City v Burton Albion – NBC Sports
Even with a 9-0 aggregate lead, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola plans to send out a strong squad for the second leg of the League Cup against Burton Albion.
Cafu to present Copa America draw in Brazil – London Free Press
Former World Cup winner Cafu will present Friday’s Copa America draw in Rio de Janeiro.
PSG fined 100,000 euros in discrimination case – London Free Press
The French football league’s disciplinary commission has fined Paris Saint-Germain 100,000 euros for illegally profiling ethnic origins of potential young recruits.
David Beckham buys Salford City stake and makes Class of 92 majority owners – The Guardian
David Beckham has become a shareholder in Salford City, taking a 10% stake and so joining Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes as Class of 92 owners.
Soccer great Hagi’s club fires player for gambling issues – Canada.com
Gheorghe Hagi’s soccer club in Romania says it has terminated a player’s contract for gambling on games.
Usain Bolt gives up on football dream, saying his ‘sports life is over’ – The Guardian
Usain Bolt has given up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, saying “the sports life is over” for him.
Twinning Project: 32 football clubs join prison scheme to help tackle reoffending – BBC Sport
More than a third of all Premier League and Football League clubs have agreed to be part of a programme to help tackle the UK’s reoffending rate.
Crystal Palace shelter local homeless – Inside World Football
In this loadsamoney era for top-tier football, Crystal Palace stands out as a club that has managed nonetheless to retain close links with the community that spawned it. So it is not altogether surprising that of all Premier League outfits it should be the Eagles who have teamed up with their local council to provide some practical midwinter help for the homeless.