BC Soccer News, Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Transfer rumours circle Giles Barnes as he welcomes Sheanon Williams to VancouverRed Nation Online
Giles Barnes was one player who was a noticeable surprise on the first day of camp. The silly season has had the 28 year-old striker heavily linked with an offseason transfer to SkyBet Championship side, Blackburn Rovers. Barnes for now, remains a Whitecap.

Whitecaps assistant coach Pert constantly seeking improvementThe Province
A fence separates the training grounds of Arsenal and Watford in Hertfordshire, England, and one day Martyn Pert, the current Whitecaps assistant coach, was a fly on the wall for a talk between then-Watford boss Malky Mackay and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger.

New eyes on Whitecaps’ Ousted with goalie coach Kerr Vancouver Sun
There’s been a change around goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps. No, it’s not David Ousted. You can breathe. The Danish shot stopper, a fan favourite and one of the best goalkeepers in MLS, is back for his fifth season here. But the man barking at him is different.

Whitecaps hope Welsh adventure serves them well ahead of 2017 seasonTimes Colonist
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson is a proud Welshman. Known to show up at the odd media availability holding a coffee mug emblazoned with his country’s flag, Robinson earned 52 caps for Wales during his playing days and revelled in the national team’s run to the semifinals at Euro 2016. David Ousted and his teammates are looking forward to finally seeing what all the fuss is about.

Whitecaps players show support for Bell Let’s Talk Red Nation Online
Today is Bell Let’s Talk day in Canada, and for every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view, and Snapchat geofilter with #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents towards mental health initiatives. It’s a monumental campaign to raise awareness, and help people struggling with mental health issues.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco receives ‘huge offer’ from Chinese Super League: ReportToronto Sun
It appears Sebastian Giovinco’s unprecedented production since joining Toronto FC has caught the eye of suitors in China.

Toronto FC’s return to training overshadowed by Sebastian Giovinco bombshell Waking the Red
Speaking in English – learned, he claimed, not in a classroom but “on the street” – for the first time to reporters as Toronto FC began their 2017 preseason, Sebastian Giovinco seemed as settled in Canada as ever.

Impact feel sense of unfinished business coming into pre-seasonSportsnet
Other than practice having to end early because too much snow had accumulated on the dangerously fragile roof of the old, decrepit Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Impact’s first day of training camp went very smoothly.

Rapids sign Bismark Adjei-Boateng from Premier League giants Manchester CityColorado Rapids
Adjei-Boateng made 101 appearances in all competitions for his Norwegian club, Strømsgodset IF, scoring 18 goals, having been signed by then Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in 2012. Though he never featured for City, he has enjoyed considerable time on loan at Strømsgodset, making his debut toward the end of the 2012 season, before helping them to the league title in 2013 – their first in 43 years.

Houston Dynamo sign Uruguayan forward Vicente Sánchez Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo signed veteran Uruguayan forward Vicente Sánchez, the club announced today.

Red Bulls sign Georgetown product Arun Basuljevic to Homegrown contractMLS
The New York Red Bulls’ academy pipeline continued to flow on Tuesday, as the club announced the signing of Georgetown University midfielder Arun Basuljevic to a Homegrown Player contract. The new signing has joined the Red Bulls for preseason camp in Tucson, Arizona.

Crew SC sign Mohammed Abu Through Discovery RuleMLS Multiplex
Columbus Crew SC have signed Ghanaian defensive midfielder Mohammed Abu through the special Discovery Rule. Abu marks the fourth Ghana native on the Crew’s active roster. Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful, and Lalas Abubakar are the other three.

Freddy Adu is on trial with the Portland Timbers, who might be able to use himFox Sports
Freddy Adu – the former American prodigy who was once hyped as the next Pele – has been bouncing around for the better part of a decade looking for a club where he can reach his potential.

Clint Dempsey medically cleared for returnEmpire of Soccer
According to the Seattle Sounders’ General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, United States Men’s International team striker Clint Dempsey has been medically cleared to return to training.

Sounders send Tyrone Mears to Atlanta for $50,000 in allocation moneyMLS
The Seattle Sounders traded the rights to fullback Tyrone Mears to Atlanta United FC on Tuesday, receiving $50,000 in general allocation money in return.

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Campbell River Cermaq Wave win key contestCampbell River Mirror
The CR Cermaq Wave men’s soccer team was back in action on Saturday, January 21, travelling to Victoria to play Saanich FFC in a VISL Division 1 fixture.

Juan de Fuca women’s soccer showdown a close battleGoldstream News Gazette
Addy Fearnley’s goal with about 10 minutes to go Sunday proved the winner as Juan de Fuca United beat Juan de Fuca FC 1-0 in Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association play Sunday at Westhills Stadium.

The deadline to register for the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s (KYSA’s) 2017 season is fast approaching. In order to be guaranteed a place on a KYSA house team players must register by midnight, February 1st.

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
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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
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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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Coach John Herdman looks to survey new wave of Canadian women’s soccer talentThe Province
Coach John Herdman’s 22-woman roster includes 10 members of the Olympic bronze medal squad, as well as six players who competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November-December and five who took part in the U-17 World Cup in Jordan in September-October.

Canada Soccer Announces New Roles and Expanded Positions in Technical DepartmentCSA
Canada Soccer announced today the hiring and expansion of several roles within its Technical Department as the organization continues to fulfill its Leading Soccer Nation four-year strategic plan.

Windsor TFC Stars partner with Windsor soccer clubWindsor Star
The Windsor TFC Stars have entered into a new partnership with the Windsor soccer club.

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Fisk Back For Second Year With FC Edmonton After Productive OffseasonFC Edmonton
Fresh off his first senior national team appearance against Bermuda, Ben Fisk is returning for a second season with FC Edmonton.

Switchbacks Fortify Midfield with Prugh SigningUSL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Tuesday the signing of former Bodens BK midfielder Eddy Prugh. The signing is pending league and federation approval.

How NASL, MLS could over-saturate Southern California pro soccer marketFour Four Two
The NASL is reportedly considering expansion to Orange County and San Diego , the latter of which is also courts an MLS franchise. There may not be enough fans to go around for NASL.

FC Arizona: The Launch Of A Club With Owner Scott TaylorLast Word on Soccer
Soccer in the United States continues to grow and change seemingly with each passing year. A new club that is looking to make a major impact in 2017 and beyond is FC Arizona of the National Premier Soccer League.

Kaylyn Kyle’s cryptic tweets suggest departure from Orlando PrideOrlando Sentinel
Orlando Pride midfielder Kaylyn Kyle posted a series of cryptic tweets the last two days, causing many to speculate whether she is leaving the team.

The Lowdown: Amanda Duffy and the growing NWSLThe Equalizer
In an NWSL offseason highlighted in part by prominent players heading to Europe, there has been one high profile addition that has flown under the radar. Amanda Duffy came in unannounced through the side door as the league’s Managing Director of Operations. Despite the inconspicuous nature of her entrance, Duffy figures to be front and center in a growing league office.

Arsenal capture Beth Mead’s signatureVavel
Arsenal now boast another prolific striker in their line up as they sign rising star Beth Mead from Sunderland.

Football is medicine for women with high blood pressureMedical Xpress
In a randomised trial involving 31 women aged 35-50 with mildly high blood pressure, 1 hour of football training two to three times a week over 1 year proved to be an effective broad-spectrum medicine, with positive effects on blood pressure, body fat percentage, bone density and physical fitness.

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Napoli ousts Fiorentina to reach Coppa Italia semifinalsFox Sports
Napoli beat Fiorentina 1-0 to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals and extend its unbeaten streak in all competitions to 15 matches on Tuesday.

Tunisia make it through but Algeria are out of Africa Cup Of Nations  – The Guardian
Algeria were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in the final games in Group B on Monday. They drew with Senegal 2-2 and learned Tunisia went through to the quarter-finals in their place by beating Zimbabwe 4-2.

Stunning Di Maria free kick helps send PSG to another French Cup finalFox Sports
Paris Saint-Germain thumped a feeble Bordeaux 4-1 to reach the French Cup final on Tuesday.

Millwall CPO scrapped as Lewisham mayor abandons development planThe Guardian
The plan to seize Millwall’s land around the Den by compulsory purchase has been abandoned after fierce public pressure. In a statement on Wednesday Lewisham’s mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, said that the CPO on Millwall’s land “should not proceed”, citing concerns raised about the club’s community trust and academy.

EURO 2016 provided €1.2bn boost to French economy, says report Inside World Football
A report into the economic impact of the UEFA EURO 2016 championships in France found that despite terror fears and high security levels, fans turning up to watch the tournament injected more than €1.2 billion into the French economy.

Obituary: Pioneer Earl Foreman did it all in soccer  – Soccer America
Pioneering sports attorney Earl Foreman, who died Monday at the age of 92, had ownership interests in teams in the NFL, NBA, ABA, NHL, but perhaps his biggest influence came in soccer.

The Pro/Rel ManifestoHowler
In which we grab hold of American soccer’s third rail and don’t let go until we resolve this thing once and for all (or go up in flames trying).

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