VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
From the Pigeon Loft: A manifesto for support in 2018 – AFTN
It’s a new year and time to consolidate some thinking on what it means to be a supporter here in Vancouver.
LAFC sign veteran defender Jordan Harvey, first free agent in team history – Fox Sports
The Los Angeles Football Club has signed its first free agent in club history. Veteran defender Jordan Harvey will join LAFC, the team announced on Tuesday.
Galaxy, LAFC make roster moves; there could be a Kitchen addition – LA Times
Less than three weeks before the opening of their training camps, the Galaxy and expansion Los Angeles Football Club are continuing to build their rosters. The Galaxy announced Tuesday it had reached deals with defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic; LAFC said it had signed free-agent defender Jordan Harvey.
Report: Uruguayan center back Yeferson Quintana close to MLS move – MLS
Uruguayan journalist Wilson Mendez tweeted on Tuesday that 21-year-old center back Yeferson Quintana is “close” to moving to MLS from Peñarol.
Orlando City acquire Kljestan in trade with Red Bulls – Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City have acquired midfielder Sacha Kljestan in a trade with New York Red Bulls.
Timbers acquire central defender Julio Cascante – Timbers FC
The Portland Timbers announced today that the club has acquired Costa Rican central defender Julio Cascante via transfer from Costa Rican Primera Division side Deportiva Saprissa, utilizing Targeted Allocation Money for the transfer.
FC Dallas Signs Defender Reto Ziegler – FC Dallas
FC Dallas has signed center back Reto Ziegler from Swiss first division side FC Luzern, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate, the club announced today. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
United acquire Venezuelan National Team midfielder Júnior Moreno – DC United
D.C. United signed Venezuelan international midfielder Júnior Moreno on a permanent transfer from Venezuelan top tier side Zulia FC pending receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Ezequiel Barco reportedly furious after Independiente reject another Atlanta United offer – Dirty South Soccer
Barco Watch is slowly devolving into Barco Madness as Atlanta United have reportedly had another improved, incentive-laden transfer offer for the 18-year-old rejected by Independiente.
Revolution Sign Homegrown Player Isaac Angking – New England Revolution
The New England Revolution have signed midfielder Isaac Angking as a Homegrown Player. The Providence, R.I. native joins the first team after developing over more than four seasons in the Revolution Academy.
MLS: SuperDraft plays diminishing role – Soccer America
MLS’s first two major events of the year are the adidas Combine Jan. 11-17 in Orlando and SuperDraft Jan. 19 in Philadelphia, but the annual draft dominated by college players is playing a diminishing role in how MLS clubs build their rosters with players acquired from North American sources.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Soccer association digging in cleats for 2018 season – Williams Lake Tribune
There may be snow blanketing the lakecity, but the Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association is already busy at work making preparations for the 2018 season.
TRU WolfPack to introduce new AD? – Kamloops This Week
The TRU WolfPack will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, at which they are expected to introduce a new athletic director.
Canadian legends Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil team up for Individualized Coaching Program – Dasovic-Neil Coaching
Nick Dasovic & Andrea Neil have teamed up to provide training programs for players & coaches. The programs specialize in individual, positional, age, and gender specific training for players, with a combined technical and physical focus while providing education and mentorship opportunities for coaches to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge base.
BC Soccer Web’s 2017 Soccer & Sports Book Recommendations – BC Soccer Web
Over the years, there have been many books on soccer and sport that have given us joy, laughter, and much to think about. We’re happy to share these with you. We’ll be updating this list as new titles become available, so keep checking.
PCSL CHALLENGE CUP PHOTOS: Vancouver Utd. 3, Mid-Isle Mariners 1, July 30, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
2016-2017 BC Soccer Year in Review – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. is proud to release their 2016-2017 Year in Review after another successful year of soccer. The #respectall initiative, High Performance License, Club Charter Program activity, along with the delivery of hundreds of coaching courses and referee clinics this past year highlight some of the successes.
BC PROVINCIAL WOMEN’S A CUP PHOTOS: Surrey United 1 NSGSC Renegades 0, May 13, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
2017 VISL JACKSON CUP PHOTOS: Nanaimo Utd. 2 Cowichan LMG 1 (XT), April 2, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
FVSL PHOTOS: Pakenham Cup Final, PMO Rangers 1 PMO Lordco Gunners 0, April 1, 2017 – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.
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
2017 was a year of transition for Canadian women’s soccer team – Sportsnet
There was an ushering in of young talent with a number of debuts, while the team said goodbye to a handful of veterans who helped push the program to fifth in the world FIFA rankings.
League1 women’s soccer coming to Hamilton – Hamilton Spectator
This summer, Hamilton will have a women’s team in the top development soccer league in Ontario and the men likely won’t be far behind.
World-renowned match official speaker coming to Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 – Ontario Soccer
Sonia Denoncourt, a former head of FIFA Referee Development and the first female FIFA accredited referee, will be a big draw for match officials.
Insomnia soccer tournament honours Donny Richardson – Whitehorse Star
This weekend’s annual Insomnia Christmas Soccer Tournament had a bit of a different feel to it – with the tight-knit community honouring a member they lost in early 2017. All 187 players in the weekend’s tournament wore jerseys with the number 20 on the back with the last name Richardson to remember Donny Richardson who died in January 2017.
VIDEO: Calgary Foothills FC | Best of 2017 – YouTube
Video highlights from Calgary Foothills 2017 season.
Help your players by using this Grassroots Game Day Management resource – Ontario Soccer
Game days are perfect moments for helping players consider their psychological, social / emotional development.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Swope Park Rangers signs midfielder Bryam Rebellon as first new signing ahead of 2018 season – Sporting KC
The Swope Park Rangers have signed midfielder Bryam Rebellon, the club announced today. Rebellon spent the 2017 campaign with the Jacksonville Armada in the North American Soccer League (NASL), and becomes the first new signing on the Rangers’ roster ahead of the 2018 season, pending league and federation approval.
The USL’s divisional sanctioning remains unclear – Soc Takes
While the NASL lawsuit appeal rolls on, US Soccer finds itself in a situation where, for a second year running, it starts the calendar year without a sanctioned second division. Unlike the NASL, USL has continued to make expansion announcements and USL teams have diligently continued to rebuild their respective squads. Yet, it is important to remember that USL is not currently a sanctioned second division for the 2018 season.
A photo tour of D.C. United’s proposed training & USL site – Black & Red United
Approximately ten minutes from two separate Dulles Greenway exits and equidistant from Route 7 lie the more than 400 acres of Philip Bolen Park (named for the longtime Loudoun County Commissioner), where the two strips of land for D.C. United’s proposed training facility site and USL stadium will sit on the East and West sides of the Park, respectively.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Scotland Women: Shelley Kerr calls up Hibernian’s Rachael Small – BBC Sport
Scotland women’s head coach Shelley Kerr has called up Hibernian’s Rachael Small to replace team-mate Lucy Graham for two forthcoming friendlies.
Gender equality in football has fallen far behind other sectors of society – Play the Game
A recent study of working conditions in women’s football show that female footballers do not enjoy the same rights as workers in other sectors.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Superstar nominees arrive in Ghana for CAF Awards – African Football
Ahead of the 2017 Aiteo CAF Awards ceremony in Ghana, African football legends and awards nominees have started to arrive in Accra.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Preview – BBC Sport
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will face a late fitness test, while defender Laurent Koscielny could miss out. Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns, with rested duo Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas likely to return to the starting line-up.
Man City 3 Watford 1: Raheem Sterling scores rapid fire goal and irresistible leaders go 15 points clear – The Telegraph
Normal service has resumed. Manchester City made Sunday’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace look like no more than a minor bump in the road with a handsome victory over Watford on their seemingly irresistible journey towards the Premier League title. Make that 20 wins from 22, 62 points from 66. The gap to second is back to a dizzying 15 points.
Bayern Munich confirm interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka – The Guardian
Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in the highly rated Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
Bundesliga – Could Expansion Lead to More Competitiveness? – Fussballstadt
The Bundesliga winter break has been used by some of Germany’s most prominent media to investigate the poor European season of the German clubs. While it might be too early to conclude a single bad European campaign the current situation has to be taken seriously to ensure that symptoms do not become endemic.
Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool braced for new bid from Barcelona – BBC Sport
Liverpool are yet to receive a new bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, but reports in Spain claim a renewed offer for the midfielder is imminent.
Zinedine Zidane: ‘Anything can happen’ in January transfer window – ESPN FC
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he held talks with club president Florentino Perez regarding the possibility of making new signings in the January transfer window, although he does not want any players to depart.
Bahrain are surprise package at Gulf Cup as Qatar exit early – Inside World Football
Qatar’s efforts to build a credible team ahead of hosting 2022 World Cup remain a formidable challenge after yet another disappointment, this time failing to reach the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup in Kuwait.
David Silva says son ‘fighting day by day’ after premature birth – Sportsnet
Manchester City playmaker David Silva says his son is “fighting day by day” after being born prematurely.
Everton stadium costs rise as club seeks extra construction finance – Inside World Football
Everton CEO Robert Elstone has confirmed the costs of the club’s proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock have “escalated significantly”. Target date for opening of the new 50-55,000 capacity stadium is the 2022-23 season.
US Soccer is Divided Against Itself – Fifty Five One
The shocking failure of the U.S. men’s national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup continues to reverberate around the U.S. Soccer scene. There is a malaise, as everyone knows, and change is needed.
Watch: Welsh goalkeeper scores from his own box – NBC Sports
It only took one day into the new year for us to see the unicorn of soccer goals.
Preston’s Kevin O’Connor wins €1m in Irish lottery with ticket he got as present – The Guardian
Preston’s full-back Kevin O’Connor has won €1m in a lottery raffle in Ireland thanks to a ticket given to him as a present by his uncle.
Barzagli to Vidić: Ten of the best January signings – UEFA
While there’s an obvious candidate for the finest crop of January signings (2011 was a vintage year), whittling down the moves proved more challenging.