VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Aloha! ‘Caps headed to Hawaii for first preseason fixtures of 2018 – Whitecaps FC
Hawaii, here we come. Vancouver Whitecaps FC depart for the Aloha State on Wednesday night for a 10-day training camp that will include their first preseason fixtures of 2018.
Waston looking for added experience in ‘Caps roster to be difference in 2018 – Red Nation Online
Whitecaps FC skipper Kendall Waston is as focused as ever as he prepares for his fifth season with Vancouver. The ‘Towering Tico’ knows that expectations for the Caps will be high again this season, and he doesn’t want it any other way.
Man City Signs Jack Harrison From NYCFC, Loans Him to Middlesbrough – SI.com
The pacey 21-year-old, who has been in the US since the age of 14, will head to Middlesbrough on loan immediately and will be hoping to rejoin City and make an impact next season.
Sources: LAFC set to sign Canadian winger Mark-Anthony Kaye – SN
LAFC acquired Kaye’s rights after completing a transfer deal with Kaye’s former club, Louisville City, for an undisclosed fee believed to be one of the highest paid for a USL player. The 23-year-old left-footed winger played for Canada in last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
LAFC Acquires Defender Dejan Jaković – LAFC
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today the acquisition of defender Dejan Jaković. The 32-year-old center back will join the team in California for preseason training prior to LAFC’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer.
New York Red Bulls sign Marc Rzatkowski on loan from Red Bull Salzburg – MLS
The New York Red Bulls acquired German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski on loan from sister club Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga, the club announced on Wednesday.
Carlos Carmona leaves Atlanta United for Colo-Colo – SN
Carlos Carmona has left Atlanta United, with the club selling the midfielder to Chilean side Colo-Colo, the MLS outfit announced on Tuesday.
Atlanta United sign veteran right back Sal Zizzo via MLS free agency – MLS
Atlanta United announced on Tuesday night that they have signed veteran defender Sal Zizzo via MLS free agency.
Brampton striker Cyle Larin gets his wish, moves from MLS to Turkey’s Besiktas – Toronto Star
The two clubs had been in a tug of war over the 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont., with Orlando insisting he was still under contract to the MLS team.
San Jose Earthquakes Reshuffle the Deck, Look For a Big 2018 – Prost Amerika
If there is any truth behind the old adage that you can’t tell the players without a program, than the program vendor at Avaya Stadium will probably be more popular than the beer vendor when the San Jose Earthquakes open their 2018 MLS Season on March 3rd against Minnesota United.
MLS and Liga MX in talks about annual match between champions – Washington Post
MLS and the top Mexican league are in discussions about an annual match between their respective champions, starting as early as this fall, multiple sources told the Insider on Tuesday.
ISC 2018 Conference sees supporters groups share best practices and common issues faced – AFTN
The Independent Supporters Council (ISC) met in Vancouver this past weekend, for their annual two-day conference to discuss issues affecting supporters across North America.
BC SOCCER NEWS
Vancouver could co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup – Metro
Vancouver is moving forward in a bid to be a co-host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which could cost the city upwards of $10 to $20 million.
Vancouver City Council Unanimously Votes in Favor of Vancouver being a Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup if the United Bid from Canada, USA and Mexico is Successful – BCSA
The City of Vancouver has officially voted to continue to move forward in the FIFA 2026 Men’s World Cup Bid as a host city. Currently Vancouver has been chosen as one of four Canadian Cities in the joint bid (Mexico, USA, Canada) to host matches and today the city has voted in favor of continuing the bid process in hopes of officially becoming one of the Canadian cities to host matches.
Whitecaps president endorses World Cup bid for Vancouver – Vancouver Courier
Bob Lenarduzzi touted the power of the world’s largest sporting event and emphasized how Vancouver had a unique opportunity to showcase elite soccer and benefit economically from the event.
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.
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
As potential host cities debate World Cup 2026, we learn more about the bid as a whole – the11.ca
As the short-listed cities debate the merits of being World Cup hosts in 2026, we learn a little more about the United bid with each council meeting, with each report that comes from a city’s administrators.
Canadian Soccer Association Governance Updates – CSA
The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the Vice President and Director positions who are able to contribute to an Association that reflects the values of engagement, transparency, accountability and the many attributes of leading edge governance.
Toronto FC invite ‘like a door to my dream’ for P.E.I. soccer player – CBC
A former Holland College soccer star is off to Ontario for a second round of tryouts for the Toronto FC soccer team.
VIDEO: RMR Episode165 – Full Interview with David Clanachan – YouTube
Interview with Canadian Premier League Commisioner David Clanachan.
USL, NASL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Robert Earnshaw joins coaching staff for USL affiliate Fresno FC – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that Robert Earnshaw will join USL affiliate Fresno FC as an assistant coach.
John Hutchinson Promoted to S2 Head Coach – Sounders 2
Hutchinson, a former A-League star, has been promoted to S2 Head Coach following Ezra Hendrickson’s departure to the LA Galaxy.
Former MLS coach to be named team president of Birmingham Legion FC – AL.com
Former New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps will be named the president and general manager of Birmingham’s USL expansion soccer team on Thursday, AL.com has learned.
In wake of NASL turmoil, Armada to join NPSL for spring of 2018 – Jacksonville.com
After another winter of suspense, the Jacksonville Armada has finally confirmed its new league for 2018.
USL Announces Rule Changes for 2018 – NYRB
The United Soccer League (USL), one of the most prominent Division II professional leagues in the world, officially announced Wednesday that the 2018 season will feature a handful of new rules which were vetted by the various Competition Subcommittees and subsequently approved by the full Technical Committee meeting at the annual meetings in Orlando earlier this month/last month.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Spirit select Lavelle with first pick in dispersal draft; Full dispersal draft results – NWSL
Rose Lavelle was selected first by the Washington Spirit in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft, which took place on Tuesday afternoon. Players from the Boston Breakers, which ceased operations on Sunday, were available for selection by the league’s nine teams.
Drafting Kyah Simon all part of the plan for Dash’s Vera Pauw – Houston Chronicle
Vera Pauw may have thrown the women’s soccer world for a loop on Tuesday, but as far as the new Dash coach is concerned, her world is shaping up nicely. Australian attacker Kyah Simon is a big reason why.
NC Courage take Julie King and Allysha Chapman in NWSL dispersal draft – Dirty South Soccer
The NWSL held a dispersal draft for players that were members of the Boston Breakers on Tuesday. After badly mishandling the situation with the team folding by telling reporters and players that things were going on as normal, the NWSL were at least able to ensure that some of the players were able to continue their careers.
Andrine Hegerberg: Birmingham City Ladies midfielder joins Paris St-Germain – BBC Sport
Birmingham City Ladies’ Norway midfielder Andrine Hegerberg has signed for French club Paris St-Germain.
W-League: Katie Stengel rises to the occasion for Newcastle Jets – The Herald (Australia)
Katie Stengel is looking forward to playing without the pressure of a must-win game on Saturday night when the finals-bound Jets take on Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Ireland women’s boss Bell agrees new contract after impressive first year – The 42
THE FAI HAVE today announced a contract extension for Women’s National Team (WNT) manager Colin Bell.
Crawley pioneer Carol Bates re-viving the ‘missed generation’ of women’s football – The FA
“I call us the ‘missed generation’ of women’s football because in the 70s when we were all growing up, we weren’t allowed to play football and then it was too late for us by the time it came in.”
Forget the apology, Phil Neville remains a shockingly bad appointment as England Women’s manager – Talkradio UK
Phil Neville may have apologised for his sexist tweets, saying the messages “are not a reflection of my true character” and even he didn’t like the content. Nonetheless, Neville’s appointment as manager of the England national women’s football team remains a shocking example of how out of touch the sport’s governing body still is.
Votes for women: how a football team tells the tale of the war that changed the world – ITV
It’s 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote in the UK, after years of bitter struggle. The Votes for Women campaign saw a turning point after the first world war, as women proved themselves time and again capable of fulfilling the same roles in society as men. But there’s one lesser-known story about the impact the conflict had on women: the rise of women’s football.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Premier League Weds. preview: Giants collide in London – NBC Sport
Seven more Premier League matches are on tap Wednesday, and here’s the scoop for all of ’em.
Giroud to Chelsea; Dortmund loan Batshuayi; Aubameyang to Arsenal: transfer deadline day – live! – The Guardian
Live updates from transfer deadline day.
Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record $80 million – Sportsnet
Arsenal paid a club-record fee of 63.75 million euros ($80 million) to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, completing the overhaul of the team’s attack that was triggered by Alexis Sanchez’s departure to Manchester United.
Swansea City 3, Arsenal 1 – BBC Sport
Swansea City moved out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since November following a shock victory over Arsenal.
Depleted West Ham holds Crystal Palace to 1-1 draw – Metro
Mark Noble’s penalty cancelled out a rare goal from Christian Benteke as injury-hit West Ham battled to a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Huddersfield Town 0, Liverpool 3 – BBC Sport
A comfortable win over Huddersfield was “exactly what we needed” after successive defeats said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Chelsea signs Palmieri from Roma as back-up to Alonso – Mississauga.com
Chelsea finally signed a back-up for Marcos Alonso at left wing back by bringing in Emerson Palmieri from Roma on the next-to-last day of the January transfer window.
Dortmund dominating end of German transfer window – Sportsnet
Borussia Dortmund is dominating the end of the transfer window in Germany with Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving, promising winger Sergio Gomez coming, and forward Michy Batshuayi expected to join.
Life at 40! Buffon celebrates injury return, birthday with penalty save – SN
It was like Gianluigi Buffon had not missed any time at all. The Italy legend returned for Juventus on Tuesday for their Coppa Italia semi-final first leg away to Atalanta after missing nearly two months with a calf injury. And he did so in fine form, saving a penalty in a 1-0 Juventus win.
Paris win through to final – Ligue 1
Despite playing a man down for the final half-hour following the first red card of Kylian Mbappé’s career, four-time reigning champions PSG held out for a 3-2 win over Rennes to book a place in a fifth consecutive Coupe de la Ligue final.
Championship round-up: Robert Snodgrass winner lifts Aston Villa – The Guardian
Robert Snodgrass scored a 90th-minute winner to give in-form Aston Villa a 1-0 win at Sheffield United. The Scotland midfielder curled in a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area to snatch three points and secure a victory that lifts Villa up to third following a fifth straight victory.
Cameroon Legend Samuel Eto’o joins Konyaspor in Turkey – African Football
Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o is set to be unveiled as a new player at Konyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig division on Wednesday.
Turkish FA bans assassination target Deniz Naki for life – Inside World Football
A German-Turkish player known for his pro-Kurdish views, who was targeted in a recent drive-by shooting, has been banned for life by the Turkish Football Federation.
Ancelotti eyeing club job over Italy role – Four Four Two
Carlo Ancelotti’s focus is on working in club football again, and not taking charge of Italy’s national team.
Azeglio Vicini, Italy’s coach at 1990 World Cup, dies at 84 – Sportsnet
Azeglio Vicini, who coached Italy to a third-place finish as host of the 1990 World Cup, has died. He was 84.
Uruguay stalwart Lugano hangs up the boots – FIFA
Diego Lugano, who captained Uruguay to a memorable semi-final appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has announced his retirement to bring down the curtain on a glittering 19-year playing career.
Presidential candidate Hope Solo slams USSF’s ‘profit before progress’ policy – Inside World Football
Hope Solo, the United States’ World Cup-winning goalkeeper who has thrown her hat into the ring for presidency of the US Soccer Federation, has filed a legal complaint against the USSF for what she claims is a “blatant violation” of a legal code protecting athletes.
Chelsea owner Abramovich named on ‘hostile’ list of Russian oligarchs published by US – Sky News
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich is one of 96 oligarchs on the roster of those to have flourished under the Russian President’s regime, alongside major Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
Decline in requests for World Cup tickets from the USA – NBC Sports
Nearly five million tickets were requested for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But less than 2 percent of them came from the U.S.
Russia warns of locusts destroying World Cup fields – Sportsnet
A plague of locusts could destroy the fields in World Cup stadiums this year, the Russian government said Wednesday.