WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
WFC2’s Billy Schuler signs with Carolina Railhawks – Carolina Railhawks
The Carolina RailHawks have signed three additional players to the roster ahead of the 2016 NASL season. Former Atlanta Silverbacks defender Paul Black, former Indy Eleven midfielder Marvin Ceballos, and former Whitecaps FC II forward Billy Schuler (pending ITC approval); will join the RailHawks’ championship push in 2016.
Whitecaps hope to mine draft gold deep in first round of MLS lottery – Vancouver Sun
High first-round draft picks are often seen as a panacea for struggling professional sports teams, the opportunity to draft a future franchise cornerstone.
Luis Silva officially added to Tigres roster ahead of Liga MX season – SBI
Silva joins Tigres after six years of MLS play, having most recently appeared in 10 games for Real Salt Lake in 2015. Before RSL, Silva played three years with D.C. United, recording his breakout season in 2014 when he scored 11 goals. He was originally drafted by Toronto FC in the 2012 MLS Draft, and spent two years with the Canadian club.
Seattle Sounders midfielder Aaron Kovar to train with English club Preston North End – Seattle Times
Seattle Sounders midfielder Aaron Kovar will train with Preston North End of the English second division through mid-January, the MLS club announced Tuesday in a release.
Glick, Out: NYCFC name Jon Patricof new team president – Empire of Soccer
New York City FC announced the appointment of former Tribeca Enterprises President and COO Jon Patricof as new team President, succeeding former president Tom Glick.
Details emerge regarding Peter Nowak’s tenure with Union – SBI
While the case isn’t fully closed after years of controversy, there was some clarification provided on Tuesday night in the case involving former Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak and the club. Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald released a lengthy series of tweets regarding the lawsuit after having acquired court documents that reached over 200 pages.
Empire XI: Questions for New York Soccer in 2016 – Empire of Soccer
A new year begs new questions … and since my Empire XI piece from last year actually had some lasting relevance, I might as well try it again! Here are 11 questions to ponder heading into 2016:
A conversation with San Jose Earthquakes team president Dave Kaval Part 1– Center Line Soccer
2015 was a transformative year for the San Jose Earthquakes, so we reached out to team president Dave Kaval to get his insights on matters both on and off the field. Kaval spoke on a number of subjects — so many, in fact, that we have divided the conversation into three points.
Robert Sarver’s Purchase Of Mallorca Is An Indictment Of The American Soccer System – Screamer
The interesting thing, from a soccer-in-America perspective, is that all these wealthy Americans going overseas to scratch their soccer itch rather than staying home reflects on the specific business and competitive incentives of how the sport is set up in this country. Sarver probably feels he’s closer to owning a profitable, world-class soccer team by buying second-tier-dwelling Mallorca than if he would’ve bought any team in America. He’s probably right, too.
BC SOCCER NEWS
BC Soccer Assoc. Announces High Performance Programming Player Selections for January 2016 Camps – BCSA
BC Soccer’s updated High Performance Programming (HP Program) will begin its first project in January, 2016 and the player selections for all age groups have been completed. The BC Soccer High Performance Program Camps will be for 2000/2001/2002 born players with a separate intake for 2003 born players. The 2003 intake players will go through a three-day program that will involve 36 male and 36 female players, with the 2000/2001/2002 programs consisting of four days and 18 male and 24 female players (per age group).
FVSL Posts Schedules for Pakenham Cup & More – FVSL
Schedules for Pakenham Cup, President’s Cup, Master’s Cup, SC Cup and U-21 Cup can be found here.
BCSPL 2016 Schedule – timelines – BCSPL
As an update, we can tell you that the master BCSPL draft schedule for phase 1 play (February through June) has been completed and sent to all 8 clubs for review and minor edits.
BC Soccer Assoc. Hosts its Third Annual Futsal Festival – BCSA
BC Soccer Assoc. concluded their third annual BC Soccer Grassroots Fustal Festival this past Sunday. The University of Fraser Valley Athletic center hosted the festival which saw U9-U12 players and coaches engage in a Fustal specific Festival.
Four Inspirational Student-Athletes Featured In The Province – SFU
Over the fall season of competition, SFU produced the highest grade-point-average athletes within their conference in volleyball, cross-country running, men’s soccer and football.
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.
BC Youth Soccer Player Development
(Editor’s Note: Welcome to our new section on BC Youth Soccer Player Development; a new resource designed to help youth coaches and players. Throughout the week, we’ll feature articles, drills and videos from the most noted professionals in the field of player development. If you have any articles or resources you enjoy, send them our way, and we’ll share them with the BC Soccer community.)
Add targets to make soccer fitness training fun for players – Better Soccer Coaching
Fitness is fundamental to successful soccer coaching. It’s something you need to think about on a regular basis and I don’t mean simply getting your players to run around the pitch each week. First, that’s going to be boring and, second, players won’t push themselves. Instead, this soccer drill gives your players targets to create interest and fun.
NASL & USL NEWS
Clark out as Rhinos owner; USL takes control of team – Democrat & Chronicle
The United Soccer League terminated its franchise agreement with Rhinos owner Rob Clark last month after Clark’s family told the USL it didn’t plan to operate the team next season. That decision, Clark said on Tuesday, came a couple of weeks after the city informed the Clark family it was terminating the operating lease at Sahlen’s Stadium on Dec. 31. The Rhinos, one of the most successful teams in league history, won the USL Championship in October, the club’s first title in 14 years.
USL Terminates Rochester Ownership Group – USL
The USL today announced the termination of the Adirondack Sports Club’s ownership of the Rochester Rhinos for failing to meet USL standards. USL officials, led by CMO Tom Veit, are currently in Rochester working with city officials and other stakeholders to ensure the franchise’s long-term success.
FC Edmonton proving fruitful incubator for Canadian talent – FC Edmonton
“We have a lot of young talent coming through,” Canada Soccer Association (CSA) Technical Director Tony Fonseca told NASL.com. “You can see the work that has been done over the years in bringing new talent up. There’s a solid foundation. I think that it shows that we’re going to do much better moving forward. It’s encouraging, for sure, to see the amount of players that we have now in our junior squad.”
Are The Silverbacks An Endangered Species? – Bloody Shambles
People that already follow the Silverbacks closely will be aware that the team has been league owned and is intended to be sold. The NASL is hoping an investor will come in and #SaveOurSilverbacks .
US prospect, former Cosmos Haji Wright headed to Germany – Metro NY
One of the most hyped players currently in the youth ranks, Wright spent last season with the New York Cosmos, who won the NASL’s Soccer Bowl this year. He made just three appearances with the senior team and didn’t score although he did feature somewhat regularly with the squad’s ‘B Team.’ He was released by the Cosmos this December after failing to make much of a mark with the second division side.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
Thorns place discovery claim on Amandine Henry – The Equalizer
Portland Thorns FC have filed an NWSL discovery claim on French midfielder Amandine Henry, news first reported by Caitlin Murray.
Northwest Premier League (NWPL) reveals logo – NWPL
The Northwest Premier League (NWPL), a new adult elite amateur statewide women’s soccer competition, today reveals the league logo that will identify the circuit for the 2016 debut season and beyond.
Natasha Harding: Wales forward calls for more FAW funding – BBC Sport
Central contracts must be adopted by the women’s game in Wales to ensure the national side can challenge the world’s best, says forward Natasha Harding.
Women’s Super League needs to be best ever – Steph Houghton – BBC Sport
From paying to play to appearing on Fifa 2016 and being made an MBE, England captain Steph Houghton needs no reminder of the “massive” strides she has seen in women’s football.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Juventus make it eight in a row with win over Verona – BBC Sport
Champions Juventus made it eight Serie A wins in a row as they beat Verona to continue their surge up the table.
Manuel Pellegrini: I’d rather win title and be sacked than fail and stay – The Guardian
Manuel Pellegrini has said he would rather win the title and be sacked by Manchester City than continue as manager without enjoying that level of success.
Barca transfer ban ends with club immediately registering 77 players – Inside World Football
Barcelona celebrated the end of their 14-month “transfer ban” by registering 77 players across all age groups, many of whom had been signed to the club during the ban and who will now be able to play in competitive matches.
The Question: what is attacking football? – The Guardian
Louis van Gaal believes simply having the ball shows ambition but possession, shots on target and even goals aren’t necessarily enough to satiate fans.
Copa Libertadores Schedule Revealed – CONMEBOL
CONMEBOL’s Department of competitions unveiled the official program of the first phase and the group stage of the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores.
A new type of coach — appointed by the sponsors – Soccer America
We may be on the threshold of even deeper sponsor involvement in the sport. We’re thoroughly used to sponsors talking like Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer: “Business with Manchester United is going very well, we are selling more shirts than expected. We are satisfied …” But Hainer didn’t stop there, he went on with these words: “… even if the current playing style of Manchester United is not exactly what we want to see.”
A manic 12 days of Kloppmas – TSN
It was the week before Christmas and as Jurgen Klopp took his Liverpool team south for a game at Watford he was heading into the unknown.
Club America looks to get historic year off to a good start – Prost Amerika
Liga MX’s most successful team heads into the Clausura season hoping to get 2016 off to a good start. This will be a special year for the ‘Aguilas’ who will celebrate its 100th anniversary midway through the Apertura season. Manager Ignacio Ambriz will be under pressure to improve on his semifinal finish from the 2015 Apertura with his job possibly hanging in the balance.
Ten American soccer questions to be answered in 2016 – Goal
The calendar is filled with key events to watch, and important questions for American soccer fans to find the answers to, writes Ives Galarcep.
Harry Kane’s Spurs form inspired by shoddy stats on Football Manager game – ESPN FC
Miles Jacobson, sports director of Sports Interactive — the company that develops the addictive management simulation game, has revealed he apologised to Kane for his shoddy stats on previous editions of FM. And Kane has since revealed that a desire to improve on those stats was part of the reason for rise to fame with Spurs.