BC Soccer News, Wednesday, March 4, 2020




SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020, 7:00 PM PT



PODCAST: Fine Lines With Dan Riccio & JJ AdamsSportsnet
Dan and JJ recap the Whitecaps season opening loss with coach Marc Dos Santos and get a better sense of when the Whitecaps will be closer to full strength this year.

Can Biks, Jingles rescue Whitecaps after intensity vanishes in opener?The Province
The Whitecaps need some midfield help, and they’ve gotten it in two recent signees: Janio Bikel and Leonard Owusu.

Get on your Bike(l): Have the Vancouver Whitecaps found their #6 solution in Janio Bikel?BTS
Less than 48 hours before the start of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps made a surprise move, bringing in midfielder/right back Janio Bikel from CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, giving the ‘Caps a boost ahead of their 2020 campaign. In this, we look at what Bikel can bring to the team, by analyzing his style of play, statistical profile and fit with the club.

March Madness: My first march to a Vancouver Whitecaps gameAFTN
I’ve seen them. I’ve heard them. But I’ve never joined them. Until now. My first march with the supporters groups to the home opening game of the Whitecaps’ 2020 MLS season happened this past weekend and I wanted to share some of my thoughts and feelings with you.

Montreal Impact Sign Victor Wanyama From TottenhamSI.com
The Montreal Impact have signed midfielder Victor Wanyama from Tottenham in a massive move for Thierry Henry’s club at the start of a new season.

Victor Wanyama: How Thierry Henry convinced me to sign for Montreal ImpactSN
Wanyama has now revealed it was easy for him to accept the offer from Impact especially after he received a phone call from their manager – former Arsenal striker Henry.

Toronto FC looks for Jozy Altidore to lead the way in absence of Michael BradleySportsnet
Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney had options when he surveyed his roster for someone to step in as captain for the injured Michael Bradley.

Federico Higuain on DC United move, Columbus Crew exit: “I want to play football”MLS
Last year he suffered a serious knee injury, parted ways with his club of eight years and saw his 35th birthday pass. But know this: Federico Higuain isn’t ready to hang up his cleats quite yet.

US TV audiences show they starting to switch on to MLSInside World Football
The opening weekend of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season delivered record TV ratings across the US for a league that is pushing to take a bigger slice of the broadcast rights revenue cake.

MLS: How has the league changed in its first 25 years?MLS Multiplex
Major League Soccer is celebrating its 25th year. But throughout that time, the league has meandered through different eras, elements, trials and triumphs. Here is the story of change in MLS.

MLS PHOTOS: Vancouver Whitecaps 1, Sporting KC 3, February 29, 2020BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Richard Howes.


BC Soccer Assoc. introduces Soccer Hall of Fame and Heritage Archives WebsiteBCSA
British Columbia has a glorious past in the game of soccer. Now fans, observers and historians of the beautiful game have a place to explore the people and events that helped shape soccer in our Province.

Pacific FC Supporters Lake Side Buoys 2020 Memberships OpenLake Side Buoys
Joining us is easy – just pay your annual dues, and you’re a member. As a member, you’ll receive a newly designed scarf for the 2020 season, a membership card that gives you discounts at our favorite pub, the Yates Street Taphouse, (where we watch all the away games) and a few other fun bits.

Tickets to go on sale for second Canada v Trinidad and Tobago Match on Vancouver IslandCSA
Canada Soccer has announced that tickets to see Canada’s Men’s National Team face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 31 March will go on sale to the public this coming Wednesday 4 March at 10.00 local via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000. The 31 March match will be the second of two matches Canada will play against Trinidad and Tobago at Westhills Stadium in the upcoming FIFA window, with the first match set for Friday 27 March.

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to VancouverCSA
Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

Penticton & PCSL revives Kennedy Cup Tournament for 2020BC Soccer Web
The John F. Kennedy Cup has a unique history amongst North America’s trophies for soccer. Founded in 1960, the Kennedy Cup was the first (and only) sporting trophy to be sanctioned by the late President of the United States. It also was the base for some of the first meaningful matches between clubs from British Columbia’s PCSL, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, it was one of the few sporting events in the United States to take place that month with the family’s blessing.

BC Soccer Web’s 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on TV and Online in CanadaBC Soccer Web
In our 2019-20 Guide to Soccer on Canadian TV, we do our best to sort through the leagues, service options and hardware needed to help you get the most out of your soccer weekends this season. The TV situation is constantly changing as leagues are added and Canadian broadcast rights are sorted out at the last moment, so come back for updates!

PCSL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL PHOTOS: FC Tigers Vancouver 4 Victoria Highlanders 4 (FC Tigers win 4-2 on PKs), July 28, 2019BC Soccer Web
Exclusive Photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
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 UBCUBC 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 SyndicationBC 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
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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team ready for first edition of Tournoi de FranceCSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will kick off their campaign at the newly established Tournoi de France when they face host nation France on Wednesday in Calais, France. Canada will play three matches in seven days at the international tournament which will help Canada launch its preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

Veteran Diana Matheson survives painful toe injury, returns to Canada foldPowell River Peak
Diana Matheson won the last of her 203 caps for Canada in a 1-0 win over Scotland at the Algarve Cup in March 2019.

Mesut Mert named to HFX Wanderers’ coaching staffChronicle Herald
One of the most-talented homegrown soccer players to come out of Nova Scotia has been added to the HFX Wanderers’ coaching staff.

The return of both The Beautiful Game and the beautiful game to OttawaSudbury Star
Due to the efforts of Jeff Hunt, who has been responsible for the Ottawa 67’s, pro soccer is now very much alive. Huge credibility has been given to the fact that the new team will be backed by no less than Atletico Madrid. This is one of the top teams in Spanish soccer and said to be one of the 10 top richest sports teams in the world.

Bayern plan to renew Alphonso Davies contract – “We award good performances”Transfermarkt
Alphonso Davies had a fantastic night against Chelsea in the Champions League last Tuesday. More fantastic performances have followed and Bayern are now looking to sign Davies to a new long term contract.


Portland acquires two-time World Cup winner Becky SauerbrunnNBC Sports
The Portland Thorns have acquired veteran U.S. national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn from the Utah Royals.

Women’s tournaments come to the fore in MarchFIFA
March tends to be a busy month in the world of women’s football. Prestigious events like the Algarve Cup and the Cyprus Cup are two of the highlights, as is the increasingly respected SheBelieves Cup, which has been running for four years now.

She Believes Cup: England v USA – who are Lionesses’ new faces?BBC Sport
Phil Neville has included three uncapped players in the England Women’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup, but who are the young Lionesses and will they get much game time?

‘Only thing in our mind is football’: Matildas ready for Games battleSMH
While much of the world is in a frenzy over the coronavirus, the Matildas aren’t the least bit concerned about the disease ahead of trips to Vietnam and potentially Japan later this year.

The Week in Women’s Football: Complete review of W-League 2019/20 regular season as Melb City take top spotTribal Football
Melbourne City quickly righted the anomaly of missing the playoffs (and thus not capturing the league title) for the first time in their history in 2018/19 by methodically going through the regular season.

Lucy Bronze: FLYING HIGHEight by Eight
English superstar, Lucy Bronze, on the joy of playing for Lyon, overcoming setbacks, and planning her rise to new heights.


FA Cup wrap: Liverpool loses again; Almiron drives Newcastle winNBC Sports
Previously impermeable Liverpool allowed three goals for the second-straight match in bowing out of the FA Cup in the fifth round.

Jude Bellingham: Who is Birmingham City teenager linked with Borussia Dortmund?BBC Sport
At the age of 16, Jude Bellingham is still too young to sign a professional contract with his club Birmingham City, while safeguarding regulations mean he has to have his own room for overnight stays before Championship games.

Fourth-tier sides clinches spot in German Cup semifinalsNBC Sports
Two teams qualified for the German Cup semifinals on Tuesday.

Spain: Games against Italian teams to be played without fansYahoo Sports
Spanish authorities said Tuesday that major soccer games involving Italian teams will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus outbreak, including the second leg between Valencia and Atalanta in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

Leicester slide to £20m loss in pursuit of Champions League returnInside World Football
Leicester City tumbled into the red last year as the Thai-controlled club sought to rebuild the squad that carried it to a gloriously unexpected Premier League title in 2015-16.

Portugal raids soccer clubs, agents in tax investigationYahoo Sports
Portuguese authorities conducted extensive raids Wednesday as part of an investigation into suspected tax evasion in soccer transfers.

Nations League draw renews old rivalries and English rematch with their Icelandic nemesisInside World Football
Reigning European champions Portugal will meet the world champions France, who renew their rivalry with Croatia, in what looks to be the Nations League’s ‘Group of Death’. An ambitious Sweden make up the fourth group team.

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