BC Soccer News, Weekend, December 21-23, 2018


Whitecaps FC to kick off 2019 MLS season March 2 at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will commence their ninth season in Major League Soccer when they host Minnesota United FC on Saturday, March 2 at BC Place, the club confirmed today. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT.

Major League Soccer Announces 2019 Home OpenersLast Word on Soccer
Major League Soccer announced the 2019 home openers for the league’s 24 clubs on Thursday. It includes expansion side FC Cincinnati hosting the defending Western Conference champion Portland Timbers on March 17.

AUDIO: Ex-Whitecaps captain Waston understands fans’ frustrationsSportsnet
The former Whitecaps captain says he grew a lot as a person and a player during his time in Vancouver, and says there will come a time to tell the full story of why he left.

Tommy McNamara selected by Houston Dynamo in 2018 Re-Entry Draft Stage 2MLS
A pair of players were selected in Stage 2 of the 2018 Re-Entry Draft on Thursday, with midfielder Tommy McNamara chosen by the Houston Dynamo and goalkeeper Matt Lampson picked up by the LA Galaxy.

Minnesota United adds third Designated PlayerNBC Sports
The Loons have added a new midfielder, signing Jan Gregus to a Designated Player contract.

Nashville’s MLS team signs 2018 USL Golden Boot winner Cameron LancasterMLS
Nashville’s MLS team has officially made their second signing ahead of their debut season, announcing on Thursday the signing of 2018 USL Golden Boot winner Cameron Lancaster.

Annual Christmas Truce soccer tournament to be held Dec. 26Wyandotte Daily
Sporting KC, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and The Soccer Lot will hold the sixth annual Truce Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 26, to commemorate the World War I Christmas Truce.

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Cascades women’s soccer program adds quality, depth with eight new signeesUFV Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer program is pleased to introduce the balance of its 2019 recruiting class, having signed eight more local standouts.

Sardis soccer star Calista Ballantine signs with UFV CascadesChilliwack Progress
Ballantine and seven other recruits were announced by UFV women’s soccer coach Rob Giesbrecht.

Kootenay Whitecaps post mixed showing in PortlandNelson Star
The Kootenay Whitecaps under 16 and under 18 boys teams travelled to Portland to play in the Portland Timbers Alliance Showcase event on Dec. 8 and 9.

BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma CourseBCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

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 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.

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York9 FC signs ‘explosive’ defender Steven Furlano as Brennan’s squad comes into focusCanadian Premier League
York9 Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of defender Steven Furlano, bringing the Barrie native to the Canadian Premier League.

Durham United FA Return to League1 Ontario Men’s Division for 2019League1 Ontario
DUFA had put their men’s team on hold in 2018, although they did operate their women’s team, which went on to capture the League1 Ontario Championship in September, their second title in four years.


USL notes: Hartford Athletic signs first 3 players in club history, and morePro Soccer USA
Hartford Athletic will begin playing in the United Soccer League Championship in 2019, and the expansion side signed its first three players Tuesday: Wojciech Wójcik, Jose Angulo and Alex Dixon.

Calistri Makes Move to Rising FCUSL
Phoenix Rising FC announced on Thursday it had signed attacking midfielder Joey Calistri for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.

Forward Madison Launches in New-Look USLMNUFC
Minnesota United announced its affiliation with Forward Madison FC a little over two weeks ago. The deal will allow MNUFC to more freely send players on loan to get minutes outside of the first team. This, along with the recent overhaul to United Soccer Leagues (USL), sets up a more competitive environment going forward and sets up clear channels to help teams, like Madison, develop MLS-level talent.


Reign FC’s Jess Fishlock receives MBE honors from Prince CharlesGoalWA
Seattle Reign star Jess Fishlock has officially received her honors today as a MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire. Fishlock was honored for her services to women’s football and the LGBT community.


What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in EuropeLondon Free Press
Another new era starts for Manchester United on Saturday, and the club is looking to the future by returning to the past.

Top Premier League storylines for Week 18NBC Sports
The Premier League weekend keeps the big boys clear of each other, but the challenges are still tricky for Liverpool and the clubs chasing the Reds.

Paris Saint-Germain will finally get back to Ligue 1 Conforama business when they bring down the curtain on 2018 with Saturday’s home encounter with FC Nantes.

Football referees: Sian Massey-Ellis, Chris Kavanagh and others on being an officialBBC Sport
English official Sian Massey-Ellis is an assistant referee in the Premier League and English Football League. The 33-year-old from Coventry also referees in the the Women’s Super League.

Greek Super League games off as officials strike after attack leaves referee in hospitalInside World Football
Greek football, which lurches from one crisis to another, is back in the doldrums with all Super League games scheduled for this weekend suspended after referees went on strike following a “cowardly attack” on one of their colleagues outside his house.

FIFA research says 3.5B people viewed some World Cup actionNBC Sports
FIFA says more than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

US investor buys 85% of Dundee United for £1m and sets sights on SPLInside World Football
A US investor has taken a controlling stake in Scottish Championship side Dundee United in a deal estimated to be worth £1 million.

The 100 best male footballers in the world 2018The Guardian
Our panel of 225 experts from 69 nations have had their say and Luka Modric has been crowned our No 1.

The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online)BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.

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