BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 21-23, 2020




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 PM



Some of the best things in life are free (kicks) for WhitecapsVancouver Sun
Whitecaps left back Ali Adnan has come a long way since his fluffed penalty against the L.A. Galaxy last year. His long-range bombs have added an offensive element the team has lacked since Camilo.

Toronto FC and 7 other MLS clubs to face Mexican opposition in 2020 Leagues CupNS News
Toronto FC is one of eight MLS teams taking part in the 2020 Leagues Cup, the second edition of the soccer tournament featuring teams from MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX.

Philadelphia Union 2020 MLS Season PreviewBrotherly Game
After finally winning a playoff game in 2019, expectations have maybe never been higher heading into the start of the team’s second decade.

CCL Thursday Rewind: NYCFC scores five in win, Sounders settle for draw after squandering leadSBI
It was another wild night of CCL action on Thursday, as a pair of Round of 16 matches produced 12 goals and lots of drama.

Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer is a winner, but is he an MLS coaching legend?MLS
Coaching in Seattle, by definition, provides you with more resources than most other franchises off the top. You’re almost always going to have a high-priced, star-studded roster at your disposal. And at that point, the thinking goes, is it really about tactical acumen or highly refined X’s and O’s? Or is it more about simply throwing your stars out on the field and letting them do their thing?

LAFC can’t count on Carlos Vela for 38 goals in 2020Angels on Parade
This is probably a pretty obvious sentiment, but it’s worth writing down nonetheless: Los Angeles Football Club can’t rely on Carlos Vela to score 38 goals across all competitions in 2020.

Preview: Sporting KC meets New York Red Bulls on Saturday to conclude 2020 preseasonSporting KC
Led by 12th-year manager Peter Vermes, who enters the new decade as the longest-tenured MLS head coach, Sporting owns a 2-2-1 record in their previous five exhibition matches this winter.

FC Cincinnati adds Ajax midfielder Siem de JongNBC Sports
FC Cincinnati got a much-needed bit of good news toward the end of a rough week in Southern Ohio.

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez joins short list of area’s elite playersAJC
Spread wide across a wall in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta is a new mural celebrating one of this city’s most dynamic athletes, every bit the offensive sensation in his game that Julio Jones and Ronald Acuna are in theirs.

LA Galaxy did not make bid for Barcelona’s Messi – SchelottoABC 7
LA Galaxy manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto denied a report that he had inquired about bringing Barcelona star Lionel Messi to Major League Soccer last December.

MLS: Continued expansion something to celebrateMLS Multiplex
The continued expansion of MLS is something to celebrate, rather than begrudge. However, like anything in life, there is a healthy limit.


VISL Jackson Cup PreviewsBC Soccer Web
An exciting weekend ahead as the top 2 divisions of amateur soccer on the Island focus in on the 105 year old trophy – the Sir John Jackson Cup.

Pacific signs Mali-born defender Abdou SamakeCanPL
Samake, 23 years old, is a player who will help PFC shore things up at the back, having played in several positions there. Most recently, his career has taken him to the University of Michigan; he played all 22 games for the Wolverines in 2019, earning a nod to the NCAA Big 10 Tournament all-star team.

More than 40 new teams registered for 2020 adidas Cup as April tournament fast approachesWhitecaps FC
More than 40 new teams have signed up for the 2020 adidas Cup, entering from across British Columbia and Alberta.

Nanaimo loses longtime soccer supporterNanaimo Bulletin
Leo Beier was known to many in our city, having impacted hundreds of athletes during a decades-long devotion to the sport of soccer.

Sweetheart Cup Co-ed Soccer Tournament loved by all participantsWilliams Lake Tribune
The beloved, annual 5 vs 5 Sweetheart Co-ed Cup saw Williams Lake men’s and women’s soccer players converge once again for a fun, competitive weekend of soccer in the lakecity.

That Time the Clash Played Soccer with a Bunch of Vancouver PunksMontecristo Magazine
There’s a bootleg recording of Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros in Tokyo on January 18, 2000, just after the World Cup. Football⁠—soccer, to us⁠—was very much on Strummer’s mind. In an aside to a bandmate, Strummer weighs in on the virtues of Tony Adams as a captain versus Alan Shearer, then turns to the audience to apologize for the digression. “We’re having a technical conversation on football,” he quips, then paraphrases Bill Shankly: “What did he say—It’s not a matter of life and death. It’s more important!”

VIDEO: From Decisions to DebriefYouTube (BCSA)
Follow 3 Provincial Referees as they officiate a Jackson Cup match on Vancouver Island. This is BC Soccer’s “Adult Integration” Program, which allows referees to experience travel, different environments, and new teams .

Canada returns to Vancouver Island for March Men’s International FriendlyCSA
Canada Soccer will return to Vancouver Island for a 2020 Men’s International Friendly match on 27 March in Langford, British Columbia. The Friday night match will feature Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team against Concacaf rivals Trinidad and Tobago as Canada continues to prepare for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the Fall of 2020. The home match also gives Pacific coast fans a chance to watch some of their favourite heroes while turning Westhills Stadium into a fortress for their Men’s National Team.

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.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM


Cavs open soccer season with CPL championship rematchEdmonton Journal
Cavalry FC opens its second soccer season with a bang.

Valour FC completes transfer of Tyler Attardo to Chilean clubCanPL
The Canadian Premier League’s youngest-ever goalscorer is also the youngest player to be sold to another team.

Christine Sinclair leads list of nine Canadian federation players in 2020 NWSLMedicine Hat News
The Canadians are joined by 23 Americans as allocated or federation players who have their salaries paid by the Canadian Soccer Association or U.S. Soccer Federation, respectively.

Canada learns futsal qualifier draw, looking to end 31-year absence from World CupDelta Optimist
Canada has been drawn in a group with Costa Rica, Haiti and Saint Kitts and Nevis or the Dominican Republic at the 2020 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

International signings: How have CPL teams made use of the 21st Club database?CanPL
It’s not quite a month since the CPL announced its scouting partnership with the 21st Club, but we’re already seeing an influx of international talent come into the league.

The North American Indigenous Games are coming to Halifax this summerThe Coast
The largest sporting event the Maritimes has ever seen will bring 5,000 youth athletes to the city.


American women seek more than $66M in damages from US SoccerMedicine Hat News
Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part their gender discrimination suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, part of a slew of court papers filed Thursday night ahead of a scheduled May trial.

The Lowdown: Asking for more as the eighth NWSL season inches closerThe Equalizer
The National Women’s Soccer League finally released home openers for its nine clubs on Wednesday. As expected, the league will kick off season eight on April 18. That means the first tidbits of a schedule were announced a day shy of two months until opening day. And even in a leap year, one of those months is still shorter than all the others.


European Soccer Weekend: PSG plays Bordeaux in testing weekTSN
What to watch in the leading leagues in European soccer this weekend.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Olivier Giroud could return to haunt José Mourinho, Norwich need Emi Buendía to shine and Newcastle face a crucial clash.

Man United draw at Brugge in Europa League; Arsenal, Inter winSportsnet
Mikel Arteta marked his first European game as Arsenal manager with a 1-0 victory at Olympiakos in the first leg of their round-of-32 meeting in the Europa League on Thursday.

Manchester City’s fight against UEFA is as much about perception as it is the punishmentYahoo Sports
It’s about the punishment. Of course it’s about the punishment. It’s about Manchester City trying to somehow wriggle out of the enormous sentence it was handed, a penalty so severe that it represents a bigger threat to its dominance than even Liverpool. But the club’s vociferous defense against its violations of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations is about something else, too.

From Greaves in ’66 to Manchester City, many football fans live in alternative realityThe Guardian
I still think Jimmy Greaves should have started the World Cup final, so can understand City fans sticking to conspiracy theories.

Brazil unveils Pele statue to mark 50th anniversary of 1970 triumphNational Post
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) unveiled a statue of Pele at its headquarters on Thursday, the first of a series of events to commemorate June’s 50th anniversary of the team’s third World Cup triumph.

German soccer teams to wear jerseys against hate, racismYahoo Sports
The soccer teams in Germany’s third-division will wear special jerseys against hate, racism and discrimination this weekend following the racially motivated gun attack in Hanau and the racist abuse in the league a week before.

Covid-19 outbreak forces South Koreans to postpone season start for some clubsInside World Football
South Korea has postponed next week’s opening home matches for top-flight clubs Daegu FC and Pohang Steelers due to a surge of coronavirus virus cases.

Bury phoenix club will begin life in 10th tier of English footballThe Guardian
Bury AFC, the phoenix club launched after Bury’s expulsion from the Football League, will begin life next season in the 10th tier of the English pyramid.

Jermaine Jones and His American LifeSI.com
The former U.S. men’s national team star broadcasts much of his life in unfiltered fashion: His divorce, that AR-15 story, restraining orders, his post-playing ventures, his coaching dream and his issues with U.S. Soccer are all on the table.

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