VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. SPORTING KC
MLS MATCHDAY #1
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2020 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After scoring goals in Liga MX, Lucas Cavallini and Alan Pulido meet as MLS foes for the first time when the rebuilt Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City at BC Place Saturday night.
Episode 382 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Back At It – Whitecaps v SKC preview show) – AFTN
How are the Whitecaps looking heading into the new campaign? Are they playoff contenders or is it going to be another long season? The guys delve into the offseason rebuild and the tactical style Marc Dos Santos wants his team to play. Can they deliver it this season?
Preview: Sporting kicks off 25th MLS season Saturday at Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Sporting KC
Sporting’s roster features a blend of experienced veterans—center back Matt Besler, midfielder Roger Espinoza, goalkeeper Tim Melia and right back Graham Zusi among them—and enticing fresh faces who have joined the club this offseason.
Whitecaps preview: The who, what, when, where and why of 2020 – The Province
Whitecaps open regular season against Sporting Kansas City Saturday at B.C. Place. Here’s what you need to know .
Rusty not dusty: A decade in, Teibert’s still high on Whitecaps ‘roller-coaster’ ride – Sudbury Star
Only four active players have spent longer consecutive streaks with a single club, and Russell Teibert isn’t going anywhere.
Vancouver Whitecaps launch youth movement as 10th season kicks off Saturday – Toronto Star
The Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping that young legs will lead to improved results as their 10th season in Major League Soccer kicks off on Saturday night.
Vancouver Whitecaps back line a work in progress heading into 2020 opener – Pro Soccer USA
The Whitecaps will be without Erik Godoy and Ranko Veselinović against Sporting Kansas City.
Spectator Guide: What you need to know for Saturday’s season opener – Whitecaps FC
Here are a few things to know if you’re heading to the match.
MLS Week 1 preview: New teams, players, and stars – NBC Sports
The 2020 Major League Soccer season is here. This weekend, the new campaign gets under way with two new teams, a new defending Supporters’ Shield winner, and a new superstar.
Top 10 story lines to watch during the 2020 Major League Soccer season – Miami Herald
The busy MLS offseason included the departure of global stars Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the addition of Mexican trio Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Rodolfo Pizarro and Alan Pulido. There were major changes in New York and Columbus and, of course, the highly anticipated debuts of expansion clubs Nashville SC and Inter Miami.
David Beckham’s MLS team finally kicks off, but will Miami care? – The Guardian
After six years of delays, Inter Miami will play their first-ever league game this weekend. There are still obstacles to overcome though.
2020 MLS season: The big question your club must answer – ABC 7
The 2020 MLS season gets underway on Saturday, and with any new season comes a whole set of questions for every team around the league.
MLS Western Conference Preview Capsules – WSB TV
The Whitecaps got a makeover for 2020 with Cavallini, a Canadian who played the last two seasons in Liga MX. He’s young and can set the tone for the club going forward. Vancouver had just 37 goals last season, so they need the boost. The ‘Caps also acquired Colombian winger Cristian Dajome. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau had a breakout season last year with Vancouver despite the difficult circumstances.
MLS Eastern Conference Preview Capsules – San Diego Tribune
Quick looks at every team in the East.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC | 2020 MLS Match Preview – MLS
After falling just shy of making the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2019, expectations are for a postseason berth this year for Matias Almeyda’s San Jose Earthquakes, who hope for a better start this season when they host Toronto FC Saturday.
TFC’s Gallardo hits the reset button – Toronto Sun
The 23-year-old winger signed with Toronto FC early last July from Venezuelan Premier Division club Zamora amidst substantial fanfare — a young, fast, skillful attacking player who had just made his international debut for his native Venezuela. He seemed to be just what TFC coach Greg Vanney was looking for.
Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution | 2020 MLS Match Preview – MLS
Thierry Henry will make his MLS managerial debut Saturday afternoon at Stade Olympique when the Montreal Impact host fellow Eastern Conference side New England Revolution in both teams’ 2020 regular-season opener.
Rossi signs with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake – KSAT
Forward Giuseppe Rossi signed Thursday with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, 21 months after his last competitive match.
CCL Rewind: LAFC stuns Club Leon, Sounders fall in penalties – SBI
Los Angeles FC faced a daunting task heading into Thursday’s Concacaf Champions League second leg against Club Leon, but the reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield winners showed off their quality to put together a history-making comeback.
Steve Clark feels at home in Portland heading into 2020 – SBI
Steve Clark has experienced some ups and downs throughout his career. He went to Norway right out of college, came to MLS where he almost won a championship, and tested the overseas environment again before returning to the United States. Since 2015, he’s played with four different teams, and is now finding himself at home again with the Portland Timbers.
MLS 2020 commercial guide: Every franchise, every sponsor, all the major TV deals – SportsPro Media
As North America’s top franchise soccer competition returns for the 2020 season, SportsPro presents its MLS commercial preview, bringing you all the major off-field developments ahead of the new campaign.
PACIFIC FC & BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Jackson Cup Quarterfinal Preview – BC Soccer Web
And then there were 8 ! The Jackson Cup will be the main focus this weekend for Island soccer supremacy.
RASA hosts Super Sunday Soccer at Minoru – Richmond News
It’s the biggest day of the season for the Richmond Adult Soccer Association.
Coed soccer tournament in Powell River provides funds for school district – Powell River Peak
School District 47 was the beneficiary of funds raised in a soccer tournament to commemorate former teacher and counsellor Toni Marciniak.
VIDEO: From Decisions to Debrief – YouTube (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 Friendly – CSA
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 Vancouver – CSA
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 2020 – BC 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 Canada – BC 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, 2019 – BC 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 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.
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE & CANADA SOCCER NEWS
CANADA WNT vs. AUSTRALIA
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020, 7:30 PM
BC PLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Canadian Jonathan David scores again as Gent exit Europa League – Sportsnet
Canadian Jonathan David, who had a hat trick in Belgian league play on the weekend, scored again Thursday in KAA Gent’s 1-1 draw with AS Roma in Europa League action.
Founding CPL clubs reveal new home kits for 2020 season – CanPL
What’s a sure sign that the new Canadian Premier League season is just around the corner?
York9 FC signs League1 Ontario standout Max Ferrari – CanPL
Another League1 Ontario player has graduated to the Canadian Premier League.
Belfast’s Daryl Fordyce loving life despite the cold of Canada – Irish Times
Touching down in Winnipeg can be a shock to the senses, the chill capable of penetrating the skin and getting right to the bone. Ireland could hardly be categorised as exotic but in the depths of winter it has arguably more in common with a Caribbean island than the frosty metropolis of Manitoba’s largest city.
FC Edmonton Premier League team to play exhibition matches in Saskatoon – CTV
Saskatoon will play host to two pre-season games involving FC Edmonton of the Canadian Premier League.
FC Edmonton using local talent, good for club and fans – TSP
FC Edmonton’s roster for the upcoming Canadian Premier League season is beginning to take on a definite local flavour. Currently, more than half the squad is from the Edmonton area.
Canada Soccer re-iterates grassroots policy on header training – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Sport Medicine Committee and Technical Department defined the rules for heading a soccer ball ahead of the 2010 season as part of its work to publish its Wellness to World Cup document that defined the organization’s Long-Term Player Development program.
A look at how Canadian men have fared at the Olympic soccer tournament – Medicine Hat News
Olympic men’s soccer qualifying has been an under-23 competition since 1992. Beginning in 1996, teams that qualified for the Olympics were allowed to field three players over the age limit.
Bayern fans embrace ‘Fonzie’ as Davies dazzles on world soccer stage – Sudbury Star
When he packed his bags and left for Broadway, there was a hope Alphonso Davies would find his way, but there was also a fear the machine would chew him up and spit him out.
Beamsville boy Bayern bound – Niagara This Week
JR Khory has had to re-drywall his basement more than once. It’s a price he’s happy to pay for his soccer-obsessed son. But this spring, instead of kicking the ball around his Beamsville basement, kitchen or any other space young Ashton turns into his own pitch, the 11-year-old will be on the field at FC Bayern in Munich.
‘It’s ruined sport.’ As Canada considers legal sports betting, there are warnings from abroad – Cape Breton Post
Where available wagers were once simple and straightforward, it is now possible to bet on just about anything and at any time. And while these wagers have been available to interested Canadians for some time thanks to grey-market operators based in other countries and effectively out of the reach of our authorities, such bets could move into the mainstream should gambling laws here change. A private member’s bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday that seeks to delete the prohibition on single-event betting in the Criminal Code.
The 2018 Appointees to the Order of Ontario – Government of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 21 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. Former Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario is among the inductees.
WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS
NWSL Hires Lisa Baird as New Commissioner – SI.com
The new NWSL commissioner is Lisa Baird, a respected sports business leader who has had tenures as the chief marketing officer of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and as a senior VP of marketing and licensing for the NFL, SI has learned.
How will new NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird shape the league? – Fansided
On Thursday, the NWSL announced that Lisa Baird will be the new league commissioner. What should be her top priorities?
THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW SAM KERR AND VIVIANNE MIEDEMA BECAME SOME OF THE GAME’S DEADLIEST STRIKERS – These Football Times
This weekend, women’s football giants Arsenal and Chelsea will face-off in the Continental Cup final at Nottingham Forest’s historic City Ground. While both have enjoyed a healthy rivalry over the past few years and met in several FA Cup finals, it will be the first time they have met in the final of England’s second cup competition.
Pauline Bremer: Manchester City’s Germany striker to leave club at end of season – BBC Sport
Manchester City striker Pauline Bremer will leave the Women’s Super League club at the end of the season to join German league champions Wolfsburg.
Orlando Pride midfielder Joanna Boyles retires due to injury after two NWSL seasons – Pro Soccer USA
Orlando Pride midfielder Joanna Boyles has retired due to a back injury incurred during her first season with the team in 2019.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
El Clasico: Lionel Messi – what does future hold for Barcelona captain? – BBC Sport
When Lionel Messi leads Barcelona on to the pitch at the Bernabeu on Sunday for his 42nd Clasico against Real Madrid, the world will see an older, wiser version of the player many consider to be the greatest of all time.
Premier League storylines: Matchweek 28 – NBC Sports
Matchweek 28 is almost here in the Premier League and it’s time to focus on the top storylines ahead of the action.
Carabao Cup final: Local hero Dean Smith hopes to lead Aston Villa to win over Man City – BBC Sport
On Sunday, the local-boy-made-good will lead his beloved team out against Manchester City at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final.
Newcastle ban handshakes at training as coronavirus precaution – London Free Press
Training sessions at Newcastle United will be a lot less cordial after manager Steve Bruce said on Friday that players and staff had been advised to avoid handshakes in a bid to prevent spreading coronavirus.
Europa League: Man United through, Arsenal shockingly out – NBC Sports
Wolves advanced in Europa League play earlier Thursday comfortably, and while Manchester United also moved on with ease, Arsenal crashed out in painful fashion.
Europa League draw: Man Utd face LASK, Wolves play Olympiakos, Rangers v Bayer Leverkusen – BBC Sport
Manchester United have been drawn against Austrian league leaders LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League.
FIFA transfer reforms target an end to player ‘hoarding’ and mega-pay days for agents – Inside World Football
In a transfer reform that will be widely welcomed across many sectors of the game, FIFA is set to limit the number of international loan deals from next season and curb the amount agents can be paid.
Football Leaks’ Rui Pinto in prison with hard-drive passwords in his head – The Guardian
Website provided evidence that led to Manchester City’s ban but Pinto has more information and ‘authorities are afraid’.