BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 11-13, 2019


Watch the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday at 10 a.m. PTWhitecaps FC
This will be Vancouver’s first MLS SuperDraft under new head coach Marc Dos Santos. As it stands, the ‘Caps have just one pick in the first two rounds, at 35th overall.

MLS SuperDraft churning out mostly Messrs. Irrelevant, not likely to help WhitecapsEdmonton Journal
The chances of unearthing talent after the top 10 in the MLS SuperDraft are slim, and the Whitecaps have shown that even a top five pick rarely works out.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Final Version)SBI
The 2019 MLS Draft is less than a day away and if you were wondering which players your team should be considering with its draft picks, this is your place to find out.

Whitecaps FC kick off newly-expanded Canadian Championship in JulyWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin the quest for their second Voyageurs Cup on July 10, the club confirmed on Thursday as Canada Soccer announced the schedule for the 2019 Canadian Championship.

Pacific FC vs. Whitecaps? Could happen as Voyageurs Cup format unveiledTimes Colonist
Professional soccer and hockey have totally different cultures. You could never have seen the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL play the Vancouver Canucks or Montreal Canadiens. But there is a chance of seeing Scunthorpe meet Manchester United or Oldham Athletic play Liverpool in soccer. Or Pacific FC play MLS teams Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact.

Orlando City SC Signs Center Back Alex De JohnOrlando City SC
Orlando City SC has signed defender Alex De John to a one-year contract ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The New Jersey native is returning to the states after six seasons playing overseas for top clubs in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Portland Timbers, Liam Ridgewell mutually agree to part waysTimbers.com
The Portland Timbers and defender Liam Ridgewell have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced today.

MNUFC Signs Osvaldo AlonsoMinnesota Utd.
Minnesota United today acquired midfielder Osvaldo Alonso after selecting him off waivers. In a separate earlier transaction, the Loons traded for the top spot in the waiver order as well as two fourth-round picks in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft while sending a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and the fourth spot in the waiver order to Orlando City SC.

Report: LA Galaxy on the verge of adding Polenta to their menuMLS
According to a tweet by Uruguayan journalist Gonzalo Ronchi, Diego Polenta is going to travel to Los Angeles on January 19 to sign with the club in time for the start of preseason. Ronchi said the 26-year-old Uruguayan center back has “maintained communication” with new Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

NYCFC interested in Aberdeen man Mackay-StevenNBC Sports
New York City FC is turning to the Scottish Premiership in a bid to improve its attack.

D.C. United will not discipline Wayne Rooney after arrestWashington Post
D.C. United will not discipline captain Wayne Rooney for his arrest for public intoxication at Washington Dulles Airport last month, the Insider has learned.

FIRST MAN: Alain Maca was the NASL’s very first pick 47 years agoFront Row Soccer
Even before he could walk, Alain Maca was destined to make soccer history in the United States.

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VMSL Week 16 round-up: League back from Christmas break with a bang as battle for top spot heats upAFTN
Turkeys have been eaten. Alcohol consumed. Crackers pulled. So that can only mean one thing. Christmas is over and the Vancouver Metro Soccer League is back in action again after the break for the festive period.

Callum Montgomery found motivation to become top MLS SuperDraft prospectSBI
Callum Montgomery never made a provincial team growing up, nor was he ever invited to play with the Vancouver Whitecaps, yet he is one of the top prospects in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

Vancouver Island centre back Callum Montgomery could go high in MLS SuperDraftToronto Star
Montgomery is expected to be one of several Canadians to figure prominently in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft in Chicago.

Montreal forward Camara turns heads at SFU, looks to make move to MLSTSN
On YouTube, Simon Fraser University simply calls it “Mamadi Camara’s amazing goal.” Receiving the ball 40 yards away from goal, the Montreal forward beats five Saint Martin’s University defenders and then cooly slots a right-footed shot past the goalkeeper.

Cascades introduce third annual Hall of Fame classUFV Cascades
Andrea Wigman (now Massie) had a spectacular four-year career with the Cascades women’s soccer program, competing from 2002 through 2005.

Club Charter Taking Flight in BCBCSA
As the game evolves in our province and country and with a 2026 World Cup on home soil looming, the desire to improve all aspects of our sport has been undertaken at every level. Among the priorities from governing bodies, is a standardization process that ensures parents of children playing soccer can trust that the clubs and programs they register for, meet a minimum standard.

AUDIO: The Young Gaffers chat with Pacific FC’s Marcus Haber and Michael SilberbauerNorthern Starting XI
This week we speak with Pacific FC’s latest signing, Marcus Haber. We also chat with head coach Michael Silberbauer, recently arrived on Vancouver Island.

Upcoming weekend FVSL-VISL All-Star Summit gamesBC Soccer Web
We are officially into the New Year and definitely feeling the excitement in anticipation of what 2019 will have in store. Part of that excitement is the All-Star Summit competition between the VISL and FVSL (Fraser Valley Soccer League).

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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Battle of the North: Canadian Premier League squads learn paths to 2019 Canadian ChampionshipCanadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League clubs will enter this year’s Canadian Championship in the first and second rounds of a revamped, 24-match domestic Cup competition, the Canadian Soccer Association revealed Thursday.

Ridiculously revamped Canadian Championship a massive missed opportunity by the CSAAFTN
What a missed opportunity by the CSA to create something special. They had the chance to have a truly national cup competition, open to all. To build some excitement and potential cup shocks with a straight knockout tournament. Instead we’re stuck with a fixture heavy, overly long mess, that will soon see many lose interest in it in some quarters and then gather little interest in it till later on in others. This is not how you get people excited about cup football.

Valour’s Gale, FCE’s Paulus excited for ‘giant-killing’ opportunities in 2019 Canadian ChampionshipCanadian Premier League
There’s an old adage in football, and in life – the bigger they are, the harder they fall. That’s the sentiment Valour FC head coach Rob Gale draws from as he and the rest of the Canadian Premier League’s head coaches learned their path to the Voyageurs Cup on Thursday, with the Canadian Soccer Association announcing details about the 2019 Canadian Championship.

Wanderers announce first ever international player signings as Trinidad and Tobago quartetCanadian Premier League
HFX Wanderers FC have made their first overseas transfers by signing four high-profile players from Trinidad and Tobago.

Valour FC sign midfielder Raphael Ohin and defender Raphaël GarciaValour FC
Valour FC today announce the club has signed midfielder Raphael Ohin, and Canadian defender Raphaël Garcia. Both players have signed multi-year contracts.

Forge FC announced Thursday the club has signed central midfielder and Canadian youth international Tristan Borges.

Two ACL tears could not keep Wong off the pitchThe Manitoban
Amanda Wong loves the game of soccer and has been playing since she was four years old. Her love for the game runs deep and even two ACL tears on the same leg could not stop her from playing.


Reno Signs Seymore on Permanent BasisUSL
Reno 1868 FC announced on Thursday that it signed defensive midfielder Will Seymore ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.

Georgi Hristov has announced his retirement from professional soccer. Hristov retires as the Rowdies all-time leader in goals scored with 60 and Modern Era record holder in appearances with 173.

Atlanta United’s USL coach Scott Donnelly leaves ‘to pursue other opportunities’Pro Soccer USA
Atlanta United FC will need to find a new head coach for its United Soccer League Championship affiliate, ATL UTD 2, for the 2019 season.

Show me the Money: A Deep Dive Into Minneapolis City SC’s Revenue Sources by Dan HoedemanFifty Five One
This is the third in a series of articles that take a look inside what it’s like to run one a lower division club by Dan Hoedeman, co-founder of Minneapolis City SC. We’ll take a look at the revenue piece of the business as a super-interesting prelude to next article which talks about the sporting side, which involved less math.


Red Stars select Tierna Davidson with top pick in NWSL DraftThe Equalizer
The Chicago Red Stars sprung no surprises at the 2019 NWSL College Draft after head coach Rory Dames selected U.S. National Team defender Tierna Davidson as the overall number one pick.

Bianca St. Georges picked 20th overall at 2019 NWSL College DraftCSA
St Georges, from St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, made her debut in the youth program in 2012 before representing Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016, where she captained the squad.

Sky Blue FC Among The 2019 NWSL Draft Winners, With Important CaveatForbes
It’s been a rough year for Sky Blue FC, and much of it self-inflicted, with player conditions that led to members of the team turning to the media for help addressing them. But Thursday offers an opportunity to move past these troubles, along with helpful metrics to determine if the team has done so.

FA Continental Tyres League Cup: Manchester City Women 7-1 Brighton & Hove Albion WomenBBC Sport
Manchester City Women scored four goals in the last 10 minutes as they thrashed Brighton to reach the semi-finals of the FA Continental Tyres League Cup.

Our women are the pride of Australian sport, but media coverage is yet to catch upABC
Given their achievements and increased recognition, you might expect a dramatic spike in the day-to-day coverage of women’s sport.


What to watch in the main soccer leagues in EuropeLondon Free Press
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets his first big test as Manchester United manager in an away match at Premier League title contender Tottenham.

Much fancied at the start of the campaign, Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco both head into the second half of the season in crisis as they prepare to meet on Sunday at the Orange Vélodrome.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Liverpool have a defensive dilemma, Spurs could struggle in midfield against Paul Pogba and United, while Rafael Benítez is unlikely to go on the attack at Stamford Bridge

Las Vegas police seeking soccer star’s DNA in rape caseBarrie Today
Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of a Nevada woman’s allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the soccer star’s lawyer and Las Vegas police said Thursday.

Jose’s back. Mourinho to bring ‘charisma’ to beIN Sport football coverageInside World Football
Forget legal letters, World Trade Organisation petitions, and multi-stakeholder pressure groups, beIN Sport may have at last found the killer application to end beoutQ’s rampant piracy of their TV output – Jose Mourinho.

Asian Cup: Jordan first to book knockout ticket, hosts go top of Group AFIFA
The second round of group stage play began at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, putting knockout-stage qualification into view. Jordan became the first nation to secure their place in the Round of 16 with a win against Syria. Victories for Thailand and hosts United Arab Emirates meant Group A will be wide open heading into the pool’s final matchday.

Without Messi, Barcelona loses to Levante in Copa del ReyNBC Sports
Barcelona could not overcome the absence of Lionel Messi and other regular starters on Thursday, losing 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of the Copa del Rey’s round of 16.

Spanish league’s 2nd-division games to be shown on YouTubeLondon Free Press
The league said on Thursday that its YouTube channel will provide the matches with live English commentary in more than 150 countries in “major markets” in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, “bringing the competition to large global territories where no previous transmission had been in place.”

‘People are dying’: Campaigners want gambling classed a public health issueThe Guardian
Campaigners for stronger government regulation of gambling have called for it to be classed as a public health concern and for betting companies to be required to prove their products are safe before being allowed to launch them.

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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