BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 17-19, 2020


Whitecaps FC acquire Canadian-born left back Cristián GutiérrezWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC continued their preparations ahead of the start of preseason, acquiring Canadian-born left back Cristián Gutiérrez on Thursday via a free transfer from Chilean Primera División club Colo-Colo.

Whitecaps sign left back Cristian Gutierrez from Chilean first divisionVancouver Sun
The Whitecaps have bolstered their defensive corps, signing a promising young left back who is eligible to play for Canada.

Jasser Khmiri keen to “forget about last year” as he focuses on repaying faith the Whitecaps have shown in himAFTN
Jasser Khmiri’s first season as a Vancouver Whitecap was a frustrating one for both club and player. Despite only being able to play one match all year, the lasting signs were that the 22-year-old Tunisian centre back is an exciting prospect for the ‘Caps and one many of us hope to see a lot more from in 2020.

Single match tickets go on sale Friday!Whitecaps FC
With less than 50 days until the start of the 2020 MLS season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that single match tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. PT.

MLS Ticker: Loons acquire goalkeeper Miller, McKenzie signs new Union deal, and moreSBI
Minnesota United has a new starting goalkeeper heading into the 2020 MLS season.

Breaking down the Colorado Rapids offseason and how the pieces fitMLS
Amid a slog through the unforgiving desert of three straight playoff-less seasons, 2020 has been an oasis of hope along the horizon for the Colorado Rapids for the better part of 18 months.


Lakehill has eyes on their first Jackson Cup Times Colonist
The venerable Jackson Cup has been the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s version of the FA Cup for 105 years. As with the latter, its random draw has made for a century-plus of compelling early-round matches featuring heavyweights mixed with brackets featuring unheralded teams.

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 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 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
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.


‘All to play for’: Herdman maps Canada’s path to Hex following January campCanPL
Canadian men’s team coach John Herdman thinks Les Rouges still has a shot of qualifying for “the Hex.”

Canada’s National Para team seeking new recruits for summer qualifier in SpainBCSA
On a rare snow day in Powell River BC, Canadian National Para coach Drew Ferguson is dreaming of Spain, and building a side that will compete against some formidable nations in the soccer world.

Uncertain futures: Top 7 CPLers yet to be re-signed or releasedCanPL
As pre-season nears, Canadian Premier League clubs have been busy bringing in new names and securing familiar ones.


Under Ed Ragain’s Leadership, Switchback Lights Shine BrightUSL
Surveying the scene as the cameras clicked and the assembled guests – including Mayor John Suthers and City Council President Richard Skorman – socialized and took their turns taking photos with supporters to commemorate the occasion, there was an immeasurable sense of pride swelling up inside Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC owner Ed Ragain.


Portland Thorns Take Stanford’s Sophia Smith No. 1 in NWSL DraftSI.com
The Cardinal have now produced three straight No. 1 picks in NWSL’s draft, with Smith following Andi Sullivan (2018) and Tierna Davidson (2019).

Numbers game: Arsenal hope to see off Chelsea WSL challenge despite smaller squadThe Guardian
The Arsenal manager, Joe Montemurro, is down to 17 players before the crucial Women’s Super League game against Chelsea on Sunday.

Lucy Gillett: Crystal Palace Women keeper suffered sexist abuse during gameBBC Sport
Crystal Palace Women goalkeeper Lucy Gillett says she was subjected to sexist abuse during Sunday’s Championship game at Coventry United.


Premier League Storylines: Matchweek 23NBC Sports
The January schedule is filling up, and teams are hoping to navigate the crowded fixture lists with injuries piling up through the winter months. With the FA Cup returning next week and managers hoping to limit minutes as much as possible, this weekend’s games will be critical.

Harry Maguire made Manchester United captain to succeed Ashley Young BBC Sport
The England centre-half succeeds left-back Ashley Young, who is close to completing a move to Inter Milan.

Premier League tells referees to view replays for red cardsTSN
The Premier League has advised its referees to use sideline monitors to make a final ruling on red card decisions.

Roma beats Parma to reach quarterfinal against JuventusSportsnet
Lorenzo Pellegrini scored twice to give Roma a 2-0 win at Parma on Thursday and a place in the Italian Cup quarterfinals.

Juventus evolution goes beyond Sarri’s attire as they reach summitThe Guardian
New clothes, ‘same dickhead’: for the third time in his career, Maurizio Sarri has his team in pole position at the halfway point

South America’s Olympic hopefuls battle for two berths – FIFA
The focus of South American football will shift to Colombia this weekend, when the country begins hosting the U-23 Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will decide the region’s two representatives at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020.

Transfer window January 2020 – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesThe Guardian
All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

Sheffield Wednesday to offer season ticket good for at least 10 yearsNBC Sports
Sheffield Wednesday has decided to offer a “completely innovative” season ticket that will guarantee the holder at least 10 years of tickets after the club’s next Premier League promotion.

Europe’s leagues generate record €21bn but obesity warnings issued on Big 5 clubsInside World Football
The 712 top-flight clubs in Europe’s 55 leagues earned a record €21 billion in the 2018 financial year, up by 20% according to the latest “benchmarking” report from UEFA.

The goalkeepers’ union: why do they stick up for each other?The Guardian
There are no union meetings, subs or walkouts, but goalies do share a sense of solidarity.

More BC Soccer News…

Posted in BC Soccer News.