VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
Whitecaps about to acquire Canadian international CB Derek Cornelius – The Province
He turned heads in Toulon, and now Derek Cornelius will look to help the Vancouver Whitecaps head into a new era.
AUDIO: Is new ‘Caps boss the most interesting man in MLS? – MLS
Extra Time Radio talks with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos.
Toronto FC heads for warmth of California to start training camp in earnest – Toronto Star
After medicals and two days of fitness training indoors in the frigid north, Toronto FC heads to the warmth and real grass of California on Friday to start training camp in earnest.
DC United, Ben Olsen agree to contract extension through 2021 – MLS
D.C. United and head coach Ben Olsen have agreed to a contract extension through 2021, the club announced Thursday.
Maximiliano Urruti signs new multi-year deal with the Impact – Montreal Impact
The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti has signed a new three-year contract with the club, with an option year for 2022, using Targeted Allocation Money.
D.C. United close to acquiring Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Jara – Washington Post
Leonardo Jara, a starting right back for Argentine power Boca Juniors, is on the verge of joining D.C. United. According to people close to the situation Thursday night, Boca has tentatively agreed to loan Jara to the MLS team for the 2019 season. United would then have the option to buy his contract next winter.
Report: Portland Timbers in contention for Argentine Leonardo Jara – MLS
After a relatively quiet December, we might have an idea now about what the Portland Timbers have been working on this offseason.
Columbus Crew re-signs Ricardo Clark for 2019 – Massive Report
Columbus Crew SC announced on Thursday the club has re-signed Ricardo Clark. The 35-year-old midfielder is set to enter his 15th season in Major League Soccer and second with the Black & Gold after signing with the Crew as a free agent ahead of 2018.
LAFC: Losing Carlos Vela absolutely gut-wrenching – MLS Multiplex
According to reports in Spain, Barcelona could make a surprise move for LAFC forward Carlos Vela. Losing him after such a promising start would be gut-wrenching.
Meet Alan Koch, FC Cincinnati’s globetrotting coach – MLS
He’s hardly FCC’s sole architect, but you can credit head coach Alan Koch for that willingness to buck conventional wisdom. And it probably has something to do with his own winding road to this point.
BC SOCCER NEWS
VISL Week 14 Upcoming Matches – BC Soccer Web
Here we go, back at it for VISL Division 1 League play as games will get underway this upcoming Friday January 18.
Vancouver Youth Soccer Assoc. Votes to Change Policy on Metro Level Soccer – VYSA
VYSA Club Presidents were notified this morning that The VYSA Board of Directors unanimously approved, aside from two abstentions, a motion at our Board meeting on Monday, January 14th to change how the District will affiliate teams into the BCCSL Metro division.
KidSport’s Nite of Champions to honour championship Coastal FC squad – Peace Arch News
This year, the evening will have a soccer theme in recognition of Coastal FC’s under-17 girls team, which in October won a national title at South Surrey Athletic Park.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
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 season – Pacific 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 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.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Alphonso Davies Starts the Bayern Munich Chapter of His Incredible Journey – SI.com
Earlier in the morning, Bayern Munich drew Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, and now Alphonso Davies—the former Vancouver Whitecaps winger who was sold to Bayern for an MLS-record $16 million in July—is getting used to the idea that he’s a Bayern Munich player affected by that draw.
Three Canadians who blazed a Bundesliga path for Alphonso Davies – Sportsnet
Of course, he’s not the first player from Canada to ply his trade in Germany.
Canadian women play Switzerland to 0-0 tie in closed-door women’s soccer match – Medicine Hat News
Canada played to a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in a closed-door women’s soccer training match Thursday.
FCE unveils goalkeeping contingent – the11.ca
FCE announced an all-Edmonton goalkeeping contingent on Thursday.
FC Edmonton’s roster more than has met the eye – Standard-Freeholder
With a recent flood of signings across the CPL, it may appear as though FC Edmonton is a bit behind the ball when it comes to filling its roster for the inaugural season. But head coach and director of soccer operations Jeff Paulus says they are ahead of the pack, by his count.
Cavalry FC signs Brazilian forward Oliver Minatel – TSP
Cavalry FC has announced the signing of Brazilian forward Oliver Minatel for the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.
Former Loon becomes Forge FC’s first international signing – the11.ca
According to his bio on the MLS website, “(Bertrand) Owundi is a strong and powerful centre back with great athleticism who reads the game incredibly well. As a player with Cameroonian national team experience under his belt, Minnesota feels he has a lot of potential and can develop into a high-level defender in MLS.”
New sports team generating buzz and creating interest in team merchandise – CTV Atlantic
“It seems like we have a lot of soccer fans and they’re really anticipating the games starting,” said Lucy MacLeod, the manager of New Scotland Clothing Co. in Dartmouth.
Top Canadian assistant referee Joe Fletcher retires, says time is right – Prince George Citizen
The 42-year-old Fletcher, from St. Catharines, Ont., by way of Niagara Falls, says the time is right.
Etobicoke’s Damien Wojtiw named Canada’s Para Soccer Player of the Year – Toronto.com
Etobicoke’s Damien Wojtiw capped off a stellar season on the pitch in 2018 by being named the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year.
The Mississauga MetroStars have played better than their 2-6 record suggests – Waking the Red
The Mississauga MetroStars, the newest Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) club, have had a tough start to their inaugural campaign. Exactly one third of the way through the season, they have a 2-6 record, leaving them in 3rd place in the Eastern division, ahead of the Harrisburg Heat, who have a 1-6 record but a game in hand.
You can find the ‘Serbian grill queen’ of Toronto at Bonimi – CBC
As I waited for the ćevapi, a group of guests arrived at the restaurant. I noticed that every one of them took the time to walk toward the back of the restaurant to say hello to the chef. The man was Nikola Paunic, a Canadian soccer player who now coaches and helps run the family restaurant.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Switchbacks announce return of Jordan Schweitzer – Burgundy Wave
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC revealed the re-signing of midfielder Jordan Schweitzer at a fan event at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub Thursday night.
Bold Move – Austin Brings Aboard Restrepo – USL
Austin Bold FC announced on Thursday the club had signed 2017 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year Diego Restrepo, pending league and federation approval. Restrepo arrives in Austin after spending two seasons with Texas rival San Antonio FC, which will be the visitor for Bold FC’s home opener in its inaugural Championship season on Saturday, March 30.
USL League Two Unveils Manhattan SC As New Member – USL League 2
Manhattan Soccer Club has been announced as the ninth expansion side ahead of the 2019 USL League Two season, with the New York-based club set to compete in the Northeast Division.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Melbourne City announce signing of American international – W-League
The 21-year old has recently been drafted to Sky Blue FC in the NWSL from her college side UCLA Bruins.
Alen Stajcic is set to stand down as coach of the Matildas – Weekend Australian
Alen Stajcic is set to stand down as coach of the Matildas. It is not known whether Stajcic will leave before the World Cup finals in France in June, or after the finals.
NWSL working on new broadcast deal with A&E Network – Pro Soccer USA
National Women’s Soccer League president Amanda Duffy already has her sights set on a new broadcast deal. The league’s contract with A&E Networks is entering its final season, and Duffy is in talks to renew the partnership.
PHIL NEVILLE EXPLAINS REASONS BEHIND ENGLAND TRAINING CAMP IN QATAR – The FA
Phil Neville believes a week of warm-weather training is the perfect way for his England team to begin what promises to be another huge year for the women’s game.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues – London Free Press
The north London clubs face opposition from the west of the capital after a spell of setbacks.
Top Premier League storylines for Week 23 – NBC Sports
From the title race, to a four-way battle for top-four, to the relegation dogfight currently unfolding, this weekend’s slate of Premier League fixtures is full with a little bit of everything.
Bayern resume Dortmund hunt without Robben, Ribery – Euronews
German champions Bayern Munich will be without wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery as they continue their pursuit of leaders Borussia Dortmund with a trip to Hoffenheim on Friday when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.
Barcelona reach Copa del Rey QF but could be disqualified – NBC Sports
Barcelona earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, but its continued participation in the tournament remains under threat.
PSG SEEK GUINGAMP REVENGE – Ligue 1
Top meets bottom in Ligue 1 Conforama as leaders Paris Saint-Germain welcome EA Guingamp to the Parc des Princes on Saturday, the sides’ second meeting in the capital in 2019.
Chelsea: Alvaro Morata ‘agrees to join Atletico Madrid’ – BBC Sport
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has reached a personal agreement to join Atletico Madrid, says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Asian Cup: Qatar, Japan advance with perfect records – NBC Sports
Qatar finished the group stage of the Asian Cup with a third straight win, beating three-time champion Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Thursday in a highly charged game amid the political tensions between the two nations.
Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit – The Guardian
Clubs across the top divisions of European leagues have recorded an overall profit for the first time, reversing years of losses before the implementation of financial fair play (FFP) rules, a Uefa analysis of the 2017 financial year has revealed.
Ghanaian journalist who worked on Nyantaki corruption story is murdered by gunmen – Inside World Football
Hussein-Suale was a leading member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations, set up by award-winning Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas whose BBC documentary about widespread corruption in African football led to the downfall of Kwesi Nyantakyi, former Ghana Football Association President, CAF Vice President and FIFA Executive Council member. Nyantakyi was filmed on tape allegedly taking a cash gift of $65,000 and later banned for life by Fifa.