BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 25-27, 2019


Three keepers have same goal — net the starting job with WhitecapsNational Post
There has always been something — or someone — in front of them. Now, the goalkeepers on the Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to put it all behind them.

Must-see: The photo that has been making the rounds in the ‘Caps locker roomWhitecaps FC
Russell Teibert was feeling a bit older than usual this week as Vancouver Whitecaps FC kicked off their 2019 preseason training camp. And he can thank Simon Colyn for that.

From Canada, to Charlotte and onto MLSTop Drawer Soccer
From arriving at Charlotte(m) as a holding midfielder to emerging as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 MLS draft, Callum Montgomery’s a perfect example of a late bloomer setup for success by college soccer. A native of British Columbia, Canada, heading south to compete in the NCAA wasn’t even about becoming primarily becoming a professional. It was about opening doors, enjoying a new experience and improving on the field.

Atlanta United signs Gonzalo “Pity” MartínezAtlanta United
Atlanta United today announced it has acquired Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez from Club Atlético River Plate of the Argentine Superleague. A 25-year-old attacking midfielder who was named the 2018 South American Footballer of the Year, Martinez will join the club pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Atlanta United and MLS: What does Pity Martinez signing mean for club and league?MLS Multiplex
With the Pity Martinez signing finally official, it’s time to look at its potential effect on both Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Agrees to Terms with Midfielders Cristian Martinez, Amando MorenoChicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it has agreed to terms with wingers Cristian Martinez and Amando Moreno. Martinez is under contract for the 2019 season with a Club option for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Moreno is under contract for the 2019 season with a Club option for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Toronto FC and Victor Vazquez: Jonathan Osorio must step upMLS Multiplex
Victor Vazquez has departed. Toronto FC are now looking for a new creative midfielder. The time is now, then, for Jonathan Osorio to step up to the plate.

NYCFC sign 17-year-old midfielder Justin Haak to Homegrown Player dealMLS
New York City FC unveiled their third-ever Homegrown Player on Thursday, signing 17-year-old academy midfielder Justin Haak.

Timbers announce flurry of roster moves as training camp starts ahead of 2019 seasonKPTV
The Portland Timbers announced a number of roster moves ahead of the 2019 season. The Timbers on Thursday reported re-signing goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Andrés Flores for the 2019 season.

Alan Koch: FC Cincinnati believes in Nick HagglundCincinnati.com
FC Cincinnati’s preseason continued Thursday on the University of Cincinnati’s campus, but the big news swirling around the Sheakley Athletics Center practice bubble was the Wednesday night announcement of the club’s acquisition of defender Nick Hagglund.

Former Sporting KC defender Michael Harrington announces his retirementSporting KC
Former Sporting Kansas City defender Michael Harrington announced today his retirement from professional soccer after a 12-year playing career.

Kaku’s agent sounds off over negotiations between Red Bulls and Club AmericaSBI
If Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Romero Gamarra’s agent is to be believed, the New York Red Bulls’ attacking midfielder badly wants to join Club America this winter.

Union’s David Accam wants to quiet critics as he finally puts injuries behind himPhilly.com
David Accam’s disappointing first season with the Union came as a surprise to those who’ve watched his years in MLS. How could a guy who tallied 38 goals and 16 assists in three seasons with the Chicago Fire deliver just two goals and no assists here?

Philadelphia Union sign goalkeeper Carlos Miguel CoronelThe Brotherly Game
The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel on loan from RB Salzburg. Coronel will look to backup Andre Blake, who will have a busy year with the Union as well as the Jamaica National Team.

Panthers owner in “ongoing discussions” with MLS on Charlotte expansionMLS
The owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers remains eager to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte, North Carolina in the form of a future expansion team.

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Huitema signs with American super-agency, will skip NCAA and go prothe11.ca
When Canadian soccer fans ask “where will Jordyn Huitema sign?” it won’t be about a letter of commitment to an NCAA powerhouse.

VISL -Week 15 Upcoming Matches and StandingsBC Soccer Web
The first week back was exciting and a great way to start 2019, we are pretty sure the 2nd week back ( a.k.a. Week 15 ) will also be a treat.

With an eye on 2020, Noah Verhoeven credits trust, early interest for Pacific FC moveCanadian Premier League
A career in soccer is defined by only a few major, life-changing decisions. Do you stay at home or transfer abroad? Stick with a club and fight for your chance or take a leap of faith and hope for better elsewhere? Survive the pressures of lofty expectations or prove yourself in the trust of another?

Opinion: Why Pacific FC should go all in on a “BC players only” brandAFTN
Most football clubs in the world strive to promote as many homegrown or local players as they can to their first team. Homegrowns are, after all, inclined to be significantly cheaper, more loyal, and more familiar with the clubs surroundings and football culture than an imported player.

Getting to the next level: How a private soccer academy is helping young players succeedThe Province
When Kathleen Aitchison joined TSS Academy at age 11, she never thought for a moment that it would change the course of her soccer career to the degree that it has. At the time, she signed up for the weekend training program at TSS to help enhance her skills while she played for her local soccer club in Tsawwassen.

VMSL Week 18 Round-up: Croatia go top after West Van slip up against old foesAFTN
It’s been a while since we’ve had as exciting a VMSL season as the 2018/19 one has thrown up.

SFU women’s soccer inks nine players to 2019 recruiting classSFU
Simon Fraser University women’s soccer head coach Annie Hamel announced that nine players will be joining her program next season. Doreen Anane-Bediakoh, Savannah Bauder, Kiara Buono, Kelsey Fisher, Jenieva Musico, Jazzi Paulson, Amanda Scott, Valerie Silva and Giuliana Zaurrini have signed National Letters of Intent to represent Canada’s NCAA team.

North Delta boys and girls soccer clubs considering mergerSurrey Now Leader
Move to help boost player retention, bring in higher-quality coaching and share skill development costs.

Victoria Highlanders snap Powell River Villa’s home winning streakPowell River Peak
Soccer club drops into a tie for first place with four games left in the regular season.

Villa returns to home fieldPowell River Peak
There is no place like home and on Sunday, September 9, Powell River Villa FC comes back to its own home after a two-year absence.

Hey coach, could you keep it down over there?North Shore News
It can be hard for coaches to stop yammering away every minute of every game.

New honour for Centennial gradTri City News
Soccer has been Bruce Wilson’s ticket to national and international glory. But it started as a family affair.

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
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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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CPL commissioner on league’s goals, growing Canadian soccer, and moreSportsnet
Sportsnet sat down with league commissioner David Clanachan to talk about the launch of the CPL, his long- and short-term goals for the league, and much more.

Cavalry FC taps into Calgary Foothills FC pipeline – transferring culture of successTSP
This week Cavalry FC announced the signing of four more players as the club prepares for the start of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) in April 2019.

‘A source of pride’: Paulus proud of FCE’s ‘under-appreciated’ players filling rosterCanadian Premier League
Jeff Paulus is all-in on Edmonton. The FC Edmonton head coach is set to sign at least 10 current or former players from the Eddies’ Academy to his inaugural Canadian Premier League roster.

Alberta Soccer is pleased to welcome Franc Cioffi as its new Technical Director.Alberta Soccer
As a life-long participant in soccer, particularly in the coaching realm, Franc brings a deep understanding of the game to Alberta’s soccer community. In addition to Franc’s 20+ years of experience on the field, he joins Alberta Soccer with significant private sector business experience that will bring an innovative approach to soccer development in our Province.


Ottawa Fury FC announced on Thursday the signing of Ottawa-native Jadon Vilfort ahead of the 2019 season, pending league approval. Vilfort, who had his first taste of pro soccer life last season when he donned on the Fury FC badge for the inaugural CapCity Cup, becomes the eighth Canadian added to the Ottawa roster for the upcoming USL Championship season.

After a lengthy audition, Fury brings in local teen talentthe11.ca
As many message boards continue with USL vs. CanPL snipes, from a PR perspective, the Fury needed a hometown-prospect signing more than the club needed to secure a flashy, proven goalscorer.

Eric Quill named head coach of North Texas Soccer ClubSportsday
North Texas SC has appointed its first head coach, Eric Quill, from the Texans SC Houston organization, where he served as technical director and U-19 head coach. Under his leadership, Texans SC won the 2017 U-18 U. S. Soccer Development Academy title.

Foxes Add Former Pumas Midfielder EscamillaUSL
Fresno Football Club announced on Wednesday that it had signed former Pumas midfielder Jorge Escamilla for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Escamilla joins the Foxes after impressing Head Coach Adam Smith and General Manager Frank Yallop as a trialist near the end of the 2018 season.

Monarchs Bring Aboard Panamanian International AvilaUSL
Ricardo Avila, who played for Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, was unveiled by Real Monarchs SLC on Thursday as the club’s latest acquisition, with the 21-year-old arriving on loan from Liga Panameña de Fútbol side CD Universitario through the 2019 USL Championship season. Terms of the loan agreement were not disclosed with Avila’s signing pending league and federation approval.

Donovan joins arena soccer league’s San Diego SockersEurosport
Landon Donovan said the indoor league would suit him better at this point in his career.


GOODBYE: Sky Blue mutually parts ways with Frisbie, StottFront Row Soccer
Sky Blue FC has agreed mutually part ways with Amanda Frisbie and Rebekah Stott, the National Women’s Soccer League team announced Thursday.

Unstoppable Sam Kerr becomes all-time leading W-League goalscorerThe Guardian
Sam Kerr put recent upheaval at national team level to one side as she added another record to an already enviable list by finding the back of the net in Perth Glory’s win over Western Sydney Wanderers to become the W-League’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic raises questions over best people to take game forwardABC
In the badly bungled, poorly communicated and still largely unexplained sacking of Matildas’ coach Alen Stajcic, Football Federation Australia has inadvertently shone a light on the growing pains of women’s sport.

The Curious Case of Alen Stajcic and the F*cked Up World of Elite Women’s SoccerCiara McCormack
When I heard the circumstances of his departure as the head coach for Australia 5 months before the World Cup it caught my eye further as I’ve heard this story before. The sudden nature and hazy details that spoke vaguely of player surveys and a toxic environment, countered by almost the entire team writing words of shock and support on Twitter, directly counteracting the narrative that the Australian federation was putting out to the public.

Rachel McLauchlan: Yeovil Ladies sign Scotland winger from Hibernian LadiesBBC Sport
Struggling Women’s Super League side Yeovil Town Ladies have signed winger Rachel McLauchlan from Hibernian.

Kilmarnock striker Lisa Swanson is looking forward to starting the new season away from Rangers for the first time in eleven years. The forward has signed up at Rugby Park on a permanent basis following a successful loan in the second half of last season.

Spokane SC Shadow joins WPSL as expansion clubWPSL
Spokane SC Shadow has joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League as an expansion club, adding one of the region’s top programs in women’s soccer development, the league announced Thursday.


FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
Cue up the 1999 footage before Friday night at the Emirates, plus Accrington, Newport and Shrewsbury all eye upsets

What to watch in the main soccer competitions in EuropeCanada.com
The game the Spanish league initially wanted to play in the United States is taking place in Girona on Sunday.

2019 Copa America draw sees host Brazil land manageable groupSBI
The beginning of the road at the 2019 Copa America is a manageable one for Brazil. The same cannot be said for Uruguay.

While Paris Saint-Germain continue to sweat over how long the injured Neymar will be out for, Thomas Tuchel’s men are in Ligue 1 Conforama action at home to Rennes on Sunday evening.

Monaco suspends Thierry Henry after only three months as coachFrance 24
After a stellar playing career that saw him win countless club and international honours, Thierry Henry’s hopes of enjoying a managerial golden touch suffered an ignominious start after his suspension on Thursday as Monaco coach.

Paris Saint-Germain sign Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes for €40mThe Guardian
Paris St-Germain have won the race to sign the highly rated Argentinian midfielder Leandro Paredes for €40m (£34.7m) plus €5m in potential add-ons. The 24-year-old has been playing for Zenit St Petersburg since the summer of 2017, having previously represented Boca Juniors, Chievo, Roma and Empoli.

Chelsea reach Carabao Cup final: ‘I don’t care’ – Hazard on Sarri criticismBBC Sport
Eden Hazard said he “does not care” about criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after helping Chelsea beat Spurs to reach the Carabao Cup final.

Asian Cup: Japan, Iran advance to semifinalsNBC Sports
For the first time since winning the tournament in 2011, Japan has returned to the semifinals of the AFC Asian Cup.

Panama come to town as United States turn page to Gregg Berhalter eraThe Guardian
The USA will take the field under a permanent head coach again when the Berhalter era begins in earnest on Sunday.

CAF board member Ngaissona extradited to The Hague for war crimes trialInside World Football
French authorities have handed a leading African football administrator Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he faces war crimes charges. He was transferred to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Search ends for plane, angering soccer player Sala’s familyYahoo Sports
Sobbing after the active search for her brother was halted, the sister of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala urged authorities Thursday not to give up trying to find the remains of his plane that disappeared from radar over the English Channel.

FIFA bans Niger ref Chaibou for taking multiple bribes to fix matchesInside World Football
FIFA has handed a lifetime ban to Niger referee Ibrahim Chaibou for taking bribes in the latest sanction meted out to an African official.

Cattery owner, tube worker and ‘I’m A Celebrity’… What happened to Millwall’s FA Cup heroes of 2004?The Telegraph
Nearly 15 years on, the memories remain vivid for Millwall’s class of 2004, a group of players who set a new benchmark in the FA Cup for one of English football’s most notoriously unfashionable clubs.

Hugh McIlvanney obituary: Pre-eminent sports journalist who strove for perfectionThe Guardian
Hugh McIlvanney’s life as a sports journalist resembled one of his perfectly crafted sentences: long, lyrical and rich with surprises. He was a scrupulous and perceptive witness to what he regarded with reverence as the “magnificent triviality” of sport, and his death, at the age of 84, will be the more keenly felt in a climate of concern about the dwindling integrity of the printed word. He leaves behind a fading image of an era that was more forgiving of boisterous behaviour than the one from which he retired in 2016 after nearly 60 years of excellence.

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