BC Soccer News, Weekend, January 4-6, 2019


Kei Kamara “shocked” to leave Whitecaps, happy to be wanted by RapidsMLS
This offseason, like always, Kei Kamara returned to his native Sierra Leone. To give back to others, with his Heart Shaped Hands Foundation, and take some time to himself, where he tends to largely cut communication, reset and workout, is important.

The Whitecaps are in a Good Place Roster and Salary WiseEighty-Six Forever
So, what is the Whitecaps current roster and salary cap situation anyway? We let you know all the details.

Jordon Mutch leaves Crystal Palace six months before his contract was due to expireSky Sports
Mutch had returned to Palace after a spell on loan at Vancouver Whitecaps, who last month refused an option to make his temporary move a permanent one.

Ali Curtis named Toronto FC general manager, succeeding Tim BezbatchenkoCBC
In naming Ali Curtis its Toronto FC’s fifth general manager, Toronto FC is getting an MLS veteran who always has a plan.

Vanney and Manning in full agreement: Curtis was the clear choice to lead TFC into the futureNational Post
Toronto FC president Bill Manning threw the question back at us when asked about the team’s whirlwind hiring of Ali Curtis to replace outgoing general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, a process that came together in about a week.

Toronto FC coach says Argentine forward Lucas Janson may not be backSportsnet
Argentine forward Lucas Janson, who joined Toronto FC last August on loan, may not be back this season.

Second-half surge buoys Impact’s prospects for 2019 MLS seasonMontreal Gazette
Mid-season acquisitions changed the character of the team, providing optimism the bleu-blanc-noir can avoid another slow start to the season.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Signs Head Coach Veljko Paunović to Multi-Year Contract ExtensionChicago Fire
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the Club has signed Head Coach Veljko Paunović to a multi-year contract extension. Paunović will enter his fourth season as head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2019. The contract is for two years with an option to extend for a third year.

Ezequiel Barco to miss 3-4 weeks with right knee tendonitisAtlanta Utd.
Atlanta United announced today midfielder Ezequiel Barco will miss approximately three-to-four weeks with right knee tendonitis.

Club Internacional de Futbol Miami hires first technical directorPro Soccer USA
Kurt Schmid – formerly of the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy – will be Club Internacional De Futbol Miami’s first technical director, the team announced Thursday. Miami is set to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2020.

Watch the 2019 MLS Player Combine games live, starting on SaturdayMLS
With more than 60 players invited to the 2019 Combine, you can watch the games between Combine participants, beginning on Saturday.

New England Revolution target multiple “above max salary” additionsMLS
Revs general manager Michael Burns asserts that the club’s incomings are far from over, after acquiring forward Juan Fernando Caicedo in December, who will be added to the roster either as a Designated Player or with Targeted Allocation Money, in addition to left back addition Edgar Castillo.

Austin FC names new presidentKXAN
The city’s new soccer team Austin FC named Andy Loughnane as its new president Thursday. Loughnane previously served as president of Columbus Crew SC.

SBI 2019 MLS Draft Big BoardSBI
The 2019 MLS Draft is a little more than a week away, and it’s time to start looking at the talent available to the league’s 24 teams.

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Top soccer bodies are mergingTri-City News
Moving the BC Soccer Premier League under the leadership of BC Soccer will create more opportunities for young players looking to play at the university level or even graduate to the new Canadian Premier League, says the executive director of BC Soccer, Jason Elligott.

Chilliwack 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGChilliwack FC
Chilliwack FC will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 25th at 7pm in the meeting room at Prospera Centre (enter through the elevator entrance at the north east corner of the arena).

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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‘Feel the love’: Halifax mystique turning HFX Wanderers into CPL attractionCanadian Premier League
It’s been said that not all those who wander are lost — and, indeed, it seems the Canadian Premier League has found something special in Halifax.

Barton St. Battalion, Privateers 1882 lead steady growth among CPL supporters’ groupsCanadian Premier League
Supporters groups across Canada are entering an intense five months as the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural season approaches.

The year in soccer — Saskatoon had a busy 2018 Star-Phoenix
There were many individual and team feats in Saskatoon soccer this past year. Let’s take a look at the very best from 2018.


Rasmussen Leads Quartet of Signings for AthleticUSL
Hartford Athletic added to its inaugural squad for the 2019 USL Championship season on Thursday with the signings of midfielders Philip Rasmussen, Sebastian Dalgaard and Mads Jørgensen, and defender Sem De Wit. The signings are pending league and federation approval.

North Texas SC signs Damus and EvansSportsday
FC Dallas announced today that the club has signed two former Academy players, Ronaldo Damus and Brecc Evans, to their USL side, North Texas Soccer Club. Damus signed a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season. Evans signed a two-year contract with an option for the 2021 season.

Energy FC Returns Harris to Back LineUSL
On Thursday, OKC Energy FC announced it had re-signed defender Atiba Harris to a new, multi-year contract after a successful first season with the club.

New York court dismisses NASL lawsuit against 15 USSF membersESPN
The Supreme Court of the State of New York has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League (NASL) against 15 board members of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).


NWSL notes: Seattle Reign give up rights to Europe-bound Adriana LeonPro Soccer USA
The club elected not to retain the rights to the Canadian forward, making her available to all clubs through the National Women’s Soccer League’s distribution process. The NWSL said that Leon was not selected by any of the league’s other teams and is now Discovery Eligible. It appears that Leon is set to play in Europe in 2019.

Updated preliminary list of players eligible for 2019 NWSL College DraftNWSL
The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, in Chicago.

W-League Preview: Round 10 features Melbourne City derbyHouston Dynamo
The playoff race is taking shape in Australia as Sofia Huerta and Kyah Simon return to action in Round 10 for two crucial matchups.

Ann-Katrin Berger: Chelsea Women sign Birmingham goalkeeperBBC Sport
Chelsea Women have signed German keeper Ann-Katrin Berger on a deal until 2022 after her contract with Women’s Super League rivals Birmingham expired.


Epic Man City, Liverpool battle deservedly blows title race openNBC Sports
As the final whistle blew at the Etihad Stadium, the roars of delight into the crisp, clear night sky proved that new life had been breathed into the Premier League title race.

Santi Cazorla double stuns Real Madrid and earns Villarreal precious drawThe Guardian
Santi Cazorla’s first La Liga goals since 2012 stunned Real Madrid and stole struggling Villarreal a 2-2 draw at Estadio de la Cerámica.

Italian Super Cup in Saudi backfires as PM slams men-only attendance as ‘disgusting’Inside World Football
Italy’s deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has condemned as “disgusting” restrictions imposed on women at the Italian Super Cup being staged this month in Saudi Arabia.

UEFA confirms Man City faces European ban for misreporting financesNBC Sports
Yves Leterme, the head of UEFA’s independent Club Financial Control Body, has confirmed publicly that Manchester City is under investigation for misreporting income sources on its official documents submitted to the governing body and could be facing a ban from European competitions.

LaLiga distributes €1.32bn of TV cash to clubs with Barca and Real topping payoutsInside World Football
LaLiga has distributed more than €1.32 billion from broadcast revenue to with Barcelona and Real Madrid taking almost 25% of the pot with a combined €302 million.

FA Cup third round: Manchester City on Rotherham United boss Paul Warne’s radarBBC Sport
Rotherham were a team in crisis – bottom of the Championship, 11 points from safety – when Warne was appointed caretaker boss in November 2016.

Blackpool divided before Arsenal’s FA Cup visit as fan boycott rumbles onThe Guardian
League One side face Arsenal in the third round on Saturday but they are still the subject of fan unrest which has divided families and friends.

UAE stadia upgraded and ready for AFC Asian Cup kick off this weekend Inside World Football
For the first time in history eight stadiums will welcome 24 teams from across the Continent for the upcoming Asian Cup, the world’s second oldest continental competition.

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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