BC Soccer News, Weekend, March 8-10, 2019




SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019, 3:00 PM



Episode 327 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Keeping It Real – RSL v Vancouver Preview Show)AFTN
Week 2 of the MLS season sees Vancouver Whitecaps heading to Utah to take on a Real Salt Lake side a little bit like themselves, in that you just don’t know what kind of team they are going to be this year.

Vancouver Whitecaps get set for first road test at Real Salt LakeSportsnet
Manager Marc Dos Santos has been clear that he expects his completely revamped squad to make it to the post-season this year.

Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
Mike Petke’s team will look to continue that trend when opening its 2019 home slate Saturday evening against Western Conference foe Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The former began their campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw away to the Houston Dynamo, while the latter suffered a 3-2 home loss to Minnesota United FC to begin the Marc Dos Santos era.

Nick Rimando looking forward to RSL home openerABC 4
Real Salt Lake goalkeeperNick Rimando has his reasons for calling it a career after 20 years, but with an entire season ahead of him, he’s not quite ready to talk about it just yet.

Vancouver Whitecaps sign Saskatoon-raised goalkeeper Thomas HasalVancouver Sun
The deal keeps the Saskatoon-raised Hasal with the Whitecaps through 2020 and has options for 2021 and 2022.

How the ‘Caps have opened the door for young soccer players in SaskatchewanWhitecaps FC
For many years, young soccer players growing up in Saskatchewan could only dream of making the professional ranks. There was no pathway. And, for the most part, no hope. Brett Levis helped change that in 2016 when he signed a Major League Soccer contract with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, becoming the first graduate of the University of Saskatchewan to do so. And now, for the second time in less than three years, the province of Saskatchewan – and more specifically, the city of Saskatoon – has produced another MLSer for the club.

A Hoya finds a home: centreback Brendan McDonough signs with WhitecapsThe Province
Few of the Vancouver Whitecaps draft picks have ever found a home with the team, but Brendan McDonough hopes he can beat the odds to be one of the few exceptions after signing a contract for 2020.

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact | 2019 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The Houston Dynamo hope to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to Tigres in the opening leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals when they host the Montreal Impact on Saturday at 2 pm PT.

TFC coach Vanney plans to take advantage of two-week breakToronto Sun
Under normal circumstances Vanney would have liked a game this weekend. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

Ambitious Sounders ready to write new narrativesSounder at Heart
‘Why can’t we lead from the front?’ Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer wonders aloud.

Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer ‘pretty close’ to full fitnessOrlando Sentinel
Orlando City coach James O’Connor said he didn’t expect to give star striker Dom Dwyer as many minutes as he did during the Lions’ season opener against NYCFC.

Bastian Schweinsteiger encouraged by early signs from FireChicago Sun-Times
Believe it or not, it’s already Bastian Schweinsteiger’s third season with the Fire. “Time is flying almost, I must say,” Schweinsteiger said.

LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic retires from professional soccerESPN
Husidic, 31, played professionally for 10 years, with eight of those spent in Major League Soccer and five with the Galaxy. Over the course of his MLS career he made 154 appearances, scoring 18 goals and adding 14 assists, while winning MLS Cup with LA in 2014.

Potential deals to watch during the MLS primary transfer windowMLS
The 2019 MLS season is underway, but rosters are still very much under construction.

All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic joins Championship club Bristol CityStuff NZ
Marinovic has been without a club following his release from Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of last season and has spent the past few months trialling at various clubs in the United Kingdom, including Scottish side Rangers.





SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019, 4:00 PM


FVSL Pakenham Cup RoundupBC Soccer Web

Jackson Cup has reached the 1/4 Final stage, and that is our focus this weekend in Vancouver island’s top flight of amateur soccer.

VISL Upcoming Matches – March 8-10, 2019BC Soccer Web
Jackson Cup has reached the 1/4 Final stage, and that is our focus this weekend in Vancouver island’s top flight of amateur soccer.

VMSL 2019 Imperial Cup Round of 16: Rino’s Fury pull off cup shock but snow prevents quarter-final matches from being set (with video highlights) AFTN
The pesky snow. February’s snowfall across the lower mainland had already meant that the Round of 16 matches in the 2019 Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Imperial Cup were set to be played over a two week period.

Germany’s Starostzik embarks on new adventure with Pacific FCPacific FC
Pacific Football Club have signed German defender Hendrik Starostzik in the opening days of the club’s pre-season. The experienced centre back joins Pacific FC to command the backline for the inaugural 2019 Canadian Premier League (CPL) season.

MacNaughton finds new home on West CoastPacific FC
Pacific FC have signed U SPORT standout and League1 Ontario All-Star Lukas MacNaughton ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League (CPL) pre-season. The centre back heads to Vancouver Island as the second central defender to join the ranks.

Whitecaps academy selects Powell River soccer player Caleb VallancePowell River Peak
Powell River’s Caleb Vallance has been selected to join the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy for the 2019/2020 season, no small feat for a 15 year old from Powell River.

TRU Men’s Soccer sign second generation recruits Comita/RinaldiTRU Wolfpack
One of the goals that John Antulov set for himself when he took over the head coaching position with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer program was to try and keep top local prospects at home.

Big guns help 49ers close in on another league titleCowichan Valley Citizen
The Cowichan 49ers big guns were firing as the masters soccer team moved closer to securing a second consecutive Vancouver Island Soccer League masters title.

Victoria fans cheer on former soccer pro awaiting second heart transplantCTV
As the first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after getting a heart transplant, Simon Keith is used to overcoming adversity. But the Victoria native admits that spending the last four months on a transplant list, waiting for a new heart and kidney has been particularly difficult.

The 2019 BC Soccer Web Super Schedule of Soccer in BC – BC Soccer Web
With so much soccer happening in BC this year, it’s getting tougher to keep track of the big matches and your favourite teams. BC Soccer Web has you covered! Here, in one spot, are the combined schedules for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Pacific FC, TSS Rovers and Highlanders FC. We’ll also be adding the WPSL teams, along with the marquee matches from the amateur ranks as those dates become set, so keep coming back for the latest updates.

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.

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.

Introducing BC Soccer Web SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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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.





SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, 3:00 PM


Hamilton’s Forge FC adds Canadian midfielder David Choiniere to CPL rosterMedicine Hat News
The 22-year-old from Saint-Alexandre, Que., made five appearances over three seasons with the Montreal Impact. The five-foot-eight 152-pounder made 15 appearances with FC Montreal in the United Soccer League in 2016, becoming the first player to make the jump from FC Montreal to the first team.

Euro veteran key piece for Winnipeg Winnipeg Free Press
The weather may be unseasonably frigid, but that hasn’t stopped members of the fledgling Valour FC, Winnipeg’s shiny new pro soccer team, from turning up the temperature at their indoor training camp.

David Edgar Joins Hartlepool UnitedHartlepool Utd.
Pools have completed a swoop for Canadian international David Edgar on a deal until the end of the season.

Regina’s Queen City United Embarks on UWS AdventureNorthern Starting XI
According to Queen City United’s Technical Director Hugh Dooley, it is not unusual for the club to ‘jump into the deep end’ and then make things work.

Beckie, Leon hopeful European venture aids Canada World Cup hopesSportsnet
Like a lot of Canadian youngsters, Janine Beckie went to Europe to find herself, hoping the experience abroad would help her grow. But she’s not backpacking her way across the continent, nor is she sleeping in cheap hostels after spending an exhausting day of sightseeing.

Why MEDIAPRO? Clanachan explains CSB’s massive media dealCanPL
David Clanachan is confident the Canadian Premier League’s media partnership with MEDIAPRO will deliver the sort of storytelling experience that has since been “unheard of” in Canadian soccer.

‘Character building’: Welcome to CPL training … camp?CanPL
FC Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus served in the Royal Canadian Navy. Perhaps, then, his understanding of the words “training camp” might be a little more, ahem, intense as Canadian Premier League players reported to training camps this week.

From athletes to executives, women in sports still fighting for an even playing fieldThe Star
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, prominent female sports figures agree progress has been made, but there remains a long way to go in the search for equality.

Soccer Hall of Famer Alan Ross dead at 84The Telegram
One of the most successful coaches in any sport in Newfoundland and Labrador has passed away. Soccer coach Alan Ross died in his native England at age 84.


USL Championship Weekend Guide – Week 1USL
After nearly four months of waiting, the USL Championship returns on Friday night when Rio Grande Valley FC and the Tacoma Defiance kick off the biggest season in the league’s history.

Hartford Athletic’s Jose Angulo has good chance to be USL’s all-time leading goal scorerWTNH
The 30-year-old has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Angula comes to Hartford after a decorated career – one that saw him skip college and go directly to the pros. Oddly enough, he was suppose to play for Ray Reid at UConn.

Los Dos sign SuperDraft pick Don TchilaoAngels on Parade
The LA Galaxy organization continue to restock the Los Dos roster, and today it was officially announced that midfielder Don Tchilao has signed a contract with the reserves. A standout at Oregon State with 15 goals and 13 assists, the 2019 MLS SuperDraft No. 36 overall pick has potential but needs to further develop his game, so the athletic midfielder will spend the 2019 season developing under Mike Muñoz.

Swope Park signs 16-year-old goalkeeper Brooks ThompsonThe Blue Testament
Brooks Thompson is the latest academy product signed to a professional contract. Thompson has been signed to a USL Championship contract with the Swope Park Rangers. At just 16-years-old, the standout goalkeeper is the youngest player to have signed with Swope Park.

More than 9,000 tickets sold for New Mexico United’s first game of inaugural seasonKOB
The new USL franchise has already sold more than 9,000 tickets for Saturday’s game, in addition to 2,500 season tickets, according to the team’s owner, Peter Trevisani.

‘The Curse’ eager to roar for NM UnitedAlbuquerque Journal
One of the many soccer traditions imported to America from global soccer leagues are official supporter groups. “The Curse” will serve that role for New Mexico United.

Birmingham Legion FC gives city rare opportunityAL.com
It could have been just another minor-league sports team in Birmingham. That’s what people need to understand here at this important crossroads of timing and potential for the city.

Fourth sub, broadcasting upgrades among US Open Cup changes for 2019MLS
U.S. Soccer released the 2019 edition of its U.S. Open Cup handbook this week, revealing some interesting changes for the historic tournament.


With only five games remaining before France, the time is now to make an impactFansided
With under 100 days until the World Cup, every moment on the field will be an audition for France.

After injury, Megan Rapinoe looks toward World CupFox Sports
Just a bit of fine tuning and Megan Rapinoe should be ready for the World Cup. The outspoken 33-year-old winger with her shock of blond hair is not new to this process. She’s been to the last two World Cups, including the 2015 tournament in Canada that the United States won.

Women’s Champions League final tickets on saleUEFA
Tickets for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Budapest on 18 May are now on sale.

International Women’s Day: New Sweden women’s football team World Cup kit celebrates female role modelsEvening Standard
The unique strip, designed by adidas, has the faces of women chosen by the players who have created history and inspired.

Rangers are today the first football club in Scotland to offer Modern Apprenticeships to Rangers Women’s players in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

When Croke Park opened its gates to women’s soccerIrish Examiner
Today is International Women’s Day and we have just commemorated 100 years of enfranchisement for some women, at least. Yet, some of the most fascinating breakthroughs for women in social history happened before that, in the sporting arena.

Lucozade Sport sign first women’s team sponsorship as England ready for France 2019Inside World Football
Lucozade Sport has signed its first sponsorship in women’s football as the official sports drinks and hydration partner of the England Women’s team ahead of the France 2019 World Cup.

VIDEO: New women’s campaign: Football is for footballersFC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is intensifying its commitment to women’s football and equality for International Women’s Day. Through the #Wearefootballers campaign, featuring Lieke Martens, Vicky Losada, Marta Torrejón, Leila Ouahabi and Marta Torrejón of the women’s first team and Aina Roman of La Masia, the club is continuing its support of gender equality in sport.

International Women’s Day: I’m here on ability, not gender, says Michelle OwenSky Sports
“I’m a football reporter and presenter,” says Sky Sports’ Michelle Owen. “I don’t prefix that with ‘woman’. I hope I’m there on ability rather than gender.”

VIDEO: On International Women’s Day, the LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy looks to the futureLA Galaxy
LA Galaxy’s Girls Academy on opportunities for women in soccer.


Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendThe Guardian
No let-up for Solskjær’s side at Arsenal, a test of Wolves’ progress at Chelsea and plenty of spark in Selhurst’s ‘derby’.

Europa League: Inter held, Napoli wins big, Benfica beatenNBC Sports
Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 defeat on the road at Stade Rennais in the first leg of Europa Round of 16 play, while Chelsea hammered Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in a comprehensive victory.

Olympique Lyonnais are looking for a boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League trip to Barcelona as they face RC Strasbourg Alsace at a packed Stade de la Meinau on Saturday.

Bundesliga title race heats up, battle for third the thing to watch in Serie A and La LigaFansided
Dortmund and Bayern are tied for first in Germany, while the battle for third in Serie A and La Liga has become the race to keep an eye on.

Monchi leaves role as Roma sporting directorFour Four Two
Roma have announced that their sporting director Monchi has left the club via mutual agreement. The 50-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal prior to his exit from the Serie A club.

UEFA release statement on key VAR decisionsNBC Sports
After two UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg games were decided by penalty kicks awarded via VAR, European soccer’s governing body has released a statement detailing why both decisions were made.

Uefa launches formal investigation into Manchester City’s FFP conductThe Guardian
Uefa has launched a formal investigation into Manchester City following the allegations that the club violated financial fair play rules made in the German magazine Der Spiegel and based on “leaked” documents.

Footballer barred for life for injuring 4 players in TurkeyLondon Free Press
Turkey’s football federation has barred a player from competition for life after he was accused of injuring four other players with a sharp object during a third-tier game.

Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendliesLondon Free Press
The five-time world player of the year was called up by interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for a pair of friendly matches ahead of this year’s Copa America in Brazil.

Championship promotion race: A club-by-club guide The Telegraph
The Championship promotion race is set to go down to the wire. The final play-off spot is currently occupied by Bristol City in sixth, but even 15th-placed Brentford are only eight point adrift with over 10 games left in the season.

VIDEO: What’s the problem with PSG? Qatar’s star-studded club falters againFrance 24
Is it worth it for Qatar? For the third year in a row, its 800-million-euro baby Paris Saint-Germain has crashed out in spectacular fashion at the first hurdle of the knockout phase of the Champions League. PSG blew a 2-0 first leg advantage at home against injury-depleted Manchester United. Why does a side that’s crushing all comers domestically seem to always snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the European stage?

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