Solidarity Now: How Close Is The CPL To A CBA?

If you are the type to look for signs, there were a few to be seen recently on the Canadian soccer labour front. Marcel DeJonge was thanked by Drew Beckie on Twitter for his service, as family issues called him to vacate his seat as PFACan President. Then I came across news that International Labour… Continue reading Solidarity Now: How Close Is The CPL To A CBA?

Full Credit Extended to FCE

One team is trying to clinch a playoff spot and give themselves a chance to win the league. The other playing out the string, auditioning individually for jobs next year and keeping up their pride. In the end, that cancelled them out. It is easy to say that Forge should have won this game. They… Continue reading Full Credit Extended to FCE

Forge vs Pacific: Nothing to See Here

Selling your best player mid-way through the season is a bad idea. I think every fan on the West Coast is aware of this. The way the players on the pitch reacted to what looked, at first, like a Jordan Brown goal says it all. Please…Let us have found a partial replacement. But no, it… Continue reading Forge vs Pacific: Nothing to See Here

The Rivalry: Final Regular Season Edition

Sorry for the delay, illness got in the way. The latest edition of Forge vs Cavalry played out in the most Forge/Cavalry fashion possible. A one-goal game (which tracks, because there has only been one game ever that wasn't). Red cards. Tommy used Wheldon-ese in the post-game presser to non-criticize officials. And like more often… Continue reading The Rivalry: Final Regular Season Edition

The Women’s Game is Growing: Can Canada Keep Up? (A Deeper Dive)

I was bleary-eyed when Julia Grosso struck that golden kick. The Minister of Defence, Stephanie Labbe had kept a couple Swedish strikes out of the net and Canada were Olympic Champions for the first time ever. They planned to change the colour of the medal - two consecutive Olympic bronzes - and they did. It… Continue reading The Women’s Game is Growing: Can Canada Keep Up? (A Deeper Dive)

Groundhog Day: Winnipeg Woes for Forge

Two games in one week versus the same foe, and the result was the same as it ever was. Why can't Forge beat Valour lately? Part of the reason is that Valour is really good right now. The other is that old chestnut, "styles make fights." Forge plays possession-based footy. They pass the ball around… Continue reading Groundhog Day: Winnipeg Woes for Forge

Discretion Was the Better Part of Valour: Shut Out in the ‘Peg

Well, Valour got the job done so a tip o' the cap to them. They only had to hit the net once to win, but what a hit it was. Matteo de Brienne took a Sean Rea cross and absolutely smashed it on the volley. A beautiful goal that came seemingly out of nothing. But… Continue reading Discretion Was the Better Part of Valour: Shut Out in the ‘Peg

Forge Away: An Ottawa Odyssey

On the bus with a group of fans, some rowdies, some youth, some diehard supporters, some staff members, and even some first-timers. You couldn’t ask for a better mix. This is the first time on the road as one since the first away game at York9. And while York Lions Stadium remains the easiest away… Continue reading Forge Away: An Ottawa Odyssey

Forge Falters at Home Against York United

Ok, so clearly the footy gods were not impressed that the Barton Street Battalion dug up Yorky from his unmarked grave beneath the renovated pitch at York Lions Stadium. Sometimes an L is worth it though. But how bad was this game by Forge? Weirdly, not that bad. Now I will preface this piece by… Continue reading Forge Falters at Home Against York United

Recognizing the Need for a CPL Players Association

The Canadian Premier League is well into its fourth season, and like snowflakes, fingerprints, and my excuses for missing deadlines, no two are the same. First, we had the spring and fall/Clausura e Apertura season with a two-legged final (yay Forge!). Then we had the Island Games, First Round, Second Round, and Forge Round. And finally,… Continue reading Recognizing the Need for a CPL Players Association