Author: Kevin Anderson

Canada’s Coaches are Champions: Anywhere but Here

Canada’s Coaches are Champions: Anywhere but Here

Rhian Wilkinson led the Portland Thorns to a title in the NWSL this year.  Missed the Shield by one point. Took over a team that was already successful, but in her first year had to win them over to her style of play. To her style of player management. All amidst the shadow of an … Continue reading Canada’s Coaches are Champions: Anywhere but Here

Opinion: CPL Announces Pay Hikes, Hooray! But Let Me Be That Guy

Opinion: CPL Announces Pay Hikes, Hooray! But Let Me Be That Guy

I don't know, dear readers, if you are a "good news first", or a "get the bad news out of the way" kind of crowd. So, I'll just guess that you have enough negativity in your lives and jump to the good stuff. The CPL has announced some impressive increases in player compensation. According to … Continue reading Opinion: CPL Announces Pay Hikes, Hooray! But Let Me Be That Guy

Forge Season in Review

Forge Season in Review

Prologue Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way: I am an optimistic and friendly neighbourhood writer most days, and I am as happy-go-lucky as the next human. So, I want to get most of the cynicism and snark out of the way off the top. Imagine you were running, footloose and fancy-free, down … Continue reading Forge Season in Review

Hey Now, It’s Not All Bad: An Optimistic Look at Big Time Soccer in Canada

Hey Now, It’s Not All Bad: An Optimistic Look at Big Time Soccer in Canada

Look, the press about soccer in Canada leading up to our first World Cup appearance since the OG Top Gun was in theatres hasn't been great. But maybe we are looking at it the wrong way. Where is our trademark Canadian optimism? Let's go back through the headlines and look for some silver linings. Clothes … Continue reading Hey Now, It’s Not All Bad: An Optimistic Look at Big Time Soccer in Canada

The Argument for Bobby: A Totally Unbiased Report from Forgeland

The Argument for Bobby: A Totally Unbiased Report from Forgeland

Here we go again. It is Coach of the Year time. Or as those of us in Hamilton know it, Smyrniotis Snub Season. So, this year the front runner is Carlos Gonzales of Atletico Ottawa, or CarGo to the hip kids in Ottawa. He took the league's bottom feeders from last to first with only … Continue reading The Argument for Bobby: A Totally Unbiased Report from Forgeland

Forge Finalizes Seeding: Second Place Means the Rivalry is Back

Forge Finalizes Seeding: Second Place Means the Rivalry is Back

So, let's talk Forge's playoff run. Mediocre? Pedestrian? Underwhelming? Sure, pick one. But the bottom line is they are back in the playoffs with an outside shot at a home final. (And if they make it to the final the only team that team that could host them is Ottawa, and that's really just another … Continue reading Forge Finalizes Seeding: Second Place Means the Rivalry is Back

Are We Ready For This? Hurdles To Women’s Professional Soccer In Canada

Are We Ready For This? Hurdles To Women’s Professional Soccer In Canada

I am convinced that we are ready for professional women's soccer in Canada. But barriers keep getting put up in its way. Like everyone in the North American soccer community I am still trying to come to grips with the revelations in the independent report by Sally Q. Yates in the United States. The levels … Continue reading Are We Ready For This? Hurdles To Women’s Professional Soccer In Canada

The Stadiums of the CPL: Ranked by a Guy Who Has Been There and Done That

The Stadiums of the CPL: Ranked by a Guy Who Has Been There and Done That

I know usually rankings are quickly prefaced with an introduction, maybe some qualifying remarks about how the rankings are tallied, etc. However, I am a little weird, so I am going to do mine a little weirder. I will drop a category. Write a few sentences about how the main winners and losers stack up … Continue reading The Stadiums of the CPL: Ranked by a Guy Who Has Been There and Done That