Category: Soccer

Atletico Ottawa Sell Ballou Tabla to Tukish Side Manisa FK

Atletico Ottawa Sell Ballou Tabla to Tukish Side Manisa FK

Atletico Ottawa has sold forward/winger Ballou Tabla to the second-division Turkish side Manisa FK. He has signed a two and a half year deal with his new club.  Ballou Tabla joined Atletico Ottawa last season from FC Montreal. He signed a three-year deal at the time with Atletico and was one of their star players … Continue reading Atletico Ottawa Sell Ballou Tabla to Tukish Side Manisa FK

Six Possible Locations For The Canadian Professional Women’s League

Six Possible Locations For The Canadian Professional Women’s League

In December 2022, the creation of a new woman’s professional soccer was announced by Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson - with Matheson herself having close ties with Project 8 Sports who will be heavily invested in the project. It is looking likely that 2025 will be the target starting year for the league. That’s a … Continue reading Six Possible Locations For The Canadian Professional Women’s League

Canada’s To-Do List Between Now and 2026

Canada’s To-Do List Between Now and 2026

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has come and gone, and now Canada’s attention must be geared towards their home World Cup in 2026. Three is three and a half years to go, giving Canada plenty of time to put themselves in the best position possible come 2026 and beyond, and here are seven ways in … Continue reading Canada’s To-Do List Between Now and 2026

Vancouver FC: Over Two Months In, How Does the Expansion Franchise Look?

Vancouver FC: Over Two Months In, How Does the Expansion Franchise Look?

[First of all, hi. My name is Thomas, I just recently joined 13th Man Sports on a free transfer from my Substack newsletter. I’m mostly going to be covering York United, but since they haven’t made any new signings for a little bit, I’m writing about one of the league’s relative enigmas: Vancouver FC.] The … Continue reading Vancouver FC: Over Two Months In, How Does the Expansion Franchise Look?

Why the World Cup was Great (Trying to be Fair to Qatar in a World of Fifa’s Making)

Why the World Cup was Great (Trying to be Fair to Qatar in a World of Fifa’s Making)

Let’s get this out of the way regarding the Qatar World Cup. Slavery is bad. Deaths at work are worse. Real inclusivity would have been nice, and Gianni’s Fifa makes Sepp’s look like…well Gianni’s. But that isn’t the whole tale of this World Cup. If you dig deep, like Barry White deep, there are silver … Continue reading Why the World Cup was Great (Trying to be Fair to Qatar in a World of Fifa’s Making)

Developing Pro Soccer in Canada: CPL-style                      Who are We?

Developing Pro Soccer in Canada: CPL-style Who are We?

Yeah, who are we? Or better yet, what are we? As a Hamilton-based footy fan I this is an easy call and answer. It is after all one of our most popular, and basic, chants. Call: Who Are We?!Answer: Forge FC!! But what about for supporters of the league in general? Scream out the question … Continue reading Developing Pro Soccer in Canada: CPL-style Who are We?

The Problematic Nature of The NWSL Draft

The Problematic Nature of The NWSL Draft

On January 12th, the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League draft will be held, where hopeful footballers all across colleges and universities in the U.S. will be hoping to be picked and have their professional careers start. It goes without saying that 2022 was an eventful year for not only the NWSL but also in Washington … Continue reading The Problematic Nature of The NWSL Draft

Grading Each CPL’s Team Offseason So Far

Grading Each CPL’s Team Offseason So Far

With the CPL offseason now roughly halfway done, its time to look at how each team has done so far. Every team incept for Forge has announced most of the players who will be departing and have announced most of the players who will be returning for the 2023 season. This gives me roughly enough … Continue reading Grading Each CPL’s Team Offseason So Far

Opinion: How to Build Success in the CPL – and Then What York Did

Opinion: How to Build Success in the CPL – and Then What York Did

I don’t claim to be an expert on building a fan base for a fledgling pro soccer side, but I can see some decent pathways. Try building a community around a local soccer-specific stadium (Halifax can show you how). How about a winning team with a professional culture? Bobby Smyrniotis has built a fan base … Continue reading Opinion: How to Build Success in the CPL – and Then What York Did