Category: Canadian Championship

CanPL at Five: What Do We Want to Be?

CanPL at Five: What Do We Want to Be?

I really like Drew Beckie. He was a solid player, and he is an example of what this league is all about in my opinion. He had an opportunity to play in front of Canadian crowds as a player with Ottawa. And now he graduates into the management side as the soccer ecosystem grows here … Continue reading CanPL at Five: What Do We Want to Be?

Bobby to the Big City? Say It Ain’t So

Bobby to the Big City? Say It Ain’t So

According to reports, Bobby Smyrniotis has interviewed for the TFC head coach position. As per the Athletic. He is reported to have had an official interview with the Major League Soccer side. This news comes alongside reporting from Joshua Kloke at the Athletic that Former TFC player and VWFC Coach Carl Robinson has also been … Continue reading Bobby to the Big City? Say It Ain’t So

Forged Under Pressure: What Makes a CPL Rivalry?

Forged Under Pressure: What Makes a CPL Rivalry?

Kevin Anderson I have written a lot about "The Rivalry" for 13th Man Sports. The first unforced and meaningful rivalry in CPL history. The brawling, Spring and Fall-ing animosity that is Forge/Cavalry. But recently with two Ontario “rivalry” games back-to-back for Forge, some other teams have started to claim rivalry with the league’s most storied … Continue reading Forged Under Pressure: What Makes a CPL Rivalry?

Taking Initiative: All Winners Aren’t Always on the Pitch

Taking Initiative: All Winners Aren’t Always on the Pitch

Look. Being a fan of the most successful team in CanPL history is probably a blast. I can't say because I am here as an unbiased professional (Just kidding, it totally is). But there is so much more to the professional soccer community in Canada right now. So here is my attempt to to highlight … Continue reading Taking Initiative: All Winners Aren’t Always on the Pitch

‘Caps conquer the Occasion, York Bows Out

‘Caps conquer the Occasion, York Bows Out

York United certainly won't make excuses for itself after a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Canadian Championship quarterfinal, but if it had to, there would be options aplenty. While York was not as short-stringed as they were in this fixture last year, barely putting the puzzle pieces together just to field an … Continue reading ‘Caps conquer the Occasion, York Bows Out

Steel Your Nerves in the Hammer: Forge’s PK Curse is Broken

Steel Your Nerves in the Hammer: Forge’s PK Curse is Broken

Watching warm-ups before the game, both sides looked the same. Loose and confident. But the reality set in when you peeked a little closer, the picture came into focus. Ottawa has struggled to start the season. And seems to be getting worse. With draws against Wanderers and Valour followed up by a loss to an … Continue reading Steel Your Nerves in the Hammer: Forge’s PK Curse is Broken

Match of the Week Biases Yet Again

Match of the Week Biases Yet Again

Another season is upon which means another in-depth look at how biased the Match of the Week (MOTW) is for/against certain teams. The league's favourite team Forge, yet again leads the league in appearances with a grand total of nine. What is surprising is who comes in second place for most appearances. Both Halifax Wanderers … Continue reading Match of the Week Biases Yet Again

York Earns Quarterfinal Berth in a Gritty Canadian Championship Match

York Earns Quarterfinal Berth in a Gritty Canadian Championship Match

In the first-ever meeting between York United and Vancouver FC, the stakes could not be higher. The opportunity to host giants Vancouver Whitecaps was on the line in what would be a massive moment for both clubs. Once the dust settled, it was York who came out of it victorious - but only just. They … Continue reading York Earns Quarterfinal Berth in a Gritty Canadian Championship Match

Sympathy for the Devil(s): A Battle for the Soul of Canadian Footy in the Most Melodramatic Way Possible

Sympathy for the Devil(s): A Battle for the Soul of Canadian Footy in the Most Melodramatic Way Possible

Look, I’m a fan of the game in Canada first and foremost. I know have a small pulpit to shout from, but I’m going to try to look at all parties sympathetically, because the bile is killing my footy buzz. And I can’t have that a month away from CanPL kickoff and in a World … Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil(s): A Battle for the Soul of Canadian Footy in the Most Melodramatic Way Possible

MLS: ‘Murica Loves Itself

MLS: ‘Murica Loves Itself

Pro Soccer for Canadians is a ton of hard work, endless dedication, a touch of good luck…and the right documents. Everyone knows I am a Forge fan. My ability to dampen my bias is sometimes suspect. (All right, it’s impossible). But while this piece was influenced by discussions with Forge players, I see this around … Continue reading MLS: ‘Murica Loves Itself