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
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
Jordan Wilson, footballer by day and OneSoccer host by night, has retired from the sport at age 31. Well, I should be more specific: his career playing the game has come to a close, but his time in and around soccer is most definitely not being put to sleep. You see, Jordan Wilson is someone … Continue reading Jordan Wilson: Forever a Nine Stripes legend
[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?
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?
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
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
Chapter 1: Halifax The Canadian Premier League is a blast. Do I wish more people knew about it? Of course. I want this thing to explode into the private homes of Canada and drag their inhabitants out and into the eclectic mix of stadiums by their eyeballs. Or wallets. Or something. But on the low, … Continue reading CPL Road Trips: Soccer, Sights and All the Canadiana – A Series
Ok, imagination time. I am a young soccer starlet. A free agent working with an outside the box management team. I want to make the most of a short career and I am looking for a jumping off point to really kickstart my burgeoning career. The CPL seems to fit the bill, but who should … Continue reading Where Would You Go? – A Free Agents Guide to picking your Next CPL Squad
On December 23rd, Atlético Ottawa made a duo of announcements, officially sending goalkeeper Nathan Ingham and midfielder Ollie Bassett to Atlético de San Luis on trial for the Clausura season. Liga MX operates by playing two annual tournaments; the Apertura season, followed by the Clausura season. Both Ingham and Bassett will join San Luis at … Continue reading The Good and the Bad With Atlético Ottawa’s Recent Loans