World Cup dream a reality

Canada will co-host 2026 World Cup with U.S. and Mexico as United bid prevails Matthew Gourlie For 32 years Canadian soccer fans have been dreaming about returning to the World Cup. At 6:50 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday in Moscow, they learned the World Cup would be coming to them. The United bid of the…

Faths show true faith as FC Edmonton enter CPL

Rally rabbit resurrected in Edmonton Matthew Gourlie Jay Ball felt a big celebration was in order. FC Edmonton threw a street party Friday night to launch their entrance into the Canadian Premier League. They did it to celebrate their rebirth. They did it for the people of Edmonton and for their supporters who helped create…

Valour FC honours rich history

Winnipeg CPL named for famed trio of Victoria Cross medal winners Matthew Gourlie Winnipeg has a rich soccer history. The Manitoba capital also has a distinguished military history. Wednesday those two storied pasts came together when Valour FC was launched in Winnipeg as the newest member of the Canadian Premier League. Valour FC joins the…

Wanderers ready to grow from storied Grounds

HFX Wanderers FC unveiled in Halifax Matthew Gourlie The Canadian Premier League is trying to learn from the mistakes of those that came before them to create a league that endures. In an interesting twist of fate, a pair of small setbacks helped align the stars to get Derek Martin and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic…

Cavalry coming to Spruce Meadows

Calgary’s CPL team to call equestrian complex home starting in 2019 Matthew Gourlie Tommy Wheeldon Jr. came to Calgary to play professional soccer. Sixteen years later Wheeldon helped bring professional soccer back to his adopted home. Wheeldon will be the general manager and head coach of Cavalry Football Club when they take the pitch in…

York 9 FC looks to unite the region

Brennan & Co. hoping to help future generations of local soccer talent with CPL club By Matthew Gourlie Jim Brennan has been a Canadian soccer pioneer before. In 2007 he returned home from English football to be the first singing for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. Now, Brennan is helping bring soccer home on…

Branding the CPL: kits

By Matthew Gourlie With the York9 FC launch set for Thursday, let’s conclude our three part discussion of branding for the Canadian Premier League by focusing on kits. The difficulty when evaluating kits is that so much of their appeal is subjective. The quality of a logo in particular, or even a name, feels much more…