Embracing the opportunity

York 9 FC players see the league — and Saturday’s inaugural match — as a great opportunity Matthew Gourlie TORONTO — The life of a professional Canadian soccer player can be a nomadic existence. One of the mandates of the Canadian Premier League is to offer a more linear path to becoming a professional that…

Sigma brotherhood looking to spark Forge

Veteran players excited to be reunited with Forge FC boss Bobby Smyrniotis Matthew Gourlie HAMILTON — Jonathan Grant says that Bobby Smyrniotis changed his life. Grant’s high praise for Forge FC’s technical director and head coach is far from unique. When Forge FC steps onto a Canadian Premier League pitch for the first time Saturday…

Quality of CPL kits bespoke for themselves

Matthew Gourlie The Canadian Premier League is going to experience some growing pains in its early years. As long as they get more right than wrong, learn from their mistakes and keep improving there is every reason to believe that they can thrive. Thursday, the CPL unveiled their first selection of kits and while they…

Mission accomplished; greater tests await

Canada 4 French Guiana 1 Matthew Gourlie John Herdman achieved his first two main objectives in charge of the Canadian men thanks to a 4-1 win over French Guiana in Vancouver to conclude CONCACAF Nations League qualifying. The win confirmed what was already a near-certainty: that Canada would be in the Gold Cup this summer…

CPL inks its first 10 players

Four Canadian internationals amongst first 10 Canadian Premier League player signings Matthew Gourlie Nineteen months ago the Canadian Premier League was ratified by the Canadian Soccer Association. Then came team launches, a head office, team identities, membership sales, a kit deal, nationwide open trials and a collegiate draft. Still, Thursday was a red-letter day in…

Canada completes perfect year

Narrow win in St. Kitts and Nevis puts Canada in Nations League driver’s seat Matthew Gourlie It wasn’t always pretty, but Canada’s 1-0 win away to St. Kitts and Nevis was sufficient. With that result Canada completed a first year under new head coach John Herdman that was perfect. Canada will finish 2018 with four…