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…

CPL sides make first selections

Canadian Premier League makes inaugural U Sports draft picks Matthew Gourlie Goals change games. With the first pick in the inaugural Canadian Premier League draft, Cavalry FC hopes they have found a game-changing forward. The Calgary club made Carleton University’s Gabriel Bitar the league’s first draft choice Monday. “He’s a forward who fits the way…

Canada remains unblemished under Herdman

Matthew Gourlie Three games into the John Herdman era and Canada is undefeated and have yet to concede a goal. Herdman is the first Canadian men’s national team manager to post three consecutive shutout victories to open his tenure following Canada’s 5-0 win over Dominica on Oct. 16 at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada’s results…

Smyrniotis looking to forge winning culture in Hamilton

Sigma co-founder in charge at CPL’s Forge FC Matthew Gourlie Most Canadian Premier League head coaches have called the chance to build a team and a program from the ground up, a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” For Bobby Smyrniotis, it will be at least a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After co-founding the Sigma FC program in Mississauga, the 39-year-old…

Cavalry FC retains winning staff

Martin Nash and Jordan Santiago join Wheeldon in moving over from PDL champs to Cavs FC By Matthew Gourlie Cavalry FC has found two good men to join their ranks. Tuesday, the Calgary-based Canadian Premier League named Martin Nash as Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s assistant coach, while also naming Jordan Santiago as the club’s goalkeeper coach.…

Eight is enough

Canada sets tone and sets record in Herdman’s competitive debut Canada 8 U.S. Virgin Islands 0 When it comes to competitive debuts, it’s hard to do much better than recording the most lopsided victory in the history of the Canadian men’s team. Canada beat the U.S. Virgin Islands 8-0 in Bradenton, Fla. to get off…