Young duo turning heads for SK Selects

Fresh out of high school, Bekwayo and Fountaine are garnering attention in SK Summer Soccer Series By Matthew Gourlie  There weren’t any goals in the SK Selects second home match of the SK Summer Soccer Series but there was plenty of exciting, attacking soccer. Adding to the excitement for the home fans at SMF Field…

CPL talent blossomed in the spring

2019 Spring Season wrap-up Matthew Gourlie The weather was often miserable, goals were at a premium and there were some growing pains. In short, the first Canadian Premier League spring season was great. While it was far from perfect, there was a lot to recommend as the CPL got off the ground The quality of play…

A sprint to the final

Handicapping the Canadian Premier League spring season Matthew Gourlie Predicting who will end up on top of the Canadian Premier League after its inaugural season is basically impossible at this stage. I am inclined to believe that anyone who thinks they can is deluding themselves. To whit: in 1996 DC United book-ended the first Major…

The game was the winner on CPL opening day

Forge FC 1 York 9 FC 1 HAMILTON — The first Canadian Premier League match between Forge FC and York 9 FC ended in a draw. But there were plenty of winners on the day. Both teams set out to attack and put on an entertaining display that sent the 17,611 home pleased following a…

New era dawns in Canadian soccer

Matthew Gourlie This web site is called June of 86 for a simple reason. It was the month that Canada competed for the first — and thus far only — time at a World Cup. But that’s not it. Not entirely. That was the month that I went from being a soccer fan to something…

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…