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…

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.…

Brennan ready to take on coaching role

Brennan to assume York 9 head coaching post along with role as VP and co-owner Matthew Gourlie When Jim Brennan was introduced as York 9 FC’s head coach he took off a suit jacket and put a track suit top over his dress shirt. It was a fitting symbol. In becoming York 9’s first head…

Hamilton club forging a promising future

New CPL club Forge FC offering co-founding memberships to general public Matthew Gourlie Bob Young described the creation of the Canadian Premier League and a club for Hamilton as a “six-year process.” Thursday all those years of hard work paid off as the Forge Football Club was unveiled in Hamilton at Tim Hortons Field. “The…