Sowing soccer dreams on the prairie

From pro player to pro owner: Joe Belan looking build a soccer team and industry in Saskatchewan By Matthew Gourlie REGINA — The day after Joe Belan graduated from high school he moved away from home for the first time to begin his professional soccer career. At the time he had no idea that career…

Regina to host CPL info night about Sask. team

Sask. primer will be held on July 21 By Matthew Gourlie The Canadian Premier League will be hosting a “Sask. Primer” public information session on July 21. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub in Regina on the eve of Soccer Day in Saskatchewan which will feature Spain’s Valencia meeting…

Proposed Halifax CPL team has a home

Municipality agrees to negotiate lease for 7,000-seat CPL pop-up stadium at historic Wanderers Grounds site By Matthew Gourlie Halifax Regional Council had questions and concerns about putting a 7,000-seat pop-up stadium for a Canadian Premier League team at the historic Wanderers Grounds. In the end, however, they had no opposition. The council unanimously approved a…

Lessons to be learned by CPL from creation of MLS

Late, experimental and under-funded: MLS’s 28-month odyssey from concept to kick-off By Matthew Gourlie On December 17, 1993, World Cup USA 94 chairman and CEO/US Soccer president Alan I. Rothenberg announced the formation of Major League Soccer and unveiled the league’s logo. The creation of a Division 1 league in the United States was a…

Canadian Premier League gaining momentum

Two more cities have expressed interest in new league in the past week By Matthew Gourlie In the week since they have been sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Canadian Premier League has gained valuable momentum. “I knew the soccer fans would be really engaged, interested and excited by this, but what has really…

Dare to dream: Canadian Premier League approved by CSA

Hamilton and Winnipeg granted first franchises in CPL By Matthew Gourlie For the first time in 25 years Canada once again has its own nation-wide soccer league. The Canadian Premier League received unanimous approval from the Canadian Soccer Association Saturday at its annual general meeting in Whistler, B.C. In addition to granting status to the…