Paulus paid his dues on path to CPL

FC Edmonton head coach never stopped improving and learning every step of his unique journey Matthew Gourlie The Canadian Premier League’s mandate is to give Canadians a chance to pursue their soccer dreams at home. That is usually expressed in terms of players, but Tuesday it applied to FC Edmonton’s first head coach of the…

Hart looks to bring style to the CPL

“For me the game has always been about individual artistry and collective brilliance”: Hart Matthew Gourlie Stephen Hart is pragmatic, but he’s also an idealist. While head coach of the Canadian men’s national team, his sides were difficult to break down, but they also looked to build from the back, possess the ball and have…

Gale thrilled to accept dream job

Former U20 boss Rob Gale named head coach and GM of Valour FC Matthew Gourlie Rob Gale got his dream job Tuesday, Typically when people describe a post as a “dream job” it’s the culmination of a long standing goal. In Gale’s case, it’s much more literal. The 40-year-old was hired as the first head…

Faths show true faith as FC Edmonton enter CPL

Rally rabbit resurrected in Edmonton Matthew Gourlie Jay Ball felt a big celebration was in order. FC Edmonton threw a street party Friday night to launch their entrance into the Canadian Premier League. They did it to celebrate their rebirth. They did it for the people of Edmonton and for their supporters who helped create…

Valour FC honours rich history

Winnipeg CPL named for famed trio of Victoria Cross medal winners Matthew Gourlie Winnipeg has a rich soccer history. The Manitoba capital also has a distinguished military history. Wednesday those two storied pasts came together when Valour FC was launched in Winnipeg as the newest member of the Canadian Premier League. Valour FC joins the…

Wanderers ready to grow from storied Grounds

HFX Wanderers FC unveiled in Halifax Matthew Gourlie The Canadian Premier League is trying to learn from the mistakes of those that came before them to create a league that endures. In an interesting twist of fate, a pair of small setbacks helped align the stars to get Derek Martin and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic…

Cavalry coming to Spruce Meadows

Calgary’s CPL team to call equestrian complex home starting in 2019 Matthew Gourlie Tommy Wheeldon Jr. came to Calgary to play professional soccer. Sixteen years later Wheeldon helped bring professional soccer back to his adopted home. Wheeldon will be the general manager and head coach of Cavalry Football Club when they take the pitch in…

York 9 FC looks to unite the region

Brennan & Co. hoping to help future generations of local soccer talent with CPL club By Matthew Gourlie Jim Brennan has been a Canadian soccer pioneer before. In 2007 he returned home from English football to be the first singing for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. Now, Brennan is helping bring soccer home on…

Branding the CPL: kits

By Matthew Gourlie With the York9 FC launch set for Thursday, let’s conclude our three part discussion of branding for the Canadian Premier League by focusing on kits. The difficulty when evaluating kits is that so much of their appeal is subjective. The quality of a logo in particular, or even a name, feels much more…

Four more clubs granted CSA membership

Path clear for Calgary, Halifax, Port City and York to join the Canadian Premier League By Matthew Gourlie The inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League continues to take shape after four more franchises were approved for professional club membership at the Canadian Soccer Association’s annual general meeting in Yellowknife Saturday. The CSA has now…