Foothills success shows depth of talent

Canadian college and university players show their worth on PDL title run Matthew Gourlie Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is taking a well-earned vacation after winning a championship before he starts building a new club with the same goal in mind. After four years as head coach of Calgary Foothills FC, Wheeldon will assume the role of…

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…

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…