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Stats Splurge: Calculating Adjusted Save Percentage totals in the Canadian Premier League

With the release of the CPL Centre Circle DATA! this week, we decided to dive in and attempt to calculate adjusted save percentage numbers across the league, allowing us to get a better idea of who stood out in goal this season.  Goalkeepers were the flavour of the day in the CPL Finals. The brand-new Canadian Premier League recently wrapped up proceedings with their first-ever … Continue reading Stats Splurge: Calculating Adjusted Save Percentage totals in the Canadian Premier League

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CPL: Forge assistant Johan Albert on the modern GK, time at Nantes and Forge’s strength in goal

Ahead of Forge’s victory over Cavalry in the CPL Finals, we spoke to Forge goalkeeper Johan Albert. Having spent over 2 decades coaching in France, he brought some interesting insight to the Hamilton-based side, and he shared some of that with us here.  It’s a position with demands unlike any other.  Visually, they stand out right away. Dressed in a different kit than their 10 … Continue reading CPL: Forge assistant Johan Albert on the modern GK, time at Nantes and Forge’s strength in goal

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Done(il) with Henry: How things shape up for the Whitecaps with the defender now transferred out

With the transfer of Doneil Henry to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea now official, we look at how that move impacts the Whitecaps, who continue building their roster for 2020.  It was only 2 years, but boy were they ever memorable.  After rumours had circulated a week prior surrounding the possible transfer of Whitecaps centre back Doneil Henry to an unnamed team in Asia, … Continue reading Done(il) with Henry: How things shape up for the Whitecaps with the defender now transferred out

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What’s next for Canada Soccer on the path to the 2022 World Cup?

With the results from CONCACAF Nations League now finalized, as Canada missed out on making the knockout stages on goal difference, they now turn their focus to qualifying for the Hex by next fall. Here is how that journey looks to be shaping up for them.  The latest round of CONCACAF Nations League fixtures are now over, as the 2019 international slate wrapped up yesterday. … Continue reading What’s next for Canada Soccer on the path to the 2022 World Cup?

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Between The Sticks: Revisiting Adjusted Save Percentage and MLS goalkeepers 

After looking at Adjusted Save Percentage back in August, as we looked to see how good Max Crepeau had been for the Whitecaps, we revisit the concept, as MLS teams prepare to make moves this offseason.  Back in August, we took a stab at trying to see how good Maxime Crepeau had been for the Vancouver Whitecaps up to that point in the season, by … Continue reading Between The Sticks: Revisiting Adjusted Save Percentage and MLS goalkeepers 

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Canada vs USA Tactical Review: Plenty of lessons to be learned for Les Rouges in Orlando 

With Canada’s 4-1 loss against the US now behind us, we take a step back and break down how the game went from a tactical standpoint, as the US bounced back nicely from Canada’s tactical dominance in October.
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Canada suffers big blow in big 4-1 loss to US in their Nations League finale

Canada took on the US on Friday, with plenty of hope surrounding a possible draw or victory. Instead, it was all US in this one, as they cruised to a comfortable 4-1 win. The nightmare started early, and it didn’t cease over 90 minutes.  It would be easy to think that we were describing Disney World’s famed ‘Tower of Terror’, a theme park ride known … Continue reading Canada suffers big blow in big 4-1 loss to US in their Nations League finale

New Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster excited to hit ground running in new role

With the hiring of Axel Schuster on Friday, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally got their long-awaited Sporting Director. Here are some of the things that he had to say in his first press conference: The global search has landed and found its target. Early Friday morning, it was reported that the Vancouver Whitecaps had hired Axel Schuster as their new Sporting Director, putting an end to … Continue reading New Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster excited to hit ground running in new role

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Canada aiming to stay on ‘same page’ ahead of crucial USA rematch 

On Thursday, both Canada and US’s men’s national teams trained in Orlando, as they prepare to do battle for the 2nd time in a month. Here is what they had to say ahead of the pivotal match at Exploria Stadium.  Time for a wild ride.  Around 27 kilometres from the famed Disney World theme park, Canada and the US will get set to embark on … Continue reading Canada aiming to stay on ‘same page’ ahead of crucial USA rematch 

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Lock it down: What has Canada done to improve defensively ahead of 2nd USA clash? 

After a rocky defensive outing at this summer’s Gold Cup, where a meltdown against Haiti denied them an opportunity to take on Mexico, Canada has shown strong defensive improvements these past few months. What has changed? In this one, we set out to answer that question. Defence wins championships.  It’s an age-old adage, but it is one that still holds value today, as defending remains … Continue reading Lock it down: What has Canada done to improve defensively ahead of 2nd USA clash?