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“We showed a lot of fight today”: Despite heartbreak, Forge FC puts up valiant effort in 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul to kick off maiden Champions League voyage

In a massive moment for Canadian soccer, Forge FC took on Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League action at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Wednesday. Here is our recap from that one.  No matter what happened, you just knew that it was going to be a massive moment for Canadian soccer.  As Forge FC kicked off their maiden voyage in the CONCACAF Champions League … Continue reading “We showed a lot of fight today”: Despite heartbreak, Forge FC puts up valiant effort in 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul to kick off maiden Champions League voyage

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Final Countdown: Forge and Halifax relaxed ahead of what’s expected to be a ‘competitive’ Canadian Premier League finale

Nearly a month after they kicked off their 2020 season, the Canadian Premier League is wrapping things up this weekend, as Forge FC takes on the Halifax Wanderers in the final of the ‘Island Games’ on Saturday. Here is what both sides had to say ahead of that game, as they held a media day on Friday.  It’s been a sprint all the way through, … Continue reading Final Countdown: Forge and Halifax relaxed ahead of what’s expected to be a ‘competitive’ Canadian Premier League finale

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Island Introspections: Forge vs Cavalry set tone for CPL ‘Island Games’ tournament in opening day clash

In our first edition of ‘Island Introspections’, a column looking at the Canadian Premier League’s ‘Island Games’ tournament, we look at the first day of action from P.E.I., where 2019 finalists Forge FC and Cavalry FC put up a show.  The Canadian Premier League is back! Nearly 300 days after the league put a wrap on its 2019 season, they finally kicked off their 2020 … Continue reading Island Introspections: Forge vs Cavalry set tone for CPL ‘Island Games’ tournament in opening day clash

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CPL is Back: Previewing all 8 Canadian Premier League teams ahead of the ‘Island Games’

The Canadian Premier League’s ‘Island Games’ get going this week in Charlottetown. In this, we take an in-depth look at each of the 8 participants in this competition, as they all look to fight for the ‘North Star Shield’, starting this week.  Nearly 300 days after they concluded their 2019 season, the Canadian Premier League is finally back for 2020.  With the CPL’s ‘Island Games’ … Continue reading CPL is Back: Previewing all 8 Canadian Premier League teams ahead of the ‘Island Games’

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“Shows the Pathway”: Bobby Smyrniotis on Tristan Borges, Forge’s success, CPL’s future and more

Before the world was shaken by the global outbreak of COVID-19 over the last week, teams in the Canadian Premier League were getting set to embark on their 2nd-ever season. We spoke to the head coach of one of those teams, Bobby Smyrniotis of Forge FC, who shared several interesting insights about his team and the league heading into year 2. For someone who’s only … Continue reading “Shows the Pathway”: Bobby Smyrniotis on Tristan Borges, Forge’s success, CPL’s future and more

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‘A little taste’: Kwame Awuah and Chris Nanco aiming to make left side a ‘strong side’ for Forge in 2020

After doing well as a left-sided partnership in the 2nd half of the first-ever CPL season, Kwame Awuah and Chris Nanco are looking to take another step forward in year 2, as the two best friends get set to help Forge repeat as CPL champions in 2020. During the 1st season of the Canadian Premier League, a couple of trends quickly emerged. One of those … Continue reading ‘A little taste’: Kwame Awuah and Chris Nanco aiming to make left side a ‘strong side’ for Forge in 2020

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“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel”: Forge hoping that continuity, experience help overcome long CPL offseason

The 2019 CPL Champions, Forge, kicked off training camp this week. Here is a report from their camp, where spirits are high, the mentality is good and bright things appear to be on the horizon are on a team that is expected to be among the league leaders once again in 2020. After setting the bar high in year 1, they want to keep on … Continue reading “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel”: Forge hoping that continuity, experience help overcome long CPL offseason

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Forging his way: The flexible Elimane Cisse providing value to Forge after a unique path to CPL

After Forge’s historic CPL season, where they eventually lifted the ‘North Star Shield’ as Champions, we take a look at Elimane Cisse, the versatile Forge midfielder that we got to speak to during the finals.  When things don’t go as planned, you can be excused for wanting to look back. Shortly after his team had won a hard-fought 1st leg of the Canadian Premier League … Continue reading Forging his way: The flexible Elimane Cisse providing value to Forge after a unique path to CPL

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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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Long-Read: After year of 1sts, Cavalry’s Marco Carducci reflects on a memorable CPL campaign

Before the 2nd leg of the CPL Finals kicked off, we got a chance to speak with Marco Carducci at Media Day in Calgary. Here is what the former Whitecaps man had to say.  After the busy year that Marco Carducci has had, you could excuse him for thinking that things have gone by fast.  “It’s been a bit of a blur, right?” he said … Continue reading Long-Read: After year of 1sts, Cavalry’s Marco Carducci reflects on a memorable CPL campaign