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CanMNT Road to 2022: What to make of Canada’s midfield depth ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Once these unprecedented times are behind us, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will get underway, in some form or another. In this series, we look at who Canada’s best options at each position will be heading into those matches, as they try to get back to the World Cup for the first time in 30 years. Here is part 2, where we move up the pitch … Continue reading CanMNT Road to 2022: What to make of Canada’s midfield depth ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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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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Honour Roll: Forge and Cavalry once again steal the show at Canadian Premier League Awards

The first-ever CPL Awards ceremonies happened in Toronto on Tuesday. Here are how things broke down, with some comments from a couple of the winners, as the CPL gathered to celebrate a big first year.  After a season of firsts, it was a good chance to celebrate.  On a sunny afternoon in downtown Toronto, the Canadian Premier League conducted its first-ever Awards ceremony. With 6 … Continue reading Honour Roll: Forge and Cavalry once again steal the show at Canadian Premier League Awards

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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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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

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After whirlwind rookie pro season, Triston Henry on top of CPL mountain with Forge victory

Shortly after he had lifted the trophy for the first time, we spoke to Forge goalkeeper Triston Henry. Here are is post-match thoughts, as he completed a rollercoaster of a first-ever professional season.  After a season of highs and lows, they managed to finish at the peak of the Canadian Premier League’s first season.  Against the best offensive squad, the aptly named Cavalry FC, Forge … Continue reading After whirlwind rookie pro season, Triston Henry on top of CPL mountain with Forge victory

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What to take away from Forge’s victory over Cavalry in first-ever CPL Finals 

Forge FC emerged victorious on Saturday, becoming the first-ever CPL champions, as they put an end to a fun first season of Canadian Premier League action.  It was a day of firsts, and also a day of learning.  Forge FC was crowned inaugural CPL Champions on Saturday, as they dropped Cavalry by a score of 2-0, earning the privilege to be the first team to … Continue reading What to take away from Forge’s victory over Cavalry in first-ever CPL Finals