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CanMNT Road to 2022: How does Canada’s squad project defensively 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 1, where we kick things off with … Continue reading CanMNT Road to 2022: How does Canada’s squad project defensively ahead of World Cup qualifiers?

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of January’s ‘Camp Poutine’ by ‘Surprise Rating’

With Canada Soccer releasing their list of 26 players to face Barbados and Iceland next week, we break things down by ‘Surprise Ranking’ while also doing some research into how these players have fared leading into what is expected to be a busy camp for Les Rouges.  It’s a new year, and with it comes some fresh faces.  Canada’s Men’s National team released their latest … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of January’s ‘Camp Poutine’ by ‘Surprise Rating’

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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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Pitting a Hammer vs an Army: 3 key battles to watch between Forge and Cavalry in 2nd leg of CPL Finals 

After a hotly contested first leg of the CPL Finals in Hamilton, the series now shifts to Calgary, with the ‘North Star Shield’ on the line for both Forge and Cavalry. In this one, we take a look at some key battles to watch, as both teams look to finish the season as champions.  As both Forge and Cavalry get set to play the last … Continue reading Pitting a Hammer vs an Army: 3 key battles to watch between Forge and Cavalry in 2nd leg of CPL Finals 

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With England adventure over, David Edgar excited to be part of Forge for CPL Finals

After a busy last few years, centre back David Edgar is excited to be back in Canada, as he and Forge take a narrow lead into the second leg of the first-ever CPL Finals.  There was a rush of excitement in Hamilton over the weekend.  As they both convened at the aptly named Tim Hortons Field for a few days, Forge FC and Cavalry’s players … Continue reading With England adventure over, David Edgar excited to be part of Forge for CPL Finals

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Cavalry, Forge puts up spectacle worth watching in first-ever CPL final

Cavalry combined for an entertaining affair on Saturday, one that sold the sport well on a day where plenty of eyeballs were watching.  It wasn’t pretty, but it sold the sport well.  That was the sentiment shared by both Cavalry and Forge, who combined for an entertaining 90 minutes of play on Saturday.  “The finals often not the prettiest,” said Wheeldon Jr shortly after the … Continue reading Cavalry, Forge puts up spectacle worth watching in first-ever CPL final