Wherein Our Heroes deep-dive two hot topics in the world of The Beautiful Game. Ottawa Fury FC and their supporters receive an early Christmas present from CONCACAF, who avoid being Christmas misers and grant the club sanctioning for the 2019 USL season. José Mourinho won’t have sugar plums dancing in his head as he finds himself out of work after being sacked by Manchester United. Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have what it takes to be United’s Christmas Angel?
Wherein Our Heroes weigh in on the first international Canadian Premier League signings. How will they mesh with the homegrown talent? Alex Bunbury is confident that a CPL club can coexist with L’Impact in Montréal. Premier League matches will find their home on DAZN in Canada next year; does this herald in an age of cord-cutting? Arsenal players are caught inhaling “hippy crack”, Sarri’s men see off Manchester City, and Atlanta United triumph in the MLS Cup Final. Also, Jason puts Adam’s knowledge of baseball mascots to the test.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss the recent launch event for Pacific FC in beautiful Victoria, BC. The club’s first signing and CEO chat about what’s to come and building a lively atmosphere at Westhills Stadium. The Lake Side Buoys Supporters Group weigh in on the day that was. The Canadian Premier League announce their first wave of player signings. Also, Marouane Fellaini chops his luscious locks to the chagrin of many.
Wherein Our Heroes champion Ian Allison sharing the definitive rationale behind Cavalry FC’s ticket pricing. Chris Armas also defends his tactics in RBNY’s seemingly insurmountable defeat at the hands of Atlanta United FC. Chelsea are soundly beaten by Spurs at Wembley; does this mean the Caramilk Secret to unlocking Sarri-Ball has been unearthed? Also, ugly scenes mar the Copa Libertadores Final as Argentinian football squanders its greatest moment on the world stage.
Wherein Our Heroes delve into the recently-released ticket pricing for Cavalry FC, recognizing that the club know their market best and we are merely podcasters. Canada defeat St. Kitts and Nevis in CONCACAF Nations League play, and despite what might seem like an underwhelming result, Les Rouges have left themselves well-positioned for rampant awesomeness.
Wherein Our Heroes end their hiatus with a recap of Adam’s day volunteering at the Canadian Premier League Open Trials on Vancouver Island. The CPL-U SPORTS Draft yields a potential pathway for 21 young fellas. Vancouver Whitecaps find their new head coach in Marc Dos Santos – can his tactical savvy and history of winning overcome any troubles in the locker room? Also, the MLS Playoffs have produced many a barnburner, and Jason engages in his favourite podcast pastime – quizzing Adam.
Wherein Our Heroes revel in Cavalry’s Al Classico penalty kick victory in front of a half-empty Clarke Stadium. Chelsea and Manchester United end their match with fireworks – should Marco Ianni be sacked? Did José Mourinho overreact? Also, we discuss the probability of Zlatan plying his trade at the Bernabéu in January.
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate their sesquicentennial episode by discussing all things True North Strong and Free. The Canadian women end the CONCACAF Gold Cup with an all-too-familiar loss to the USA. Despite this, their efforts will see them into a seventh straight World Cup in 2019. The Canadian men demonstrate their fearlessness and confidence against Dominica, but can Herdman rein in the horses in time for tougher competition next summer? The Canadian Premier League partners with U Sports, opening the pathway for Canadian university players. Also, Adam turns 40 and mistakes a prospective Kijiji buyer for a troll.
Wherein Our Heroes weigh in on the factors that plagued Toronto FC’s underwhelming season. Poor man-management? Injuries? A leaky defence? All eggs in the CONCACAF Champions League basket? The list is long and unfortunate. John Herdman speaks on Sportsnet’s Jeff Blair Show and dispenses a masterclass in leadership. Clanachan’s latest State of the League reveals some juicy nuggets from the Canadian Premier League. Also, San Jose Earthquakes hire Matías Almeyda to steer the ship; is it time to resurrect Haircut of the Week? That mane, though.
Wherein Our Heroes share their thoughts on the first leg of the CPL-era Al Classico and recount the matchday experience. Longtime Foot Soldiers Supporters Group member and special guest, Ryan, talks about his love of the beautiful game, what makes Spruce Meadows a unique experience, and his hopes for growing the game in Canada. Also, in HINHI, we hotly debate the lack of ticket sales for Canada’s upcoming CONCACAF Nations League match against Dominica. Are Canadians too friendly to support a potential drubbing? Are we lacking patriotism? Or is it just a bit too cold in The Six?
Wherein Our Heroes share their early thoughts on the Cavalry FC pitch and stadium vision after a visit to the ground. Cavalry President Ian Allison sheds insight on the genesis of bringing professional soccer to southern Alberta, as well as the hard work necessary to foster a word-class experience for fans, players, and corporate partners.
Wherein Our Heroes praise our Edmontonian brothers and sisters on their new supporters group, River Valley Vanguard. Cavalry FC round out their coaching staff with Martin Nash and Jordan Santiago, Zlatan goes toe-to-toe with Michael Bradley, and we are left scratching our heads at the very existence of the Campeones Cup. Also, could Macron be the Canadian Premier League kit manufacturer? Time will tell...
Wherein Our Heroes discuss David Clanachan’s recent CPL State of the League address, specifically his comments regarding the Ottawa Fury saga. Canada thumps the US Virgin Islands in CONCACAF Nations League play and there are a slew of positives (opposition considered). Calgary and Edmonton get ready for Al Classico 2.0 in a few weeks. Philadelphia Union unveil their new mascot, Phang, a blue punk rock snake. Also, legendary footballer Jon Parkin pens a memoir for the ages. Feed the Beast!
Wherein Our Heroes discuss Watford and their record’s eerie similarity to that of Leicester City. Could greatness await, or will they taper off? Ottawa Fury elect to remain in the USL in 2019, sparking the ire of many Canadian soccer fans – we think everyone just needs to take a step back. Wayne Rooney has boosted the fate of DC United, could they make a playoff run? Also, with Canada heading into a CONCACAF Nations League match against USVI, John Herdman makes a bold prediction.
Wherein Our Heroes champion the recent announcement of Michael Silberbauer as Pacific FC head coach. Jorginho accomplishes an incredible feat against Newcastle United; is Sarri-ball coming to West London faster than expected? Also, José Mourinho’s squad are humbled by Spurs at Old Trafford, causing The Grumpy One to walk out of his post-match presser. Does the backing of Ed Woodward stave off a sacking? Never mind the Pogba, here comes the Moura!
Wherein Our Heroes weigh the prospects for and against playoffs in the Canadian Premier League and provide takeaways from the first match weekend in the Premier League across The Pond. Also, we sing Pink Floyd, discuss Art Bell’s contributions to alien conspiracy theory, and discover our Mad Max names.
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate 2018 USL PDL Champions, Calgary Foothills FC. Tommy Wheeldon Jr. provides his thoughts on the final itself and the season that was. Then, the Perpetual Prediction Machine himself, Bradley Werner, joins to look ahead at the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Wherein Our Heroes send all their very best to Calgary Foothills FC as they compete for the USL PDL Championship. Haligonians turn out in droves to see the Atlantic Selects defeat Fortuna Düsseldorf’s U21 squad in a thrilling match. Alphonso Davies lands in Munich for the largest transfer fee ever paid for an MLS player. Is it the right move for his development? Also, Zlatan accepts a one-game suspension for sitting out the MLS All Star Game. Can you guess how The Gaffers feel about that?
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate the most recently unveiled Canadian Premier League club, Vancouver Island’s Pacific FC. Calgary Foothills FC are on the cusp of further cementing themselves in Calgary sports lore. We discuss the need for Canada’s player development pathway to expend beyond our borders. Also, Mesut Özil retires from international duty, sadly citing “racism and disrespect”.
Wherein Our Heroes reflect on World Cup 2018 and provide our takeaways. We look at the controversial handball penalty awarded by VAR, praise the current school of tactics that saw certain nations reach the upper echelons, and discuss our favourite moments of the tournament. Also, we look at John Herdman’s blueprint for Team Canada looking ahead to Qatar 2022.
Wherein Our Heroes prepare for the final match in what has been a scintillating World Cup. France’s composure proves too much for Belgium’s Golden Generation. It may have been one game too many for England as their young squad are seen off by Croatia’s experienced midfield. Cristiano Ronaldo attempts to steal the tournament’s thunder with his transfer to The Old Lady, but winds up being a blip on the radar. Also, Hamilton’s Canadian Premier League team is unveiled as Forge FC.
Wherein Our Heroes recount World Cup 2018’s super sweet Round of 16. France and Brazil seem to be finding their next gear, Uruguay capitalize on their chances, and the swashbuckling Japanese meet their match in Belgium’s “Golden Generation”. Russia offer up the biggest shock of the tourney so far, but will they get cut apart by Croatia’s talented midfield? Also, Sweden see off the Swiss, and England finally shake the bogey and win a penalty shootout.
Wherein Our Heroes provide their musings on the Group Stage of World Cup 2018. We are both having VAR’s role to varying degrees. Unpacking Germany’s shortcomings could take a whole episode, but we provide the “Gaffers Notes” version. Coaching and tactics have plagued many perennial powerhouses; we discuss Eurocentrism in soccer punditry, and, with no clear-cut favourites, attempt our predictions for the Round of 16. Also, Jason attends a Whitecaps town hall and provides insight on the relationship between club and supporters.
Wherein Our Heroes recap the first week of World Cup 2018, provide opinion on FC Edmonton’s crest and celebrate a successful United Bid for World Cup 2026. In Russia, the Japanese and Senegalese supporters show pure class by cleaning the stands instead of celebrating victory on the streets. The Haircut of the Week returns to give plaudits to Neymar’s Noodle Bowl/Spaghetti/Llama coif. Portugal have played well around Cristiano Ronaldo, but how far can he carry the squad on his chiseled shoulders? Also, Argentina look the polar opposite, unable to click around Lionel Messi. We follow the Moskva, down to Gorky Park, listening to the wind of chaaaaaaaaange.
Wherein Our Heroes continue our World Cup discussion, this time offering predictions. We guess who will disappoint and who will exceed expectations in Russia this summer, including the tourney’s breakout star and our “Fifty Shades of Dark Horse” picks. We also offer up the biggest potential talking points off the pitch and end with our predictions for Golden Boot, our final four nations, and the country that is destined to hoist the Jules Rimet Trophy in 2018. Jason is mistake.