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.
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Matt and Padraic to discuss our thoughts on Russia 2018. We chat about our favourite all-time World Cup memories, compete in some World Cup trivia, and provide our opinions on the all-time greatest World Cup players. Also, we reflect back on our biggest pre-tournament surprises.
Wherein Our Heroes recap the magic, drama, and shortcomings of the UEFA Champions League Final. Loris Karius offers up two legendary gaffes; will he recover for next season, or must Liverpool find a new first-choice keeper? Gareth Bale scores one of the greatest goals in tournament history. We are also joined by James Covey of the “Privateers 1882” supporters group in Halifax. He discusses the CPL announcement event, soccer culture in Nova Scotia, and how it feels to be Member #1.
This week, we celebrate the official unveiling of Calgary’s Canadian Premier League club, Cavalry FC. We also have a fantastic conversation with Sports & Entertainment Atlantic’s Derek Martin, who discusses the Halifax club and Wanderers Grounds, community, club identity, and building a world-class match day experience.
Wherein Our Heroes question the Argentine Football Association’s package for World Cup journalists – was it a poor prank, Easter egg, or tone-deaf? The FA Cup Final proves too tough to predict. Will Wayne Rooney make a difference in Washington with DC United (on and off the pitch)? Also, MLS club salaries reveal that league parity is on the decline! Lastly, it’s Cavalry not Calvary, people.
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate the rebirth of the music video. We catch up with Calgary Foothills FC captain Dominick Zator on the eve of the 2018 USL PDL regular season. FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball shares his thoughts on the path to professional soccer in Canada, Edmonton’s supporter culture, and Caesars. Canada Soccer officially approves four cities for membership in the Canadian Premier League. Also, does Vancouver’s recent loss to Minnesota United signal that it’s time for change?
Wherein Our Heroes heap sweet praise on the Canadian Premier League’s recently-unveiled logo and manifesto. Toronto FC come within centimetres of winning the CONCACAF Champions League, but now will have to grip their toques tightly to secure an MLS playoff spot. The recent Al Classico first leg in Edmonton proves that the Battle of Alberta is alive and healthy and bodes well for future derby matches. We (again) lament VAR use in MLS and (once more) make it known. Also, the wildest soccer fan in Brazil gets the craziest soccer tattoo imaginable – no more "shirts versus skins” for this guy!
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Adam and Nathan from Loyal Company of the River Valley, an Edmonton-based soccer podcast. We discuss the upcoming two-legged derby between FC Edmonton and our own Calgary Foothills FC, the impending launch of the Canadian Premier League, and the overall state of soccer in Alberta’s two largest cities. And remember Edmontonians, there’s more than one way to skin a rabbit!
Wherein Our Heroes examine how Manchester City came to dominate the Premier League in 2017/18. It appears to be De Bruyne versus Salah in the quest to be PFA Player of the Year. Mario Balotelli looks set to land at DC United in the summer – would his presence be more beneficial on or off the field? Also, we look ahead to the CONCACAF Champions League Final.
We are joined this week by Tommy Wheeldon Jr., head coach of Calgary Foothills FC. Tommy shares his thoughts on coaching and player development, recounts his club’s recent pre-season trip to England, and looks forward to the coming PDL season.
Wherein Our Heroes revel in Zlatan’s MLS debut. Biggleswade Town hold a shooting competition after their trio of goalkeepers succumb to injury (or go AWOL). Olympiakos players receive fines and a “holiday” for the rest of the season for their poor performances. The latest attempt at a Ronaldo bust swings the pendulum too far to the Adonis side of things. Also, importantly, Canadian Soccer Business is announced, and we believe this can only mean great things.
Wherein Our Heroes review John Herdman’s first match in charge for Canada, dissect MLS Confidential (ESPN’s annual MLS player poll), and discuss UEFA’s new rules for European club competition. Also, Zlatan Ibrahimović lands in Los Angeles…are you ready?