Wherein Our Heroes bring you the mother lode from the Canadian Premier League Final 2020. In the wake of Forge FC capturing the North Star Shield in consecutive years, we hear from manager Bobby Smyrniotis, as well as players Kyle Bekker and Alex Achinioti-Jönsson. We also hear from HFX Wanderers’ gaffer Stephen Hart and captain Andre Rampersad. Lastly, we share the Q&A with David Clanachan from Media Day, and he discusses potential formats for next season.
Wherein Our Heroes look ahead to the Island Games final between defending champions Forge FC and the always-organized HFX Wanderers FC. We share our predictions for our players to watch, keys to the game, and final score. We also hear from coach Stephen Hart as he looks ahead to his club’s last tango.
Wherein Our Heroes delve deep into the deepest recesses of soccer punditry and attempt to cobble together our best guess predictions for The Island Games Group Stage. Will we see a rematch of the inaugural final? Will Pacific FC continue to surge? Will HFX Wanderers continue their steady play and secure a spot to play for The North Star Shield? Only one thing is certain – it remains anyone’s for the taking!
Wherein Our Heroes sit back and listen. We hear from Cavalry FC’s Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and Mason Trafford in the wake of their recent loss to Pacific FC. We also feature clips from Atlético Ottawa’s Mista and Malyk Hamilton after vanquishing the Tridents a few short days later. On the other side of the coin, PFC’s Pa-Modou Kah, Marco Bustos, and Callum Irving weigh in during both the joy of victory and agony of defeat.
Wherein Our Heroes reconvene to discuss each and every Canadian Premier League squad as we near the waning days of the Island Games round robin. There’s still everything to play for as clubs compete for the top 4 slots and a berth in the second round. We also hear from Valour FC coach Rob Gale, and Pacific FC's Pa-Modou Kah and Alejandro Díaz after the clubs’ mid-week clash in PEI.
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific FC captain Marcel de Jong to hear how things have been in the bubble in Charlottetown, PEI. We also look forward to the Island Games. Who will win the Golden Boot? Who are our players to watch? Who is the most likely to sneak out of the hotel? We discuss all these and more. Who ya got?
Wherein Our Heroes revel in some BIG news with the announcement of the 2020 Canadian Premier League season format, The Island Games. We weigh the pros and cons of joining The Collective. Also, CONCACAF announces a new, more favourable format (if you’re Canada) for World Cup 2022 qualifying. Count us in!
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Zohib Islam Amiri. He shares insight on his upbringing in Kabul and Karachi, a club career that’s taken him from his home country to sharing a pitch with Robert Pires and André Santos in the ISL, and his time as the most-capped player for Afghanistan. Also, we dip into the mailbag to discuss the importance of new clubs like 1812 FC Barrie.
Wherein Our Heroes reconnect and focus on the recent Canadian Premier League statement regarding a 2020 season as well as the town hall with league commissioner David Clanachan. We also get set for MLS is Back, the actual name for Major League Soccer’s World Cup-style tournament, coming to you in July.
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Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific FC goalkeeper Callum Irving in a fascinating interview that covers (among other topics) mindset, his move to the Canadian Premier League, and the most banging Spotify playlist you’re going to find. We also talk Alejandro’s Bedoya’s recent comments regarding the potential MLS tournament in Orlando.
Wherein Our Heroes delve deep into the English Premier League’s Project Restart and discuss how it compares to the Canadian Premier League’s potential at a closed-door season. We also share our top hypothetical dream CPL player transfer, as well as which Canadian Premier League club we feel would best perform in a 5-a-side tournament.
Wherein Our Heroes weigh all sides of both the Canadian Premier League’s recent statement regarding wage deferrals and reductions, as well as the creation of the Professional Footballers Association of Canada. We also review and discuss your mailbag submissions. We’re all in this together...when we stand hand-in-hand, make our dreams come true.
Wherein Our Heroes get on board the feel-good train. From the personalities to the sense of community, from the all-around quirkiness to the camaraderie, we share our favourite things about the Canadian Premier League. We also weigh in on some Canadian U23 players that we think could make waves in 2021 and entertain the hypothetical scenario of MLS clubs playing alongside CPL clubs in a little shortened mini-season.
Wherein Our Heroes return from their self-isolation to bring you a recent conversation with Ben Fisk. We also applaud the IOC and UEFA for postponing the upcoming Euros and Olympics, eagerly await the upcoming season of Sunderland ’Til I Die, and discuss the Waffle House Index.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss the first three signings announced by Atlético Ottawa: proven leader Ben Fisk, local product and wunderkind Antoine Coupland, and the versatile Malyk Hamilton. Also, we give our opinions on the new match ball from Derbystar, discuss some listener submissions pertaining to Pacific FC’s new beer in partnership with Surrey’s Russell Brewing, and consider how the Canadian Premier League can attract the general sports-loving public.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss the Canadian Premier League’s format for the 2020 season. Gaffer Adam attends the Pacific FC kit launch event and chats with Victor Blasco, Marcel de Jong, and new boy Abdou Samake. Of course, we also give our preliminary thoughts on the new kits for each club. We also dip into the mailbag and hear from a listener who feels The Hex may not be the path of least resistance for the Canadian Men’s National team.
Wherein Our Heroes attend the Canada Soccer media event in Langford, BC and hear from Canadian Senior Men’s head coach John Herdman. Canada Soccer announces a friendly versus Trinidad and Tobago for March 27, 2020. The Canadian Premier League officially unveils Atlético Ottawa as the league’s eighth club. Also, we dip into the mailbag to hear from you, the listeners!
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific PC forward Alejandro Díaz, recently signed from Liga MX powerhouse Club América. We also salute the Canadian Women for qualifying for Tokyo 2020. We debate the best means to redraw the Voyageurs Cup bracket to include Ottawa and discuss Kurt Larson’s tweet about capping the maximum number of loaned players per club. Also, Cavalry FC announce open trials and York 9 enter a Twitter kit-feud with TFC.
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific FC midfielder Marco Bustos to discuss his choice to sign with the Islanders for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season. Christine Sinclair cements herself as the top international goalscorer in the history of the sport by notching goal 185 in Olympic Qualifying play. Also, soccer returns to the nation’s capital as Ottawa is awarded a CPL franchise to begin play in April 2020. Oh, and let’s not forget they’re backed by Spanish behemoths Club Atlético de Madrid.
Wherein Our Heroes dip into a mailbag that runneth over. We can’t thank you enough for sharing your ruminations! Tristan Borges leaves for Belgium on a record Canadian Premier League transfer fee. Also, we go coast-to-coast and catch up on the latest signings at HFX Wanderers, York 9 FC, Cavalry FC, and Pacific FC.
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific FC head coach Pa-Modou Kah. He discusses his previous interactions with the club’s young core, his management philosophy, the importance of family, and more. Also, we celebrate Joel Waterman’s transfer from Cavalry FC to Impact Montréal FC and Valour land a new CB in Haitian Andrew Jean-Baptiste.
Wherein Our Heroes return from a well-deserved break to discuss Kurt Larson’s recent tweets regarding the potential appetite for playoffs in 2020. The Winnipeg Free Press provides Valour FC coach Rob Gale a chance to rebut recent online rumours swirling around the club. Also, Canada see off Barbados 4-1, but nobody was there to see it.
Wherein Our Heroes prepare for the Holidays with a festive Canadian Premier League Yuletide poem. We share our Christmas wishes, as well as our Naughty and Nice lists. We also debate the Whitecaps’ signing of Lucas Cavallini, an early present or a lump of coal? A very Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend to discuss goings on with the club in the inaugural Canadian Premier League offseason. We also discuss the first intra-league player move as José Hernández joins Cavalry FC after being released earlier in the Fall. Also, a mailbag question prompts discussion concerning possible preseason tournaments in the future.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss your feedback on promotion and relegation and how to hybridize this with playoffs. A conference call between the Canadian Premier League and representatives from CPL Supporter’s Groups yields some nuggets. Also, we discuss the inaugural Canadian Premier League Awards.