Our first Wanderers liveblog of the year kicks off against Pacific. It’s a rivalry on the field and often in the stands, and a good test for Wanderers in Match #1.
The Canadian Premier League is back, in spite of a winter riddled with pandemic challenges and self-inflicted wounds. What really matters is that fans will be able to watch Canadian professional soccer live again.
York’s roster is a mish-mash of emergency fill-ins and unproven kids, yet another change of direction in a club that’s been nothing buy, little more than the leftover glitter of the last of the evening’s tech demos.
FC Edmonton need something, anything, to spark life into the club on its tenth anniversary. Eric Newendorp and Alan Koch have been brought in to win, but there is a long road ahead.
Forge are Forge, but without Novak, who will score that big, scrambly goal in the big game? It’s all on Mo Babouli now, it’s fundamentals all the way.
Valour in 2020 were better because they played very defensively. Now, Rob Gale is trying to build from the wings. It’s all very old, British, and full of drama.
Ottawa’s second attempt at an expansion roster is less fun, but heavy on veteran Canadians getting a second chance, and it’s sneaky good.
At the beginning of a new charge forward, Tommy Wheeldon Jr. has tweaked the strategy, honed the tactics and the timing. And it still may not be enough.
Pacific are a rapid-firing, all-attacking juggernaut and everyone knows it. Just mind that weak spot at the back….
Wanderers will be back in Halifax at some point this fall, which should give this team the boost of energy it needs to overcome the travel and challenge for the league title.