Unless you’re in Ottawa, the 2020 Canadian Premier League offseason is more or less complete. Let’s look at where each teams stands and ask what needs to come out pre-season.
Mostly, I try to sleep through February. But this is a brave new world: soccer in Canada. Transfer drama! (At least, transfer drama if you count Marco Bustos to Pacific, which I do.)
Right. I’ve been off for a while, and so was the Canadian Premier League for most of the first part of January 2020. Some relatively minor stuff happened before Christmas, but it wasn’t until this week things started moving.
The inaugural CanPL/USPORTs draft presented a completely clean slate. Draftees were actually the first players formally affiliated with the new clubs, and many went on to have a lot of success. That, in turn, increased both expectation and attention for the 2019 draft.
As soon as I hit post on the AUS season preview, I knew large parts of it would be wrong. Some of this was just my doing it rather quickly, and some of it is the nature of university soccer.
Three months ago, we didn’t have a league. In hindsight, there were so many things that could have gone wrong, and so many things that, ultimately, didn’t.
Kit launches are less important than player signings, I don’t care what the readership stats say. Fortunately, seems like Wanderers understand this, dropping two signings to distract from the shiny shirts.
Halifax Wanderers have now signed all three of their picks from November’s USPORTs draft. Peter Schaale and André Bona, of Cape Breton and UQAM respectively, will suit up in the Canadian Premier League this year.
Dreadful news for the Canadian Premier League this week: Marcel de Jong is out for the year. Rumour says it’s an achilles injury, which tends to be freak bad luck.
Six weeks before kick-off against Halifax Wanderers, Pacific are left with a very make-shift backline and fans are left without one of the more exciting, proven players in the league.
Way back in November, all the Canadian Premier League club made their first signings at the same time, and something similar seems to have happened this past week, with a wide range of players joining before the season starts.