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.
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.
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.
Players are fleeing Valour and their replacements are marginal internationals and journeymen from old Canadian youth teams. 2020 might provide a reprieve–but only that–from desperation.
Rushed into existence for myriad reasons, Ottleti have zero chance on PEI but will likely give Canuck teenagers real minutes, and that’s even better.
Edmonton will always trust in the academy. On PEI, there might actually be some kids ready to take the next step, bolstered by an improved midfield.
No team has better understanding, and in tournament play, that can make up for some deficits. Cavalry need someone to score, though.
York9 have bet hard on 21st Club’s scouting, and border restrictions mean they’re desperately short on strikers who can score.