Forge are still favourites even in a tournament setting, largely down to the coaching of Bobby Smyrniotis.
2020 was likely to be a rebuilding year for Wanderers, but the short tournament and lots of university depth means they’ll at least see what they have.
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.