In order to develop Canadian players–and keep Canadian fans–CanPL needs to figure out a sensible way to balance its schedule for both endurance and quality of play.
It’s becoming painfully obvious how the schedule is taking its toll on the players. Some of it is, quite literally, pain: while exact numbers are hard to pin down, every team is missing at least three or four guys off a 23-man roster. Stars like Dominique Malonga and Elimane Cissé limped off this week, too.
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.