Is Valour a Rob Gale team, or a dos Santos team? Either way, the rebuild might be close to paying-off.
Rob Gale is out at Valour, marking the second coaching graduate of the Canadian club system to be jettisoned out of the Canadian Premier League after just a couple of years. That doesn’t bode well for Canadian coach development.
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.
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.
I dreaded writing this one. Valour fans should probably dread reading it. Because boy, were there some lows this season for Valour. There weren’t many highs, either, but neither was the whole quite so bad as it sometimes seemed.
Whenever things have been tough for Wanderers this year, whenever they’ve been down and almost out, they’ve been able tp play Valour. And every time, it gets better.
I actually like long road trips–they’re a part of sports if not always the traditional, European model of soccer–and they add some structure to the season. Unfortunately, Wanderers’ last was not very good. They’re now winless in the league for four games–six in all competitions–with a couple blowouts there at the end as the minds and legs went.
Does this game mean anything? Does anything?