Today in CanPL, we’ll be assembling a team that’s capable of scraping into the playoffs under the new format. With lots of practice, you too can be Valour FC! (Deviations may void season ticket warranty.)
Wanderers host Valour in a game that means nothing for the hosts.
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.