Wherein Our Heroes bask in the glory of Calgary Foothills FC’s path to being crowned PDL Western Conference Champions. We hope the ride isn’t done, that Russo continues to dominate the scoresheet, the backline stands tall like the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and the formations flow like the mighty Bow River. Tommy Wheeldon Jr. receives Haircut of the Week in recognition of his building something amazing for sport in the city while maintaining a convertible-friendly coif. It’s MLS All Star “break”, which means we unpack the pros and cons of the annual mid-season showcase. We’re not havin’ it! Also, the bell has finally tolled for Sigi Schmid at Seattle Sounders.
Wherein Our Heroes partake in a landmark evening for sport in Calgary. Foothills FC win 3-1 over Seattle Sounders U23 in their first ever USL PDL playoff match. We chat with Tommy Wheeldon Jr., Elijah Adekugbe, Dean Northover, and our Man of the Match, Dylon Powley. On to Tucson! Come on you Hoops!
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate our 50th episode and thank all the denizens of Gafferonia for your support over the past year. We are very happy to be joined by Ottawa Fury FC head coach and general manager, Paul Dalglish. Paul began his playing career with Newcastle United in 1997; after his time in England, he went on to play in both Scotland and North America, winning the MLS Cup with Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. Paul started his coaching journey in 2008 and won the PDL Championship with Austin Aztex in 2013. Paul was hired by Ottawa in November of 2015. In our conversation, Paul offers insights on management, player development, and what the rest of the fall NASL season may hold for Ottawa Fury FC.
Wherein Our Heroes recap Europe’s quadrennial showcase by offering kudos to Portugal and their yeoman-like effort in both the group stages and the Euro 2016 Final. Ronaldo’s tears turn from those of desolation to cocky joy; does this give him a leg up on Messi? Did France’s best show up for the ultimate match after carrying a whole nation on their epaulets? We salute the young players who turned heads, Ricardo Quaresma’s olive branch haircut, and the Irish supporters who brought the craic in droves. Also, we continue to question whether the 24-team format adds anything other than too many draws.