Episode 111: Have You Herdman?

Wherein Our Heroes share thoughts on the latest season of The Bachelor; BAE is not a fan. John Herdman takes charge of the Canadian men’s soccer program after over six successful years in charge of the #CanWNT. Adam’s father weighs in on the change, as do we, and we are certainly having it. What we are not having is Sid Seixeiro’s recent rant on Tim & Sid. The Canadian Premier League names their first Chairman and Commissioner, a veteran of true Canadian icon: Tim Horton’s. The future bodes well for Les Rouges. This episode couldn’t possibly get any more “True North strong and free”.

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Music by: Franklin D – FranklinD@shaw.ca

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Canadian MLS Clubs Still Have Holes to Fill – Part 3: Montreal Impact

The final instalment of our look at Canadian MLS clubs takes a look at goings on in Montreal…

There is one single name sure to be casting a shadow over the Impact this year, and that is Didier Drogba.

The Ivorian proved to be a boon for the club with his reputation and pedigree both on and off the pitch.

That said, a refusal to be named to the subs list late last season, coupled with a decline in productivity, saw things sour slightly before Drogba decided to leave La Belle Province after the Impact were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite numerous departures (Harry Shipp to Seattle, Johan Venegas to Minnesota, Donny Toia to Orlando), it will be the absence of Drogba that is likely felt the most from a supporter’s standpoint.

Most interestingly, LAD (Life After Didier) should bring more consistency to the Impact’s style of play, with coach Mauro Biello tending to employ a direct approach with Drogba on the pitch, to mixed results.

Montreal will again lean heavily on 2016 MLS All-Star Ignacio Patti to lead the attack, having staved off Boca Juniors’ attempt to pry the Argentinian away. Patti proved worth his weight in gold last season, notching 17 league goals (up from 9 in 2015), and frequently sporting the captain’s armband.

Bolstering the midfield is the arrival of Swiss International, Blerim Dzemaili, from FC Bologna (a club also owned by Joey Saputo). Dzemaili, a starter in each of Switzerland’s Euro 2016 matches and a regular in Bologna’s starting eleven, is set to complete his move to Canada in early July.

While it is easy to understand why club owner Saputo sought a DP in the offseason to replace Drogba, what is most surprising is the Impact’s failure to address a lack of depth on the backline.

Montreal’s -4 goal differential in 2016 was the worst of any club that qualified for the MLS playoffs, and things get very thin on the depth chart once one gets past regulars Laurent Ciman, Hassoun Camara, Victor Cabrera, and Ambroise Oyongo (who recently became the first-ever active MLS player to hoist the AFCON).

Donny Toia, who saw bushels of playing time at left back, could prove to be a mammoth loss.

The only addition to the corps is Chris Duvall, who never figured in as a regular with New York Red Bulls through the last 3 seasons.

If all remains status quo in camp, the Impact might very well be participants in many a high scoring match in 2017.

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Episode 51: Calgary Foothills FC, Onward and Upward!

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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!

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Episode 30: Highway to the Danger Zone

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Wherein Our Heroes rev up their engines and award a rare Joey Barton treble, Manuel Pellegrini fields a bunch of debutantes, and Chelsea shoves it into overdrive. Also, the Canadian women qualify for Rio 2016, Herculez Gomez thinks MLS clubs are like ‘metal under tension’ against Liga MX in the CONCACAF Champions League, and Maverick requests a fly-by.

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Episode 28: You’ll Never Walk Out Alone

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Wherein Our Heroes drop science on y’all, the Chinese Super League rings in the “Year of the Monkey” with a bang, the Jermaine Pennant and Jamie Vardy biopics gain traction, and John McGrane rrrolls up the rim on the Canadian Premier Soccer League. Also, we toast Marcel De Jong’s man bun, Canada and the USA get friendly and experimental, and Liverpool supporters stage a walk out amidst an exciting weekend in the Premier League.

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Episode 26: The Maple Leaf Forever!

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Wherein Our Heroes review the Canadian National Team rosters ahead of February’s big fixtures, Jordan Morris chooses Starbucks over Beck’s, and Football Leaks walks the line between transparency and “blackmail” (according to Doyen). Costa rankles Arsenal, Norwich and Liverpool forget how to defend, and Aguero sets a milestone. Also, our Joey Barton winner is pure Gold.

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Music by: Bear Mountain – www.facebook.com/mybearmountain

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Episode 11: Yours Trulies

WebWherein Our Heroes dish out a veritable footballing feast of autumnal profundity. The British press falls for Jurgen Klopp (Haircut of the Week recipient) like newly changed oak leaves in the October breeze, we’re havin’ Don Garber’s vision like decorative gourds on a bountiful table, and Blatter, Valcke and Platini reap what they sow. Also, international injuries runneth over like a Horn ‘o’ plenty and the Canadian Soccer Association schedules a mid-week turkey.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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Saturday’s a good day for a rip bud…friggin’ RIGHTS!

The Young Gaffers can’t be all business all the time. So after recording a podcast up in the Great White North, sometimes we’ve gotta knock back a few molsons and have a dart. B.RICH knows how to Give’r and we recommend this highly educational video. He’s got our vote for Prime Minister of Canada.

B.RICH on…
Twitter:
 https://twitter.com/brennyrich
Web: http://brichrap.com

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Episode 8: Out for a Rip

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Wherein Our Heroes get in touch with their Canuck roots, provide a polite round up of Canadian MLS action, and cover the Premier League like a good toque when yer out playin’ shinny. Also, Costa flattens Koscielny like a beaver tail, Winston Reid stands firm like a lodgepole pine, and Anthony Martial rocks Southampton like The Young Gaffers rock a flannel shirt.

Music: “See You Through” by Bear Mountain

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