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Northern Exposure: CanPL seeking approval for teams to return to training

Another step closer as we progress towards the return of professional soccer. Here’s this week’s Canada Soccer wrap up.

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CPL: York9 FC at Forge FC
Apr 27, 2019; York 9 players take the field for warmup before playing Hamilton Forge in the inaugural Canadian Premier League soccer match at Tim Hortons Field.
(Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports for CPL)

A look at TFC’s voluntary training

As was reported a couple of weeks ago some of the MLS teams including Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC had returned back to modified training, with Montreal Impact FC doing the same this week. Besides being voluntary these training workouts would also be performed individually to decrease the chances of spreading infection.

Waking the Red contributor Calan Panchoo spoke with TFC defender Justin Morrow to get the inside scoop on how this new modified training is going. Morrow talked about everything from the layout of the pitch and the protocols players must follow to keep transmission risks as low as possible to how it feels to be back with the guys and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces. With a possible Orlando tournament on the horizon players are doing what they need to do to get ready.

CPL seeking approval for teams to return to training

Although MLS teams are starting to get back to training, CPL teams remain in lock down. But it was announced this past Tuesday that the CPL was in talks with government officials about gaining approval to begin modified training sessions. Players will follow the CPL’s return to training protocols including no physical contact. Keep your eyes and ears open over the next few days or weeks for an update from the league about a commencement date for a return to training.

CanMNT legend Craig Forrest talks Phonzie and Canadian soccer

World Football Index recently interviewed Canadian soccer legend Craig Forrest to get his take on Alphonso Davies playing in Europe and what it means for soccer back in Canada. Craig has played for some of the biggest clubs in England including West Ham United and Chelsea FC as well as being the number one keeper for the Canadian Men’s National Team for many years earning 56 caps. One of my favorite memories of him playing comes from a friendly against Brazil prior to the 1994 World Cup where the two teams played to a 1-1 draw.

It comes as no surprise that Craig has admiration for the incredible journey that Alphonso took to get to where he is today, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. And now that he is playing on a big stage Davies is finally getting the attention he deserves from the general public in Canada, especially during a short window when soccer doesn’t have to share the spotlight with basketball or hockey. Craig is optimistic about the future of the national team with Davies on board.

Meet some of the Canadian players

Canadian Men’s National Team player Liam Millar was interviewed by Canucks Abroad about his experience playing in England for Liverpool FC as well as why he chose to play for the Canadian national team rather than the English national team. It’s great that more Canadian players are getting exposure and allowing their stories and personalities to come through. Having a strong bond between players and fans will be key to keeping team moral high and motivation strong for the national team moving forward.

Canucks Abroad has a series of interviews available to watch with other Canadian players who are currently plying their trade outside of Canada. National team players such as Junior Hoilett, Kamal Miller, Jayde Riviere, Marco Carducci and Amer Didic have also been interviewed. And OneSoccer continues to connect with Canadian players through their various talk shows. Get to know your team Canada athletes and cheer them on as soccer gets back up and running.

Get the lowdown on U SPORTS recruiting

The BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) recently hosted a series of webinars about university recruiting for soccer players in Canada. These were fantastic webinars which included interviews with coaches who are currently coaching in the U SPORTS league. Although these podcasts were hosted by an organization from BC the coaches interviewed are working in schools all over Canada, and the knowledge they shared is relevant to anybody who is looking to play soccer in university regardless of what province they live in. You can find the links to these webinars here.