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Wanyama Shocked At Super League Proposal

Wanyama Shocked At Super League Proposal

Victor Wanyama | Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports Montreal midfielder’s former club Tottenham Hotspur is heavily involved... In a 12-year European career Victor Wanyama played more than fifty games for each of four clubs in Belgium, Scotland and England.And like many pros, ex-pros and for that matter coaches across the game in Europe he was left shocked by Sunday afternoon’s announcement around a European Super League under which theoretically 15 clubs will permanently be included because they are some of the wealthiest on the continent, and 5 will make it by...
Apr 19, 2021
Chicharito is First MLS Player of the Week, 2021

Chicharito is First MLS Player of the Week, 2021

LA Galaxy’s Javier Hernandez... MLS Player of Week 1 | Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports CF Montreal defender Zach Brault-Guillard was one of those nominated for the award... NEW YORK – LA Galaxy forward Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández was voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2021 season.Hernández led the Galaxy to a 3-2 win over Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the day after another candidate, Zachary Brault-Guillard starred for CF Montreal at the same venue. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Zach...
Apr 19, 2021
Mihailovic Enjoying Life “in Montreal”

Mihailovic Enjoying Life “in Montreal”

Mihailovic in command over Toronto’s Omar Gonzalez. | Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports Having only ever visited the city as part of an opposing team, Djordje Mihailovic feels right at home with his new Montreal team-mates. A happy Djordje Mihailovic, is a good Djordje Mihailovic.And he wasn’t always that in 2020, playing under Raphael Wicky for his only previous club, Chicago Fire.Forced to play further left in a wider role than he’d prefer, and being benched during the MLS-is-Back tournament hardly presented a platform from which to get the best from the young US...
Apr 19, 2021
Monday Morning Image #12

Monday Morning Image #12

A familiar sight to the author: the streets around Goodison Park. A landscape soon to be changed forever.... Around Goodison. Only the modernity of the vehicles parked on the terraced street has changed over time... Not so sure about the north American fans, but on youthful journeys, particularly to England, I would look out for the unmistakable sights of floodlight pylons reaching for the sky on the approach to towns or cities.It meant that’s where the local football club was. It would depend of course on who was driving, but I’d often wonder if it were possible...
Apr 18, 2021
Montreal’s Nancy Unsurprised By Derby Victory

Montreal’s Nancy Unsurprised By Derby Victory

Wilfried Nancy (centre) unsurprised by yesterday’s 4-2 success over derby rivals Toronto FC. Nancy: “Happy, yes, but this is only the first game.” CF Montreal head-coach Wilfried Nancy was not surprised by his team’s performance in its Opening Day 4-2 success over Toronto FC yesterday.His relaxed demeanour during the post-match video-conference was surely suppressing a bubble of delight inside. “No, we’ve a lot of ability. I’m not surprised in what the team did today because it’s the way we’ve been working for a long time.“And I’m very happy...
Apr 18, 2021
Nancy: Quiet Leader, Inspired Choice?

Nancy: Quiet Leader, Inspired Choice?

Wilfried Nancy, yesterday became the fourth Montreal coach in history to win his first MLS match in charge, defeating Toronto FC 4-2. | Paul Vance CF Montreal’s new coach saw his team get off to a flyer on MLS Opening Day yesterday. Quiet, unassuming, kept under wraps. Maybe CF Montreal has been harbouring MLS’ most brilliantly kept secret for most of the last ten years...Only time will tell, of course and there’s a long way to go before anyone applies that label to Wilfried Nancy, but there’s been enough evidence already to at least set minds thinking.Of...
Apr 17, 2021
Emphatic Montreal Claims Canadian Classique Honours

Emphatic Montreal Claims Canadian Classique Honours

Mason Toye celebrates getting CF Montreal’s season off to a flyer! The former Minnesota United striker took only three minutes to open his 2021 goal account | Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Quebecers hit four as depleted TFC comes up significantly short I watched Mason Toye practise that finish time and time again during pre-season training. It was like being taken back there just a few short weeks ago, as he opened his body to meet Brault-Guillard’s pass and arc a wonderful finish well beyond the reach of Alex Bono.Forget about finding range. Toye was bang-on...
Apr 17, 2021
Opening Game Joys & Woes...

Opening Game Joys & Woes...

Jeisson Vargas takes on Michael Bradley on the day he proved the Big O match-winner on St Patrick’s day 2018. | Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via A retro-statistical look at previous CF Montreal & Toronto FC season openers.... Season Openers...The last time Toronto FC lost a season-opener as a visiting team was way back in 2013 under Ryan Nelsen, when Vancouver Whitecaps prevailed through a lone strike by Ghanian Gershon Koffie. Since then they have played half a dozen opening games on the road and remain undefeated in all six.Their only opening day defeat...
Apr 16, 2021
Home Opener - CF Montreal, Toronto FC & Pandemic Football

Home Opener - CF Montreal, Toronto FC & Pandemic Football

Sam Piette and Nick DeLeon compete for a ball at Stade Saputo during the 1-2 defeat for Montreal last September.... | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Much-changed CFM hoping strange derby atmosphere can be a leveller... As ‘home’ openers go, it’s as tough and as strange as they come...The pandemic dominates the picture. Not only is it the overwhelming condition that’s ensured untold volumes of player unavailability hampering pre-season preparation, it’s also forced Montreal to relocate to a completely other football market, sunny Florida.Yet while there are...
Apr 14, 2021
New Pod: The Big Kick-off - Opening Day Preview

New Pod: The Big Kick-off - Opening Day Preview

Montreal’s last match-winner in a Canadian Classique derby Rudy Camacho gets the better of Toronto’s Jozy Altidore in this duel. | Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via The Ball Is Round - Episode 25 Just three days to go.... !!!The Ball Is Round team preview the season opener against Toronto FC in Fort Lauderdale... (with special guest Michael Singh from Waking The Red website & podcast) chat the Montreal football issues of the week... provide their top three picks for each Conference talk Concacaf Champions League - Is the gap closing between MLS and LigaMX Canadian...
Apr 14, 2021
Invested: Matthew McConaughey Talks Ownership, Austin and MLS

Invested: Matthew McConaughey Talks Ownership, Austin and MLS

Matthew McConaughey spent time with journalists yesterday giving his thoughts on football, MLS and his beloved Austin FC of which he is part-owner... Austin FC ‘Minister of Culture’ can't wait for his team’s MLS debut on Saturday... Never thought I’d ever be on a press conference with a Hollywood actor talking football. But there you go. That’s what the crazy world of MLS can produce.Speaking from what looked like his caravan or trailer, Matthew McConaughey, part owner of MLS expansion team Austin FC spoke passionately about how the sport captured his...
Apr 13, 2021
CF Montreal 2021 Season Preview

CF Montreal 2021 Season Preview

INTRO - After sneaking into MLS Play-offs in 2020, via the very last spot available (9th), the former Montreal Impact will be hoping for better in 2021, not least because only the top 7 progress. The club has a very different look about it after the off-season. Gone is head coach Thierry Henry and there’s been a huge transfusion of new playing personnel while many others have departed for pastures new. Sporting Director Olivier Renard has been a very busy man but is quietly confident of the team’s chances, despite potentially having to play all home games in Fort...
Apr 13, 2021
Opening Day Countdown - The Captain Debate...

Opening Day Countdown - The Captain Debate...

Is Sam Piette about to be named first-ever CF Montreal captain? | Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via ... or is there one? Having watched a lot of football I’ve often wondered on this side of the Atlantic if the role of skipper is considered as important as what we tend to see in Europe for instance.I think back to the great captains over there who bore enormous leadership influence on the pitch; Keane, Gerrard, Maldini, Baresi, Kompany, Terry, Totti, Hierro, Puyol and so on. I don’t quite see the same sphere of influence from the MLS captain, apart maybe...
Apr 12, 2021
Can PSG Bottle Hold in Face of Bayern Bravado?

Can PSG Bottle Hold in Face of Bayern Bravado?

Kylian Mbappe takes on Bayern’s Niklas Suele during the first-leg in Munich... | Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/ Pochettino has the lead, but also the dilemma... The scene is set at Parc des Princes for an epic tomorrow.PSG, 3-2 in front, must surely start as favourite, but If there’s a team than can bottle a European lead, there no-one quite like them. Not only that, in Bayern they’re facing the team that many would consider the best equipped not only to overturn a deficit, but to go on and win the whole thing for the second year in succession.It would appear...
Apr 12, 2021
Nancy Happy With What He’s Seen So Far

Nancy Happy With What He’s Seen So Far

Wilfried Nancy, happy with progress, all things considered... Opening Day Countdown - Five days to go.... Wilfried Nancy was clearly heartened by the performance last evening at Al Lang Stadium in St-Petersburg.“Yesterday we were good defensively, had the desire to move forward & press the opponent. Good spirit in difficult conditions. With the ball, we were cohesive. Yesterday I told the guys I was happy with what I’ve seen so far.”It’s a good news story and some positivity as his charges head into a difficult opening day encounter with traditional rival,...