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Coast-To-Coast: How the first Canadian Premier League signings spent Day 1

Forge FC duo meet media and supporters in Hamilton

Forge FC’s Kyle Bekker and Chris Nanco were busy bees on their first day as Canadian Premier Leaguers. After an afternoon press conference in Hamilton, the duo headed to a meet-and-greet with supporters in Stoney Creek, Ont. Meanwhile, The Spectator’s Steve Milton chatted with both players and went into their relationship with head coach Bobby Smyrniotis. “Hamilton is an up-and-coming city, and they’re screaming for a successful soccer team,” Bekker said. READ MORE…

Bekker and Nanco on TSN 1150

Staying in The Hammer, Forge FC’s signings went on TSN 1150 to talk CPL and what it means to be the first players in club history. Bekker and Nanco also spoke highly about Tim Hortons Field: “It’s an amazing field with an amazing atmosphere,” Nanco said. READ MORE…

Skylar Thomas excited to get started in Winnipeg with Valour FC

Global News in Winnipeg spoke with Valour FC’s Skylar Thomas about the city and his plans for the season. The 6-foot-4 centreback said he’s hoping to be “settled” in Winnipeg by January or February. He also took to the club’s social media to introduce himself to supporters. READ MORE…

Sukunda on playing style, what he expects in Halifax

Out east, HFX Wanderers first signing Zachary Sukunda told the Chronicle Herald he also can’t wait to get settled. The 23-year-old hinted at what Wanderers fans can expect from him on the field in 2019: “What I love to do is get into the final third and attack with crosses or cut inside for shots.” READ MORE…

Locals Edwini-Bonsu and Zebie out-and-about in Edmonton

Randy Edwini-Bonsu and Allan Zebie were all over Edmonton on their first day as members of FC Edmonton’s CPL squad. Meeting with local media, they chatted about their Edmontonian roots, the club and the future of soccer in their city. The duo has since been spotted handing out scarfs at a sporting goods store, meeting season ticket holders, and running drills at a middle school.  READ MORE…

Camargo has something to prove with Cavalry FC

The Athletic’s Josh Kloke sat down with several players to talk about future coaching roles, second chances in Canada and why they signed in the CPL. Calvary FC’s Sergio Camargo spoke about re-establishing himself: “My goal is to make the national team in this World Cup (cycle).” READ MORE…

Chung talks Vancouver Island, Olympic aspirations

On Vancouver Island, Kadin Chung was profiled by the Times Colonist. The 20-year-old New Westminster native spoke of the “atmosphere and sporting culture” in Victoria he experienced while playing youth soccer in the area. Chung also talked about his aspirations to join the Canadian under-23 squad ahead of next year’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. READ MORE…

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Pacific FC’s Kadin Chung will be on hand Friday at the grand opening of the club’s downtown store. (Photo: Pacific FC)

York9’s Porter hopes to ‘be remembered’ for historic signing

Kyle Porter sat down with CanPL.ca to talk about his future as York9 FC’s first signing. The fullback-winger, who grew up in nearby Mississauga, Ont., highlighted his connection to head coach Jimmy Brennan as a reason why he chose York9. “I want future York players to say, ‘I want to be the next Kyle Porter,'” he added. READ MORE…

Cavalry FC’s Ledgerwood calls CPL ‘the next big thing’

Nik Ledgerwood, arguably the most experienced player of the bunch, chatted with Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press about his 50 national team caps, his professional soccer journey and what he expects to see from the league in year one. READ MORE…

1-on-1 with Albertan players

John Molinaro of Sportsnet sat down with an all-Albertan contingent of FC Edmonton’s Edwini-Bonsu and Cavalry FC’s Sergio Camargo and Nik Ledgerwood to talk CPL and the Al-Classico rivalry. “I think it’s the best thing to happen to this nation in terms of player development,” Edwini-Bonsu said. READ MORE…

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