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Centre Circle Live! The Official #CanPL Podcast

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Let’s talk Canadian Premier League, shall we?

As Canada’s new professional soccer league prepares for kick-off on April 27th at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont., the crew over at CanPL Editorial have been hard at work (ha!) cooking up something special in the laboratory … or, well, the Canadian Premier League’s headquarters in Toronto.

Introducing Centre Circle LIVE! – The Official Podcast of the Canadian Premier League.


EPISODE 1: A warm Canadian welcome from Kurt, Armen, and Marty (feat. Ben Fisk of Pacific FC).


Highlights:

  • 02:44 – The CCL! crew breaks down the league’s schedule and format
  • 05:10 – Soccer Unites Hamilton … but will York9 FC play spoilers?
  • 07:20 – Who has the best roster in the CPL (so far)?
  • 10:36 – Let’s review the Canadian men’s national team’s CNL Qualifying campaign
  • 16:12 – Which CPL players could make Canada’s preliminary Gold Cup squad?
  • 17:50 – Pacific FC’s Ben Fisk talks boats, Derry City and pre-season training
  • 26:25 – The CPL’s inaugural kits are coming … has the CCL! crew seen ’em yet?
  • 28:36 – Previewing the CPL’s upcoming pre-season camp in the Dominican Republic

Personalities


Kurt Larson – Managing Editor

Nn7oKhrT_400x400If you’ve followed Canadian soccer for the previous decade you know Kurt Larson. You might even like him.

Nonetheless, you know he’ll have an opinion. Right or wrong, Larson joins Centre Circle LIVE! to address anything and everything he thinks needs addressing. For those who don’t know CanPL.ca‘s Managing Editor — and Director of Content — Larson spent the previous decade with the Toronto Sun and Postmedia, telling the story of soccer in Canada to a large, dedicated readership.

In addition to covering three World Cups and a European championship, Larson travelled alongside Canada’s men’s national team through multiple CONCACAF World Cup qualifying cycles while providing daily coverage of Toronto FC and MLS.

You can follow Kurt Larson on Twitter (@KurtLarsonCPL).


Armen Bedakian – Associate Editor

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What can be said about Armen Bedakian that hasn’t already been written about in tabloids all across Armenia?

The intrepid reporter got his start in the fast-paced world of soccer media covering Toronto FC for MLSsoccer.com, before switching tracks and joining the writing team over at theScore. When word of a Canadian league reached his ears, Bedakian jumped at the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of telling Canada’s soccer story.

The rest, as they say, is history … much like Chelsea’s hopes in the Champions League if Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid, a truth that Bedakian won’t shut up about when the topic turns to his treasured Blues.

You can follow Armen Bedakian on Twitter (@ArmenBedakian).


Marty Thompson – Digital Content Editor

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Marty Thompson is a former broadcaster and reporter from London, Ont. who now serves as the Digital Content Editor of CanPL.ca.

Thompson has been covering League1 Ontario and other grassroots levels of the Canadian game for eight years, and is a longtime fan of Derby County, thus demonstrating character traits like patience and empathy in spades. He’ll need it when dealing with his two co-hosts in the middle of a particularly heated discussion or two (or 10).

Thompson plays a ton of Football Manager. He’ll try not to incorporate it into his analysis (no promises), but, in true rural Ontario fashion, the Lion’s Head, Ont. native would also like to apologize in advance.

You can follow Marty Thompson on Instagram (@Marty.CanPL).