For those who come to the site, thank you. In 2010, when the site was founded, I wanted to make good on a pledge to be an honest platform for Canadian soccer. The lifeblood of the site is to tell the stories of Canadian teams and Canadian players. You can go to plenty other places to find the latest rumours about Arsenal or Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. I didn’t want The 11 to be a reinvention of the wheel.
But, even though the site is more popular now than at any time before, I feel that it’s time to take a break. It’s not the end: But The 11 will be on hiatus until at least the opening of NASL training camps in February. I will still be doing my freelance print work for the likes of Inside Soccer, but no more daily grind for now.
Three straight years of broadcasting and writing about the game (and, considering the time spent at Sun Media before this, covering Toronto FC and Canadian national teams, and then my time with Edmonton Aviators, and various freelance work… well, it’s more like 17 years, not three) have been wonderful, but it also asks a lot of when it comes to time. Checking scores when you’re supposed to be on holiday with the family. Sneaking in a phone interview with a coach right between your kids’ bath time and story time.
There are weekends I need to be spending with my family more, and with the game less.
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