Mason Trafford, part of NASL’s top defensive unit
You can’t win with Canadians.
But the Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton are off to red-hot starts in the NASL fall season. The Eddies are on top of the fall-season table. The Fury has moved into a post-season spot in the overall standings and is just a point behind the Eddies in the fall table.
But, you can’t win with Canadians!
The Eddies and Fury are the runaway leaders out of North Americans first- and second-division leagues when it comes to giving minutes to Canadians.
Didn’t you hear us? YOU CAN’T WIN WITH CANADIANS!
The Eddies have the No. 1 offence in NASL. The Fury are tied with the New York Cosmos in terms of the stingiest goals-against record.
Seriously, you can’t win with Canadians! Don’t you know anything about clichés?
This is what happens when Canadians are allowed to play. The sky doesn’t fall. The team doesn’t go winless. If you don’t ever present challenges for your Canadian players, how can they ever rise to them?
I get it, I get it. A lot of you are thinking “but that’s NASL, not MLS. It’s a lot different when you go up a division.” Fair. But I guess we’ll never be able to judge MLS until we see either TFC, the Impact or the Whitecaps giving the kind of first-team minutes to Canadian talent like the Eddies and Fury do. Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi pledges that his club can get there in a decade. We will all have to mark 2025 on our calendars.
Until then, the Fury and Eddies deserve your support. Guilt free. Unless, of course, you’re still convinced you can’t win with Canadians. In that case, 1995 called — it wants its preconceived notions back.
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