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Loyal Company of the River Valley Podcast

A podcast dedicated to FC Edmonton. Also covering NASL and other Canadian soccer happenings. Much of what is said on this show is made under the influence of scotch, rum, beer and cigars.
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Nov 15, 2018

On this weeks episode we look at FC Edmonton's picks in the inaugural U-Sports draft. We weigh in on why picking academy grads is the best move right now and builds immediate club chemistry.

We next take a look at the next chapter in Edmonton pro soccer history. The Edmonton Eagles were one of six clubs in the Canadian Professional Soccer League that lasted only one year, where the Eagles won the only championship.

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Nov 7, 2018

This weeks episode brings us a special episode with FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball. Jay comes on to talk about rebuilding the club since the launch announcement, season ticket packages, stadium and more!

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Oct 31, 2018

On this weeks episode, we recap the Edmonton leg of the fall Al Classico. Even though the C*valry won on penalties, we're calling it a win based on the conventional away goals rule. Even though these matches mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, we expand on how this fuels the rivalry, with both supporters arguing who actually won until there is a meaningful match played.

We also look into York 9's season ticket pricing. We rant and rave how we think it's offside and how the response from their front office has come across and defensive and condescending.

We also touch on the open trials, Sean Fleming as assistant coach, a potential Sadi Jalali comeback and more!

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Oct 25, 2018

On this weeks episode, we have two great guests. Up first is part 2 of our conversation with Jeff Paulus. We expand more on CPL rosters, trials, players and more.

On the second part of the podcast, we have the first in a mini series of conversations about the history of professional soccer in Edmonton. Gordon of the River Valley Vanguard joins us to share his experiences with the first professional club in Edmonton, the Drillers.

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Oct 17, 2018

This weeks episode is part 1 of our conversation with FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus. He shares his thoughts on the first leg of Al Classico, his new assistant coach Sean Fleming & more!

Oct 10, 2018

On this weeks episode, we start by taking a look at ticket pricing released by Forge FC and Valour FC and how we believe they are setting the standard for what to expect across the league. We also examine the free jersey incentive offered by Forge, and the rumours other clubs will be doing the same. We then look at the most recent State of the League, where commissioner David Clanachan shared more details on the Macron kit deal, an update on the open trials, when to expect a roster announcement & more!

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Oct 3, 2018

On this weeks episode, we recap the Al Classico match from the weekend and who stood out to us from FC Edmonton's side. We also give our first impressions of the pitch at Meadows on the Green at Spruce Meadows, including what we liked, what we disliked and how we think it can and will be improved for the 2019 season. We also look at other news around the league, like Macron being officially announced as the kit and training apparel provider (see episode 161 to get our full thoughts), #GotGame open trials and Forge FC names their coach!

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Sep 26, 2018

This weeks episode comes on a bit of a slower week, but that won't stop us from continuing to speculate. Macron has been the long rumoured kit supplier for the league and this past week we've gotten the strongest hints that prove it to be true. We look at the CPL naming them as official outfitter for the Open Trials, the Macron branded jerseys for the York 9 celebrity match, CPL executives in Italy and even what the chances are we see the Cavalry and FC Edmonton prospects wearing Macron gear. And on that note, we look ahead to this weekends prospects match up in (or should we say, near) C*lgary.

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Sep 19, 2018

We take this weeks episode to focus on the River Valley Vanguard, the newest Edmonton supporters group that launched this past weekend. We look at the launch event, the name, crest and even those new scarves that sold out almost immediately. We also dive into what this group means to both of us and the long journey that brought the supporters to unite and create the strongest supporter identity the city has ever seen.

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Sep 11, 2018

We start this weeks episode expanding on the topic of the Ottawa Fury and their statement made shortly after our recording where made an official statement saying they will remain in the USL for 2019. We try to cut through the narrative that the Fury tried to dictate in the past week and offer what we think really went on.

Next we look at what was said in the commissioners State of the League. Included were comments on the Fury, expansion, a league kit deal, roster rules and media rights. We speculate on what some of those announcements will end up being as well.

And finally, we talk about a positive situation that's more local, and that's Al Classico 2 is officially a go! We look at the shift in tone in advertising, moving away from using the Foothils and FCE Academy and using Cavalry & FCE Prospects.

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Back to School Again

Sep 5, 2018

This weeks episode covers a few different topics. First we look at the FC Edmonton Academy winning provincials in the ASA Premier division and how that paints a bright future for the first team. 

Next we look into the rumblings of Al Classico 2 happening this fall, and the location of the Calgary leg. It appears it will be at Spruce Meadows so it will be interesting to see it used as a soccer facility before the CPL kicks off.

And sticking in Alberta, we take an opportunity to look at the new Foot Soldiers logo. We agree it's a nice clean look, but we do take the opportunity to tease them about the star they put atop the new crest, something typically reserved for teams winning.

Finally we look at the Ottawa Fury situation. We look into reports of out of Ottawa (and insider info provided to us) saying the Fury won't be team number eight for the inaugural CPL season. We discuss why the Fury are no longer at the CPL owners table and what they are wanting out of the league.

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Edmonton Community Foundation

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Aug 30, 2018

With the Canadian Premier League announcing that they will be conducting try outs across the country, we take this weeks episode as an opportunity to build our own FC Edmonton roster for 2019. We picked a mostly Canadian roster from a pool of current Academy players, Academy graduates, Alumni and a couple guys we know that call Edmonton home.

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Aug 22, 2018

This weeks episode is broken into a couple different segments. We start off talking about the Pacific FC coach announcement and why it's not as good of a choice as the other announcements. We are then joined by Len from Win Column Sports, which gives us the chance to talk to someone outside of our little soccer bubble to see how the sport and the team is viewed in Edmonton.

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Aug 16, 2018

After a week off due to technical issues, we come back with a couple informative and thought provoking topics. First off, we discuss what happened in the most recent city council meeting regarding the use of Clarke Stadium and what we should expect out of it in 2019 and beyond. Next, we move on to talking about a thought provoking article that Steve Sandor wrote questioning if Canadian players are willing to play for any CPL club just for the sake of playing in their home country. We look at a number of variables and hypotheticals regarding this.

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Aug 1, 2018

This week we play a little catch up on the CPL news from the past few weeks. We start off by offering our thoughts on the announcements of Forge FC and Pacific FC, including our reactions to their respective logos/crests. We also look at Jim Brennan being named as the York 9 head coach. And then we finish it off by talking about membership numbers for each club and how we need to be patient as fans for upcoming news and announcements.

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Jul 25, 2018

This week is part two of our fan round table. We start off by sharing the experience that the FC Edmonton launch. The conversation then evolves into a conversation about the future of supporting culture in Edmonton.

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Jul 19, 2018

This weeks episode is the first of a two part podcast that is a follow up fan round table featuring most of our participants who were a part of our January round table discussions. We check in on where we were all at back then and what the YEG4CPL movement meant for all of us. Check back next week when we look at part two of the round table discussion!

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Jul 11, 2018

This week we are joined by FC Edmonton head coach, Jeff Paulus. Jeff talks about the lead up to him being announced as the head coach, his plans for his coaching staff, players, the style of play to expect and so much more!

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Jul 4, 2018

This week is a coach-heavy episode. With three announced in the past week (to add to the one previously announced), we can start to get an idea of how clubs are starting build their on-field product. We talk at length about Tommy Wheeldon Jr. (Cavalry FC), Rob Gale (Valour FC), Stephen Hart (HFX Wanderers FC) and Jeff Paulus (FC Edmonton). In this conversation we examine how each fits into the local and national football scene, what are their strengths and what questions we have as each jumps into their roles.

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Jun 26, 2018

This weeks episode is part two of our conversation with FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball. This week we look to the future of the club in the Canadian Premier League. Topics covered are the stadium situation, branding, rival supporters and much more!

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Jun 20, 2018

This week we are joined by FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball. This is the first of a two part podcast that focuses on the June 8 announcement of FCE joining the Canadian Premier League from Jay's perspective. We also go back to November 24 (Black Friday) where the club made the announcement that it was withdrawing from the NASL, and the journey they took in reviving the club and getting to the CPL.

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Jun 12, 2018

This week is a very special episode for us as we talk about the FC Edmonton launch and crest new reveal. We break down our experience with the launch, including our march down Whyte Ave and the being front and centre for the announcement itself. We also break down our thoughts on the crest, including elements that work, and some that don't. And of course, we share a bit of the experience in the past six months that brought us to that special night.

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Jun 7, 2018

This weeks episode is another special one where we react to the announcement of a new club, and this week we share our thoughts on Winnipeg's Valour FC. As per usual, we look at all the crest and all the design elements within it, as well as the colours, stadium and everything else we can think of.

Oh, and WE'RE GOING TO THE CPL! We look at the teaser video the league released on Tuesday saying Edmonton is approved by the CPL. Since these teasers give some insight into the identity and branding of the clubs, we look at what is focused on in the video and how it can relate to the club. We also share the YEG4CPL plans to pregame and march to the announcement.

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May 29, 2018

This week we break down the latest CPL club to be officially announced, the HFX (Halifax) Wanderers FC. For this special episode, we are pleased to be joined by Privateers 1882 member and owner of the first Wanderers membership, James Covey. He shares his thoughts and reaction of the announcement, as well as explaining the origins of the Privateers 1882, which strangely enough has a bit of an Edmonton connection.

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May 22, 2018

On this episode we invited the Young Gaffers podcast to join us to talk about their new hometown club, Cavalry FC. We went over the announcement itself, along with breaking down the choice in name, colours and crest.

After that conversation, we go a little deeper in analyzing the branding and how it compares to the other recently announced club, York 9.

And of course, we sprinkle in a few CPL rumours for good measure.

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