In a light team practice two days before Kingston FC
kicked off at home, Colm Muldoon’s actions evidenced the drive he has on the pitch.
The 43-year-old head coach could be seen running, shouting and gesticulating at players, without break, for upwards of two hours. He commanded the training session, his voice cracking with urgency.
Midfielder Paul Waiganjo Kihara was stretching his legs by the sideline at West Campus Field, grinning when asked about his coach’s intensity level at practice that day. “This is nothing,” he said, “below average.”
The following Saturday, Kingston FC
went on to beat Niagara United 5-2 — a team that defeated Kingston 2-1 last season. After finishing 14th out of 16 teams in its inaugural Canadian Soccer League First Division season, Kingston is a mostly different crop of players under new management and sits in first place with a 10-3-1 record, but they will need some help to stay in first — they have lost twice, 3-2 and 1-0, to the defending champions, Toronto Croatia.