Northern Starting Eleven (Northern Starting XI) has grown dramatically.

Founded by Kasey Hunter in February 2015 as a Whitecaps-specific blog & news website, it quickly grew to include coverage of Canadian MLS & NASL clubs, as well as the Canadian Men’s & Women’s national teams.

In October 2016, an early contributor, Shawn Gray, acquired the flagging site and immediately began working on recruiting additional authors, reviving the site’s flagship podcast (Canadian Soccer Sea-to-Sea), and marketing the site.

I’m especially proud to unveil our next venture. With the 2019 season quickly approaching, we’re expanding to include a Network of podcasts and vidcast. We’ve grown to 30 contributors, all working together to provide you with free content on Canadian Soccer.

As a part of this growth, we’re also rebranding. As we are a network of contributors, and as there’s significantly more than 11 of us, the old name, Northern Starting Eleven, no longer encompasses our work. Henceforth, we shall be known as the NSXI Network (Northern Starting XI Network).

Over the course of the next year, we will be migrating our social media accounts, podcasts, and everything else over to new brand. As of February 2020, we will fully swap our website to , automatically redirecting everyone from our current address at . Everything will remain intact, and the redirection should be seamless & automated.

We look forward to further growth, and are excited to be taking you with us on our journey.

-Shawn Gray

NSXI Network Owner & Lead Editor

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