• It's Called Football - Guest: Stuart Neely



      Tonight, we're joined by Stuart Neely, the new head of player management for the Vancouver Whitecaps, to talk about his new role, his plans for the Whitecaps, the role of development academies play vs the draft and his decision to leave Toronto.

      We'll also look at what cuts could be next in Toronto, talk about Montreal's slow start to its season ticket drive and look at how the CSA handled the gifting of World Cup qualifiers and a friendly to one city.

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      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I'm guessing that Impact's season tickets are slow because they were expecting a DP to market around and weren't able to get one. That being said, they sold 25,000 tickets for their home opener in 48 hours, so the market is there.
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        Unregistered -
        The market is there for big games. Not sure about sustaining through a season
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        Unregistered -
        I'd rather have 7000 hardcore fans who have season tickets (+ additionnal people at the gate before the game) than 15 000 season tickets holders who don't go to half the matches (BMO always look half empty)
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        Unregistered -
        i wonder if we can hear his version of what happened in toronto
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        why would you assume the 7000 are 'hardcore'?

        That would presume Joey hasn't tapped into the corporate sector yet which is wildly uncharacteristic of him.

        My guess is Montreal is going to have around 10,000 season tickets and 2-3,000 walkup.

        Of the fans there, maybe 2,000 will be 'hardcore'
      1. Registrado's Avatar
        Registrado -
        In response to the discussion of TFC and what team will show up over the course of this year/season, I believe that one of the (main/few) reasons TFC will do well is because they will make fewer mistakes than their opponents (not necessarily because they will be spectacularly awe-inspiring); see point #5 for theory..

        http://blogs.thescore.com/footyblog/...+Footy+Blog%29

        Thanks for a full show with a solid interview with Neely, will be interesting to find out what the difference in academy approach (between Toronto and Vancouver, let alone with other MLS sides) actually is over time.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Depending upon which players are on the field and whether or not the new defensive reinforcements are the real deal and not duds, I see this TFC team still making plenty of mistakes to keep things plenty interesting.
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