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    • Why would they regret it? Cross border problems were there as soon as you let TFC in so poaching another 2 big markets was a no brainer.  Specifically Van and Impact are fairly successful stable clubs.  Vancouver is in the top half and Impact are lower but not bottom with attendance.  Both have had some marquee players over the years that brought prestige to the league.  
    • From an Englishman with no connection to Canada.... beware some odd choices, but this is just an opinion Ups: HFX - great set up, well supported, a real beacon of what a CPL team can be, shame the football hasn't been as attractive as the fans! Cavalry - like many I thought they didn't have much coming into the season, but they played good football, and represented the CanPL to a high degree in the Canadian Championship. The young talent - young Canadian players have a real place to shine, players such as Tristan Borges, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven, Easton Ongaro and so many more, on the past, may have just drifted playing semi-pro football before leaving the game. But now they have a real platform to improve and get noticed. Nathan Mavila - odd choice, one of the only players I've seen play in the flesh, from what I've seen of Cavalry on One Soccer, he impressed me, consistently performed, not the most flashy player, but seemed a real unsung hero.  Nathan Ingham - one of the few bright spots of York 9. Arguably one of the two best keepers in the league. But Carducci arguably has more of a pedigree. I had never heard of him before Y9. I initially assumes he would be backup to Silva, who had played more pro games. Downs: York 9 - the team Im supporting, so probably being harsh! Disappointing season, failed to really perform, and the ground they're at, just doesn't seem to have a great atmosphere, hopefully things will improve. The established names - disappointed on the whole. Didn't seem much better than the unknown youngsters. De Jong was injured (so not his fault), Haber, Nakajima-Farron, even Petrasso (ok, he wasnt bad), Edgar and Cox... They just didn't do much and didn't seem like they were any better than the young lions. Ledgerwood was a real leader though, I liked Malonga and Fisk was solid.... But yeah.  Valour - sorry, but on paper they should have been so much better....
    • Not to be argumentative, but in a Canada jersey, I couldn't disagree more.  I think Piette is very effective in his role.  I don't see silly fouls and conceding possession - I have seen retaining possession and breaking up attacks (often without fouls bit where they are given it has seemed like a great trade off).  I don't see him as a ball mover, so I am fine with a sideways pass after he has executed his predominantly defensive duties.  
    • If true, it seems like the perfect chance for a CPL team to grab a high end player at a reasonable price with the knowledge that some issue(s) could potentially require a bit of man-management. 
    • We'll see.  Going to be thin in the grandstand. Speaking of complimentary tickets to the STHs, didn't we get a voucher you could redeem for one of the matches?  We never used ours as I have it in my head that they were for the cheaper sections only and anyone who came with us wanted to watch with us so no good.  Not a bad idea to repeat next year.  
    • have to assume there is something off the field re Edwards. The guy is just too talented not to be able to catch on with any team in MLS. 
    • sooooo Canada opened at 4.33-1 odds to win, now they are down to 3.75-1 to win.... and this AM... I just successfully closed a file that I felt was never going to end, that has been going on for 18+ months, with what I felt was a 10% chance of winning. It's a sign!!!!!?? haha. Just need a few bounces to go your way! :).  Headed home to get changed then off to Shoeless and the game!!! goosebumps already!  I'll take the tie but I want that win!  LET'S DO THIS!!!  
    • Although its not Laryea's first season in MLS, he played very few minutes for Orlando and I don't believe any at RB? He has looked good for TFC this year. Hopefully he can keep the butterflies in his stomach under control today
    • That is sort of why I asked.  I would think that guys like Bekker, Petrasso, DeJong, Nakajima-Farran etc would be getting a decent wage to play in CPL.  And in the absence of the kind of DP rules in MLS that allow for off-cap salary costs, I am curious if it is true that USL would outbid CPl for guys like this.  Edwards would seem to be in this sort of high-end CPL player category.  
    • Completely agree. Personally I have been completely unimpressed with Piette though the last year of Canada games and think he looks like a complete liability half the time, slow and bulldozing his way through giving away possession and silly fouls. This is the game to step up though if he is picked, I hope its Arfield and Kaye with David in front, that is almost certainly way too attacking for this game though!   
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