You really only need a couple of players from each year-group to make the jump to top level footy in order to have a deep player pool. If you look at the age spread of our current senior match-day 18, the ages are all over the place. Getting 2 top players from this group is success to me. Throw in Akinola (would jump into consideration for us right away if he signs up), and the prospects of Dunn, Okello, and Baldisimo, and I think this is a pretty damn good year.
Herdman is not going to be fired in the middle of WCQ because of poor Gold Cup results. That just doesn’t make any sense. Even if we cared and took the Gold Cup seriously, it doesn’t make sense to change managers, systems, chemistry, etc right in the middle of qualifying. Like it or not, Herdman is our manager for the 2022 WCQ cycle.
It's far from clear yet whether CanPL's economic model is actually going to be sustainable as people have finally been acknowledging on here whenever the question of sub-20k salaries is mentioned. Something lower budget revolving around bus travel and student athletes using it as a summer job between May and August in a PDL sort of way is much more likely to hang in there no matter what and grow organically over time. There's a reason why junior hockey dominates numerically over minor league pro teams in Canadian context.
Whether or not it's a close group of CFL friends running the CPL is irrelevant to whether or not the league is also being run "on the Cheap". Only two teams are directly linked to the CFL ownership, Hamilton and Winnipeg. Of the two, Hamilton seems to be one of the heavier investors in the league and has won the league twice. I'll listen to accusastions that Winnipeg might be getting run "on the cheap", with the Bombers more concerned about having a 2nd tenant for the stadium rather than winning (though I'll stand to be corrected on that as well). Further, the organzation/ownership that seems to come up the most often in terms of being cost conscious is Pacific. Ownership definitely seemed to be much more aggressive in having a lower salary cap initially, and maintained a smaller roster last year.
Having said that, let's not be naive and think that Mitchell was fully honest in his discussion of the power dynamics at the league and ownership levels. Young has been active since the beginning and is financing two of the teams. There's a reason Hamilton got preferential treatment in the league's first Voyager's Cup entry.