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    • They’re being a little frugal right now but that could change. Maybe this was the case in the 90s but not so lately. That’s not true at all. There has never been any indication that Quebec City was left out because the owners didn’t want to put up the full franchise fee. I think Bettman and company would have easily pointed to that being the excuse instead of the tried and tested, small market, close to Montreal excuse that’s been given. 
    • Made the 18 this AM, for Chelsea vs Barcelona in Japan. Does appear he will be loaned out for playing time. Rumors around Chelsea are the club are very high on him and want to see how he can perform at the "next level". Would be a loan to another BPL team or a league of quality. This article says they were requesting 20M+ for a transfer, will be interesting how this plays out.  Sometimes I forget he is still only 21. https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea/chelsea-plan-to-send-fikayo-tomori-on-loan-to-premier-league-rival-this-season-a4196256.html
    • They went with a sensible low salary cap that appears to be more comparable to USL 1 setups than what was being talked about at one point when something higher than the NASL was being rumoured and appear to have managed to get Mediapro to pick up the tab for webstream production costs, so hopefully the stronger independently owned 6000-8000 USL Championship sort of numbers that were said to be needed on crowds are no longer applicable and none of the investors were expecting to be in 10,000+ Sacramento, Indy 11 and New Mexico territory on attendance any time soon:  When you look at the comparable USL numbers and compare with CanPL the one thing that should jump out of the page is just how spectacular the crowds in Halifax have been when market size is taken into consideration.
    • They are too scared about losing access to do that, unfortunately. You can usually join your local amateur soccer club and the membership have a vote at its AGM where office holders are concerned. Been there, done that have been in the meetings. Do the "members" of CanPL "clubs" have the ability to do that or is everything decided by the rich investor(s) who paid the league entry fee and own the shares in the holding company set up to run the team? In some countries like Germany and Spain the original club structure was often retained into the professional era and members can still vote for the club president and have a genuine say in how their club is run. In both the UK and North America there tends to be an identifiable owner with a majority shareholding calling all the shots in the fully pro national leagues and the fans are basically just paying customers in that context. The idea that there is some crucial difference between how the Glazers run Man Utd and MLSE runs TFC is dubious at best and as long as it gets the job done who really cares about the finer nuances and semantics of it, if Bob Young rather than a fan owned supporters trust type club is able to make pro soccer work in Hamilton? If a traditional club sort of approach was going to work in Canada in terms of having a national league we would be posting about the 1926-1998 iteration of the NSL on here and there would have been no niche for a league like CanPL to fill.
    • I am happy posters here get solace from irrelevant references to the NHL, just wonderful.  The thread is a provocation, obviously, but the Caps deserve it. They are second last in the MLS with a game played more than last place, so really need a kick in the butt. They are a disgrace. But even then, as a disgrace of a team, they more than double the biggest crowds for CPL games. There is no comparison. The CPL will never involve the current MLS teams, I think, at least not until some major alterations take place (FIFA denying their right to play in an American league), but even then, CPL will only emerge in the MLS teams' shadows and play before our proverbial 3462 fans.  The Voyageur Cup match this Wednesday could be epic, there will be a lot of us secretly hoping that the Caps fall, just for things to change. Although I am not at all a Cavalry fan and my real desire is to see the Whitecaps win everything, including this rigged version of the Canadian Championship the CSA has come up with. 
    • Really? Some of the teams are able to generate into seven figures per game in matchday revenues. The idea that it's all an expansion driven Ponzi scheme doesn't really make any sense when viewed from that angle.
    • ...or maybe interest in pro soccer will continue to steadily grow as a less soccer friendly older generation departs the scene and is replaced by a more soccer oriented younger generation and there is plenty of scope for both CanPL and MLS to thrive in the years ahead? It's a bit depressing that certain people on this particular subforum always try to turn this into a zero-sum game and were hoping for example to see the Forge vs York 9 league opener put a major dent into the TFC crowd on the same day rather than being happy to see that it had actually meant around 40k people watching pro soccer in the Golden Horeshoe rather than just 25k.
    • The TSN’s all-women panel of Kate Beirness, Clare Rustad, Diana Matheson and Kaylyn Kyle on several occasions during France 2019, all spoke of the benefits that a 4 Nations tournament hosted in Canada would have. So why not CSA?
    • The Road to Tokyo. How many international friendlies will the CSA arrange for the CWNT over the course of the next six months? Women's qualification In addition to host nation Japan, 11 women's national teams will qualify from six separate continental confederations. For the first time, as per an agreement between the four British football associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Great Britain attempted to qualify for the Olympics through England's performance in the World Cup (a procedure already successfully employed by Team GB in field hockey and rugby sevens). Scotland also qualified for the World Cup but, under the agreement whereby the highest ranked home nation is nominated to compete for the purposes of Olympic qualification, their performance will not be taken into account. Means of qualification Ref. Dates2 Venue2 Berths Qualified Host country   7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan 2018 Copa América [12] 4–22 April 2018  Chile 1  Brazil 2018 OFC Nations Cup [13] 18 November – 1 December 2018  New Caledonia 1  New Zealand 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (As UEFA qualifying)   7 June – 7 July 2019  France 3  Great Britain  Netherlands  Sweden 2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament [14] 13 January – 9 February 2020 Various 1 TBD 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship   February 2020 TBD 2 TBD 2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament [15] 2–11 March 2020 Various 2 TBD CAF–CONMEBOL play-off   2020 (TBD) TBD 1 TBD Total     12    
    • Seeing the way you answered my question, I suppose that there is a duality to "When will it happen?" There is the when will Christine retire? And there is also the when will Christine break the goal scoring record? And maybe the two questions add up to one and the same? From a retirement point of view, I would say that she has one year left at an international level, at best. There were numerous occasions during the recently completed World Cup, where she looked absolutely gassed. I know what that's like. At 63 years of age, I long ago recognized that there is no way I can keep up with an 18 or 19 year old. However, being as physically fit as Christine is, and the fact that Canada has never in her lifetime produced another player anywhere near her caliber, she can probably hold down a place for another year with the Tokyo Olympics looming on the horizon, from July 22 to August 8, 2020. After all, the Olympics are the stage where she has enjoyed her greatest moments, and a 12 team tournament seems to be the best suited for a 37 years veteran. Sticking around beyond that, say for the next World Cup in 2023, at the ripe old age of 40, would seem unrealistic and be a really sad reflection of how shallow the Canadian women's talent pool is at. However, how would you rate Canada's chances of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? With 5 of the 12 spots already claimed, and only 2 spots allotted to CONCACAF, it would be difficult to picture the United States not qualifying. Therefore, is the CNWT the next best in CONCACAF right now? Canada has fallen to 7th place in the July 12, 2019 FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings. 1 USA 2180 2101 0   7 Canada 1976 2006 -2   27 Mexico 1699 1700 -1   37 Costa Rica 1630 1630 -1   51 Jamaica 1453 1449 2   56 Panama 1429 1433 0   Means of qualification Ref. Dates2 Venue2 Berths Qualified Host country   7 September 2013 N/A 1  Japan 2018 Copa América [12] 4–22 April 2018  Chile 1  Brazil 2018 OFC Nations Cup [13] 18 November – 1 December 2018  New Caledonia 1  New Zealand 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (As UEFA qualifying)   7 June – 7 July 2019  France 3  Great Britain  Netherlands  Sweden 2020 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament [14] 13 January – 9 February 2020 Various 1 TBD 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship   February 2020 TBD 2 TBD 2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament [15] 2–11 March 2020 Various 2 TBD CAF–CONMEBOL play-off   2020 (TBD) TBD 1 TBD Total     12    
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