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    What’s Up Whitecaps EPI:10

    Lots of games to review and talk about in this episode. We start off with the Whitecaps, and their WIN vs Colorado. Then we preview the upcoming game against their Cascadia Rivals— the Portland Timbers. After our Whitecaps talk, we bring you up to date with everything Pacific FC and Canadian Premier League!

    What's Up Whitecaps A weekly podcast that brings you up to date with everything Whitecaps, Canada Soccer, and even hints at other sports around Vancouver. Hosted by Ben Steiner, and Tom Curyer.

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    • It seems they are simply brokers for smaller and less powerful agents. Which makes sense, they are meeting a need, which is where minor agents representing lower-level pros do not have the scale to reach the complexity and diversity of low-level pro leagues around the world. The only long term question I would have is if other similar entities appear, and if that will mean exclusive listing or multi-listing.  I also suppose that commissions will just be divided up amongst more agents and player brokers, which is what happens now in any case, commissions on transfers are sliced up amongst many of the dealing parts.  
    • True, but unlike the other 7 teams, the project in Ottawa is part of a strategy we are not entirely party to. None of the rest had to really think about such considerations.  If for Atlético Madrid, the presence of the original name is essential for justifying the investment, we have to take it. Better the team with Atletico Ottawa (which I admit has zero ring to it) than no team at all.  I think they should go for a solution like Ottawa A's, which plays with "Ehs", suggested by another poster, and does in fact mean Athletics--but could also be Atléticos, or whatever, it is ambiguous linguistically. Not so good in French, admittedly. But gives you a lot to work with , apart from having that quirky Canadian in-joke along with it. 
    • Seems at the Belgian League Gala Awards, he was voted fifth for top player and he lost out on Most Promising Player (or something to that effect) of the season award to Yari Verschaeren of Anderlecht. Coach Jess Thorup said, "It was very nice to see all colleagues next to a competition, but of course the whole of KAA Gent hoped that Jonathan David  would become the Promise of the Year . Unfortunately it should not be. Jonathan is mentally strong but if you believe that you can win something, perhaps you have already thought about what you want to say in your word of thanks and can dedicate that prize to your deceased mom, it is of course a big disappointment. He talked to him for a while and also the day after, he didn't quite understand that he finished fifth in the ranking but did not win   Promising Player of the Year. Very unfortunate, but that is now in the past. Now he just has to talk back with his feet and I'm sure Jonathan will do that. "     : http://www.voetbalnieuws.be/news/475673/ik-heb-met-jonathan-gepraat-hij-begreep-het-niet
    • I agree with Cheeta above that the overall state of things is amazing, we are so lucky to have seen this come through. Which is why it is much better to see growth, movement, every season, just a bit, especially when it comes to expansion. We are also proving that in a relatively short period a team can be put together. Maybe a team needs to be ready before December, but still: we now have the protocols and experience in place to see a team competiting without needing even a year's lead time. We need another 5 cities to ride the wave, as with 12 teams we have a strong-enough structure. I don't even think 14 is necessary. I do not even think we'll get to a real second tier ever, or pro-releg either. A twelve team league with stability is fine by me.  One reason to keep the expansion fees down is to ensure this, as if we price ourselves out we'll simply stall growth, as what we really need are investors improving stadiums, spending their millions on facilities, and players. If money is limited, let the ambitious owner groups in at reasonable fees, but just demand they have a long-term committment, improve facilities, do the right marketing, grow youth soccer in their area, and be competitive. That benefits the entire league more than the existing teams dividing up a few more million between them.
    • ^ When the NHL returned to Winnipeg the franchise wasn't going to be nicknamed the Jets.  Was of course the overwhelming support for "Jets" which eventually produced 1st an eraser and then a pencil so there it is. Point being that although time is short its surprising how quickly a little idea can turn into a brilliant strategy.  Like the nickname for a sports team.
    • Exciting move for him if it comes to pass. Certainly someone damaged by the next davies hype and expectation in some quarters. Whether he wasnt ready, grew an attitude problem/mental block coping or the caps saw the potential hype problem and pushed on the breaks I dont know. He looked bright in his debut cameo at the end of the 2018 season for the caps. Hasnt impressed me in what I saw in youth internationals and albeit a nothing to play for friendly vs SK Selects last summer. The talent must certainly be there he just needs the environment and platform.  Hopefully he can carve out his own path in Holland. A great landing spot to learn.     
    • What irked me was that he had his poppy stuck on his lapel by the make-up people, it was exactly like all the other announcers'. Meaning he did not even pay for it himself, it was given him. What he was wearing as he sat there with it on was company policy, not a personal decision. And then, someone with his income--if I buy one he should be buying 15, 20. Which of course he never did. So apart from xenophobic his rant was pure hypocrisy, he did not buy his own poppies, did not spend a proportional part of his income on them, did not use his media power to really defend our veterans, forgot that we have a sad history of Legions discriminating legit veterans for race and religion, but still felt it was his right to preach about others.  That said, if either Cavallini and Cherry were "a bit more Canadian", both would have a better idea of measuring public statements and not coming across as insensitive.
    • Seems like Clanachan & Co. are on something of a winning streak no?   The whole season one launch was at every layer all helter-skelter with a lot of stumbles, bumbles, trips & falls HOWEVER, at the end, as a whole, they managed to pull it all off rather successfully I thought.  And we are getting a feeling that so far this close season the powers that be are, behind the curtain, hard at work making the improvements that are necessary.    You can narrow your focus onto any small degree of the CPL horizon as much as you like to find faults and shortcomings, but the broad sweep of that vista is looking very attractive.  I think so and at least one of the giants of European football is thinking so as well. Patiently awaiting for this along with the other expansion announcements which are rapidly coming. Cheeta P.S.  Scotiabank Canadian Premier League dose have a ring to it, doesn't it?       
    • If he is not Canadian then I guess his kids cannot qualify either. Or is he desperately getting their passports in order these days, so they can be schooled in Canada? The comment is stupid and I find it offensive, and I have plenty of "Spanish" speaking sympathies. And it is hypocritical because I am sure he is making the move now to Canada for his family, who are going to live like kings in Vancouver. I never posted this: last summer I went to a Caps game and the person I was with, who is on this board sometimes, said hey, that must be Erice's family. A woman and two kids the right age all wearing Erice shirts, playing in the Terry Fox plaza in front. So I spoke to her in Spanish, and frankly, this woman was a total dolt. All she could say was that she wanted the warm weather to set in. It was July and in the low 20s. I asked her daughter if she was keen to get to school and learn English, and she was--that 8 year old was clearly smarter than her mom.  But hey, you don't marry a footballer thinking he'll ensure a quality education for your children. I hope Cavallini and his wife are slightly less embarrassing than that.
    • I know that this thread is about Ottawa, but I’ll throw out a little challenge to everyone: Next time you’re tempted to criticize a team name, just throw in your own suggestion. Maybe one of these will get traction and eventually adopted by the poorly-baptized club. I encourage you to comment on your own club. I’ll start. Valour FC -> Valour Winnipeg FC
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