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Trois Rivieres Attack on hiatus for 2010


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just found this on the Attack's web site:

http://www.attakfc.com/l_attak_prend_une_annee_sabbatique.html

23 mars 2010

L'ATTAK PREND UNE ANNÉE SABBATIQUE

TROIS-RIVIERES – L’Attak de Trois-Rivières a annoncé mardi qu’elle ne sera pas une équipe active de la Ligue canadienne de soccer pour la saison 2010.

« Nous avons pris la décision de retirer l’équipe de la compétition pour cette année, mais ce n’est qu’une année sabbatique, a noté le président de l’Attak Tony Iannitto. La LCS a des projets d’expansion dans la province et une deuxième équipe serait la bienvenue. »

Tel qu’annoncé la semaine dernière, l’Impact de Montréal a revu sa structure organisationnelle et a acquis une nouvelle franchise dans la Ligue canadienne de soccer. Cette dernière sera dirigée par l’Impact et jouera ses matchs au Stade Saputo. L’ancien entraîneur-chef de l’Attak, Philippe Eullaffroy devient l’entraîneur-chef de cette nouvelle formation qui évoluera sous le nom de l’Académie de l’Impact de Montréal.

« Même si j’ai les droits sur les joueurs et le territoire, j’ai cédé les droits des joueurs à l’Impact de Montréal, a ajouté Tony Iannitto. Je l’ai fait pour le bien des jeunes et du développement du soccer et surtout pour l’Impact et Joey Saputo qui sont l’image du soccer au Québec.»

En réponse au manque de sentiment d’appartenance reproché par plusieurs dans les derniers jours, le président de l’Attak explique que c’était en grande partie des problèmes techniques qui empêchaient aux implications d’avoir lieu. « Jouer à un niveau professionnel demande beaucoup de sacrifices pour un jeune encore à l’école. Malgré l’horaire chargé des matchs et des entraînements, ils doivent tout de même prioriser leurs études. De plus, nous devions accommoder les équipes ontariennes dans notre horaire et ça nous causait des problèmes au niveau de l’hébergement. »

L’administration de l’Attak était aussi consciente que le rajeunissement de l’équipe et le peu de joueurs de la région pourrait nuire aux nombres de partisans dans les gradins. « Toutes les décisions techniques étaient prises par l’Impact de Montréal, incluant la sélection des joueurs. Les entraîneurs auraient aimé avoir plus de joueurs de Trois-Rivières, mais ils n’en ont pas trouvés qui correspondaient à leurs critères lors des essais ouverts. Nous visions sur le long terme pour développer le talent local en consolidant les liens avec les clubs de la région. Contrairement à la pensée populaire, l’effectif n’était pas uniquement composé de joueurs de Montréal, nous avions aussi plusieurs joueurs des régions de Gatineau, Québec, Lanaudière et de la Montérégie. De plus, le déménagement de stade que nous avons dû effectuer en plein milieu de la saison a été une erreur. On a vu une baisse d’assistance pour les trois matchs qui restaient, mais ça a remonté pour les demi-finales.»

Le président du club ne cache pas qu’il était difficile de mobiliser la communauté entrepreneuriale de Trois-Rivières. «Pour avoir un club sérieux, il faut l’appui de la Ville pour les installations, mais ça prend aussi des investisseurs prêts à mettre 350 000$ sur la table. Pour les trois dernières années, ça a été fait et j’étais prêt à continuer.»

Outre Stratos et la Banque Nationale l’équipe trifluvienne n’avait pas de partenaires majeurs dans la région. Pour les rejoindre, un cocktail bénéfice annuel ayant pour but d’augmenter les revenus de l’équipe avait été instauré par Serge Gaumond, le président du C.A de l’équipe et aussi du Club des Amis de l’Attak. Par contre, l’intérêt était bien présent chez les jeunes joueurs des clubs de la région.

En conclusion, le président de l’Attak, Tony Iannitto aimerait remercier ceux qui ont aidé à bâtir l’Attak à partir du tout début. «Un merci tout spécial au conseil d’administration (André Young, Serge Gaumond, Nicole G.Diamond, Michel Lemieux, Luce Mongrain, Joey Saputo, Jean Gattuso), le maire Yves Lévesque, Michel Morin, René Garneau, Stéphane Chiarello, Marc Dos Santos, Edith et Ernest Kaltenrieder (Association régionale de soccer de la Mauricie), les joueurs trifluviens (Jean-Louis Bessé, Nicolas Lesage, François Boivin et Guillaume Barette), les onze clubs de la région, les jeunes et leurs parents qui ont supporté l’équipe dès le début. Après trois ans d’effort pour tout mettre en place, c’est décevant de voir une équipe gagnante d’un championnat s’en aller. Mon souhait le plus sincère est de voir les gens de la communauté d’affaires trifluvienne se mobiliser pour offrir une équipe à leur région et un exemple positif à leurs enfants. Chose certaine, l’Attak ne jouera pas en 2010. Cette année sabbatique nous laissera le temps de faire le point et de décider si on réimplantera l’équipe ou si la franchise sera vendue ou déménagée. »

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Source : Attak FC

Info : (819) 374-0044

In a nutshell, beacuse of the Montreal impact moving its players to the newly formed Academy team, the Attack will take 2010 off and re-think their options

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And if you would like the full text in English.....

THE ATTAK WILL TAKE ONE YEAR OF ABSENCE FROM THE CSL

The Three Rivers Attak has announced that they will not be participating

in the 2010 CSL season.

“We have decided to not participate in this upcoming season; however it is

only a year sabbatical from competition. The CSL has an expansion project

in our province and a second team is more than welcome,” stated Attak

President Tony Iannitto.

As announced last week, the Montreal Impact has revamped their

organizational structure and has acquired a new franchise in the CSL. The

team, which will be named Montreal Impact Academy, will be managed by the

Montreal Impact,play their games at Saputo Stadium and will be coached by

the Attak’s former head coach Phillipe Eullaffroy

“Even though I maintain territorial and player’s rights, it was in the

best interest of the players, as well as youth soccer development, that I

decided to relinquish the player’s rights to the Montreal Impact and Joey

Saputo who are the foundation of soccer in Quebec”, added Tony Iannitto.

In response to a lack of sense of belonging brought upon many over the

course of the last several weeks, the Attak had to make this decision due

to technical issues. “Playing at this professional level requires many

sacrifices on the part of these young players such as travel and practice

and it became an issue for most who are still students in school and

studies should remain a priority. On top of which, we had to accommodate

the Ontario teams according to their schedules which lead to conflicts for

the Attak lodging in Three Rivers concerning very late checkouts .”

The Attak’s administration also noted that the team’s youth movement as

well as lack of local players from the region may have had a negative

impact on the number of spectators it would attract. “All the technical

decisions were made by the Montreal Impact, including the selection of

players. The coaches wanted to select more players from the Three Rivers

region; however, they were not able to find players who met their criteria

during the evaluation camps and open try outs.”

Our long term goal was to develop local talent and to work closely with

local clubs in our region. Contrary to popular belief, the fact is that not

all talented players were solely from the Montreal region. We had players

from Gatineau, Quebec, Lanaudiere and South Shore regions. Also, the

relocation of the stadium in the middle of the season was a mistake.

The team’s president did not hide the fact that it was difficult to

attract the support the local businesses in the community of Three Rivers

region in order to obtain sponsorship.

“To sustain a serious club, it is not only necessary to have the city’s

support for infrastructures, but as well to have the financial aid of local

investors ready to collectively raise or invest the sum of $350,000. For

the last three seasons, it was attained and we were ready to continue.”

“Other than Stratos, and the National Bank, the Three Rivers team did not

have any major partners in the region. To attain our yearly objectives, Mr.

Serge Gaumond, president and C.A of the team as well as the club les Amis

de l’Attak, organized an annual cocktail in benefit of raising funds to

support the local team.”

“After three years of hard work to put a structure in place, it is hard to

see a team who has just won a CSL championship have to leave. My sincerest

hope is to see that the businesses and community of Three Rivers combine

efforts to help stabilize a team in their region and offer a positive

example to the youngsters of the region who deserve it.”

One thing is for sure, the Attak will not participate in the 2010 season,

however this sabbatical year will allow us the opportunity to evaluate the

situation and then decide whether to reinstate the team , sell it or simply

move the franchise ” concluded Tony Iannitto.

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Speaking as VPjr, and not as a person who is involved with a club in the CSL, a "northeastern" and "southwestern" division would be logical IF we are able to find enough solid ownership groups prepared to join the CSL.

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Fair enough. BUT this would have to apply across Canada by bringing in the PCSL, OSL, AMSL, NSSL and then turn the CSL into a championship league.(along the lines of Junior hockey) (possibly amalgating the current Natiional Amateur Championship and CSL into 2 goups of 5 provincial champions)

Just a thought.

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Think you'll find I've posted in the past that incorporating leagues like the AMSL from coast to coast as regional divisions covering manageable travel areas is the obvious way to make the CSL's name genuinely appropriate. Don't hold your breath on it happening though. Toronto's soccer community have always viewed their elite teams as being on a higher plane than that tier of the game even though the record of strong OSL teams in the existing National championship strongly suggests otherwise. Hopefully now that the CSA are doing the sanctioning things can be steered in a better direction but the CSA is so dysfunctional that I'll believe it when I see it.

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Very interesting. Part of me agrees that the Trois-Rivieres team is gone for good and part of me thinks that if the CSL does get its stuff together, it could have 5 team in Quebec plus an Ottawa and Kingston to help bridge the distance to the "down town Canada".

I also agree that with the right organization, structure and support; the current leagues that battle for the Canadian National Amateur title could be flipped into a "pro-looking" league. I hate to suggest it is all about branding, but it would look a lot better under one umbrella brand. Just compare the CHL major junior hockey to the junior A hockey. Junior A has lots of teams and leagues but harder to follow casually due to a weak national brand, even though it is a step under the CHL.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I wouldn't count them out completely, if I rememer correctly (and I may not be), the games in Trois Riviere actually had a decent crowd, probably no more then a couple hundred people but that's better then alot of the crowds you usually see on the local rogers channel. Not to mention they won it last year, I don't want to be a wanker but how many people live there? maybe a quarter million in the general area (MAYBE), this is the wankerish part but I don't imagine theirs alot to do there after jr hockey. Im imagining because of this and their success the community probably has more pride in their CSL team then alot of other places. Except for the sacrifices needed because of how torontocentric the league has developed it seems like the perfect fit for trois rivieres. Unfortunately I can only say that from a statistical stand point, I'd need a local to confirm or deny my assumption heavy assertations.

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There isn't junior hockey.

The trouble was travel (only team in Quebec, and closest rival was 7h away) and the fact that the players came from and trained in Montreal.

High level soccer players in Quebec are still overwhelmingly from the Montreal area.

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