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There's just not enough certainty in pro soccer in Canada for a guy like Gasparotto. And with his age and resumé, not enough potential to move up and on. If a solid player in their early twientie

https://canpl.ca/article/york9-ironman-luca-gasparotto-retires-it-wasnt-an-easy-decision Retired.  Gutted. Unfortunately an ugly reminder of where the CPL is and how far it has to go. 

To relocate and maybe make a few thousand dollars more per year and then retire a few years from now and THEN have to start a new career? I don’t blame him for making the switch now, depending on the

With a new manager, and only four players currently signed to the team, this may be a blessing for Gasporotto.  Always difficult when a new manager comes in and makes wholesale changes to the squad.  It sucks for him in the short term, but I suspect that he will find something else in the Scottish Championship League.   http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/sport/16272425.Morton_manager_continues_talks_with_players/

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25, amazing professional experience and one of the best defenders in the league. He is the type of player you want to keep in the league and be a central figure in it.

Can't fault his decision but it is jarring one. While the league is a developmental one we have to get it there to give someone a competitive wage. It should be a place for all canadians to play not an u23 league.

It will come with time. 

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3 hours ago, yothat2 said:

Surprised he doesn't try his hand one of the top usl clubs 

To relocate and maybe make a few thousand dollars more per year and then retire a few years from now and THEN have to start a new career? I don’t blame him for making the switch now, depending on the career he could potentially be making more sooner rather than later, and in normal jobs your pay tends to increase with time, where as in sports your pay often will go down once you are past your prime.

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There's just not enough certainty in pro soccer in Canada for a guy like Gasparotto. And with his age and resumé, not enough potential to move up and on.

If a solid player in their early twienties can reasonably anticipate (injuries and unforseen things like clubs folding aside) seven to ten years of making, say 50-60 000$ (not spectacular, but decent), then the risk of starting over in their mid thirties may be mitigated by the ability to save a few dollars each year and the hope of catching the eye and moving up a league or two.

But this isn't the UK or Germany or Spain, with dozens of clubs vying for player services and an flush semi-pro system that can contribute significantly to your household income while you balance local part-time soccer with a real job.

Gasparotto has already trickled-down the leagues in Scotland. In Canada, he's perilously close to non-gainful unemployment. He's got no where to go but lateral or lower. In a seven team league in its second year of operation, hanging on to the dream is a bigger risk.

If Marco Bustos is the highest paid Can PLerand he's only making 60 000$, it's safe to assume a guy like Gasparotto is probably in the 35-45 000$ camp - similar or slightly lower than what he would have made at Falkirk or Morton. We can point to median Canadian wages and whatever but I would think most of these guys have expectations of making more than that once they hit adulthood.

Add the personal cost - travel, maybe moving clubs, hard to settle down, not enough money to start a family, etc. If you're going to start over, 25 is probably the best time. It's unfortunate, but understandable. He lasted longer than I would have!

 

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