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11 minutes ago, toontownman said:

In comparison to starting an MLS team or a team in another bigger league somewhere else in the world, this will be very cheap and likely reasonably straight forward to run. The way the league is set up and operates is much more natural to them than the MLS would have been. 

I am excited for what the ownership can also bring to the league in terms of experience and resources. There is much the league and other clubs/ownership could potentially gain from the experience this ownership would bring. 

Agreed. And look at it from Athletico's point of view. They just saw an expansion MLS team awarded at a cost of $300+ million US.

A CPL expansion team is (maybe) $9 million CDN. While there is more risk in the newer entity in the smaller country, they will have entry into the fourth largest market in this country. Plus, and I may be reaching a bit here, they also saw a team from this league knock off an MLS outfit last year.

Investment vs possible return makes this seem like reasonable business for an organization of this size and resources.

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Honestly, I hope they integrate as many scraps of the Fury as they can. I'm hoping the guy they're partnering with is John Pugh, and if JDG, Eddie Edward and Victor Oppong want to be part of the front office or coaching staff in some capacity, I'm all for it.

I'm also excited for the possibility of more local players in the team between the few former Fury guys and the handful of other Ottawa natives who are out of contract. And, of course, the possibility of a proper professional academy in the future is huge. I think a lot of CPL clubs have gotten off to a good start with the U20 teams and will slowly expand their youth systems, but I'm hoping Atletico invest in a complete system quickly and look to set the standard for the league.

The other thing is that this is a direct bridge to Europe, and even if it takes a long time for Atletico Madrid to actually sign an Ottawa player, they have loads of connections that will make it a lot more likely for a standout player to be bought by another European side. That, and Atletico Madrid will surely be scouting all the other clubs in the league too, so in terms of transfers this will be huge for the league and players in general.

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8 minutes ago, Zem said:

Honestly, I hope they integrate as many scraps of the Fury as they can. I'm hoping the guy they're partnering with is John Pugh, and if JDG, Eddie Edward and Victor Oppong want to be part of the front office or coaching staff in some capacity, I'm all for it.

I'm also excited for the possibility of more local players in the team between the few former Fury guys and the handful of other Ottawa natives who are out of contract. And, of course, the possibility of a proper professional academy in the future is huge. I think a lot of CPL clubs have gotten off to a good start with the U20 teams and will slowly expand their youth systems, but I'm hoping Atletico invest in a complete system quickly and look to set the standard for the league.

The other thing is that this is a direct bridge to Europe, and even if it takes a long time for Atletico Madrid to actually sign an Ottawa player, they have loads of connections that will make it a lot more likely for a standout player to be bought by another European side. That, and Atletico Madrid will surely be scouting all the other clubs in the league too, so in terms of transfers this will be huge for the league and players in general.

As much as Pugh has done to further the game in the city, he will always be viewed by the local clubs as Fury. Not pro soccer Fury but youth academy Fury. The name and what they tried to do was a major detriment amongst the local clubs. 
This new club will have to get those clubs on board. Even if it means kissing the asses of some of the bigger clubs and those that rule them. 

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3 hours ago, Ottawafan said:

As much as Pugh has done to further the game in the city, he will always be viewed by the local clubs as Fury. Not pro soccer Fury but youth academy Fury. The name and what they tried to do was a major detriment amongst the local clubs. 
This new club will have to get those clubs on board. Even if it means kissing the asses of some of the bigger clubs and those that rule them. 

Is John Pugh one of the five OSEG owners? Will be interesting to see how his possible involvement would take shape. 

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47 minutes ago, Cblake said:

Is John Pugh one of the five OSEG owners? Will be interesting to see how his possible involvement would take shape. 

OSEG is not an owner in the new group. I do not believe Pugh is involved as an owner either. 

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Atletico Ottawa is an awful name, and people on here should be ashamed for supporting it.  Especially after the big stink people made over hating "FC" or "City".  You can say that it's part of the Madrid branding, but it's entirely likely that at some point they depart as owners (I'm not even saying that in a negative sense. Ownership changes all the time in all leagues.)  At which point you're left with.....Real Salt Lake, a name and colour scheme originally chosen because they were going to be affiliated with Real Madrid.

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Some articles related to clubs owning multiple teams. Aka MCO, Multi Club Ownership. Consensus seems to be that it generally beneficial for both sides financially, player movement and bringing recognition to smaller team. The downside is for the other teams in the league as one team has a distinct advantage over the others.

https://beta.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/07/03/7-football-clubs-that-own-other-clubs/?amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/the-club-collectors-have-got-their-hands-on-watford-charlton-and-maybe-leeds-the-next-step-as-with-9116168.html%3famp

https://www.footballbenchmark.com/library/multi_club_ownership

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4 hours ago, Watchmen said:

Atletico Ottawa is an awful name, ...

At least the name of the city is in there, which instantly puts it ahead of Pacific, Cavalry, Valour and Forge. If people were asked at random which out of Atletico, Valour, Forge and Fury sounds like a top class professional soccer team, I'm confident most would respond with Atletico.

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9 hours ago, Watchmen said:

Atletico Ottawa is an awful name, and people on here should be ashamed for supporting it.

Wow! Dramatic much?

Its a name. Get past it. You get a team backed by a global brand that just paid 120 million Euros for a Portuguese kid. 

Humans have a way to personalizing names. Robert becomes Rob, Bob, and Bubba. Atlético will become Atléti, Athletes, or even the A’s.  

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17 minutes ago, Rintaran said:

You know this is big when AS has Ottawa as the 3rd story after Gareth Bale and the new Barca manager.

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4 hours ago, deschamp86 said:

Team with a terrible name > no team at all

I trust what CPL is doing with names of teams. It's s a fairly creative mix. I also think the shirts have come out well. Another thing is if At. Madrid insists on some related branding for the name. 

The colours would definitely work in the e wider scheme of the league. 

Reading the news stories out of Spain--this is really huge and now, with that sort of backing, you've got to think it'll push the entire CPL endeavour. 

Edited by Unnamed Trialist

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