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1) Cavalry - a number of players from the pdl championship + the coach + some other strong Canadians like trafford and hamilton and high level foreigners..and its not just on paper that they are good as they won all preseason games

2) Pacific - started slow with the signings but brought some heavyweights..lacking at cb and who do they bring..a player who was a starter in 3. Liga..de jong goes out and they bring a player who is maybe just a little lower in smith..still only 18-20 on the squad for now with de jong out and nakajima 35 such a small squad could hurt them unless they are plotting a few more solid signings

3) Halifax - the foreigners come in with something to prove big time with their career trajectories and situations so they will play for their lives and lift the team..cb still looks like the weak spot

4) Valour - solid squad overall but talking about 3-5-2 so early and making it clear over and over that theres no cf after hoyle brings up question marks

5) York - had them at 6 but they bring in two strong offensive players late in telfer and gattas who should lift them a little..as said previously the coaching is a question mark and even at cb gasparotto hasnt played a competitive game in a year 

6) Forge - unproven players at the back at the pro level or it was years ago..same thing for a goalscorer..looks strong in midfield and wing but thats not enough

7) Edmonton - low budget but not surprising as fath isnt willing to lose money..so lots of nait u of alberta and academy players and relying heavily on 29yo+ players..lost against two cpl teams in preseason so not only on paper..good thing is they have an academy with a few age groups so if they use it properly and add a couple younger groups they could have an advantage in the long term

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1. Forge FC

2. York 9

3. Pacific FC

4. Cavalry FC

5. HFX Wanderers FC

6. Valour FC

7. FC Edmonton

 

Edited by BCM

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On 3/6/2019 at 9:20 AM, Copes said:

Your rankings are very similar to mine. Looking at my last batch of rankings on February 1st, a lot has changed. 

For me:

  1. Pacific FC
  2. Forge FC
  3. Valour FC
  4. HFX Wanderers FC
  5. Cavalry FC
  6. FC Edmonton
  7. York 9 FC

I'm not ready to put Valour ahead of Forge - although if they grab Forlan they jump to number 1 I think. I rate Halifax ahead of Calgary. I'm admittedly biased as a Wanderers fan, and one of my closest buddies being in Calgary, but I just think the Wanderers have more upside. A lot of unknowns, for sure. However, also the best coach in the league who has experience working with a large number of players on the team through his work with Canada and T&T. I thin hart pushed HFX ahead. I also disagree that there is no threat upfront - our attacking midfielder and striker have proven history playing (and scoring) together in Peru. I'm pretty stoked for them. I'm in agreement with you on the bottom two. Looking at Edmonton's 20 players, there are maybe 1 or 2 that excite me. As for York... I don't know. It's a combination of underwhelming signings after a couple of decent initial ones, and seemingly underwhelming team news and support. I also think that a lot of the talent I thought they'd get is going to Hamilton instead, I'm sad to say. 

 

Ok, it's kickoff day. Last time to lock them in. Looking back at my previous predictions, and considering preseason... I'm now ready to completely shakeup my rankings. Fun to see how they have changed over time!

1. Forge FC - They have emerged for me as the team to beat this year. I think they are the most consistent across all positions, and have strong leadership in Bekker. I am expecting playing in Hamilton to be a challenge for visiting teams. Many on the team have a long-term relationship with the coach. Forge is, in my opinion, the favourite. 

2. HFX Wanderers FC - I've gained much more faith in the Wanderers over time, but ultimately I think they will be the underdog team that captures the hearts of the masses and punches above where they are expected to sit. I think Hart has quietly assembled a very competitive squad, with lots of links of familiarity throughout. I think that they have the best keeper in the league as well, and given that these new squads will be working to build chemistry, a strong wall in front of the net will go a long way. I haven't even mentioned the quality that is Stephen Hart, and what I think he'll do for a team.

3. York 9 FC - Some of their signings in March and April bumped them up for me. Further, I think that (much like Forge) their travel will be the easiest with a team incredibly close and a central location for other Away fixtures. I like their pieces - I think after Forge they are probably the most consistent across the board. They'll do well. 

4. Valour FC - I've always struggled with where and how to rate Valour, but I think for me they are solidly centre of the pack. I think that their squad is "solid" but at the same time I don't know if they have any super stars or positions on the field that make me think they are the best at anything. They are middle-tier, and I think they'll finish middle table. 

5. FC Edmonton - They continue to not really excite me. Probably the squad I care about the least. No standouts on the team for me. That said, I don't think they are the "weakest" anywhere, and I think that behind the scenes their experience as a team that has existed for several years will help. I could probably put them in the 4th or 6th slot just as easily. I'll leave them here. 

6. Pacific FC - They've fallen a lot for me. The De Jong injury hurt. The small squad size is concerning. Beyond that I really think that their midfield and backline are concerning. What they DO have, and why I'm not placing them at the bottom, is one of the scariest combos of attackers in the league. I think they'll score a number of goals, but I think they'll leak a lot more.

7. Cavalry FC - I just don't feel good about Cavalry. A lot of their signings come from PDL, and I suspect that the quality for many of their opponents will be a bit higher. I don't think their home field feels like a fortress like some of the other teams, and ticket sales suggest that it may be quite empty. I'm not sure how this team will hang, and while I hope they do well, I'm placing them here at the bottom. 

We shall see! Kickoff in 4 hours so LET'S GO! Money is on a Hamilton win today, and a HFX / Pacific Draw tomorrow!
 

Edited by Copes

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I think that for those putting Forge tops, that match could shift them downwards. As their next match is away to the HFX home opener, will be an interesting test. They may get some advantage with HFX having travelled to the west coast this week.

And for many putting York9 lower, it could mean a shift up for them. 

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Interesting the number of people that put Pacific FC at the top before the league started. I assume they expected a healthy De Jong to contribute heavily.

A few picked Cavalry as the worst team! Totally ignoring the PDL champions. Now CPL Spring and Fall champions.

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20 hours ago, fil said:

Interesting the number of people that put Pacific FC at the top before the league started. I assume they expected a healthy De Jong to contribute heavily.

A few picked Cavalry as the worst team! Totally ignoring the PDL champions. Now CPL Spring and Fall champions.

A healthy de Jong was very much the expectation for most of us. I think it would have been a completely different competition had he been on field.

That said, Cavalry was a question mark, as they were pretty much a promoted Foothills with a few new faces. I think the new faces didn't seem enough to put the over how other sides looked (on paper). Almost everyone underestimated them, and I'm pleasantly surprised to see them prove us all wrong.

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Went though everyone's picks quickly to see who did the best. The final result being that we all sucked. 1 point given for getting the team in the right position correct. I left out people who got them all wrong

Blackdude 2
Lord Bob 2
deschamp86 2
Senorpopps 2
Shortdutchcanuck 2
Copes 1
BCM 1
Big_M 1
Obinna 1
fil  1
Stryker911 1
BringBackTheBlizzard 1
toontownman 1
matty 1
ktf 1

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When I posted the standings, above, I had missed that Keegan had posted Ryan Brandt's list. 

He called the top three in perfect order. That's the best predictions I've seen yet

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