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48 minutes ago, Shway said:

Playing Trinidad twice, sounds like we can leave some of the younger guys with the Olympic team.
Like Kamal or Derek for Didic, Jackovic, Waterman, Zator, sheeit even Edgar

Young guys ... are Miller and Cornelius even eligible for the Olympic team? The others aren't 

Edit: I missed the key work "for" in that sentence

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2 hours ago, TOCanada115 said:

So 7.6 if we win both, which will get us half way. But with El Salvador looking to just play minnows outside of Panama, unless Panama beats them in March, we ain’t catching them. 

Yeah pretty much. If they get a win and a draw they’ll get about 2 points (assuming 2 wins gets them 7 like they said) though which gets us within 9 points. Would make it so that we could still catch them, especially if we play a couple out of window matches. ES would at least have to play a couple more minnows and have another chance to slip up again.

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15 minutes ago, canta15 said:

Great that we got 2 friendlies in a fifa window, weird that it will be against the same team. Hopefully attendance holds up

That may be why they’re just advertising the first game.  Drive demand as it will be “rarer” and then drop it on the fans that they can come back in 4 days.  Obviously the hardcores will be buying tickets to both matches regardless.

Will be interesting to see the MNT play with that camera angle... 😂

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Are they actually doing both games in Victoria?  That seems a little odd, since they're playing the same team.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad there's a game not in Vancouver or Toronto.  It would just make some sense to do the first in Victoria and the second in Vancouver/Burnaby, since I think sales for the 2nd game are going to be much weaker.

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Answer from a T and T article:

”Note: Langford is a city on southern Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada. A second full international between both teams will be played in this same FIFA international window but will not be opened to the public.”

Article:

https://socawarriors.net/senior-team-news/22451-trinidad-and-tobago-to-face-canada-in-a-friendly-on-march-27th.html

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We pulled 17k playing French Guiana at BC place. Surely we would sell out 6k against t&t twice. Those that couldnt get tickets for the first game could go to the second. Not sure exactly why they wouldnt want the revenue? God forbid some of it could pay towards another needed friendly. 

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I wonder if they are playing ES’ game: ie depending on results maybe they’ll cancel it or redesignate it a “training game”. If you commit to an open game with tickets sold you wouldn’t have that flexibility. Just spitballing though. I don’t really get it either. If you’re bringing the big guns halfway round the world you should feel that two wins are attainable and go for it. Plus bring in some more revenue as you say. I’d go to both games and I’m sure lots would.  We’re used to having to travel off the island to see the MNT. Twice in a week AND sleep in your own bed, plus see them close up at Westhills? Come on. 

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It’s possible they will lose money having 2 friendlies with fans. Because capacity is 6200 or so, you can only make so much money. By having a second game that’s closed door there’s less cost for concessions/ washrooms, cleaning staff, ticket staff, etc. Plus I’m assuming we’re paying a fee to Trinidad? 

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6 minutes ago, Alex said:

It’s possible they will lose money having 2 friendlies with fans. Because capacity is 6200 or so, you can only make so much money. By having a second game that’s closed door there’s less cost for concessions/ washrooms, cleaning staff, ticket staff, etc. Plus I’m assuming we’re paying a fee to Trinidad? 

Something is very wrong if we lose money on sold out games

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If T&T were still in the Hex race I would speculate that perhaps it was part of the deal to have a closed door game so that Canada doesn't get the home crowd advantage twice, but even that is grasping at straws. I am just as confused as the rest of you guys. The theory about attempting to label it a training match could me on to something, except that we are the ones chasing, so we have no lead to protect. 

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29 minutes ago, Aird25 said:

Something is very wrong if we lose money on sold out games

I agree, but if a sold out game is 6200 fans we could lose money yes. 

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2 hours ago, Alex said:

I agree, but if a sold out game is 6200 fans we could lose money yes. 

Can’t imagine this could be true. If it’s a 6200 capacity, concessions/security, etc would be cheaper than at a huge stadium as well. So yeah you’re making less than at a huge stadium but you should still make profit if your costs are lower. 

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I agree with you guys, it shouldn’t lose money, I’m simply suggesting a theory that maybe friendlies in Canada don’t make any money or even lose money if there aren’t X amount of fans. I’m positive I’ve heard that idea on here before, which is why we don’t have many home friendlies and also why we cater to opposition fan bases. 

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12 minutes ago, Alex said:

I agree with you guys, it shouldn’t lose money, I’m simply suggesting a theory that maybe friendlies in Canada don’t make any money or even lose money if there aren’t X amount of fans. I’m positive I’ve heard that idea on here before, which is why we don’t have many home friendlies and also why we cater to opposition fan bases. 

I'll bet Langford is doing that deal, perhaps with Pacific FC, to promote the facility and the club before the season starts. So it's a warmup for the CPL, and could help with fan interest, new STHs. Which would perhaps mean some of the costs are minimal or covered.

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