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4 hours ago, Macksam said:

Context?

Who said what and what was so bad about it?

Apparently the tweet in question is not there.

I looked at the comments and some boomer named Mike has already annoyed me. It always makes my blood boil when you have the actual entitled generation (boomers) pushing their insecurities onto us and calling us entitled. 

I think the worst part of the deleted tweet was where they said something along the lines of "Football without Ultras is nothing."

I desk-palmed (or is that face-desked?) when I read the tweet. Like we need even more CanPL fans to disdain us. Luckily it looks like the mainstream media didn't pick up on this, or we'd probably be at Onion-levels of embarrassing by this point.

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16 minutes ago, Initial B said:

I think the worst part of the deleted tweet was where they said something along the lines of "Football without Ultras is nothing."

I desk-palmed (or is that face-desked?) when I read the tweet. Like we need even more CanPL fans to disdain us. Luckily it looks like the mainstream media didn't pick up on this, or we'd probably be at Onion-levels of embarrassing by this point.

Football is nothing without loyal fans to embrace their club. Ultras aren't the be all end all. In a way I feel bad for them. You get a new club and in three weeks since the club's announcement nothing significant has been communicated to them. However, this is a new club, and everything doesn't just happen overnight. The league in general has been quite slow in revealing important information, so I share their frustration. That said, there are much better ways to go about it

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Ottawa Sun interview with Jeff Hunt: https://ottawasun.com/sports/soccer/the-real-jeff-hunt-says-things-about-to-get-busy-for-atletico-ottawa

Describes the behind-the-scenes activity necessary to open the business and get the club up and running.

Plan is to announce season ticket pricing this week (Wednesday or Thursday).

He would like to announce one player signing per day leading up to training camp on March 11. Hunt hints at 8 players having already been signed.

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27 minutes ago, sloth8 said:

Ottawa Sun interview with Jeff Hunt: https://ottawasun.com/sports/soccer/the-real-jeff-hunt-says-things-about-to-get-busy-for-atletico-ottawa

Describes the behind-the-scenes activity necessary to open the business and get the club up and running.

Plan is to announce season ticket pricing this week (Wednesday or Thursday).

He would like to announce one player signing per day leading up to training camp on March 11. Hunt hints at 8 players having already been signed.

How are they starting in Madrid with no players signed?  That will be an expensive bill to take trialists on vacation.  Or conversely, a cheap bill to take just 8 guys... maybe they can join in with At. Madrid first team training.

Interesting note: "We’re arranging accommodations for players — it’s one of the responsibilities for teams in the CPL"

 

Edited by CanadaFan123

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30 minutes ago, sloth8 said:

Ottawa Sun interview with Jeff Hunt: https://ottawasun.com/sports/soccer/the-real-jeff-hunt-says-things-about-to-get-busy-for-atletico-ottawa

Describes the behind-the-scenes activity necessary to open the business and get the club up and running.

Plan is to announce season ticket pricing this week (Wednesday or Thursday).

He would like to announce one player signing per day leading up to training camp on March 11. Hunt hints at 8 players having already been signed.

I gather much of this must be Jeff's personality (which surely has served him well!), but the aw shucks folksy vibe of how all of this is unfolding and communicated is a little unexpected given I think most of us assumed much of this would have been figured out long before a public announcement in person with Atletico Madrid. It sounds more like they're setting up a local soccer club than a fully professional team about to be playing in front of thousands (tens of thousands?) of people in a couple of months.

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36 minutes ago, CanadaFan123 said:

How are they starting in Madrid with no players signed?  That will be an expensive bill to take trialists on vacation.  Or conversely, a cheap bill to take just 8 guys... maybe they can join in with At. Madrid first team training.

Interesting note: "We’re arranging accommodations for players — it’s one of the responsibilities for teams in the CPL"

 

That makes sense I mean if you're making 20k I sure hope you don't have to pay rent. 

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I saw Aleman was at the MTL - Saprissa first leg in Costa Rica and said his goodbyes to his old team on instagram.. I assumed a return to Costa Rica was imminent.  This is great news though .. another exciting player for the league and I think he could use it as a springboard to a higher level.

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52 minutes ago, grigorio said:

I gather much of this must be Jeff's personality (which surely has served him well!), but the aw shucks folksy vibe of how all of this is unfolding and communicated is a little unexpected given I think most of us assumed much of this would have been figured out long before a public announcement in person with Atletico Madrid. It sounds more like they're setting up a local soccer club than a fully professional team about to be playing in front of thousands (tens of thousands?) of people in a couple of months.

I didn’t assume “much of this would have been figured out long before a public announcement” because once I heard that discussions hadn’t even begun in earnest until after the Fury folded I knew it was going to be tight. 
 

I think people don’t realize that they couldn’t start setting up the structure of the company until the deal with AM was signed. And then after that the corporation had to be properly and legally set up, which normally takes months. And you can’t start signing players until that’s done. Let alone all the other things that come with it like office space, employees, insurance, etc...

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59 minutes ago, BuzzAndSting said:

I didn’t assume “much of this would have been figured out long before a public announcement” because once I heard that discussions hadn’t even begun in earnest until after the Fury folded I knew it was going to be tight. 
 

I think people don’t realize that they couldn’t start setting up the structure of the company until the deal with AM was signed. And then after that the corporation had to be properly and legally set up, which normally takes months. And you can’t start signing players until that’s done. Let alone all the other things that come with it like office space, employees, insurance, etc...

Which makes it even crazier to have targeted April as a realistic kick off date. For the president (or something?) to be talking about securing office space and registering business numbers (vs a massive season ticket/marketing campaign and intense PR tour) a little over a month away from kick off feels cray. I'm sure it'll all be pulled off and we'll hopefully marvel at it all, but they should make a goddamn movie about this. 

Edited by grigorio

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4 hours ago, shamrock said:

That makes sense I mean if you're making 20k I sure hope you don't have to pay rent. 

The club manager López in a early interview ran off a bucket list that included cars and apartments. He said it as if it were indeed standard. 

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Jeff Hunt was on TSN 1200 this morning, he mentioned that they would be getting news out everyday from now on and that the first signing would be announced this afternoon.^

Altètico Ottawa now has more CanPL goals on their roster then my former favorite team the Valour.😎

 

 

Edited by MM3/MM2/MM

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On 3/3/2020 at 8:42 AM, sloth8 said:

He would like to announce one player signing per day leading up to training camp on March 11. Hunt hints at 8 players having already been signed.

Nice start, curious to see where they are going to end up roster wise. 

Edit: Missed the Aleman rumours. That would be a really great pick up for anyone in the league. Missing piece for York or another midfielder for Valour if its not Ottawa.

Edited by toontownman

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This is basically a copy of the press release on the Fisk signing, with the same error/s (they should specify he played for Deportivo B), but still, I saw it on a headline scrolling down on Mundo Deportivo today, it's a long article considering the audience.

https://www.mundodeportivo.com/futbol/atletico-madrid/20200305/473976032325/primer-fichaje-del-ottawa-seducido-por-el-atletico.html

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22 hours ago, toontownman said:

Nice start, curious to see where they are going to end up roster wise. 

Edit: Missed the Aleman rumours. That would be a really great pick up for anyone in the league. Missing piece for York or another midfielder for Valour if its not Ottawa.

Can't be York now but maybe Valour especially since he worked with Rob Gale in 2011 with the U17 team and Gale has been quite successful in recruiting former youth players.  

Ottawa would be great too though.  Him and Fisk would give them a great foundation that could be around for years.  I do suspect Ottawa because this is eerily similar to the signing of Fisk in that he was linked to a team (FC Edmonton) and then there was silence for an oddly long time - whereas most teams are now training together.  

 

Edit: And they just announced Coupland!!  What a coup. ;) 

Edited by CanadaFan123

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That's great for Coupland and the hopes of the CMNT.  Is he a 2004?  If he is as good as advertised, we should have a pretty good class of 2004s with Marshall -Rutty and Mbongue at TFC, Assis at Impact and this kid as a start.

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55 minutes ago, Ivan said:

That's great for Coupland and the hopes of the CMNT.  Is he a 2004?  If he is as good as advertised, we should have a pretty good class of 2004s with Marshall -Rutty and Mbongue at TFC, Assis at Impact and this kid as a start.

He's a 2003.

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50 minutes ago, Zem said:

He's a 2003.

Same as Mexican/Canadian Marcelo Flores in the Arsenal youth program. Likely soon able to represent England if he isn't already. 

Next in and apparently not trialling in Valour.

 

Edited by toontownman

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