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  1. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Canadian Premier League

    This thread has seriously run its course if we are honestly discussing anything like these sorts of rule changes. When CPL happens, it should stick to traditional rules. That mean regular season draws and pk's after extra time in games where there must be a winner. It will be hard enough establishing a solid fan base among those who are predisposed to watch euro footy or MLS - lets not alienate that base right from the outset by implementing mickey mouse rules that would absolutely make us look bush league. We are not trying to invent Calvinball here.
  2. 4 points
    PJSweet

    Canadian Premier League

    Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has now openly endorsed Halifax's CPL bid. He met privately with CPL Marketing Director Paul Beirne behind close doors to discuss the potentials of the bid in his city.
  3. 4 points
    -Hammer-

    Canadian Premier League

    So, got this in my email as I am a Ti-Cat season ticket holder. Tiger-Cats fans – tell us what you think about soccer! Bob Young, owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is obviously committed to the city of Hamilton and Canadian football. For the past 13 years he has put his heart and soul into reviving the Tiger-Cats team and brand for our great city. Bob is also committed to bringing professional soccer back to the city of Hamilton to play at Tim Hortons Field. Tim Hortons Field is a proven first class football and soccer facility, and the ideal venue from a fan experience perspective for both sports. He will be equally committed to both teams and will ensure they have a positive impact in our community both on and off the field. In order to launch a successful soccer club, Ticats fan input and engagement is important to us. Help us take the first step. Professional soccer plans to kick off in Hamilton, spring 2018 and we want to hear from you – give us your feedback and comments as we look to shape the next successful professional soccer club launch in North America. It then proceeds into a survey, with a couple new questions like requests on team name, would you be interested in a THF season pass, what soccer do you follow and does trend some already gone over ground. So yeah...looks like the wheels are spinning.
  4. 3 points
    Gopherbashi

    Canadian Premier League

    Things are certainly flying in that direction.
  5. 3 points
    I'm with @Olympique_de_Marseille Time to lock this thread. Or nevermind ... let's just continue with 20 more pages of people's hot takes and overreactions.
  6. 2 points
    Those teams actually really sound great! I'd throw in the Livorno Lions, Arezzo Alouettes, Bergamo Blue Bombers, Reggio Redblacks, Ancona Argonauts, Enna Eskimos and you have the Serie Eh!
  7. 2 points
    The people who are affected the most by ground shares are the supporters. I can tell you watching football every other weekend in a multipurpose facility is completely ****.
  8. 2 points
    I think there has to be a fine balance between keeping the game true for those who love it, and making it appealing to the casual fan so that the CPL can be a sustainable league. You know what I most commonly hear when I reference the game to my non-supporter friends? That it's boring and the players need to stop diving. Then they tell me to change the channel to a "real sport" like hockey or football. And this is an example when I tried to put on MLS Cup on Saturday. Unfortunately, that's the perception of the game to a large number of people, and even though that perception is slowly changing, it's still quite prevalent here in Calgary. I'll be honest, the embellishment of fouls is the biggest thing I hate about the game. Giovinco in particular is a very polarizing figure for me. One minute he's making fantastic plays that make me amazed, the next he's writhing around on the pitch trying to get a call or yelling dramatically at the refs or his teammates. I hate that kind of stuff. Time wasting drives me nuts as well, even if I understand the strategy behind it. A few years ago when Felipe was selling an injury and Bendik walked over, picked him up and placed him out of bounds, I ate it up. And now I think I might be going on a tangent that isn't related to the OP.
  9. 2 points
    1996

    Loss of the National Football Stadium

    Shame are you people who have no clue and and just jump all over Giovinco just like that , please !
  10. 2 points
    I get the feeling. That said, I think something to remember is that MLSE didn't "get" soccer at first either. Even Beirne said he didn't get it at first. So did Fath It'll be a learning curve, for sure, but if they are smart they will do what Hamilton has been doing and hiring on soccer first type people as consultants. And it doesn't hurt that a guy like Beirne, who has a good track record at promoting supporters culture and authentic experience, in their ear.
  11. 2 points
    Alex D

    Canadian Premier League

    3 on 3!
  12. 2 points
    matty

    Canadian Premier League

    6 to 8 teams in at least 5 provinces playing and inspiring and helping to develop kids. Even if it's 14 games, a League Two level of play, 30% cancon, 4000 fans at games in 25k stadiums, a tv deal with tln and mlse owning a team it will be the best thing to happen to Canadian men's soccer since the mls came to Canada and maybe the 2000 Gold Cup.
  13. 1 point
    "The Premier Development League (PDL) Washington Crossfire have apparently had their rights in the league sold to an unknown group in Vancouver, BC." https://goalwashington.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/washington-crossfire-pdl-rights-reportedly-sold-to-group-in-vancouver-bc/
  14. 1 point
    mlsintoronto

    Greetings from CPL

    Hi Voyageurs - Paul Beirne here, with the most ironic of handles...I'm MLS in Toronto because i've been on this board since before TFC was a thing. "I've made up my mind, I'm keeping my handle..." I'm just letting you know I've been lurking and listening and I love the enthusiasm on here. Of course it will inevitably turn sour because...internet! Eventually - if you have questions I will try to answer as they come. If I ignore the question it probably means I can't comment, or that thing you're asking about is not decided yet. Don't hit me up with anything just yet - there is nothing to be public about yet (except boundless optimism - thanks to you). Also - don't you dare hit me up for a job. And don't PM me - I don't check those. For now - keep up the spirit and the growing supporter groups - we're all going to have a lot of fun!
  15. 1 point
    shermanator

    Ballou Tabla

    Ballou Tabla has been named Canada's U-20 player of the year for 2016. http://canadasoccer.com/tabla-and-fleming-win-2016-canadian-u-20-players-of-the-year-p160231
  16. 1 point
    shermanator

    Canadian Premier League

    Attempting to get this back to track, I can say that in the 7 years the Eddies have been around, I've made the trek once, and once more for the Canada/China WWC game. Part of that is due to the less than hospitable welcoming I received from the ESG, even though I've met many more ESG since, and they have all been great to get to know. I know @madmonte has made the 6 hour trip trip a few times, and has made the 3 hour trip to Calgary for Foothills games a number of times, but he's also way more dedicated than I am. Point is, the majority of people are like me; willing to spend 2-3 hours on a game, but not have it turn into a 10-12 hour day trip. I don't think any CPL clubs can expect large regional presences outside of perhaps bedroom communities. Also, Cape Breton Highlanders name is taken by the NBL Canada team in Sydney. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/basketball-cbl-franchise-ownership-1.3740928
  17. 1 point
    I think the tide is turning a little bit in terms of public dollars being handed out for facilities of professional sports teams. I also think the debate is handled much differently in Canada than in the US, where cities just seemingly throw endless piles of dollars at their sports teams. I can't speak to other cities, but in some of the conversations around CalgaryNEXT, the Flames and Gary Bettman have subtly hinted (not stated outright though) that the Flames could move if they don't get an arena/stadium largely funded by taxpayers. And they've had their bluff called by both the mayor and many fans, although I don't know how much of the fanbase is seeing right through the veiled threat. And the proposal is essentially dead in the water as of today, the city is no longer looking into it.
  18. 1 point
    BuzzAndSting

    Canadian Premier League

    Yikes... That would be a... bad name. But I did find it funny.
  19. 1 point
    Olympique_de_Marseille

    Jessie Fleming

    Named U-20 player of the year. Deserves it. Somewhat ironic since she didn't go to the U-20 World Cup.
  20. 1 point
    Stryker911

    2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

    It will likely come down to a game against Panama or Honduras.... again
  21. 1 point
    Free kick

    Loss of the National Football Stadium

    News to me. Baseball teams are not sharing anymore. It use to be that stadiums accross north america would be built for baseball and football teams in 70's and 80's. Not anymore. In city report a few years back posted here on this forum, it was reported that BMO field was the only city owned facilty that was generating positive cash flow for the city. It was the only one. And that was before any talk of the Argos moving in. So its incorrect to say that soccer doesnt generate the revenues on its own. That's an issue for the cfl ( with only 9 dates a year) not MLS. Also, the article mentions the ball bounces, this is some that i noticed as well and that i hadn't notices previously.
  22. 1 point
    See my comment prior to this one.
  23. 1 point
    Pitch condition is a statement of pride in much of the world. It might seem strange to folks from other cultures that we care so little about it.
  24. 1 point
    Now that all said, to any of the CFL players chirping in on this one. Especially the Argonaut players, just shut up. Tension in Toronto with the CFL is at a palatable high to the point of absurdity, and you're going to fire a shot across the bow at a player of another Toronto franchise? Who the heck do you think you are? I wasn't aware that the Argos were doing so great that they could afford to alienate people. I wasn't aware that the Argonaut organisation was such a resounding on field success that they could chirp another team that actually made their championship. I wasn't that the Argos and the CFL's Grey Cup ticket scandal that was so great that chirping the MLS final in Toronto which sold out far faster without price reductions made you the awesome judges of sport exceptionalism. You are supposed to be professionals, well you sure aren't acting like ones. This whole mess has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Rant over
  25. 1 point
    theaub

    Loss of the National Football Stadium

    lmao @ some of these reactions And fwiw, I heard from multiple people connected with the team that the general consensus from the players was that the pitch was hot garbage from September onwards, and the grounds crew was fully aware of it. There was just nothing either side could do about it. They put in a hell of an effort, especially after the Grey Cup.
  26. 1 point
    Grizzly

    2016 Canadian MLS clubs offseason thread

    Yes I am sorry to lose Toia and so are a lot of Impact fans judging by comments on social media today. I think it was a mistake for Biello not to bring him back into the starting lineup after he came back from injury so that we could put Camara back at CB in place of Cebrara. I certainly would have protected Toia over Cebrara. Still Duvall seems like a pretty good replacement for Toia although he plays on the other side but both he and Camara can play on the left as cover for Oyongo. I am also really surprised to see Atlanta then trade Toia to Orlando for Orlando's 1st round Superdraft pick (8th overall). He is a starting MLS left back and Superdraft picks are pretty hit and miss. One would think an expansion team would rather have a proven MLS starter who is pretty cheap instead of taking a change on a number 8 Superdraft pick. Good deal for Orlando. Not sorry to see Venegas go, he showed flashes of talent at time but really did not do very much in his time in Montreal and was earning too much for what he was producing.
  27. 1 point
    basically what I was going to say. #FeeltheBeirne with regards to @rob.notenboom s initial statement though, I feel as though I'm caught in two minds. I was thinking about how I would explain Gio's comments to my hockey, basketball, football friends, which, as much as we hate to admit it, is important. I'm kind of caught in two minds. Firstly, I partially agree with the critique. It's just not what NA sports fans want to hear, regardless of if there's any truth to it. That is a completely north American sentiment. Don't complain when you lose. You see Bradley and Altidore etc handling the media the right way, and while I feel like Gio's comments were probably lost in translation somewhat, this should be a lesson to European players who want to be adored over here. It just doesn't fly. Now, the other side. I'm sure he's completely right. When the pitch is being used for multiple things, the quality can be affected. It's easy for football(lemon) guys to be like why is he complaining about the pitch, but they just run on it, it's not exactly the same. I feel like hockey players should have an easier time understanding this. If the ice were absolute shite, hockey players would complain and no one would bat an eye as long as it wasn't unfounded. Add onto this that the style gio plays relies heavily on ball control and I can see where he's coming from. He's not the first to mention pitch quality in MLS, so we know it is indeed an issue. And with regards to the sounders not complaining... well.. its a lot easier to play defense on a **** pitch than it is to create offence, so it's a little bit apples and oranges. In summary, I think we do need to be cognizant of North American cultural norms, and include aspects in CPL that will appease these standards(extremely strict punishment for embellishment, retroactive if need be - more stringent than even NHL, comes to mind), because we do want this to be successful in the way that the semi-final was successful(seriously, even my one buddy who I've never managed to get into soccer sent me a text about it, it was a thing), while not compromising the integrity of the sport in the ways that some other north American sports do(ahem, TV timeouts, etc etc) \ anyways. chin up, people are noticing, it's good.
  28. 1 point
    If it makes you feel better, I honestly don't think those type of owners will be in the league, despite these persistent CFL rumours. Anyone who only tolerates soccer will not be willing to tolerate losing upwards of ten million dollars over a decade in the name of soccer - and that aspect seems to be foremost in many people's minds.
  29. 1 point
    Ha! Didn't realize that that twitter handle was ALSO him. Yeesh.
  30. 1 point
    It's growing American teams for American players. As is their right. As is their mandate. It's just not a right or a mandate which holds the best benefit for us.
  31. 1 point
    BearcatSA

    Camp Poutine 2017

    I'm hoping to see some fresh, younger faces in this camp ahead of mid 20s incumbents who are sitting on the bench or the press box during matches at domestic club level.
  32. 1 point
    The pitch did not impact TFC scoring 5 against Montreal, or 2 against NYCFC and 3 against Philly during the play off run Heck, Seba scored against NYCFC in New York on a far worse pitch than BMO during the playoffs too He played poorly, by his standards during the playoffs, and it is easier to blame the pitch than his performance or match fitness
  33. 1 point
    I'm just glad Ricketts wasn't selected.
  34. 1 point
    Bison44

    2016 Canadian MLS clubs offseason thread

    Plus the american management at TFC is in love with BONO. Maybe they think he is the future, not Irwin??
  35. 1 point
    GuillermoDelQuarto

    Canadian Premier League

    Lol so speaking of wrestling, next time someone tells you CPL will fail like the last canadian soccer league iteration, curtly remind them that the last time it was attempted, wrestling was very popular. Things have changed since the 90s XD
  36. 1 point
    shermanator

    Loss of the National Football Stadium

    Get over the groundshare already. The fact that Giovinco is using it as an excuse for what was flat out an uninspiring performance in the biggest game of the year is pathetic.
  37. 1 point
    http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/video/giovinco-blames-bmo-s-other-tenant-for-poor-play-at-home~1014017 Sorry I don't post the whole article as well. Groundshare is still bushleague. Congrats to the groundscrew on a successful season in perfect weather conditions this year. I wish them luck as it will only get tougher in the year to come. I hope IF we are lucky enough to get a Gold Cup match in whatever they call BMO sportplex for that event, that the groundscrew treat it with the same regard they have done. Next up, here comes the Ice Palace!
  38. 1 point
    See the 200 pages of opinions in the main thread. Agree to disagree and hope for the best.
  39. 1 point
    BringBackTheBlizzard

    2016 MLS TV Ratings

    An average of 1.5 million on TSN/RDS for the final with 1.4 million of that being the English language TSN number: http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/toronto-fc-breaks-all-time-audience-record-yet-again-with-1-5-million-viewers-tuning-in-to-the-mls-cup-2016-on-tsn-and-rds/ TFC fans rallied around the Reds on Saturday night, as the MLS CUP 2016 was the most-watched program in the Greater Toronto Area – more than doubling the audience of the next-highest broadcast in the team’s home market and delivering a 35% share.
  40. 1 point
    BearcatSA

    Christopher Mannella

    Couldn't take it to the next level and eventually got eclipsed by other younger prospects (i.e. Fraser). Cruel fact of life in pro team sports. I wish him all the best.
  41. 1 point
    Marc

    Kyle Bekker

    The question is, will the salary be high enough to convince a more seasoned guy like him to stay in the game at a low level?
  42. 1 point
    there, fairly certain this is the best version yet. chains need some tidying, but i think these ones look better than the old ones.
  43. 1 point
    Ya ok I'm going to watch a Canadian team in a final but only cheer if a Canadian scores and will be happy if a non Canadian on the Canadian team misses an opportunity to score , give me a break really lol wow !
  44. 1 point
    Obinna

    Aron Winter

    I liked him very much and wanted his vision for TFC to come to fruition. Sadly it wasn't meant to be. I would love for him to fill a technical role at the CSA though, or even a youth national team coach role.
  45. 1 point
    jpg75

    Aron Winter

    Unfortunately for him that is not what makes a good coach. A good coach will coach to his teams strengths and try to minimize their weaknesses. He will take what his opponents are giving him and adapt on the fly. When you have inferior talent and try to play like Ajax circa 1995 you're going to get your ass kicked.
  46. 1 point
    "how ya makin er bye" thats one that i'm pretty sure is legit also, just experimenting with Quebec city a little old version for reference: new version: cleaned up the towers a little, and add a bit more red(trying to pretty blatantly evoke the nordiques) heres a version without the added trim on the sides, might be better but just felt like it looked a little empty. not sure. feedback would be great
  47. 1 point
    SuperCanuck

    Potential CPL logo concepts

    I never realised the possibilities with Thunder Bay are as endless as the highway in and out of town.
  48. 1 point
    Zem

    Potential CPL logo concepts

    Looks cool! The tricolour definitely looks a lot better I'd say
  49. 1 point
    Kent

    Grand River CPL Supporters

    I grew up in Elmira, and I'm amazed that it's been mentioned twice in recent weeks. And neither were even about Tyler Pasher. What a world we live in.
  50. 1 point
    Levi Oakey

    Grand River CPL Supporters

    Right now, Waterloo. So we just say Grand River, covers all of us. Including those from Elmira.
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