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  1. 12 points
    At an event Tuesday night, Derek Martin had a Q+A session. He said that they've sold more than 2,000 season tickets so far (which we already knew, and I think he might've undersold it. I think it's over 2,500) and that their estimates place them at around 5,000 tickets to be sold before the season begins. The stadium holds just under 6,500, and they expect 6,000+ at every match.
  2. 5 points
    C2SKI

    Ottawa CPL Club

    The president of the Fury is on the Board of Directors of the CSA. That seems implausible.
  3. 5 points
    JamboAl

    Ottawa CPL Club

    The NCC is not going to allow an outdoor stadium at Lebreton Flats when there is already one at Lansdowne - unless someone is deluded enough to build a 20,000 seat soccer specific stadium (for MLS purposes). It’s either an arena or it’s going to be more retail/outdoor green space.
  4. 4 points
    Gopherbashi

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Ultimately, whether or not the CSA told the Fury about Concacaf's "concerns" is irrelevant to Concacaf's decision to desanction the Fury, considering: 1. Expressed by Concacaf were concerns, not a final decision, 2. There was no formal sanctioning application submitted for Concacaf to give a formal response to, 3. The Fury being aware of Concacaf's concerns wouldn't change Concacaf's decision, 4. The Fury being aware of Concacaf's concerns doesn't seem to be changing their course of action, since their current thought process seems to still be "USL or bust", 5. The CSA isn't under an obligation to lobby Concacaf to adopt a certain position, especially because the CSA was already on the record as being ok with it. I say this as someone who thinks that the CSA *should* have told the Fury about Concacaf's concerns, but who also thinks they didn't have an obligation to. It's also irrelevant to Concacaf's final decision. How I imagine things happened: Concacaf: "Hey, we have concerns about this Fury thing." CSA: "Well we're cool with it for the time being so let us know when you make a decision." Concacaf: *waits for mail*
  5. 3 points
    Ansem

    League 1 Ontario 2019

  6. 3 points
    shermanator

    Amer Didic

    For anyone who wants CPL clubs to offer more money to players, thus attracting better players to CPL, are you prepared to open your wallets to make that a reality?
  7. 3 points
    In the last 15 games (since March 1991) between Canada and USA in men's soccer, Canada has 0 wins, 6 draws, and 9 losses. In the last 35 games (since June 2001) between Canada and USA in women's soccer, Canada has 0 wins, 6 draws, and 29 losses. In the last 27 games (since the start of 2000) between USA and Mexico in men's soccer, USA has 14 wins, 6 draws, and 7 losses. (note, in World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup the results are very even. USA 6 wins, 2 draws, and 7 losses. Mexico never beats USA in friendlies and all but 1 friendly over this time period has been hosted in the USA) That's why we don't really have a rivalry with the USA, and why Keegan's opinion that our men's team is a closer rival than our women's team is probably correct, and why the USA vs Mexico rivalry is more even than you try to lead on.
  8. 3 points
    Why is the sky blue? Why do your posts read like someone else's? Why are your posts childlike? Are you a child? Why is Abe Simpson now my role model? Why, I ask why?
  9. 2 points
    masster

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Article from Ottawa says this may be a ploy by CONCACAF so the CPL can sign Ottawa's best Canadian players. https://winnipegsun.com/sports/soccer/mls/ottawa-fury-fc/is-concacaf-playing-its-own-games-with-the-intention-of-crippling-fury-fc/wcm/c419d5c4-9dab-46e3-99ec-0d59ed85cfb5 Wow...the leaks coming from the Fury FO seem desperate.
  10. 2 points
    Keegan

    Possible CPL Salary Cap Discussion

    https://winnipegsun.com/sports/soccer/almost-like-it-was-fate/amp#click=https://t.co/0fa7Y0yYuR salaries between $35k and 75k. ”And Sacramento won’t get rich doing it, most players likely to earn between $35,000 and $75,000 per season in the CPL, at least to start” most players.. so there may be some below and some above but a median salary of $55k is not bad at all.
  11. 2 points
    Keegan

    Amer Didic

    Article on Dylan Sacramento today quotes CPL salaries as ranging from $35k to 75k... not bad at all? Just waiting for Fury to come out and tell us they actually pay players $100k plus education and board. https://winnipegsun.com/sports/soccer/almost-like-it-was-fate/amp#click=https://t.co/0fa7Y0yYuR
  12. 2 points
    dyslexic nam

    CPL new teams speculation

    Nailed it. Your burlap jersey will arrive shortly. It is itchy but durable.
  13. 2 points
    Halifax have other players signed already but have just not announced them yet like all of the other clubs. It’s just being stretched out by the league to keep the interest high. First the older foundational or local player signings to create the community story, create interest, support and season ticket sales. Then next will be an influx of younger Canadian players who might have a background of playing abroad elsewhere these past few years and of course some older internationals who are within budget.
  14. 2 points
    Here are some of my thoughts. 1. D2 won't work if it's not split up, at least into 2 geographical areas. 2. D2 probably won't work without the promise of pro/rel. 3. It will be hard to fill up more than 10 or 12 teams at the D1 level without D2. Reasons for number 1. Obviously, it's cost reduction. You can only reduce player salaries so much, so there has to be another way to make smaller cities viable. Reasons for number 2. In addition to reducing the cost, it would also help a lot to give these cities a reason to care, and the chance of promotion would be the best possible motivator. It would also give them something unique over, say, their local Junior hockey team. Reasons for number 3. There are probably about 10 (give or take) cities that are large enough to consistently sustain a pro team in whatever sport. To get more than that I feel like it probably has to be done by committee. Maybe there are 10 (for the sake of argument) more candidates to make up the next few spots, but it's hard to know which 10, so it's tough to pick 2 and get rid of the other 8. Plus, if a team is struggling, rather than having year after year of being in the basement of the league, losing fans along the way and eventually folding, you can replace that team with a ready team that is on the upswing. Honestly, in 2012 as a TFC fan I was wishing TFC could get relegated so that we could maybe be competitive the next season. It would have been better than watching them lose virtually every game. All that being said, I have no idea if we will actually be able to accomplish a D2. It's fun to speculate what the pyramid could look like, but the reality is we have to make the CPL (and L1O and PLSQ) a success first!
  15. 2 points
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    If DAZN becomes the broadcaster, the best plan for the league will be to send a rep(s) to bars in each CanPL city walking them through how to get DAZN on their TV's. A little handholding/tech support will go a long way.
  16. 2 points
    Love this! I will be making it out to Halifax Wanders match next summer. Really looking forward to the environment they are creating in Halifax. Great job all!!!
  17. 2 points
    Hello, Here is the English version of my interview with André Bona ,drafted by Wanderers: https://medium.com/@actualitesoccer/andré-bonas-interview-bea3cdd4b52b
  18. 2 points
    Stryker911

    NCAA Canadians 2018

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/12/19/ranking-top-12-2019-mls-superdraft-senior-prospects Montgomery is ranked as the 2nd best senior for next month's draft. Miller is ranked 12th.
  19. 2 points
    Hello, Here is the English translation of my interview with Aboubacar Sissoko, drafted by Forge FC: https://medium.com/@actualitesoccer/aboubacar-sissokos-interview-b3faa8d70175
  20. 2 points
    Kent

    Greg Ranjitsingh

    In the CMNT thread on Friday Jith12 said the following. “I think that I might have stumbled upon an interesting tidbit of information. Marcus Godinho was interviewed by the Edinburgh Evening News in an article that was published this past Tuesday. While the article was about his comeback from injury, he did make a comment about his international career with us. The quote was: “We have games coming up in February and March. We’ve also qualified for the Gold Cup next June so I’ll be looking to get involved with that if I’m fully fit.”  If Godinho is not mistaken, it would appear that we might have a "Camp Poutine" coming up sometime in February. According to the FIFA Calendar, there is no international break in February, but the MLS season does not start until March, meaning that a largely domestically based roster is likely, if this game is happening at all.”
  21. 2 points
    RS

    Ottawa CPL Club

    I think the USSF did all of its sanctioning for 2019 this week. As I mentioned upthread, USL League One was only ratified as the official USSF Div. 3 a couple days ago.
  22. 2 points
    Kent

    Ottawa CPL Club

    To play devils advocate for a moment, I’m sure CONCACAF isn’t sending all their communications to a CSA All email distribution list. It’s possible that Pugh wasn’t the one that was spoken to. And it’s less likely but still possible that nobody mentioned it to him, or at least with a paper trail that can be proven.
  23. 2 points
    CDNFootballer

    Ottawa CPL Club

    More Fury spin, they knew they were expected to join CPL once it came to be. Goudie is full of BS.
  24. 2 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Ottawa CPL Club

    I just hope everyone appreciates that the big news in CPL is not the Ottawa case, but the announcement by Bunbury that we will be hearing about a Montreal area team for the CPL starting in 2020. For me, that is the biggest CPL news in months, and completely outweighs the negativity around Ottawa. As I had to make a bit of an effort to adjust to the unbalanced schedule we'll see this upcoming season, but have been able to, getting past the Fury debacle, I want to keep moving in that same direction. As it is, we have a season coming up, and some great news on sales from pretty well 6 of 7 teams (Pacific pending), and we will be hearing about a Montreal team in a few weeks, which will be a major incentive for all clubs to hold tight for this year and next. As I see it, the real concern when it comes to potential enemies of CPL is what the MLS clubs are doing behind the scenes. I understand they have not been sitting their with their arms crossed, and that all three are worried. I don't know who suggested it to me now, but I even heard certain MLS clubs had a hand in keeping CPL out of their immediate turf in the lead up period. I think as many of us are fans of both leagues, and both MLS and now CPL clubs, we might have to be contributing to the cause by convincing the MLS clubs to back off a bit and restrain from biting.
  25. 2 points
    SpursFlu

    Ottawa CPL Club

    MLSE and MLS paying the legal bills? Gotta keep up that proxy war
  26. 2 points
    Vic

    Ottawa CPL Club

    "They apparently did request sanctioning from two national governing bodies and got it. The CONCACAF decision puts them in a situation of not being able to defend themselves, it is short notice, and there was not a clear series of warnings that signalled that it could happen" From: https://www.concacaf.com/en/article/concacaf-statement-12-13 In the fall of 2018, after unilateral public statements made by Ottawa Fury and before any sanctioning application was made to any governing body, Concacaf clearly advised the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) of its concerns regarding this matter. A further written correspondence to the CSA followed in November, providing guidance on our view that as it stands to date, we do not see exceptional circumstances, given the launch of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for the 2019 season. Given an OSEG partner is on the CSA board, they would have to be legendarily dysfunctional for this information not to have been with the club in seconds. And the legal action would be against the CSA and not CONCACAF.
  27. 2 points
    dyslexic nam

    Herdman new head coach

    I am no Herdman fanboy, but I think we should all recognize that any media coverage of our national soccer program is a good thing. For years we all felt shunned by media. Now we are getting some, and we don't like it because Herdman uses too much hair product or something. Seems odd. I get that he should be asked questions about his tactics. And that a good soccer media would ask hard questions about the circumstances of his hiring. I fully agree with both of these ideas. But we are getting media coverage at a time when have a team capable of getting national support for the first time in a long time. Sure he probably saw the rise of Davies and others as a personal opportunity, but I am quite sure that Herdman will be the guy for at least the next WCQ cycle, and probably longer. Whether people would prefer OZ or not at this point, it is kind of moot.
  28. 2 points
    BrennanFan

    Nike?

    Not a fan of Nike's gear, soccer credibility, or track record as a corporate entity. I will, however, gladly take their dirty money.
  29. 2 points
    It would also be nice if they provided this in French . . . along with their app, their videos, their tweets, most of their articles, and damn near everything else they've been doing. If they truly want this to be a national league, they're shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to language content.
  30. 2 points
    masster

    NCAA Canadians 2018

    Top Drawer Soccer named their teams of the season. https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/2018-mens-division-i-postseason-awards_aid45636 Montgomery and Comsia named to the second team. Amanda and Raposo named to the Freshman Best XI first team. Article on Raposo from about a year ago: https://www.hwcdsb.ca/236050--STM-grad-Ryan-Raposo-sizes-up-a-career-in-soccer
  31. 2 points
    HochelagaFC

    Amer Didic

    If the CPL salaries where that much lower than USL’s I wonder why Kyle Bekker signed for Hamilton? I’m pretty sure that he could earn a high USL salary given that he is a proven performer at that level. My take is that the Canadian players that signs in USL are the ones who still hope to play in MLS (like Didic) because of the familiarity between the two leagues.
  32. 1 point
    From the Canadian perspective we are totally rivals. Other than making the World Cup my number one dream as a Canadian soccer fan is to return to the days when we beat them regularly, or at least once before I die. From the American perspective... wait, Canada is a real country? How do they play soccer on ice?
  33. 1 point
    Obinna

    Amer Didic

    I agree. CPL is still unknown and unproven, so for those with MLS aspirations it makes sense to stay in the American system, or at least I believe that's their mentality. Hopefully CPL eventually becomes a reliable springboard for Canadians into MLS and elsewhere.
  34. 1 point
    Ya, wingers are important as well, I can’t remember the formation MDS prefers. I agree that it is hard to judge the keepers. But, Macmath has looked very good in the games he has played, and really should have been the starter in Colorado from what i could tell. As well, we know Crepeau is the best the USL has to offer. Personally I am ok risking it with these 3 youngish keepers and hoping they push each other for the job. At least we know that they are decent enough, especially for the transfer price and salary. They might not be a long term solution, but you can always bring in a keeper later. Worth the minimal risk.
  35. 1 point
    shamrock

    Ottawa CPL Club

    If the Fury waited so long to get sanctioned," short notice" can't be a legal argument.
  36. 1 point
    SpursFlu

    CPL new teams speculation

    I lived in kelowna for 4 years and commuted to Vernon for work every day. First 3 years before the new highway was built. Didn't think much of it. Thats like saying we cant expect people from Port Coquitlam to go to Canucks or Whitecaps games. I live in New west and all in it takes my just under 1 hour to get in to the game. Im a season ticket holder. Whats the difference between that and driving from Peachland to Kelowna. Except a drive thru the Okanagan in the summer is way more pleasant? Following Pacific fc it seems they fully expect to draw from Nanaimo and other mid Isle communities. Im pretty sure thats further than examples i used
  37. 1 point
    Kent

    Nike?

    @Olympique_de_Marseille, is that Scott Arfield in the Huddersfield (i.e. Canada circa 2011) jersey? That’s amazing hindsight spotting of foreshadowing.
  38. 1 point
    rob.notenboom

    CPL General

    That’s very Canadian of you ... also pretty funny. ??
  39. 1 point
    Kadenge

    Amer Didic

    it's all good. The more Canadian players that get an opportunity to play professionally, will in the long run, benefit our program and the CMNT be it in CPL, MLS, USL or other leagues
  40. 1 point
    Keegan

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Cha-ching! ? Thanks Phonzie! I just ordered a Hutchinson umbro but that’s okay. Hopefully we finally get the custom kit we deserve. I honestly feel like our last kit suppliers have made sure that our style matched our level of play out there... we always wore cookie cutter and the one time we didn’t (centennial jersey) they only wore it once and stopped selling it. Seriously, to this day the decision to discontinue that kit/design and not use it in the future was an epic fail. Umbro was better than Adidas but Nike will blow them out of the water. Hopefully we can get some good looking kits like the US, Mexico and Jamaica. Edit: and wow.. our own ad! It really shouldn’t have took this long for someone to jump on the sport in this country - kinda pisses me off but better late than never. It would be nice if it’s just not Phonzie all the time (I know he’s a Nike athlete) but make some ads that bring in guys like Hoilett, Borjan etc. Grow the game past on name.
  41. 1 point
    SpursFlu

    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    Sorry.. i was on a bender after Arsenal's banana peel on the weekend The spirit of my post was good.. the execution fell a bit short
  42. 1 point
    jordan

    Canadians abroad: December 14-20, 2018

    Hibs have an aging back line, could be a good opportunity for him if he is signed.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Ivan

    Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty

    Actually, other way around red card. 20 goals in 12 matches.
  45. 1 point
    masster

    Possible CPL Salary Cap Discussion

    We don't know if that is the case. From everything that was speculated previously, the CPL was copying MLS in terms of setting up CSB, but not in terms of single entity.
  46. 1 point
    Kent

    CPL new teams speculation

    Now you've got me wondering how many kilometers of coast there is between Halifax and Victoria (or at least the mainland next to Victoria). Found a source that says "Canada's mainland coast, including the islands of Newfoundland, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, is 71 261 km long and fronts on the North Pacific, Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. If all measurable islands are included, the saltwater coastline has been measured at 243 797 km long." So I'm guessing it's about 60k or so from Halifax to Victoria.
  47. 1 point
    Kent

    Ottawa CPL Club

    This is the kind of thing that keeps team execs/staff up at night.
  48. 1 point
    Macksam

    CPL General

  49. 1 point
    Shortdutchcanuck

    NCAA Canadians 2018

    3 defenders . . . we could certainly do with some more young success stories at the position.
  50. 1 point
    Unnamed Trialist

    Cyle Larin

    I turned it on just in time to see Quaresma stomp on a guy with his studs in the midfield, straight red. There was at least 10 min left still, or more. So it is painfully clear there is more going on than just Larin, the team in general is in rough shape.
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