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  1. 12 points
    Today's combine at the Ontario Soccer Centre involved only League 1 Ontario players. I got there at 8:45am and the players were doing testing. Pylon navigation with and without a ball. Also sprinting with a bungee cord attached I'll assume increasing in resistance the further across the field you ran. There were 47 players listed for the morning games divided into four teams wearing pinnies I recognized from the CPL open tryouts last Fall. Each team played two 30 minute half games against the same team ie. Orange vs Green for 60 minutes then Yellow vs Blue. First game started at 10:14am and second at 11:43am and ended at 12:48pm. After lunch there was another game with 33 players split into two teams (leaving bench strength for substitutions). This was also a two 30 minute halfs game. This was an 'invite only' day involving L1O players that had been prescouted by L1O and selected to show off for the CPL coaches and officials. These players were not involved in the open trials that took place across Canada months ago (although some other L1O players were at trials not just here and Hamilton but the other venues and some passed for the promise of a tryout--which was later changed to a possibility of a tryout). Duncan Wilde of Oakville Blue Devils answered me that his team had none of his players at the Open Trials back in the Fall but some were here today. There were some players that came from FC London and even one from Ottawa South United—Barou Junior Mbuyamba who made it to the afternoon session while their goalie Jared St Thomas and defender Turner Johnson had successfully tryed-out in Hamilton. Today's players looked better than the 200+ I saw over two days at this location. That was open to those who put up the $200 fee. Players may have played on the same club team but today's squads were scattered about. There were a lot of offsides called in the three games today and the backheel passes didn't always work because players weren't used to each other. I've got all the goal scorers from the games. The afternoon session had the survivors play in Yellow vs Blue pinnies but that meant the numbers worn were different as some of the Greens and Oranges passed and pinnies were given out at random. Officials from L10 and CPL seemed glad to see me but I had not been invited and found out about it from folks on the Voyageurs message board. L1O provided me with a list of the morning rosters and after the afternoon game I was allowed to take a picture of that roster on the promise I wouldn't tweet it. Good deal! I have a commitment tonight so I can't get into the details of games but will work on it tomorrow and Saturday. Stay tuned.
  2. 8 points
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    My source says there will be eight cameras used to broadcast games at Westhills (and I assume each of the other stadia) and we were told at the very first pub night that cameras would be positioned to face into the three stands. They are well aware they have to make the broadcasts look as good as possible.
  3. 7 points
    Rintaran

    CPL General

    The article was just updated with the following: Editors note: In a subsequent email to Sportsnet, the CPL confirmed that in addition to the roster requirements mentioned above by David Clanachan that another rule mandates that a minimum of three domestic players on each team must be under the age of 21 AND those players must play a minimum of 1,000 minutes per season. That's a bit of a change. Definitely working on development of young players. I think this works as extra push to keep on some of the U-Sports draftees beyond training camp. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.
  4. 5 points
    That would be a coup for CPL. I am really hoping it's true.
  5. 4 points
    C2SKI

    CPL TV Contract

    I hope they mount cameras to the hydro pole at Westhills and point them back towards the main stands.
  6. 4 points
    Bertuzzi44

    Ballou Tabla

    Tabla is still pretty young. He's talented, has scored in the Segunda División, and is on the books at Barca. I'd say give it at least one more season before thinking about a move or loan. It's not like the training or level he's at aren't very very good.
  7. 4 points
    rob.notenboom

    Ottawa CPL Club

  8. 4 points
    Ansem

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Sportsnet: The Ottawa Fury decided to stay in the USL this upcoming season, instead of joining the CPL. Subsequently, Concacaf threatened to not sanction them for the 2019 USL campaign. Eventually, the Fury received sanctioning from Concacaf to play in the USL, subject to approval by FIFA. Where do we stand at the moment in terms of Ottawa possibly joining the CPL in 2020? David Clanachan: First of all, I love the guys in Ottawa. Mark Goudie (President and CEO at Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group) is a quality guy. He and I get along very well. We were like brothers from a different mother when we first met. A very smart guy. We did everything we could in terms of making the Fury comfortable about coming into the CPL. Mark would tell you that we sat with him and give them some relief we had around the salary cap, and players transfers, and things like that. Where we couldn’t move from is that we wanted them in the CPL right away, in 2019. We believe we will have a great CPL franchise in Ottawa at some point, one way or another. At the end of the day, they couldn’t [join the CPL in 2019], and I was as surprised as anybody when their decision came down. The people of Ottawa and the supporters there deserve a team competing in a Canadian league – I think the people of Ottawa would much rather see the Fury play other Canadian teams than teams from the United States in the USL. Sometimes you can’t get a meeting of the minds on a specific issue. Mark Goudie said he admired our business plan, but he just wanted more time and that 2019 wasn’t possible. Giving him more time wasn’t something I could do. We’ll see what happens in the future, but I think having Ottawa in the CPL would be great, and I’m still hopeful.
  9. 3 points
    dyslexic nam

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Would love to see Ricketts in CPL. He gets a bit of a rough ride on here sometimes but the numbers don't lie - he has been a great servant for our Nats at a time when we were offensively challenged, and he has always done what was asked of him. A bit of a celebration in CPL would be a great way to round things off - and may keep him in the fold for a bit longer. And for some of these guys CPL could offer a great avenue into a post-playing career in some sort of coaching or technical capacity.
  10. 3 points
    Keegan

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    It’s a legacy thing too, I’m sure part of him probably wants to start and score goals to finish his career. He’s never really done that at club level - if he could be prolific in CPL in addition to his CMNT goal scoring record that’s a pretty damn good legacy. The thing is also with him, if he goes to a club where he isn’t starting he’s going to be easily dropped from Canada with all the youngsters challenging. If he goes to CPL he just has to be a starter and score regularly and he has a good chance of getting a call because it’s easy to justify when you talk about his past record and current status.
  11. 3 points
    Zem

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    Exactly, the thing is he's 31 now and while he had a great run as a super sub with TFC I have to imagine that wherever he goes next he wants a starting role more than anything else, and he likely isn't going to get that in MLS unfortunately. While he made some good money at TFC, given how tumultuous his career has been at the club level I'm sure he'd happily take a drop in pay to play in the CPL as not only a starter, but a star and a valued leadership figure. If he doesn't get any significantly better offers elsewhere, that is.
  12. 3 points
    MrsC

    Jordyn Huitema

    I think I like it. College will be there later and it has at times felt like the level of play in NCAA has held Jessie Fleming back. This is probably the best move for the development of her game.
  13. 3 points
    hamiltonfan

    Juan Guillermo Cordova

    https://twitter.com/peteremilioraco/status/1088572188939177984?s=21
  14. 3 points
    masster

    CPL TV Contract

    The exposure is definitely the most important part, as that affects other potential revenue streams. How much is a field side advertising board worth if it is only seen by those in the stadium? How much is that same field side advertising board worth if it is seen on a national TV broadcast? Same can be said for kit sponsors, etc.
  15. 3 points
    Dropped by for 30 minutes. I have to say, they level of play was much better than the open trials. I think it goes to show what a more professional environment can do to a player's development. Players also seemed more vocal and cohesive (maybe having played together or against each other).
  16. 2 points
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    An art form that is basically unknown to anyone producing broadcasts of soccer in North America currently IMO.
  17. 2 points
    LAK

    CPL TV Contract

    Also, live switching is an art form. The director/switcher has to know the sport in order to make the right cuts. All this is happening live so the decision making is crazy fast. Unless, you turn on two cameras and put it on youtube...
  18. 2 points
    Bison44

    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    On the bright side, Hamilton should get more minutes.
  19. 2 points
    matty

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    i never got why people thought there was like no chance he'd be in cpl. yes he was getting paid a lot at tfc but there's a good chance a cpl would be on par with a euro league for a player of his level and the process would be simpler to play here close to family. fingers crossed it's true
  20. 2 points
    matty

    CPL TV Contract

    ummmmm you have to check lighting and adjust for weather and link everything and EDIT IT live and test sound (which is a nightmare in wind or rain...oh by the way SOUND IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ******* THING) and maintain broadcast. basically you have to have dozens staffed to make sure all this is working right for the entire game. bad sound? people will get annoyed and turn it off. no editing? people will get bored and change the channel.
  21. 2 points
    grande

    CPL General

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/sports/soccer/article-cpl-commissioner-offers-a-look-at-canadas-new-soccer-league/?__twitter_impression=true It's been ten days since they said the schedule will be out in 7-10 days... Can you tell I'm getting antsy???
  22. 2 points
    Bison44

    Marco Bustos

    Well first step is kicking some butt in the league he is in. He barely got any games in Mexico, winning a starting job at OKC would help him move up.
  23. 2 points
    shamrock

    Jadon Villfort

    True. Yes he's grown at home but I don't think that's the point. They make it seem as if they invested in this kid while in fact they've only tested him last year. Sure, it's great that they offer him a contract, but why the false statement?
  24. 2 points
    JamboAl

    Jadon Villfort

    You may not buy it but if a few extra tickets are sold because of the portrayal, then job done.
  25. 2 points
    LeoH037

    Jordyn Huitema

    Good decision, she wants to be a professional soccer player and is already on a trajectory to do so? then do it, college level will just hold back her development at this point. She can always go back once her career as a soccer player ends
  26. 2 points
    Gian-Luca

    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    Against Vancouver last year in the game that officially eliminated TFC from playoff contention, Giovinco yelled at VDW for poor defensive play and VDW screamed back at him and they continued to have a shouting match - no idea whether it was caught on camera. This stood out for me in a couple of respects - it’s the only time I can recall Giovinco screaming at a veteran player and the only time I can recall him screaming at a player for making a bad play that had nothing to do with him (usually he would scream at Endoh or Delgado etc for making a ****** cross that sailed over his head, etc.) - and to be fair to Giovinco, I can recall myself and 25,000 other fans also yelling at VDW on the play as he was slow to react and took a silly yellow card on the play (and later got a second one effectively ending TFC’s final hopes of a miracle). It is however the only time I can recall a teammate screaming back at Giovinco, which I thought was telling at the time. In a sense this news is not a huge surprise although disappointing.
  27. 2 points
    Tigers

    CPL TV Contract

    I was thinking "quality of production" to be more like on screen graphics, panel/set design and setup, cutaways to commercials, stats segments etc. Not so much the camera setups. While that is important, it seems relatively easy to do. The extra presentation is what will take effort to put forward the best look for the league.
  28. 2 points
    dyslexic nam

    CPL TV Contract

    Not triggered. I think that is a fair point. Bit of a chicken egg thing though. How can the league grow (and revenue grow to support enhanced player quality) if it is limited to gate revenue without much broad public exposure? I am hoping that the level of play will be sufficient to engage any fans that may turn it on. There will definitely need to be a nationalistic angle to it - "supporting our league" and all that. And i think that can be a successful tactic. The reality is that if it wasn't for that kind of national self interest, MLS would have no traction in this country either outside of live venues. Things have improved in recent years, but the early years of TFC were nothing to write home about in terms of play quality. Yet they got eyeballs watching because it was our team - and i think CPL can do the same.
  29. 2 points
    mpg_29

    CPL TV Contract

    For the mass audience I think the general production quality of the broadcast is more influential.. If it's similar to a CFL level of production(ie camera angles, replays, commentators, pre-game post-game show) the it will feel like a top-tier league in many ways. I have watched USL streams and it isn't really TV-level production.
  30. 2 points
    Jith12

    Canadians abroad: January 18-24, 2019

    David starts for Gent against Oostende in the semi-final first leg of the Belgian Cup. Edit: According to Google, he is playing CB. Seems legit.
  31. 2 points
    jordan

    Canadians abroad: January 18-24, 2019

    Mexico Eustaquio starts for Cruz Azul in Copa Mx Against Alebrijes Oaxaca
  32. 2 points
    Ruffian

    Marco Bustos

    Using my Crocodile Dundee skills I am going to say he is driving South. Sun is to his left (East) and it is rising since it is 8:51 am in the morning. So going back to OKC based on my science.
  33. 1 point
    Jith12

    Jordyn Huitema

    Huitema has elected to forgo college and turn pro. Thoughts? https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/canadian-teenager-jordyn-huitema-opts-forgo-college-turn-pro/
  34. 1 point
    Raven

    Football in the canadian arctic

    Great article with video. Love these kind of stories https://www.theguardian.com/football/copa90/2019/jan/24/football-in-the-canadian-arctic-nunavut-film
  35. 1 point
    grasshopper1917

    CPL TV Contract

    I think they key for this league to thrive is to win over causal sports fans. In order to do this there is only one answer 'Television'. CBC, TSN, Sportsnet (or any other major network that will broadcast it). Also you will need TV, Radio Stations and newspapers reporting on it. Anything short of that it will be considered a minor league outfit by casual and non sports fans.
  36. 1 point
    dyslexic nam

    CPL TV Contract

    There are so many positives re CBC. I have enumerated them before, but just for the sake of beating a dead equine... CBC: Has a mandate to carry Canadian content Is challenged to compete with TSN/Sportsnet for "big league" content, and has a gap in soccer coverage (a sport hugely growing in popularity) Provides coast to coast access to all Canadians free of charge (ie. Great exposure for the league). Has the capacity to show local games on regional carriers for optimal impact Has demonstrated capacity for high quality soccer programming (including all those intangibles noted above) during the last 2 world cups Has a strong online platform for sports, as demonstrated during high-demand events like the Olympics and WC Has a mandate to promote Canadian culture – which includes sport Is intended to reflect and promote the cultural diversity of Canada – in a context where soccer (aka “football”) is the world’s most popular sport In short:  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )
  37. 1 point
    La Presse seems to think Toisant Ricketts is playing in CanPL this year: https://www.lapresse.ca/sports/soccer/201901/21/01-5211781-zachary-sukunda-globe-trotter.php ...Sukunda fait partie des 10 premiers joueurs à avoir été embauchés par les sept équipes de la ligue. Avec lui, on retrouve des joueurs de l'équipe nationale - Nik Legerwood - et d'anciens pensionnaires de la MLS tels Tosaint Ricketts, Kyle Bekker et Kyle Porter. Selon Sukunda, le niveau sera compétitif dès la première année, en 2019...
  38. 1 point
    shamrock

    Marco Bustos

    Yeah 'cause let's be honest, he hasn't shown anything yet that would get him into the MNT fold. Not even on the USL-level.
  39. 1 point
    SthMelbRed

    Jadon Villfort

    You and I are in agreement on this one. :-)
  40. 1 point
    rkomar

    Jordyn Huitema

    NCAA didn't seem to hurt Lawrence or Buchanan, and Fleming is still a standout. If Huitema went to Stanford or UCLA, I don't see that it would have hurt her development. Those are two of the best programs in the US.
  41. 1 point
    BringBackTheBlizzard

    CPL General

    1000 minutes is about 11 complete games each, so that isn't token playing time and means teams are probably best advised to have significantly more than three domestic U-21s on board that can potentially achieve this, so they don't put all their eggs into one basket and create competition for that playing time. The Easton report hasn't been completely forgotten by the looks of things.
  42. 1 point
    Kent

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Lots of good stuff in that interview. New roster rule that 3 players have to be under 21 and play 1000 minutes. Wasn’t clear, but I assume that is combined, not 1000 each. Also said broadcast/media deal will be announced soon.
  43. 1 point
    Zem

    Canadians abroad: January 18-24, 2019

    PORTUGAL Ricky Gomes made his second appearance off the bench for Olhanense this month as the club's new keeper picked up a red card in the 75th minute in a 1-2 loss to Pinhalnovense last weekend. Gomes didn't concede any of the goals. Fingers crossed he actually gets to make his first start for them this weekend.
  44. 1 point
    mpg_29

    CPL TV Contract

    My source says this source is actually wrong and that it is actually much much BIGGER than this. It so crazy that it actually defines physics and the boundaries the time-space continuum. Everyone will have brain aneurysms from this announcement.
  45. 1 point
    Keegan

    Marco Bustos

    It’s a shame really - he would be an amazing signing for Winnipeg and his family would be able to watch him in a beautiful stadium with his former coach. I get that he’s just recently moved to OKC so maybe he wants to give it a year at least before moving on. For his career though CPL would just be a great move - a good season would almost certainly see him get a call to a Canada friendly (if we have any that is). In OKC or Sacramento I can’t see guys like Bustos and Aleman being called even if they have Bekker like years.
  46. 1 point
    Keegan

    CPL TV Contract

    I feel like CBC would make a ton of sense right now. The rights are likely to be affordable and the chance to show a national pro league would be big for them - especially with cities like Halifax and Victoria involved where typically pro sports haven’t been available.
  47. 1 point
    Ansem

    CPL General

    Good to see CPL being involved in L10 after it's acquisition
  48. 1 point
    Ruffian

    Players you expect to see in the CPL

    They have the 2nd most league championships in their country after Rangers of Malaysia?
  49. 1 point
    Bison44

    Mark-Anthony Kaye

    Another MA Kaye video. Cleared for and back to training, not quite 100%, another month or so before he's back to normal. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/01/22/mark-anthony-kaye-returns-lafc-training-point-prove
  50. 1 point
    Bison44

    CPL General

    Is it just me or has the CPL already had a big boost for CMNT team players? VWC have brought in Cornelius, Crepeau, Dasovic, MDV (and maybe Cordova), Impact got ZBG ( i wont mention TFC, cough americans cough cough). Plus it seemed like all 3 tried to tie down some young academy talent before they jumped ship to CPL. Do you think interest in the CPL with a high % of CDN content has lit a fire under the MLS teams to up their homegrown content a bit?? It would be great if the Van defenders (Crepeau/Henry/Cornelius/DeJong/Levis) can build some chemistry that carries over to the CMNT team.
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