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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. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 2 points
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    An art form that is basically unknown to anyone producing broadcasts of soccer in North America currently IMO.
  12. 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???
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 2 points
    jordan

    Canadians abroad: January 18-24, 2019

    Mexico Eustaquio starts for Cruz Azul in Copa Mx Against Alebrijes Oaxaca
  20. 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.
  21. 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/
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 1 point
    Probably not the prolific goal scorer we are hoping for. Might not be primarily what MDS see's in the striker if the squad is chipping in. Good age though. Some irony transfermarkt lists Octavio Rivero as a comparable player ?
  25. 1 point
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports19/19york043.htm Still a lot to add to the L1O players at the CPL combine yesterday. Here's a list of the players that were there and the teams they were with last season. Also who advanced to the afternoon game. Interesting that both Oakville and FC London brought five players each and all survived the morning sessions. Even farthest away Windsor and Ottawa SUF brought one guy each and each made it to the final game. Lots more to add later...
  26. 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 ͡° )
  27. 1 point
    johnyb

    Juan Guillermo Cordova

    Just listened. Nothing new. Says he would love to play in MLS and with Vancouver but it's just rumours at this point. He admits one of the reasons he choose CMNT despite repping Chile as a youth is because he may never have made it to the Chilean NT but also because Canada has been good to his family. He has been in Contact with Herdman but has no idea if he will be called up for the Match in March.
  28. 1 point
    mpg_29

    CPL TV Contract

    I'm more concerned about the low camera angle in some of the smaller stadiums. If the camera is not high enough you get a sort of a "2D view" instead of "3D view" of the entire pitch
  29. 1 point
    dyslexic nam

    CPL General

    Hopefully they are waiting to finalize the details of a blockbuster TV deal that they can announce at the same time.
  30. 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.
  31. 1 point
    SthMelbRed

    Jadon Villfort

    You and I are in agreement on this one. :-)
  32. 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.
  33. 1 point
    Mikmacdo

    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    Menendez’s stats look better than Janson. 10 goals in 30 games for Talleres vs 10 goals in 82 games for Janson on a worse team. If they can bring him in for less money than Janssen its a no brainer.
  34. 1 point
    admin

    Jordyn Huitema

    She doesn't have to completely eschew education because she is playing pro.....
  35. 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.
  36. 1 point
    ted

    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Yes, they do. You will often hear those sorts of comments from the same source. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squad_number_(association_football)
  37. 1 point
    ted

    CPL TV Contract

    I don't think I am breaching any confidentiality by saying... nope.
  38. 1 point
    masster

    CPL General

    ^ Thumbs up from me.
  39. 1 point
    matty

    CPL TV Contract

    i share this opinion. I find this is also an issue for most not in Canada men's national team games.
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point
    Club Linesman

    TFC 2018-2019 Off-season

    This is good no doubt. But not excellent and once again we have to battle in CCL and we will need second options for at least 7-8 of those guys. As we haven't increased the quality of the reserves - actually the subs really have been downgraded and last year didn't work out very well I am really hopeful that they spend some money very soon and add a little more to the club. Currently it seems like last year all over again minus Victor who was one of the most important if not the important person on the squad.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 1 point
    garmc

    CPL bilingualism

    I believe Sukunda is also bilingual, meaning the Wanderers actually have three bilingual players. (Hocine, Sukunda, and Lamy) We'll be sure to tell the club they should do some French player messages. It takes almost zero effort, but is a nice gesture to the Acadians in NS and NB, and would certainly give us more fans in Quebec. As part of the supporters group, I've always wanted to have more French engagement, however I cannot speak French. We've had at least one interview done in French, but that's about it. Finding someone who can give it the commitment it deserves is difficult.
  45. 1 point
    LeoH037

    Jonathan David

    I love it, and honestly im not surprised since David is truly a quality player. Its no wonder Gent gave him a new contract since they clearly had the foresight that he would draw interest from bigger clubs sooner or later. Honestly if it werent for Phonzy breaking through then David would get a lot more hype.. and as an icing in the cake I love the fact he was born in the USA and we snatched him hehe... plus he never played in MLS so they cant claim any credit for his development.. yes I'm petty like that ?
  46. 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
  47. 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.
  48. 1 point
    ChrisinOrleans

    Ottawa CPL Club

    This is basically why I only do 1-2 games a year now, rather than 5-6. NASL also took a break during the super hot months in Ottawa, which was nice. Nothing better than a September evening game at TD Place. Sucks the café next to the breakfast joint closed though. Capping a game with a late evening cappuccino was our post-game ritual.
  49. 1 point
    Looks like they are gearing up towards having a USL reserve team again. Problem is that the geographical spread of USL 1 doesn't fit well for a Vancouver team until there are more teams west of the Rockies. If only there was a Canadian league they could play in with lots of teams in western Canada...
  50. 1 point
    Ansem

    CPL General

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