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  1. 15 points
    spitfire

    Gold Cup 2019

    The players arrive today...
  2. 10 points
    admin

    Gold Cup 2019

    #conversationsweneverthoughtwewouldhave
  3. 8 points
    CanadaFan123

    Gold Cup 2019

    Think we may have to rely on you for updates lol.
  4. 7 points
    nolando

    Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread

    I think it says this will be almost exclusively a league for up-and-comers rather than down-and-outers. Our national program will surely benefit in the long run.
  5. 6 points
    Even if some people were taking a generous accounting of attendance (though there is no evidence that is occurring)... Even if some people approach this league with a sense of optimism (though the optimism seems largely warranted)... And even if people are trying to look on the bright side of events (after literally decades of being a soccer backwater)... What is the big friggin deal? Why the incessant need to try and quench the enthusiasm? THAT is the part that galls me.
  6. 5 points
    Gian-Luca

    TFC 2019 Season

    And while we're at it, the early returns on TFC taking American Griffin Dorsey ahead of Canadian Tajon Buchanan (given their stated needs for wingers, which is what Buchanan is) isn't looking so good
  7. 5 points
    Ams1984

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    Amen, preach on! I really don’t get the obsession with constant negativity and pessimism! As if it isn’t already hard enough being a Canadian soccer fan, some of us seek to constantly stand in our own damned way.
  8. 5 points
    You are as far removed from objective reality as I am from signing with Bayern Munich. Want to know what I wanted to unfold? I was hoping for a Canadian professional league to come to fruition, coast to coast representation if possible, the majority of the players being Canadian (young if possible but also some returnees from Europe that some on here would be familiar with). I hoped for good crowds but at the same time wasn't really worried about it because I realized this wouldn't be an overnight blockbuster success everywhere...it had to develop organically and differently for each market. Well Holy **** would you look at that...I got everything I wished for. It's like Christmas in June around here. Want to know something else? I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one that feels that way. Now please feel free to **** on that like you do most things on here. You won't change my mind in the least bit, you won't convince me to return my season tickets and you won't dim the passion I have for this league or Canadian soccer in general. The only thing you will accomplish is reminding me to point out what a douchebag you are at every opportunity.
  9. 5 points
    This really holds no water. It's a guess. I would wager Altidore and Bradley would get booed mercilessly. Sure they would know we don't actually hate them, but they'd get good natured booing. ... now if marky delgago makes the squad, that will be actual booing.
  10. 4 points
    Gian-Luca

    TFC 2019 Season

    Now official: https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2019/06/03/toronto-fc-signs-us-international-defender-omar-gonzalez Can't say that I am thrilled about another USMNT player on the team as the last American national team player they signed has been terrible thus far - but at the same time the defense clearly still needed to be upgraded and it's not as though there were a ton of Canadian options out there that would be an upgrade and available starting July. Perhaps we can release Terrence Boyd next month to make up for this.....
  11. 4 points
    Hybred

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    Why do you suggest that your speculation is somehow fact. I have been to every Hamilton game and believe me it definitely seems like the 6000 crowd number is on par you are speculating on a picture that was taken right before half as I sit on that side of the stadium and it is definitely more full then that normally during the game, you assume everyone is in their seats at all times which is unrealistic. I am fairly certain Hamilton gets their attendance stats from scanned tickets which in Hamilton's case is mobile only, to suggest otherwise is false unless you can provide some sort of proof of your speculation. Why you comment on a league you obviously wish to fail I have no idea, obviously you are just a troll.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    dyslexic nam

    CPL new teams speculation

    Australia also doesn't have to deal with its 3 biggest markets being home to a competing league with deep pockets and a longer history. Ignoring that is silly.
  14. 3 points
    Obinna

    Gold Cup 2019

    @El Diego @LeoH037 Saying there's a significant drop off between Davies and Millar is like saying there's a significant drop off between Mbappe and Dembele...Technically you are right, but my point is that both are solid options. (Note: I am not saying Davies/Millar are Mbappe/Dembele) In the past, we would typically have one option we could throw out against Mexico (if we were lucky), while the bench option would simply not cut it. Things have now changed. Honestly, I would not hesitate to start Millar against Mexico. If he can play against Celtic and be one of the best players on the park, why not against Mexico? They aren't Brazil, especially not this particular Mexico side. The same goes for Arfield and Johnson. Yes, Arfield is clearly better. It was a stretch to say there's not a significant drop off, admittedly. What I should have said there is that both options can hold their own against this Mexico team. Obviously Johnson is the weaker option, but we won't exactly get embarrassed with him out on the field, right? Remember, he started our last WCQ against Mexico. He's not going to lose us the game out there. My main point in all of this is that I don't think we need to play our strongest line up against Mexico, because we have good enough bench options to allow us to rotate. We need to rotate in the group stage anyways. In the past, we couldn't do this, but now we can, so let's take advantage of our depth in the one group stage game we don't have to win. The knock out rounds are the time to play all of your best players at once.
  15. 3 points
    ktf

    Pacific FC - 2019 Season Thread

    I think it is a better indication of how much Canadian talent was being wasted over the years by not having any professional opportunity. Those players on Valour may not be up and comers, but they have deserved a shot over the years. The vets have been disappointing, but I was really only expecting De Jong to dominate. Haber has looked okay at times, but he needs lots of service. I just think he is an example of a guy who has clear physical tools, and took advantage of his shot to get abroad, and once he did he was able to stay because he had experience, not necessarily because he was good. That also made him a shoe-in for NT call up consideration as well. That of course is why many Canadians have been overlooked over the years. They don't have experience, and thus don't get a shot. Then they are 21-22-23 or older, which if they trial in Europe or NA, pits them against many younger players, who even if they look better then in training, the team may want to take the youth with "potential." Vicious cycle. It may be too late for the guys in the middle age range (beyond a prospect, but not old) to advance, but for them if they can play 3-4-5 years in the CPL that is still a type of living the dream. Tell me I get even 30-40k to play my favourite sport for 8 months, I am game. As for the younger guys in that u-21/ even u23 range, they will now have a lot of experience and video to be judged on, and hopefully a few more players like MAK can bloom when they are 23/24. Forge, York, Cavalry, Edmonton players (whichever advances in the CC) have a big chance in the CC.
  16. 3 points
    Corazon

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Canadians in MLS Chicago - Raheem Edwards starts one game and comes off the bench for the other. Dallas - Montgomery remains on the bench. LAFC - MAK goes full 90 on the weekend. Minnesota - St Clair the back up in both games this week. Montreal - Piette starts both games. Shome starts one game and gets assist and also comes off the bench for the other game. Choiniere and AJH each start one game. ZBG comes off the bench in both games. New England - Buchanan comes off the bench in the final minutes. Orlando - Johnson & Akindele each go full 90 and each scoring a goal this weekend. Miller remains on the bench. Toronto - Fraser looks good going the full 90. Laryea starts but goes off injured along with Mavinga (Vancouver turf!!!). Hamilton comes off the bench while both Chapman and Morgan remain on the bench. Osorio remains out injured. Vancouver - Cornelius, Crepeau & Teibert all start. Levis & Bair remain on the bench. Henry remains out injured.
  17. 2 points
    Having done multiple games in Hamilton.... it does not allow you to take much advantage of the Toronto market. Hamilton is a good place to have a game. Stadium and staff are great, it is a good venue. But it is not a good venue because of access to the Toronto market.
  18. 2 points
    As mentioned previously. Vancouver can’t host the Cuba match at BC Place due to conflicts with Rugby. Also doesn’t make sense travel wise. I did the Vancouver-Cuba flight not too long ago and it’s a solid 6 hours. Vancouver May have gotten the Cuba match and Toronto the USA but I think the way it shakes out they’ll flip them. the USA home match is on a Tuesday night so it won’t be an easy match to sell so I can’t see them going outside of Vancouver Toronto for this one.
  19. 2 points
    CanadaFan123

    Gold Cup 2019

    Yeah definitely but I’m not going to write off a team that has made the last 2 finals and added a once in a lifetime player. Also the friendly roster isn’t exactly the same as the gold cup fwiw.
  20. 2 points
    MtlMario

    Vote for the CPL to be in FIFA 20!

    Voted.😎
  21. 2 points
    I've heard the players have already put in a formal request to keep you off their plane.
  22. 2 points
    I like Jackson and think coming to the CPL would be great for him and the league. He has great experience to pass on. I loved him in his Norwich days and thought he was unlucky not to be given more playing time back then. I think people assuming he would be a clinical finisher and scoring goals for fun are likely off base though. Putting aside his age/fitness his goals over the last few seasons 2018/19 6 (32 app) 2017/18 1 (14 app) 2016/17 7 (41 app) 2015/16 2 (29 app) 2014/15 3 (30 app) Those are varying levels too. His best goal tally was in league one (close to comparable to CPL) that said this year in the Scottish premier league he almost bested that at the age of 32.
  23. 2 points
    Didn't we have 17K for French G ? Cuba is bigger draw than French G. Though it would depend largely on time/day. Even Dominica drew 10K in Toronto on I think a Tuesday, and we played them TWICE in less than two years... With that in mind I don't think either senior national team can play in any small stadium, friendly or not. Those days are done, and that is a good thing.
  24. 2 points
    I don't know why some people seemingly obsess about checking Ticketmaster, like it's a sacrificed chicken whose innards are being examined to foretell the future. Let's add up all the blue dots to see how many tickets are left. Suddenly, there are more tickets available. Who knew? It's like they had created an artificial sense of scarcity. Shocking. Some thought in terms of all teams selling out all games, requiring larger stadiums for year two. Others thought failure of the league in year one. The reality was always going to be a difficult slog to get beyond the hard-core Canadian soccer supporter. Getting to the casual supporter, the general sports supporter, etc. Seems to me that any truly negative attendance issues can be traced to management decisions: pricing, marketing, etc. I think all on here thought York 9 would be in tough due to location. Specific to Forge, I'm happy with the attendance of roughly 5500 to 6000 per game so far (ignoring the anomaly of game one). From people I speak to at the games, or see interacting with others, these fans are leaving very happy with the experience. Remember, Forge (and the other CPL teams) are not just competing for sports dollars, but all entertainment dollars such as going to a movie.
  25. 2 points
    LeoH037

    Gold Cup 2019

    Err... theres quite a significant drop in quality when going from Arfield to Johnson, or Davies to Millar.. wtf
  26. 2 points
    El Diego

    Gold Cup 2019

    I have to disagree on Arfield-Johnson, Osorio-Teibert, and Davies-Millar. Those talent levels are noticeably different imo. Cavallini-Larin is weird because Larin could easily be better but he's clearly not due to form. I agree that generally, the difference between our A and B line ups is not as pronounced as it once was.
  27. 2 points
    Bdog

    Liam Fraser

    I thought Fraser looked great last year whenever he played despite 2018 TFC being a shitshow. I can’t see why Delgado keeps getting starts when he has been awful since missing that sitter against Chivas. Fraser and Bradley should be out there together but Vanney never seems to want to try anything new.
  28. 2 points
    Gogarty does look but he’s not better than Gasparotto. Passing accuracy isn’t the best metric for defenders. Gasparotto looks nonplussed under pressure, his tackling is fantastic, his positioning is good, he hasn’t made an obvious mistake in any of the games that I recall.
  29. 2 points
    Was looking around the stadium and it was totally jammed. If a fire martial came in we would have been in trouble lol
  30. 2 points
    JamboAl

    Dario Zanatta

    I agree on the MLS vs Norway Tippeligaen with respect to exposure. But the discussion is between the CPL and a second tier European league. At the point, there is no comparison- that’s because the CPL is barely 5 games into season #1. The Luxembourg top tier might get more attention than the CPL from scouts right now.
  31. 2 points
    I just the marketing and media exposure that could be created by the US game in Toronto is too much to pass up. You will have the chance to put the players especially Alphonso on the morning tv circuit, talk radio etc. The story line of Jozy and Michael on their home field facing Canada will create buzz. The CSA is stupid if you don't do this.
  32. 2 points
    Ozzie_the_parrot

    CPL bilingualism

    Canada is a bilingual country with French having equal status with English. It is unacceptable that the league's website doesn't fully reflect that reality. What individual teams and broadcasters do is another issue.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    JamboAl

    Simeon Jackson

    It is unlikely any Scottish Premier League Club would offer him a chance. If he gets released by St Mirren, I fear he’s got little chance of sticking on at a better club. His next move may be to come back to Canada or try an English League Two (or equivalent) club.
  35. 1 point
    Gian-Luca

    Gold Cup 2019

    Jamaica has announced a squad of 23 for their friendly against the US: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/06/03/jamaica-call-five-mlsers-squad-face-usmnt Despite the addition of Leon Bailey, going by Herdman's methodology of looking at where the clubs are, on paper we shouldn't be losing to these guys in this Cup as we have done the past two times. Should we meet them of course.
  36. 1 point
    Gian-Luca

    CPL new teams speculation

    It's not just bizarre.......I'd say it's discouraging in light of the noise about an imminent announcement. Hopefully he was just contacting him about a possible appearance on Dragon's Den rather than about investing in a CPL club.
  37. 1 point
    Looks like a personal twitter account, so isn't that much the same as the CanPL for Goderich stuff? Think there needs to be a bit more than that for it to be viewed as a credible bid.
  38. 1 point
    sloth8

    Simeon Jackson

    Jackson was released by St. Mirren after his contract expired on May 31. https://www.stmirren.com/news/club/all-news/2897-squad-update In the end, he played 32 games for the club last season and scored 6 goals.
  39. 1 point
    Ansem

    2019 Canadian Premier League Attendance

    Please don't quote the troll. It's been therapeutic to have that troll on ignore. Best course of action at this point
  40. 1 point
    BearcatSA

    WNT Pre World Cup Thread

    I thought Sesselmann did a good job as an LB, especially with providing service from the wing when on the attack. She didn't have great recovery pace (knee issues didn't help) but she was a good tackler. I thought she did quite well being slotted into an emergency (at the time) CB at London in 2012, including her run and cross which set up the winner in the bronze medal match. She was coming back from a long knee injury layoff prior to WWC 2015 so I'm not surprised rustiness and confidence were a problem but I thought it was telling that Herdman persisted with her instead of other veterans (Moscato, Chapman, Gayle) to partner Buchanan. Also notable: there probably was some dissension because of this but it seemed to stay in the dressing room (I couldn't imagine that happening with our men's squad: we'd see somebody beaking off in a sulky manner with, "You'll have to ask the manager," when asked by a media member).
  41. 1 point
    3762 announced for FCE vs Valour according to what's on wikipedia.
  42. 1 point
    SpursFlu

    Liam Fraser

    Was at the game and I just have to echo a lot of what everyone's saying. Looked fantastic especially considering his age. Really makes it look simple which is the impressive thing. I think he has a very high ceiling
  43. 1 point
    Obinna

    Gold Cup 2019

    Is there really much of a drop off with our "B" squad? Talent wise the squad is very homogeneous. The real drop off between players is in experience, not talent: Hutchinson-Kaye or Kaye-Hutchinson, you don't gain or lose much talent either way. Hoilett-David or David-Hoilett, I don't think it matters. In other instances, both players have comparable experience AND talent: Arfield-Johnson, Johnson-Arfield Osorio-Teibert, Teibert-Osorio Larin-Cavallini, Cavallini-Larin Davies-Millar, Millar-Davies Not saying these pairs are exactly equal, but there really isn't much of a drop off. Really, there isn't. If we want to play the supposed "B" options against Mexico, I am still confident. It just means we have stronger weapons off the bench.
  44. 1 point
    Kadenge

    Gold Cup 2019

    I sure hope Larin brings it at the GC because Tesho is red hot right now. Still think he should have made the cut.
  45. 1 point
    badname22

    Canadian Future CBs

    N'sa ('99) for Halifax might be one to Consider Aswell. Legault can also play CB
  46. 1 point
    He needs to try his luck on a good to decent first division league if he wants to progress in his career, would love to see him in Austria, Switzerland, Norway
  47. 1 point
    Yoginess

    Gold Cup 2019

    I'm started to get really amped up for this gold cup. I'm incredible confident in a front four of Cav, Hoilett, Davies, and David. Throw in Arfield, Hutch, Kaye (at LB), and Borjan and that's 8 really quality pieces. 7 years ago I feel we struggled to get even 3 players of this quality.
  48. 1 point
    Definite eyes on where he ends up. The next move is always the biggest for players but I feel it really is for Elva this time given his age. He hasn't fulfilled the early hype but is certainly not off the playing field to still achieve that. Here's hoping.
  49. 1 point
    I think teams should really be keying on giving deals to students. There aren’t many things that are affordable for young people and they bring with them some energy and excitement. Also creating life long ties..
  50. 1 point
    dyslexic nam

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Someone should just pose as a representative of the CSA and invite them here for a friendly using faked letterhead. CSA will find out when Venezuela reply and accept the offer. To avoid embarrassment, the CSA will then just pretend that it was their idea and run with it. And don't worry @admin, I am like 72% joking.
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