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  1. So I had a chat with my Fury season ticket rep on Friday. He has heard nothing about a move to the CPL and anyone renewing their season ticket would be buying for the 2020 USL season. When I asked what would happen if the Fury were forced to play in the CPL next season, he said he was not aware of any contingency for that. But if it did happen, he'd guess all season ticket holders would be contacted (to get refunds??). I renewed but said if we went to the CPL, I'd actually buy an additional season ticket.
    9 points
  2. ^ Good games for our new fullbacks
    5 points
  3. BCM

    Chaim Roserie

    I'm happy to say, "I was right". 🤩
    4 points
  4. That is great, after him insulting Canada and saying he preferred to play for the States. I see he was released by his Spanish team La Nucia this summer. Two tidbits in that article. One is that his parents own Ideal Bakery in Santa Lucia. It is the renowned rival bakery to Phillips Bakery on St. Vincent. I know more about Caribbean bakeries from this board than I do about anything else. Another is that they name another Canadian-Santa Lucia dual citizen, Sherwin Emmanuel, who I have never heard mentioned on these boards, played in Australia, in Sweden. How could we have missed him?
    3 points
  5. Sam adekugbe went 90 in a 1-1 draw with Rosenberg.
    3 points
  6. Cordova went 90 and picked up a yellow in a 3-0 Huachipato win over O’Higgins.
    3 points
  7. 3 points
  8. Shortdutchcanuck

    Liam Millar

    Somebody alert @Ozzie_the_parrot SPL is papering the house. Will probably fold after this season.
    3 points
  9. shamrock

    Manjrekar James

    I think he's out. Not having him in the squad lately shows you what a club can do if they want to get rid of you. If he can get a nice loan deal or maybe permanent why not do it? He can play in that league no doubt in my mind.
    2 points
  10. Weekend games are needed for 2019; no better way than to boost attendance ! hence why we REALLY need that 8th team, to balance things out can’t stand another 7 team season for next year. And balanced 14/14 will happen
    2 points
  11. I have no issue with the two champions playing off but I would then have a rule that if one side wins both seasons they are declared champion
    2 points
  12. SthMelbRed

    Liam Millar

    You've made a joke of yourself with your behaviour over the past few years. Don't start crying now that you've made that particular bed.
    2 points
  13. August 31, 2019 League1Ontario Women's Championship Oakville Blue Devils vs FC London played at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan includes sound bytes of MVP Jade Kovacevic my game report at: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports19/19l1o108.htm
    2 points
  14. I agree Millar has not yet passed Hoilett, but I've seen what Hoilett has to offer with this group, and against a team like Cuba I'd love to let Hoilett come off bench and give Liam a good run of minutes to see how he plays off of the other young guns. Then let Hoilett with his experience start against USA in October.
    2 points
  15. Ivan

    Jonathan David

    Great run before the layoff for the assist on the first goal as well.
    2 points
  16. Well, since the Caps' season is over, let's start the discussion about who should stay, who should go, and what sorts of players we need to bring in. No sense asking for MDS to be let go; that ain't happening, at least not this year. I think he made a hash out of recruitment, but I'll give him a Mulligan knowing that the Caps' entire scouting system has been a farce since Day One. My hope is that the club is now ready to do what TFC did several years ago when they brought in Leiwike. I hope the new sporting director and scouting team can help the club evolve and grow and become one of the finest in MLS. But, first, the players: Should Go: Erice: Too slow, too old. Often a liability defensively and did not add enough going forward. (Note that the team was playing better with Inbeom playing Erice's role.) While the teams' struggles have been far greater than anyone person, I feel that much of the struggle has come down to transition between the backline and the midfield, and Erice is the man responsible for most of that link up. This team lacked cohesion for 90% of the year, and the first order of business for MDS will be solving this. Bangoura: Kid has wheels and some skill, but he does not have the head for football, not at this level at least. Ardaiz: Maybe he needs another year, but I think he is a headcase, and a poor fit on a MDS squad. Do we really need Ardaiz when we've got Bair? Levis: Kills me to put his name down, but despite his pluck, great attitude and pace, I suspect MLS is a level too high for him. I would expect to see him in CPL next year. Should Stay: Crepeau; Inbeom; Reyna; Gadoy; Henry; Bair; Adnan; Teibert; Unsure Ricketts: I'd keep him as an option off the bench, but only if the club cannot sign two more accomplished strikers Nerwinski: He's struggled this year, with a few nice moments here and there. My fear is that he does not have much more upside, and we really need a RB who has the skill to play in this league. I'd keep him as cover, but he does not feel like a starter to me. Rose: Love his work rate and attitude, and every team needs a journeyman jack-of-all-trades--especially in capped league--but I just don't feel he is good enough. Montero: I would likely put him in the "Should Go" category, but he still has something to offer, especially to the younger players. He might be around for another year, to bridge the recruitment transition, which will likely take two years. Chirinos: I like a lot of what I've seen so far, and while I feel he is a (slight) upgrade on Venutto, I do not feel he is worth signing for big dollars. If TFC is not going to play Osorio, I'd take Oso over Chirinos in a heartbeat. Cornelius: He's had a spotty year, to say the least. He had a nice spell while paired with Gadoy, but the gaffes came back in Montreal. I'd like to keep him around for another year to see how he grows. CBs take a long time to mature, and we have to keep in mind that he is a converted CB. He seems like a grounded, smart kid: patience might pay dividends yet. -- But those are just some of my thoughts. I would love to hear what you Vees have to say.
    2 points
  17. He's actually correct. Level of play, finances has truly little to do with the FIFA rules. You're free to follow "Miki Turner" on twitter who writes about sports and well verse into the law and a contributor to the Atlantic. I can't find the tweet but you're free to ask him if you dont believe me. During the Fury saga, he tweeted that he knew from sources from the inside that unlike everyone else, there is indeed an exemption for the 3 MLS clubs. The exception is that they are exempted from filing for sanctioning every year. For a specified amount of year, their sanction is granted automatically which makes sense due to the nature of MLS single entity. When he was asked how long that exemption was in place for, he wouldn't answer but people threw numbers at him. It's more than 15 years and much less than 40 years. However, if a party decided to revoke said sanction, they could still do it. (Montagliani threat) All this shows that the "single entity" of MLS is exactly why you can't approach desanction the same way as the Fury. Turner also drew the map to said divorce. The 3 clubs would have to sell back their shares into MLS and vice versa, lose IP (unless there's negotiations or opt-out clause), sell the franchise. Only then would they be able to start over in a Canadian league. Of course, he doubts it ever happens but such divorce is WAY WAY WAY more complex and takes WAY more time than exiting Fury from USL. Your logic isn't wrong but getting MLS out of Canada (which is essentially FIFA would be doing more so than removing/transfering clubs), it's not the same process at all which still isn't a justification for the Fury to use in CAS. They would certainly lose. All this text is informative, there's been reports that said that if they dont get their sanction they would either close shop or join CPL. Haven't heard CAS yet, which they won't. They are at CONCACAF mercy here. What legal action? Sanctioning is a privilege, not a right. Apple and oranges. You're talking 2 radically different things here. Which laws is sanctioning violating? None. Transfers however can raise questions in regards to specific countries labour laws which is ground for court challenges. Sanctioning isn't violating any laws. Of course not, but again, that's a poor example here. The CSL tried to fight losing their sanctioning and they lost. Not sure about the banning of people working in it, but that seems like overreaching. The bottom line is, sticking to sanctioning matter, sanctioning bodies holds all the cards and courts aren't the appropriate place to fight it. CAS might here your case but most agrees it's a long shot.
    2 points
  18. Floortom

    Jonathan David

    His first goal was an absolutely fantastic header. What a goal scoring touch he has https://streamable.com/ber0e
    2 points
  19. They are expecting a baby. His 3rd child I believe. Clearly he is not one to "pull-out". On a more serious note, all the best to him and his family. Since his plans changed suddenly, I hope there are no health problems or complications for his wife &/or the baby.
    2 points
  20. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Sorry had to post this it’s his 89 yard run to set up the game winning goal. Yes a lucky bounce but a good run ...
    2 points
  21. 2 points
  22. Kent

    Dario Zanatta

    My wife has family that are Partick Thistle supporters. When I pointed out on What's App yesterday that they had a new Canadian signing the biggest Thistle supporter said he was the "star man" for them on Saturday. Just one opinion from the smallest of sample sizes, but that did look like a nice play from him (he was the one that ultimately assisted on the goal right?)
    1 point
  23. Stanley

    Premier League of Belize

    Came across a soccer game at what looked to be a local public park in Placencia today. Watched about 5 minutes of it before being asked to leave for not buying a ticket. Turns out it was a Premier League of Belize match between Placencia Assassin's and Verdes FC. Pitch was awful and the level of play was not good and quite rough. Anyway, wish I could have watched the rest of the game. Happy we have the CPL in Canada.
    1 point
  24. Aird25

    CPL General

    Diminishing the importance of hundreds of regular season games seems like terrible business to me
    1 point
  25. Shortdutchcanuck

    Manjrekar James

    As I mentioned, I think he should have been called. Although Straith IMO has been as solid for Canada as James has, and is a more consistent if more limited player. As for Doneil, people treat this as if it's a choice between old guy Doneil and young promising James but Doneil is only 4 months older than James and injuries aside has had a more successful career and been more sought after. All that changes quickly if James breaks through in Denmark obviously.
    1 point
  26. Shway

    Manjrekar James

    He's on par with Doneil for me on the NT level..... And though he's getting regular minutes, he's not having a great season himself to be honest - but he's playing 🤷🏿‍♂️. James was getting games in Danish D1 on loan. Less we forget he struggling to break into a team that occasionally qualifies for the Champions league. He may just need a change of scenery, but he still should be in our team. Especialllllly over guys like Straith.
    1 point
  27. I mean, I like the two D partnership.... But the whitecaps results haven't been good.. at all. So Vitoria deserves a look for sure.
    1 point
  28. Vitoria is in our best 11!
    1 point
  29. shamrock

    Manjrekar James

    According to this Danish source https://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/fc-midtjylland-stopper-afviser-transfer-alt-er-godt-jeg-bliver-her, they want James to leave, but he's not up for it. It says they have to many defenders and have to get rid of at least one. Let's see what happens in the next couple of hours...
    1 point
  30. I thought James should have been there, but I'm curious as to the evidence that he is the best, or even 2nd best CB in our pool? Didn't play for anyone big in Hungary, loaned to 2nd level Denmark, struggling to make the 18 in top level Denmark. He's had some good moments for Canada and some shaky moments and when I've watched him my thought is always 'promising'. But he's 26 now and at some point he has to win regular minutes at a good club and build a solid run of performances. At that point I'll really complain if he's not getting called, right now I'm puzzled but he certainly hasn't done anything to put himself head and shoulders above any defender who did get called.
    1 point
  31. Ownership makes any move out of Spruce Meadows inviable for Cavalry. Same for Pacific. Both would be better in a downtown location but their support where they are, in terms of investment, makes that unlikely. York has to change, as does Edmonton. Both are the least attractive venues as well for the league. Both need to get upgrades or new locations to radically improve fan experience. The rest, agreed.
    1 point
  32. Cuba's roster and some interesting commentary in Spanish here: http://futboldecuba.blogspot.com/2019/08/cuba-da-sus-23-para-partidos-contra.html?m=1
    1 point
  33. Cavallini starts for puebla tonight.
    1 point
  34. Ams1984

    CPL new teams speculation

    I agree with what I believe your larger point to be; MLS and the USL are the same in that they aren’t our Canadian national league, and now that there is such a league, we should disentangle ourselves from both of the aforesaid (or at least, there’s no rationale for keeping Canadian clubs in one but not the other). Of course FIFA, Concacaf, and the CSA are subject to the legal systems of the jurisdictions in which they operate, but there is no right to receive sanctioning, and there is also no right to hold third parties to a contract or business arrangement that they aren’t a party to (the sanctioning bodies have no privity of contract with USL or the Fury). Bottom line is that the Fury is completely at the mercy of the sanctioning bodies. Their leeway will probably run out soon, and then they’ll either have to fold or join the CPL. Not much more to it than that.
    1 point
  35. https://www.proximus-sports.be/nl/voetbal/jupiler-pro-league/video/24795/samenvatting-kaa-gent-cercle-brugge The second took a deflection but nice contact as well.
    1 point
  36. Even with these rules in place, such a system requires a certain level of unmet interest to work. Goes back to stadium size: if you have 6000 people who want tickets for a 5000 capacity stadium it works great. If you have 5000 people who want tickets for a 10000 seat stadium it does not work so well. I've offered my tickets a couple times to people who seemed interested but either something came up or the weather ended up not so great for casual fans. I'm sure this is the case with a lot of seasons ticket holders. But I've also heard of seasons ticket holders around me looking for tickets for friends or family and sections looking sold out on Ticketmaster but clearly not full come game time. In a couple cases when they called Forge reps they were able to get tickets even though Ticketmaster looked sold out, so clearly the system is not quite working yet. I'm fairly certain Forge does have a policy where STHs can exchange tickets to a game they can't attend for extra tickets to a future game, but I've just always given my tickets away, almost always to friends who showed up. To your last point: season's ticket holders are the backbone of Forge's revenue, I'm not sure the team is on a position yet where it could start sanctioning non-attendees and risk pissing off any potential financial contributors.
    1 point
  37. I get what you’re saying, but I disagree. 1) I think that USL is probably pretty analogous to CPL in terms of attendance, cost structure, and level of play whereas MLS is substantially different in all of those respects; and, 2) I’m not sure that the MLS clubs would have a leg to stand on if their sanctioning were withheld.
    1 point
  38. David has scored twice in the first half. Gent up 3-1
    1 point
  39. Blainville does it again..Macagno brings them another championship..not sure they would be last if they were in cpl today
    1 point
  40. Ozzie_the_parrot

    Liam Millar

    I don't see having my arguments completely distorted as a joke.
    1 point
  41. nolando

    Cristián Gutiérrez

    An entire forum agrees with you.
    1 point
  42. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    3 starts in 4 games amassing over 300 mins so far and getting two game winning assists. Liam is really making the most of his 2nd loan at Killie. A great tough challenging environment with a different type of coach (Alessio who was Contes assistant for 15 years...) A good test for him and I’ve watched him grow leaps and bounds. The point of this loan was to grow mature play as much as minutes as he can and keep moving forward. Some better decisions on his final ball and a bit of luck and he would have had more... but every journey is different and we are happy with his progress steady and continue to grow... Van Dyke took a long time to e one of the best defenders the world. Coming through Celtic....To Southampton then Lfc everyone is different....
    1 point
  43. https://mobile.twitter.com/GlassCityFC/status/1167818944704438274
    1 point
  44. I think Cuba might leave some players at home for the Canada home match. As stated in a previous thread, the Cayman Islands are very strict on immigration & refugee claims. Not trying to make this thread political but this article below is from January 2019 where 8 Cuban asylum claims were rejected. 7 of the 8 claimants are being held in a detention centre, the 8th is on day release ( not sure on the current status). Sad to say this, but I do believe this is a reason why Cuba might have selected the Cayman Islands for their home match. https://www.caymancompass.com/2019/01/15/detained-cubans-announce-second-hunger-strike-in-year/ I'm curious if Cuba has released their roster yet for the matches? If so, I wonder if they do in fact decide not to bring any or some players to Canada? and only bring them to their home match in the Caymans. Also, I much prefer Borjan start the away match if we are going to play 2 keepers across both games.
    1 point
  45. If Canada has a fully pro D1 there are no obvious exceptional circumstances for any Canadian pro team to be playing in a USSF sanctioned league at this point beyond being grandfathered in, so going after the Fury opens up a can of worms that the CSA and USSF won't want opened up. If Victor Montagliani wasn't part of the equation at the CONCACAF level this would have been a complete non-issue last year.
    1 point
  46. Bison44

    CPL new teams speculation

    Yeah exactly like that!
    1 point
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
  49. Kent

    Manjrekar James

    Vancouver at least isn't in a playoff push, they are all but eliminated at this point. So maybe with them playing out the string there won't be much resistance to them honouring FIFA dates. Also, I'm not sure I follow the logic regarding lessons learned from the Gold Cup. We had an inexperienced full back in a game where we were up 2-0 in the second half and we collapsed. So that means we should put an inexperienced centre back in a must win match? Sure, maybe a home match against Cuba seems like an easy win, but so does a game against Haiti up 2 goals with 45 minutes to go.
    1 point
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