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  1. 5 points
    Cheeta

    CPL General

    Not right away, but truly it did. And it did it not pretending to be anything other than what it was. A 1st trial for players to move onto bigger and better things, if they could. And I think the CPL has got that about right. If we ever get back to playing again I think very, very quickly we'll find A LOT of Canadian prospects looking at utilizing CPL as their best chance to do just that, to move onto bigger and better things. At least a much better chance than just disappearing into an MLS reserve roster. But hey, at least in MLS you can make $20K more a year not to play. Not sure how not playing ever helped any footballers career move forward. An over simplification to be sure but I think the spirit of the statement is obvious. And in keeping with the generalization above I think is safe to say that if nothing else, CPL has already helped the careers of every single Canadian on an MLS roster who isn't in the 1st team just because that player has one more real option. Maybe not so much in for 2019 but with each passing season? Absolutely. It's funny how relationships, business or personal, can change so much when one side is no longer holding all the cards. Gawd damnit. I want my football.
  2. 4 points
    SpursFlu

    CPL General

    I wonder if when the league plays closed door games if it offers fans a value add not to cancel their tickets. Like reduced rates on 2021 tickets, souvenirs, away experience in 2021, charity donation in your name, they have a beer sponsor, how about beer? etc etc. I'm a Whitecaps season ticket holder and I would consider this in order to help the team out
  3. 3 points
    Winnipeg Fury

    CPL General

    Don't forget Radzinski. I used to watch him with the North York Rockets when he was 15 yrs old (same age as Pesch with the Blizzard). Both players are very small stature. Radzinski went on to be one of the leading scorers in the EPL and tore up Belgium for years. Pesch is still a legend in England. They would have never seen a minute with an MLS team. And it's those years of regular first team action that accelerated their development. Both emphatically credited CSL as the reason they made their big splash. In fact, they all have, including Alex. That's why CPL was needed. So unfortunate for CPL this season. A major blow on all fronts.
  4. 2 points
    SkuseisLoose

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I really don't think Crepeau is nearly as good as some people on this board and MLS.com seem to think. I watch him week in week out and the amount of shocking mistakes he makes is horrendous. Obviously our defense hasn't helped him to much but so many times he'll spill the ball to the centre of the box or fail to make a save he should. I want him to be our keeper of the future but unless Borjan has a big drop in form over the next two years I can't see him not starting for us if we qualify. He makes a lot of saves and makes some great ones but he still makes way to many mistakes to be our number 1.
  5. 2 points
    Blackdude

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Well, that's the hard part about predicting who will be hot in 2 years. And I do think it's way too much MLS-centric.
  6. 2 points
    maplebanana

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I always appreciate Matt Doyle's support for Canada (even though he jinxes us every Gold Cup). And this lengthy article is giving us starving fans something to discuss, so that's great. But if we trot out a 3-5-2 with Miller/Fraser/Cornelius in the back line and leave Arfield and Hoilett on the bench, we are in deep, deep trouble.
  7. 2 points
    Bison44

    CPL General

    I'll go you one better, I'm even glad that the USL has its 200 hundred teams. Even its CDN one. If the Alabama porch swingers or the Idaho spud haulers want to give bunches of CDNs fresh out of NCAA soccer a way to make a living, more power to them. I dont think the CPL had to work all that hard to find decent talent for year one, and the product on the field was at least USL quality. It might be tough for the CPL to match the CSL for producing talent just because their are so many teams in NA now. I hope we can develop guys like Pesch, Bunbury, Berdusco, Watson, Aunger, Corrazin, Onstad, Dasovic in the first 5 years.
  8. 2 points
    Watchmen

    CPL General

    Or, you sign with the MLS squad and then get loaned out to the CPL. Or the CPL forces the Canadian MLS teams to do a better job of developing more of their players. You're right, the key right now is for the players to have more options. Honestly, I'm in the group that thinks Canada having both CPL and MLS teams is the best way forward.
  9. 2 points
    johnyb

    CPL General

    Remember that game well. Baggio had a lot of praise for "Alex" after the game.
  10. 2 points
    Winnipeg Fury

    CPL General

    I see the CPL, as CSL 2. (I hear cringing from the CPL office !) Our second attempt at a legit coast-to-coast national league. It's approx 35 years later (crap,...I'm old). So obviously times have changed drastically. It's hard to imagine life now without the internet and the profound impact it has had on every facet of life and society. Including sport. CSL was the dark ages. But for all it's flaws (and there were many) it produced some unbelievable Canadian talent in just 6 short years.
  11. 1 point
    Trois Reds

    Hello

    Hello everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been a soccer fan ever since '86, as soon as I saw Canada play France in the World Cup. Since then, I followed the old CSL (go North York Rockets) and continued following Canadian soccer through the old A-League until today. I was a referee for 10 years, played until my 30's, and have been rabidly following the CPL since 2016 when it was first announced in the news. I am originally from Toronto, and moved to Calgary two years ago. Because of this, my two favourite club teams are TFC and Cavalry FC, but I always cheer for and follow all Canadian professional teams, especially internationally. I know this forum isn't looked at very often, but I felt that my first post should be entered here, so you have a bit of an idea who I am if I start posting all over the board. I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe in these trying times, and I look forward to reading and posting on here!
  12. 1 point
    Trois Reds

    CPL General

    I think the CPL should be on good financial footing, or at least decent; with Covid everything is a little skewed. I get articles related to the CPL sent to my email every day, and I read a few back in winter 2018 (I can try to look for them) where Paul Beirne, at the time, mentioned that any prospective owner that was coming into the league came in knowing that they would be losing money for the first five years. Basically, you're in for the long haul, you need to be financially viable for a while because there will be losses (at least to start), and the payout would be coming just in time for World Cup 2026. I haven't read anything yet where any of the current owners seem to want to get out, so I'm cautiously optimistic that CPL head office did their financial homework on them and that none of the eight we have now will bail.
  13. 1 point
    CanadianSoccerFan

    The Road to Qatar.

    Most of the questions are about qualifying so this should be interesting
  14. 1 point
    El Diego

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Fraser at center back could work, and is extremely progressive. We've seen Busquets and De Rossi play there. The skill set works for a side that dominates the ball. I don't think it's as crazy as y'all make it out to be, but I don't think it would work unless we're the favourites in the match.
  15. 1 point
    jordan

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Still probably not as bad as the CanPL propaganda I think he needs to play for a good team and eventually he will be what people are saying now. But he needs games to progress so what better place than an unambitious team use to losing
  16. 1 point
    kacbru

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Quote from the article about Davies: "...getting Davies into open space and use his endline-to-endline dynamism without suffering because of his periodic lack of defensive awareness." WTF? Just trotting out cliches or does he really think that Davies is going to be a defensive liability in two years time (let alone now)? I think there are all kinds of arguments you could make about why it is important to play Davies further up the pitch for CMNT, but this is not one of them.
  17. 1 point
    masster

    Hello

    Welcome
  18. 1 point
    gator

    CPL General

    My hope is that the CanPL is on good enough financial footing to survive this pandemic, even in Manitoba where they are relaxing restrictions quicker than most provinces it doesn't seem like there will be mass gatherings (soccer matches) anytime soon! As has been discussed the viability of closed door matches is at best questionable!
  19. 1 point
    Ozzie_the_parrot

    CPL General

    Peschisolido and Radzinski would probably have been in TFC's academy system and at least got as far as a HGP contract before trying their luck elsewhere if they weren't getting playing time due to big money imports. Even Jason Devos could have hooked up with TFC or the Whitecaps in a London context as things have been configured in recent years. People need to move beyond this MLS vs CanPL mindset. There's a role for both and a need for even more pro teams.
  20. 1 point
    MM3/MM2/MM

    HFX Wanderers Season Thread 2020

    HFX sign Cory Bent, first draft pick to be signed. https://canpl.ca/article/hfx-wanderers-sign-2019-cpl-u-sports-1st-overall-pick-cory-bent
  21. 1 point
    nolbertos

    The Voyageurs Soccer Supporters Corp.

    I think there should be a vote on that. I’d be willing to shell $20-40 / person to make the Voyageurs a paid non-profit association, and have an elected board (eg treasurer, president, vice-president, media guy, etc)
  22. 1 point
    Kent

    CPL General

    "The only American or Canadian player to be the all time leading scorer of a top flight team in Europe!" That is awesome!
  23. 1 point
    I think the fact the CPL only asked for a 15 million loan shows how lean it runs. That's a really good sign
  24. 1 point
    Unnamed Trialist

    Jonathan David

    Sevilla has the best talent scout in Spain, Monchi, Ramón Rodríguez, who went to Rome for a short stint but is back there where he did his best work. They sign very smart, then of course sell to bigger clubs. Either would be great, both clubs are regularly vying for a Champions spot and almost always make Europa League. There is pressure in both places, in Valencia sometimes it's nuts, they think they should be a major and kill of coaches quickly. But both do give chances to younger players that the bigger clubs may not be able to afford to.
  25. 1 point
    CanadaFan123

    The Voyageurs Soccer Supporters Corp.

    This is possibly the dumbest thread in the history of this site. I can tell you that the corporate legalese is all very standard and on the face of it isn’t at all suspicious. The cited by-law is just standard stuff that most corporations have. Also, just because there is talk of different class shares doesn’t mean that they’re being utilized. I’ll leave that to the Director(s) to clear up, if they even want to.
  26. 1 point
    kacbru

    The Voyageurs Soccer Supporters Corp.

    Who knows what you intended? And who cares? But your persistence in using and defending your use of the term shows an appalling lack of empathy.
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