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  1. I liked Alphonso's response to this one. You could see from his hanging of his head that he knew he was at fault for that 3rd goal (not the only one, the whole backline/team was a bit asleep as often happens to teams after they score a goal, although less so when they are still behind after they have scored). He looked to be the most determined player on the pitch after that, constantly driving and causing havoc with the ball. It's like he was taking it upon himself to make amends, and he did so. That goal he scored seemed to have more fire to the celebration as a result. I hope we see th
    10 points
  2. I don't think I've seen much criticism on unionization here and I think most approve. I think there is just caution on how quickly wages can rise, with very little income in 2020 and the delay of expansion. I'm personally in favor of unions and the MLS players union is a good example of the ability to work with the league. We all want the league to succeed and for the players to be fairly compensated, it may take some time, hopefully not too much.
    5 points
  3. nolando

    Jordan Webb

    Bringing the post by @Shway over here... Might be. His 10 year Singapore journey has come to an end. In one of the releases it stated he was going back home to play in. Canada. He might be coming back to coach however. I know Jerome Baker runs a nice program that has guys like Sherif El-Masri, Adrian Butters, Anthony Bahdur as coaches. Ironically a lot of those guys played in Singapore as well. Good info. Bahdur is Jordan's relative iirc, so that seem like a likely scenario. I've followed Jordan's career for a long time and was impressed with what he carved out f
    4 points
  4. Highlights from the game for anyone like me that missed it. That was a nice hit from Davies on the third! But yeah, he totally lost his guy on the third against.
    4 points
  5. Posters talking about Atiba at 38: Posters talking about Honduran players who have kicked our ass before, at 37:
    4 points
  6. Let’s get be real here Covid has made a mess of so many things and to tell you the truth I was very surprised that the CPL was even able to pull off that bubble in PEI. In terms of salaries they are what they are for now and Covid has played a part in keeping the salaries at what they are for now . Soccer in Canada just like the US is littered with corpses of folded teams and leagues and in my lifetime I’ve seen a few of them come and go. The CPL like the MLS before it and to a certain extent the MLS now have to move along doing whatever it needs to do to try and grow and survive so that it
    4 points
  7. Recap for Feb 15th: COSTA RICA Primera División, Clausura Keven Alemán has the start for Guadalupe, currently in a 0-0 draw against Pérez Zeledón. ENGLAND Vanarama South Simeon Jackson had the start for his home debut for Chelmsford today, going the full 90' in a 1-0 loss against Dorking. GERMANY Bundesliga Alphonso Davies had the start for Bayern today, going the full 90'. Cost Bayern a goal with some bad defensive positioning, but made up for it with an absolute screamer in a 3-3 draw against Arminia Bielefeld
    3 points
  8. From what I understand, practices for some of the CanPL teams are held early (6:30 or 7am) in the morning so that they still fall before the "traditional" 9-5 workday. This allows players to have part-time jobs during the day; I know for a fact that during my time in AB, there was a certain Spanish International for FCE who was doing some academy coaching for cash on the side. I believe that the CFL is similar in that some players also keep part-time jobs, even if they're just for the offseason. If I'm not mistaken, a redeeming quality of the CFL is that the contracts are year-round so play
    2 points
  9. Obinna

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Larin took his chance early and never looked back. He literally never stopped scoring the entire season, so was that really a head-to-head? If so it was very short lived. Nobody was getting ahead of Cyle once the goals were flowing. Like everyone else, I was extremely pleased our guy went on a tear while the Honduran DP was either on the bench or out due to injury, but Orlando signed him as a DP for a reason. He's clearly a decent player as suggested by his 26 goals in 79 games for Nacional. The question is would he compete for a spot in our team today? I think the answer would have
    2 points
  10. I'm have to say, I found it an absolute delight to play in the sleet. Not sure why, but it just felt right. Like the sound , on a still night, of the ice singing under you skates. I've gotten old. As you were.
    2 points
  11. What do players in the cebl make ?! I m sure it's the exact same as the cpl Then they get the offseason to land an offer in Europe. This league is a startup. Ask fcedmontin owner how many profitable seasons he has had in the last ten years .. 100% it's 0. MLS took 20 years to get a decent wage level
    2 points
  12. Holy shit, it never gets old or any less surprising. The dude must've been like "WTF man, no need to make me look that bad"
    2 points
  13. I can't see any player contracts expressly forbidding or discouraging non-soccer, second jobs. However, training and match schedules might make most jobs out of reach for players in practical terms.
    2 points
  14. Do bottom-end CanPL contracts actually try to stop players from having other non-soccer jobs? I can't imagine this would be the case. Despite their early rhetoric about building a living-wage FT league that feeds the Nats, yeah that's a nice line but I'm sorta surprised people bought it. The dollars and cents (COVID or not) of a league like this doesn't add up to having too many guys in the 40k-50k range, particularly in the early years of the league - that's what's likely needed to keep players like Carreiro or Gasparotto in the game. Other than the odd guy like Bekker (it'd be interest
    2 points
  15. Just another run of Davies catching up to someone and making it look like they are standing still. On snow no less. https://www.instagram.com/p/CLVH8GrHpsI/?igshid=1gdigt5eydb5t
    2 points
  16. Knashing our teeth about the players share of the pie and whether its sustainable doesnt seem to be pertinent, considering the whole pie/league could go under if we have another year of no fans. If the teams continue to have a fraction of the income generated in year one, the players are likely either going to be out of a job or taking pay cuts. I'm still troubled by one of Rollins first tweets about this was predicting CPL would soon start bleeding players to USL. Based on SIssoko jumping to one of the more ambitious USL teams with higher aspirations. How many well off high paying U
    2 points
  17. That’s a job for the “Super Rankers”. However I haven’t seen them since we stopped needing to count points to get into the aforementioned hex.
    2 points
  18. I posted this on other platforms, but haven't seen it said here (and apologies if you've seen these same arguments made by me elsewhere). Even though I disagree that the current 10 year business plan and finances based on what I have heard does not allow for a raising of the cap, there is much that can be done to prioritize player welfare without increased spending in the mean time. Indeed, the union has offered to forego collective bargaining for the first two years in exchange for voluntary certification and multiple people involved tell me that while players are angry at salary for them the
    2 points
  19. I was just setting the record straight about the reason for the backlash. Everyone who was here and who participated in those discussions knows what happened. Constructive discussion - even when it is critical - is fine. But the way he engaged in this site was entirely toxic.
    2 points
  20. Ivan

    2021 CPL Season General News

    So, remember the early years of TFC and MLS when the young Canadian homegrowns were making 15K and we were criticizing their pay? In less than 10 years, the homegrown salary is now 50-60K which is very liveable for a 16-20 year old. Give the CPL some time. Not saying that the wages will be that high in 10 years, but it will grow with the league, just like MLS has done.
    2 points
  21. Macksam

    MLS Stadium thread

    Some new ones are debuting this year. I have to say, the new Crew stadium so far is the league's magnum opus.
    1 point
  22. Obinna

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Yup that is correct. Neither Rochez or Larin were starters in the season opener. Second game of the season Rochez made his first sub appearance, then Larin got his chance off the bench in game 3. Cyle earned his first start in game 6 (away to Portland) and scored. That sealed it. Rochez wasn't even given the chance to show what he could do from the start before Larin took the spot as his own. Not that I am complaining, of course, since it worked out well for us, but I think it shows how careers are made. That quick start to Larin's career was so critical to him fulfilling his potent
    1 point
  23. This is funny and I did think about that BUT just look at the levels they're at respectively. Atiba is, arguably, playing at a higher level than any of those players played at in their primes even.
    1 point
  24. El Hombre

    Stephen Eustaquio

    If I remember correctly, when the Orlando strikers started dropping, they went to Rochez first and then Larin after that. Also, I believe that a good portion of those 26 goals have come when Nacional was in the second division. He could compete for a spot but would be significantly down the depth chart. An argument could be made that someone like Bair has done about as much at the age of 21 than Rochez had at the same age, which gives you an idea of where we are talking on the depth chart.
    1 point
  25. Simmons would have been fine working at whatever in Sweden when the UK was in the EU. Imports into Canada that don't have PR status will only legally be able to do what's on their work visa, so they will need to get enough to realistically live on. If CanPL are only paying $9-12k to a lot of the CanCon part of the roster then I'd be amazed if doing something on the side isn't happening a lot. The league will be very keen to project the image of being fully pro with daily training sessions but there are still plenty of hours in the day available to do something else.
    1 point
  26. Someone mentioned to me that Simmons was working on the side while in Sweden. I know even in England Sixth division, a lot of teams have 2-5 fulltime players, and they make a salary of $25k CAD-ish, with the rest of the squad being part-timers earning CanPL lower end rates. At these salary budget levels, it seems more ethical to go part-time and give players more options. I also wouldn't mind seeing more player-coaches too. Seems a good fit for older vets coming home (Webb and Matt Lam are out of contract right now). The league can offer to pay for coaching badges (as with the curren
    1 point
  27. Just to explain what I was referring to with that unlike the UK where semi-pro means train two evenings a week lower level teams in Scandinavia often manage to have a training session five days a week alongside players working a regular job. A core of import signings can potentially be fully pro so you wind up with a hybrid sort of approach that combines fully and semi-pro players. Full-time teams in many countries usually (have heard of clubs in some countries doing two sessions a day but it is far from the norm) don't train for much more than a couple of hours so the hours in soccer don't ne
    1 point
  28. Kent

    2021 CPL Season General News

    Is the job actually 40 hours? I agree with the idea that it is likely hard to fit in another job during the season, but I'd be surprised if it is actually a 40+ hour work week, even with the travel. I don't remember the numbers exactly, but I remember being surprised a few years ago when mlssoccer.com posted an article about when an MLS player's schedule is like. I feel like a lot of days were something like 2 hours or maybe 4 hours. You can only work out so much, and I'm sure it gets to a point where too much video review is just a wasted effort (can you imagine being coached for like 6 hours
    1 point
  29. Just finished watching the match on PVR. I’d say both were average. Larin had a good chance to score but the Swedish keeper for Gençlerbirligi was the man of the match in spite of giving up three goals. Atiba was his usual solid self and worked hard but nothing spectacular.
    1 point
  30. That makes sense. I hadn't realized those low-end contracts were truly FT. That's like the old days of Football Manager when you could manage a lower league team and sign guys for peanuts like 175 Euros a week on "full time contracts" - I always thought this was a glitch, I didn't realize this was for real!
    1 point
  31. It's tough. I can't blame Schuster for mistakes of the past, he does seem to be moving the club in the right direction, and I don't want the club wasting money either. And the global circumstances make things that much tougher. But man, I wish things were done now. https://theprovince.com/sports/soccer/mls/vancouver-whitecaps/whitecaps-scouting-department-finally-gets-an-overheul Interesting to read that they were the ones who approached Deportivo Cali about Caicedo, not an agent or the club. So, one of the first big tests for the new scouting system.
    1 point
  32. nolando

    Romedi Llapi

    Yup, looks like his last match was 45 min and a yellow card in Feb 2020: https://www.besoccer.com/match/partizani-tirana/flamurtari-vlore/2020
    1 point
  33. The only person acting like an asshole is you. But that's par for the course.
    1 point
  34. Bertuzzi44

    Ayo Akinola

    Yes but why switch for an imaginary game?
    1 point
  35. Stalteri was a forward and attacking mid in his much younger years but in Germany he developed into a very good RB as a team defender, covering and supporting the CB on his side, so it can be done (and he was in his early 20s we he started becoming a RB/RWB).
    1 point
  36. PiedPilko

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Tough 2-0 loss vs Sporting. Better than last time, but Pacos just don't have that much pace on the wings. This is getting repetitive, but Eustaquio was very solid defensively - 2nd highest rating on the team today. Sporting were purposely moving to the sides to avoid him. I'll still maintain he should be going forward / longballing more... I don't know if it's a psychological issue or a coaching decision, but Pacos need more directness against bigger teams if they're gonna compete in Europe, and Eustaquio should provide that better than anyone else.
    1 point
  37. Sweet! Will definitely need to take a trip down the A12
    1 point
  38. gigi riva

    Ayo Akinola

    Like most fans of the CMNT I am getting tired of all this Akinola talk I hope he decides to play for us, but Iwish he makes his choice soon . Just so we can move on from this in all honesty. Like Dominic 94 says hopefully Peruzza can get some minutes at TFC Its all up to him to impress Armas
    1 point
  39. spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Team of the week again...
    1 point
  40. Recap for Feb 14th: COLOMBIA Liga Betplay Dimayor Michel Acosta saw 62' for Bucaramanga this afternoon, in a 2-0 loss against Santa Fe. FRANCE Ligue 1 Uber Eats Jonathan David had the start for Lille this morning, going 89' in a 0-0 draw against Brest. Jo notably had the ball in the back of the net in the 67th minute, before the goal was chalked off for a handball call on his teammate José Fonte. GERMANY 2. Bundesliga Omar Marmoush saw 78', picked up a goal from the spot and turned provider in open-play in a 2-1
    1 point
  41. You didn’t receive criticism because of any specific piece of content you were posting. People reacted that way to you because of the way you chose to interact in this forum. That is what made you the subject of criticism. You were constantly negative towards the project - to the point where the administrator of the site had to tell you to cease endlessly posting negativity at a time when people were trying to raise excitement levels about the project. People literally ended their participation in this the site due to your incessant negativity and the conflict it led to. Even now the only
    1 point
  42. @WatchmenI just wanted to comment on this point you make about Rollins predicting the reaction, as if somehow doing so made his argument stronger. I don't think it works that way, we can doubt the rigour of DR's article the same way we can have some serious questions about how aspects of the leagues are handled. I personally believe this will work itself out in the short to midterm. Give us 2 seasons with fans in the stands in normal circumstances, and in 2023 at this time key aspects of CPL salary structure will be on their way to being resolved. One basic one should be recognising the
    1 point
  43. Recap for Feb. 13th: DENMARK NordicBet Liga Rocco Romeo was an unused sub for Køge this morning, as they got their league season back underway with a 1-1 draw against Hobro. ENGLAND Championship Junior Hoilett missed out of the Cardiff 18 for today's 3-1 win over Coventry. Jayson Leutwiler served as the backup for Huddersfield today, in a 3-2 loss against Wycombe. League One Liam Millar had the start for Charlton today, going the full 90' and notching another assist in a 3-2 loss against Gillingham. Liam also h
    1 point
  44. Rollins is not a journalist. He has is opinions and his methodology is questionable. He might not be wrong 100% of the time but those who treats his tweets, words and article like unquestionable truths needs to wake up. For these kind of claims, there should be some level of evidence so I don't think he's entirely wrong but I don't like his methods and lack of evidence This below is not a good look in regards to his attitude as a "know it all" who's never wrong. But the "know it all" decided to double down Then, doesn't matter that Sissoko agent takes the time to
    1 point
  45. Its a work in progress guys.. theyve basically had 1 season and were forced to except a major step back that was completely out of their control
    1 point
  46. A "Moneyball" look at the Whitecaps, and where they've failed. Spoiler: in a lot of areas.
    1 point
  47. Also AS Pierrefonds (in the women's PLSQ) are supposed to merge with Dollard CS to form Force FC. https://www.thesuburban.com/sports/pierrefonds-and-dollard-soccer-become-a-force-on-the-field/article_f2a7b6e5-cd51-5f97-affe-e230fa25ece8.html FC Gatineau is also working on a merger. Maybe that can help lead them back into the PLSQ. https://www.ledroit.com/actualites/covid-19/projet-de-fusion-pour-le-soccer-en-outaouais-2b0fd171bd110f4c12054c11a07f455a They left the PLSQ because of a lack of sponsorship and the PLSQ didn't want them to charge their player to play (I guess it's n
    1 point
  48. They said they'd be willing to start with 6 if necessary, but repeatedly said they'd be starting with 8 to 10 teams. And you can say the league is vague on salaries but we know the average is down about 25k, not 50k minimum. I'm saying it's very, very low on their priority list while some hard core fans make it a top priority. Make of that what you will. Investors have the opportunity to join what might be a closed circuit league, and you think that's a negative to them? As opposed to buying in to a league that has relegation, watching the club potentially go down, and having
    1 point
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