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  1. 5 points
    Ansem

    Quebec City CPL

    TONS of information to share about this article from this magazine. Since everything is in French, I'll gladly summarize the the main points. Source Jean Gandubert, Former President and Director-President of Quebec Soccer Federation and former Adviser to the Federal Sport Ministry. He is now the Strategic Advisor to the investors being the liaison between them and the Regional Association, CSA and CONCACAF Pierre Marchand, Soccer Quebec President Who are the Investors Confidential but they have VERY deep pockets and capable of covering the losses of others due to the pandemic (not sure what he means by that, but take away is RICH!) The ownership seems to be a mix of individuals and companies They have been talking with the league since summer 2019 but talks have slowed down due to the pandemic Talks have already happened between the investors and Quebec City mayor Stadium: The goal is the construction of a new soccer specific stadium smaller than Laval University stadium which has been deemed too big and would look empty with a bad atmosphere which is vital for Quebec City to work There's been no information given to city departments for building a stadium yet. CPL Women's League CPL are interested in a Women's League but the focus is to develop/grow the current league at the moment. Eva Havaris, Vice-President of the league operations and strategic VP at CSB (according to LinkedIn) is said to be aiming for that league to become a reality Future of the PLSQ? CPL wants to acquire PLSQ like it did League 1 Ontario Provincial Leagues or Regional Leagues? Provincial leagues had seemed to be the destination for CPL reserve teams but the NEW goal is to have 3 minor leagues in Canada (East, West & Central) just like the CHL and like the CSA wanted in their previous strategic plan PLSQ's structure will be completely revamped to integrate this model Plans are already underway to lead towards a merge PLSQ-L10 league for as soon as 2021 (COVID slowed down the talks) The format and league structure to be determined. There should be a "co-commissioner" for Quebec to reflect the French contribution Soccer Quebec President would not be involved in the league but would like to make sure that teams have Quebec players and teams are mostly under 23. Discussions have already taken place and it seems everyone agrees with these conditions. Moving towards the model of a developmental league is vital to attract young promising players pointing out that Montreal Impact never loaned anyone to PLSQ due to the league being too low in quality and structure The goal would be to add Atlantic Canada teams to this "Eastern League" but Quebec-Ontario is the priority Clubs will have to fit this structure financially and have the proper infrastructure using the word "professional" (This might mean that not all L10 or PLSQ teams might make this league at launch) Confirmation that BC are working towards a league Foreign investors? Other Quebec markets including Montreal are being explored, no investors have been revealed Altetico Madrid's arrival has changed the landscape. There will be attempts to try and leverage interest from French clubs in investing in CPL via the FFF CPL is currently trying to get European investments into the league, not necessarily for Quebec but he mentioned Toronto as a possibility You guys are welcome! 🙂 Tips accepted 🤑
  2. 4 points
    jordan

    Liam Millar

    Too bad Spitfire couldn’t weigh in on this, though I think he’s apprehensive after someone shared his screenshots on twitter.
  3. 4 points
    Major League soccer Alastair Johnston comes in for Nashville in the 66th minute for his debut. He's playing at RB. Update: he looked pretty decent based on what I saw from him.
  4. 4 points
    dyslexic nam

    2020 CPL Island Games

    7. Lobster-eating contest.
  5. 2 points
    Big_M

    Alistair Johnston

    First mls appearance tonight entering in the 67th minute for nashville against dallas Reminder to post info on the player in the first post
  6. 2 points
    World Soccer 500 (ie The 500 most important players) published in World Soccer monthly magazine September 2020 issue. Not ranked but listed in alphabetical order. (They do this list each year) Number of Canadians 3 Jonathan David Gent & Canada 'Lightning quick and smart, he scored 23 goals for Gent last season, and already has 11 from just 12 international caps. He is on the radar of Europe's elite clubs.' Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich & Canada 'In no time at all, the 19-year-old has gone from promising winger to supercharged, supersonic left-back. Probably the world's most exciting full-back.' Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns & Canada 'With 186 goals in 296 games, the 37-year-old is the top-scoring and most-capped international footballer of all time – what else is there to say?' (I noticed only 8 women on their list) WS 500 by club: 1. Bayern Munich with 14 2. tie Liverpool and Manchester City with 12 each WS 500 by league: 1. England (Prem) with 69 2. Germany (Bund) with 65 WS 500 by country: 1. France with 49 2. Spain with 41 (USA and Mexico 13 each, Canada with 3, Costa Rica and Honduras with 1 each make up Concacaf)
  7. 2 points
    archer21

    Ayo Akinola

    That’s kind of crazy to hear. I don’t think he’s ready for the national team but certainly for Olympic Qualifying. And the fact that it would cap tie him to us is a huge benefit on top of it. Hopefully we reconsider and Ayo still wants to play for Canada.
  8. 1 point
    An Observer

    Rocco Romeo

    Didn't he do a previous loan to a Div 2 Danish side....
  9. 1 point
    SthMelbRed

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    Is he even eligible to play for us?
  10. 1 point
    Norrin Radd

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    I don't know but he's 17 at this time while the other three are 22, 20 and 21, so a direct comparison could be misleading. A decade ago we had Street, Stillo, Santiago and a few other highly rated GK prospects in the same age group and none developed into a senior level keeper so I'm not going to get too excited about the current pool until one or more really establish themselves as starters. Odunze is a very highly rated prospect with great potential. He has been at or near the top of the US goalkeeper pool, for his age group, the last couple of years and they always have a lot of depth in that position. I'd rather have a blue chip GK prospect over another potential depth piece in midfield.
  11. 1 point
    Shway

    General Discussion on CMNT

    A natural LB in Adekugbe. Im all for us having our best players on the pitch, but not at the expense of playing out of position. I personally would have him in midfield over Arfield, but i understand the debate for Scott to start. I just think Kaye is better defensively, and if we can have a solid front four attacking in David, Davies, Hoilett, Larin we would do damage work from the jump vs being reactive.
  12. 1 point
    Strait Red

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    We seem to have a glut of keepers around 20 years old. Is he better than Breza, Desjardins or Hasal?
  13. 1 point
    SthMelbRed

    Marcus Godinho

    God forbid somebody take a vacation after the end of a long season. 🙄
  14. 1 point
    _Vic_

    New coach for Canada Women National Team

    Interesting read on the England job https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/aug/12/sarina-wiegman-emerges-as-favourite-to-be-next-england-manager
  15. 1 point
    m-g-williams

    2020 CPL Island Games

    8. Whichever team can sit through the most consecutive performances of "Anne: The Never-Ending Musical" at the Confederation Centre.
  16. 1 point
    Norrin Radd

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    I'd love to see Odunze switch to Canada. He has the potential to have a much greater impact on the CMNT compared to Yankov or Hakkinen, who will probably be no more than depth pieces. If found this article on a US soccer site from a few months ago. Not sure if it has been posted before on the forum. http://americansoccernow.com/articles/after-a-long-youth-journey-odunze-progressing-at-leicester-city
  17. 1 point
    narduch

    2020 CPL Island Games

    Tie breaker rules
  18. 1 point
    Olympique_de_Marseille

    The Road to Qatar.

    Yes, I posted about this on the previous page. This is the information Mister Chip seemed to have access to before anybody else: Travel quarantines probably won't allow for this, but it's fun to dream!
  19. 1 point
    jtpc

    The Road to Qatar.

    According to the draw procedures PDF, the match schedule for the first round will follow a format similar to this: FIFA Window 1: Wed: 2 vs 4, Thu: 1 vs 3, Sat: 5 vs 2, Sun: 4 vs 1, Tue: 3 vs 5 FIFA Window 2: Wed: 4 vs 5, Fri: 2 vs 3, Sat: 5 vs 1, Tue: 3 vs 4 and 1 vs 2 Since we occupy position 1 in our group as a top seed and given how they've written the matchups, I'm assuming our 2 home matches are against the pot 2 team and the pot 3 team. In normal times, that would have been a fantastic advantage. I guess it still could be, but we'll see. Looking forward to a week from today when the draw takes place! https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/ygwzvy8jhzkxjqiubexv.pdf
  20. 1 point
    SthMelbRed

    Liam Millar

    It would be a great move for all involved if this happened. I just checked the EFL rules and there's a max of 4 loan players allowed from a single club (out of a total max of 5). Swansea are already begging to extend Rhian Brewster's loan for next season. If the clubs can agree on that, plus these other 3, every one of those players would benefit, Swansea would get some young, driven players who have been spent 2-5 years training under the best manager in the world (or, at least, under his staff coaches), and Liverpool gets to give competitive experience to some highly rated prospects in a trusted environment. Make no mistake, though. Brewster and Hoever are both going to be top pros for the next decade, or more. Grabara is a major goalkeeping prospect. Liam is the longest shot of the four and will absolutely need to grasp any opportunities that come his way with both hands. It couldn't hurt that he'd have some familiar faces around him in training every day, should this come to fruition. I hope it happens.
  21. 1 point
    Kadenge

    Jonathan David

    You've been drinking Herdman's Kool aid haven't you?
  22. 1 point
    soccer.shocker

    Jonathan David

    Liam Fraser is the answer for any centre back spot.... I love him as a midfielder, but....
  23. 1 point
    dyslexic nam

    Quebec City CPL

  24. 1 point
    toontownman

    Liam Millar

    Good next step and generally a good fit for the style of football.
  25. 1 point
    Kadenge

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Not that transfer mkt should be the basis for player selections or formation but Davies and David represent 85% of the mkt value of the squad per @cronaldo7 above. It's just another indicator that the 2Ds are at a completely different level. In my opinion we need to use a formation that maximizes their impact and skill set while maintaining a solid defensive shield. We don't have the luxury of experimenting vs minnows in WCQ. We did that in CNL. Some strong players will end up on the bench..that's depth. Subs do win games. This is not MLS team of the week selections.
  26. 1 point
    Floortom

    Ayo Akinola

    Weah is an excellent prospect and has looked good when he’s played but has been constantly injured. I don’t see the need to put him down to pump JD up.
  27. 1 point
    dyslexic nam

    Ayo Akinola

    David’s story is really encouraging for any kid who didn’t make the top team or who got cut after a tough tryout. I know he has been part of our youth setup for a bit, but the fact that he wasn’t playing pro until 2 years ago should be huge encouragement for kids who still have a dream despite a few setbacks.
  28. 1 point
    VinceA

    General Discussion on CMNT

    On the bench. We have a lot of quality guys in the middle who will be benched. Unless Herdman opts for like a 4-4-2 diamond or the 4-2-2-2.
  29. 1 point
    archer21

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I think Adekugbe at LB is most likely (except when Davies is there, which will be often). Kaye and Eustaquio are somewhat interchangeable in that case. When Davies is at LB, you could move David to the wing (where he’s played a lot for Canada), and bring on another midfielder (either Kaye or Osorio probably, possibly with Arfield moving to CAM is Kaye comes in).
  30. 1 point
    Strait Red

    Cyle Larin

    From looking at Twitter it seems like most Besiktas supporters want him to get another chance. Balotelli and Papisse Cisse are rumored targets in the transfer window.
  31. 1 point
    VinceA

    Liam Millar

    Rumours atm have Swansea interested in him.
  32. 1 point
    Aird25

    Jonathan David

    I don't agree with reducing the overall talent on the field just to push Davies to a wingback role. Bayern have been so successful in part because Davies bails them out with his pace time and time again when players get in behind the backline. People love to point out the fact that Bayern have players to cover for Davies when he gets caught up the pitch, but never seem to mention the fact that Davies repeatedly does the same. He's a very strong defender, and you lose that to a certain degree if you push him forward. Regardless, I think we're a stronger team with Hoilett on the field, and we're stronger in attack than we are in defense. Two losses with Davies as a LB is too small of a sample size for me to assume we cannot play in a 4 back system with Davies as a LB and still give him freedom to get forward.
  33. 1 point
    VinceA

    Jonathan David

    David's agent spoke with KJ about the transfer and mentioned Lille want to play with two FWs up top. Vancouver also tend to do the same. Canada should really run a 5-3-2 to be able to use David and Cavs up top together and also run Davies at wingback. A 4-4-2 could work but I think I prefer to keep three bodies in midfield. And yes this does mean Hoilett gets benched but north of 30 Hoilett as a supersub has value.
  34. 1 point
    archer21

    Canadian Dual Nationals

    And Ayo is nowhere near #2 for me. Seems a bit of an overreaction to a couple good games (though I really want him to join us still). Like you said though, if we’re factoring in likelihood then it makes some more sense since it’s relatively likely.
  35. 1 point
    Shway

    Ayo Akinola

    I say call him for WCQ. There’s a few guys that we should look to cap tie, I mean integrate into the squad at the expense of some other guys. Example - I don’t want to see Millar in the squad. A guy like him needs to figure out his club situation. Wootherspoon is another guy. We need to be more ruthless in the increasing our player pool.
  36. 1 point
    Strait Red

    Cyle Larin

    I agree 100%. The top Turkish teams seem to write younger guys off quickly and move on to older guys at the end of their career. If Besiktas decide Cyle isn’t going to be in their 18 game day squad, I hope they move him on before the summer/fall transfer window closes.
  37. 1 point
    SpursFlu

    Ayo Akinola

    Kristian Jack just said on the radio in Van that Ayo's agent contacted Canadian soccer and told them he's willing to play for Canada if called up
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