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  1. 27 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. 26 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    You are right I can’t atm comment not about loans and with all the Liam bashing of certain posters in other threads (more than one...) by the usual suspects I better not. I end up typing a long reply stating all his stats and accomplishments records and who he plays for and how long of a contract with LFC he has blah blah blah But what does it get me??! I end up deleting it as in the end to some people no matter how far Liam has come and how well he does it won’t change their opinion. Their issues are personal ,mostly uninformed and most follow an agenda. Liam has his own pathway. He has done very very well and any call up or position he has gotten is based on skill and merit And hard work. End of story. He is a proud Canadian who is very honoured to have played for Canada and hopes to have more call ups but every one will have to be earned. And for the record him and his missus read this forum every now and then... have a nice night
  3. 20 points
    Jay striker

    Belal Halbouni

    “Back at work”
  4. 19 points
    CanadaFan123

    Jonathan David

    Chills... years of bemoaning our striking options and we now have a 20 year old record signing in a top 5 league wearing #9.
  5. 19 points
    Bison44

    Ayo Akinola

    Who's on their high horse?? If you choose to help anther nation, bring glory to their program, win trophies for them etc I think that does say something about how much or what kind of CDN you are. Is he entitled to do it?? Sure, it could mean a better life for him, more money opportunity etc sure, and everyone can do it if they want. But dont pretend it makes him the same as a guy who reps canada, chooses to try and make the canadian team better, tries to win for canada, supports our program and by doing so gives back to the game in his country.
  6. 18 points
    VinceA

    Gabriel Pellegrino

    Age 16 (03/25/2004) MF with TFC Academy
  7. 18 points
    dyslexic nam

    2020 CPL Island Games

    Just filled out my volunteer form. I may be doing some running around for a team in isolation while here. Figured I should probably contribute.
  8. 18 points
    Ruffian

    Doneil Henry

    Canadian soccer fans will always be able to prove Henry is not dependable by waiting for one mistake and ignoring the rest of the man's play.
  9. 18 points
    Obinna

    Atiba Hutchinson

    You got to love what Hutchinson is doing, playing some of his best football in the twilight of his career. His career has been criminally underrated in Canada and CONCACAF. If he can keep it going at Besiktas and help Canada qualify for the world cup, boy that will be some accomplishment. Player of the year in Denmark. Multiple league titles in Denmark. Won the Dutch cup with PSV. Won multiple Turkish titles with Besiktas, became a club legend. Record holder for most European games from a concacaf player... AND led his national team to the world cup for the first time in 36 years? That would HAVE to be "concacaf-legend" status..... you couldn't seriously ignore all of those accolades.
  10. 18 points
    narduch

    Ayo Akinola

    He probably also get nailed to the bench once Altidore returns too. I can't wait until TFC loses its American influence. I've had season tickets since season 1 and I'm tired of being Team America. This is bs to have the coach of one of our main club teams push players toward our rival.
  11. 17 points
    Bikerack

    Liam Millar

    Just reminding anyone, in case you forgot, that we have a 20 year old Canadian , who rejected England youth for Canada , playing on the first team on one of the worlds best clubs and collected his first appearance for the club this year . If that’s not enough right now , I don’t know what is If he wasn’t capped, we would be begging for him to join
  12. 17 points
    JamesF

    Atiba Hutchinson

  13. 17 points
    archer21

    Liam Millar

    Bundesliga clubs that Liam could be loaned out to: 1. FC Köln1899 HoffenheimBayer LeverkusenBayern MunichBorussia DortmundBorussia MönchengladbachEintracht FrankfurtFC AugsburgHamburger SVHannover 96Hertha BSCMainz 05RB LeipzigSC FreiburgSchalke 04VfB StuttgartVfL WolfsburgWerder Bremen
  14. 16 points
    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
  15. 16 points
    narduch

    Jonathan David

  16. 16 points
    Obinna

    The Importance of Jr. Hoilett

    His goal at 0:27
  17. 15 points
    Strait Red

    Jonathan David

    From Twitter
  18. 15 points
    Ivan

    Harry Paton

    Interesting. Not very long ago, a player of his pedigree and level would be a shoo-in starter for our full NT. Now, despite starting for a top flight Scottish club, he is hoping to make our Olympic team!
  19. 15 points
    El Diego

    The Road to Qatar.

    While discussions regarding COVID-19 can be on topic in this thread when relating to the logistics of playing qualifying matches, the last 15 or so posts (that I have deleted) devolved into a debate about the illness itself and personal attacks. Please stay on topic in here.
  20. 15 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    Cyle Larin

    "The Importance of JDG3" thread incoming
  21. 15 points
    MtlMario

    The Road to Qatar.

    I can't say how I know but I think W/C qualifying will begin in October, we will have a vaccine by the end of the year, we will qualify for 2022 and last but not least I will win Lotto Max and all the booze is on me at our next Men's qualifier.⚽😁
  22. 14 points
    VinceA

    Liam Millar

    Rumours atm have Swansea interested in him.
  23. 14 points
    dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    It is a strange time when being a Canadian footy player is something to proudly displayed instead of the former “don’t ask don’t tell” approach. I don’t want to overstate the Davies effect or divert attention away from David, but I think this has to be a spin-off effect of Davies’ rise at BM. David tearing it up at Lille will only reinforce that idea. What an odd and wonderful time to be a supporter.
  24. 14 points
    Bison44

    Doneil Henry

    Cripes. 18 games this summer no one says anything. Reminds me of the joke. I built the fence, i fixed the chair, i built the deck does anyone call me Joe the carpenter..no, but you F$$K one sheep.........
  25. 14 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    The Road to Qatar.

    El Salvador is pissed. They sent an open letter to Vic complaining that they deserve to go straight to the octagonal. Cry me a f***ing river. You lost to the Dominicans and Bermuda before needing an offside winner to beat Montserrat at home. https://www.elgrafico.com/futbol/FESFUT-pide-a-CONCACAF-reconsiderar-formato-de-eliminatoria-20200727-0006.html
  26. 14 points
    JamesF

    Mark-Anthony Kaye

  27. 14 points
    Kent

    Simon Colyn

    I still don’t understand how they thought their USL team wasn’t worth the investment when it had already helped produce a 20 million dollar transfer (or whatever the Davies money was).
  28. 13 points
    Strait Red

    Jonathan David

    Awesome Instagram video!
  29. 13 points
    Nate3322

    Tristan Borges

    The Belgian jupiler pro League is expanding the league to 18 teams meaning Leuven will be promoted so Borges will be in the top flight this season!!
  30. 13 points
    Hey, we aren’t all potatoes and Anne of Green Gables. I mean, we also have.... Well, we got.... You know what - screw you guys. (But we do have world class beaches)
  31. 13 points
    Corazon

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Hard to remember but only two years ago, he was an important part of the Portugal U21 Euro Cup qualifying squad. Playing alongside players such as Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Diogo Jota (Wolves). Gedson (Tottenham), Vinagre (Wolves). So for him to be a main reason for the turnaround in Pacos season is not that far fetched.
  32. 13 points
    Zem

    CPL General

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20200725/marshall-ready-canadian-premier-league Quote from Cavalier FC technical director Rudolph Speid: “Why we love the Canadian League more than even the USL (United Soccer League) is that this is going to be the second season of the Canadian League and they have already sold about four players to Europeans clubs." Those transfers really do attract meaningful attention.
  33. 13 points
    Shortdutchcanuck

    Tyler Pasher

    Goal to beat Pittsburgh in the 96th minute. I'm fairly sure this is his 6th game in a row scoring. What a strike, but the moves leading up were pretty too and I saw a lot of that from him earlier in game
  34. 13 points
    dyslexic nam

    Ayo Akinola

    Agree to disagree I guess (and it appears you are disagreeing with lots of folks on here) because in my mind this is precisely what a player is doing if they choose to rep another country that they have pretty minimal ties to. It is different if their country doesn’t want them - and we have both gained players and lost players in these circumstances (Arfield and Teffler are examples of both). I view that situation very differently. But if your country - the one you grew up in and the one you developed your soccer skills in - calls you to play for the national team, you absolutely are turning your back on them if you make a calculated decision to play for someone else. Call it ridiculous and judge me all you want, but I still believe in national pride and loyalty to one’s country. And yes, that is true even in something as mundane as kicking a little ball around a field.
  35. 13 points
    Kent

    Richmond "Richie" Laryea

    That’s how we roll here. 1 game is enough to say either “this player shouldn’t be called anymore, we have to bring on the kids” if someone plays poorly or is benched, or “he will be a guaranteed starter for us through the 2026 World Cup” if a player plays well.
  36. 13 points
    jordan

    Liam Millar

  37. 13 points
    Acid-Tone

    Ayo Akinola

    What? It most certainly is! Not for any specific national teams purpose, but for their own. No owner or GM would ever tell their coaches that part of their job didn't include nurturing and developing the young talent that you already have in the club. Not that they shouldn't prioritize winning games and getting results on the field in any way, but it's still an important job for all managers!
  38. 12 points
    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.
  39. 12 points
    Corazon

    Julian Dunn-Johnson

    Loaned out to Valour FC for the 2020 season
  40. 12 points
    dyslexic nam

    The Road to Qatar.

    I am not sure what folks are arguing re the flu. Annual flu deaths in the US are estimated to be around 35,000. The US death count due to COVID is 150,000 so far. And I am using US numbers because large swathes of the population have ignored social distancing and masking policies so they approximate a "control" group with relatively weak interventions and public health restrictions. Common sense says that makes COVID significantly more dangerous. Whether it is due to the fatality rate or the transmission rate, the reality is that it has led to a substantially higher number of fatalities this year. Throw in the emerging evidence of long term health impacts from COVID, and it seems silly to downplay the threat of COVID prior to the development of a vaccine.
  41. 12 points
    dyslexic nam

    Jonathan David

    Would Leeds be that bad? Won the Championship and willing to invest in players of his calibre to try and stay up in the Premier League for a while? We usually hope for transfers of CMNT players to top leagues and David would be moving to a top 3 league without an interim step to France - albeit with a newly promoted team. It is a great level of play, would likely give him tons of playing time (against a lot of quality teams), and if he is successful it would raise his profile immensely.
  42. 12 points
    Jith12

    Canadians Abroad July 17th to 23rd

    Charles-Andreas Brym came on as a sub for Royal Excel Mouscron in the 55th minute in a friendly against Lille earlier today. The match finished as a 2-1 loss for Mouscron, but Brym had the assist on the Mouscron goal. As far as I am aware, his loan to Mouscron from Lille has not yet been officially confirmed, but it seems that it is only a matter of time.
  43. 12 points
    Ansem

    Ayo Akinola

    I did a podcast on the matter and I was of the opinion that CPL is changing the landscape of Canadian Soccer The transfer of Borges, Estevez, Waterman, Atletico Madrid Arrival, CONCACAF League & Canadian Championship are all factors where I predict that the 3 MLS teams will start "bleeding" their academies and young Canadian talents stuck on the bench or USL One. They will start looking at the situation and at themselves about their realistic chances of playing 1st club minutes in MLS. Especially when you're young, playing TONS of minutes without worrying about being on a short leash allows the player to play with all their creativity, make mistakes and improve by learning on them. They know that a Borges type of performances gets you to Europe. MLS teams have been sitting on their talent because THEY COULD due to their monopoly. Kids under contract had nowhere else to go. This will change and young Canadians will start making different choices. This in turn might put more pressure on the MLS teams to give more minutes to them, or you'll start losing them. Until we get there, I could see "loan requests to CPL" drastically increasing It's a crime for MLS clubs to be sitting on all that talent and not doing much with them. Develop them by playing them or get the F out of the way.
  44. 11 points
    bwilly11

    Liam Millar

    It's crazy to me some of the keyboard warriors on here feel the need to explain to us all how Millar will end up in his career. He's one of the best talents in Canada, during a time when we are fielding the best team we have ever had. Millar has a huge fanbase, including the group who signed him to the best club on the planet. Can't wait to see if a loan comes up!
  45. 11 points
    spitfire

    Jonathan David

    Leeds United is a Legacy club like Nottingham Forest. They were the the best club in England in the 60-70s basically the Don Revie era they were runners up in two European Cup finals and won numerous league titles and cups. They won the last first division in 1991 before the premier league started. They hve fallen on hard times in Recent years but have one of the largest fan based in England outside of the top 6. There is a great doc on Amazon that goes into Leeds United. Worth a watch. They are an Elite club The premier league has a different level of physicality and pressure. If things don’t go your way after 5-6 games especially as a striker( ask Morata at Chelsea) u can be written off. So will be a real challenge but they hve a world class manager and a very good team which they will definitely be looking to improve im not saying Leeds is the right fit for Jonny or not Just wanted to be clear they are a BIG club and with Bielsa in charge and the right amount of money don’t right them off.
  46. 11 points
    dyslexic nam

    The Road to Qatar.

    I don’t want to sound like a total CONCACAF fanboy, but under the circumstances I don’t know how we could have done better. 4 fairly straightforward games to get back into the groove, to let Herdman continue his OJT, and to strategically bring in a few young hotshots who are willing to sign up. Then we (likely) have Haiti, a higher quality opponent that we can’t take lightly and who will force us to elevate our game, but who we should realistically get by. Win that and we would have an octagonal that gives us high quality games against the best in CONCACAF. Even if we don’t make it out of that, we would have the biggest series of meaningful, challenging games in a long long time. Personally, I friggin’ love the format.
  47. 11 points
    Razcal

    The Road to Qatar.

    I can't see this as anything more than a win for us. We are lucky they changed it from us only having a chance at the 0.5 spot.
  48. 11 points
    Bertuzzi44

    Ayo Akinola

    It wouldn't be a Canadian soccer forum without at least one 30+ page thread wrangling about a Canada eligible player currently in another nation's setup 😄
  49. 11 points
    Kadenge

    Ayo Akinola

    I doubt he feels American..there is no American cultural (hmmm..oxymoron) attachment as there may have been for Tabla re IC. He lives in the GTA soccer hotbed of Brampton, plays for his hometown MLS team, his friends are probably all Canadian including Davies. Playing for Canada has not hurt Davies or David in their development or rise to the top ..In fact being a Canadian soccer player is now in Vogue... wow that felt good! I'm also not overly concerned about Altidore who seems to have a genuine fondness of Tor/Can...perhaps it has something to do with how the US fans treated him during WCQ? .#BLM DeAndre Yedlin apparently has reservations of putting on the US jersey. There are many factors in our favour. Ayo has been in the US youth program for 5 years but if TFC mgt were advising him to go in that direction it's hard to fault a 15 yr old kid. He's now old enough to make the right decision...over to you Ayo.
  50. 11 points
    Obinna

    Ayo Akinola

    As a fellow Nigerian...if it comes down to Canada and Nigeria, then I am obviously choosing Canada. Canada first and foremost baby. Born here, raised here and played soccer in this system. Glad to see how much of a Canada fan you are though
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