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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Juan in Toronto CPL   
    All these pages to decide on a team name.  Some don't want City, United, FC etc and others don't want some natural disaster or animal mascot name.  Like you won't support the league if the team is named wrong. 
    So how about.......Toronto Splunge......
    Splunge?   Did he say Splunge?  It means it's a good idea but possibly not and I'm not being indecisive! 
    I like it!  What do you think?   Splunge for me too! 
    (part of an old Monty Python sketch)
    Rocket Robin  (in the Winnipeg forum suggested 'Winnipeg Guess Who' as the team name in honour of the band from that city). 
     
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Bison44 in TFC2 2017 Discussion   
    Result and details of the Saturday May 13, 2017 USL game
    between Toronto FC II and Bethlehem Steel FC played
    at BMO Field in Toronto at 6:00pm.

    7 min...BS Cory Burke turns and rolls pass forward from
    50 yard line up right to BS Marcus Epps who receives
    it at 25 yards and cuts into top of the box on right.
    He slows down at 15 yards when facing TFC Brandon Aubrey
    and TFC Mitch Taintor comes up behind him and trips him up.
    Referee Pierre-Luc Lauzier awards BS a Penalty kick.

    8 min...BS Cory Burke GOAL...Burke rolls Penalty kick
    to right side of net as goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo dives
    to left.

    Final Score:....Toronto FC II......0......Bethlehem Steel FC.....1...

    TFC was marketing a shutout streak that had lasted a full
    three games until their last game in Pittsburgh where they
    lost 1-0. Their goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo had won Save of the
    Week and Goalie of the Month during that time. The other
    way of looking at it was during the last five games TFC has
    not scored! Since losing 3-1 in Orlando (against Orlando City 'B')
    on April 4, they played 0-0 against Rochester (TFC's only
    home game), Ottawa, and Louisville, before the
    Pittsburgh game.

    Today was not a clash of powerhouses. TFC had a record
    of 1 win, 3 losses, 3 ties for fifteenth (last) place in the East
    and Bethlehem were until today 2 wins, 4 losses, 0 ties for
    da-da....fourteenth place! They are the affiliate of
    Philadelphia Union who are mired in last place in the MLS
    league so if their team can't stock move on the big team
    who are looking for improvements, the pickings must
    be pretty slim.

    On the visitor's side I was cheering for Chris Nanco who
    I watched as recently as last year playing for League 1
    Ontario side Sigma FC. He had a good game which was
    running up the wing and getting crosses into the box
    but also getting a few shots in.  He also earned the
    only Yellow card of the game. 

    I didn't realize until I was home but Josh Heard is a Welsh
    born Canadian who played for PDL Victoria Highlanders
    a few years ago and was subbed on today at 77 minutes.
    Nanco wasn't even Sigma's best USL player today
    as Richie Laryea scored for Orlando City B in their road win
    in front of 19301 in Cincinnati.

    TFC II had been reinforced by MLS contract players,
    defender Ashtone Morgan, goalie Mark Pais, and forward
    Ben Spencer. It wasn't a surprise to followers as they've all
    been on the TFC II roster earlier this season. Morgan played
    only the first half but he's been recovering from an injury for
    what seems like a year. He was playing today as a winger.
    Ryan Telfer took his place for the second half and played almost
    as a forward. Pais filled in for the MLS team when Clint Irwin
    was injured but didn't see any action and he won't get to play
    with the Canadian Cavalluzzo playing so well this last month.

    Tsubasa Endoh played almost all the freekicks and cornerkicks.
    With the MLS team being so deep, he may not get back on
    the main roster. Ben Spencer was just given an MLS contract
    within the last two weeks but hasn't seen any action.

    There's a group of Ben Spencer critics on-line. They are not
    going to be pleased that he won and expresso machine as Man
    of the Match (always a TFC II player). Laughable plays included
    at 53 minutes when he was given a through ball and rushed up
    the middle on the slight left and rolled a 22 yard shot directly
    to the goalie. 75 minutes had him take a low 20 yard shot from
    the right that was into the outside webbing of the net. 84 minutes
    had Spencer knock down a chipped pass at 20 yards but had
    a defender check him off the ball without getting away a shot.

    TFC had three Canadian starters and three on the bench getting
    two of them into the game.

    TFC head coach Greg Vanney was watching the game for the
    West stands with one of his younger kids.

    Bethlehem goalie Jake McGuire earned the shutout. He had
    to make some key saves. He was sharp except on one play
    at 85 minutes, Shaan Hundal blasted a shot from 15 yards that
    he couldn't hang on to and a defender had to boot the rebound
    behind the end line. Injury time had Hundal get to a cross and
    pop a header from 15 yards on the right that bounced and the
    goalie was able to catch it wide left of the post. Hundal only came
    in at 59 minutes and he'd have been my 'Man of the Match'.
    Last year he was the teams leading scorer and now it's hard for
    the Canadian to find playing time.

    Angelo Cavalluzzo played goal for TFC II. He didn't have much
    to do which is good as having to make the 'save of the week'
    means the defence is letting you down! Of course partly it's
    on the visitors as #14 in the league tables until today.

    Attendance was announced as 3033 which was certainly a season
    best for this team although it's only their second home game
    of the year and is likely not to be repeated as the team
    usually plays at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan just
    outside the city limits of Toronto. They were piggybacking
    off the MLS game that had finished an hour earlier in which
    Toronto FC beat Minnesota United 3-2 in front of 27,249.
    Another quarter of the fans who stayed for beginning of the
    USL game left by halftime.

    The fans were corralled into the East stands except the
    supporter groups who were allowed to stay in the South—probably
    for the best as they don't mingle well with the families
    watching in the East. I wasn't taking anything for granted
    as I brought my TFC II ticket today too in case I ended
    up out in the parking lot. We had to wait 'upstairs'
    at the 200 level while the lower section was cleaned.
    TFC alumi Dwayne De Rosario was signing autographs and
    a DJ was playing songs. I didn't know that area was accessable
    from the lower deck from inside. This extra level
    in proportion looks like it has more washrooms than ours.
    At about 5:30pm we were allowed back down—general admission
    although my row hadn't been cleaned at all. The same beer
    sellers who had called last call at 65 minutes of the first
    game were back again selling until the end of the first half.

    MLSE had really hit promoting this match hard. I heard about
    it through e-mail, team websites and twitter, and announcements
    today at the beginning, halftime, and end of the MSL game.

    Production values were high with the same announcer as the
    MLS game, highlights on the video board after the first
    half of the game we were watching instead of another replay
    of the MLS game.

    No excuses of people saying they didn't know about it.
    It will be interesting to see how the team uses these figures.
    They could say retaining just over 11% of the fans proves
    they should move the team to another city filling a roster
    of some CanPL team once that gets going. They cover the
    salaries of their players but don't have to cover stadium
    rental and staffing. Even today's total (if it were true)
    is triple last year's crowd in Vaughan for even 'good'
    weather days. This game had the first 20 minutes played
    in a light rain but fans were sheltered by the roof.

    TFC II's next game is Friday May 19 at Ontario Soccer Centre
    with a 5:00pm kickoff. This game might start off with very
    low as most people are just getting off work at that time.
    The Rowdies are second in the East as of last week's
    standings and are aiming big trying to get an MLS franchise
    and just had their city agree to a stadium proposal.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    twitter @RocketRobin01
     
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from BuzzAndSting in TFC2 2017 Discussion   
    Result and details of the Saturday May 13, 2017 USL game
    between Toronto FC II and Bethlehem Steel FC played
    at BMO Field in Toronto at 6:00pm.

    7 min...BS Cory Burke turns and rolls pass forward from
    50 yard line up right to BS Marcus Epps who receives
    it at 25 yards and cuts into top of the box on right.
    He slows down at 15 yards when facing TFC Brandon Aubrey
    and TFC Mitch Taintor comes up behind him and trips him up.
    Referee Pierre-Luc Lauzier awards BS a Penalty kick.

    8 min...BS Cory Burke GOAL...Burke rolls Penalty kick
    to right side of net as goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo dives
    to left.

    Final Score:....Toronto FC II......0......Bethlehem Steel FC.....1...

    TFC was marketing a shutout streak that had lasted a full
    three games until their last game in Pittsburgh where they
    lost 1-0. Their goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo had won Save of the
    Week and Goalie of the Month during that time. The other
    way of looking at it was during the last five games TFC has
    not scored! Since losing 3-1 in Orlando (against Orlando City 'B')
    on April 4, they played 0-0 against Rochester (TFC's only
    home game), Ottawa, and Louisville, before the
    Pittsburgh game.

    Today was not a clash of powerhouses. TFC had a record
    of 1 win, 3 losses, 3 ties for fifteenth (last) place in the East
    and Bethlehem were until today 2 wins, 4 losses, 0 ties for
    da-da....fourteenth place! They are the affiliate of
    Philadelphia Union who are mired in last place in the MLS
    league so if their team can't stock move on the big team
    who are looking for improvements, the pickings must
    be pretty slim.

    On the visitor's side I was cheering for Chris Nanco who
    I watched as recently as last year playing for League 1
    Ontario side Sigma FC. He had a good game which was
    running up the wing and getting crosses into the box
    but also getting a few shots in.  He also earned the
    only Yellow card of the game. 

    I didn't realize until I was home but Josh Heard is a Welsh
    born Canadian who played for PDL Victoria Highlanders
    a few years ago and was subbed on today at 77 minutes.
    Nanco wasn't even Sigma's best USL player today
    as Richie Laryea scored for Orlando City B in their road win
    in front of 19301 in Cincinnati.

    TFC II had been reinforced by MLS contract players,
    defender Ashtone Morgan, goalie Mark Pais, and forward
    Ben Spencer. It wasn't a surprise to followers as they've all
    been on the TFC II roster earlier this season. Morgan played
    only the first half but he's been recovering from an injury for
    what seems like a year. He was playing today as a winger.
    Ryan Telfer took his place for the second half and played almost
    as a forward. Pais filled in for the MLS team when Clint Irwin
    was injured but didn't see any action and he won't get to play
    with the Canadian Cavalluzzo playing so well this last month.

    Tsubasa Endoh played almost all the freekicks and cornerkicks.
    With the MLS team being so deep, he may not get back on
    the main roster. Ben Spencer was just given an MLS contract
    within the last two weeks but hasn't seen any action.

    There's a group of Ben Spencer critics on-line. They are not
    going to be pleased that he won and expresso machine as Man
    of the Match (always a TFC II player). Laughable plays included
    at 53 minutes when he was given a through ball and rushed up
    the middle on the slight left and rolled a 22 yard shot directly
    to the goalie. 75 minutes had him take a low 20 yard shot from
    the right that was into the outside webbing of the net. 84 minutes
    had Spencer knock down a chipped pass at 20 yards but had
    a defender check him off the ball without getting away a shot.

    TFC had three Canadian starters and three on the bench getting
    two of them into the game.

    TFC head coach Greg Vanney was watching the game for the
    West stands with one of his younger kids.

    Bethlehem goalie Jake McGuire earned the shutout. He had
    to make some key saves. He was sharp except on one play
    at 85 minutes, Shaan Hundal blasted a shot from 15 yards that
    he couldn't hang on to and a defender had to boot the rebound
    behind the end line. Injury time had Hundal get to a cross and
    pop a header from 15 yards on the right that bounced and the
    goalie was able to catch it wide left of the post. Hundal only came
    in at 59 minutes and he'd have been my 'Man of the Match'.
    Last year he was the teams leading scorer and now it's hard for
    the Canadian to find playing time.

    Angelo Cavalluzzo played goal for TFC II. He didn't have much
    to do which is good as having to make the 'save of the week'
    means the defence is letting you down! Of course partly it's
    on the visitors as #14 in the league tables until today.

    Attendance was announced as 3033 which was certainly a season
    best for this team although it's only their second home game
    of the year and is likely not to be repeated as the team
    usually plays at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan just
    outside the city limits of Toronto. They were piggybacking
    off the MLS game that had finished an hour earlier in which
    Toronto FC beat Minnesota United 3-2 in front of 27,249.
    Another quarter of the fans who stayed for beginning of the
    USL game left by halftime.

    The fans were corralled into the East stands except the
    supporter groups who were allowed to stay in the South—probably
    for the best as they don't mingle well with the families
    watching in the East. I wasn't taking anything for granted
    as I brought my TFC II ticket today too in case I ended
    up out in the parking lot. We had to wait 'upstairs'
    at the 200 level while the lower section was cleaned.
    TFC alumi Dwayne De Rosario was signing autographs and
    a DJ was playing songs. I didn't know that area was accessable
    from the lower deck from inside. This extra level
    in proportion looks like it has more washrooms than ours.
    At about 5:30pm we were allowed back down—general admission
    although my row hadn't been cleaned at all. The same beer
    sellers who had called last call at 65 minutes of the first
    game were back again selling until the end of the first half.

    MLSE had really hit promoting this match hard. I heard about
    it through e-mail, team websites and twitter, and announcements
    today at the beginning, halftime, and end of the MSL game.

    Production values were high with the same announcer as the
    MLS game, highlights on the video board after the first
    half of the game we were watching instead of another replay
    of the MLS game.

    No excuses of people saying they didn't know about it.
    It will be interesting to see how the team uses these figures.
    They could say retaining just over 11% of the fans proves
    they should move the team to another city filling a roster
    of some CanPL team once that gets going. They cover the
    salaries of their players but don't have to cover stadium
    rental and staffing. Even today's total (if it were true)
    is triple last year's crowd in Vaughan for even 'good'
    weather days. This game had the first 20 minutes played
    in a light rain but fans were sheltered by the roof.

    TFC II's next game is Friday May 19 at Ontario Soccer Centre
    with a 5:00pm kickoff. This game might start off with very
    low as most people are just getting off work at that time.
    The Rowdies are second in the East as of last week's
    standings and are aiming big trying to get an MLS franchise
    and just had their city agree to a stadium proposal.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    twitter @RocketRobin01
     
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Gopherbashi in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 03   
    Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game of Friday May 12, 2017
    between Durham United FA and Aurora FC at The Pickering Soccer Centre
    in Pickering at 7:30pm.

    12 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks sends
    pass from 25 yards and Moncrieffe shoots 10 yard shot on left past sliding
    goalie into left side of net.

    14 min...DUFA Kashiff De Jonge GOAL...AFC goalie Adam Scanlon blasts
    clearance from 6 yards on left post that hits player at 10 yards and falls
    to DUFA Jonathan Parolini who touches ball to De Jonge who quickly
    takes 12 yarder from left into open net.

    30 min...AFC Matthew Caguana GOAL...AFC Dylan Rennie on pass/deflection
    from 18 yards on left reaches Caguana who shoots low 12 yarder down
    middle into right side of net.

    32 min...DUFA Tim Flynn GOAL...DUFA Edward Lay cornerkick from right
    is headed across box and AFC defender misses bicycle kick clearance at 12 yards.
    Flynn standing beside him recovers ball on left and takes low shot into
    right side of net.

    58 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks takes
    low 30 yard freekick from right that's into box and players on both teams miss
    connecting on edge of 6 yard box. Moncrieffe charging in on left side of box
    connects on 10 yarder blasting ball into right side of net.

    74 min...AFC Jackson Tooke draws Penalty kick from referee John Vlahos on run
    to just inside right side of box.

    75 min...AFC Christopher Jacovou blasts Penalty kick low to left post and
    diving goalie Ben Cowman gets hand to stop it and defender clears.

    Final Score:...Durham United FA........4......Aurora FC........1......

    Attendance picked up to about 75 by the time the game ended. The game was
    held at Pickering's indoor dome facility. The team scheduled their first two home
    games at this facility as Kinsmen Park is usually still drying out from the rains
    at this time of year. Next Friday they will play Ottawa South United Force.
    After two weekends of attending outdoor games in the unseasonably cold
    and wet, this place was a nice break although 'outside' tonight would have
    been quite bearable.

    This was the home opener for DUFA. It was an important win for any championship
    hopes as they've started the season with a tie and a loss to fellow Eastern Conference
    powerhouses Vaughan (score 0-0) and Woodbridge (0-1). The team in past years
    usually starts out fast then fizzles out when many of the players return
    to NCAA schools (although not quite as exaggerated as Sigma FC). This year a team
    official assured me they have quite a few players who have finished school and
    will stay the entire season. I can see some of these players showcasing their skills
    to show off this season and next for an invite/draft to the new CanPL league that
    starts in the fall of 2018.

    Aurora's record falls to 1 tie and 2 losses in the first three weeks of the season.
    The two early goals coming so quickly in succession looked like it rattled the team
    and certainly boosted the confidence of DUFA. The DUFA quick response to score
    after AFC got their only goal cooled any chances of the momentum shifting
    although three AFC chances in the last five minutes of the first half with a missed
    shot, a defender clearing, and a stop by goalie Ben Cowman stopped any comeback.

    Referee Jon Vlahos gave out no cards in this game. AFC Dylan Rennie was subbed
    off at 56 minutes after being injured just inside the AFC box and needed help
    limping off. Otherwise there were no major injuries. The DUFA bench kept advising
    their players "No foul, no foul" to remind them not to be carded as even if an AFC
    player got by a defender, there would always be another to close the play down.

    DUFA almost put the game out of reach in the first half with Christian Moncrieffe
    hitting the post from 15 yards at 43 minutes. That would have turned his night
    into a hat-trick.


    Some quirks of this facility were a call for a 'drop' ball when a clearance hit the
    ceiling of the bubble. It is much easier for this to happen near the sidelines.
    Another (but probably just because it was the first game this season) was the
    timekeeper couldn't get the scoreboard to run 'up' in the second half and after
    a few resets let the clock count 'down' like the other kind of football. I'm sure
    they'll program it right for next week.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    twitter @RocketRobin01
     
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from BuzzAndSting in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 03   
    Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game of Friday May 12, 2017
    between Durham United FA and Aurora FC at The Pickering Soccer Centre
    in Pickering at 7:30pm.

    12 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks sends
    pass from 25 yards and Moncrieffe shoots 10 yard shot on left past sliding
    goalie into left side of net.

    14 min...DUFA Kashiff De Jonge GOAL...AFC goalie Adam Scanlon blasts
    clearance from 6 yards on left post that hits player at 10 yards and falls
    to DUFA Jonathan Parolini who touches ball to De Jonge who quickly
    takes 12 yarder from left into open net.

    30 min...AFC Matthew Caguana GOAL...AFC Dylan Rennie on pass/deflection
    from 18 yards on left reaches Caguana who shoots low 12 yarder down
    middle into right side of net.

    32 min...DUFA Tim Flynn GOAL...DUFA Edward Lay cornerkick from right
    is headed across box and AFC defender misses bicycle kick clearance at 12 yards.
    Flynn standing beside him recovers ball on left and takes low shot into
    right side of net.

    58 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks takes
    low 30 yard freekick from right that's into box and players on both teams miss
    connecting on edge of 6 yard box. Moncrieffe charging in on left side of box
    connects on 10 yarder blasting ball into right side of net.

    74 min...AFC Jackson Tooke draws Penalty kick from referee John Vlahos on run
    to just inside right side of box.

    75 min...AFC Christopher Jacovou blasts Penalty kick low to left post and
    diving goalie Ben Cowman gets hand to stop it and defender clears.

    Final Score:...Durham United FA........4......Aurora FC........1......

    Attendance picked up to about 75 by the time the game ended. The game was
    held at Pickering's indoor dome facility. The team scheduled their first two home
    games at this facility as Kinsmen Park is usually still drying out from the rains
    at this time of year. Next Friday they will play Ottawa South United Force.
    After two weekends of attending outdoor games in the unseasonably cold
    and wet, this place was a nice break although 'outside' tonight would have
    been quite bearable.

    This was the home opener for DUFA. It was an important win for any championship
    hopes as they've started the season with a tie and a loss to fellow Eastern Conference
    powerhouses Vaughan (score 0-0) and Woodbridge (0-1). The team in past years
    usually starts out fast then fizzles out when many of the players return
    to NCAA schools (although not quite as exaggerated as Sigma FC). This year a team
    official assured me they have quite a few players who have finished school and
    will stay the entire season. I can see some of these players showcasing their skills
    to show off this season and next for an invite/draft to the new CanPL league that
    starts in the fall of 2018.

    Aurora's record falls to 1 tie and 2 losses in the first three weeks of the season.
    The two early goals coming so quickly in succession looked like it rattled the team
    and certainly boosted the confidence of DUFA. The DUFA quick response to score
    after AFC got their only goal cooled any chances of the momentum shifting
    although three AFC chances in the last five minutes of the first half with a missed
    shot, a defender clearing, and a stop by goalie Ben Cowman stopped any comeback.

    Referee Jon Vlahos gave out no cards in this game. AFC Dylan Rennie was subbed
    off at 56 minutes after being injured just inside the AFC box and needed help
    limping off. Otherwise there were no major injuries. The DUFA bench kept advising
    their players "No foul, no foul" to remind them not to be carded as even if an AFC
    player got by a defender, there would always be another to close the play down.

    DUFA almost put the game out of reach in the first half with Christian Moncrieffe
    hitting the post from 15 yards at 43 minutes. That would have turned his night
    into a hat-trick.


    Some quirks of this facility were a call for a 'drop' ball when a clearance hit the
    ceiling of the bubble. It is much easier for this to happen near the sidelines.
    Another (but probably just because it was the first game this season) was the
    timekeeper couldn't get the scoreboard to run 'up' in the second half and after
    a few resets let the clock count 'down' like the other kind of football. I'm sure
    they'll program it right for next week.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    twitter @RocketRobin01
     
  6. Like
    Rocket Robin reacted to Gian-Luca in Canadian Premier League   
    The TV contract bit is not too surprising, if a bit disappointing - but the Canadian quota only being 3 to 4 players (ie. no better than MLS) is massively disappointing IMO if that turns out to be true. I hope, along with all this speculation about Osorio (that people seem to be treating as gospel even though it's an unconfirmed rumour of what could happen) that this does not turn out to be the case. The roster quota needs to be much higher than that, otherwise we'll likely be developing players for our concacaf rivals as much as we are our own.
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from masster in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 2   
    Result and details of the Sunday May 7, 2018 League 1 Ontario game between
    Toronto FC III and Sigma FC played at KIA Training Centre in Downsview
    at 1:00pm.

    13 min...Sigma Duran Lee GOAL...Sigma Justin Stoddart cornerkick from right
    is high and Lee leaps above defenders and heads 5 yarder forward into top
    left corner of net.

    31 min...Sigma Johnny Grant GOAL...Sigma player racing in on left cutting
    in and passes to Sigma Mansoor Allazy who gives pass in clear and Grant
    shoots 15 yarder down middle over sliding goalie Brogan Engbers.

    36 min...TFC Malik Johnson GOAL...TFC Steven Furlano cross from 22 yards
    on far right has Johnson in crowd of players shoot in low 10 yarder over
    diving goalie Triston Henry.

    49 min...Sigma Jordan Kalonji GOAL...Kalonji is given short low pass upfield
    by Sigma Mansoor Allazy and his low 15 yard shot from right is into low
    left corner of net.

    83 min...Sigma Johnny Grant sends low cross from 15 yards near right end
    line has Sigma Dominic Samuel upended by fallen goalie in box at 5 yards
    while rushing forward for ball. Referee Timothy Wong calls a Penalty kick
    and gives TFC goalie Brogen Engbers a Yellow card.

    84 min...Sigma Johnny Grant blasts low Penalty kick has diving goalie save
    on right post by pushing ball wide. The referee's assistant put his flag
    up as the goalie had taken a step forward before the shot was taken.

    85 min...Sigma Johnny Grant GOAL...Grant blasts retaken Penalty kick low
    to right side of net with goalie diving left.

    93 min...TFC Red card...Dante Campbell is given a straight Red on a delayed
    call for flattening a Sigma player in the center circle as play moved
    upfield. When the advantage ended after Sigma Arlick Nibana rolled a 20 yard
    shot through a crowd of players that the goalie picked up, a multi player
    dust-up broke out in the TFC box.

    95 min...game ends.

    Final Score:......Toronto FC III.......1.........Sigma FC......4......

    Attendance was about 30. It was parka weather again but the sun came out
    in the second half for the first time in about five days. We're not used
    to this weather dragging on into May. The wind is exaggerated at this
    location, the remnants of the old military Downsview Airport now down
    to one runway which is still being used for commercial freight flights.
    I wonder if the Avro Arrow reached Mach 1.9 at the end of the 1950s
    because of the wind? Whichever team was playing in the south end found
    it very hard to cross the center line. That was TFC in the first and
    Sigma for the second half. There was no rain and the grounds crew did
    set up a canopy for the scorers table and sound system. I think this
    was partially for show as they were committed to Livestream the game
    for internet watchers.

    Sigma's goal at 49 minutes proved to be crucial as it was one of the
    few times they were able to get out of their own end in the second half.

    The injury time brawl was partially to do with the 'advantage' playing on.
    I suspect that Sigma players thought that Aidan Daniels was going to get
    away with the knockdown upfield. I saw a Sigma player down in the center
    circle but at the time I moved my eyes away to see the Sigma rush. I looked
    at the Livestream recording of that moment after I got home and the
    commentator mentioned there was a man down at the time but the camera
    had already moved downfield to follow the action. Referee Timothy Wong
    gave out six Yellow cards (two to Sigma) plus the Red. Between 53 and
    58 minutes he gave out four Yellow cards on four separate plays
    (two to each team) and that mostly curbed the rough stuff until
    the end of the game.

    Ethan Beckford (three goals last game vs FC London) and Nicholas Osorio
    (two goals last game) were kept off the score-sheet this week.

    Both Triston Henry for Sigma and Brogan Engbers for TFC played well
    in goal. I've been marking my notes for decades 'dive for save'
    or 'flew for save' when the goalie leaves his feet depending on where
    on net the shot is going. Today the word was 'flew for save' as there
    were a lot of top corner shots by each team.

    This was the time of year over the last few seasons of this league
    when Sigma is at their best. Last season Sigma blasted off with a 9 win,
    0 loss start by the end of June. They ended up fizzling out later in the
    season when many of their players returned to NCAA schools before the
    middle of summer. By the end of the season they are playing with their
    high-schoolers. This is what I worry about with the League 1 Ontario
    champions next year getting an entry into the Voyageurs Cup. Other L1O
    teams have the same problem but not so heavily as Sigma. What time of year
    would their qualifier be? Late Spring vs Fall will make a huge difference
    in the caliber of competition the L1O teams can put out.

    I'd still say Toronto FC III has a better chance of finishing the season
    higher up the table based on past seasons when they grow in experience
    and have other teams lose players to schools. Also this year the squad
    is considered U19 or U20 rather than U17 and they won't burn out players
    on the TFC PDL team which their organization folded the end of last year.

    Johnny Grant is the veteran of Sigma. He played four years with them
    in his development then went to play in Europe and with
    MLS Montreal Impact. It's not unusual for a player to return to Sigma
    for a brief stay. I saw Emery Welshman after his Toronto FC days come
    back to stay sharp then move on to USL Real Monarchs and this season
    NASL Puerto Rico. Leaford Allen had the Grant role last year although
    he told me he didn't come through the Sigma system. I received a tweet
    that Sigma grad and MLS 2017 SuperDraft first round selection
    Kwame Awuah played his first game for MLS New York City FC today.
    Details reveal he was an injury time sub but it's a 'start' to his
    MLS career. Awuah also went to U of Connecticut as did Sigma's
    most famous player, Cyle Larin!

    Anthony Totera was here as a game production director for the league
    to make sure things ran smoothly. I got to congratulate him on the
    CanPL league launch announcement as he's been taking a lot of grief
    over the last two years as the story moved from rumours to reality.
    I did much the same last night when I saw Duane Rollins as game
    director at the Masters vs OSUF game.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    twitter @RocketRobin01
  8. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from GuillermoDelQuarto in Canadian Premier League   
    did they sweep their schedule of all those World championships of poker and darts?  Maybe they combined those two games.  I've got three Kings...and DUCK! 
  9. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Gopherbashi in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 1   
    lineups and pictures now added (usually by the middle of the week)....
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports17/17l1o041.htm
    Aurora FC vs OSUF   (Ottawa)
    TFC III vs FC London
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports17/17l1o042.htm
    Masters vs Woodbridge 
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports17/17l1o043.htm
    ...and now on to Week 2.....
     
  10. Like
    Rocket Robin reacted to Ansem in Canadian Premier League   
    MLS was hardly a true D1 at launch and was arguably weaker than most European D3-D4 leagues. However, they worked themselves up and gave themselves a chance to grow to the point of being considered a "Major League" domestically. Americans could care less about soccer as it was, somewhat still is...imagine if they launched by branding themselves as Division 3? None sense
    Going with BBTB logic, MLS should have branded themselves D3 at the time and whenever I see that kind of logic, I try to stay calm and tell myself that some people don't understand branding and marketing. It took a lot of capital, a decade of bleeding money and relentless marketing to grow MLS to what it is today.
    MLS showed the path to replicate this in Canada. The fact that finally Canadian Investors are willing to go through the same process and go through the long walk in the desert for the long term gains should be celebrated. Even better, we can use the MLS blueprint to accelerate the process on using what worked, avoiding what didn't work and come up with creative solutions to make the growing pain smoother than what MLS investors had to go through. Haven't we heard the right things?
    Lots of capital (Investors net worth in the billions) Fully prepared to lose money for a long time Being smart in terms of branding and marketing (Original 6, Launch right after Russia 2018, using some of the CFL marketing machine, Division 1, etc...) The whole talk about CPL looking like a minor league because we won't have SSS that can pack over 25k is a none starter. All those Scandinavian, some European, South American, Asians and African leagues that have stadiums similar or more modest than ours should be considered minor league I guess. I don't know but playing in an empty overgrown NFL stadium is way worse if you ask me and it's still a work in progress for MLS as we speak.
    Last I checked, humans aren't a warriors race with bottomless potential like in Japanese anime, we peak, we decline. MLS narrowed the gap with Europe 2nd tier leagues overtime the same way Americans and Europeans did in hockey compared to us. CPL will be no different. Without pretending that in 30 years it will be just as good or better than the rest, we will narrow the gap sooner rather than later with our continental counterparts so that people will view their own league as a top CONCACAF League. No French fans actually believes Ligue 1 to be superior to la Liga, yet, there's no doubt that Ligue 1 is a top Euro league and that French team can compete in Europe.
    Let's give ourselves the time and the owners all the necessary tools to grow rapidly.
    This Canadian inferiority complex is so annoying.
     
  11. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Gopherbashi in Canadian Premier League   
    from the story:
    Sigma FC, whose talent pipeline has produced the likes of Orlando's Cycle Larin, plays in the West Division.
    ...wonder how many he's scored on a bicycle kick?
    Davidson must have relied on a spell checker.
    Actually Neil Davidson is the best--always encouraging me...maybe without him and the late Brian Budd many years ago I would have chucked my hobby.
  12. Like
    Rocket Robin reacted to Bison44 in 2017 USL season   
    You are bending over backwards to cut management slack.  If Irwin had not gotten injured, Pais would be down at TFC2 getting all the starts. While potential "Genuine prospect" Cavalluzzo would be riding the pine.   TFC would never uncover any gems from the academy if management stuffed the roster with 22-25year olds previously like they are now.   The old "if they are good enough" montra just doesnt cut it.  We all know how fickle things can be and how breaks can go your way or someone elses and it does make a huge difference.
    Look at AJH, rumor was he was done at the Impact, look how it turned with a lucky break, a bit more playing time.  Or Hamilton, I thought we were done with second guessing him after getting 3 goals in 900minutes last year.  But no, TFC has to sign Spencer and give him a shot while Hamilton sits.  Hamilton isnt a sure fire star, but I would think he isnt something you walk away from for a guy that has DONE NOTHING.  Not even score at TFC2.  
    The brain trust has shown time and again that they prioritize draft picks (mainly foreign) and these journeymen american signings over academy kids.  The fact that Edwards has gotten through the logjam doesnt change the fact that that even when talent seems pretty similar, players they have brought in from outside are given the first chance, or multiple chances.  When as a TFC fan, and a CMNT fan I would hope that you might show the homegrown local kid just a  bit more love.  Even if it was just for the selfish reason of keeping a segment of the fan base happy.  So instead I'll get to watch Pais start in the CDN championship.....(i sure hope not!!)  
  13. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Complete Homer in The Cronenbergs Supporters   
    Has anyone contacted the man to ask his permission? 
    Maybe he will or won't be supportive.
    "I don't like soccer/I like soccer".
    "Glad you mention me but my lawyers would like.....$5.00 for every time you drop my name". 
    Maybe with him it will be wait and see. 
  14. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from hamiltonfan in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 1   
    Result and details of the Saturday April 29, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between
    Aurora FC and OSUF (Ottawa South United Force) played at St Maximillion Kolbe
    High School in Aurora at 4:00pm.

    7 min...OSUF Gabriel Bitar GOAL...OSUF Dario Conte  cornerkick from right is low
    and Bitar one-touch shoots low 10 yarder from right into low left side of net.

    43 min...Aurora FC Matthew Caguana GOAL...AFC Caguana receives pass threaded
    through middle and from 35 yards dribbles forward and shoots into the net
    past goalie Dylan Roisien.

    47 min...OSUF Gabriel Bitar GOAL...OSUF Marco Natoli at 45 yards on left rolls ball
    forward and Bitar shoots 25 yard roller into right corner of net past diving goalie
    Alexander Jakma.

    55 min...OSUF Walker Smith on run down left is pulled down inside box.
    Referee Jose Sanchez-Laros awards OSUF a Penalty kick.

    56 min...OSUF Dario Conte GOAL...Conte blasts Penalty kick about 6 feet high
    to left side of net as goalie crumples to right.

    Final Score:...Aurora FC.......1........Ottawa South United Force.......3.......

    Attendance was about 50 on this cold afternoon with a strong gusty wind from
    the north. Because I drove here, I could go back to my car and switch to my parka
    and touque which I hadn't planned to wear until tonight's game between
    Masters FA and Woodbridge.

    Referee Jose Sanchez-Laros gave out three Yellow cards—all to Aurora players.
    Many offsides were called on both teams especially in the first half. Both teams
    became spooked by these calls and were each caught with a player passing the
    ball forward and teammates holding back from making runs and the ball rolling
    out of play. The referee took advantage of the hash marks for throw-ins like saying
    "take it at the 40" to stop players from cheating trying to get away with lining
    up ten yards downfield before putting the ball back into play.

    This is the first League 1 Ontario game played by OSUF who are the only new men's
    team added to the league this season. There are 16 teams again this year with
    the Ottawa team filling in the spot in the Eastern Conference vacated
    by Kingston Clippers, one of the original franchises who did not return to the
    league for a fourth season. Too bad as OSUF's closest rivalry by geography would
    have been Kingston. Now the Toronto area teams and Ottawa have a five hour
    bus trip to play each other. OSUF will be back next week Saturday night to play
    Masters FA Saints who schedule their home games for 9:00pm kickoffs!

    The quality of OSUF didn't really shine through until the second half with the
    wind at their backs. Aurora only won four games out of twenty-two last year,
    their first season.

    OSUF maxed their subs out at five (league maximum) four of them after they had
    the two goal lead giving more players a chance to say they played in the club's
    first L1O game and a reward for the long bus ride. Aurora made four subs—two
    were needed for injuries in the second half.

    This year Aurora moved from Sheppard's Bush to a schoolyard only about
    a kilometer north of last year's home. I asked a team official for the reason they
    switched homes. He said the facilities weren't satisfactory. Both places had field
    turf although the new field is laced with football hash marks. The old place had
    dressing rooms which looked like they were just trailers towed in and dropped off.
    The public washroom was just another trailer. He said they had no showers.
    I'd say both fields had the same capacity with aluminum stands for about 600.
    The new place however has their stands running from about the 10 yard line
    in the south to the 40 yard line in the north rather than being half on each side
    of the 55 yard line.

    I switched to the other side of the field from the stands at halftime as I was still
    waiting for the Aurora gamesheet and I could see a lot better from the sideline
    then the stands which were behind a running track that kept the stands 20 yards
    away from the sideline.

    The choice of this field is just an interim solution because there are plans for the
    club to build their own facility another kilometer north of this field at The Aurora
    Family Complex on some currently unused land the official said.   My eyes glazed
    over thinking of an 8000 pop-up Canadian Premier League stadium but they are
    just looking for a place for their L1O teams and all their youth teams.

    Aurora FC will be back here next Saturday for a home game at 7:00pm against
    North Toronto Nitros.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    @RocketRobin01
     
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    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Greatest Cockney Rip Off in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 1   
    Result and details of the Sunday April 30, 2017 League 1 Ontario game
    between Toronto FC III and FC London played at the KIA Training Centre
    in Downsview at 1:00am.

    32 min...TFC Ethan Beckford GOAL...Beckford is given pass for break-in
    down center by TFC Dante Campbell and rolls 22 yarder past sliding
    goalie into right side of net.

    35 min...TFC Ethan Beckford GOAL...Beckford beats goalie Anthony Sokalski
    to the ball at 40 yard line, rounds him and shoots low 28 yarder up middle into
    open net. TFC Matthew Srbely had given Beckford a pass upfield that
    convinced the goalie to come that far out of his net.

    40 min...TFC Nicholas Osorio GOAL...TFC Marko Mandekic gives crossfield
    short pass to Osorio at 22 yards and he blasts shot into top left corner.

    61 min...TFC Nicholas Osorio GOAL...TFC Nikola Stakic feeds ball up the middle
    at center line for TFC Dante Campbell to run up the middle and tap ball
    around goalie at 15 yards for Osorio to shoot 15 yarder from left into
    empty net.

    64 min...TFC Dante Campbell rolls pass to TFC Nicholas Osorio who's tripped
    up in the FCL box and referee Fabrizio Stasolla calls a Penalty kick.

    65 min...TFC Ethan Beckford GOAL...Beckford blasts a Penalty kick to his left
    which flying goalie gets a hand to but only pushes it to the left corner
    of the net.

    80 min...TFC Daniel DaSilva GOAL...TFC Steven Furlano taps pass at center line
    as he's being upended and DaSilva races down the middle, dekes diving goalie
    at 10 yards and taps ball into open net.

    Final Score:....Toronto FC III.......6.......FC London........0.......

    Attendance varied with the weather conditions but peaked at about 60. It was
    overcast, very cold, and extremely windy. It also started to drizzle at halftime
    but had stopped before the second half started. Parkas were worn by everyone
    except the on-field players and officials. Tomorrow is the first day of May! I took
    my pass off from around my neck as the wind caught it a few times and slapped
    me in the face. No sound system was brought out today and the corner flags
    were allowed to stay blown over.

    For my notes, a play would have to be pretty special for me to pry my mitt
    off to write it down so my more detailed notes are not going to be
    a play-by-play.

    Filippo Di Bennardo earned the shutout for TFC in a very easy game. An L1O
    tweet revealed that FCL didn't have one shot on goal. The TFC defence was
    solid with 2016 league-leading scorer Elvir Gigolaj and captain
    Christian Devia being held to very few chances.

    There wasn't too much to learn strategy wise on a day like today except
    keep the ball low so it doesn't get caught in the wind. The wind was
    strong and from the north which was cross-field so it didn't give either
    team an advantage in either half. Both teams were caught offside
    quite a few times.

    A security guard answered me that it's been three weeks since the winter
    bubble had been taken down leaving this field turf open to the elements.
    The FCL players never adapted the entire afternoon while TFC settled down
    after a few atomic crosses. TFC have changed their parka colours to gray
    and black so their subs didn't need to wear pinnies while warming up.
    I was wearing last year's red (thanks again Jason Bent!) so the ref
    requested I put one on and I wrestled for a few minutes to get it
    on in the wind.

    Best non-scoring chances were at 5 minutes when TFC Marko Mandekic
    took a 22 yard freekick from the right that had the goalie fly over to the
    top left corner to get a hand to and a defender cleared behind the end
    line. 43 minutes had FCL Mohammad Reza Nafar get tripped up in the
    TFC box getting away a blocked shot but got up and tapped the ball
    to FCL Sean Fawsitt who blasted a shot from 12 yards on the far right
    well over the net.  53 minutes had the FCL goalie trapped by a bad
    backpass with two TFC forwards on him in the box. TFC Ethan Beckford
    stripped him off the ball and crossed to the center of the box but
    a defender got back in time to head the ball away. 85 minutes had
    TFC Glenn Muenkat roll a pass across the box and TFC Daniel DaSilva
    with an open net blasted a 15 yard shot off the underside of the bar
    but the ball stayed out and the goalie picked it up on the bounce.
    89 minutes had FCL Zach Witt recover a poor TFC back pass but his
    off balance shot from 18 yards was well wide right. Injury time had
    TFC Dante Campbell have a long run up the right and center a pass
    to Muenkat but the goalie slid out to the edge of the box
    to grab the ball and Muenkat fell over him injuring himself.

    TFC got off to a slow start last year before finishing strongly. This year
    rather than being their U-17s, they are referred to as U-19s and so most
    of the players I recognized from last year's roster. With TFC not operating
    a PDL team this year and their USL team stacked with foreigners,
    the Academy team is staying together at the T1O level. An FCL official
    before the game was telling me how much their roster has changed from
    last year by now being filled with U-21s but I didn't risk pulling the
    game rosters out of my bag for fear they'd blow across the field.

    The two teams' return match is Friday night August 25 at the German
    Canadian FC Stadium Field. I've been to 'Cove Road' years ago and
    maybe FCL can ensure an extra helping of mosquitoes for revenge
    against today's game.

    FC London captured the Western Conference title last season with
    TFC Academy (their name last year) finishing third. Sigma FC
    finished second.

    Toronto FC III will be back here next Sunday at 1:00pm for a home
    game against Sigma FC. Those two teams have a rivalry for who can
    put the most grads into the MLS. Sigma's most famous grad Kyle Larin
    is expected in town on Wednesday night for Orlando City's game
    against Toronto FC at the MLS level.

    Strange that in the parking lot at The Hangar and in then in my own
    driveway right after the game the wind was only a third of the
    speed of the KIA field.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    @RocketRobin01
     
  16. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Gopherbashi in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 1   
    As I like to say I've seen every team at least three times a season, I try to get the teams coming into the GTA from afar because I won't be at their home games--so Ottawa was my choice for these conflicting times.  
  17. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Greatest Cockney Rip Off in 2017 League 1 Ontario Week 1   
    Result and details of the Saturday April 29, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between
    Aurora FC and OSUF (Ottawa South United Force) played at St Maximillion Kolbe
    High School in Aurora at 4:00pm.

    7 min...OSUF Gabriel Bitar GOAL...OSUF Dario Conte  cornerkick from right is low
    and Bitar one-touch shoots low 10 yarder from right into low left side of net.

    43 min...Aurora FC Matthew Caguana GOAL...AFC Caguana receives pass threaded
    through middle and from 35 yards dribbles forward and shoots into the net
    past goalie Dylan Roisien.

    47 min...OSUF Gabriel Bitar GOAL...OSUF Marco Natoli at 45 yards on left rolls ball
    forward and Bitar shoots 25 yard roller into right corner of net past diving goalie
    Alexander Jakma.

    55 min...OSUF Walker Smith on run down left is pulled down inside box.
    Referee Jose Sanchez-Laros awards OSUF a Penalty kick.

    56 min...OSUF Dario Conte GOAL...Conte blasts Penalty kick about 6 feet high
    to left side of net as goalie crumples to right.

    Final Score:...Aurora FC.......1........Ottawa South United Force.......3.......

    Attendance was about 50 on this cold afternoon with a strong gusty wind from
    the north. Because I drove here, I could go back to my car and switch to my parka
    and touque which I hadn't planned to wear until tonight's game between
    Masters FA and Woodbridge.

    Referee Jose Sanchez-Laros gave out three Yellow cards—all to Aurora players.
    Many offsides were called on both teams especially in the first half. Both teams
    became spooked by these calls and were each caught with a player passing the
    ball forward and teammates holding back from making runs and the ball rolling
    out of play. The referee took advantage of the hash marks for throw-ins like saying
    "take it at the 40" to stop players from cheating trying to get away with lining
    up ten yards downfield before putting the ball back into play.

    This is the first League 1 Ontario game played by OSUF who are the only new men's
    team added to the league this season. There are 16 teams again this year with
    the Ottawa team filling in the spot in the Eastern Conference vacated
    by Kingston Clippers, one of the original franchises who did not return to the
    league for a fourth season. Too bad as OSUF's closest rivalry by geography would
    have been Kingston. Now the Toronto area teams and Ottawa have a five hour
    bus trip to play each other. OSUF will be back next week Saturday night to play
    Masters FA Saints who schedule their home games for 9:00pm kickoffs!

    The quality of OSUF didn't really shine through until the second half with the
    wind at their backs. Aurora only won four games out of twenty-two last year,
    their first season.

    OSUF maxed their subs out at five (league maximum) four of them after they had
    the two goal lead giving more players a chance to say they played in the club's
    first L1O game and a reward for the long bus ride. Aurora made four subs—two
    were needed for injuries in the second half.

    This year Aurora moved from Sheppard's Bush to a schoolyard only about
    a kilometer north of last year's home. I asked a team official for the reason they
    switched homes. He said the facilities weren't satisfactory. Both places had field
    turf although the new field is laced with football hash marks. The old place had
    dressing rooms which looked like they were just trailers towed in and dropped off.
    The public washroom was just another trailer. He said they had no showers.
    I'd say both fields had the same capacity with aluminum stands for about 600.
    The new place however has their stands running from about the 10 yard line
    in the south to the 40 yard line in the north rather than being half on each side
    of the 55 yard line.

    I switched to the other side of the field from the stands at halftime as I was still
    waiting for the Aurora gamesheet and I could see a lot better from the sideline
    then the stands which were behind a running track that kept the stands 20 yards
    away from the sideline.

    The choice of this field is just an interim solution because there are plans for the
    club to build their own facility another kilometer north of this field at The Aurora
    Family Complex on some currently unused land the official said.   My eyes glazed
    over thinking of an 8000 pop-up Canadian Premier League stadium but they are
    just looking for a place for their L1O teams and all their youth teams.

    Aurora FC will be back here next Saturday for a home game at 7:00pm against
    North Toronto Nitros.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
    @RocketRobin01
     
  18. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from coppercanuck in 2017 League 1 Ontario player movements   
    So Quillan Roberts has found a place to play for the 2017 season!  Woodbridge Strikers of League 1`Ontario. 
    We are proud to announce that @QGoalie18 has signed a contract to join our @League1Ontario team for the 2017 season #WSCL1Opic.twitter.com/Y8E2203tME
     
    So what happened to Strikers goalie last year?  Matt George was named L1O Men's 2016 Goaltender of the Year.
    Search reveals he joined Oakville Blue Devils!  This interview reveals he is just waiting for an opportunity in the new CPL. 
    http://www.oakvillebluedevilsfc.com/blue-devils-sign-league-1-goalkeeper-of-the-season-matt-george/
     
     
  19. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Gopherbashi in 2017 League 1 Ontario player movements   
    So Quillan Roberts has found a place to play for the 2017 season!  Woodbridge Strikers of League 1`Ontario. 
    We are proud to announce that @QGoalie18 has signed a contract to join our @League1Ontario team for the 2017 season #WSCL1Opic.twitter.com/Y8E2203tME
     
    So what happened to Strikers goalie last year?  Matt George was named L1O Men's 2016 Goaltender of the Year.
    Search reveals he joined Oakville Blue Devils!  This interview reveals he is just waiting for an opportunity in the new CPL. 
    http://www.oakvillebluedevilsfc.com/blue-devils-sign-league-1-goalkeeper-of-the-season-matt-george/
     
     
  20. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from CDNFootballer in MASL expands to Toronto (indoor soccer)   
    MASL ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
    More Expansion News Promised in Coming Months
    KANSAS CITY (April 7, 2017) – In a Press Conference on Thursday Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) Commissioner Josh Schaub discussed the future of the league, including the first MASL franchise in Canada. The MASL will kickoff in Toronto, Canada for the 2018-2019 season.
     
    Led by CEO Sergio Giancola and President Peter Kovacs, the new group energized the press conference with their entry into the league. Kovacs spoke for the group as he explained the history of their journey into the MASL.
     
    "17 years ago we went down to watch the NPSL All-Star game and our idea then was to bring arena soccer to Toronto," said Kovacs. "Last January we revisited the situation, and we started to do our due diligence. What really hooked us, our group went to Hermosillo, Mexico to see the second leg of the final and what an event that was. We made our decision then to go through the application process and I’m proud to say that in December 2016 the league accepted our application."
     
    The team will play in the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, right in the heart of the Toronto metro area. They will begin play in 2018 in order to set up their staff and drum up local support of the franchise.
     
    "We are very excited to bring in a group of this caliber to the MASL and to expand the league’s reach into Canada," said Schaub. "With the inclusion of Toronto, we will further the league’s fan base and the excitement of the game."
     
    Kovacs closed out his remarks with a promise to the rest of the MASL.
     
    "We are not coming into the league just to compete. We want to put a product on the field that will chase the championship right from the get-go."
     
    Schaub also announced last night that the Brownsville franchise will resume play in 2017-2018 as the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. The team will play in the 6,800 seat State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. The MASL commissioner also noted that there were more announcements to come in the coming months.
     
    ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE
    The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States and Mexico. The MASL is currently incorporated as a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation formed to promote the business and sport of arena soccer.
  21. Like
    Rocket Robin got a reaction from Dub Narcotic in MASL expands to Toronto (indoor soccer)   
    MASL ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
    More Expansion News Promised in Coming Months
    KANSAS CITY (April 7, 2017) – In a Press Conference on Thursday Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) Commissioner Josh Schaub discussed the future of the league, including the first MASL franchise in Canada. The MASL will kickoff in Toronto, Canada for the 2018-2019 season.
     
    Led by CEO Sergio Giancola and President Peter Kovacs, the new group energized the press conference with their entry into the league. Kovacs spoke for the group as he explained the history of their journey into the MASL.
     
    "17 years ago we went down to watch the NPSL All-Star game and our idea then was to bring arena soccer to Toronto," said Kovacs. "Last January we revisited the situation, and we started to do our due diligence. What really hooked us, our group went to Hermosillo, Mexico to see the second leg of the final and what an event that was. We made our decision then to go through the application process and I’m proud to say that in December 2016 the league accepted our application."
     
    The team will play in the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, right in the heart of the Toronto metro area. They will begin play in 2018 in order to set up their staff and drum up local support of the franchise.
     
    "We are very excited to bring in a group of this caliber to the MASL and to expand the league’s reach into Canada," said Schaub. "With the inclusion of Toronto, we will further the league’s fan base and the excitement of the game."
     
    Kovacs closed out his remarks with a promise to the rest of the MASL.
     
    "We are not coming into the league just to compete. We want to put a product on the field that will chase the championship right from the get-go."
     
    Schaub also announced last night that the Brownsville franchise will resume play in 2017-2018 as the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. The team will play in the 6,800 seat State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. The MASL commissioner also noted that there were more announcements to come in the coming months.
     
    ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE
    The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States and Mexico. The MASL is currently incorporated as a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation formed to promote the business and sport of arena soccer.
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    Result and details from the Friday April 7, 2017 USL game between Toronto FC II
    and Rochester Rhinos played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.

    Final Score:.....Toronto FC II.......0......Rochester Rhinos.......0....

    Attendance was announced as 523 on this brutally cold and windy evening.
    Temperature was only + 3 Celsius. Toronto had an inch of snow fall overnight
    and although it had melted by the late afternoon, because they must have shoveled
    the turf, there was a border of snow just a few feet from the sideline and each
    end zone. I figured about 100 fans or more left at halftime especially the ones with
    young kids. Thankfully TFC II head coach Jason Bent gifted me a full length TFC parka
    at the TFC II SSH event a week and a half ago so I didn't even mind the aluminum
    benches that make up the stands.

    Man of the Match (who I assume is always a TFC II player) was named as T&T defender
    Jelani Peters. He had a few key stops by diving headers and a magnificent block
    at 69 minutes by doing the splits to poke the ball away from RR Ryan James who otherwise
    was in alone at 20 yards. He injured himself on that play but returned to the game.

    Fellow TFC II T&T forward Aikim Andrews was fed passes but was either checked off the ball
    before shooting or rolled softies to the goalie or wide of the net.

    Goalies Angelo Cavalluzzo of TFC II and Tomas Gomez of Rhinos earned shutouts
    for their teams.

    Other best non-scoring chances were at 19 minutes with RR Kennardo Forbes taking
    his third cornerkick from the right side within two minutes had RR Wal Fall head at 10 yards
    up the middle that the goalie jumped for but the ball hit the top of the bar for a goal kick.

    43 minutes had RR Kennardo Forbes take a 35 yard freekick from the right and
    RR Darius Madison headed a 7 yarder wide left of the post.

    51 minutes had TFC Ben Spencer roll a pass to his left for the charging Ryan Telfer
    at the 30 yard line. He rolled a cross from near the end line and the goalie beat
    Aikim Andrews to dive on the ball at 3 yards even with the left post.

    74 minutes had RR Kenardo Forbes take a cornerkick from the left and RR Ryan Felix
    headed a 12 yarder down the middle and TFC Dyvind Alseth headed the ball away
    at 3 yards on the right post.

    90 minutes had RR Jordan Dover chip a ball from 20 yards on the right that goalie
    Angelo Cavalluzzo caught on the left post a split second before RR Rayane Boukemia
    got his head to it from 3 yards.


    Ryan Telfer had an injury time shot that he rolled down the middle from 20 yards
    just wide left of the post.


    Referee David Barrie gave out three Yellow cards and all in the second half
    in a game that wasn't rough at all. I don't think any players felt like going in for
    sliding tackles on the hard turf tonight.


    TFC II list 14 Canadians on their roster out of 28 players listed. Sounds good
    except that tonight there were only three of them starting (goalie Angelo Cavalluzo,
    and midfielders Ryan Telfer and Malik Johnson). Midfielder Sergio Camargo came
    in at halftime just as Johnson left.


    The Rhinos have two Canadians on their roster and used both for the full 90 minutes.
    Jordan Dover played well in defence. I watched him play the last two years with
    Durham United in League 1 Ontario. I watched midfielder Ryan James back in 2012
    when he played for TFC Academy in the CSL and for TFC in the MLS Reserve League.


    TFC Academy kids were paraded to the center circle at halftime. They looked about
    age 12. From the MLSE Presidents Breakfast it was mentioned that TFC won't be running
    an academy for players under age 14 starting this year (except for the kids already in their
    program). Sounded like the last player introduced was Mason(?) Vanney—ohoh probably
    the MLS head coach Greg Vanney's son. Greg is the uncle of TFC defender Eric Zavaleta.


    So not enough Canadian players got on the field for my liking. This year there are only
    three subs allowed in USL games so that limits their opportunities. TFC is not operating
    a PDL team any longer so although PDL rosters are mostly stocked with NCAA players
    on summer break, TFC got a lot of minutes for TFC II and TFC Academy players. MLSE president
    Bill Manning said he wants to help the proposed new Canadian league as long as it doesn't
    operate in Toronto so what would be easier for him than announcing that TFC II is now known
    as Winnipeg FC and they can dump the production of entertaining 500 fans expecting the
    bumpkins not in the GTA to think this is the big league?

    Tsubasa Endoh seems to be the only player from the MLS dump- down remaining with TFC II.
    He took all the corners and most of the freekicks tonight with mixed success. Kennardo Forbes
    did the same for the Rhinos.

    TFC II captain this year is returning defender Mitch Taintor. He was featured on the two-page
    match program but was subbed at halftime.

    There was no weather advantage for the home team as Rochester is just across Lake Ontario
    on the American side. Maybe MLS Atlanta will be at a disadvantage in the city tomorrow
    but then they beat Minnesota in a snowstorm a few weeks ago!

    TFC II's #1 goalie Mark Pais was recently signed by the MLS team because of the long term
    injury to Clint Irwin. TFC didn't let Irwin just sit around. He'd been promoted all week by TFC
    as a reason to come to tonight's game. He was in the autograph tent in the south end.
    How would he sign a near black picture postcard? With a silver coloured Sharpie! I gave him
    a list of game reports I'd written in 2011 when he played for Capital City FC (Ottawa) in their
    one season of existence in the CSL. Most interesting will be his game against TFC Academy
    when Jordan Hamilton scored on him and the opposing goalie Angelo Cavalluzzo was
    Red carded. He was tonight's TFC II goalie.

    Rhinos have replaced their forwards this season. Steevan Dos Santos now plays for Ottawa Fury
    (oh-oh that's TFC II's next game!) Christian Volesky now plays for Saint Louis FC and last week
    was named USL Player of the Week. His teammate includes Wesley Charpie who was a TFC II
    defender last season. Mark Pais played for Saint Louis last year (not a trade between clubs).
    I wonder if in the back of his mind he thought he'd have the chance of moving up to play
    in the MLS by moving to an MLS 'II' team?

    Fans were given a soccer ball keychain on the way in and a fridge magnet (comparable to the
    one we were given last week at the MLS team's game) on the way out. Home team players
    each threw a mini ball into the crowd after the national anthems.

    This was the home opener for TFC II. This was freakishly cold but it can't be unexpected at this
    time of year. Of course better weather would be certain if the game was played in the
    daytime—this weekend as the MLS TFC team is playing Saturday, Sunday afternoon would have
    been better.  TFC II opened with three games on the road to start the season—Arizona and
    two games in Florida.  They now go on another three game road trip and aren't back until
    Saturday May 13th when they play Bethlehem Steel at BMO Field at 6:00pm--right after
    the MLS game.

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
     
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    March 28, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--TFC II Season Seat Holder Ticket Pick-Up Event (by Rocket Robin)
    details and pictures at:  
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports17/17tfc241.htm
     
     
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    March 28, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--TFC II Season Seat Holder Ticket Pick-Up Event (by Rocket Robin)
    details and pictures at:  
    http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports17/17tfc241.htm
     
     
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    March 17, 2017 Canada Soccer--Announcement of new Canadian Men's national team coach (by Rocket Robin)

    Details of the press conference held Friday March 17, 2017 at 10:00am
    in the Pier 4 Room of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in downtown Toronto.

    Attendance was about thirty people all formally invited by the Canadian Soccer Association with two days notice.

    Before it started everyone knew about the appointment. When I first received the e-mail, I didn't know and wondered why anything about the 'Canada's men's national team' would be announced in Toronto as the team will be playing Curacao on June 13th in Montreal and that would be the place to pump up the enthusiasm. Ooh maybe it's the announcement of the new Canadian league? That's been overdue and keeps getting delayed.

    Hmm. Then I started getting twitter messages and e-mails that it was to announce a new head coach it made some sence. Toronto the 'media capital of Canada'---when the Canadian Women's team played a friendly in Vancouver, the result didn't make Toronto's papers (time zones) and by the next day it was old news. Also I asked Richard Scott after the conference whether Zambrano could speak French. No! English and Spanish. Well English speaking Toronto solves that. I always thought Benito Floro could have used a translator just because he was so soft spoken.

    A small head table on an elevated stage had the President of Canada Soccer Peter Montagliani, newly announced Men's Head Coach Octavio Zambrano and Victor Montopoli, General Secretary of the CSA.
    Montagliani and Zambrano gave opening remarks before taking questions from the media.

    Montagliani immediately announced Zambrano as the new head coach of the Men's team but also supervision of the entire men's side of the program from U-15s right to the Senior team. The CSA wanted to change the structure of the entire program so there's be "uniformity" and "one voice". Secondly it is because Zambrano has so much experience in all the coaching he's done.

    He then outlined briefly the wealth of experience OZ brings to the position. PM thinks this will be the most challenging position OZ has faced. Even more challenging than CONCACAF is ourselves!
    Meaning the Canadian culture and negative mindset that we have and we've only started to shed it in the last four or five years. OZ has some excellent instincts for the game, he's a winner, not afraid to take on challenges. We're confident he's the right person for the job.

    OZ starts by expressing his deepest gratitude to all the people of the CSA for making him feel welcome. We have a responsibily not only to the first team, the Olympic team but the grassroots level and all the national teams in between. With them we must create an identity of football. To ensure that Canada reaches not just the next level but the highest level. "I feel I've prepared all my life for this job!" "I am thankful and will not disappoint".

    Next the new Umbro Canada soccer jersey is unveiled. It's all white with red trim, letters and numbers. I can't see a difference between it and other jerseys over the years. Click click click! Go the cameras. The two of them turn it around and it reads 17 and Zambrano.

    Now questions from the floor:

    Kristian Jack TSN: VM what made it stand out that OZ was the right guy?

    VM: experience factor but also the ability to take on the role for the program.

    James Sharman Sportsnet: OZ well known for turning around teams quickly but at the club level, what's your biggest challenge at the international level?

    OZ: I've spoken to quite a few colleagues and international coaches while doing my research. The selection process of the player is the most important. Making sure they have the right quality. The BEST of the Canadian squad is a good group...young guys coming up and guys that have been scouted.

    A different guy from TSN: VM Too many voices? What did OZ sell you on in terms of development? What is his philosophy?

    OZ answers first: age 3 to 12 is the age of discovery. It is a critical time as we must achieve a total mastery of the ball. Ie wel should be able to teach any technical ability that the game requires. Then at age 12 or 13 game strategies but we have to have the skills first. As we work on the first team (priority) we should also be looking after the bottom half/the grass roots Teach and monitor that the skills are being taught.

    VM: Not just OZ's ability to do the job but it's more a cultural thing. Canada one of the few places where we have a lack of respect for the system. Not the result of not getting the (game) results because other countries also don't get results. We already have coaching books/strategies. It's all there, follow it. The problem is people want to pull off the training sessions from Everton Football Club rather than using the resources we have here. We have an amateur environment and it's killing us. That's one of the reasons we have to grow on the professional side. We're starting to do that but it's the early days.

    Anthony Totera from Red Card: When you were in the process of taking this position with the promise of a league that will be set up here in Canada so you can have a look at more Canadian talent?

    OZ: It is the utmost importance that we have our own league! I commend VM, PM and everyone for making sure this is done. There are a lot of player that are a lot peripheral players at the highest levels of North America and Europe. They are there but they are not playing/getting quality minutes! The league will give them that opportunity. It will also give me a chance to monitor them and interact with the coaches. We will not rely on the MLS environment. We will make decisions for the benefit of the Canadian players.

    [I was 'marking out' for this answer as I watched Toronto FC play Philadelphia Union on the weekend with TFC having no Canadian starters. Also even TFC II have been making announcements for new goalie from St Louis USA, new Finnish guy signed etc].

    Kristian Jack TSN: (for VM) Other countries head coaches are strictly evaluated for results on the field. This feels different. An enormous job! Should there be patience shown if the results don't come very quickly for the senior squad?

    VM: Yeah there has to be patience but we have to accelerate the attitude that winning is important. There's a guy sitting behind you—our U-17 coach—trust me, he likes to win [that is Paul Stalteri]. He (PS) also knows he has a job on the development perspective but he's not going to just go there, he wants to qualify. You can't undermine development for an attitude of winning (winning is part of development). The problem with that in the professional environment we must balance winning and development. Because we are mostly in an amateur environment we don't balance that we get into an ugly parent syndrome. Winning is '1A' if development is '1'.

    Richard Scott from CSA: For our first home match in Montreal, OZ talk about your passion.

    OZ: We can't step onto the pitch without having the passion to win at all costs but fairly. We've been happy to participate but we've not been keen enough to think that we can win. If you don't have the fire to make that extra move to go all in then you won't be part of this program.

    Anthony Totera again: Have you decided on your coaching staff? Also are you going to try to convince some of the players that have not committed to Canada to play for us?

    OZ: Yes (for second question) me and the CSA must try to convince the players that this is a big issue for us and we truly want him to have the honour to wear the Canadian jersey. We must say the right thing to make them commit. Very important to engage with them.

    First question he introduces his staff (who were not there).
    Fitness Trainer Norberto Salamanca all his exercises involve the ball. Assistant coach Javier Livia will bring his knowledge of Europe. Assistant coach Michael Findlay will stay on. He has a knowledge of Canadian soccer. Zak Abdel as goalkeeper coach has worked with OZ since LA Salsa days. Experienced and great at finding young players.

    Wrap up and instructions for break out sessions given. Thank yous.

    After the former part of the press conference, the reporters broke up for individual interviews with Montagliani and Zambrano which meant the camera crews shoved their way in to pick up the sound bites. Some of this would be picked up on the lunchtime news and it was being tweeted about while the conference was in progress. I certainly couldn't compete with this.

    I heard the very end of Montagliani answering questions about the new Canadian league. He said there'ld be a MINIMUM of six teams to start. Some teams may join by the second year. He said he only has six weeks left of his three year term as president of the CSA. (he has been elected as head of CONCACAF). He said it was "a tough decision but the right decision". I asked Anthony Totera about if he'd heard when there may be an announcement but all he would say was "soon".

    Paul Stalteri was there and he remains the men's Under 17 head coach.

    I pointed out to the Toronto Star reporter Laura Armstrong that for the last five days the print edition of their paper has published the MLS Standings with 'New York' (as opposed to New York City) holding both first place in the East and second place in the West (instead of Houston). Do you think if it was an error in the hockey or baseball standings that this would carry on for an entire week?

    There's my niche! The Periscope broadcast of this press conference has disappeared and video will be squeezed to 20 second clips for the sports news. I have the entire 22 minutes of the formal press conference which I can post! I expected reporters would place their recorders, phones, etc on the table like the last Toronto press conference but no one did so I didn't either. I am behind the times. Good thing I was in the front row and my two little Sandisks (one for back up) picked up good enough!

    Rocket Robin
    robing@eol.ca
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