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Jason last won the day on July 16 2015

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  1. Just ran across this today. Ah, memories! Hard to believe that was 20 years ago. It's good to see a new generation take over and go further than I could've ever imagined back in those early days. I'm amazed anyone still remembers at all.
  2. I was there and I'd say those numbers sound about right. It's definitely a different place to hold a match. Overall it's a good experience and it's obvious that the Spruce Meadows folks are experts in putting on an event. I thought it was a good test of everything. The pitch will likely be in better shape in the spring, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they put in the seating. It's not exactly the easiest place for me to get to, and I suspect that will dissuade some from making the trek from the northern part of the city. But overall, I think it went really well.
  3. Ok, not sure what happened but I'm a member and never got an email.
  4. So I see that ticket prices for the match in Calgary were released over the weekend. Reduced member prices are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. No word about prices for non-members. Is it just me, or does this seem like a lot for a prospects game? Makes me wonder a bit about what prices will be for games that matter.
  5. I remember when the talk was of a $2 million salary cap. If it's as low as the evidence seems to be showing, we may end up with a glorified pub league as some of the early detractors have suggested.
  6. With the USL, you know exactly what you're getting - no surprises there, you can predict everything operationally, you know the player selection/distribution process. We don't really know much about the details of operations of the CPL yet - how players will be distributed, salaries, salary cap for management, just lots of details. Most of them will likely work out, but they are unknowns at this time. Another significant factor is we don't know what CPL wanted to charge the Fury for an expansion fee. Meanwhile, they already have paid for their USL fee. I would make an argument that th
  7. I really doubt the Ottawa group will play hardball and threaten to fold. But they could theoretically take it that far. I have no idea of the relationships there. My feeling is that Ottawa prefers to join, CPL wants them, and so does the CSA. But Ottawa wants to ensure if they go into this new venture, they will be the most advantageous position possible. If they get to keep their players, they will be several steps ahead of other clubs. If I'm the Fury I want that. I'd be very surprised if they don't all come to some kind of agreement.
  8. From what I can see, the Fury has leverage that they are likely using on the CPL. I'm sure they want to retain all of their players and do not want to lose some through whatever scheme the CPL uses to allocate players. I'd guess that they'll try to negotiate the best possible terms for entry, and they can say they can stick in the more certain and stable USL if it doesn't work out. The CSA ultimately decides on sanctioning a club and could block Ottawa staying in USL. But if Ottawa really wants to play hardball, they can tell the CSA they couldn't agree to terms with the CPL and if they do
  9. Right from the CFL website, where they give details of their CBA - min salary in 2018 is $54,000 https://www.cfl.ca/2014/06/13/new-five-year-cba-ratified-by-cfl-and-cflpa/
  10. I also would prefer a lot less of this MLS voodoo as well. But if there is going to be a salary cap in the CPL, there will probably be some of this sort of thing. The only thing I'd like to see is the ability to trade cap space. So if a last place club who is young and way under the cap could trade cap space (only for the remainder of that year) to a contending club I think that would be a good way for a good team to take an extra step short term.
  11. This is very true. No WFC2 was huge for them. There are so many players on this club that should end up in the CPL. It was a championship team and Ledgerwood - their most notable player - wasn't playing. Some of the former WFC2 players weren't even able to make regularly into the starting 11.
  12. Does anyone have an idea of a typical salary in the German 3 Liga?
  13. If Americans are interested and are interviewed saying that, not much we can do about it. I don't think anyone here (or in the CPL offices) are actually "talking about letting them in." It's more talking about that they are interested. I'm looking forward to talking about player signings and so forth, but in the meantime this story came up.
  14. I really don't think Ottawa will be given much of a choice to stay in USL. But on the bright side, why can't they sell the USL franchise to an ownership group that will relocate it south of the border? USL expansion fees are $7 million US, so the value of an existing franchise is more than that. Why not sell the franchise and in the agreement make sure some of the players you want to keep (mostly Canadians) will be transferred to the new Ottawa CPL team? Perhaps a deal like this has already been done and everyone involved has signed non-disclosure statements until the end of the year. I d
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