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Everything posted by Jason

  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
  15. Yep, they are totally different situations. The CFL was looking for some way, any way to survive and collecting expansion fees and hoping to expand their footprint was the best idea they had at the time. It was filled with flaws (including that some teams never paid the expansion fee as promised) and ultimately failed. When you're desperate, you try crazy ideas. The CPL is not desperate at all and that is the biggest difference.
  16. Not sure why it would make you depressed. There is interest in the league, and that seems to show me they are on the right track. I can't ever imagine it would happen for many reasons - CPL and CSA wouldn't want it and USSF wouldn't allow among other reasons. If I was thinking about starting a minor pro soccer club in the States, especially near the border, I'd look at any league - doesn't mean that interest would be reciprocal. If the CPL becomes a success, expect more applications to come out of the woodwork from everywhere. This would mean that are doing something right.
  17. Just wanted to mention on here that a player to watch in Canadian soccer is Moses Danto. I went to the match on Saturday between Foothills and TSS Rovers. Four goals - he was just playing at an entirely different level than everyone else on the pitch. Haven't seen that dominant a performance in a long while.
  18. I think it's been closed but it's still standing.
  19. Another factor is that it might not be a %. The only precedents we have for the CSA putting in content requirements are previous Voyageur Cups (where I think they require 3 Canadians on the field) and the rules put in place for the MLS reserve clubs in USL (50% of overall minutes through the year must be played by Canadians). I would prefer seeing the minutes quota be in place. Who cares how many foreign players or Canadians are actually on the roster, but who is actually seeing the pitch? I'd like to see the 50% of overall minutes played in the season be Canadian content. Within t
  20. Not so sure about that. If more Canadians are needed, this will not really increase supply but will increase demand. The only way it increases supply is if salaries go up and some players are convinced to stick with playing soccer instead of getting a job in the real world.
  21. You would need to get a lot more $$$ than just discounted flights. If you sell the rights, you need to make sure it's worth it. Just like selling kit advertising - make sure you get to a proper minimum value. But still agree overall and would be in favour of doing this.
  22. Agree that this location goes against the trend of clubs looking to locate near the core/downtown of a city. People living the northern part of the city have never had to make this kind of trek to go to a sporting event as all facilities of note have been central or in the north. So that will be an adjustment. Will it affect whether some people go? Perhaps. But it seems to me like they are doing a whole lot right so far. Should be interesting for sure.
  23. Yep, I expect Wheeldon will be moving over the pro club but ties with Foothills will remain. Martin Nash is apparently involved as well. Should be interesting to see who has what role but I kind of suspect Wheeldon will be in charge of soccer ops and Nash could be head coach.
  24. It sounds like it won't be Foothills branding (at least for the pro club) which is good. They need a new and inclusive name that the whole soccer community can rally around. This has always been an issue with the Foothills PDL club.
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