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    An Observer got a reaction from lamptern in Women's World Cup - June 15th 2019 - Canada vs New Zealand   
    I was at the match.  We completely dominated in every way but the ability to score in the final 3rd. Schmidt was an absolute stud. Prince is a real talent.  The ability to possess the ball and win it back was something I have never seen from a Canadian side (men or women)
    The problem for me is Sinclair is passed it. She just doesn’t have the legs anymore to run 90 minutes. She was completely gassed in the second half. Definitely has also lost a step or two even though pace was never her thing. 
    She should be on maximum 60 minutes and Huitema who is young and very technical can come in for her and create space with her movement. 
    If we stick with playing Sinclair 90 mins, we are dead. I would say semis would be our upper limit but more likely out at quarters as once we go behind (and we will at some point), we won’t be able to close the gap. 
    Getting her off with fresh legs for the last 30 or more, we got a chance to go all the way 
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    An Observer got a reaction from Sport Shaman in Women's World Cup - June 15th 2019 - Canada vs New Zealand   
    I was at the match.  We completely dominated in every way but the ability to score in the final 3rd. Schmidt was an absolute stud. Prince is a real talent.  The ability to possess the ball and win it back was something I have never seen from a Canadian side (men or women)
    The problem for me is Sinclair is passed it. She just doesn’t have the legs anymore to run 90 minutes. She was completely gassed in the second half. Definitely has also lost a step or two even though pace was never her thing. 
    She should be on maximum 60 minutes and Huitema who is young and very technical can come in for her and create space with her movement. 
    If we stick with playing Sinclair 90 mins, we are dead. I would say semis would be our upper limit but more likely out at quarters as once we go behind (and we will at some point), we won’t be able to close the gap. 
    Getting her off with fresh legs for the last 30 or more, we got a chance to go all the way 
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    An Observer got a reaction from apbsmith in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    I think this team is going to be a joy to watch.  Quite exciting. I still think it’s inexperience will do it in at some point in the competition but that’s what these competitions are for.  To get the experience needed to qualify for 2022
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    An Observer got a reaction from Obinna in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    I think this team is going to be a joy to watch.  Quite exciting. I still think it’s inexperience will do it in at some point in the competition but that’s what these competitions are for.  To get the experience needed to qualify for 2022
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    An Observer got a reaction from Greatest Cockney Rip Off in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    I think this team is going to be a joy to watch.  Quite exciting. I still think it’s inexperience will do it in at some point in the competition but that’s what these competitions are for.  To get the experience needed to qualify for 2022
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    An Observer got a reaction from apbsmith in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    If this is true, its shocking and they should be called out for it. If the Men were in the World Cup and the Women were playing in a close door friendly I would expect them to announce that was happening. And if they didn’t, the CSA should be called out. 
    And I support the women. I am flying in from Hong Kong to see the Grenoble match. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from king1010 in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    If this is true, its shocking and they should be called out for it. If the Men were in the World Cup and the Women were playing in a close door friendly I would expect them to announce that was happening. And if they didn’t, the CSA should be called out. 
    And I support the women. I am flying in from Hong Kong to see the Grenoble match. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from CanadaFan123 in Friendly - June 10, 2019 - Canada v Trinidad and Tobago   
    If this is true, its shocking and they should be called out for it. If the Men were in the World Cup and the Women were playing in a close door friendly I would expect them to announce that was happening. And if they didn’t, the CSA should be called out. 
    And I support the women. I am flying in from Hong Kong to see the Grenoble match. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from nfitz in CONCACAF Nations League - Venue Discussions   
    Sounds like York 9 is at the center of Canada!  
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    An Observer reacted to Corazon in Gold Cup 2019   
    With only 1 warm up game before the Gold Cup, I hope we use the game to utilize the players going to the Gold Cup and more so the regular 18 guys or so to build on in-game cohesion and team chemistry.
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    An Observer got a reaction from johnyb in CPL new teams speculation   
    Yeah. Usually the NDA requires you not to disclose there is an NDA
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    An Observer reacted to Aird25 in The Importance of Alphonso Davies   
    Why do we need him to be an attacker? This generation is strong up front but we have no elite fullbacks. Davies could become one. 
    Besides, Liverpool's success this year should show you the importance of the modern fullback. They're part of the attack. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from ted in CPL new teams speculation   
    Yeah. Usually the NDA requires you not to disclose there is an NDA
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    An Observer got a reaction from Ivan in CPL new teams speculation   
    Yeah. Usually the NDA requires you not to disclose there is an NDA
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    An Observer reacted to dyslexic nam in Should Canada boycott the WC in Qatar 2022?   
    Yeah, I say we try to qualify, attend if we do, and boycott if we don't.
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    An Observer got a reaction from Shortdutchcanuck in Lucas Cavallini   
    Not to be a downer but most of our guys are not entering their prime yet and makes for an exciting side that can out perform but as easily flame out in the group stage. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are a very young side with a lot of potential but quarter final is really an expected level with this group which would be a good launching pad for 2022
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    An Observer got a reaction from apbsmith in Lucas Cavallini   
    Not to be a downer but most of our guys are not entering their prime yet and makes for an exciting side that can out perform but as easily flame out in the group stage. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are a very young side with a lot of potential but quarter final is really an expected level with this group which would be a good launching pad for 2022
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    An Observer got a reaction from A_Gagne in Marcus Godinho   
    No disrespect but stalteri and kluklowski were better than any of them; so let’s not get carried away. We had better fullbacks before and still didn’t qualify. What I would agree is that we have better depth then before but not better starters. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from Ivanovski94 in Marcus Godinho   
    No disrespect but stalteri and kluklowski were better than any of them; so let’s not get carried away. We had better fullbacks before and still didn’t qualify. What I would agree is that we have better depth then before but not better starters. 
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    An Observer reacted to BuzzAndSting in Ottawa CPL Club   
    You are correct about the assumptions about OSEG folding the Fury, because that's what the narrative is currently. Only Ruddy, Shenkman, Greenberg, Hunt and Pugh know the truth.
    The more I hear rumours and whispers about the club folding the more I start to think that the cost of moving to the CPL is much higher than we anticipate. It was rumoured last year that the Fury had negotiated a non-existent or minuscule exit fee with the USL if the club left for the CPL but we don't know how much or if the CPL would charge the club an entry fee. This is where I think the rumours of folding come from. If OSEG is faced with de-sanctioning and the prospect of paying another large entry fee it's totally plausible that they fold considering they've probably lost money or at best broken even year after year. 
    As a former season ticket holder I would be devastated but I believe that scenario is becoming more and more likely. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from gator in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I wonder what value the club is worth as it doesn’t have sanctioning guaranteed after this year in USL.  And likely only for another year or so maximum.  So I could see two scenarios for purchasing the club: (1) someone buying it at a knock down rate compared to a USL expansion fee in order to relocate it south of the border which wouldn’t be anyone interested in the CPL (although it would free up the market for CPL); or (2) someone buying the club to get access to the stadium in order to put a side in the CPL. I still am relatively unclear how much exclusivity and control Fury has over the lease for soccer at the stadium but if they have something that would be worth something.  The operations, players, and brand (although recently tarnished) of the club are worth something but that is significantly devalued by the fact the team does not have permanent access to a league but must apply for a waiver every year for the USL which seems to have a limited shelf life.  Any owner wishing to enter the CPL would still have to pay any expansion fee which significantly devalues anything the Fury could reasonably expect from a potential buyer. 
    At the end of the day, any CPL potential owner will way up the cost of buying access to the stadium and the existing operations of the club versus starting from scratch in a pop up stadium and probably controlling the incidentals like food, beverage, parking and building with his/her own operations. So the Fury is worth something but for a CPL owner it’s only that maximum  
    Moreover, The other alternative is to possibly wait for sanctioning to be withdrawn, the club to fold, the exclusivity on the staduim to expire and then to swoop in and pick up everything on the cheap.  If I was a potential owner, that is what I would do which likely means Ottawa being without a team for a year or two. Because of this possible scenario, any potential owner has way more bargaining power than the Fury. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from Ams1984 in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I wonder what value the club is worth as it doesn’t have sanctioning guaranteed after this year in USL.  And likely only for another year or so maximum.  So I could see two scenarios for purchasing the club: (1) someone buying it at a knock down rate compared to a USL expansion fee in order to relocate it south of the border which wouldn’t be anyone interested in the CPL (although it would free up the market for CPL); or (2) someone buying the club to get access to the stadium in order to put a side in the CPL. I still am relatively unclear how much exclusivity and control Fury has over the lease for soccer at the stadium but if they have something that would be worth something.  The operations, players, and brand (although recently tarnished) of the club are worth something but that is significantly devalued by the fact the team does not have permanent access to a league but must apply for a waiver every year for the USL which seems to have a limited shelf life.  Any owner wishing to enter the CPL would still have to pay any expansion fee which significantly devalues anything the Fury could reasonably expect from a potential buyer. 
    At the end of the day, any CPL potential owner will way up the cost of buying access to the stadium and the existing operations of the club versus starting from scratch in a pop up stadium and probably controlling the incidentals like food, beverage, parking and building with his/her own operations. So the Fury is worth something but for a CPL owner it’s only that maximum  
    Moreover, The other alternative is to possibly wait for sanctioning to be withdrawn, the club to fold, the exclusivity on the staduim to expire and then to swoop in and pick up everything on the cheap.  If I was a potential owner, that is what I would do which likely means Ottawa being without a team for a year or two. Because of this possible scenario, any potential owner has way more bargaining power than the Fury. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from Kusch to the Corner in Marcus Godinho   
    No disrespect but stalteri and kluklowski were better than any of them; so let’s not get carried away. We had better fullbacks before and still didn’t qualify. What I would agree is that we have better depth then before but not better starters. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from BCM in Marcus Godinho   
    No disrespect but stalteri and kluklowski were better than any of them; so let’s not get carried away. We had better fullbacks before and still didn’t qualify. What I would agree is that we have better depth then before but not better starters. 
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    An Observer got a reaction from JamboAl in Marcus Godinho   
    No disrespect but stalteri and kluklowski were better than any of them; so let’s not get carried away. We had better fullbacks before and still didn’t qualify. What I would agree is that we have better depth then before but not better starters. 
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