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  1. Very well said. I think we're all a little tired of being on the outside looking in. Our boys need to do whatever it takes to hold on to first place in our group. Own any tiebreakers, and force Suriname to take the initiative if they want to overtake us. I'm in no mood to trail Suriname on goal differential, and watch as our opponents park the bus in order to win the group.
  2. This draw is alright. I actually think Group C is tougher overall - Curaçao is not a team to be taken lightly, and Guatemala is a bit of a wild card. Even Cuba and St. V&G aren't totally bad. I get that this will be a new Suriname team, but just treat them like Guadeloupe or Martinique: take them seriously. I feel like we tend to lose games when we lose sight of our opponent's skill level. Just take care of business. If we can't beat Suriname, we shouldn't even entertain the possibility of qualification to Qatar.
  3. It's pretty lousy - super far from the field, the drone sound is annoying, and I swear the camera isn't even pointed in the right place half the time. Plus certain parts of the pitch are obstructed in that feed. lol
  4. I saw two streams on the OneSoccer web page. For me, the stream on the left is the raw one, and the one on the right has the BLM+fake bleachers+commentary.
  5. I was wondering what you were talking about! I started a stream that had this high-pitched buzzing noise, and I could hardly make out anything from half a mile away. The other stream has the BLM overlay, along with the commentary.
  6. I was talking to my account rep about joining the Collective a couple of hours before the kit reveal, and he asked if I wanted a home or away kit for this season. I opted for the away kit, saying that I've never bought a jersey without having seen it first (I thought it would be good for a laugh). My rep said I could message him at some point in order to change kits if I didn't like the away kit being revealed. After having seen all of the away kits, I've got to say that that's a unique look. I'm going to keep my kit selection as-is. The electric green-on-black looks good, and if I bike t
  7. Just saw the revised format - I love it. This is infinitely better than the previous format - there is no clear demarcation in skill level between the sixth-best team in CONCACAF and lower-ranked teams, so the reward for being ranked sixth should not be as colossal as it was going to be in this cycle of qualifying. I just hope that for future qualifying cycles, CONCACAF keeps something like this new format rather than reverting to the old "have vs. have-not" qualifying groups. To the Salvadoran supporters, that's tough luck. I understand why they would be peeved, but realistically they've
  8. And there it is. It's all part of the Soccer United Marketing money-making machine.
  9. I agree. I don't understand why MLS continues with these lame gimmicky tournaments, especially when it's clear that fixture congestion is a big problem. The MLS playoff structure was trimmed down, and I assume that at least part of the motivation for that was to trim the schedule and wrap the playoffs up earlier. I would rather watch a big playoff game any day instead of a pointless match in a nothing tournament. MLS really has its priorities straight...
  10. This reminds me of the old SuperLiga tournament held between MLS and Liga MX teams around ten years ago, except lamer because it won't have the best teams from either league in it. Honestly, given all of the issues regarding fixture congestion and what not, we don't need tournaments such as these. If the time exists to hold meaningless tournaments, then the same time also exists to throw in additional matches in the Canadian Championship, as an example.
  11. I know. That's why I said "mind you, this includes all sections from corner to corner." I'm not sure why you excluded that part of my post.
  12. Alright, so I officially have no life: I was curious about the capacity of the lower level at THF, so I counted the seats on Ticketmaster. The total combined capacity of the lower bowl is 12,097 (6,183 on the Melrose Ave. side, and 5,914 on the Balsam Ave. side). Mind you, this includes all sections from corner to corner. I'm not too surprised with the number I came up with because the lower level of seats does jut out farther into the corners than seats higher up.
  13. TFC season tickets rose in most cases, though my seasons were kept at the same rate. I doubt the decline in attendance resulted from ticket prices going up - more a result of the decline in the team's performance, as you suggest. I bolded the above part because I feel like most cities are bandwagon cities with respect to their established sports teams. Teams that have prolonged spells of mediocre or lousy play tend to feel it at the gate. The exceptions to this rule seem to be long established teams long established leagues in big markets - i.e. Leafs, Knicks. In Toronto's case (and
  14. ^I think you've got to have at least some sort of entrance fee for a couple of reasons: New teams are tapping into existing revenue streams, such as the Canadian Soccer Business and the MediaPro streaming deal. Barring any increase in the amount of money filtering down to CPL teams, each team will get a smaller piece of the pie with expansion. Existing teams need to be compensated. An entrance fee represents a long-term commitment to the league. Take away this fee and we could see a revolving door of teams entering and leaving the league, which is really bad for long-term stability
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