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Toronto Ruffrider

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  1. Thanks for posting these photos. I'm glad the track is gone, but it looks like the words "York Lions" are stitched in the end zone. I hope the rest of the field doesn't have permanent yard markings - I don't mind them as much in the end zones, provided there are no obtrusive lines on the soccer portion of the pitch.
  2. Can we play our home leg against Honduras in St. John's, Newfoundland? Or maybe that's Saint John, New Brunswick - it's kind of easy to get crossed up...
  3. Oh man, I haven't seen Canada in the final round of WCQ in ages... this is so exciting! The other seven teams are going to make life hell for us, but bring it on!!! 😁
  4. To be honest, this new kit looks strikingly similar to the old Nike men's kit, which I already own lol. In my opinion, it's worth shelling out for this kit if you want a personalized jersey, which I'm glad they're finally doing - no one should have to jump through hoops to get an Alphonso Davies kit. The black kit looks like the best one - it's pretty sharp overall. I still think it's a little too minimalist, but that's personal preference - I'm sure a lot of people will like that clean look.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 to Lake Simcoe again, I won't have to worry about getting lost along the way.
  11. 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 done nothing to warrant being lumped into the same group as Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica. El Salvador hasn't been one of the tougher teams in Central America for a long time, so it's fitting that this country has to earn its way through, just like Canada, Panama, Haiti or Trinidad and Tobago, have to do. As for our forecast match-up against Haiti, bring it on. It left a bad taste in my mouth when we fell apart against Haiti in the Gold Cup, and we're getting a chance at atonement. Besides, as others have pointed out, if we can't beat a nation like Haiti in a two-game playoff, we don't deserve to go to the World Cup anyway.
  12. And there it is. It's all part of the Soccer United Marketing money-making machine.
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 I'm sure this pattern shows up elsewhere as well), when teams do very well for a period of time, as was the case with both TFC and the Blue Jays not long ago, the bar is raised for the average fan. When a highly-competitive team all of a sudden experiences a drop-off in play, fan interest tends to dry up quickly.
  18. ^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.
  19. This. I'm a season ticket holder as well, and I haven't exactly been blown away by the on-field product this year. The team is a bit better, and their playoff chances are better, but they are blowing chances for easy points, just like last year. Much of the sting is missing from their offence this season. The after-market is just about completely dead. It is very difficult to move tickets to games I can't make, without giving away the tickets outright. Barring any huge promotions, I will probably ditch my TFC seasons and retain my Y9 seasons. I can still buy TFC tickets for the odd game next year.
  20. CONCACAF is crap, and the FIFA rankings are crap; they go hand-in-hand. Put the two together... need I say more?
  21. 4996 at tonight's York9/Impact tilt, and judging by the crowd I saw, that was 100% accurate. Exciting game, good vibe in the grounds.
  22. I've seen ads on a YRT bus, but that's pretty much it. The club needs to get the word out better. I bet there are a fair number of people at YorkU, including many footy fans, who've never heard of the team.
  23. This thread reminds me of that History of the Kits thread from years ago on the board. Any way we can access that? It would be great to directly compare all of the kits over the years made by Adidas, Score, Umbro, Nike, etc.
  24. It's unlikely, given that this game wasn't a part of our package. After the home opener against Forge on May 25 (the one in which the stadium was cleared out and people were told the game was cancelled), fans who attended that game were given complimentary tickets to another game, and I chose to use my comp tickets on the Canadian Championship game last night. I suspect enough people made the same decision as me, but faced with another rainy day at the stadium, some people with comp tickets just stayed home.
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