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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Keegan in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    How about scouting oh I don’t know.. the concacaf nations league?  There are for sure some guys who haven’t had a chance to be noticed. 
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to grande in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    Just gotta say, I've seen the Forge FC tent up at probably half a dozen different events lately. They are doing so much outreach in the city, and it's great to see.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to jedinathan in Ottawa CPL Club   
    There's every chance of that... But I don't know that it would be like that. I mean it kind of puts an end to thoughts of having a guy like Ricketts in Edmonton in year one, and even a guy like Shome would be a pricy player to have (on $100,000 with MLS), but there should be plenty of Canadians out there for less... Heck I think I could name a handful off the FCEd academy or players who played for FCEd that would be solid starters. 

    I mean, Ottawa isn't exactly running away with the league despite paying well in excess of the league average... So I dunno...
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from jedinathan in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I would agree that Ottawa is overpaying for players in USL. By all accounts Ottawa is spending way over the USL average, but not getting a great deal in return - just a mid-table standing. Perhaps getting half-decent Canadian players is just expensive - i.e. $500k on Canadian players won't get you as much bang for your buck as $500k on internationals. I'm just thinking aloud.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Dub Narcotic in CPL General   
    Of interest:
     

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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Viruk42 in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Oh for sure - the season low is far more useful in determining how many season ticket holders they have than the average for that reason. For instance, one thing I thought about adding was that youth soccer players get in free to any Fury game, but I have no idea if they are counted in the attendance (though I assume they are) or how many of them go. Other team tickets are also a good point (the high for the season was May 2nd against NY Red Bulls II, while the lows were against Bethlehem on May 25th and Cincinnati on April 28th - interestingly the high was a Wednesday while the two lows were Friday and Saturday, respectively, whereas I would have assumed the opposite?).
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from grande in CPL General   
    This development is disappointing, and until I hear otherwise I'm basically going to assume that the cap is the lowest figure quoted (i.e. 500k). Losing the Ottawa Fury is a shot to the gut to be sure, but it will be an even bigger shot to the gut if the CanPL can't field a team capable of beating the Fury in the VCup. Rather than going with such a low salary cap, the CanPL needs to find a way to raise it, however possible - soft cap (luxury tax as you say), revenue sharing, or find some new and untapped revenue stream. The Ottawa Fury are not exactly at some monumental level of footballing brilliance, so if CanPL teams can't beat a mid-table USL side, that is just embarrassing and it will erode the legitimacy that fans place in what is supposed to be our D1 league.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from kmacphee in CPL General   
    This development is disappointing, and until I hear otherwise I'm basically going to assume that the cap is the lowest figure quoted (i.e. 500k). Losing the Ottawa Fury is a shot to the gut to be sure, but it will be an even bigger shot to the gut if the CanPL can't field a team capable of beating the Fury in the VCup. Rather than going with such a low salary cap, the CanPL needs to find a way to raise it, however possible - soft cap (luxury tax as you say), revenue sharing, or find some new and untapped revenue stream. The Ottawa Fury are not exactly at some monumental level of footballing brilliance, so if CanPL teams can't beat a mid-table USL side, that is just embarrassing and it will erode the legitimacy that fans place in what is supposed to be our D1 league.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Jason in Ottawa CPL Club   
    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 don't let them play in USL, they'll just fold.  Remember that before the CSA said they would not force FCE to leave NASL to join the CPL so it's possible they'd do the same with Ottawa.  
    I'd like to see Ottawa in CPL next year, but I'd rather have them in USL as opposed to folding.  And I'm guessing there is no other option for an 8th team for the CPL.  With this much time left, I can only imagine an existing club could be ready for 2019.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from hamiltonfan in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Being located close to an MLS market surely affects sales, but I wonder how much identity plays a factor with York 9. I live in Scarborough, so I can't say for sure, but I've never been under the impression that York Region really has that sense of collective identity. Perhaps some people identify with a particular municipality, but York Region as a whole covers such a broad area.
    In contrast, I feel like a strong sense of identity and civic pride exists in Mississauga. I can imagine a CPL team doing really well in that city, despite it being even closer to TFC's home turf. Of course, a CPL team in Sauga could be seen as much more of a shot across TFC's bow than a team up north.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from marauder01 in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    I'm really impressed with what I'm seeing from Forge FC - excellent communication and cross-marketing. This team seems very professional.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to gator in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    I got a phone call yesterday from James ( @marauder01) who works in the ticketing office for the team now, no pressure to buy tickets he just wanted to know if I had any questions about the team or anything else within the organization, he did tell me a manager should be hired next month! Agree they are doing a fine job so far!
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from gator in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    I'm really impressed with what I'm seeing from Forge FC - excellent communication and cross-marketing. This team seems very professional.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to admin in Goderich CPL   
    There is way too much high level analysis in this thread.
    I will make it my life mission now to get CanPL into Goderich. 
    Line in sand is drawn.  Anyone against us takes said position at their own peril. 
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to baulderdash77 in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    The Ti-Cats organization is deeply ingrained in Hamilton and understands the community and market very well.  They also tied into really well with the Hamilton District Soccer Association and its 25,000 players.
    They are running a top notch program and it should be a huge success.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from lazlo_80 in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    I'm really impressed with what I'm seeing from Forge FC - excellent communication and cross-marketing. This team seems very professional.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from deschamp86 in Forge FC (Hamilton) launch/2019 offseason thread   
    I'm really impressed with what I'm seeing from Forge FC - excellent communication and cross-marketing. This team seems very professional.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Ansem in CPL General   
    He talks CPL, Canadian content that might increase in next year Canadian Championship, 2nd Champions league berth.
    Smart hiring by CPL. Kurt Larson gets to write on TSN about CPL. More exposure to the league
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from Bbeto in CPL General   
    Season ticket deposits are really only worth anything if demand is expected to be really high, or if there is a limited quantity of a certain type of ticket that everyone wants (i.e. supporters section or club seats). Otherwise I tend to view the purchase of a deposit as a symbolic gesture. The actual season tickets are where the perks lie.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from dyslexic nam in CPL General   
    Yep, that reads like the CanPL doesn't want to be caught tampering. I get the same impression when there is silence on the free agent front in the NHL on June 30, and the very next day complex contracts are completed and players are signed. ?
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in CPL General   
    Yep, that reads like the CanPL doesn't want to be caught tampering. I get the same impression when there is silence on the free agent front in the NHL on June 30, and the very next day complex contracts are completed and players are signed. ?
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in CPL General   
    The Trump apologist angle is really a reflection of that entire newspaper - I could go on and on ranting about it, but I digress...
    It took a long time for Larson's opinion on the CPL to come around. To be honest, it felt like Larson was too much of a cheerleader for TFC/MLS, and it showed with respect to his initial stance on the CPL. Larson has been strongly opinionated on topics (i.e. Greg Vanney for TFC, VAR for the World Cup), and he doesn't hesitate to gloat when he's proven right on an issue. This side of Larson's reporting has always been weak in my opinion.
    One thing I can't fault Larson on is his passion. There aren't many dedicated soccer journalists in any paper, so I've enjoyed reading Larson's columns, even if I don't always agree with them. There are a lot of hacks out there who only write about soccer when something sensational or dramatic (usually bad) takes place. Next to these people (and we all know who they are), Larson was the level-headed beat writer who genuinely cared about the sport he covered.
    Regardless of his ups and downs at the Sun, I hope Larson has a successful and productive tenure at the CPL.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to Xavier in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    I fear a single stripe may not be “hockey” enough for the effect I was looking for. But I can try it see if it looks better visually.
    I kind of had to pick between green and red for the kit. They seem to favour the green, but a white kit with red features could be the secondary kit. If they go with a full green and full red kit though that would be pretty cool and ballsy on their end.
    Both red and green would make it look like a Christmas sweater, almost à la Minnesota Wild.
    Thanks for the feedback though! You’re awesome.
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    Toronto Ruffrider got a reaction from Xavier in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    I think the double stripes are nice. You can try to tinker with a single, thicker white stripe, but you may find that it also gives the feel of a hockey jersey. Overall, this is still an attractive kit.
    I would also like to see an alternate kit, incorporating both red and green. Since this kit is mostly green, perhaps the alternate could be mostly red with green accents.
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    Toronto Ruffrider reacted to ted in CPL economics   
    I always enjoy talking to Brits about these distances and remind them that they complain about things like Champions League games being too far. London to Moscow is only 2,500 km and they whine about it like it's the far side of the world.
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