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  1. Am I excited about this potential development? Yes. Am I refusing to get my hopes up after having been burnt? Definitely. My two cents: With every passing week, I ask myself if there is still enough time. I am pretty concerned about a botched new launch. I want professional soccer in Ottawa now, but I also want something that works. I do not like the idea of jumping-in halfway through the season. Frankly, suppose a team joins only for the Fall, and ends up winning the championship (wtv form that takes next year)? Why even play a Spring season then. Full season or nothing IMO. Finally, re: name. I think someone mentioned it at some point, but considering it's unlikely that the team would not have something that references Atleti pretty strongly, I actually do enjoy AtleticOttawa. Would also kinda fit the CPL mantra of slightly funky names.
  2. A decent piece here on the group of fans pushing for a CPL franchise. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1405879/fury-partisans-soccer-equipe-ottawa-cpl Unfortunately, the CPL failed to offer a comment, other than to specify that the Commissioner would be unavailable for weeks. For a league complaining about lack of media attention, and that has been criticized for poor engagement in French, you'd think they'd do better here.
  3. Nope. It's not perfect, but it does the job just fine.
  4. I remember a whole lot of talk taking place about this around the time of the Lansdowne development vs. Melnyk projecf in Kanata. If memory serves me right, the angles of the stands make a soccer field there very oddly angled. There basically wouldn't be a single good seat in the house. Out of all the existing sports infrastructure, for me it's easy: Frank Claire is the only good option. Any other is just "make do". And will likely be seen as minor league by local residents.
  5. Yeah, TFC2 in USL1 is the big "wtf?!" that I see. MLS? I get it. T-Bay? I get it. LO1 would be unfeasible for them due to geography. But TFC2? Come on. The fact that everyone is ok letting them continue in USL1 was a joke before, and it's even moreso one now.
  6. Well, with today's sad news in Ottawa, a large number of Canadian players have suddenly become free agents. Off the top of my head: GK Callum Irving David Monsalve Defenders Nana Attakora Carl Haworth (flexible position-wise) Maxim Tissot (probably flexible position-wise) Mids Chris Manella Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé Antoine Coupland (15 or 16 years old) Jamar Dixon Most of these guys would be an automatic upgrade at their respective positions for many CPL teams. Wonder how many will end up signing on.
  7. It's not about refusing to let a team play and pay rent. It's about ensuring that deal can be struck between the two that makes financial sense for both. Will that be possible? I don't know. It's obvious that CPL budgets are low, and there's only one team who is playing in a stadium not owned/operated by their owner or by the municipality. I have no clue what type of rent or agreement OSEG would put forward. The question is: would it be too much for a CPL club? How does stadium advertising get split, in-stadium purchases, etc? Who pays for the change of lines of the pitch? I'm sure OSEG and the City would want another tenant at Frank Claire. I just don't know if the numbers would make sense for a CPL franchise, because we know so little about CPL finances generally, and not a whole lot more from OSEG. ***Final Edit But I hope a CPL club comes in, and does so quickly. If they have a launch party, I will be there. And will one of the first in line for season tickets.
  8. Yeah. It's not about the stadium, but the whole area, of which OSEG controls a large portion. On its year-over-year operations, OSEG is making money. But when you factor in things like interest on the debt and accounting for the depreciation of the assets, they lost $12 million last year. But I think we need to be clear: this is due to the whole residential, commercial, and stadium aspect. Not the stadium itself. They have some operational issues, sure, but their biggest problem seems that their profits cannot cover their debt payments.
  9. OSEG manages the stadium, and controls the tenancy for the residential and commercial developments in Lansdowne. The city controls other parts of it, such as the two exhibition spaces and the park (maybe the public square as well, but I don't know). OSEG wanted to control the areas which the city currently controls. The City has not said no, they've more like delayed taking a decision.
  10. I might be wrong, but I believe that OSEG is partnering up with the Rugby franchise, which should eliminate most types of difficulties in terms of tenancy. But we'll see how it works when a CPL club, whose ownership is unrelated to OSEG, tries to implement itself in Ottawa. By controlling the stadium, OSEG controls a whole lot of things. And it's obvious that there is bad blood between CPL and OSEG. I am wary.
  11. Radio-Canada has sources confirming that the club will not be operating next year. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1380987/fury-soccer-professionnel-ottawa-fin
  12. Me saying that it might be a head coach was dumb, since the advisory mentions specifically "the club's future". Local journalist JF Plante reminds us that the Fury still have note received CONCACAF sanctioning to operate in the USL next year.
  13. Exactly, who knows. Could be about the club's future, or could be that they've already decided on next season's head coach. I don't remember the Fury calling something "major" and it ending up being something like a depth player being added to the squad, so I am legit expecting something.
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