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  1. All great points and fair feedback. To be clear, I'm not advocating for personal struggle just seems to be that this type of person preserver more often than not. But that could be my media bias, where these personal struggles are highlighted for a good story vs. a kid that was just good and made the first team. So I did a little research on Armas' time with Redbulls (2015-2020). Marsh was the head coach from 2015-2018 and Armas as assistant coach during that time. It was the same high-pressure tactical system. During that window of time Redbulls produced - Miazga, Tyler Adams
  2. I must have watched a different game. He was serviceable in his first game and maintained the defensive structure with a few good touches and passes. He didn't impose himself. This is a long burn prospect and the hype train will be very disappointed and unfairly. He's got good feet and technical ability and kept up with the pace of the pro game. To me that is a big challenge is to find himself and this level of pace. It may take a couple of years as he has a reserved presence of play. His development is predicated on opportunity and mentality. With Priso being so good so fast the m
  3. I listened to Richard Peddie at a conference I attended. It was part of his book launch a few years ago. The way he described MLS/TFC was focused on creating Enterprise Value for MLSE and he knew very little about soccer. He pointed to the underlying demographics of Toronto and participation of amateur soccer to substantiate the investment. I believe it was a $10M MLS entrance fee at the time which was one or two bad hockey contracts so very little risk. Plus, the stadium was largely financed by the various levels of government. It was essentially a no-brainer given that MLSE could lever
  4. Okay, I misread that specific part but it has some merit. If you look at the pyramid of CDN soccer this the is only place where it could be implement. You can't align the amateur clubs in this country. They can't even agree within their districts. https://totalfootballanalysis.com/article/club-brugge-their-domination-of-the-belgian-pro-league-19-20-data-analysis-statistics To prove the point against me: Club Brugge started the season playing with four at the back in 4-1-4-1, 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations. When schedule started mixing with the Champions League group stage he ad
  5. I apologize in advance for a bit of a diatribe. A mix of commentary and areas of improvement of CPL. Kah's comments about the lack of experience of WCQ U23 team made me reflect more on the state of CPL. My observations aren't quantified so its a bit anecdotal and easily challenged. I think Kah's assertion is correct that lack of experience hurt our chances against Mexico. I also think being out of season is a huge factor and without addressing that issue, it's extremely hopeful for the next U23 cycle to have all in-season European based players. I have done research on Belgium FA
  6. https://canpl.ca/article/concacaf-president-montagliani-looking-forward-to-cpls-encore-performance-in-2021 Montagliani, a 55-year-old native of B.C., was impressed with the CPL’s staging of The Island Games, especially when you consider more established leagues around the world struggled to deal with the pandemic. “The (CPL’s) second season, like every other league in the world, hit the brakes pretty hard last year. But then what impressed me was how the leadership of the league pivoted quite quickly into creating a bubble in PEI and having The Island Games,” Montagliani told CanPL.c
  7. Sorry, that's me predicting a change of position to max his value to European clubs.
  8. Wow. After watching that video, because it's the only one that I've seen of him, you can see him being another attacking FB.....on the right side as opposed to Davies left side. This team is getting so deep. Now if they can convert Noble Okello into a dominating CB we could see a huge step forward.
  9. I googled Lucas Dias and found he was an alumni of Sporting FC Toronto. I clicked on Alumni: https://sportingfctoronto.com/alumni/daniel-costa/ Does anyone know who Daniel Costa or have context to the academy he is part of? Is he Canadian?
  10. Really good point by Pa-Madou Kah Olympic qualifying difference between Canada and Mexico: Mexico Starters had 1,400 Games of Experience, 1,200 Games Started with 179,000 min played Canada Starters had 280 Games of Experience, 189 Games Started with 17,000 min played Mexico had 88 Senior Caps in Experience Canada had 31 Senior Caps in Experience He thinks that CPL is the perfect platform to address the experience gap. I don't disagree with him
  11. Knockout stage Bracket Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final July 2021 – TBD Winner Group D July 2021 – TBD
  12. We are in a Group with the US which makes for an intense game. It also means we will probably play Costa Rica or Jamaica in the Quarters. Then Mexico in the Semi's. If we beat Mexico and if Honduras doesn't have a strong tournament, we play the USA in the finals. That's full value viewing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_CONCACAF_Gold_Cup Group B Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  13. I had considered trying to fit one of Lucas Dias or Marcelo Flores in the squad. To do that would mean dropping Striker or Mid. Tough to do and have sufficient depth. I also assumed that if they want to keep their options open they won't go to the Gold Cup
  14. It is a very good point. Not sure what the right answer is. I thought Davies at LB could provide sufficient coverage and Laryea can play both sides. Plus, Kamal Millar can play FB. We always seem to be missing an extra CB at these tournaments either through injuries or cards.
  15. I went to look at the MLS schedule and it plays right through July. Gold Cup is July 10th to August 1st (Final). https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/09/28/concacaf-2021-gold-cup-draw-usa-and-canada-face-group-stage WCQ Aruba (June 5th) and Suriname (June 8th). When does WCQ continue?
  16. One day I would like to see this lineup: St.Claire Laryea-Cornelius-Ferriera-Davies Corbeanu-Kaye-Eustaquio-Buchanon Larin David
  17. Looking ahead to Gold Cup in July, I thought I'd slap together a potential 23 man roster. Two considerations were made: 1) Leaving in-season players with their clubs (MLS, CPL) if it would risk their jobs 2) Bringing in-season players if it would increase their value GK Milan Borjan Dayne St. Clair Maxime Crepeau CB Derek Cornelius Kamal Millar Scott Kennedy Ricardo Ferreira Doniel Henry Wingbacks Sam Adekugbe Richi
  18. Lots of positives. A lot of them are structural rather than individual. 1) Biello has professional experience. Not often we have a U23 coach with any type of experience. 2) Our "B team" had all professional players. Think about that in the context of the past 20 years or so. Our A teams usually had NCAA players and unattached all over them. 3) Our "B team" had to go up against in season competition with the final game against Mexico with players who play on their Senior Men's National Team. 4) We played very composed against the two best teams in the tournament - Mexico
  19. I thought this was interesting. Here are the tournament results when Portugal won the Euros in 2016. They won against France 1 to 0. I couldn't fit it into my screen shot. Tournament style soccer is not the same as league football. You're playing to advance not destroy everyone in your path like Thanos.
  20. How many in-season outfield players do we have? 3? Brym, Dias and Godinho? Most of our players are from MLS, USL and CanPL. On the Dias front, I think he's getting integrated into the squad at an appropriate pace. The team had 1 or 2 days of prep and the qualifiers started March 19th. He's been with the Canadian program less than 10 days. You can't construct a team to qualify by building an offense around him in that time IMO. I just don't think that's realistic while trying to make it out of the group. It's too short a window and many of these players have been with Canada for years
  21. So I started digging into the annual report of Praireland just out of interest. Like all businesses, an annual report doesn't give you a full explanation and if there are any trained eyes that want to look at it, I would encourage you to do so. The site is on leased land with the City of Saskatoon. Prairieland is non-profit trade and convention and special events focused business that really started as a agricultural society in 1886 which probably included thoroughbred racing sometime soon after its inception. There is a lot of history at this site with horse racing and it should be r
  22. This is fantastic. My guess, is that they will go modular around the the grand stand at Marquis Down (former thoroughbred race course). The tricky part will be converting the grounds to proper grass or turf. There is sufficient parking for 3000 cars for a 4,500 seat stadium. Usually its 1.5 heads per car depending on the event. Seems to be a successful business man. Great news in a year that will be challenging for the league.
  23. Again, this will be two years without gate revenue and the commissioner has committed to raise wages in 2022. Wow, we have incredible owners!
  24. It stands to reason that few investors would be willing to pay a $10M entry fee to the league without certainty that they can generate gate revenue. Most entrepreneurs are trying to hold on to their companies and assets and employees right now. Starting a company that is built around attendance is not palatable be it a restaurant, coffee shop, amusement park, mall or a sports team. The league may have to get creative on financing the entry fee to advance expansion in 2022 like amortizing the fee over 5 years. For the reasons listed above, the more national coverage and markets the leag
  25. Really thoughtful answers fellas. I appreciate it. With regards to negative PR, only nerds like us know about it. I think the league would be in peril due to lack of revenues and I can't see how there are fans in the stands this year either. If the league can navigate this next year without folding, I believe the league will be permanent and grow. There is far too much untapped summer revenue for pro sports in Canada. I think it will all work out to be honest. Yes, we should absolutely let things go back to normal to judge the league. I think the CPL done an outstanding job frankly.
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