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  1. The temporary stand behind the net at Fury games had the major merit of putting the supporters behind a goal, which I think we were routinely asking the club to somehow do. Its construction indeed wasn't very good, to the point where they were asking people to not stomp the bleachers - I suspect out of fear of a lawsuit because it was genuinely shaking and unstable to stand on. I also suspect OSEG put us behind a goal to get us away from the general crowd. They were getting complaints about standing and supporters section language in Section W. They also sold seats in section W at a
  2. Because AFC World Cup Qualifying doubles as qualifying for the Asian Cup. If Qatar qualify for the Asian Cup, they stop World Cup qualifying.
  3. Most locals view of the Fury hasn't moved strongly from previous years. It's the local pro club - that's enough for the vast majority who are vaguely aware of leagues the club plays in. As time passes and CPL becomes established, I think more locals will start wondering 'why aren't we in CPL?'. Of the hard core supporter types, its split between 'stand by the club no matter what' meaning there is support for staying in USL and those who strongly want CPL. Even within this group, there is a large contingent who aren't swayed either way by which league Fury is in. The fact that fe
  4. If there's enough away support, Fury does do designated away sections (possibly as a group sale?). Typically, it's one of the box seating areas in the North side. Blainville and TFC had enough organized support for a section last year. I'm not sure how you set this up though - it probably starts by contacting the club. You'd be more than welcome to join Fury supporters pre- and post- match! Probably not the best idea to wear an away kit in the supporters section during the match though lol. Hope you have a good time
  5. Haworth has always been solid and reliable for Fury, whether as attacker or fullback. I'm not sure how he'd look with the CanMNT though, its something that friendlies would be useful for.
  6. From what I've seen purely as a fan looking from the outside, it looks to me that CPL and Fury were presented to each other poorly from the beginning. Fury ownership has little experience with soccer and weren't expecting all this when they took an NASL team years ago. I'm sure switching leagues constantly isn't something they were expecting to deal with. I doubt they did serious research into CPL when it was little more than a concept up to when they were approached. It's purely business to OSEG. If CPL looks solid in its inaugural year, you'll see them soften up and gain interest. It's
  7. I'm based in Ottawa, so basically neutral. I hope to see a good product and groundwork for Canadian players to have a solid path up to the CanMNT. Also hoping to see Fury convinced enough to join - if the league takes off, it'll look completely foolish not to join. I'm intrigued by Halifax. It's nice to see an east coast team and I like the themes they've gone with. So I'll have a soft spot there and wishing all the clubs success early on.
  8. Fury management's lack of footy experience or insight is starting to show - and that has been the root cause of all the drama from the last few months. I don't think Fury were ever against CPL, they just figured it's too much effort to 'learn' a new league and system when they had a status quo that was 'good enough' in USL. It turned into a battle of egos with unwillingness let CPL change the comfy business situation they had. While CONCACAF's decision makes a lot of sense and is probably correct, its turned a fragile situation into a disaster. Problem is OSEG is tuned to think in North A
  9. This may be JDG's viewpoint more than Fury's. For some reason, he doesn't seem supportive of CPL - encouraging players to avoid it and so forth. Fury FO are purely business oriented and have little football knowledge. They'll join CPL when they're convinced it's a safer business venture than USL.
  10. There was a time when Melnyk likely would have been interested in CPL, back when he was pursuing MLS for Ottawa. That's long gone though, and changed drastically.
  11. Watched him play (on TV) in last night's TFC II match against Ottawa Fury. He is a solid full back. Doesn't seem to make many mistakes, and distribution isn't bad. Decent signing for TFC, and good for him keeping his pro career going.
  12. @Kent I suppose it's down to your level of strictness when you define 'equal' in a competition sense. To me, being introduced in the same round is defined as equal because, if you're good enough, you play the same number of matches as everyone else to win the competition. By default, it's difficult not to put the MLS teams in higher 'pots' for draws in the first year or two, since the expectation is they progress further. Being in a low pot means nothing competitively, since, if you're good enough, you'll beat whoever you get. It's true that having bottom ranked CPL teams in a play i
  13. Working the following year's Voyageurs Cup as a means of adding significance to the standings seems like a good idea to me. If there's an issue of keeping MLS teams seeded equal to CPL sides, standings can be used to set draws instead if giving teams 'byes' to later rounds. Or, bottom two clubs in CPL go through a play-in round with Div 3 teams (L1O and Quebec Premier League) with the winners joining everyone else. Top teams in the CPL standings can also have the benefit of being in the same 'pot' as MLS teams in match up draws, giving them better chance to progress since they face stronger op
  14. He's had a solid career in North American div 2 leagues. For a position with little depth he's an option, but CanMNT level is at least MLS. He hasn't really shown that he can play a level above NASL/USL. He should be given the chance, but, since the CanMNT isn't playing games, no player is getting opportunities.
  15. I'm involved with one of the two Ottawa groups, and I've personally heard nothing like @Olympique_de_Marseille. Whatever Fury intends to do next year, it's a very tightly kept secret. There is no information at all, which is understandable given that they want to respect the USL season. If they announce that they are leaving next year, USL attendance and interest will tank for the current season. If I remember correctly, they announced that they were leaving NASL a few days before the final home game in that league. Based on that, I would expect a similar time-line this time as well.
  16. I'll be there. I'm not sure what kind of attendance we'll get, but I think it'll be relatively low for a couple of reasons. Namely: 1) FIFA World Cup is going on, meaning people are generally distracted away from or not paying attention to local clubs. 2) weeknight match does not help. 3) People in Ottawa are still learning about the importance of the V's Cup - so playing a team one division below is not enticing to locals just yet. It's year one of lower league opposition involved, so this will take time. To people commenting above on the lack of attendance or interest, ke
  17. Nice touch that they just went with 'Cavalry FC'. It's the Twitter handle and the name on the crest. It's bold leaving the city name out in North American sports, but they have lots tying them to Calgary and I like the unique concept they're bringing.
  18. It almost has to be like this for a single table Canadian league with equal east and west teams and a balanced schedule. If every team has 2 away games against the rest of the league, lots of travel can be saved by bundling the long away fixtures. Every team could have a couple of three week road trips to cover the other side of the country (Three weekends and one midweek). Edmonton could play Halifax on a weekend, then Ottawa four days later, then York 9 and Hamilton on consecutive weekends. Same with an eastern team in reverse (ex Ottawa plays Edmonton on a weekend, Calgary midweek, then Win
  19. Henry has been solid in his two games. Wins every ball that comes to his area, and skill set is above those around him. His positioning is better than I remember, and he isn't prone to crazy challenges which risk fouls and penalties. He does look really strong compared to players around him, so he may have added muscle. His ball control can still use improvement, but he doesn't automatically hoof balls down the field when he has possesson - this may be because the level is lower and he gets more time on the ball.
  20. Fury always have a slow start to the season. Every year. It's a combination of new players getting accustomed to the team - many of whom aren't even signed until weeks or days before a season starts, a lack of preseason meaning the first few matches become time to get tactics and chemistry straight, and playing the first few matches away every year (due to climate in Ottawa). The year Fury made it to the NASL Final, they played poorly and finished near the bottom of the spring season. This year's group are talented individually, but they look poor as a team. I thought there were positives
  21. It's not clear why the rule exists (U12 teams and under can not make team trips of this magnitude), at least from the article. It's likely a safety or security rule, but it does come off as strange in this case. What's funny is the level of disorganization this shows at these youth levels. The club informed a body governed by the OSA (EODSA), received a late 'notice of disapproval', took the trip anyway and just paid the fine, and now they're going through some sort of appeal. If basic issues like this can't be handled, it's no wonder why we can't organize CanMNT friendlies.
  22. I'm purely speculating, but I would imagine the reason for fewer friendlies is either financial or the CSA just not willing to put much effort into organizing - possibly because they haven't been asked to by Herdman. If it was about FIFA rankings, we could have scheduled some winnable friendlies instead of nothing. What would be the costs of playing minnows in Nations League? Maybe we are saving up for that bill. Having said that, we may still get a couple of friendlies right before Nations League. It's beyond stupid to go into those games cold and rusty, especially with a new coach
  23. Huge learning moment. Up 2-0 at home in a friendly is the perfect time for it to happen.
  24. Solid performance. We made an opponent pay for defensive lapses, which is nice to see. Hoilett was solid. Lots of nifty footwork controlling pace and creating chances. Leutwiler played well. Good distribution and some nice saves. Osorio also looked really good. We can still work on creating chances in the final third, but, for the most part, we were playing really well as a team. Atmosphere was amazing and the attendance was impressive.
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