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  1. I get it however , I’m still betting this Peñarol team if entered in the upcoming U17 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament would most likely be better than most of these U17 CONCACAF national teams. But yet these same TFC Academy players will struggle playing a minnow CONCACAF country in qualifying like they have in the past.
  2. What I find strange about these kind of results and I’ve seen this in the past too, so an under 17 TFC Academy beats an U17 team like a Penerol. However, then a good portion of these same players go play on the U17 Canadian national team and have trouble beating Caribbean minnow Island teams or even an El Salvador or a Guatemala and crash out of the U17 World Cup Qualifying. You would think a Peñarol U17 team from Uruguay a country that produces players like Canada produces hockey players is much much better than most of these CONCACAF countries that Canada faces in these youth World Cup qualifying tournaments.
  3. Choiniere has impressed me every time I’ve seen him play so far . This kid has loads of potential, Bayiha looks promising but this Choiniere kid might just be the real deal.
  4. Henry for the amount of times I’ve seen him with TFC and the national team was always a player who seemed to make critical mistakes that usually led to goals. However, I must say from what I’ve seen so far with the Whitecaps he seems to be improving and looks a lot more confident in his play. Unfortunately last night is just one of those unfortunate incidents a penalty that should never have been called but I’ve seen penalties given for those type of handballs. In no way do I think Henry is at fault there, just an unfortunate incident .
  5. Putting some games on mainstream TV is a good thing if this is indeed the case. Moreover, if they are going to have 20 games on the CBC on regular TV as opposed to the CBC streaming service then this is probably the best news so far when it comes to the CPL. Yes I know everybody is supposedly cutting the cord and streaming everything they keep telling us , but don’t fool yourself the majority of people are still watching TV the old fashion way for now . Therefore, if they do put 20 games on regular TV on CBC the exposure it will give the league will be immense. Let’s be honest the vast majority of sports fans in Canada still have no clue what the CPL is . Putting games on the CBC will make a lot of sports fans in Canada aware of the CPL.
  6. Start Laryea he played well , Ciman has been a disaster every time he has played for TFC so far. TFC screwed up with the Ciman signing would rather go with Vanney’s nephew at this point than Ciman.
  7. Ok well from looking at the York 9 ticket prices I would agree with you I think they are fairly priced. I think York 9 tickets are pretty well in line with ticket prices across the league the tickets are reasonably priced.
  8. I don’t understand what your trying to say? Of course it should be a lot cheaper it’s a lower level league right now compared to MLS so I would expect your seasons to be cheaper no? If one day the CPL is at the same level as the MLS and your seasons are half of what TFC seasons are for comparable seating then this would be news but right now one would hope your seasons would be a lot cheaper than TFC seasons for similar situated seats it would be expected no?
  9. So as a point of reference the new Toronto pro rugby union team the Toronto Arrows had 3081 people in attendance at their home opener at York University ‘S Alumni Field . Will York 9 get this much or more for their home opener at York University’s other stadium the Pan Am stadium close by ? The rugby team is playing an eight game home schedule 4 at York Alumni Field and the other 4 home games at Lamport Stadium . Remember similar to York 9 having to deal with not being the only pro soccer game in town in regards to TFC being in the Toronto area, the Rugby union Arrows have the Rugby League Wolfpack to deal with as well in terms of competition for people’s money in similar type sports . Therefore , both the Arrows and York 9 have similar obstacles to overcome in a way in terms of getting people in the seats.
  10. Yup totally agree in terms of a visible clock and the refs stopping the time during certain times of the game especially after a goal is scored and also when a player goes down injured, when a player goes down injured the visible clock should be stopped this would stop players trying to kill time while going down faking an injury. Also during substitutions stop the clock and you will not get guys taking their time getting off the field, I would truly love it if a league like the CPL was able to try these kind of changes.
  11. Sure but what really grew the game was hosting the World Cup in 1994 and qualifying for every World Cup since 1990 up to the Brazil hosted World Cup in 2014. Canada won the Gold Cup back in the day but what did it really do to soccer’s growth in Canada? Would have taken even one World Cup appearance for Canada over winning that Gold Cup for me any day over winning that Gold Cup and failing miserably at almost every attempt at qualifying for a World Cup since 1986, only making it to the Hex once I think.
  12. So I guess a good portion of the GTA are living in ****** houses lol!
  13. So rumour has it that Chicago might be heading back to actually Chicago . Looks like they might be leaving Bridgeview Illinois which is about 35 km from downtown Chicago. Leaving their soccer specific stadium that was built for the Fire less than 15 years ago to go back to Soldier Field. I guess in the end being out in the boonies was just not working for the Fire. Looks like they will be paying over 100 million just to get out of the contract they had with city of Bridgeview and head back to downtown Chicago. I guess in the end with no decent public transit connected to that stadium and really nothing else to do in Bridgeview other than the stadium took its toll. In the end even with some of the successes with other teams in the MLS pro soccer in the US and Canada is still a very niche sport that you just can’t put a stadium anywhere and expect people to show up. You might be able to do that in the NFL, MLB or NBA but with soccer it’s still very niche and the right location still matters in the end.
  14. That’s great for soccer in Canada take one of the most popular leagues in Canada off of mainstream TV in Canada. Out of sight out of mind . You think a casual fan is going to go out of his way to get DAZN don’t think so. Less and less soccer on mainstream TV is not good . Eventually all we will have on mainstream TV in Canada is Hockey, Baseball, CFL, NFL, Curling , Basketball and Golf and maybe Tennis. Yup this will do wonders for soccer’s popularity in Canada with no soccer on mainstream TV !
  15. Pro soccer leagues around the world unless you are the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, League 1 and the Bundesliga the big four more or Less can all be considered development leagues . You think a fan in even Mexico watching Liga MX doesn’t realize that that young star player he maybe watching playing for his club if that player continues to play well will one day move on to one of the big four leagues in Europe? Therefore, knowing your league is more or less a development league should not stop anyone from still going out and supporting your team and league.
  16. I hear you in terms of the younger you start the easier it is to carve out a successful career in the real world. However, I still kind of admire guys who try to keep the dream alive going to one day play in a higher league and make some decent money. A guy like Mark Anthony Kaye comes to mind. He could have easily called it a day once TFC cut him, however, he went to the USL which I’m sure he was propably making no more than 35000 or so and kept at it and now look at him today. I’m different I guess I look at things differently sometimes, you have the rest of your life to work a normal job from 9 to 5 but only so many years to enjoy shooting to play a sport at the highest level possible. So to give that dream up even at say 25 is a bit sad for some of these players who actually have some potential. Starting to work in the real world at even 30 there is nothing wrong with that. At 30 you still have what 35 years of real work to do and still enough time to build a real real working career. But I realize everyone thinks differently so I can see why I guy will give up that dream a lot earlier even at 25.
  17. Yup just keep this in mind when we think soccer has finally made it in terms of the mainstream media . TFC which has now been around over 12 years still at times faces an uphill battle for coverage in the mainstream media . Therefore, when it comes to CPL I don’t see much coverage happening in Toronto’s mainstream media expecially when even TFC is sometimes ignored. However, saying all that the Toronto Sun has more or less always given TFC decent coverage and this year it seems they have even stepped it up, they have longtime writer and not really a soccer guy Steve Buffery almost doing a column or more a day and I must admit his articles are actually pretty good. I actually sent him an email telling him his coverage of TFC was greatly appreciated , and he got back to me to thank me for the email. Anyways, with so many other ways to take in coverage in today’s world thankfully soccer in general and the CPL too doesn’t solely have to rely on mainstream media like in days gone by.
  18. So Mark Anthony Gonzalez born in 1994 which makes him 25 in 2019, played with Real Salt Lake’s MLS USL side in the 2016 and 2017 Real Monarchs, won a USL championship with the Monarchs and was one of their better players throughout. Was with the Reno Nevada USL team last season. He also played with the Canadaian U23 team in their exhibition games in Quatar a few years back. He is now back in the Toronto area but has retired from soccer. I have it on good authority he was offered a contract in the CPL and basically said the money was not worth it to continue and would rather retire. It’s too bad because these are the sort of players that are perfect for the CPL . A few other’s that come to mind who it looks like have recently retired on the eve of the CPL are guys like Daniel Haber and the goalie Tomer Chencinski . You would think with the start of a national pro soccer league in Canada guys like this who are still pretty young and have played pro at decent levels around the world would want to continue now that a Canadian league is now here, strange .
  19. Unfortunately Shome not having a great game very invisible out there, although Montreal not playing well at all. But like I’ve said many times when given the chance to play you have to take it and run with it, right now Shome unfortunately not seizing the moment. Sometimes some players just ain’t good enough for this level , hopefully Shome will eventually start to shine.
  20. It was worth it last night in the TFC NYCFC game, VAR got every call right .
  21. Again I’m surprised people don’t talk about this much, however, I think that any Canadian player going to Europe has to overcome this bias I think these soccer countries have against Canadian players and even American players. You have to be a lot better than their domestic players or even their foreign players that come from more known and more successful soccer playing countries . So I don’t think it always has to do with how talented a Canadian player is in my opinion unfortunately.
  22. They have improved but just think of how much better things could have been if they had got their act together years ago. The CSA next to hockey has had the most registered players playing this game since the early 80’s and still do. Yes things have improved immensely with the CSA but it should have never taken this long so many waisted years with all those players playing the game in this country . Let’s hope things keep improving.
  23. It’s 2019 we have all this technology at our fingertips and I’m expected to spend my hard earned money going to watch a sport where your lucky if a goal is actually scored lol, and now without goal line technology or Var a goal can actually be scored but it might not be counted because we are supposed to rely on the human eye only to see if it counts? Can’t wait to see a legit goal called off because the ref thought it didn’t go in when it actually did and when the Media Pro highlights actually show that the ball crossed the line or a goal that was called back for being offside was not actually offside after seeing the replay. We are not a third world country this is Canada we have more technology than we have use for , however our national soccer league will rely on the human eye lol not good not good at all. At the very least have some sort of goal line technology if you aren’t going to have VAR no?
  24. Really? Maybe have a look at his history and him telling me to **** Off and few others on this board. If he likes to dish it I just found it was time that he took it too. What these young punks need to remember is that if it wasn’t for us old farts like myself and BBTB who kept following this game when it wasn’t fashionable there may not have been any type of soccer to talk about right now , MLS or CPL ! I remember walking into an El Salvador social club here in North York back in the early 80’s to be able to watch a Canada at El Salvador World Cup qualifying game on Satellite the only place I found that was showing the game , no internet stream or TSN or Sportsnet telecast not even any coverage on the radio or newspaper the next day , and sitting there and not being able to celebrate when Canada scored unless I wanted to walk out of that social club alive. It may seem that a BBTB or even myself at times don’t seem to have the best interests of the game at hand but that is so far away from the truth. If Canada where to qualify for a World Cup again in myself and BBTB lifetime I can bet you it will be I’m pretty sure one of the proudest moments of our Canadian soccer following lives next to that 1986 qualifying berth. Some of us might have different ideas about how to further develop the game here in Canada but our love for this game in Canada should never be questioned never we have been at this a long long time.
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