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Everything posted by Cblake

  1. Do you think there are Canadians in USL who were of no interest to CPL? For instances Dante Campbell who was on loan to Valour last year on loan from TFC II, re-sgined with TFC II rather than CPL.
  2. I will take this one further, where soccer is sport people in the his actually know about, Rugby League is one that had very little if any presence in this country. The Toronto Wolfpack showed that if you make it a fun afternoon/evening out, people will come regardless of how much or little they actually know about the team and/or sport. They hit the mark and over time the crowds grew to where Lamport at around 10K was bursting at the seems. The beer garden with a great craft section did not hurt either. So the right operator with a good strategy can do well by getting out even the most casual
  3. Shaan Hundal has signed with Fort Laurderdale of USL-1. Wonder if the uncertainty of the 2021 CPL season played a part in making this choice? https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/post/2021/04/09/fort-lauderdale-cf-announces-2021-roster
  4. Hopefully with a full squad they can really light up Aruba, surpassing the 11 they put up against the Cayman Islands. Heck its very possible, Aruba was in the lower pool, one behind the Caymans.
  5. Does One Soccer actually have a deal for CCL or did TSN just sub-license them these two games as they decided it was not worth it for them ratings wise to show it especially with the home leg being played in a minor league facility in Kissimmee. Then the question comes who is actually responsible for putting boots on the ground and producing the home leg as the host broadcaster vs Leon?
  6. Yes most of the Cayman Island's player play in the domestic top flight on the island, which likely resembles any Thursday night men's league in Toronto, Vancouver where ever that may be. The one 16 year old kid club is listed as a private school in England. The difference between the Caymans and say the US Virgin Islands, is that the USVI seemed to have a real mishmash of a roster due to their ties to the US, lower division pros and college players. Every once and a while we see a minnow try to recruit legit pros through heritage and for the most part they are not very successful at it. If you
  7. Guys at this point will choose what they think is the best situation for themselves, its not a pissing contest. If someone thinks signing with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds or if its Valour FC, wherever they see the best fit is.
  8. But its still a FIFA top flight, you can not say that about a local men's league in whatever city you choose. Toronto needs a top men's league like Vancouver does with the VMSL.
  9. How would the Cayman Premier League , where most of the lineup for them tonight played, compared to the CPL or even rank among Caribbean Leagues?
  10. So Canada has overtaken Suriname on goal differential, currently + 10, compared to their 9+.
  11. Would a good competitive mens league team in Toronto or elsewhere be able to hold their own against the Cayman Island National team? The big difference I noticed between the Cayman Islands say vs. the US Virgin Islands team is roster make up. The Cayman Islands seems to be selected from their domestic top flight where USVI seems to be a miss mash of players from playing at US Colleges, low level pro etc.
  12. Does the CSA establish the D3 regulations or the provincial associations? D3 at this point is a provincial thing and I am not even sure the standards for D2 exist at this point.
  13. No , as far as i know its closed door. Not surprising, the moment you open the doors there is a cost. Say you were able to have 5,000 in the stands, are you really going to sell that many tickets for Canada Bermuda in Orlando. I think it made sense for the CSA to go this route rather than play somewhere like IMG, especially when it comes to broadcast considerations and giving your guys a first rate experience.
  14. Some sort of fly by night hastily put together D2 league could only do harm to the sport in this country. I do not think its anything that would have a long term affect on the CPL but it still would not be a good look. It would likely resemble some the low tier attempts we have seen in the US. I just do not see a need for a level between the CPL and provincial D3 leagues. I could see some successful D3 teams with the right ownership, bringing 2-3K fans a night. Remember the Brantford Galaxy of the CSL, they were getting some pretty good crowds at one point, especially at that level.
  15. So is Alex even working for the league at this point? I know he was at some pint. I would think it would want to be the coach/head of soccer opps if anything.
  16. Does the CSA at this point even have a D2 standard in place? Similar to where the USSF has one for D1 (MLS), D2 (USL-C) and D3 (USL1 and NISA). Leagues under that lose fall under the USASA banner for the most part. I wonder if as discussed D2 is an independent thing separate from CSA, in addition the the prairies as being discussed right now could we also see one pop up in Southern Ontario, lots of potential to doing something along the 401. Say Windsor, London, KW, Mississauga, Barrie, Durham, Kingston, etc. Some of those have been mentioned as CPL targets at one point or another but I b
  17. According to Toronto Public Health, TFC's Covid 19 outbreak is now at 9 cases. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/ https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc-covid-19-camp-1.5948358
  18. In TFC's firs year the development contract minimum was $12,500 USD and the senior minimum was $31,000USD. in 15 seasons it has obviously gone up quite a bit. This is good to hear and as the league grows salaries will go up.
  19. The Ottawa Fury were sold and moved to Miami on paper anyways. The biggest difference now is that CONCACAF is now assigning each spot directly and not to the respective associations for them to assign them. That is where the problem arose for the Canadian MLS teams in that the USSF decided they could not fill one of their spots.
  20. This what I find interesting when you look back at the fall. MLSE was able to negotiate a modified quarantine plan which allowed for the team to return to Toronto from Hartford for the week between the end of the regular season and the playoffs. Their bubble being their homes and the training facility. On the other hand Forge the stayed in Central America for their first CONCACAF League two games, on October 22 and November 3rd, returned to Hamilton, quarantined for two weeks and were allowed to return to training on the 19th of November, trained for two days in Hamilton and then flew to
  21. Do we know for sure it was MLSE/TFC making demands , saying they would not play at certain times, there are a lot of moving parts here. Once TFC was eliminated from the playoffs there was a window but Forge were in CONCACAF League, at this point laying blame is pointless, lets just play the dam game.
  22. TFC returned to training on Feb 17th. The CSA should have set March 13th as the date for the game. That way the CPL/Forge would have had a firm date to present to the levels of government for an exemption to train. Based on the TFC's start date of Feb. 17 it would have also given both teams three weeks of training to prepare if Forge had been granted the same start date as TFC already had. It would also have given the winner ample time to train afterwards and even go to Mexico or a similar location altitude wise to prepare leading up to the CCL opener. As a TFC supporter I have to say this fal
  23. At this point what can be done? We know when Championship League starts and they have known this for ages? The CSA should have set a date ages ago. I am sure they would talked to the two teams to figure out.
  24. Forge have only 17 players on their roster right now according to their roster. They are still in off-season mode like any CPL team, signing players here and there as the opportunities present themselves. it will be interesting to see what type of team they can put out with so little training.
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