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  1. Having been to a number of stadiums in Europe, many of the lower league ones are just fine for watching the game (not for amenities). Soccer-specific stadia aren't particularly complicated structures, whether the corners are filled in or not. Part of the issue that I see is that the stadiums that were built before were done so by people that had little idea of what a good quality soccer-specific stadium looked like. As @Macksammentioned -- BMO was done quickly and on the cheap. TFC was, in many ways, founded on the idea that they needed some long-term tennant for the stadium. Team and stadium were a mismatch. The smaller stadiums in Europe have little chance of being used for much else beyond soccer, which allow them to be pretty good (fit for purpose). That's also because many of the grounds are more than 50, 60 or 70 years old when there was no concept of a 'multi-purpose' stadium and they were built by the clubs themselves who were owned by their supporters. Now -- especially in Canada -- stadia are often funded by some contribution of public funds with an idea that they will serve the most people with the most options. You are more likely to end up with a stadium designed to meet everyone's needs (i.e., CFL football, soccer, rugby etc..) so it serves nobody very well. What we're seeing in MLS are stadiums that are designed for MLS soccer above all. The new owners are soccer fans and know what good stadium experiences are and that's really a big difference in the design.
  2. With COVID numbers being as they are the optics -- nevermind the reality -- is terrible for opening professional sport training and activities. I think we're going to be a while before that gets agreed on.
  3. Calvary starts up their training today. No need for the bubble https://www.instagram.com/tv/CNn_ZyChRYu/?igshid=1xl3xg2b1x8vc
  4. Lots to like. If our vets are injured, TFC is not bringing in anyone new, might as well. I'd rather see a bunch of green-ish, passionate and talented (if unrefined) young players who give a damn than vets who aren't in shape and might be a little unmotivated by the situation (which is awful for any team).
  5. I doubt he'd take money from TFC without some disclosure. He's a true journalist that way. Still, he might freelance with SportsNet, CBC, TSN and maybe the US networks (Fox etc..) who cover MLS. I don't think that's very lucrative, but if he's able to draw 500-1000 paid readers he might do OK. Molinaro's stuff is really good -- he's one of the most thoughtful writers in the Canadian soccer scene. I'd hope he would expand his view outside of TFC -- maybe over time. Let's see. I wish him well in this and might subscribe. $50 to support a quality writer when the big media outlets are doing so little isn't too much in my eyes.
  6. They wouldn't, but for those teams that aren't doing fine it might be an idea. The East is the only part of the country that's been consistently stable and might allow for training to go without a stop/start/stop/start sequence. It's a fair bit of effort, but if Athletico can go off to Madrid, it's not a crazy idea.
  7. I'm surprised the league hasn't tried a version of the 'Island Games training bubble.' Quite seriously, the East is the one part of the country that's managing reasonably well at the moment and would provide a decent space to train outside. The large number of universities in the region that aren't using their outdoor facilities at the moment would make for an ideal place to train.
  8. You're absolutely right about the lost opportunity. Places like Quebec and London have strong local football fans and Windsor's got little else (aside from Detroit baseball in the summer). That said, the logistics are still pretty problematic for CFL-style football. It is that CFL football is expensive to run. You've got teams and training staff that are bigger than any hockey or soccer team, yet playing 10-12 home games to recoup the money. CFL exists because of its deal with TSN and the big (consistent) crowds from the clubs mostly in the West. It's also run by a lot of guys who remember when CFL used to regularly draw 40-50K to games in places like Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton and don't want to give up that vision. CPL can avoid those conceits and actually run a league that doesn't have either, yet has the opportunity to grow.
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