The grass was pretty brown but it was still 100% better than what we played on in New York the week before. Actually the pitch did not look good but it did not seem poor to play on. I think it looked worse than it was.
If you look at the ticketmaster maps for teams like Cavalry and Valour. Those premium center field seats are showing some decent resistance to selling. They might go for the season opener but I expect those sections to be fairly empty throughout the season unless they adjust prices.
Given there are about 90 Canadian players playing pro in USSF sanctioned leagues and more playing overseas, it is not the cream of the crop that are being signed by CanPL teams. Since a lot of the recruiting appears to be reasonably local, there are probably a lot of players of a comparable standard in cities like Montreal and Vancouver that have been steering clear because there is no team local to them at the moment. If this level of soccer can sustain high enough crowds, putting a few more teams together shouldn't be all that challenging in lower mainland BC and the Windsor-Quebec corridor. What might be more problematic is the smaller more remote markets that need to draw players in from elsewhere in Canada, if there start to be too many of them.