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  1. Clearly, it's the "Cool Professional League".
  2. In this episode, Forge’s Board discuss the status of the team after 7 matches, including their wildly eventful Voyageur’s Cup debut against Cavalry FC. View full record
  3. In this episode, Forge’s Board discuss the status of the team after 7 matches, including their wildly eventful Voyageur’s Cup debut against Cavalry FC.
  4. My kid's alphabets this morning spelled "OneSoccer" all on its own. They've tapped into cereal marketing!
  5. Valid point. Having experience as an event planner, I can tell you that booking venues, especially during the summer, can be insane. Given the switch of teams from regional to national/divisional, it wouldn't even be possible to pre-book the home matches for that 2nd season (as significant overlap is possible).
  6. Remember the Duanne Rollins Fantasy League? I seem to remember it being split very much in this way. Regional Leagues to start, with top 8 teams qualifying to the A-League, and others to a 2-division (East/West) B-League. There were 10-teams in either B-league, but this could easily be 8-team. At the end of the season we had playoffs with the top-2 from from B-East & B-West entered in the first round with the bottom 4 from A. The top-4 from A entered in the 2nd round. Two-leg aggregate. So in the end, you had a winner for each league, plus a champion from a final series of playoffs. @Gopherbashi never ended up presenting the possibility of a 2nd season, so the pro/rel aspect (as originally presented) never came into play. I would've just preferred a reset: Regional Spring, A & B league Fall, Final Cup competition. This sounds similar to what you're proposing, and I kinda liked the format. IRL: With an annual reset to Regionals, I would shorten the playoffs by excluding the bottom 4 from A-league. But other than that, a Regional Spring, and National/Divisional Fall leagues would work well and ensure we have representation from across the country in the A-league. Also, having pronounced B-East and B-West out loud as Beast and Best would be hilarious. We would need better names for those leagues.
  7. I just received a reply to my inquiry with the PCSL. It seems two teams backed out of the women's league prior to (re)launch, so they shelved it for another year. The PCSL does not currently participate in the BC Cup (though I'm not sure why). @ted would have better knowledge in this area than I. According to the BC Soccer website, last year's BC Cup participating leagues included: Vancouver Metro Soccer League - www.vmslsoccer.com Fraser Valley Soccer League - www.fraservalleysoccer.com/index.php Vancouver Island Soccer League - www.visl.org Burnaby Men's Soccer League - www.bmsasoccer.com Richmond Adult Soccer Association - www.rasasoccer.ca North Shore Coaches League - www.nscl.ca
  8. Not for quite a few years now. The men's PCSL now has 8 teams, 6 in mainland BC and 2 from Vancouver Island. USL2's Victoria Highlanders play their reserve team in this league. The PCSL relaunched their women's league this year as well, which has 6 teams. That being said, they haven't said a word about the women's side of the league since February, so I have no idea if it actually launched.
  9. Yet again, HFX Wanderers will go to work at Wanderers Grounds tomorrow evening. This time, it is Valour FC making the trip from Winnipeg to the East Coast for the first leg of a Canadian Championship second round clash. Wanderers reached this stage by overcoming Vaughan Azzuri on away goals, after a nervy second leg at Wanderers Grounds saw the tie finish 3-3. This will be the first ever appearance in this competition for Valour, as they were gifted a first round bye. The only time these sides have met previously came almost a month ago, with Valour running out 1-0 victors in Winnipeg. That match probably holds up as Wanderers best away performance to date, but a lack of cutting edge (and, perhaps synonymously, Luis Alberto Perea) saw them fall to defeat. Wanderers will come into this match feeling good, as two solid performances have seen them earn 4 points out of 6 at home in the last week. A hard-fought 1-1 draw with York last Wednesday was followed by a 2-1 victory over Pacific, with Akeem Garcia and the aforementioned Perea seeing off the B.C. side. Valour come into this game fresh off of a 1-0 away victory over Edmonton, having previously been on an extended rest. Ali Musse played the role of super-sub in that victory, popping up off the bench to score the winner in the second half. Read more on the NSXI Network.
  10. Yet again, HFX Wanderers will go to work at Wanderers Grounds tomorrow evening. This time, it is Valour FC making the trip from Winnipeg to the East Coast for the first leg of a Canadian Championship second round clash. Wanderers reached this stage by overcoming Vaughan Azzuri on away goals, after a nervy second leg at Wanderers Grounds saw the tie finish 3-3. This will be the first ever appearance in this competition for Valour, as they were gifted a first round bye. The only time these sides have met previously came almost a month ago, with Valour running out 1-0 victors in Winnipeg. That match probably holds up as Wanderers best away performance to date, but a lack of cutting edge (and, perhaps synonymously, Luis Alberto Perea) saw them fall to defeat. Wanderers will come into this match feeling good, as two solid performances have seen them earn 4 points out of 6 at home in the last week. A hard-fought 1-1 draw with York last Wednesday was followed by a 2-1 victory over Pacific, with Akeem Garcia and the aforementioned Perea seeing off the B.C. side. Valour come into this game fresh off of a 1-0 away victory over Edmonton, having previously been on an extended rest. Ali Musse played the role of super-sub in that victory, popping up off the bench to score the winner in the second half. Read more on the NSXI Network. View full record
  11. “And it’s like stars have aligned all in Alliance Heart of a lion, balls of Goliath” Ok….. I know, I know. I’ve been away and missed the first month of the season, my bad. But as the saying goes, semi informational and questionably entertaining things come to those who wait. What’s new? Well, what hasn’t changed? Sanjaxx are gone, which sucks for me as both the downtown clubs (Nitros), have quit the league in the last two years meaning travelling to every ground is now a hassle. But the ying to that yang is that Durham are back after taking a couple of years out. TFC3 also left but that happened mid last season, so all this means that there are 16 teams in the men’s league this year and they all play each other once before the top 8 go into the playoffs. The playoffs were fun last year, with the best teams going up against each other, there were shocks and disappointments so I expect more of the same this year as well. Plenty of players have left to ply their trade in the CPL, a lot of which have started out very well, so lineups for specifically Sigma and Vaughan have changed drastically. Aurora have signed up half of the Humber college alumni, including Oakville stalwart Filipe Vilela, and N. Mississauga have also had a lot of change in their squad. As for this column, it won’t be coming weekly as in the past but once or twice a month rounding up the action, then with additional insights and interviews sporadically to try to add more value and exposure. So to the action on the field, what are the highlights of the season so far…. Continued on the NSXI Network View full record
  12. “And it’s like stars have aligned all in Alliance Heart of a lion, balls of Goliath” Ok….. I know, I know. I’ve been away and missed the first month of the season, my bad. But as the saying goes, semi informational and questionably entertaining things come to those who wait. What’s new? Well, what hasn’t changed? Sanjaxx are gone, which sucks for me as both the downtown clubs (Nitros), have quit the league in the last two years meaning travelling to every ground is now a hassle. But the ying to that yang is that Durham are back after taking a couple of years out. TFC3 also left but that happened mid last season, so all this means that there are 16 teams in the men’s league this year and they all play each other once before the top 8 go into the playoffs. The playoffs were fun last year, with the best teams going up against each other, there were shocks and disappointments so I expect more of the same this year as well. Plenty of players have left to ply their trade in the CPL, a lot of which have started out very well, so lineups for specifically Sigma and Vaughan have changed drastically. Aurora have signed up half of the Humber college alumni, including Oakville stalwart Filipe Vilela, and N. Mississauga have also had a lot of change in their squad. As for this column, it won’t be coming weekly as in the past but once or twice a month rounding up the action, then with additional insights and interviews sporadically to try to add more value and exposure. So to the action on the field, what are the highlights of the season so far…. Continued on the NSXI Network
  13. It's worth about as much as your constant comparisons of CPL to CSL: not one bit. That being said, thanks for the link to the museum. There's lots of interesting stuff on there. Not particularly relevant given literally everything has changed since the 60s & 70s, but interesting history nonetheless.
  14. Placing Sudbury in Western Ontario is hilarious. Also I don't think its happening. I admit, I forgot about this site. I guess I should either update it or shut it down, eh? There aren't very many who have stepped forward to be involved with this "group" (like 3, including myself and a guy in North Bay). There are zero credible rumours concerning a team in Northern Ontario. The most likely owner, Dario Zulich, is currently tied up fighting to get his Kingsway Entertainment District through the LPAT system. Until that's resolved, he's unlikely to explore the idea of expanding his sports holdings beyond the Sudbury Wolves (hockey), Sudbury Five (pro basketball), and Sudbury Spartans (football). In some of the early proposals, there was talk of an outdoor stadium "potentially" being added to the KED, but it hasn't been brought up since the very early stages. Additionally, although both indoor soccer domes are moving forward, the "public" one has downsized as a result of Ford's cutting their announced funding. Both are still slated to open sometime in "Fall 2019," but there's no word on any connections between the two facilities and pro or semi-pro ambitions. Furthermore, the changed requirements in L1O, which will require an L1O Reserve squad to launch simultaneously, eliminates Sudbury (and all of Northern Ontario) from obtaining any presence in that league. The availability (or lack thereof) of the coach & referee training in the North has resulted in no club or group coming even close to the standards needed to launch an OPDL team in Sudbury, let alone L1O & L1O reserves. Short of me personally winning the big prizes on both Lotto 649 and Lotto Max, I think we can count Sudbury out of the running for the near-to-medium-term. I'm still dreaming it could happen, but as for Pro or Semi-Pro Soccer in Sudbury, there's nothing but crickets and craters.
  15. One would think this is meant as a temporary loan, so I have to ask, does Venhola count against Pacific FC's 23-man roster cap? Also, with Ty called up, how will this affect the Highlander's record? They've been doing really well in USL-2 this year, so being down their keeper is probably going to hurt. I'm very happy to see some sort of mechanism is in place. Perhaps Highlanders will work as Pacific's de facto Academy. Could be a great working relationship if that's the case.
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