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Rintaran

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  1. Except they wouldn't get the CAN1 ranking, they would get the SCL11 ranking (as "wildcard" spots traditionally are added to the bottom). So, a good chance of being eliminated by a Mexican-side in the 1st round!
  2. This is what I see happening, especially as they already have a pecking order to draw from: The 2019 CONCACAF League results. They're currently taking the top-6, with 5 spots potentially opening up due to MLS' situation, they just grab the next 5 down the list. Sucks for the US & Canada, but that's the most likely course, followed by 5-byes. If CONCACAF surprises us with an option, I'd put Cavalry in the 2020 CCL (due to V-Cup competition position) & leave Forge in the 2020 CL (CPL Champion). For the US-side of things, would it be the top-4 non-MLS in the Open Cup? Or would they give one (or more) directly to the USL-C? It'd be interesting to see how that redistribution would happen...
  3. Which 2 of 5 of the following USL2 teams folded? Victoria Highlanders TSS FC Rovers Calgary Foothills WSA Winnipeg Thunder Bay Chill I can see excluding WSA Winnipeg, which hasn't won a game in several years, but the other 4 are good teams. Also, PLSQ is now down to 8. FC Gatineau & Dynamo de Quebec folded, while Celtix de Haut-Richelieu will be joining the league for 2020.
  4. Ottawa Fury announced last week that they have decided to suspend operations following issues regarding their CONCACAF sanctioning for USL in 2020. There is much to debate about decisions by those involved, however I want to take this opportunity to look back at the 16 years that Ottawa Fury were operating in the capital region, and all the Canadian players, coaches and managers that this club gave opportunities to, and helped guide along the way. Ottawa Fury began in 2003 through John Pugh (current Canada Soccer Association board member), bringing women’s soccer to the capital region in the form of a USL W-League. Between 2003 and 2014, the Ottawa Fury W-League team managed to win nine division titles, made the national finals on three occasions and were league champions once. Over the course of its eleven seasons the W-League team featured such players as Kadeisha Buchanan (now with Lyon and the Canada women’s side) as well as Ashley Lawrence (currently with Paris Saint Germain and also the Canada women’s side). -- Read more on the NSXI Network.
  5. Ottawa Fury announced last week that they have decided to suspend operations following issues regarding their CONCACAF sanctioning for USL in 2020. There is much to debate about decisions by those involved, however I want to take this opportunity to look back at the 16 years that Ottawa Fury were operating in the capital region, and all the Canadian players, coaches and managers that this club gave opportunities to, and helped guide along the way. Ottawa Fury began in 2003 through John Pugh (current Canada Soccer Association board member), bringing women’s soccer to the capital region in the form of a USL W-League. Between 2003 and 2014, the Ottawa Fury W-League team managed to win nine division titles, made the national finals on three occasions and were league champions once. Over the course of its eleven seasons the W-League team featured such players as Kadeisha Buchanan (now with Lyon and the Canada women’s side) as well as Ashley Lawrence (currently with Paris Saint Germain and also the Canada women’s side). -- Read more on the NSXI Network. View full record
  6. I agree with @SthMelbRed. That's a pretty good route, IMO. We should focus more on how they're going to "balls it up", since CSA doesn't exactly have a good track record for simple or sensible. Think about this madness: Group Stage: Round Robin with 3 Groups of 4 SF: 3 winners + best 2nd place, random draw, single-match knock-out Voyaguer's Cup Final: single-match Or how about this, which would please both TFC (top MLS) & Montreal (prev V-Cup): Rd 1: L1O, PLSQ, Bottom 2 CPL, 2-legs Rd 2: 2 winners from Rd 1, next 2 CPL, 2-legs Rd 3: 2 winners from Rd 2, next 2 CPL, 2-legs Rd 4: 2 winners Rd 3, top CPL, Whitecaps, 2-legs Rd 5 (SF): 2 winners Rd 4, TFC & Impact, 2-legs Rd 6 (Final): 2 winners Rd 5, 2-legs Or, to preserve the previous V-Cup champ only, there's this monstrosity: Rd 1: L1O, PLSQ, Bottom 6 CPL (in future, swap 1 CPL for L1BC), 2-legs Rd 2: 4 Rd 1 Winners, wildcard (in future, 2nd CPL), Top CPL, Vancouver & TFC, 2-legs Rd 3 (SF): 3 Rd 2 winners, Impact, 2 legs Rd 4 (Final): 2 Rd 3 winners, 2 legs
  7. Last year they played at Quinn's Pointe in Barrhaven. Unfortunately, it's a fair distance away from downtown.
  8. I agree, it's strange for them to let TFC II continue in USL-1. Although, there is no "comparable league" at this time (a CSA division-2 that is a step down from CPL & up from L1O). That said, we haven't exactly heard anything about their status for 2020, so for all we know, they might end up with similar issues.
  9. Thunder Bay Chill was granted a special exception. The travel between Thunder Bay and the existing L1O teams is killer. As a result, L1O didn't want them (because of the sharp increase in costs for their teams), and TB didn't want L1O for the same issues (especially as they currently operate in a smaller region designed specifically to decrease those costs). Ontario Soccer, which governs sanctioning of provincial leagues, understood the exceptional circumstances and acted appropriately.
  10. That may be longer than expected. FC Gatineau just folded up their PLSQ operations, so don't expect any sort of step up from them. If Ottawa Fury fold, as we all fear, that leaves OSU Force in League1 Ontario as the highest-level of soccer in the capital region.
  11. I want to like this post for all the fun references, but it's also super sad... I think we need a conflicted option. I seem to remember there being a Starbucks a couple blocks away too... Haven't been in the area since the Champions launched though, so it may have been shuttered since.
  12. Good news rarely comes on a Friday. All signs are pointing to Fury folding up shop, or possibly a 1-year hiatus before a 2021 CPL relaunch, if the known troll actually struck true...
  13. Being an Eastlink television subscriber, I guess I'm streaming OneSoccer. Any word on what channels on Bell/Rogers/Telus is it supposed to air?
  14. Very true, but it can be easy enough for CONCACAF to rectify: 1.5 CCL to Canada, 3.5 spots to USA. The 0.5 spot is determined by who wins the MLS Cup. Of course, I also think the bottom-ranked US spot and the bottom-ranked MEX spot should be shunted into CONCACAF League, with the top-8 qualifying to the CCL, so take my thought here with a massive grain of salt. TFC is not getting the spot. It's unlikely that CONCACAF will do anything to anger the US or MEX in regards to CCL. All will continue, more or less, as it has previously.
  15. That's a good possibility. It's pretty tough for some guys to be away from from family. Hopefully Edmonton want to pick him up so that can be a reality for him. He was definitely overhyped. Didn't really seem to deliver at the level necessary for this team. It's too bad it didn't work out, but we need more of mix of experience & youth for the team to really perform. This year was a little too youth oriented.
  16. Click to raise the topic for CPL Bilingualism from the dead. So, K-W is rumoured to be locked in now for 2021. Any idea where they may be playing?
  17. I just realized I'm not subbed to either channel... Watch most if not all of the content, but not subbed. I guess I can boost the subscriber number a little, but I'm already paying audience so I doubt there's much real benefit...
  18. AFC Curtis has been going all season (and a little before season). It's been a great series so far. I especially like that it's usually just 10-15 minutes in length, making for a good quick-hit during my relatively short morning commute. AFC Curtis is one of three Vidcasters on the NSXI Network. He (usually) releases a new episode every Tuesday. Additionally, we also have CanPL Central, and recently Thomas Nef signed on for Canucks Abroad interview series. CanPL Central (usually) releases a new episode every Monday.
  19. That's some good news. Last I had heard, they were pushing it another year to 2021, but if things have changed that's great news. I'm guessing they need Highlanders & TSS Rovers to get to their minimum number of teams for a 2020 launch, and they had openly stated they were only interested if a V-Cup spot would be available. Hopefully the CSA can provide the necessary assurances sooner rather than later.
  20. Oof. That's a rough loss for the PLSQ. Hopefully, Dynamo will continue. Not really seeing any word on expansion at this point either. Definitely some concerning news for the D3. Edit: The OCSL is the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League. It's a significant drop from PLSQ.
  21. I could see it. I don't think that's how it'll roll out though. I think MDJ will be a player through the Spring Season. If he remains healthy, I expect that to continue through the year, with an announcement of some sort of trainer/coach position for the off season, centred around Pacific's new training centre. Can see him coming back to Pacific as a trainer/assistant for 2021. Issey is gone, from the team itself anyways. If he remains even tangentially involved, I see him (and potentially Haber) moving into a role at the new training centre sooner rather than later. I also think Campbell will be moving up to bigger and better things.
  22. Here's Google Translate's butchered translation of the highlighted paragraphs for any English-only readers/speakers. It's not perfect, but it gets 90% of the ideas across:
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