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Rintaran

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  1. The Spanish Press is chattering about this now: https://www.palco23.com/clubes/el-atletico-de-madrid-ultima-la-compra-de-una-franquicia-en-la-canadian-premier-league.html https://as.com/futbol/2020/01/17/primera/1579270668_904063.html?id_externo_rsoc=comp_tw
  2. I don't think they will. @ted has put forth some pretty good reasoning on this one, but I can add 2 more reasons: 1) The current format is "neat". It looks tidy, has a decent rationale, and comes to the conclusion the CSA wants. 2) The CSA is not exactly known for going the extra mile. It's made, they aren't going to do the work all over again.
  3. I might, just might, be able to swing an Ottawa vs Pacific road trip. My wife's been wanting to do a trip to Ottawa since we got back at this end of the country, and this just might be enough for us to forget about the costs (and headaches with toddlers) and just do it.
  4. I like Dominion FC as well. Definitely right in the naming convention. Despite this, I think they're going with Atletico Ottawa.
  5. This is my understanding of the situation. It'd be higher than D3, but lower than D1, but really just a sort of tournament for testing the waters.
  6. Langley-born Joel Waterman officially made history on Tuesday afternoon, as he became the first player to make the jump from the Canadian Premier League to Major League Soccer, joining the Montreal Impact for a fee reported to be in the $100k region. Waterman also became the first player sold by a CPL team for a transfer fee, giving us an example of how beneficial the new Canadian first division can be for young footballers in this country. Despite being the only player to make the jump to MLS so far, Joel Waterman wasn’t necessarily considered one of the best players in the CanPL. In fact, OneSoccer ranked him just 43rd on their year-end list of the top 50 players in the league. Waterman has many strong qualities though, and if an MLS team was convinced by his quality, then maybe he was somebody we were overlooking all season long. Let’s take an in-depth look at what Waterman does and doesn’t bring to the table for the Montreal Impact: His versatility is very impressive, and is certainly one of the main reasons Montreal signed him. Joel Waterman is a centre-back first and foremost, and while he can play other positions on the pitch, his versatility within the centre-back position on its own is rather impressive. As you know, there are multiple different formations used regularly in all levels of football, and pretty much all of those formations use either 2 centre-backs (a back 4) or 3 (a back 3). The roles played by centre-backs in these 2 formations vary quite a bit more than you’d expect, as do the areas of the pitch that they cover. --- Read more on the NSXI Network
  7. Langley-born Joel Waterman officially made history on Tuesday afternoon, as he became the first player to make the jump from the Canadian Premier League to Major League Soccer, joining the Montreal Impact for a fee reported to be in the $100k region. Waterman also became the first player sold by a CPL team for a transfer fee, giving us an example of how beneficial the new Canadian first division can be for young footballers in this country. Despite being the only player to make the jump to MLS so far, Joel Waterman wasn’t necessarily considered one of the best players in the CanPL. In fact, OneSoccer ranked him just 43rd on their year-end list of the top 50 players in the league. Waterman has many strong qualities though, and if an MLS team was convinced by his quality, then maybe he was somebody we were overlooking all season long. Let’s take an in-depth look at what Waterman does and doesn’t bring to the table for the Montreal Impact: His versatility is very impressive, and is certainly one of the main reasons Montreal signed him. Joel Waterman is a centre-back first and foremost, and while he can play other positions on the pitch, his versatility within the centre-back position on its own is rather impressive. As you know, there are multiple different formations used regularly in all levels of football, and pretty much all of those formations use either 2 centre-backs (a back 4) or 3 (a back 3). The roles played by centre-backs in these 2 formations vary quite a bit more than you’d expect, as do the areas of the pitch that they cover. --- Read more on the NSXI Network View full record
  8. Probably not for this year. Ottawa may be deemed ineligible this year as it was not an existing club at the end of 2019 (or some other excuse). Rollins seems to be of that opinion, and has given us a firm end-date:
  9. Not sure if there's much of a connection, but this just came up on my IG:
  10. That's pretty good money. Wasn't really expecting transfer fees that high coming out of the 1st year.
  11. Now that, is an interesting possibility. Given that there's a split season, and that Ottawa can't play in the 2020 Canadian Championship, a Fall-season start could be possible.
  12. Because silly season isn't silly enough: Personally, I think it's pretty late to put a team in place for 2020, but anything could happen I guess.
  13. That would be very interesting to see. I also think if OneSoccer obtains the rights, it would work very well if they finally negotiated the launch of their cable channel (which, according to Larson, is still the plan). The two could dovetail nicely, with their OTT service benefiting from traditional access. I just hope they don't end up being only on Bell, Rogers, or Shaw...
  14. According to Larson, an offer has been made, but no word officially yet. Bustos would be a great addition to the squad, and I'm optimistic we'll see Pacific competing at the top of the table if this ends up being true.
  15. Thomas Nef interviews Ahinga Selemani, a Canadian forward with Hawkes Bay United. Watch here: https://northernstartingeleven.com/canucks-abroad-interview-series-episode-3-with-ahinga-selemani/
  16. Thomas Nef interviews Ahinga Selemani, a Canadian forward with Hawkes Bay United. Watch here: https://northernstartingeleven.com/canucks-abroad-interview-series-episode-3-with-ahinga-selemani/ View full record
  17. Done and done. Feel free to report this kind of stuff when you see it. That way I'll know to give it a look!
  18. No issues from the CanPL site. Now, from Pacific's merch shop, I've received the wrong product in the wrong size and had the replacement product never arrive, and have them completely run out before being able to send a replacement for the replacement, which finally forced me to accept a refund instead. Still better than my experience from the Ottawa Fury shop a couple years back...
  19. The same article claims there are 10 teams in the CPL in 2020, so you can probably throw the whole article in the rubbish...
  20. Thomas Nef has an indepth interview with Adam Hemati, an Iranian-Canadian who plays as a midfielder for Iranian club Persepolis. Learn his story. Available in both audio & video formats for your convenience. Find it here: https://www.northernstartingeleven.com/canucks-abroad-interview-series-episode-2-with-adam-hemati/
  21. Thomas Nef has an indepth interview with Adam Hemati, an Iranian-Canadian who plays as a midfielder for Iranian club Persepolis. Learn his story. Available in both audio & video formats for your convenience. Find it here: https://www.northernstartingeleven.com/canucks-abroad-interview-series-episode-2-with-adam-hemati/ View full record
  22. Great to see! He's definitely a strong player for the team and I want to see more of him on the field.
  23. I have to say, I'm surprisingly pleased with this format. It's not perfect and won't satisfy everyone, but all-in-all, I think they did a good job. I also agree with how they chose to see the Cavs, based upon play in the V-Cup. It's a reasonable determination. They could have gone with who was the league champ, but it's much the same either way. Unless Valour improve in a shocking & dramatic fashion, or Forge find themselves plagued with injury, the quarters would be Cavs vs Forge either way. Already has me wondering about 2021/2022... If you add 3 new CPL sides (2021), you can pop all except the previous year's champions out to the starting round. For 2022, add in the 2021 L1BC champ, you could pop all 4 quarter-finalists right out and have a random draw or regional competition right from the start (assuming no additional CPL teams). I have to say, I like the flexibility this format could have if extended properly (which would probably be a tall order, but it anything could happen). Still would love to see it extended to provide access for the orphaned USL2 sides and Challenge Trophy champion, but that may take care of itself in time.
  24. 2020 USL2: TSS FC Rovers (likely to depart for L1BC when ready) Calgary Foothills (no local league) WSA Winnipeg (no local league) Thunder Bay Chill (no local league) If TSS moves to L1BC, Calgary would be competing solely against West Coast teams in the US. One has to ask if there may not be a (temporary at least) opportunity for them to go L1BC as well. Would the finances be better or worse than crossing the border for all of your competition?
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