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  1. Great to see they've started arriving. My fingers are crossed the weather doesn't delay anyone's shipping!
  2. It's even worse than you may think. I was in the local bookstore the other day and found a nice, fat book that promised to work as a great warm-up for leagues across the world. Sadly, for Canada, they have the CSL as our top-flight league. There isn't even mention of our MLS teams. Publication year was 2014, so not ancient enough for that information to be accurate. Basically, some ****** research, and now if anyone picks up the book, CSL is top-flight. If it was the only book I saw with that info, it wouldn't be too bad. Sadly, it's the fourth or fifth. All different "authors," titles, and years of publication. The CSA & CPL are going to need to do a lot of work to promote the CPL as our actual 1st-division league, and they're going to need to pursue more emphatic legal means in order to shutter the CSL, pull logos, and straighten things out with media outlets so "mistakes" like reporting on the CSL can become a thing of the past.
  3. That's the rumour, but nothing has been verified as of yet. I'd expect them to roll out the announcement next week or sometime early in the new year.
  4. I was hoping for a BCL1, but I can easily "settle" for a WCL1. Would love to see more Canadian teams & academies going head to head at a high-performance level. At the very least, if there is a new Vancouver PDL-team, it'll give the Highlanders a new BC-derby. Great news in my books.
  5. Pics or it didn't happen! Can't wait for my bundle. I'm expecting a tonne of shipments this week, but none that I'm nearly as excited about as this one.
  6. Welcome @mlsintoronto. I can hardly wait to see how the CPL is revealed over the next year or so. You have a line of eager STH-to-be right across the country.
  7. I have some knowledge of the situation circa 2014. Things may have changed, but doubt it changed much. It's very true re: Ruddy, Shenkman & Greenberg. For them, the investment is in OSEG's real estate offerings (the blocks around TD Place), but they're hands-off partners for the Redblacks, 67s, and Fury portions of the endeavour. Hunt though, he does keep Pugh in hand. Pugh is very much a mouthpiece for the Fury, and he did great with getting them off the ground. They leveraged the well-known PDL & women's team in order to build a small, but dedicated instant fan base. And then they murdered the women's team as one of the first cuts to expenses (before even launching the PLSQ side). The women's side did not match Hunt's vision for TD Place's "other" tenant, so they had to go. Pugh handles many of the top-end decisions, but ultimately something huge like an affiliation agreement, the canning of the academy, the dismantling of the women's side, that's Hunt pulling the strings trying to reign in some of OSEG's expenses. Although Pugh is definitely valuable to OSEG, he's quite a minor partner. Yes, Pugh is running the show with the Fury, unless his vision runs counter to Hunt. This was actually one of the things that was explained to me at my very first briefing at Carleton University in advance of the 1st fall-season Fury NASL match. It was further reinforced during my Team Lead training at TD Place, and tracked with the "who's who" reference cards all ushers & TLs were required to familiarize themselves with. Additionally, as one of the 1st TLs for the "club level" seating, I often had the chance to meet Pugh & Hunt, and there was a very clear chain of command between the two. Heck, even Bernie Ashe (OSEG CEO) & Mark Goudie (OSEG COO & CFO) seemed to have more pull with Hunt than Pugh did.
  8. Looks like the Fury have signed their starting keeper. Callum Irving will be a good addition to the squad. http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/2016/12/06/fury-fc-increase-canadian-content-signing-goalkeeper-callum-irving
  9. A team in Nanaimo & one in Victoria would make for a pretty sweet derby though. No ferries involved! Of course, the drive up the Malahat would be murder... *Edit: Word correction. Though the original, "The drive of the Malahat," does sound like a kinda neat parade or something...
  10. I had hoped I'd be able to wear the shirt at the coffee shop I work at on my last few days there. Looks like I'll just have to make some special trips with my son closer to the holiday instead. There's some sports regulars that I've had some good conversations about the league and it'd be great to spark up a couple more.
  11. Probably fair expectations. I too would love to see Highlanders in the CPL. Would be great to have a pro team I can actually watch in person. But I'm not going to count on it. I'm thinking that we'll actually see 7 teams to start, given the news re: Cosmos that was triple-confirmed earlier today. FC Edmonton would be a good fit for the league, and may now be interested given the increasingly likely demise of the NASL. Probably have an 8th team in year 2. Then 2 more after 5 years+ of operation.
  12. I actually like the idea of this. I also wouldn't be too surprised, if NASL does bite the dust, to have something similar come out of Edmonton. We've heard 6, maybe 7. It could be possible that Ottawa & Edmonton are the "maybe" that might even outperform the expectation. A key thing in business is to underpromise & overdeliver, so this would be a great way to do it.
  13. Moncton Hamilton Ottawa Winnipeg Regina Calgary I suspect the BC team will not come until 2019, but if it is announced with the rest, I'm going to dream with Victoria, BC.
  14. Absolutely. I've already plugged it a few times via social media. Was considering adding an image & link on the site's sidebar (both the CPL-specific & maybe the generic) if @admin has no objections.
  15. I've one on the way for myself, and a fellow writer at NSXI ordered his a day or two later, also in Victoria. Going to be great seeing a few of these shirts around the city.
  16. If this were to become a thing, would it also stand to reason to recognize the D3-Interprovincial Cup winner in a similar fashion since L1O/PLSQ aren't currently a part of the V-Cup?
  17. Although it would be pretty cool to watch, I don't see it being affordable for the teams. Perhaps as a "let's do this once" sort of thing it may be worth doing though. Keep the momentum going.
  18. I can't wait to watch tonight's match. The build for the Eastern Conference finals has been amazing, and I think seeing the packed stadium on-screen or in-person will do a lot to build attention to the sport in Canada. 61,004 in attendance tonight, and another what? 40k? in Toronto next week. Can't wait!
  19. I put in my vote for the words. As for colour, I would wear both the dark grey & the light grey. I'd wear the black one you posted later as well, but I've been trying to move away from black. As I have a 9-month-old, white is impossible for me to maintain. I believe someone else also mentioned a red shirt. Wouldn't mind that either, but definitely the dark & light grey shirts were my favoured style. As for price point: $25 is very reasonable. It would be hard to convince me to pay $30 for a t-shirt on a regular day, but if it was manufactured in Canada I can get behind that. An extra $5 to support Canadian jobs in addition to Canadian footy is something I'm happy to get behind.
  20. I must say I was definitely impressed with CSMRO during the match. They kept bringing it to Vaughan (or Aughan as the ticker said for the first 25'+). I wish I could have heard an English commentary though. My French is so rusty I could only make out a handful of words throughout the whole match. Still pulling for Vaughan Azzurri to take the D3 Cup this year, though I would love to see CSMRO prove me wrong!
  21. Your list is sound. Here's my thoughts: Stay Eddie Edwards: He's pretty much said he's in. "It's been real @naslofficial thanks for all the memories. Looking forward to making new ones in @USL! Exciting times to come #FuryFC — Eddie Edward (@eddieedwardfc) <a href="https://twitter.com/eddieedwardfc/status/791008619076657156">October 25, 2016</a> Marcel de Bellis - USL starter. It'll be great for him to get the minutes he deserves. Mario Eustaquio - Stays. Will probably become a regular starter. He can shine in USL. Andrew MacRae - Probably stay if Fury want him as their backup. Dario Conte - Again, great chance for him to get the minutes he needs. With some more development, quality product. Adam Malekos - If Fury want him, he'll stay. He desperately needs to get on field, and the USL-level may provide an opening. 50/50: Carl Haworth - He might stay, but he could probably move on to provide another NASL team depth. I'd say 50/50 with him. Kyle Porter - He's good, but not consistent enough for NASL. I think it depends on what Fury offer. Gone: Tissot: Moving on up. He'll have options. de Guzman: Retirement as a player. I can see him becoming a trainer or assistant coach, but I think he's ready. Dixon & Roberts: They want on the national team, USL is not the level for them to get there. They'll try to move up or over, but might end up on Unattached FC. Gyorio: Don't see Fury renewing & don't see him wanting to step "down" to USL.
  22. The owner of the site, for whom I was doing all these writings, just handed it over to me. He doesn't have the time for it anymore, and I've got a lot more experience with a lot of stuff needed to expand and develop it, so I'm in the process of drafting up how things will change for 2017. (Writers & segment podcasters for all teams/leagues wanted BTW) League starting points are, sadly, roughly best guess (though based on previous work from the Brotherly Love blog on SBI). Currently for L1O & PLSQ, they're something of a wild guess since they don't ever go up against PDL/USL/NASL/MLS teams (though the numbers relative to each other are aided by the Interprovincial Cup). The other numbers are generally based upon Open Cup & Voyageurs Cup matches. L1O & PLSQ have changed a few times (downward) since I started it up in 2014, I'm doing my first change of the other leagues in time for the 2017 season based upon the shift we saw via this year's Open Cup & Voyageurs Cup. There are going to be other changes to how the math is done since I find a 100-point home field advantage to be quite high, and since the SBI match didn't take the relative importance difference of home & away aggregate matches into account. You can expect an "ELO Changes" comparison post to come during the off-season to explain how everything will work 2017 forward. ELO ratings tend to work great within a single league, or within a well-developed system of leagues, so it's all a little rough and still needs fine tuning for North America, and Canada specifically.
  23. Maybe just the Challenge Trophy winner. What can I say, I imagine it being a REAL tournament instead of a handful of matches. I'll happily be that kind of crazy. I believe we have scarves.
  24. Given the lack of any announcements any which way, let's go with NASL team(s). Hell, we should throw in PDL teams in the first round with L1O & PLSQ. Give the high-end amateurs a chance to run with it too.
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