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Rintaran

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  1. This is my issue precisely. I spend much of my soccer-browsing time on a computer, not a phone.
  2. “Time to sit back and unwind” Summer is finally here and League 1 Ontario is another five games down in the regular season with five left to go and the playoff picture is looking clearer despite some surprising results. Alliance still topping the table Alliance are miraculously still on top with the same record over this period as the first with four wins and a draw. Their strong, defence first approach is working wonders, with the team only conceding in two games all season. However, this does affect the other side of things, and whilst not having a bad goalscoring record, they do have the lowest goals scored per game ratio in the top 7 (1.80). Their top scorer is centre midfielder and captain, Nikola Stakic with 5 goals, 4 of which came from the penalty spot. Coincidentally, those 4 were all game-winners in 1-0 victories for the table toppers. Whilst I think that Alliance are doing extremely well, a possible caveat to this is that out of the top 6 teams in the league, they have only played Aurora, who they tied 2-2. Four of their five remaining games are against 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th so this next period will be the real test as to whether they can compete with the big boys. Read more on the NSXI Network...
  3. “Time to sit back and unwind” Summer is finally here and League 1 Ontario is another five games down in the regular season with five left to go and the playoff picture is looking clearer despite some surprising results. Alliance still topping the table Alliance are miraculously still on top with the same record over this period as the first with four wins and a draw. Their strong, defence first approach is working wonders, with the team only conceding in two games all season. However, this does affect the other side of things, and whilst not having a bad goalscoring record, they do have the lowest goals scored per game ratio in the top 7 (1.80). Their top scorer is centre midfielder and captain, Nikola Stakic with 5 goals, 4 of which came from the penalty spot. Coincidentally, those 4 were all game-winners in 1-0 victories for the table toppers. Whilst I think that Alliance are doing extremely well, a possible caveat to this is that out of the top 6 teams in the league, they have only played Aurora, who they tied 2-2. Four of their five remaining games are against 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th so this next period will be the real test as to whether they can compete with the big boys. Read more on the NSXI Network... View full record
  4. There is no way to sugar-coat it: Valour FC’ spring season was an utter disaster, and despite the team being a relatively young group of players that are still gelling together and finding their feet, there isn’t much excuse for the way things finished. In a league where most of the teams are on par and matches are extremely close, losing 6 games in a row is extremely alarming, and is a sign of major problems. Luckily, Valour get a fresh start for the fall season, but we cannot act as if this team will somehow click together at some point if they keep doing what they’re doing – changes need to be made, and the coaching staff has a checklist of things they need to figure out prior to their opening match of the fall against Edmonton on the 17th. View the list on the NSXI Network.
  5. There is no way to sugar-coat it: Valour FC’ spring season was an utter disaster, and despite the team being a relatively young group of players that are still gelling together and finding their feet, there isn’t much excuse for the way things finished. In a league where most of the teams are on par and matches are extremely close, losing 6 games in a row is extremely alarming, and is a sign of major problems. Luckily, Valour get a fresh start for the fall season, but we cannot act as if this team will somehow click together at some point if they keep doing what they’re doing – changes need to be made, and the coaching staff has a checklist of things they need to figure out prior to their opening match of the fall against Edmonton on the 17th. View the list on the NSXI Network. View full record
  6. Last night, the Premier Podcast released its latest episode. Michael Miller & Jeff Salisbury start off by provide updates/thoughts on Saskatoon & Quebec expansion (and then discuss other CPL topics). Jeff's insights are definitely worth tuning in for: https://www.northernstartingeleven.com/premier-podcast-s01e14-riding-high/
  7. This is what I expected. So long as the Harbourcats continue at Royal Athletic, there's a close to 0% chance of Pacific moving there. The Harbourcats are well attended, and have games almost every day through the summer.
  8. Don't know about the date, but the start time is better than the 8:00pm that it was originally. Anyone know we can watch the CL matches? I highly doubt it's on TSN, and I don't think MediaPro bought the rights (so OneSoccer is out)...
  9. So, the treble would be adding CONCACAF Champions League to that mix? Seems like a sensible classification to me, even if it's extremely unlikely for quite some time. I think Forge will take Antigua, but I think that's as far as they'll make it unless they actively prioritize the CONCACAF League. If they do manage to take Olimpia (a very tall order), that'll be the end of their run in CL this year barring some miraculous play. I don't think we'll see too much of a down-tick from Forge in the regular season as a result of the preliminary round, unless we get some injuries.
  10. I agree, they would draw considerably better at a renovated Royal Athletic. Any sign the of the Harbourcats giving it up anytime soon? Absolutely unrealistic in the near-to-medium term for D1. Much like Ted, I can see two D3 teams, one in Victoria & one in Nanaimo surviving fairly well alongside Pacific FC. I could also see a D1 (Langford/Victoria), D2 (Nanaimo), and two D3s (Saanich & Langford), depending on how everything plays out, post World Cup 2026.
  11. Forge’s Board is joined by AFC Curtis to discuss the results of the inaugural Spring Season of the Canadian Premier League. They evaluate the status of the league and picture what it may look like in years to come. The lads also discuss what to expect from the upcoming Fall Season and canvass the league for a potential dark horse. AFC Curtis also shines a light on the status of soccer in Manitoba and how it has been impacted since Valour FC was established. Listen on the NSXI Network. Or Subscribe: Spotify | Blubrry| Google | iTunes| Stitcher | PodBean | TuneIn | PocketCasts | Soundcloud | RSS
  12. Forge’s Board is joined by AFC Curtis to discuss the results of the inaugural Spring Season of the Canadian Premier League. They evaluate the status of the league and picture what it may look like in years to come. The lads also discuss what to expect from the upcoming Fall Season and canvass the league for a potential dark horse. AFC Curtis also shines a light on the status of soccer in Manitoba and how it has been impacted since Valour FC was established. Listen on the NSXI Network. Or Subscribe: Spotify | Blubrry| Google | iTunes| Stitcher | PodBean | TuneIn | PocketCasts | Soundcloud | RSS View full record
  13. It’s been a difficult spring season for Valour FC in the inaugural Canadian Premier League campaign – there’s no denying that. For a team many expected to be competitive for the CanPL title right off the bat due to impressive depth in the front 6 and a plethora of quality individual talent, nothing seems to be working for Rob Gale’s side at the moment. One of those aforementioned quality individual talents is none other than former Montreal Impact player, Louis Beland-Goyette, who has been starting as the deepest midfielder all season long for the Winnipeg-based side – in a role known widely as the “regista”, or deep-lying playmaker. While Beland-Goyette brings some impressive vision to the table, which partners quite nicely with his high-quality ball-retention and tempo-keeping abilities, he did tend to struggle off the ball in the early part of the season, especially in those crucial moments when Valour were transitioning into their defensive shape, and the opposition attacked with speed. ... Read more on the NSXI Network.
  14. It’s been a difficult spring season for Valour FC in the inaugural Canadian Premier League campaign – there’s no denying that. For a team many expected to be competitive for the CanPL title right off the bat due to impressive depth in the front 6 and a plethora of quality individual talent, nothing seems to be working for Rob Gale’s side at the moment. One of those aforementioned quality individual talents is none other than former Montreal Impact player, Louis Beland-Goyette, who has been starting as the deepest midfielder all season long for the Winnipeg-based side – in a role known widely as the “regista”, or deep-lying playmaker. While Beland-Goyette brings some impressive vision to the table, which partners quite nicely with his high-quality ball-retention and tempo-keeping abilities, he did tend to struggle off the ball in the early part of the season, especially in those crucial moments when Valour were transitioning into their defensive shape, and the opposition attacked with speed. ... Read more on the NSXI Network. View full record
  15. So you did. My bad. I was kinda just pointing out that just asking "downtown" is a pretty bad reference given the "regional" nature of some of the teams. The Cavalry example only adds to that (do you have to go through Silverado on the way to Calgary?)
  16. Are we going stadium to downtown of the city they're in, or downtown of the nearest city people from the far end of the country know about? Asking because Pacific is only 2.5 km from downtown Langford. You have to go through either Saanich or View Royal and Esquimalt before finally reaching the city of Victoria and its downtown. @ted Amalgamate already!
  17. Looks like there's still a very short, May-July, season. They do mention there will also be a Cup competition, which is a nice addition. When you look at the two other D3 leagues, PLSQ runs May - September (October if you include the Cup), and L1O runs May-August, plus playoffs into September. That would make this an exceptionally short season for a D3. I do find it interesting that they make special mention of FIFA wanting to move away from teams playing across borders. Can't help but feel that line is part of the fall-out from the Fury, and meant as a part of a push for the Highlanders & Rovers. Explicitly linking in the Canadian Championship was a good touch as well. I'll have to dig into the documents more to find the differences between this proposal and the previous one for BCRT3.
  18. If the league launches 2020, they wouldn't enter the V-Cup until 2021. From the OP, the winner of the league would be entered (if this is approved by CSA). Can't have a winner before it starts...
  19. Definitely an interesting development. Can't seem to find anything more/new about it officially at this time. Wish we could have someone from TSS/Highlanders provide a silent nod that this info is not completely smoke. The Surrey group is likely Surrey United, who fielded a team in PCSL this year. Similarly, I would think Okanagan FC the likely Okanagan participant. I also find it odd that the original post would claim TSS have agreed to move out of Swanguard (to somewhere in Richmond) to make way for the Vancouver 86ers. I feel like this info, or at least the franchise list, is a little on the speculative side, but that just may be due to how the last BCRT3 announcement rolled out. Hopefully we'll hear a little more about the development soon.
  20. Clearly, it's the "Cool Professional League".
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. My kid's alphabets this morning spelled "OneSoccer" all on its own. They've tapped into cereal marketing!
  24. 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).
  25. 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.
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