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  1. And the MLS teams are now all in USSDA leagues, which means it will make it even harder (at least in Ontario, it's already been like this for years for Montreal and Vancouver) to compare players from outside the MLS academies to those that aren't in academy setups. Hopefully CPL can one day rectify this "3 team all-star team" problem by at the very least getting more academy systems out there and greatly increase the geographical footprint of pro academy set ups. Maybe the CSA would be comfortable with at least scouting those teams as well. Plus, with CPL teams actually playing Canadian players in large numbers, it might be more attractive to some players than MLS academies, so you might not get cases of players avoiding them when they already live in the area.
  2. The weather explanation for low attendance is closely tied to the fact that the fan base for these teams is still relatively small and the importance of the games is not yet felt to the degree it is for other more established teams/leagues. It's not yet "can't miss" for most people. From reading these boards it sounds like if the game isn't being played in a temperature range of between 22 and 28 degrees with clear skies, and not at the same time as another sporting event, and not at the right time of day or the right day of the week, that makes it perfectly fine that attendance is small. I don't think, say, NFL teams or EPL teams have those same constraints. My thoughts have always been that the attendance is what it is in year 1. It sets the bar and we hope it improves (but it's very possible attendance will dip after year 1, like we saw with MLS, after the novelty factor wears off).
  3. I hadn't heard of him before this morning, but according to this he is a midfielder. https://www.ottawafuryfc.com/antoine-coupland
  4. I voted York 9 for empty seats, and running track keeping fans away. I didn't really factor this in, but the fact it's a smaller field sort of plays into a negative experience too. I haven't watched a ton of Pacific home games, but the angle hasn't bothered me too much, and I like how close the crowd is to the field.
  5. I don't know how this doesn't count as "fact", but it seems like either everyone here disregarded this or didn't see it. Maybe they had BBTB blocked a year ago when this article came out. This is the article he is referring to, and the relevant part is a quote from someone who says they have spoken with the CPL on this. https://lfpress.com/sports/soccer/will-london-build-a-downtown-sports-stadium-its-a-possibility “There was the franchise fee, which is in the millions. Then there was the expectation that there would be money lost in the first few years,” Campbell said.
  6. It does seem odd that they wouldn’t let the fans know before the tournament. It puts more importance on the tournament, so why not let people know in order to draw more interest?
  7. Out of curiosity, I compiled this for 2018 WCQ 2 games: 13 teams - Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Suriname 4 games: 7 teams - Dominica, Bermuda, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda 6 games: 3 teams - Curacao, Belize, Nicaragua 8 games: 2 teams - Haiti, Jamaica 10 games: 4 teams - Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 16 games: 5 teams - Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, United States, Trinidad and Tobago 18 games: 1 team - Honduras (including inter-continental playoff) I can't quite compile the same numbers precisely for 2022 qualifying because of the 3 team groups in the 7-35 tournament. For example, there will be a different number of games for a team from a group of 4 going to the semi final, vs the number of games from a 3 team group going to the semi final.
  8. No, the teams don't think they had a chance. But, for example, in 2018 qualifying the first round had 14 teams playing a home and away series. Nobody in there thinks they have a chance at making the World Cup, but they probably do feel like they have a chance at advancing past that round, which would be an accomplishment in itself. I'm just trying to point out that the benefit to these teams is perhaps more minimal than it appears at first glance.
  9. And the idea of it providing more competitive games. The reality might not feel like it when a minnow goes up against Panama and Guatemala in the first window and lose both games. With only the group winners moving on, teams losing their first two games will know that they are essentially already eliminated.
  10. My biggest ask for Onesoccer would be for same day replays. I have young children, so I often can't watch afternoon games live (or even the beginning of a 7pm kick off), but after the kids are in bed at 8 or 8:30 is the perfect time for me to watch a game. With TFC games I record it on my PVR and watch as soon as I can, even if the game is still in progress I start from the beginning. But for CPL games it never seems to be available until the next day. Over the weekend I wanted to watch the York 9 game, but it wasn't available. The halftime show for the game was available, but not the game. I checked back hours later and still only the half time show, not the game. So as a result I have to be in blackout mode, avoiding the CPL website, app, and any forums on here related to the league or teams I want to watch, until after I watch it the following evening. This week I watched Sunday's game on Monday evening, and Wednesday's game on Thursday evening, even though I would have had time to watch it on the same day if it was available.
  11. It doesn't look like that article has a link to the actual survey. I found it here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTCYFYPiSe2Pq3lAyfYUTSjikd_fZp3uJRxVSCqXdL0Ubm2g/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0Cc20YC72aA4YMkufQ_RUsuvS812rAGb_oorylZJuYjrU0HDsFCoJGvhQ
  12. Speaking of ESPN, apparently they put Aparicio's goal from Wednesday on their Sportscenter top 10. Does anybody know if there is a way to view that top 10 online? Edit: Should've googled before asking.
  13. I had Valour pegged as the last place team in my pre-season power rankings, and that was largely due to Gale. Their results so far haven't exactly changed my mind, so I voted Gale to be the first to be fired.
  14. It has been a good few days for York 9. Going into the Montreal game I felt like the team couldn't really score goals. Now three games in a row with 2 goals scored. A draw against Montreal and a pair of league wins. They are actually looking pretty good. Hopefully they can keep it up and can contend in the fall season. Looking forward to their shot at an upset in the 2nd leg on Wednesday!
  15. I would have to assume so. But some of my previous assumptions about World Cup Qualifying have already been shattered by the format this cycle.
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