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  1. This is a fine move if he wants to become a professional footballer in Europe; it's very hard for Canadians to make their way into European football, especially during a pandemic. Of course not many globally-notable footballers have come out of Cyprus yet, but Attardo doesn't need to be that. But if he happens to be the next Luka Jovic, Ricardo Laborde or Roland Sallai, that would be pretty fantastic for him. Transfermarkt doesn't mean anything, the values are crowdsourced and only those of players in certain leagues are actually updated. Signing in a lower division in Scandinavia is also "strange" by the standard many seem to be using, but it's been an effective route into Europe for Canadian players for decades now, and this is ultimately no different. Attardo already has an Italian passport, so no. Considering the point of the transfer to Fernandez Vial was so he could be re-sold to a European club, it's likely that the pandemic hurt many of the clubs that would have been interested in paying a fee for him and P.O. Xylotymbou may have been one of the few still willing to pay something for the services of an essentially unproven Canadian teenager.
  2. I can't really understand why they would try to join NISA when the CPL exists. I guess their argument is going to be that NISA is a level between the CPL and League1 Ontario, even though the high end of NISA salary budgets is supposedly right around the CPL cap. In reality, I'm guessing they haven't thought that far ahead and/or aren't aware that they need CSA and Concacaf approval to compete in an American league. If it is led by a local investor and not the league itself, it must be to get around the CPL's much larger entry fee of 2+ million, since NISA only costs around half a million to get in. Still seems like a waste of time and money, because I highly doubt the CSA or Concacaf will approve them.
  3. I think you might be a little confused, friend. If you're looking to bet on Canadian football, bet on the Canadian Premier League, not the rigged pigsty of a Sunday league that is the CSL. In terms of bookies, there aren't many following Canadian soccer outside of MLS, it's just the way it is for football here at the moment. Sports betting isn't big compared to Europe and football isn't really respected by mainstream media and companies, including oddsmakers. So you might as well just find a reputable bookie from somewhere in the world that has odds for the CPL and use their numbers. Bet365 had odds for the CPL last year, but don't appear to this year. I see that Paddy Power have odds for the current season, so they might be worth a look.
  4. Carly Shaw-MacLaren, she was a fourth official in the CPL numerous times and was the first official for a couple of TFC2 matches last year, but this was her first match as a first official in the CPL. She's currently on the NextGen list, the CSA's developmental list of referees for potential National list candidates.
  5. A bunch of great signings. McKendry should make a great Tevin Shaw replacement and Kapor will be critical at CB. I'm assuming Kourouma will be played more at CF, his other natural position where he's a had most of his success in recent years, and I think he'll do much better there than at LW. Kowal demolished League1 Ontario last year and I reckon that, like Novak, he'll be a good striker in the CPL too. Phillips should be decent competition for Neufville and he's very deserving of a chance with the pros, as he's consistently been one of the best fullbacks in League1 Ontario for years. Finally, I didn't expect a Sobze Zemo signing, but Horace is a fantastic shot-stopper and I'm super happy to see him getting a chance. He obviously won't play over Zabal, and frankly he's not better than Gomes either, but if the circumstances demand he plays, I'm sure he'll do great.
  6. Twardek plays for Bohemians, the match was against Dundalk. Bohs win 2-1, leapfrogging them up to second in the standings.
  7. Don't forget that Marmoush will be part of the Egyptian Olympic team too, so there's no way in hell he's going to switch until at least after next summer. And then he'd likely be willing to bide his time for years for an Egypt call-up, if need be.
  8. Campbell wears #14, the previous #11 was Issey
  9. I agree that I'd rather see clubs come up with their own unique away kits, but this isn't really out of line with football traditions in the sense that while most clubs put a lot of focus on their home kit, usually the second colours are more to stand out against opposing home kits and aren't designed with marketability in mind. People rarely buy the away kits of European clubs because they're utilitarian while the home kits are the iconic, good-looking ones fans want to buy. Usually the away kit is just a monochrome and there's rarely any standard colour for them; it's just whatever does the job. So I think the fact that they're all black, a colour that isn't prominent in any of the home kits, is pretty much in line with how clubs have traditionally approached away kits. Again, I agree that the clubs' away kits all being the same essential design is a bit lame and I wish they could have designed their own, but I think this is totally fine. We probably won't even be seeing these kits every game since teams will likely just wear their home colours whenever they don't clash.
  10. According to the Gleaner article Cavalier's technical director said Hamilton is just waiting for his work permit, which might be another two or three weeks.
  11. Depends what kind of striker they are, David is excellent on the counter, so I doubt he would have as much trouble as guys like Haller and Samatta. Also, we have no idea if Leeds will actually be a bottom-tier team. Despite the big gap, it isn't that uncommon for newly-promoted PL clubs to be really competitive in year one (see Sheffield United).
  12. Not to mention Bielsa's system would fit him like a glove. Leeds will also have to make some upgrades up front to compete in the PL and David's quality and versatiliy is exactly what they need.
  13. Oh please, you have to be taking the piss. He spent four years with the Whitecaps, and was not only scouted, but invited to an ID camp by the CSA. They didn't think he was good enough for the U17s and neither did Ukraine. Ukraine also didn't think he was good enough for the U19s last fall after he played in a couple of U18 friendlies in August. The CONCACAF U20 tournament was cancelled, so the CSA hasn't had the chance to call him up if they think he's good enough now regardless, so there's literally no reason to claim he's "sLiPpEd ThRoUgH tHe CrAcKs". And what has you so convinced that this player you know nothing about would be good enough anyway? Have you forgotten about Josh Doughty? Have you already forgotten about Jamie Dunning? Playing for the academy of a recognizeable European team doesn't automatically mean they're better than any kid playing over here.
  14. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20200725/marshall-ready-canadian-premier-league Quote from Cavalier FC technical director Rudolph Speid: “Why we love the Canadian League more than even the USL (United Soccer League) is that this is going to be the second season of the Canadian League and they have already sold about four players to Europeans clubs." Those transfers really do attract meaningful attention.
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