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  1. For those who might not be aware, Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a small French island territory of about 6,000 people located 25 km off the coast of Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon Last month, the archipelago's new FFF-appointed technical advisor announced that he was going to pursue CONCACAF membership for the territory, which would make it the second-smallest nation in CONCACAF ahead of only Montserrat. http://www.conifa.org/en/2019/10/29/saint-pierre-and-miquelon-to-build-a-ground-with-an-artificial-pitch-and-join-concacaf/ This would mean they could play in Nations League and also means that the champion of the territory's three-club league could compete in the Caribbean Club Shield. Previously, the territory's only competitive matches as a national team were at the 2010 and 2012 Coupe de l'Outre-Mer, a tournament for French overseas territories, where they lost all seven of their games and were outscored by a total of 78-2 (their best result was a 7-0 loss to French Guiana in 2010). Travel costs could be a serious concern (the FFF would presumably help out in that regard), but if they can manage it I'd be super excited to see them playing international football, especially since I might be able to catch some Nations League C action in person!
  2. Carlos Garcés? The guy who scored a goal every other game in the Ecuadorian Serie A over the past three seasons? The one with three caps for Ecuador who played for them at the Copa America this past summer? That sounds so hard to believe that I'm assuming @FromAwaysHFX just gave a made-up example that coincidentally lines up with an actual player. Like, South American leagues pay poorly enough to believe that Wanderers could offer him a contract that isn't unreasonable compared to what he's making right now, but this guy could realistically just sign in MLS. But I mean, if it's true, then holy shit.
  3. Laryea's a '95, the Olympic qualifying tournament is '97 and up.
  4. If he does, the move probably wouldn't happen this year since his contract at Hansa Rostock is until summer 2021.
  5. New Zealand Gavin Hoy, Dylan Sacramento and Ahinga Selemani started for Hawke's Bay United, while Cory Vickers started for Tasman United in a 2-0 Hawke's Bay victory last Friday. Also last Friday, Calum Ferguson started and played 90 minutes for Canterbury United in a 1-1 draw against league leaders Waitakere United.
  6. They were Korean FA Cup champions this year, so they'll be playing in the group stage of the AFC Champions League. They were semi-finalists in Champions League in 2018 as well, losing out to the eventual champions. Great club to land with in a really exciting league.
  7. Musse would be a star for Somalia, but obviously he must still want to take his chances with Canada before commiting to one of the worst NTs in the world. Nanco is eligible to play for India and Jamaica, but I'm not sure if he was enough of a standout this year to attract attention from either one. I would say he definitely wasn't good enough for Jamaica, and India is pretty hard to know since their whole team is domestic-based. Dunno about Samuel, but I'm guessing he has Caribbean heritage? Johnny Grant could also play for Guyana and Skylar Thomas could play for Trinidad. Will more of them commit? Probably some, but I'm sure many of these guys in their mid-20s are still waiting to see how their careers pan out before completely giving up on playing for Canada. Some guys might be content with the possibility of only getting a few caps for Canada and fading away, but most would like to have more substantial international careers, so it usually pays to wait a little.
  8. Welshman and Roberts both had strong performances for Guyana in a 1-1 draw against Jamaica in Kingston, Welshman with the goal and Roberts with a couple of great saves late on.
  9. Highlights from his hat-trick against Wellington Phoenix Reserves last weekend
  10. New Zealand Dylan Sacramento, Ahinga Selemani and Gavin Hoy all started for Hawke's Bay in a 3-4 win over Wellington Phoenix Reserves. Sacramento had a hat-trick and Selemani added a fourth. Cory Vickers started for Tasman United in a 0-2 loss to Waitakere United.
  11. Nah, playing in a small stadium in some random outlying neighbourhood or suburb would seem minor league. Playing at Ottawa's best sports facility, the Mecca of sports in Ottawa for nearly 150 years, is how a field sport gets taken seriously in this city. Heck, even the Senators played there for a short time in 1904. There's no good reason to not play at Lansdowne unless you can't afford to and you'll get better attendance than playing anywhere else. I don't understand how anyone could think that a club might be seen as "minor league" for playing at the best available facility, if anyone is going to call your club "minor league" it'll either be because they play at a smaller, crappier facility or because their actual attendance numbers are low, not because they're low relative to the stadium's capacity. When the Fury turned pro in 2014, they started playing at Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University while renovations at Lansdowne were being completed. Despite being pretty central, well-connected to public transit and only a short distance from Lansdowne Park they only sold out the 3,000-seat stadium twice in five matches. When they moved to Lansdowne at mid-season, the opening match drew 14,500 and even excluding that match, they averaged well over 4,000 a game for the rest of the season.
  12. Raheem Edwards as well, I think he would be one of the most obvious MLS players to make the move to the CPL after only making four appearances this year. A great player held back by a knee injury at the start of the season and then frozen out of the lineup since June.
  13. It bears pointing out that he only signed until January, so #JacksontoCPL is still a very real possibility https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50083376
  14. Portugal Vitoria starts for Moreirense against Famalicão. Update: Went 90 in a 3-3 draw away; he scored from the penalty spot in the 85th minute to tie the game after they had been down 3-0 in the 64th minute. That's goals in back-to-back games for him.
  15. Hahaha yeeep, pretty much the spin everyone was expecting. Perhaps if they had someone who knew literally anything about soccer running the organization instead of an accountant, a lot of OSEG's problems could have been avoided.
  16. Wow, I didn't realize the facility would be done so soon. Great news!
  17. The window opens on Monday, so presumably sometime this week. Likely today or tomorrow.
  18. I don't think Village is surprising, Pacific could really use a more reliable keeper and I can't imagine he would want to be a backup at this stage in his career, having just made his pro breakout at 27. Starostzik is very surprising, he was really their only consistent player at the back all season (although in fairness MacNaughton improved massively over the course of the season). I have to assume that Staro expressed his intention to leave the club ahead of time, unless they just weren't confident in his ability to stay injury-free.
  19. I assume that might include re-signed players, not necessarily new signings. Exciting nonetheless though!
  20. I don't see how we definitely keep Perea but only keep Guti for novelty, they had very similar seasons overall. Both were held back by injuries and Perea was good at the start of the season and frustratingly poor toward the end, while Guti was the opposite. I reckon we could go either way on both of them, maybe with a full preseason and good health we get the better Perea or Guti for more of next season, or we could just find a replacement who is probably just as likely to do well. Frankly I would see Perea as the much more uncertain one since he's 33, only managed to score two goals from open play in all competitions and the last time he did so was in July. Sukunda I can only see being resigned as a flexible depth option, he was also quite disappointing overall. I feel like career-wise he might be better off looking for somewhere he'll get a good shot, rather than being stuck behind Bona, De Carolis and Garcia/Guti/Kourouma. Also, we're obviously keeping Rampersad unless he decides to sign somewhere else, his tandem with John was one of the few highlights from the last few months of the season.
  21. Davies currently leads all players in the game with 5 successful tackles; no other Bayern player has more than 1. He's definitely doing his part off the ball this match.
  22. Davies is being credited with the assist on Lewandowski's goal! Now 2-1 Frankfurt.
  23. No, not at all; but Hoy is Canadian, so he doesn't necessarily need to be an important starter in the CPL like Valour were expecting of Hoyle. He'd be cheap and he has a good bit of experience under his belt, which could be interesting to some clubs in the league.
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