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    Zem got a reaction from ted in New away kits...   
    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.
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    Zem reacted to El Diego in The Importance of Ricardo José Araújo Ferreira   
    I agree with all you guys -- his only option is Canada and Canada should definitely be reaching out to him. I just don't know if he thinks it is a good idea to play any international soccer until he has his club situation stable.
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    Zem reacted to toontownman in The Importance of Ricardo José Araújo Ferreira   
    ^^^ Fitness situation stable too. Last thing he might want is adding more games and flying around the world if it might put more wear on tear on a body that has already let him down the past couple of years.
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    Zem got a reaction from Buchta in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from red card in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from johnyb in CPL General   
    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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    Zem got a reaction from Ruffian in Jonathan David   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Ivan in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Shway in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from El Hombre in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from N1ckbr0wn in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Obinna in Jonathan David   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Winnipeg Fury in CPL General   
    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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    Zem reacted to Viruk42 in NWSL to Vancouver   
    That's all fair, though I think there's a big difference between attendance at current league games and those of a pro league - the Toronto Lynx averaged 1,350 in 2014, then TFC averaged 23,319 in 2015. Why couldn't we get, say, 4k average? The NWSL is only 7,389, it's not like we'd need 20k average to make it work.
    Obviously there are roadblocks and effort is needed, but we need to go that route, we need to push for it. The NWSL does not have our interests at heart, they just want our money. And getting even one NWSL team means Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Halifax, Quebec City, etc will have to wait at least 10 years to see pro women's soccer, if not 20 - remember, from TFC joining MLS to the first season of the CPL was 14 years. We will not see a Canadian women's pro league without Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.
    Again, trying to get a Canadian team in the NWSL is taking a short-sighted approach that will ultimately harm Canadian soccer. 
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    Zem reacted to Viruk42 in NWSL to Vancouver   
    Both of your points are apples and oranges. For one, women's soccer is arguably just as popular as men's, which is not true for hockey. I wrote something on that elsewhere, so I'm just going to paste it in here:
    As for keeping a league afloat, you're comparing one league that doesn't have a team in Montreal, Vancouver, or downtown Toronto with one that would. You're also talking about a league that is unable to pay/attract national team players - let's be honest, they can make more than 60k annually playing in Europe or MLS. But the salary structure in CPL is about the same as the NWSL (mandated as 20-50k). A Canadian women's league would therefore be able to afford the big names from the national team, unlike the CPL, which increases attendance, which increases revenue. 
    Obviously it's conjecture, but so is the pro-NWSL argument. Much like MLS, they have no interest in developing Canadian talent, they just want to capture the Canadian TV market. They're not going to make money from having more than 3 teams in Canada, assuming the US federation would even allow them to, so that'll be their cap - they might even want no more than 1 team in Canada. So we go that route and we completely ruin the chance of a Canadian league. You think putting a men's league together without the big 3 markets was hard? Good ******* luck getting a women's league. 
    Angel City was announced for 2022. Which suggests the earliest you're getting a Canadian team in NWSL is 2023. So you're willing to wait 3 years to get American scraps, but not willing to wait 3 years for CanPL and the three MLS sides to put together a women's league? You're telling me that MLSE, Joey Saputo, Greg Kerfoot, Bob Young, Atlético Madrid, and Tom Fath couldn't afford to successfully spin off their existing clubs to add a women's side? You're not starting from scratch after all, you have the structure in place already.
    So no, it's not taking the more pragmatic approach, it's taking a short-sighted approach that will ultimately harm Canadian soccer. 
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    Zem reacted to Viruk42 in NWSL to Vancouver   
    I've said this elsewhere, so I'll quickly repeat myself here. 
    I hate this campaign. It's entirely 100% focused on putting 1-3 Canadian teams in an American league and 0% focused on what is actually good for Canadian women's soccer. We need a Canadian league with teams in those big 3 markets, not another situation where we are forced to depend on the benevolence of Americans, begging at their table for scraps. 
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    Zem got a reaction from shamrock in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Fullback in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Kent in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from Trois Reds in CPL General   
    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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    Zem got a reaction from CANMNT_SUPERFAN in CPL General   
    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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    Zem got a reaction from Ansem in CPL General   
    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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    Zem got a reaction from nolando in Yigal Bruk - Schalke   
    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.
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    Zem got a reaction from CDNFootballer in CPL General   
    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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    Zem got a reaction from Bbeto in CPL General   
    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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