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yellowsweatygorilla last won the day on December 23 2019

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  1. To summarize: Canadian Premier League players players are angry. The 25% pay 'deferral' is now confirmed to be a cut. And to rub salt in the wound, 5% is further taken out to be used in a pool for performance bonuses. And while the league expects to restart with a 11 game tournament held either in Victoria or Charlottetown, they refuse to guarantee that COVID19 testing will be available. ... All this, while the league is pocketing gov't subsidies in relation to COVID19. It's no wonder that after months, the league has refuse to recognize the players' union, and gone radio silent to inquiries. This is utterly shameful, and the players ought to just boycott this tournament.
  2. Furlano certainly had the best pedigree out of the bunch given his experience in TFCII (other than maybe Zambazis, though there were all these murmurs that he only landed in Greece because an uncle owned the club or soemthing?), and seemed closest to signing with a CanPL team given his trial with Cavalry? So agreed. I know Gogarty got promoted as this versatile defender that can play all along the backline, but feel he did better playing more centrally. I'll have to rewatch tapes, but I thought he was a decent passer of the ball from that position?
  3. The big parallel I am seeing is with Tsun Dai at Wolves (also Chinese owner). Tsun Dai, like Estevez, has shown sparks of potential, and certainly outside of Lam Zhi Gin has played at very high level for a Hong Kong player. But ultimately, Tsun Dai wasn't able to start a single game with Oxford before suddenly getting snapped up by Wolves. Tsun Dai has kind of languished in the reserves before transfer to China League 1 (div 2) side Shenzhen FC.
  4. Don't disagree with this assessment, but just a quick point about young players not finding clubs, I am genuinely surprised that Gogarty and Zambazis hasn't found clubs. They both impressed me and have a lot of upside.
  5. And to be clear, it's actually union cards signed. I know there are players who were stuck overseas and couldn't sign cards, so support is likely even higher.
  6. https://theprovince.com/sports/soccer/j-j-adams-players-vote-to-ratify-union-after-cpl-wage-cuts-fast-track-plans Excellent summary of the union drive. As I've said, the main goal is to challenge the unilateral ways in which CanPL has made decisions, and to ensure players don't bear the brunt of the outbreak. Also, it's pretty seldom that you see a union drive campaign get such unanimous support at the stage of card signing - 140 out of 159 players have signed cards. I am hearing that the number would've been even higher had it not been players still stuck overseas.
  7. Average wage is 30k, and I know many earning closer to 15-20
  8. The owners are taking risks associated with an investment. The players are being philanthropic by subsidizing and mitigating those risks by taking on poverty level contracts. But all this is besides the point since according to people I've spoken to the main contention isn't actually money, but accountability and transparency. The players aren't looking for a fight - they are looking to collaborate with the league. It's pretty evident that the ones at the moment looking for a fight are the bosses.
  9. Murmurs are that the timing of this coincided with the lack of consultation for the deferrals. While money isn't the priority from everything I am hearing, players feel an urgency to have a seat at the table in these uncertain times.
  10. Rubbish disparaging remarks from the former president. As I said in my tweet: Have to say, terribly disappointed in the patronizing responses to players organizing a union by @Paulbeirne, a key architect + former president of the #CanPL. Not too different from "shut up and dribble" and fails to recognize there will be no league without its players. Players have also been communicating that money isn't their priority right now. Their priority is to have a seat at the table in these uncertain times. Players aren't stupid, they know the league's survival is paramount to having a career in the field. They want the relationship to be a mutually beneficial one - Paul (and David)'s comments do not help that cause.
  11. I messaged soccer people in Hong Kong and Taiwan but while Estevez is on the radar for E. Asian football, noone has heard anything concrete about interest. Estevez' likely salary (assuming he's lower-end on the scale here) would be equivalent to a top 3 player in Taiwan. He'd probably get a raise in Hong Kong - which has a special slot for Macanese/Taiwanese players. The Chinese leagues also have a special slot for Macau/Taiwan players, though I don't think he'd be signed on by the CSL, probably the second division instead. He definitely turned heads with his world cup qualifying plays against Jordan and Australia (both decent sides).
  12. Shows up as a starter with St. Hubert in the PLSQ in my records. PLSQ very much still feels like an unmined league, and the ones that have come through (Abzi and Bona come to mind) have all done well.
  13. Considering his path to pro, I think Doner deserves a lot of respect in terms of his determination to make a career for himself. He's taken his chances and has been solid in his position. Before the season, I really doubted whether he'd even start a game. But you're probably right, I'd give PoTY to Ingham or Telfer. His actual offensive production might have been overshadowed but his wonder goal. He's also had some lapse in concentration and poor positioning at times defensively. That said, it's really his first pro season, so I do think even at 25, there is space to grow. And with his attitude, I have a lot of confidence at his ability to improve.
  14. Did he though? Cox only sat out most of the season because a knee injury. He looked great when he did play. I am actually kinda sad if stories are true that Cox has been cut. If he can sort out his injuries, I definitely think he's a starter in our league.
  15. I think I am going crazy sometimes. I like Luca and I can't see anyone starting over him, but I do get a feeling that he is overrated. He's made mistakes at times. At the same time, if Thompson hasn't had all these injuries, and been more visible as a result, I wonder if he'd be heralded a little more.
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