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  1. No, just a random runner dude - a tall guy named Chris. We hung out a bit at Fury matches and at a Gold Cup match in Philly years ago. I should have stopped to say hi but didn't want to interrupt your conversation. Anyway, nice to briefly see you. Back to the thread at hand...
  2. Totally off topic, but was that you rocking the Norway jersey on Queen Elizabeth Drive this morning? Not sure what to think about that big diagonal stripe... (Not a stalker, honestly!)
  3. Well, so much for my "Planning for Your Retirement" webinar scheduled for 6-7:30 pm on Monday. Guess I'll have to keep working for a couple of extra years so I can watch this match.
  4. Back in 1985 there were no FIFA match days where clubs had to release their players for international matches. Waiters had to negotiate with individual club managers in order to get his players released for World Cup qualifying. Several Canadian internationals were playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League at the time (Dale Mitchell and Tino Liettieri among others), and it was difficult to convince their clubs to release them. My favourite Waiters quote was his comment on the difficulty of negotiating with MISL managers, explaining what approach he should have taken. I'm paraphrasing, but
  5. Their club logo is awesome! I wonder what the story is behind the logo? Do they come from a pork-producing region? Maybe their players eat a lot of bacon?!
  6. If I'm reading the information on the Wikipedia page correctly, it looks like Canada will need to beat the US in the semi-final to qualify for the U-20 Women's World Cup. Four spots are available for CONCACAF members, and Costa Rica and Panama get two of them as co-hosts. Only the semi-final winners qualify and the US and Canada are on the same side of the bracket.
  7. And a nice appearance by Olympique_de_Marseille at the very end of the Honduran online broadcast! Nice 'stash! Thanks for being there, supporting our ladies.
  8. 148 pages, 3676 posts, and we have confirmation!
  9. Here's a long and interesting article on OSEG's finances and their involvement in Ottawa's sports scene: https://ottawacitizen.com/business/local-business/ottawas-abysmal-year-in-sports-why-its-so-difficult-to-build-sustainable-teams-here For those who don't want to read the whole thing, here are some highlights from the article relating to Ottawa Fury FC (with a couple of comments from me). OSEG is trying to increase the number of visitors to Lansdowne from 4 million to 5 million by 2022. Fewer than 20 per cent of those visitors need to be sports fans. OSEG gener
  10. Al, you likely already know this, but for others following this thread, a pro basketball team with no affiliation to OSEG will be playing in an OSEG-run facility next year: https://ottawasun.com/sports/basketball/blackjacks-get-ottawa-back-in-the-pro-basketball-game From the article: The CEBL’s 20-game, spring-summer schedule for 2020 will be announced Nov. 26 in Toronto, but sneak peeks include the BlackJacks starting on the road before playing a home opener May 14 against the Hamilton Honey Badgers. That will be the first contest under a multi-year rental agreement for TD Plac
  11. Ditto for Ottawa, despite a few technical difficulties at the start of the match. There were more people at the Senate Tavern interested in watching the US-Canada match than watching the Sens' game – a first, for sure.
  12. I travelled to Costa Rica in 2013. I loved the country and "la pura vida" then, and I love them even more now after their win over Curacao. When I was there, in December 2013, the draw for the 2014 World Cup had just taken place. Ticos/Ticas (residents of Costa Rica) were grumbling about being drawn in a group with three previous World Cup champions (England, Italy, Uruguay), the first time three former champions had been in the same group. Yet, Costa Rica won the group, won their next game and went on to the quarter finals. ! I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Costa Rica, even m
  13. As you say, that plan is from 10 years ago. Who knows if that party is still interested. I really shouldn't say this, but as someone who has worked in a professional capacity (non-soccer related) with both OSEG and Claridge, I would by FAR, FAR, FAR prefer a potential Ottawa CPL franchise to be in the hands of OSEG. And as JamboAl says, it's pretty much Lansdowne – and some kind of relationship with OSEG – or nothing when it comes to a future professional soccer franchise in Ottawa
  14. Who remembers the 1990 World Cup home and away matches against Guatemala? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5dtAwViE9o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df_h37QyilY Mexico had been banned from participating for qualifying for Italia '90 for fielding overage players in a U-20 (or U-23?) tourney and the US wasn't yet a CONCACAF power. Canada's path to the World Cup looked really easy until... This is so painful to relive...
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