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  1. Why is Escalante wearing a Brazil jersey?
  2. Actually looked very good in the other highlights as well, not just his goal. I wasn't sure he would have the physical abilities for the MLS given his size. But his quickness seems to make up for that, perhaps a bit tchera like.
  3. To me there are two keys to ownership from another club. 1. You can't compete in the same structure, for example, the Canadian Championship. If TFC because licenced under the USSF similar to Cardiff/Swansea than it may work. 2. The club must have intentions to be a separate entity. This doesn't mean they can't loan players or have a working relationship, but that can't be the intention of the club. Athletico don't need a Canpl club to delevop their players. They are a world class club, they loan their players out where they are best suited just like any other club. Athletico's intensions are likely #1 branding, #2 growing the business (diversification, long term growth, etc...), and maybe #3 a way to get their feet on the ground in Canada to scout talent. Realistically, soccer talent is the last of their worries, a club like Athletico is not looking at Ottawa to generate first team players. It is a business investment, and the Ottawa club managers (hunt) will be looking more for developing talent to sell on.
  4. Love how all the people who said Didic isn't good are all of a sudden using Waterman in their comparisons. Last year it was all Zator, Zator, Zator. Maybe, us fans don't really know that much.... Maybe Didic was a good player on a terrible team. More importantly (if I dare say it), maybe we have multiple young CBs who are just starting to develop because they have never played pro consistently. Cornelius, Didic, Waterman, Zator, and even Samuel. Throw in some even younger guys like the kid from Pacific and we might be looking up.
  5. This is funny, given that the NASL gave out franchises to anyone with pockets (not even deep pockets). The CPL is yet to announce a team. Not similar approaches...
  6. Sure we have unattached FC there. But it is off season for the north American leagues, and we can really only call north American players for this camp. If Didic (technically unattached), James, and Morgan are still unattached come spring, then we have a problem.
  7. Not a bad squad actually. Happy to see 3 games. Glad to see some of the younger euro based players called, and glad that James will final get a look. Jayden Nelson is a bit of a weird inclusion, but if he is as talented as hoped he might step up when surrounded by more experienced players. I expected maybe a Ben Fisk as an extra winger, but going young might not be a bad idea. I expect the majority of the roster will get some playing time with 3 games. It will be exciting to see how our depth players turn up. I think it is important not to have extremely high expectations for these games given the roster though.
  8. David Davies Cavalini Honorable mention to Godinho, the only player who qualified a national team to the hex... Unfortunately it was El Salvador.
  9. This is only for the full game correct? I have the touch version downloaded at the moment.
  10. Actually, Larin's team got relegated in my Belgium FM game. And Larin was glued to the bench for much of the year. It was odd considering how well they are doing right now.
  11. Let me summarize... Canadian clubs from across the country: actually communicate with each other. Canadian fans across the country: oh no! The CPL is going to die!
  12. Hey guys, if you want more info why not just simulate a couple years in football manager, it would be just as accurate as all of your arguments.
  13. Never heard of one of those types of clauses: "If Bayern feel like Davies is good enough, they will give Vancouver Whitecaps more money just out of the generosity of their hearts." There's gotta be something measurable. I am just wondering if you know, or are just thinking since Davies is playing well he must have gotten them.
  14. More on topic, what are the chances they bump phonsie forward with Coman injured?
  15. Or, they locked him down for a transfer fee. Perhaps MLS, but more likely he plays half a year and get picked up by a European club.
  16. The results I found were that if a new stadium, is being used in conjunction with a new development or revitalization it is more successful. So Langford may be a good example of that. But so much of it actually just comes down to the contract agreement. In Rogers place example, the Katz group promised a minimum of investment in the area around the stadium, which sparked investment from all parties in that area of Edmonton. As for the New the vs. old team argument. Some teams add to an economy, and some take away. Lots based on salaries and structure of ownership, etc... All this said, there are many intangibles as mentioned above. It is highly debated how much these intangibles actually affect anything. Being a general fan of sports I tend to appreciate the intangibles more than the average person.
  17. I actually wrote an economic research paper on the impact of the professional sports on Edmonton's economy. One of the major factors I looked at was the use of public funds for Rogers Place. In most cases, new stadiums don't really affect an economy much, so public funds shouldn't be used. However, in the odd case, new stadiums do add value, in which case it is justified to use public funds. I am of the opinion that each case should be treated individually. The problem is that you can never know the affect on the economy fully untill years after completion.
  18. I hope you are right, but they "rated" Crepeau too...
  19. I was really tempted to quote that post... Just to mess with people.
  20. Bustos has always looked good, but he has his problems. The main one being not knowing when to pass and when to dribble. He is unpredictable to the point of being hard to play with. Can't count how many times he dribbled through 3 guys just to be dispossessed. One of those players who does the hard things well, but the easy things poorly. Bustos has rare skill, but the good ones usually have rounded out their game a bit more by the time they are Busto's age.
  21. Like Hanson moving up to div 1 Canadian league? I think ballou could make the step up.
  22. My prediction, Hanson only really shows up for the big games. He gives Edmonton a good run in the Canadian Championship due to some great goals/assists. But in the league, he is fairly average due to him being poor defensively and Edmonton rotates him and the academy kids on the wing. I have high expectations, but don't expect consistent production. Edmonton still needs another solid winger to supplement Hanson, Prince, David, and Marcus especially given their average age of around 20...
  23. Liam has the skills for the modern game. His passing is actually quite good as well for his age. I could see him in the Premier League in a couple years. Obviously he still has a ways to go, but the majority of good players don't progress like Davies and David.
  24. I've said this before and I'll say it again. It is a group stage of 10 games. Canada has proven that we can beat the big teams. But we have also proven that we can loose to anyone too. For example, if we play Hati level teams 4 times, I would expect 3 wins and a loss. We play combination of USA/Costa Rica 4 times, I expect maybe 1 win, 2 draws, and 1 loss. That gives us a record of 50%. My theory is tested too. Canada's record this year is similar. We are 1-1 against the states. Did decent in the gold Cup, but bombed in the semis. A cup structure is not Canada's forte.
  25. I know Arfield has played out wide many times before, but I just don't see why. Even in the Premier League with Burnley they always played him out wide, when he has always been more effective in the middle. Maybe I am biased or not in the know, but he certainly seems to have skills for the middle and lack some for out wide...
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