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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    Norwegian added as goalkeeper coach:
    https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/article/pacific-fc-welcomes-marius-rovde-as-head-goalkeeper-coach
    ...Norwegian-born Røvde, 47 played goalkeeper at the highest level in Norway, Scotland and England. He retired from play in 2007 and now holds a UEFA ‘A’ Goalkeeper Pro License. Røvde worked for Trinidad and Tobago FF for three years in the men and women’s program as director of goalkeepers and deputy technical director.
    He later spent eight years as head goalkeeper coach in the MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Minnesota United FC. In that period, he also served as the Canadian U20 and U17 goalkeeper coach...
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from DrummingInMySleep in CPL new teams speculation   
    Anywhere between 14-18 has been mentioned recently by David Clanachan and Paul Beirne for how far they can go in numbers terms with a single tier.
    If you have something like Victoria, Fraser Valley, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, K/W, Hamilton, St Catherines, Mississauga, York, Durham, Ottawa, Laval, Quebec, Halifax, there's not much left at that point in terms of 200k + markets that couldn't be catered to by simply going to 20.
    Think the pro/rel stuff is marketing spin as much as anything else, because that's a project that would probably take a generation to reach fruition, even if things go very well in all seven markets in season one rather than the mixed bag of success stories and strugglers that is more likely to happen.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Zem in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    1200 was the allotment
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from yellowsweatygorilla in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    1200 was the allotment
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ktf in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    Norwegian added as goalkeeper coach:
    https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/article/pacific-fc-welcomes-marius-rovde-as-head-goalkeeper-coach
    ...Norwegian-born Røvde, 47 played goalkeeper at the highest level in Norway, Scotland and England. He retired from play in 2007 and now holds a UEFA ‘A’ Goalkeeper Pro License. Røvde worked for Trinidad and Tobago FF for three years in the men and women’s program as director of goalkeepers and deputy technical director.
    He later spent eight years as head goalkeeper coach in the MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Minnesota United FC. In that period, he also served as the Canadian U20 and U17 goalkeeper coach...
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from MM3/MM2/MM in CPL General   
    People who hate soccer are going to keep hating soccer no matter what we do, but there aren't as many of them as there used to be because they are slowly dying off and being replaced by a younger generation who played the game as children. The commish should care about attracting the large numbers of people who already know and love the sport and ignore the Don Cherry types and leave them to stew in their own bile.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in CPL new teams speculation   
    Anywhere between 14-18 has been mentioned recently by David Clanachan and Paul Beirne for how far they can go in numbers terms with a single tier.
    If you have something like Victoria, Fraser Valley, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, K/W, Hamilton, St Catherines, Mississauga, York, Durham, Ottawa, Laval, Quebec, Halifax, there's not much left at that point in terms of 200k + markets that couldn't be catered to by simply going to 20.
    Think the pro/rel stuff is marketing spin as much as anything else, because that's a project that would probably take a generation to reach fruition, even if things go very well in all seven markets in season one rather than the mixed bag of success stories and strugglers that is more likely to happen.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Obinna in CPL new teams speculation   
    Bring back the Laval Dynamites!
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    Not catastrophic by any stretch of the imagination, but still has to be worrying for the league and owner. No rush on the behind-the-goal grandstand if those are the numbers at this stage given they still have a capacity of around 4000 without it.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    Not catastrophic by any stretch of the imagination, but still has to be worrying for the league and owner. No rush on the behind-the-goal grandstand if those are the numbers at this stage given they still have a capacity of around 4000 without it.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from RickC in FC Edmonton launch/2019 offseason thread   
    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/soccer/lars-hirschfeld-back-in-edmonton-after-blazing-trail-to-soccers-pro-ranks
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to -Hammer- in Ottawa CPL Club   
    So couple comments on the more recent posts.

    As far as which side, there was still snow on the other side, and while I feel soccer should start up in May and end in October in Canada, you play the hand you are dealt. At least they have a stadium that can accommodate both sides, and has turf immune to the weather.

    Second, lets be honest here guys. Between Investors group field and Tim Hortons Field, it's wishful thinking that there aren't going to be games where the stands don't look good. Heck, there are "sellouts" of Ti-Cat games and TFC games where the stands don't good with attendances apparently in the 20,000+ range.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    http://northerntribune.ca/pacific-fc-appears-to-have-signed-shun-takano/
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in Players you expect to see in the CPL   
    If you look at the rosters, they are very heavy on players in the 18-25 age range beyond the relatively small number of "foundational signings" and import players. There comes a point after that age range when you need to start bringing home the bacon rather than chasing the dream once a wife and kids enters the equation. Beyond that I don't think it's sensible to equate CanPL with FCE and the Fury during the latter stages of the NASL after the Cosmos entered or with the teams at the upper end of the range in the USL Championship this summer, given the latter either were or are not inhibited from trying to simply buy on-field success by a league-imposed salary cap.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Red and White in CPL General   
    People who hate soccer are going to keep hating soccer no matter what we do, but there aren't as many of them as there used to be because they are slowly dying off and being replaced by a younger generation who played the game as children. The commish should care about attracting the large numbers of people who already know and love the sport and ignore the Don Cherry types and leave them to stew in their own bile.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in Pacific FC Launch / 2019 off season thread   
    http://northerntribune.ca/pacific-fc-appears-to-have-signed-shun-takano/
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from m-g-williams in CPL General   
    People who hate soccer are going to keep hating soccer no matter what we do, but there aren't as many of them as there used to be because they are slowly dying off and being replaced by a younger generation who played the game as children. The commish should care about attracting the large numbers of people who already know and love the sport and ignore the Don Cherry types and leave them to stew in their own bile.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ironcub14 in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Not a safe assumption when they want to move to another league rather than simply fold up shop. There is known to be an exit fee they have to pay. In retrospect, what is surprising is that the CSA sanctioned the move to USL back in 2017 when they could have told them to wait for CanPL to emerge.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ironcub14 in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Judging by what you see on Ticketmaster on single ticket seat availability, things are going well in Halifax, Hamilton and Edmonton, but Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria and York 9 are still question marks that become increasingly large in that order, so for anybody looking at it rationally rather than with unconditional blind faith, it's still too early to draw firm conclusions on whether CanPL is likely to hang in there on the medium to long term. Season ticket renewal rates will be pivotal even in the cities that have done well in that context for year one.
    As things stand at the moment there are both positive and negative early signs available depending on what you choose to focus on. When the most likely eighth franchise appears to be Saskatoon, it's also difficult and also arguably unfair to make comparisons with the USL Championship. The market sizes involved if they expand out to 16 or so by 2026 are going be more like the non-MLS B team cities in USL 1, because of the much smaller total national population involved in Canada relative to the United States.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Shway in CPL General   
    People who hate soccer are going to keep hating soccer no matter what we do, but there aren't as many of them as there used to be because they are slowly dying off and being replaced by a younger generation who played the game as children. The commish should care about attracting the large numbers of people who already know and love the sport and ignore the Don Cherry types and leave them to stew in their own bile.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from mpg_29 in CPL General   
    People who hate soccer are going to keep hating soccer no matter what we do, but there aren't as many of them as there used to be because they are slowly dying off and being replaced by a younger generation who played the game as children. The commish should care about attracting the large numbers of people who already know and love the sport and ignore the Don Cherry types and leave them to stew in their own bile.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from MtlMario in Montreal Area CPL Team   
    http://northerntribune.ca/alex-bunbury-cpl-bid/
    ...While he didn’t go into more specifics, the timeline that Bunbury presents for his expansion bid makes it clear that he has, at minimum, a temporary stadium solution in mind (Stade Hébert, anyone?). He wants to see his Montreal vision lead to a CPL expansion side ready to play in 2020, and also indicated that some big Laval-related announcements would be coming this April...
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from hamiltonfan in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Clubs like the Royals and St Anthony's have done well in Ontario Cup terms over the years. Maybe at some point Canadian soccer will stop reinventing the wheel and start treating what's already there with the respect it deserves?
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in FC Edmonton launch/2019 offseason thread   
    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/soccer/lars-hirschfeld-back-in-edmonton-after-blazing-trail-to-soccers-pro-ranks
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in Ottawa CPL Club   
    Judging by what you see on Ticketmaster on single ticket seat availability, things are going well in Halifax, Hamilton and Edmonton, but Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria and York 9 are still question marks that become increasingly large in that order, so for anybody looking at it rationally rather than with unconditional blind faith, it's still too early to draw firm conclusions on whether CanPL is likely to hang in there on the medium to long term. Season ticket renewal rates will be pivotal even in the cities that have done well in that context for year one.
    As things stand at the moment there are both positive and negative early signs available depending on what you choose to focus on. When the most likely eighth franchise appears to be Saskatoon, it's also difficult and also arguably unfair to make comparisons with the USL Championship. The market sizes involved if they expand out to 16 or so by 2026 are going be more like the non-MLS B team cities in USL 1, because of the much smaller total national population involved in Canada relative to the United States.
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