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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Lofty in CPL General   
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from apbsmith in Veteran Canadian soccer official Morgan Quarry let go after 19 years   
    This story just popped up on my Reddit stream:
    https://nationalpost.com/pmn/sports-pmn/veteran-canadian-soccer-official-morgan-quarry-let-go-after-19-years
    Morgan Quarry, who worked with 10 different head coaches of the Canadian men’s soccer team, is no longer with the Canadian Soccer Association after 19 years on the job. An association spokesman said Quarry’s men’s national team general manager job no longer exists “as part of the ongoing internal reorganization within the national teams department.”
    His name used to be mentioned on this board quite a lot when people uncovered Canadian players nobody knew about playing overseas.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from KW519 in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/José_Escalante
    https://www.transfermarkt.com/jose-escalante/profil/spieler/240406
    Looks like he can play as a striker sometimes as well as a left sided midfielder.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Kent in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    Latest from Junior Kingue:
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from toontownman in CPL new teams speculation   
    #SKSummerSoccerSeries appears to be the hashtag to follow for those interested in more details
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in CPL new teams speculation   
    Details of the Saskatoon announcement appear to be available here:
    https://www.cjwwradio.com/2019/03/28/a-trial-balloon-to-see-if-saskatoon-has-a-taste-for-professional-soccer/
    The SK Selects will play in a SK Summer Soccer Series and this is described as a stepping stone to having a professional team. Games will be at the Gordie Howe Bowl by the sounds of things. More details on further games still to be arranged along with out of province games also involved for the SK Selects team. CanPL mentioned specifically from 3:30 onwards.
    Good news for CanPL that franchise number 8 seems to be very much in sight now all going well in fan interest terms with this series.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to Initial B in Ottawa CPL Club   
    I meant to mention that I was at the Ottawa Fury SSH event on Monday and there was a Q&A period where the past year was brought up and JdG was pretty supportive of the CPL. Talking offline, I had a chance to voice my concerns to some of the staff. What they said was that it all came down to money. They paid an expansion fee to join the NASL, lost that when they joined the USL and paid another expansion fee. They estimate the current valuation of the club at around $7.1 million. From what I understood, it looks like the USL believes there are a number of locations in the US that want a club, but the USL Championship is eventually going to stop expanding and have new clubs join at the USL1 level. The Fury believe that if they did make the Jump to CPL and it failed, they would be not be allowed back to the USL because their spot would be snapped up and with no league to play, they would be forced to fold. This is something that supporters should consider - if CPL fails, there is no option for the remaining viable clubs to join an american league, so I'm praying that it is successful.
    They also mentioned that OSEG had spent $22 million on upgrades on the club up to this point and didn't want to lose the work they put into it. I can confirm, because when I went on a tour of the South Stand construction back in 2013, both the Fury and the RedBlacks had their own separate locker rooms and training areas being built. When I consider the failed trajectories of Canadian professional soccer leagues over the past 3 decades, I understand their reticence.
    They said that if forced, they would obviously have to join the CPL, but they hope to see it successful and join at the point that makes the most business sense to them and pay the franchise fee. Quite a few of the attendee conversations I overheard wanted to see the Fury in CPL sooner than later, because they felt more invested cheering against Canadian cities than American ones.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from toontownman in CPL new teams speculation   
    Details of the Saskatoon announcement appear to be available here:
    https://www.cjwwradio.com/2019/03/28/a-trial-balloon-to-see-if-saskatoon-has-a-taste-for-professional-soccer/
    The SK Selects will play in a SK Summer Soccer Series and this is described as a stepping stone to having a professional team. Games will be at the Gordie Howe Bowl by the sounds of things. More details on further games still to be arranged along with out of province games also involved for the SK Selects team. CanPL mentioned specifically from 3:30 onwards.
    Good news for CanPL that franchise number 8 seems to be very much in sight now all going well in fan interest terms with this series.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in Saskatoon CanPL   
    Time to bump this thread:
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Lofty in Saskatoon CanPL   
    Time to bump this thread:
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Winnipeg Fury in CPL new teams speculation   
    #SKSummerSoccerSeries appears to be the hashtag to follow for those interested in more details
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in CPL new teams speculation   
    Details of the Saskatoon announcement appear to be available here:
    https://www.cjwwradio.com/2019/03/28/a-trial-balloon-to-see-if-saskatoon-has-a-taste-for-professional-soccer/
    The SK Selects will play in a SK Summer Soccer Series and this is described as a stepping stone to having a professional team. Games will be at the Gordie Howe Bowl by the sounds of things. More details on further games still to be arranged along with out of province games also involved for the SK Selects team. CanPL mentioned specifically from 3:30 onwards.
    Good news for CanPL that franchise number 8 seems to be very much in sight now all going well in fan interest terms with this series.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Winnipeg Fury in CPL new teams speculation   
    Details of the Saskatoon announcement appear to be available here:
    https://www.cjwwradio.com/2019/03/28/a-trial-balloon-to-see-if-saskatoon-has-a-taste-for-professional-soccer/
    The SK Selects will play in a SK Summer Soccer Series and this is described as a stepping stone to having a professional team. Games will be at the Gordie Howe Bowl by the sounds of things. More details on further games still to be arranged along with out of province games also involved for the SK Selects team. CanPL mentioned specifically from 3:30 onwards.
    Good news for CanPL that franchise number 8 seems to be very much in sight now all going well in fan interest terms with this series.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from KW519 in Cavalry FC launch/2019 off season thread   
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from deschamp86 in York 9 2019 launch/offseason thread   
    There are other people reading this board besides you who might find those links useful. The key info to note is that Adjei played for Brennan before in L1O with Aurora.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from nfitz in CPL TV Contract   
    Interesting take from John Herdman about CanPL on the Sportsnet website:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/herdman-gives-hope-cpl-players-aspiring-canadas-national-team/
    ...And while Herdman admits it will be difficult for young CPL players to make the direct jump into the national team, he makes the point that it’s not about where you start, but rather where you end up. The journey along the way can prove to be invaluable, too.
    “What the CPL will provide is that springboard for young players to move to higher leagues, but it also might produce an absolute diamond in the rough. … For these young players in the CPL, from ages 17 to 23, we’re really interested in them, especially if they’re playing every week, and doing well and have an interesting profile,” Herdman said.
    “The CPL is a huge positive, and I’m hoping to see after the first season if a couple of players can make the move overseas or to a higher level. You’d hope to see that, and I think that’s what this league can do, as well as push into our Olympic squad, our youth under-20 squad, and maybe push into our senior senor national team.”
    He doesn't seem to see it as a rival or replacement to MLS as some posters do on here but as a springboard to it and the other "higher leagues" where CMNT players tend to play.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Lofty in 2019 Attendance   
    ...so it's not safe to assume the whited out seats have all already been sold as season tickets. There will also be inventory kept back for group sales.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Blackjack15 in CPL new teams speculation   
    ...meanwhile Saskatoon is the city with a known named would be owner who is announcing something this week and is having a Q&A session with the local fangroup.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to Gian-Luca in CPL TV Contract   
    It was dubbed the "CUSL", which stood for the Canadian United Soccer League. At one point it looked like the league was going to get off the ground while staying in conjunction with the then-called "A-League", so that it would effectively be it's own league/division but still played the American teams, but I believe that the Toronto Lynx owners ultimately were never sold on the concept and helped to squash it, which is one reason (of many) when few Lynx supporters who were supporting the club for the sake of its role in developing Canadian players were heartbroken when it was revealed a couple of years later that MLSE wanted to get a team in MLS, which effectively killed the Lynx as the top soccer ticket in town.
    The CPSL, I believe, was the extremely short-lived Canadian developmental league in 1983 which lasted half a season (it was also a league that I never even heard about at the time, even though I was playing youth soccer at a high level and regularly attending Toronto Blizzard games).
    My thoughts on this topic as a whole: I think it is a fair enough opinion that MLS in Canada hasn't developed as many players as we'd have hoped, and we were all pissed off that Canadian players used to be treated as internationals on US teams (for the most part this is no longer the case, and I think this is where we can actually thank the existence of the CPL because it allowed Vic to put leverage on the MLS to quit the BS south of the border - I don't think the timing of this change was a coincidence at all).
    But I don't agree with the narrative that MLS in Canada has been bad for soccer in this country, that it hasn't been beneficial but instead detrimental, hasn't developed any players (or as many players) to a higher level than they otherwise would have done if all three teams had stayed in the A-league (now USL) or that if it wasn't for the Canadian teams getting into MLS, we would instead have a fully-fledged Canadian league of our own of MLS quality. I'm inclined to think that we'd be worse off than where we currently are without MLS, far far worse off - not just in terms of player development but also stadiums situation, the overall level of popularity of the game, media coverage and yes, investors in the CPL.
    We all want the CPL to happen and to be a success and we all think it is needed, but it's not an either/or between the CPL or MLS where if you support one, you have to hate the other. In my view the venom being aimed at the Canadian MLS clubs (or in turn its fans) here should be reserved for V-Cup matches, rather than between Canadian soccer supporters who presumably all want the same end goal for Canadian soccer.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in CPL TV Contract   
    Interesting take from John Herdman about CanPL on the Sportsnet website:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/herdman-gives-hope-cpl-players-aspiring-canadas-national-team/
    ...And while Herdman admits it will be difficult for young CPL players to make the direct jump into the national team, he makes the point that it’s not about where you start, but rather where you end up. The journey along the way can prove to be invaluable, too.
    “What the CPL will provide is that springboard for young players to move to higher leagues, but it also might produce an absolute diamond in the rough. … For these young players in the CPL, from ages 17 to 23, we’re really interested in them, especially if they’re playing every week, and doing well and have an interesting profile,” Herdman said.
    “The CPL is a huge positive, and I’m hoping to see after the first season if a couple of players can make the move overseas or to a higher level. You’d hope to see that, and I think that’s what this league can do, as well as push into our Olympic squad, our youth under-20 squad, and maybe push into our senior senor national team.”
    He doesn't seem to see it as a rival or replacement to MLS as some posters do on here but as a springboard to it and the other "higher leagues" where CMNT players tend to play.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Watchmen in CPL TV Contract   
    Interesting take from John Herdman about CanPL on the Sportsnet website:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/herdman-gives-hope-cpl-players-aspiring-canadas-national-team/
    ...And while Herdman admits it will be difficult for young CPL players to make the direct jump into the national team, he makes the point that it’s not about where you start, but rather where you end up. The journey along the way can prove to be invaluable, too.
    “What the CPL will provide is that springboard for young players to move to higher leagues, but it also might produce an absolute diamond in the rough. … For these young players in the CPL, from ages 17 to 23, we’re really interested in them, especially if they’re playing every week, and doing well and have an interesting profile,” Herdman said.
    “The CPL is a huge positive, and I’m hoping to see after the first season if a couple of players can make the move overseas or to a higher level. You’d hope to see that, and I think that’s what this league can do, as well as push into our Olympic squad, our youth under-20 squad, and maybe push into our senior senor national team.”
    He doesn't seem to see it as a rival or replacement to MLS as some posters do on here but as a springboard to it and the other "higher leagues" where CMNT players tend to play.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from shamrock in CPL new teams speculation   
    ...meanwhile Saskatoon is the city with a known named would be owner who is announcing something this week and is having a Q&A session with the local fangroup.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to Watchmen in CPL TV Contract   
    This is complete BS. 
    1) The CSA tried to form in a league again in..the early 2000s?  With that CPSL (I forget the exact abbreviations).  Never got it off the ground at all.  There was so little progress from Canadian soccer that it took the fans actually going out to form a Cup competition for the teams playing in the USL/A-League.  There was zero progress on a domestic league in any form when MLS came along and had Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal join.
    2) The Canadian soccer team was sliding down the FIFA rankings LONG before MLS came to Canada.  
    3) The CPL has played zero games so far.  The Canadian men's team is the best it's been in decades.  13 of the squad against French Guiana have either played or currently play for MLS teams.
    If you want to say that Canadian soccer is going to be better for having the CPL, I'll 100% agree.  Again, it's going to give more players opportunities and more fans (either hard core or casual) exposure to the sport.  These are good things.  But to dismiss the good things that MLS has done for Canadian soccer (even if more could have been done) is gaslighting the issue.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in CPL Stadium Thread   
    Something more for L1O, PLSQ and elite amateur sort of level.
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