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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to ted in Canadian Premier League   
    So long as MLS exists it is not, "top of our pyramid".
    No one in the media or the corporate world of sponsors and only the most delusional of fans, would ever consider this explanation anything better than a bald-faced lie.
    Please for the love of all that is holy, stop pretending this league will be anything more than a D2 (and that even will be a leap of faith the first year.)
    There is nothing wrong with a respectable, professional, second-tier league.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Pqhbv in Documentary about Toronto Croatia   
    Looks like they lost the following from last year's top division (the last two are listed in the second division but that may be for PR reasons more than anything else):
    Toronto Croatia, Burlington, Niagara, London City, Waterloo SC
    So maybe another two seasons until it finally implodes.
     
     
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in Canadian Premier League   
    With the three MLS markets probably gone as viable possibilities, making it work on the sort of budgets mentioned in blogs looks like a stretch to me compared to a more modest New Zealand type short season semi-pro approach. What if that makes the D1 nationwide league an unrealistic wild goose chase that is actually stunting the scope for growth. It's worth bearing in mind that when the CSA slapped their moratorium on sanctioning more teams in the USSF setup, the PDL teams in Victoria and London both were making noises about stepping up to USL Pro and Tony Waiters had been hired to facilitate Canadian expansion in that context. Maybe more progress would have been made if the CSA had not interfered in the process and had stuck to organizing the national teams and amateur soccer.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Marc in London City relocates to Hamilton   
    Or on the bright side it could force them to actually do something a little more concrete than leak info through obscure soccer blogs and city council meetings? An L1O entry would be a good start, for example.
    Think it was always on the cards that this would happen eventually after the London City franchise got sold to somebody from Hamilton. City grew out of the London German Canadians that are still active in London amateur soccer after they initially were London's team in the NSL, but in recent years haven't been playing at the German Club or "Cove Road Field" as it was referred to in a City context.
    The Gauss family (who I think were really from Vojvodina in Serbia originally rather than Stuttgart, although I vaguely remember being told that City's red and white colours were inspired by VfB Stuttgart) sold the NSL franchise to Marconi in the 1980s, so there wasn't an ongoing continuity from the early 1970s despite what was often claimed.
    When City was started back up again at the NSL level in 1990 in opposition to the launch of the London Lasers of the CSL it never really generated a following in London's soccer community but stumbled along from year to year regardless often with a team that would have struggled in London's top local amateur league. The arrival of FC London eventually killed off the local media interest that they used to be able to generate, so I doubt they will be missed by many people.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Levi Oakey in London City relocates to Hamilton   
    Or on the bright side it could force them to actually do something a little more concrete than leak info through obscure soccer blogs and city council meetings? An L1O entry would be a good start, for example.
    Think it was always on the cards that this would happen eventually after the London City franchise got sold to somebody from Hamilton. City grew out of the London German Canadians that are still active in London amateur soccer after they initially were London's team in the NSL, but in recent years haven't been playing at the German Club or "Cove Road Field" as it was referred to in a City context.
    The Gauss family (who I think were really from Vojvodina in Serbia originally rather than Stuttgart, although I vaguely remember being told that City's red and white colours were inspired by VfB Stuttgart) sold the NSL franchise to Marconi in the 1980s, so there wasn't an ongoing continuity from the early 1970s despite what was often claimed.
    When City was started back up again at the NSL level in 1990 in opposition to the launch of the London Lasers of the CSL it never really generated a following in London's soccer community but stumbled along from year to year regardless often with a team that would have struggled in London's top local amateur league. The arrival of FC London eventually killed off the local media interest that they used to be able to generate, so I doubt they will be missed by many people.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Free kick in Garber hints at change to 'Canadians as internationals' rule.   
    Go back ten or fifteen years and you will find that people on here were absolutely adamant that MLS would never accept a Canadian team, then it was repeated as an accepted fact that a second one would never be allowed, then it was no way will number three ever get in....If someone is willing to write the cheque and there is a viable stadium deal in a metropolitan area of well over 1 million people like Ottawa, Edmonton or Calgary then it could happen as it in fact almost did previously in Ottawa's case. The Lynx drew flies at D2 level, but that wasn't an issue on getting an MLS team into Toronto, so arguments around crowd sizes in Ottawa and Edmonton ignore past history on how MLS handles matters. MLS is going to expand out to about 32 teams over time, so it could still easily handle an extra Canadian team. Alberta is the obvious niche remaining to be filled in a Candian context. As for the CPL, what are the reputed CFL investors still waiting for at this point, if a 2026 World Cup bid wasn't/isn't involved? I seriously doubt it is even on the radar as a concern at MLS HQ.
     
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to enbsports in Canadian Premier League   
    I wrote this.
    The issue with the CanPrem drafting from CIS is there would be limited players for a number reason.
    First CIS is five years of eligibility oppose to four in NCAA so players graduate later but also the graduation rate each year is from 15%-25% of players oppose to NCAA where its 20%-30%
    Other issue is about 15% of players in CIS are not Canadian they are foreign students at those schools and of that 15% they are usually among the top players 
    So a draft could be held from CIS, CCAA and NCAA but the amount of quality players would be limited.
    Which brings up the bigger question of how much Canadian talent there is in mens soccer.
    From my work and research in player development Canada creates about 2 a year with 5 players on high side of MLS/European quality (by quality I mean players who last longer then one contract in the league)
    We develop about 10 to 20 players a year who could be NASL/USL quality (Not all players who play for TFC2, Whitecaps 2 or FC Montreal are NASL/USL quality.)
    I can probably develop a list of 50 players per calendar year where a player would be regarded higher then a rec player and deserves an opportunity at least to play in a competitive environment although I would say about 95% of players who are given an opportunity but don't last beyond a season the reason is justified compared to players he is up against.
    This is one of the reason I suggested that the CanPrem be more semi-pro because it would mean that the Canadian players would get solid minutes and it would also allow players currently in school to join the club and not lose his NCAA eligibility.
    I do see these numbers improving over time but not drastically I have enough information where I can fairly accurately predict future Canadian MLS/USL players for the next four/five years. The outliers being Ontario because they are being very quit especially TFC regarding player development. Other places such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Maritimes lack information to fully understand what level they are at although based on history I know the amount of quality players coming from these areas are limited although a CanPrem club located in these areas should improve the quality of player and awareness of them.     
     
     
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from BearcatSA in Canadian Premier League   
    How often do you watch CIS soccer games?
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from nolbertos in Canadian Premier League   
    How often do you watch CIS soccer games?
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Oranje in Canadian Premier League   
    How often do you watch CIS soccer games?
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from hamiltonfan in FC Barcelona expands Canadian academies, including Mississauga   
    It's not just you.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from shamrock in BREAKING NEWS: C-League news and what cities will be involved   
    I think you fundamentally misunderstand why there are so few Canadian players on MLS rosters. There are not enough Canadian players with sufficiently high playing standards and an interest in playing in North America rather than Europe for there to be any chance of filling the standard domestic roster content requirement on three Canadian MLS teams. If there were the CSA could insist upon much more guaranteed Canadian roster content, just as they have insisted on stringent Canadian content requirements at the USL level. As things stand at the moment the MLS rosters need to be filled mainly with American players for the three Canadian franchises to be able to field competitive sides that will have some hope of attracting 20,000+ paid attendances.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ddoouugg in BREAKING NEWS: C-League news and what cities will be involved   
    If the answer were that straightford, the Hamilton Steelers would still be playing the North York Rockets and Toronto Blizzard regularly in the original CSL. I think the main problem is this whole idea that MLS is deliberately excluding Canadian players and that the CSA needs to find an alternative. The unpalatable truth is that MLS rosters are light on Canadian content, primarily because Canada's youth player development now lags well behind what happens in the United States in contrast with what was the case back in the original NASL era when Canadians tended to dominate the North American roster content due to the strength of leagues like the NSL. The Academy programs and USL reserve teams should help to rectify that problem over time and we need to be patient for results on that given the investment required is being made by the three MLS franchises. If the CSA worked more constructively with MLS, an obvious approach to explore would be to have the three MLS reserve teams playing against teams from other large Canadian cities in a a Canadian branded division of USL Pro.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in BREAKING NEWS: C-League news and what cities will be involved   
    If the answer were that straightford, the Hamilton Steelers would still be playing the North York Rockets and Toronto Blizzard regularly in the original CSL. I think the main problem is this whole idea that MLS is deliberately excluding Canadian players and that the CSA needs to find an alternative. The unpalatable truth is that MLS rosters are light on Canadian content, primarily because Canada's youth player development now lags well behind what happens in the United States in contrast with what was the case back in the original NASL era when Canadians tended to dominate the North American roster content due to the strength of leagues like the NSL. The Academy programs and USL reserve teams should help to rectify that problem over time and we need to be patient for results on that given the investment required is being made by the three MLS franchises. If the CSA worked more constructively with MLS, an obvious approach to explore would be to have the three MLS reserve teams playing against teams from other large Canadian cities in a a Canadian branded division of USL Pro.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from the Humberlands in Canadian Premier League   
    From about 5:30 to 8:30 is the relevant bit. Very short on specifics, but clearly these rumours couldn't be allowed to drag on indefinitely without some comment from the CSA. If it all revolves around a 2026 World Cup bid there should be clarity on how likely that is within the next two years.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from gwsmith63 in 2015-16 NASL Offseason   
    Paul Dalgleish has been involved in coaching in North America since 2008 and is actually from Liverpool rather than Glasgow in terms of where he grew up, but no reason to let facts get in the way of a good rant. Not sure it's the right appointment for them but I seriously doubt they would have hired him simply because of his surname.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from ted in Canadian Premier League   
    Think the main problem in all of this is that they backed the wrong horse on the USL vs NASL thing, because Traffic were going to be involved with a CSA 2026 WC bid. Reading between the lines the NASL minus Traffic are not keen, which is why it all morphed into a "C League". If you could get the three USL reserve teams in the major markets rebranded FC Montreal style in a Canadian branded counterpart to the USL, and could get Hamilton in along with Ottawa and Edmonton, you are two away from Montagliani's ideal number of eight. Calgary would be the obvious seventh entry, and there are still a few possibilities for reaching eight at that point. As it stands talking about a lack of investors in Toronto and Vancouver looks to me like a way of letting people down gently, whose hopes have been built up. If the MLS franchises are not on board it was always going to be very difficult to find investors in those cities.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from rob.notenboom in Canadian Premier League   
    Suspect there is no secret to guard, because it's very difficult to keep something secret like that in a small city. The carrot that might have led to preliminary discussions would obviously have been using a World Cup bid as a way to leverage public infrastructure money, but Blatter's demise has probably ended the chance of a successful Canadian bid for 2026. In Australia, there have been a couple of attempts to launch pro soccer teams under the colours of two of the most famous Aussie Rules clubs, Carlton and Collingwood. Both ended in failure with little sign of interest being generated from fans of the other sport. In Scotland, Rangers tried to run a pro basketball team a couple of decades ago that also soon folded. Are there any examples of cross-marketing between sports actually working in recent times?
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from Keegan in Doneil Henry leaving TFC for Europe?   
    Do you know who Randy Samuel is? I would assume you must have heard of Jason Devos to name but one other obvious candidate. There was soccer in Canada long before TFC arrived on the scene. Good luck to Doneil Henry in Cyprus, I hope it works out for him, but if he was as hot a prospect as you are hyping him up to be he would be going to one of the stronger leagues. 
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from DJones in Doneil Henry leaving TFC for Europe?   
    Do you know who Randy Samuel is? I would assume you must have heard of Jason Devos to name but one other obvious candidate. There was soccer in Canada long before TFC arrived on the scene. Good luck to Doneil Henry in Cyprus, I hope it works out for him, but if he was as hot a prospect as you are hyping him up to be he would be going to one of the stronger leagues. 
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to Keegan in Doneil Henry leaving TFC for Europe?   
    I find it hilarious when people rip on Doneil Henry.  The guy is probably the best young center back Canada has ever produced.  It shows you how little people in Canada/USA understand the game when we have amateur writers like Molinaro and Larson tearing up the kid for dumb reasons, as if a World Class center back never makes/made a mistake.. especially at 21.  And Hagglund gets off for every mistake because he's American and somehow in the same class as Henry in terms of class and potential.  Funny how people still hype up 1st round picks in this league despite the very low success rate associated with them.
     
    Henry is an absolute STUD.  S - T - U - D.  Has a coach ever NOT rated him?  Nelsen, Winter, Floro, Miller, Allardyce, Hart/Fonseca... seems he's received high praise from all of them and many of those coaches who are saying he's going to the top have been at the top.   
     
    Yes he's made some poor plays but he's also been victim to some awful officiating on a few occasions.  And when he makes an amazing play no one notices.  TFC v Montreal V cup final legs 1 and  2 2014.. first tape I grab off the shelf for anyone who wants to see Henry if I'm his agent.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard reacted to ted in Whitecaps FC (II) USL Pro 2015   
    And I would argue that the MLS affiliate clubs make more independent USL Pro clubs and more NASL clubs in Canada more likely. If these teams are successful then more Canadian players will be playing professionally and they all cannot make the MLS teams. If more players can find pro spots then more kids will stay in the program looking for a pro spot. If pro soccer is played in more Canadian cities then more media will cover the games and more spectators will be able to follow the leagues. If more spectators follow the leagues then more local clubs will be formed at the USL Pro level and perhaps even the NASL level.
    It is all one giant feedback loop where more soccer breeds more soccer. Successful clubs breed more successful clubs. The model that has worked over and over again in other countries might finally be allowed to build a new kind of football culture in this country and then maybe, just maybe we will qualify for the World Cup again in my lifetime.

    Or we could just sit around and spend next twenty years arguing about the perfect all-Canadian league that never actually gets off the ground.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from shamrock in League 1 Ontario...What's Going On!   
    Not sure why people get so hung up over this amateur vs semi-pro thing. It would be more accurate to use a term like NCAA-compliant, because as is the case in PDL a significant portion of the players will be receiving enough money one way or another to make it worth their while to be in Windsor playing for the Stars for the summer. The main thing is whether this provides a viable pathway for players to launch a pro career in the manner American NCAA players have been able to use PDL as their launchpad to MLS.
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    BringBackTheBlizzard got a reaction from CDNFootballer in League 1 Ontario...What's Going On!   
    Looks like we will be hearing more from L1O soon. The OSA are advertising a job posting for a league coordinator:
     
    http://offthepitch.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7489&start=15
     
    with April 4th as the closing date.
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