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  1. It’s a bit much to ask ECHL teams to fly to Newfoundland. I live in a city with an ECHL team and the budgets do t appear to be that big. Travel is always going to be an issue. I’m guessing sponsorship will come considering it’s tier 1 soccer vs tier 3 hockey. I think the CPL’s structure, single table quad round robin, makes the budgets easier. Makes the expenses more stable.
  2. Enough quality players? 48 U Sports teams equally close to 1,200 players. Even if the CanPL starts with 8 teams with 25 man rosters, that's 200 players. Quality is subjective. I haven't counted all the "better" NCAA players. I feel like the 80% Canadian per roster will be a good number, so 160 Canadian players. Quality will improve over time as more "Wanderers" come home. Top 2 Carleton goal scorers are also 1st year players. Bitar and Karajovanovic could be ones to watch.
  3. Was looking at some players for next season from the U Sports program. A couple of stand outs for the AUS to be considered are Dan Hayfield (StFX) and Charlie Waters (CBU). Both are out of the UK. Dan Walker (UNB) had 8 goals and hails from Fredericton. Unfortunately, the local schools of SMU and DAL struggled this year so the stats might not be a good indicator.
  4. Did I hear that Guatemala was reinstated? Does that mean they are back in the Nations League? Re CPL stadium ... Could Winnipeg host? Give the Valour FC members a crack at some tickets?
  5. "No viable stadium solution"? I thought the "pop-up" style stadium was helping that situation.
  6. https://www.seatlantic.ca/rugby-series This site has the layout of the Wanderers Grounds stadium. Not sure what happens with the lawn bowling green.
  7. I won't be able to make the trip from Cincinnati. I'll be there in spirit!! Can't wait.
  8. I was reading so much this morning, I thought someone was talking about a regional split, maybe it was the early rounds of the VCup. #morecoffeeneeded #prematureposting? Also was thinking about the potential CPL2 being an east/west split. The population is skewed to the east.
  9. So, this is getting off topic, 10 markets in the west (including Thunder Bay) and 23 in the east. Hard to keep geographic balance.
  10. As I type, CPL-Rumours has 21 tweets. Have we seen any come true? I guess time will judge.
  11. Ottawa doesn't even travel to Windsor in L1O. They meet in Toronto. Granted this year is a bit different with the single round robin schedule. Travel is the real issue for this league. I like the one week, 3 game road trip, only if it's coordinated with others. Nothing worse than getting to that last game and you opponent has been sitting all week. My big hope is that the league operates in 'rounds' similar to some other leagues. It balances out the work/rest periods. The NFL is stretching it going Thursday to Monday. I believe that some smart scheduling will maximize the travel dollar without killing the product on the field.
  12. Q: What's more of an attendance killer? 1) mid-week game in Jul/Aug or 2) Apr-13 / Oct-19 in Edmonton
  13. As the CanPL teams get announced, it will be soon time to fill out the rosters. Let's start with coaches (and/or managers and/or technical directors and/or general managers). [players will come later] One thread was suggesting Steven Hart for Halifax. Would Tommy Wheeldon Jr. be an easy pick for Calgary? One thought was will we see local coaches move to these pro teams or would we see other coaches brought in? The return of Aron Winter and Bob de Klerk? I noticed Andrea Lombardo is assistant coaching for Vaughan Azzurri.
  14. I think I always forget how many teams are at that L1O/PLSQ level. This year it's 25 teams. If it was "fully open", this year would see a good number of rounds to get down to the one spot to play Ottawa, with that winner getting into the "MLS round". Let me ask this ... Should last year's standings matter for the L1O/PLSQ teams? The 2018 VCup sees the previous season's league champs face-off. This gave teams time to prepare, add players, sponsorship, etc for the VCup run. Remember, initially, they were to face either Ottawa or Edmonton, so there was some travel costs to be considered. I'm really excited to see what the 2019 VCup will bring. I just hope the CSA is in control of it rather than the CMLS owners. Open it up. Even just a little each year. 2018 MLS = semifinals 2019 MLS = quarterfinals, CPL = round of 16 2020 MLS/CPL = round of 16
  15. I see the 2019 V-Cup looking like what @michaeltfc91 had mentioned. Since it would be the first CanPL season, there would be no way to seed the teams. Round 1 = 8 CPL, 1 L1O, 1 PLSQ [5 winners advance]. QF = 5 round 1 winners, 3 MLS. My concern is if the MLS teams push back on being pushed back in the competition. Instead of 4 games, it would be 6 (I believe the MLS teams resisted 6 a number of years ago). Beyond, I'd see it tightening up. I'm assuming the MLS teams will push back on the competition being "too long".
  16. I was watching a video posted on another thread ... http://www.thevoyageurs.org/forums/topic/32280-csl-any-and-all-infomemories/?do=findComment&comment=639723 I got thinking about the old CSL and its travel issues. I don't believe anything has changed on this front. Flights aren't any cheaper. We are still talking about a single table, coast to coast. I have not been convinced that the provincial associations are supportive of the CPL. The rival CNSL is now labeled as the CSL and is not sanctioned by the CSA. I need a serious history lesson to understand what happened and how the CPL plans to not make the same mistakes. Has the appetite from the general public increased that much for soccer (nation wide) compared to my summer in Toronto in 1999 at the Toronto Lynx games?
  17. I guess I should have edited my post above. Fact - I listened to Oranges at Halftime Opinion (dream) - Would love to see those cities Opinion - Edmonton is too big a city to forget about. Yes, I missed K/W and York, not on purpose.
  18. Thanks for all you do. Your website helped keep me connected to soccer while I grew up on the east coast. Once a moved to the GTA for a couple years I stretched my legs out and saw a couple of CSL games, Lynx games and CAN v Jam at Varsity. Maybe I'll get back and watch more than just TFC.
  19. Just listen to the Oranges at Halftime, https://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/clanachan-we-are-going-to-create-a-professional-soccer-economy-1.972475 , and the rumour mill continues. 8-10 teams out of 15 potential communities. Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Calgary, BCFC. That would be an amazing start. Can't wait for all these announcements ... I'm going to be sick of announcements.
  20. I watched on TV as much as I could. I was living in PEI at the time. When I got to University, I started watching live games at that level and quickly became a fan. Of course by the time I got to Toronto, the league was shut down and I was stuck watching the Toronto Lynx. I loved Vic Rauter's call of the games. Still echos. I miss Bunbury. I miss Pesch.
  21. I got looking at the new teams coming in and last years table (and the Voyageurs' Cup debacle) and then wondered if the 2018 season could see a one tier step up. I know not everyone is a fan of promotion/relegation and we all can't wait for the CanPL; what about something in-between? Six teams ... promoted to a regional league. Top 2 from each league's division. AS Blainville, Dynamo Quebec, Oakville Blue Devils, Sigma FC, Woodbridge Strikers and Vaughan Azzurri. I'd be really curious to see how a few of those games turned out. Get the best playing the best, that's really the idea here. ps- if BC's league was operating, I'd add them to the mix too. Then, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa Fury = CanPL (if every team can get a pro-license)
  22. The new format is junk. The CPL can't get here fast enough. Maybe 2 of the 125 senior teams can push the envelope enough to go pro.
  23. I was watching the WJHC and listening to conversation about the Slovak junior team playing in the pro league and it got me thinking. I always wondered why the NTC's didn't prosper. A quick look at the Canada Soccer website and it looks like they are dead. I always had my fantasy Canadian League with 5 NTC teams involved. Now, if they are dead, is junior development totally on the clubs? I guess there could be two methods to this. 1- Centralized junior (U-18) teams within the CPL 2- Encourage or mandate the pro clubs to have academy teams within their structure I'm a bit torn on the two methods. I looked at the Challenge Trophy this year. Saskatchewan has a serious owner with a potential franchise in with Saskatoon or Regina, yet the senior team gets to the Nationals unopposed? BC has a field of 46 senior teams and can't get a provincial pro-am league like ON or QC started? If the senior teams aren't working toward getting a pro franchise in the CPL then should the CSA add a U-18 team to the mix? Impact B team? Whitecaps B team? FC Edmonton (rip)? I will cheer on the entire CPL when it starts. I'll do what ever I can to support it. I wonder if this will all be new entities or will there be support from within the current Canadian soccer structure?
  24. @Gopherbashi I'd be worried about teams dropping out before expansion. Look at some of the CFU groups of 4 turn into a head to head round in the past.
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