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  1. I think they might play behind closed doors if they are able to take advantage of the all-Canadian aspect of it - the NHL, for instance, you're risking bringing things across borders and obviously the US is a shitshow. But here, if we have a decent handle on things, why not get started behind closed doors, you're only moving ~20 people around, there'd only need to be ~50 at the game. And if they + health officials believe it's okay to do that, they can really take advantage of being the only live sport on TV (you can bet they'd have interest from TSN, Sportsnet, CBC, etc to get a piece of that) which would absolutely help the teams and league in the long run. *But* all of that is obviously dependent on Canada having a better handle on things than other countries.
  2. I keep seeing people say this and I completely understand why, but I also firmly reject it. The delayed start to the 2020 CanPL season, if it happens at all, is a big blow for a league that is just two years old. Sure, Ottawa might be better off relative to the rest of the CPL teams, but what happens if, say, Valour loses too much money with the lack of games that they shutter completely. Or York, or HFX, or whoever. I get that you're not saying that the delay is overall a positive and I know mine is a pessimistic view, but this could be deadly for such a young league. And anything that is bad for the league is bad for Ottawa.
  3. People have been getting calls today, though it seems more designed to reassure people that the team still exists, hasn't forgotten them, and will be ready when we're allowed to gather again (at least based on what I've mostly learned from twitter and discord - I did get a call, but missed it so just heard the message Greg left)
  4. They arrived back in Canada this afternoon, so the border closure probably won't affect them much, other than perhaps putting them into some form of isolation
  5. I mentioned Zabal a couple days ago here, the other two elsewhere, and I'm fairly confident about them. Recent instagram follows suggest players getting to know one another within the team / with trialists, and all three have a bunch of links now. Recently added mutual follows: Brandon John: Fisk, Gomes, Coupland, Neufville (also follows the team and CPL) Tevin Shaw: Fisk, Khabra, Bernardinho (also follows the team) Bernardinho: Fisk, Gomes, Coupland, Dada-Luke, Khabra, Hamilton, Shaw (also follows the team) Francisco Acuña: Fisk, Gomes, Coupland, Khabra, Djaozandry, Viti, Zabal(also follows the team and CPL) Victor/Viti Martinez: Fisk, Gomes, Coupland, Zabal, Acuña Natxo Zabal: Acuña, Viti (also follows the team and is followed by Gomes, though Zabal has not followed him back yet) Vashon Neufville: Coupland, Hamilton, John The team has reportedly signed 14 players, there are 7 official and 7 above, so I'm of the opinion that's the 14. Maksym Kowal has also been mentioned but his instagram posts over the past week have all been from Toronto which suggests he was not with the team in Madrid.
  6. As I've mentioned elsewhere, Masta Kacher, who was rumoured to be an Ottawa signing, is now following Valour on Instagram and is a mutual follow with Raphaël Garcia. As far as I know he isn't following/followed by any Ottawa players (rumoured or confirmed), so it seems likely to me that he's at the very least on trial with Valour.
  7. On the social media front, Kacher is now following Valour and is a mutual follow with Raphaël Garcia on Instagram. He is not, as far as I'm aware, following/being followed by any confirmed Ottawa player.
  8. I noticed him as well but wondered if there may just be links through their social circles or whatnot. Was hoping for some other connection, haven't seen it yet (for instance connecting with Fisk who seems to mutual-follow everyone, including Aleman and Hume, among others) but he is worth watching
  9. They're over in Spain for training camp, as seen on their instagrams. Speaking of which, regarding some previously mentioned names: -Brandon John (following Fisk and the CPL, followed by Fisk) -Tevin Shaw (following Fisk, Khabra, and the team, followed by Fisk and Khabra) -Bernardinho (following Dada-Luke, Khabra, Hamilton, Coupland, and Fisk, followed by all five) -Francisco Acuña (following Fisk, the team, and the CPL, followed by Fisk) one possibility, though it's quite the stretch, stemming from Instagram follows, is Natxo Zabal Almazan, a 33-year-old keeper with CD Calahorra in Spain's third tier - he's a recent mutual follow of Acuña and also follows the team, but he is not following or followed by any official AO players as far as I can tell. Like I said, it's quite the stretch, but who even knows at this point.
  10. It was worded along the lines of "new challenges / first stop Spain" - which, if he is indeed signing with Ottawa, would suggest that he is going to training camp in Spain before coming here and is not confusing Canada and Spain (something that I imagine very few adult Mexicans ever do)
  11. This is good, but I would suggest that your personal experiences may not speak to the whole. Canada is obviously not the worst place for this kind of thing, but you can see example after example after example of instances of racism in European football. In Canada it tends to mostly take place in hockey and is more directed towards Indigenous peoples, but there is still a **** ton of racism here. Tell that to the women who have to choose between wearing a hijab or having a job in Quebec. Tell that to those fear mongering about refugees from the Middle East. Tell that to east Asian people being viewed as carriers of the coronavirus. Tell that to Senator Lynn Beyak who published racist letters about Indigenous people on her website. Tell that to people who still regularly hear slurs directed towards them (such as the first four letters of the nation of Pakistan, which was an especially commonly used insult when I was growing up). Tell that to my Arab partner who gets pulled aside for "random" screening every ******* time. You might personally be lucky and have somehow avoided racism being directed towards you, but that does not seem to match up to the lived experience of many other minority groups.
  12. So it's worth remembering that ATK is no longer part owned by Atletico and it has been said elsewhere that they now work with Jamshedpur. I don't know if this is true, but Jamshedpur had 6 Spaniards (and 1 Brazilian) including one on loan from Atletico B, as mentioned below, while they also have a 28 year old left back, Tiri, who joined Atletico B in 2012, went to ATK in 2015, back to B on loan for a few months in 2016, then spent half a year with Marbella FC before joining Jamshedpur. It's also worth noting that none of the Spanish ATK players joined from Atletico. In fact, I think only one, Mongil (also mentioned below) played for Atletico, though he left them in 2014. Speaking of Castel...
  13. Since these haven't been shared here yet:
  14. The one I've seen suggested elsewhere is Sergio Castel, currently on loan with Jamshedpur FC
  15. Yes but the time frame probably makes it difficult to do - they already said the first home games wouldn't be until May, despite the season starting mid-April, which is likely to give them more time to market the team, get staff reaching out to people who made season ticket deposits, etc. I imagine those same factors impact their ability to have a good pre-season game
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