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  1. The stated goal of the Canadian Premier League is to develop Canadian talent while also helping soccer culture grow in each of the markets teams are located in. To speak to the former, this is the first monthly ranking list of the Top 25 Canadian players in the CanPL. Ultimately, the list is subjective. Please join the debate! The next list will be published on Sept 29th. Top 25 for Aug 29 25th - Nico Pasquotti (1995-Winger-Calgary) The man with the throw leads off our top 25. A key player on a stacked Calvary side. 24th - Anth
  2. The stated goal of the Canadian Premier League is to develop Canadian talent while also helping soccer culture grow in each of the markets teams are located in. To speak to the former, this is the first monthly ranking list of the Top 25 Canadian players in the CanPL. Ultimately, the list is subjective. Please join the debate! The next list will be published on Sept 29th. Top 25 for Aug 29 25th - Nico Pasquotti (1995-Winger-Calgary) The man with the throw leads off our top 25. A key player on a stacked Calvary side. 24th - Anth
  3. I agree that the choice to send a weakened squad to the u20s was hard to justify, but the u23 qualifying is on a non-FIFA date. Almost impossible to get the "names" released. For that reason CanPL will be massive for the Olympic program -- tournament takes place just after CanPL ends.
  4. On today's SoccerToday Kevin and Duane talked at length about the positive impact of CanPL so far. They also talked about one major failing -- the lack of French content on the official webpage and app. This needs to be addressed. From Sports Podcasting Network: Listen to Kevin and Duane discuss this on Two Solitudes here . This clip, normally behind the paywall, is free. View full record
  5. On today's SoccerToday Kevin and Duane talked at length about the positive impact of CanPL so far. They also talked about one major failing -- the lack of French content on the official webpage and app. This needs to be addressed. From Sports Podcasting Network: Listen to Kevin and Duane discuss this on Two Solitudes here . This clip, normally behind the paywall, is free.
  6. Never to early to speculate. If we could get to Toyko I think we'd have a very good team with Davies, James, et al + over agers. Surely, Herdman would back away from his once-a-senior-team-player-never-a-youth player roster choices at the actual Olympics. But, he won't for Qualifying (and it's a non-FIFA date tournament). Here is my off the top of my head line-up prediction. I've included a couple players that would have to be negotiated to be on squad, but it's mostly a CanPL roster (as I expect it will be). GK - Busti FB - Chung FB - Godinho CB - Baldis
  7. This is Canadian Soccer News and it's quite clearly the opinion of me and not the organization that just happens to have its members' forum hosted here.
  8. Please use the correct Thread so the comments appear on the Article It's up as an article, but worth bumping to a higher traffic area. He can't keep his job, can he?
  9. A month ago this lead would have been more generous. It would have pointed to a stellar playing and coaching career and spoke about how much he had contributed to the game. Eventually it would have reached the same conclusion, but it would have been with regret. A suggestion that a humane option be presented to him would have been made. That’s off the table now. Now, 40 years of good will are out the window. There will be no punches pulled. Bobby Lenarduzzi must be fired. Not given an opportunity to “spend more time with his family,” or “move into a consulting role,” or any
  10. A month ago this lead would have been more generous. It would have pointed to a stellar playing and coaching career and spoke about how much he had contributed to the game. Eventually it would have reached the same conclusion, but it would have been with regret. A suggestion that a humane option be presented to him would have been made. That’s off the table now. Now, 40 years of good will are out the window. There will be no punches pulled. Bobby Lenarduzzi must be fired. Not given an opportunity to “spend more time with his family,” or “move into a consulting role,” or any
  11. I've actually booked a table at a restaurant called Le Bellagio for 6pm on the 10th -- I wanted to make sure I could eat before the game and I was told that the pizza is southern France is apparently to die for (who knew). https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g677459-d8370690-r514376206-Le_Bellagio-Juvignac_Herault_Occitanie.html
  12. Flight booked! Arriving in Paris on June 8 at 10am local time. This is my rough plan: June 8-9 in Paris (I may travel to Valenciennes on the 9th to catch Australia v Italy -- depends on what my travel partner wants ;). I plan on walking around going HOLY SHIT I'M IN PARIS all day the 8th -- and probably looking at Lisa and the tower) June 10 Montpellier for Canada v Cameroon June 11-14 Barcelona June 15 Grenoble for Canada v New Zealand June 16-17 Turin (Juve museum!) June 18-19 Paris (June 19 Scotland v Argentina) June 20 Reims for Canada v Netherland
  13. We don’t like life getting in the way of our sports. Sports are supposed to shield us from the day-to-day irritations and stresses. They are our escape. So, when “real life” sneaks its way onto the playing fields many get angry. “STICK TO SPORTS,” is the cry when someone tries to start a conversation about more serious topics. That’s a best case response. Worse? “YOU’RE LYING/EXGGERATING/NEED TO SUCK IT UP.” Often the voices calling to be heard are shouted down by those that just want to cheer. We see this in soccer all the time, especially as it relates to racism. And
  14. We don’t like life getting in the way of our sports. Sports are supposed to shield us from the day-to-day irritations and stresses. They are our escape. So, when “real life” sneaks its way onto the playing fields many get angry. “STICK TO SPORTS,” is the cry when someone tries to start a conversation about more serious topics. That’s a best case response. Worse? “YOU’RE LYING/EXGGERATING/NEED TO SUCK IT UP.” Often the voices calling to be heard are shouted down by those that just want to cheer. We see this in soccer all the time, especially as it relates to racism. And
  15. It’s been 9,305 days. 310 months. 223,320 hours. The Toronto Blue Jays were 20 days away from winning their first World Series. Bill Clinton was running for President. And Canada had just lost its professional soccer league. When the Winnipeg Fury finished off their upset of the Vancouver 86ers on Oct 4, 1992, that was that. The dreams of the 1986 generation were dead and the dreams of the next were dead on arrival. Although the game lived on at the D2 level and, eventually, MLS came to fill a tiny part of the void. In exactly one month the long, hopeless, depressing
  16. It’s been 9,305 days. 310 months. 223,320 hours. The Toronto Blue Jays were 20 days away from winning their first World Series. Bill Clinton was running for President. And Canada had just lost its professional soccer league. When the Winnipeg Fury finished off their upset of the Vancouver 86ers on Oct 4, 1992, that was that. The dreams of the 1986 generation were dead and the dreams of the next were dead on arrival. Although the game lived on at the D2 level and, eventually, MLS came to fill a tiny part of the void. In exactly one month the long, hopeless, depressing
  17. It almost seems blasphemes to openly worry about CanPL popularity at this point. Suggesting that the league will struggle to find relevance in a crowded sports market is something grumpy old sportswriters, clueless hockey fans and (some) Ottawa Fury fans do. The rest of us are all in. True believers in this wonderful project. Planning has been ongoing for five years now. Everything has been put in place to make this thing work. But… It’s failed before. Twice. First when the NASL blew up in 1984 (although that was more top do with American teams – OK, the New York Cosmos – oversp
  18. It almost seems blasphemes to openly worry about CanPL popularity at this point. Suggesting that the league will struggle to find relevance in a crowded sports market is something grumpy old sportswriters, clueless hockey fans and (some) Ottawa Fury fans do. The rest of us are all in. True believers in this wonderful project. Planning has been ongoing for five years now. Everything has been put in place to make this thing work. But… It’s failed before. Twice. First when the NASL blew up in 1984 (although that was more top do with American teams – OK, the New York Cosmos – oversp
  19. With less than two months to go to the start of the first ever CanPL season the league is starting to take shape. Sure, we might not have all the information that we would like, but by in large you can kind of close your eyes and see it now. Having gone through a four year journey from rumour to reality it’s more than a bit surreal. But, it’s not as surreal as the thought of Diego Forlan ending his career in Winnipeg, Manitoba. That’s not a knock on Winnipeg. It’s just not normally seen as a place where guys that played in Madrid and Milan end up. Maybe it is now though and
  20. With less than two months to go to the start of the first ever CanPL season the league is starting to take shape. Sure, we might not have all the information that we would like, but by in large you can kind of close your eyes and see it now. Having gone through a four year journey from rumour to reality it’s more than a bit surreal. But, it’s not as surreal as the thought of Diego Forlan ending his career in Winnipeg, Manitoba. That’s not a knock on Winnipeg. It’s just not normally seen as a place where guys that played in Madrid and Milan end up. Maybe it is now though and
  21. The following is a critical evaluation of each CanPL roster so far. Each player signing will be given a brief description and provided with a ranking from 1 to 5. Ultimately the ranking will be subjective, based on my understanding of the pool, conversations I’ve had with technical staff and the previous player of the player. The rankings are meant as a starting point for discussion, not an end. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. I’m open to change Winnipeg Skylar Thomas – D – Big, strong and great in the air – was a regular starter in USL – stand out at top
  22. The following is a critical evaluation of each CanPL roster so far. Each player signing will be given a brief description and provided with a ranking from 1 to 5. Ultimately the ranking will be subjective, based on my understanding of the pool, conversations I’ve had with technical staff and the previous player of the player. The rankings are meant as a starting point for discussion, not an end. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. I’m open to change Winnipeg Skylar Thomas – D – Big, strong and great in the air – was a regular starter in USL – stand out at top
  23. Let's start with the obvious. Sebastian Giovinco will be missed. Mostly by Toronto fans, but also by MLS fans in general. The little Italian thrilled fans for four seasons, scoring 73 league goals, many of them of the jaw dropping variety. He also won. Three Voyageurs Cups and a Supporters Shield were the appetizer to the ultimate prize. The 2017 MLS Cup championship. Dream stuff for long-time TFC fans who lived through a lot of bad football to get to that day. He was a Bloody Big Deal. And, now he's gone. Not with a bang, but rather a pout. Walking out the door in the mi
  24. Let's start with the obvious. Sebastian Giovinco will be missed. Mostly by Toronto fans, but also by MLS fans in general. The little Italian thrilled fans for four seasons, scoring 73 league goals, many of them of the jaw dropping variety. He also won. Three Voyageurs Cups and a Supporters Shield were the appetizer to the ultimate prize. The 2017 MLS Cup championship. Dream stuff for long-time TFC fans who lived through a lot of bad football to get to that day. He was a Bloody Big Deal. And, now he's gone. Not with a bang, but rather a pout. Walking out the door in the mi
  25. One of the first things they team you in Journalism School is that you should never put a date in your lead. The first paragraph of any story needs to grab the attention of the reader and no one gets excited by a date. That might explain why the Canadian Premier League didn’t lead off its press conference yesterday with the date of its first ever game. Instead, they started by explaining how Volkswagen Canada was the league’s first major corporate partner. More on that in a minute, but to most fans they buried the lead. April 27, 2019 at 1pm in Hamilton, Ontario. The 905 Derby (ug
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