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  1. Pugh is more a minor partner compared to the rest of the ownership. It's probably Roger Greenberg and John Ruddy that are making most of the decisions and everything is filters through the RedBlack's lens. They have financial priority, follow probably equally by the 67's and the Fury.
  2. Fury Supporter here. Both supporter groups are probably going to be on the north side of the field, though at opposite ends. Bytowne Boys et al are near the entrance to Gate 4, while you guys will probably be in the section by Gate 1. Try not to set the stands on fire in that section like the Inebriatti did during the TFC match last year.
  3. Looking at the Oakville site, it looks almost ideal. Jason de Vos has ties to the club and the current President is Steven Caldwell. They could create a P3 with Sheridan College to expand the Stadium site to hold more events for the student body (over 20K) and the town itself (~200K). The location is 3.5km from the regional GO Rail Station and Oakville Place Mall and is served by several Oakville Transit bus routes. If they can get an additional investor with deep pockets, I think they could could be a successful franchise. My one concern is the deepening concentration of franchises in the Golden Horseshoe. I could see half the League's teams being within a 2 hour drive of each other. London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, York, Oshawa - that would give them an operational/financial advantage over the other franchises that have to travel to the GTA repeatedly by plane instead of by bus. Otoh, with 7.7 million potential fans that is over 20% of the Canadian population. If they get 8 viable clubs in such a small area, those core clubs would provide a stable base even if other clubs elsewhere in the country join, struggle/thrive and/or fold.
  4. I see one team in Saskatoon before one in Regina. They'll have a fanbase that doesn't have to travel for summer sports entertainment. I could see CanPL trying to stabilize the National and Regional leagues concurrently, with the eventual goal of instituting of Pro-Rel in a couple of decades. I think regional leagues should have at least 8 clubs in them, preferably more. L1O has 16 men's teams while PLSQ has 9 men's teams. If they can get 8 clubs each in a BC and Prairie League, we just might have something. Would it be too much to expect to have BC, Alberta, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Maritimes Regional Leagues? Or would 4 Leagues be more viable, rolling the Maritimes and Prairies into the Quebec and Alberta Leagues respectively? So a 12-16 team national League and four 8-16 team regional leagues - that would require 34-80 clubs nationwide. I don't see many of the regional clubs being viable nationally, but it only takes two or three to be chomping at the bit to play against the big boys to start implementing pro-rel.
  5. I can agree with the spirit of your plan, but I foresee the following path: The CanPL will be aggressive about expanding to 10 clubs before focusing on building the regional leagues as incubators for future potential CanPL clubs There will be three Regional leagues instead of two, which would mirror the structure of Canadian Junior Hockey, with no inter-regional games. the Regional leagues will be based around L1O, PLSQ, and a new Western Regional League incorporating eligible clubs from the PCSL and PDL. As the regional clubs mature, the CanPL will invite those clubs that meet the Div 1 standards to join the national league, similar to what seems to be going on between MLS and USL in America. Once the CanPL reaches 16 teams and there is sufficient pressure from the Regional leagues, they may start implementing Pro-Rel. But more likely I expect they'll have an annual draft of Regional players to join CanPL clubs to replace CanPL players that were sold on to other leagues. CanPL clubs will have to pay transfer fees to the Regional clubs they draft the players from. The Regional leagues will morph into U-20 leagues, much like Canadian Junior Hockey is now, with graduating players moving up the ladder instead of clubs. Likewise, players from the development leagues like the OPDL and SAAC will be drafted into the Regional leagues, with payments being made to those smaller clubs as well. So in about 20 years I could see CanPL being the top Canadian league, with L1O, PLSQ, and Western Canada Soccer League supporting it from below developing the U20-U17 players. And below that are the provincial elite player development leagues developing the U16-U13 players. And at the lowest level there would be the local elite programs for the U12-U8 players with festivals showcasing their talent.
  6. I like the wood framing used in this stadium - it gives an organic feel to the place. Definitely have to visit when I next get out that way. Here's to hoping the attendance metrics are met!
  7. I would agree with this if the schedule was balanced. However, with an unbalanced schedule no two teams would have played the same number of games against the same teams, which would lead to questions about strength of schedule. The playoffs will put them to rest. Once the league gets to 12 teams or more, I expect CanPL will have a two-round, single-match, NASL-style playoff including the two season champions and the two teams with the next best records.
  8. That is... a very odd acronym for a league based in the States. I wonder if Commisso and Silva are trying to rebrand NASL and doing this as a big FU to the Faths. CPL better get their copyright lawyers warmed up.
  9. I was just reading in another thread how WestJet is providing transportation options for the CPL. If we narrow down prospective cities to match those that WestJet flies to, then teams can be drawn from a prospective pool of: East: St John's, Gander, Corner Brook, Sydney, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Quebec City, Montreal. Central: Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Brandon. West: Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Abbotsford, Prince George, Fort St John, Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Whitehorse(!), Yellowknife(!) Notice there is no Saint John, NB. Still, that is 36 towns that WestJet flies to - enough for a Div1 and possibly Div2 setup.
  10. The last couple of seasons, the away support has been located on the North side field level beside Gate 1 or Gate 4. If you want to know what the section looks like, just google the Inebriatti ruckus footage. The Fury supporters have been sitting in the Gate 4 area this season, so I'm hoping there aren't any security issues with the two supporter groups needing to pass each other to get to their seats.
  11. So is the AMSL classified as a Regional Div 3, like L1O and PLSQ, or are there some factors preventing the league from categorizing itself as such?
  12. Someone up thread said that pro-rel works in europe because there was a problem to solve: too many teams. Canada has it's own problem to solve with Pro-Rel: too much space. Personally, I think by 2026 they will have at least 12 teams, possibly as many as 16 teams. At the same time CanPL is growing, they will also be hard at work nurturing regional clubs towards being ready for a jump up to next-tier play. The 2026WC will be used by CanPL and CanSoc to promote national and regional pro soccer to the general public and watch how support rises or falls. Come 2028, the media deal runs out and everything will be up for renegotiation. Depending on the value of the new media deal and the results from the cultivation of regional lower-tier clubs, that's the point where CanPL will take stock and figure out if Pro-Rel is viable. How they work it out would solve issues with clubs attempting to bridge the gap between National Div 1 and Regional Div 3, giving them a path forward.
  13. I've been doing some thinking about how to implement a regional 2nd division in CPL and the problem I come across is that I don't think there are enough teams out west to do it. They can't even get a regional 3 division off the ground in BC or Alberta, they have to join USL2. Ontario and Quebec seem to have the majority of the I'm wondering if the plan is to build the footprint of soccer clubs out west (say 7 teams) in a 16-club CPL. The remaining teams will be in Ontario and parts east. I could see a second division solely comprised of eastern teams. If they institute pro-rel, only the eastern teams would be considered for relegation because if a western team was relegated, that would be a death sentence due to the loss of media revenue and ballooning travel costs. This asymmetrical format would have to continue until they get enough western teams to make it's own regional Div2, which might take 2 decades.
  14. If I were them, I would make the Quebec City announcement on St Jean Baptiste day, and announce Montreal on Canada Day. Start the politics off right.
  15. Come on guys, I haven't heard him say anything bad about the league publicly and I haven't heard anything privately bad since last fall. He probably visited his old TFC teammate Jim Brennan to cheer his team on.
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