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  1. The CBC is hosting the Canada vs Germany match at Dundas Square on Sunday at 11:45am. Join us at Yonge-Dundas Square to watch Canada VS. Germany in the FIFA Women's World Cup - on the Big Screen. Live from Germany. Nigeria vs. France 8:45am Pre Game Show 11am Canada vs. Germany 11:45am Post Game Show 2pm Join us for drills, skills and more for a chance to win great prizes! Join the conversation on twitter. Add #fwwc to your FIFA Women's World Cup tweets. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218031911562515 25 people are attending, hopefully there will be more Canadian supporters. See you there
  2. It's funny that both sides of this derby can't even agree on what to name it. I feel the 401 derby is a terrible name, especially considering there's no 401 highway here. What should it be called? My vote is on The Canadian Classic or Le Classique Canadien, since it translates well to both languages. Though, I have seen some Whitecaps fans get pretty butt-hurt about the name. (I'm not sure if there's a thread debating this yet or not, I couldn't find one.)
  3. We now know the six Canadian stadiums and cities that are biding to host games in the 2026 World Cup. They are: Toronto’s BMO Field Montreal’s Olympic Stadium Vancouver’s BC Place Edmonton’s Olympic Stadium Regina’s Mosaic Stadium Ottawa’s TD Place There’s a not a lot of surprise on the list. Calgary declined to pursue the bid further, which may be bad news for their Canadian Premier League bid (as getting a stadium built is key to it and failing to bid now suggests that they are not yet sure if it’s going to happen). With Canada set to get six games in total there is a certain logic to suggest that each city is likely to get a single game. Although the caveat to that is that Olympic Stadium will need serious work to be World Cup ready. Another issue is that only one stadium – It’s almost certain that all of the five stadiums will need to put in temporary grass. Of course none of this will matter if Morocco wins the bid.
  4. We now know the six Canadian stadiums and cities that are biding to host games in the 2026 World Cup. They are: Toronto’s BMO Field Montreal’s Olympic Stadium Vancouver’s BC Place Edmonton’s Olympic Stadium Regina’s Mosaic Stadium Ottawa’s TD Place There’s a not a lot of surprise on the list. Calgary declined to pursue the bid further, which may be bad news for their Canadian Premier League bid (as getting a stadium built is key to it and failing to bid now suggests that they are not yet sure if it’s going to happen). With Canada set to get six games in total there is a certain logic to suggest that each city is likely to get a single game. Although the caveat to that is that Olympic Stadium will need serious work to be World Cup ready. Another issue is that only one stadium – It’s almost certain that all of the five stadiums will need to put in temporary grass. Of course none of this will matter if Morocco wins the bid. View full record
  5. It’s a bad day to be a soccer fan in Winnipeg or Hamilton. Ironically, the first two cities to commit to being part of the Canadian Premier League were the two notable cities not included on the list of cities Canada has approached to apply to be a host city in the 2026 World Cup. Obviously, this will be a moot point if Morocco somehow takes the bid away from the hugely favourite United North America bid, but few think that will happen. So, it’s basically the end of any dream that either city will ever host a World Cup. It’s a double blow for Hamilton in that they were also left off the Women’s World Cup rotation in 2015. It’s a shame because the city was a wonderful host to the Pan Am tournament and a women’s pre-tournament friendly between England and Canada. It’s a bit baffling, actually. Tim Horton’s Field is only 24,000, sure, but it can be expanded to 40,000 (and possibly even more for a major event like a World Cup). Since it seems unlikely that the CSA is springing this on these cities blindly, it could be that the City of Hamilton turned down the chance to bid. In fact, that's the noise that many are suggesting -- that Hamilton turned down the chance to bid. That seems short-sighted, but I’m not a Hamilton rate payer. Much of what was written about Hamilton can be extended to Winnipeg. Two new stadiums in cities that don’t traditionally get looked at to host major events….surprising, to say the least. And, once again, it appears that Winnipeg came to the conclusion on their own. There weren’t a lot of shocks among the cities included. Both Toronto and Montreal were invited to apply with two stadiums – BMO Field/Stade Saputo and The Stadium Formally Known as SkyDome/Olympic Stadium – and the rest of the cities – Ottawa, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver are basically the default cities that pop up in these conversations. The two biggest questions among the included cities might be Montreal and Calgary. The Big O is an old 43 years now. It’s hard to imagine it not being held together by duct tape and empty bottles of Old Vienna by 2026. Saputo is the smallest of the stadiums included. It would take a major renovation to get up to the required size (although with the Habs having never hosted an outdoor NHL game that might be of interest to the city). Calgary has no legitimate option other than to build something new. McMahon Stadium is already 57 years old and it’s never been called anything other than functional, even by its fans. It seems likely that Calgary has been included to add further support to an ongoing effort to completely overhaul the city’s sports infrastructure. Calgary wants to build a new hockey rink, multipurpose stadium and host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Hosting a couple extra World Cup games a few months after the big party would be the icing on that very expensive cake. Mexico only put three cities forward, so you’d imagine they plan an even split of games. That’s not in Canada’s nature – the games here will be split equally between the east and the west.
  6. It’s a bad day to be a soccer fan in Winnipeg or Hamilton. Ironically, the first two cities to commit to being part of the Canadian Premier League were the two notable cities not included on the list of cities Canada has approached to apply to be a host city in the 2026 World Cup. Obviously, this will be a moot point if Morocco somehow takes the bid away from the hugely favourite United North America bid, but few think that will happen. So, it’s basically the end of any dream that either city will ever host a World Cup. It’s a double blow for Hamilton in that they were also left off the Women’s World Cup rotation in 2015. It’s a shame because the city was a wonderful host to the Pan Am tournament and a women’s pre-tournament friendly between England and Canada. It’s a bit baffling, actually. Tim Horton’s Field is only 24,000, sure, but it can be expanded to 40,000 (and possibly even more for a major event like a World Cup). Since it seems unlikely that the CSA is springing this on these cities blindly, it could be that the City of Hamilton turned down the chance to bid. In fact, that's the noise that many are suggesting -- that Hamilton turned down the chance to bid. That seems short-sighted, but I’m not a Hamilton rate payer. Much of what was written about Hamilton can be extended to Winnipeg. Two new stadiums in cities that don’t traditionally get looked at to host major events….surprising, to say the least. And, once again, it appears that Winnipeg came to the conclusion on their own. There weren’t a lot of shocks among the cities included. Both Toronto and Montreal were invited to apply with two stadiums – BMO Field/Stade Saputo and The Stadium Formally Known as SkyDome/Olympic Stadium – and the rest of the cities – Ottawa, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver are basically the default cities that pop up in these conversations. The two biggest questions among the included cities might be Montreal and Calgary. The Big O is an old 43 years now. It’s hard to imagine it not being held together by duct tape and empty bottles of Old Vienna by 2026. Saputo is the smallest of the stadiums included. It would take a major renovation to get up to the required size (although with the Habs having never hosted an outdoor NHL game that might be of interest to the city). Calgary has no legitimate option other than to build something new. McMahon Stadium is already 57 years old and it’s never been called anything other than functional, even by its fans. It seems likely that Calgary has been included to add further support to an ongoing effort to completely overhaul the city’s sports infrastructure. Calgary wants to build a new hockey rink, multipurpose stadium and host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Hosting a couple extra World Cup games a few months after the big party would be the icing on that very expensive cake. Mexico only put three cities forward, so you’d imagine they plan an even split of games. That’s not in Canada’s nature – the games here will be split equally between the east and the west. View full record
  7. Sebastian Giovinco scored a hat trick in the 4-1 win over Orlando City at BMO Field in Toronto. Giovinco's MVP worthy season, as he set a new record for goals in a season for TFC and has now tallied 16 goals on the season.
  8. Until next time, have a great soccer! @TwoSolitudesPod @24thminute @KevLaramee http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/two-solitudes-soccer-podcast/id833616975?mt=2 http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-two-solitudes-mls-podcast http://feeds.feedburner.com/twosolitudespod OTW Studios http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/otw-studios/id1018126433 http://feeds.feedburner.com/otwstudios http://canadiansoccernews.com http://kevinlaramee.com
  9. The link on Facebook is not working. Please use this link here. http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004B6D0C0FDE8E?brand=fifaenca&lang=en-ca?did=gp143l
  10. Reading some posts on an online article at mlssoccer.com on the subject of expansion. One comment in particular caught my mind, one reader stated that MLS expansion to Canada was a mistake and that the league should have expanded instead to other American markets. Division One soccer, such as MLS is, has been around since 1967, with a brief absence from 1985 to 1995. The arrival of the United Soccer Association (USA) and the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) in 1967 harkened the arrival of “top flight” soccer in America, however teams in these leagues were not limited to the United States, with two teams (Toronto and Vancouver) in the USA and a second Toronto team in the NPSL, three of the twenty-two Division One teams that year were based in Canada. Even when the two leagues merged to form the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1968, two Canadian-based teams remained. In fact, over the 17-year history of the original NASL, only two seasons did not feature Canadian-based teams (1969 and 1970). From 1971 to its final season in 1984, at least two Canadian-based teams were in the league every season (three in 1979, 1980 and 1982; and five in 1981). Despite the limited success of the Canadian members of MLS, their predecessors in the NASL actually faired quite well. On field, both Toronto (in 1976) and Vancouver (in 1979) won the Soccer Bowl Championships; and attendance-wise from 1979 onward Vancouver was consistently in the top three of attendance every year. Since entering MLS, all three Canadian teams have drawn consistently above the league average in attendance, something that cannot be said for many of the US-based teams. With stadia around 20,000 seats, they all have been drawing pretty close to capacity on most nights. The Montreal Impact even recorded the largest crowd outside Seattle last season when 60,000 watched the home town team play David Beckham and the Galaxy. I am sure there are many around the United States who believe that their leagues should stay in their cities, after all, outside of the Toronto teams in the NBA and MLB, the rest of teams in the big three are US-based. As for the NHL, US claims to that league can be easily challenged, while being founded in 1919; the first US-based team in the Canadian league was the New York Rangers in 1927. Shortly thereafter, however US-based teams became the majority. The point of the matter is this; Canadian teams in “US” Division One leagues have a proud and honourable history. Far from diluting the product or depriving more deserving markets of a franchise, these teams have proven themselves worthy and important parts of the league. One need only to look at the positive impact of the Cascadia Rivalry (featuring Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) has had on the league, or the regional rivalries that are growing between Toronto and Montreal with the Northeastern teams to appreciate the value this Canadian Trio brings to the league. Prior to the series of expansions from 2007 to 2011, which included the three Canadian teams, it is very realistic to say that MLS was stagnating, if not declining. Since the injection of the new franchises over this period MLS has found new life. Far from criticizing the league’s decision to welcome Canadian markets, which have held their own in the league, questions should be raised about certain long-standing franchises that continually underperform. Perhaps the ones keeping deserving markets out of the league are these clubs and not the ones on this side of the border.
  11. Teams: First Team, Reserve, U17, U15, U13, U11 Clubs: York Region Shooters and YR Shooters Academy Contact: Anita Kovacevic Email: info@yorkregionshooters.com Phone: 416-805-9698 Website: www.yorkregionshooters.com Division: U21 Boys, U17, U15, U13, U11, Reserve and First Team Details: We are looking for top level elite players who want to train to become professional soccer players. Please respond by indicating your full name, age and position, and when you will join us for tryout. Open tryouts for Shooters teams are at the following times and location: Location: St. Joan of Arc Field, 1 St. Joan of Arc Avenue, Maple ON U15: MONDAY- 8:00-9:30 PM, TUESDAY- 7:00-8:30 PM, THURSDAY 7:00-8:30 PM U11, U13, U17 AND RESERVE TEAM: Every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT U11 and U13: 7 pm to 8:30 pm U17: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Reserve Team : 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm First Team trains at 9 pm to 10:30 pm, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS We are a competitive, semi-pro and pro league, with opportunities for you to play both in the Canadian Academy of Futbol League (semi-pro), www.cafsoccer.com, or eventually in the Canadian Soccer League (pro), www.canadiansoccerleague.com, at the Reserve or First Team team level. We are going to play, in the CAF league, against these teams, among others: Brampton City Utd, North York Astros, Brantford Galaxy Mississauga Eagles FC East York Shooters St. Catherines Roma Wolves S.C Toronto Academy Serbian White Eagles SC Waterloo TFC Academy In the CSL league, we play all the teams listed on this link: http://canadiansoccerleague.com/teams/reserves.asp As you can see, our level of competition is very high, as we are both a semi-pro and pro league. If it is elite level development that you are looking for, then you are at the right place. We are offering a Tour to Barcelona in late September. More details will follow. We are also assembling an Elite Travel team which will participate in international tournaments. The first tour will be to Germany in late August with a FIFA scout coming along with us to aid in player transfers to teams. Finally, we work together with Soccer Services Spain. Here is their catalogue of Services: http://www.slideshare.net/anitakov/soccer-services-presentation-2012 www.soccerservices.net See our affiliated site to see all the options we offer: www.player2prosports.com Here is a video of our head coach and director Sam Medeiros while he was in Barcelona speaking with a FC Barcelona trainer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv-MIhAj8dM Please indicate when you will be joining us for try out, so we can prepare to greet you. Thanks, Anita Kovacevic Program Director YR Shooters Academy
  12. This was definitely a challenge which took me quite some time but a hell of a lot of fun. I'm going to review this at the end of the season to see how close I was. If you have your own predictions feel free to share. On my blog instead of listing the entire summary on the one post I broke them up into individual posts with links which I think is easier to navigate. You can click on each one of the teams to get my individual team prediction as well. You can see the Toronto FC fan in me by the awarding of 5th spot, wink wink nudge nudge. http://tfcblogger.blogspot.com/2011/03/mls-2011-season-prediction.html 1. New York Red Bulls 2. Real Salt Lake 3. Los Angeles Galaxy 4. Seattle Sounders FC 5. Toronto FC 6. FC Dallas 7. DC United 8. Sporting KC 9. San Jose Earthquakes 10. Houston Dynamo 11. New England Revolution 12. Philadelphia Union 13. Vancouver Whitecaps 14. Columbus Crew 15. Colorado Rapids 16. Chicago Fire 17. Chivas USA 18. Portland Timbers
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