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  1. 10 points
    Rheo

    CPL Stadium Thread

    And Surrey news drops http://theprovince.com/news/local-news/mystery-surrounds-proposal-to-build-surrey-outdoor-stadium/wcm/bfa480d4-01b9-4047-9558-8be8b3513bb1?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  2. 9 points
    jpg75

    Frank Yallop, our new Head Coach

    Holy christ, look at this corpse you dredged up.
  3. 8 points
    BuzzAndSting

    CPL General

    So interesting takeaways; - "A lot more happening" behind the scenes, "a lot of exciting things" but can't be reported on because it's not "sign, sealed and delivered." - Believes that there will be announcements after the new year when the CPL would "have the news cycle to themselves." - "There's a lot of stuff out there that's going to come out sooner, I think it's going to surprise and make a lot fans in the Toronto area, the Vancouver area and other cities pretty happy." And we know Rheo's real name!
  4. 7 points
    Bertuzzi44

    Andreas Vaikla

    Because he's Canadian?
  5. 7 points
    Gopherbashi

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    All I know is that, somewhere, somehow, Mister215Guy has just started Hour 2 of a 3-year-long orgasm.
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    Gian-Luca

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Meanwhile Panama have qualified for the WC for the first-time ever, increasing the number of teams from Concacaf to have ever made the World Cup. They did it with a .500 record in the Hex and a negative goal differential. To be honest, if Panama can do it, so should we be able to.
  8. 7 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    CONCACAF Nations League

    After the events of tonight I don't want to hear another f###ing word from any American about how this competition is beneath them. It's NOT!
  9. 6 points
    Oranje

    Jonathan Osorio

  10. 6 points
  11. 6 points
    C2SKI

    Canadians abroad: October 13-19, 2017

    Massih Wassey scores his 5th of the season in a 7-1 win, keeping Paderborn on top of the table.
  12. 6 points
    farrelld

    Maxime Crépeau

    confirmed that Crépeau will start against Toronto on Sunday
  13. 6 points
    Rheo

    CPL General

    I put this is stadium thread but applies here as well I guess, CPL confirms Surrey stadium bid is linked to them https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/outdoor-spectator-stadium-in-surrey-eyed-as-home-for-pro-sports-team/
  14. 6 points
    Rheo

    CPL Stadium Thread

    Sorry Matty but hot off the press lol (literally, did my couple of times a day google search and it said it was uploaded a minute ago) Now to read the rest of the article. https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/outdoor-spectator-stadium-in-surrey-eyed-as-home-for-pro-sports-team/ Potential franchise operators with the new Canadian Premier League want to build and operate an “outdoor spectator stadium” on city-owned land here. The CPL is currently working with ownership groups to establish professional soccer franchises in key markets across Canada, according to league spokesperson Greg McIsaac. “We can confirm a group of local business leaders have submitted a proposal to the City of Surrey representing a future franchise in the Lower Mainland,” McIsaac told the Now-Leader in an email on Thursday morning
  15. 6 points
    tovan1

    CPL Stadium Thread

    More info on the Surrey stadium. City of Surrey: Prequalification - Design, Construct, Finance and Operate an Outdoor Spectator Stadium http://www.surrey.ca/business-economic-development/25065.aspx
  16. 6 points
    matty

    Canada's Friendlies

    OZ/Reed! Canada vs USA in Toronto and Canada vs Chile in Vancouver. Make it happen next summer. BTW the Netherlands, Scotland, Wales and Turkey are also free and Italy may be free.
  17. 6 points
    shermanator

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    Michael Bradley, Arjen Robben, Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale walk into a bar. They all sit down and watch the World Cup on TV.
  18. 5 points
    Agreed that pay-to-play is a huge problem for the development of the game, but the situation is much more nuanced than people recognize. The following drive the price of youth soccer in this country: Training/competition facilities Training/competition equipment (including uniforms) Wages for referees Wages for coaches Club infrastructure District/Provincial/National association dues League fees (which are really just a combination of (1) and (3)) (1) is a huge component which is unlikely to go away (see below). I'd guess at least 40% of the cost comes directly from that, particular if you are running at all in the winter. (2) is probably a little too high, but not really a huge component. (4) has been driven higher by for-profit outfits (I'm eschewing the term "academies") which sort of relates to a lack of soccer culture of people who will do it for the love of the game. It is troublesome to compare to the European free/near-free model since their recreation structure is completely different. Note that pay-to-play is not exclusive to soccer, every youth sport in Canada costs in the thousands range at the elite level. The reason (I believe) is that amateur clubs are heavily subsidized in Europe. One could argue that not subsidizing clubs is a good thing since the government should be spending money on schools and hospitals, but I'll leave that for another debate. Furthermore, in Europe facilities are either there for generations, or allotted to clubs by developers. In North America, municipalities/school boards typically own the facilities and rent them out at a fixed rate to whomever bids (individuals, sport clubs, etc.). This also results in a great deal of overlap for each sport - consider youth basketball where you have clubs, schools, and community centres running programs. There is a cost floor in the current infrastructure that no open system will resolve. You can try to cross-subsidize (charge more for house league so that the elite programs are free), but now you are creating a barrier at the youngest ages since all players begin with house league. Picking some high standard (say OPDL or SAAC - although SAAC doesn't require a girls program), I have not seen any program which costs less than $2000. If the disparity was between $500 and $5000, maybe an open system would make a difference, but it is really more like $3000 vs $4000, so I don't see that driving much. In fact, because the soccer culture is so immature, some parents don't put much of stake in the league, but rather in (often empty) promises by coaches and other representatives that they can send your son on trial to some European club or get them a scholarship. Consider FCBEscola Toronto which doesn't play in any league (although they begin in CAF this winter) but still manages to get parents to pay $5K/year! Something that may help is better enforcement of the payment of the solidarity contribution from transfer fees. This could be a source of income and could incentivize clubs to promote development of their players and send them off to bigger and better things. Amateur clubs in Canada do not typically (OPDL and some other setups excluded) "sign" players to a contract. I think this is partly due a sense that players typically want to be free to switch clubs, but I'm not sure.
  19. 5 points
    Is Unnamed Trialist honestly asking us to all get out our rulers and see whose thread is longer?
  20. 5 points
    Moldy9

    Canada's Friendlies

    If OZ is looking for some challenging opponents I just heard the Americans and Chileans will have nothing much to do the next couple of months. Lol
  21. 5 points
    Gopherbashi

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    Does this mean Chicago won't be in the World Cup?
  22. 4 points
    After being pleased the USA is out (I prefer all direct rivals to fail, and distant ones I care less about), I have been listening to a number of rants and complaints and talk-show debates in the US. Many of the points made perfect sense and absolutely describe the same problems we have. For the US, they get over them, normally. In Canada, we do not. But the reasons for failure are the same. Below are a few links, especially the T Twellman rant which is well thought out in all his rage. And Cowherd ends up repeating his premise, because it is the best argument. 1-No urgency and no accountability. You can fail and no one cares. No one demands anything of you, and the whole system can coast, players included. No fear of failure as it does not matter. Starting at the top, and working our way down. Even in MLS: most teams are not worth watching and put a deficient product on the field. And they get away with it. CSA: no one cares, they are a bunch of fat-asses squandering generation after generation. 2-No passion for the game amongst kids, no playing in the streets and for fun and between friends. Only playing at practice. No real soccer culture at heart. Only at a distance, in abstract, buying your Euro-team shirt, a poster, but no understanding of the game, no tension when playing. Softness overall. 3-Pay to play. The no. 1 horror story in Canada as well. We have a system where soccer vultures prey on unsuspecting families who are able to be conned into paying thousands a year to have their kid practice with a bunch of guys who have credentials, usually. Credentials, but poor ethics. Kids want to be soccer players, and the only solution parents have is to dish out money. They do not have lower cost options in their neighbourhoods, and if anyone were to set one up, they'd be chased out of town by the soccer vulture capitalists. Do not expect success when you have monetized the game at the youth level. The system does nothing to weed these abuses out. I personally find this disgusting, but it is the CSA and the provincial federation's fault. They are pandering to money interests and there is no way kids without income can play, compete, show themselves to be deserving, and work their way up. This is easy to solve: sanction any team meeting minimum standards, and have them all pay in federated leagues. Like the world over. The best rise to the top. The best attract better players. When clubs not charging the most, charging less, win over the expensive ones, parents will say: I am making a bad investment, I am going to change. But the rich clubs and sporting directors and coaches have no interest in allowing their deficiencies to be exposed. So they have to be forced to.
  23. 4 points
    Manjrekar James goes 90 and Vasas wins 1-0. They are now 4th in the league and James has already played more this year after 10 games than he did all of last year. Hopefully Vasas can claw its way to a Europa Lague or Champions league spot.
  24. 4 points
    ray

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Update: playing regularly in Portugal's 2nd tier (for a club with hopes of promotion) at age 20. Worth a call to see whether he's interested. He could slot in as cover for Piette at DM.
  25. 4 points
    BuzzAndSting

    CPL General

    The only thing that doesn't fit with the 2019 narrative is that there's no way Edmonton would take a year off. And they won't go to the USL.
  26. 4 points
    Dub Narcotic

    CPL General

    AFTN reported on the latest podcast that the CPL have essentially given up on the 2018 start and are planning for 2019.
  27. 4 points
    dyslexic nam

    CPL General

    That is great news. FCEd would bring some serious clout to CPL. Established club, solid fan base, existing stadium - amazing news if it is true.
  28. 4 points
    Complete Homer

    CPL General

    Reasonable, though maybe start late April with the prairie teams on road trips
  29. 4 points
    Thomas

    Canadians abroad: October 13-19, 2017

    He assisted on the game winning goal!
  30. 4 points
    Sam Adekugbe played the last 10 mins as IFK won 2-1 over Halmstads. Great to see him back playing after getting injured in the Canada/Jamaica game.
  31. 4 points
    I might parse that out a bit. I understand what you are trying to say. I think there is a difference between arrogance and an on field confidence to take the shot or do something unreserved. There is the arrogance of entitlement of the elite player and the cavalier take no prisoners arrogance on the field we lack. They are not the same thing. We have a serious arrogance problem at the elite academy level, of the bad kind. More than one player has burned bridges that haven't even been built yet.
  32. 4 points
  33. 4 points
    Rheo

    CPL General

    Thanks for the recap, got busy at work before I could get around to it. I was pleasantly surprised at his optimism towards the league. Not too long ago (like last year I'd say) he seemed pretty down on the idea of it, but I remember him saying (I believe it was on his pod with Rollins as guest) that the more he heard the more he liked but where they intended to go and it seems to of grown with the apparent more that he know now.
  34. 4 points
    Rheo

    CPL General

    Kurt Larson asked for questions for a video so I asked about how much CPL information is out there but that you can't report on and he answered. I found it interesting to see his take on timeline and hints on what he's heard and what areas would be excited by when it comes out (video on the top of the article) http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/12/reds-must-focus-on-the-details-to-reach-records
  35. 4 points
    If thread length is also the most reliable metric for determining importance, Hoilett is a god-damn rock star of world footy.
  36. 4 points
    canta15

    General Discussion on CMNT

    Panamanian sub does the CONCACAF thing to do in the dying moments
  37. 4 points
    ray

    General Discussion on CMNT

    So it's Australia vs Honduras? I hope the Hondurans to play their usual tactics and the world gets to see the kind of diving and time wasting we have to put with. It would be nice if FIFA tells CONCACAF to get their act together.
  38. 4 points
  39. 4 points
    CanadianSoccerFan

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    The whole American soccer universe (fans, media) got WAY above its station the past few years. I used to like their team but the arrogance has gotten way too much. Hopefully this will give them a bit of humility.
  40. 4 points
    jpg75

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    As much as i hate Honduras, it's better for the region if they beat out Australia.
  41. 3 points
    Former Canadian U17 international, Wesley Cain, is now playing with Hawke's Bay United in the New Zealand 1st tier. Canadian, Gavin Hoy, is also with Hawke's Bay United. https://t.co/dQIS8ndLG6
  42. 3 points
    dsqpr

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    The reason people think the US have been good for the last 20 years or so is because their results say so. They are obviously not that good right now but that is just the ebb and flow of football. They will be back soon enough.
  43. 3 points
    I repeat: "only a third of teams getting eliminated is ridiculous". USA had to finish 5th out of 6 to get knocked out. Panama just qualified winning only 3 games out of 10. Mexico qualified in 2014 winning only 2 games out of 10. With a group of 8 you at least need to finish top half and have something remotely resembling a winning record..
  44. 3 points
    jpg75

    Canadians abroad: October 13-19, 2017

    Yes, at age 20 he's a washed up has-been who will never amount to anything.
  45. 3 points
    Free kick

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    Another thing that i liked about what he said:. “Asked about the USSF’s role in player development, he said: “Why do people think U.S. Soccer is in charge of player development? Players play in clubs. Why is that U.S. Soccer’s responsibility? They support the clubs in this country, they support player development, but that’s not their responsibility.” At times, we read the same thing here on this forum about Canada and CSA (ie.: people thinking that the CSA is responsible for player development)
  46. 3 points
    For me, 100% approval rate. But hey, I don't ask for much from anyone, ask someone more demanding.
  47. 3 points
    Ansem

    CPL General

    Soccer Specific Stadium! Hell yeah
  48. 3 points
    Stryker911

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned it but equally happy that Bosnia and Begovic didn't qualify as well.
  49. 3 points
    Keegan

    General Discussion on CMNT

    I know it's hard to fathom for most but sometimes it's as simple as the team out there didn't get it done. Did Canada failing at the 2006 Olympics mean we had a national hockey problem? No. We didn't call the best player in the world because he was 18 and called a guy like Bryan McCabe because he played for Toronto. There aren't players being left off USA and Canada rosters who are a cut above. Remember after 2012 when we tried to flip our team? When we were naive enough to think there were guys just waiting in the wings to take over for JDG, de Rosario and Hutchinson? Well, we had the worst year in our history scoring one goal and losing to Mauritania. Is the USA going to replace Bradley with Trapp? No, that would be knee jerk and stupid. They are developing players better than ever and their domestic league is growing. The mix wasn't right and you reorganize and move on. You don't panic because mouth pieces like Lalas and Twellman are all emotional. It was bound to happen eventually.. all the teams in the region are improving and the ball is round.
  50. 3 points
    matty

    hah hah USA Eliminated from WC

    *Canada sits quietly reading the newspaper and sipping tea* Canada: What a lovely evening *There's a knock at the door* Canada: I wonder who that could be? *Canada answers the door and USA and Chile enter the room both drunk and upset* USA: Canada I'm sad Canada: I heard what happened are you ok? USA: Oh I'm better than ok. I'm godlike Chile: I don't give a fuck! USA: Chile calm down you're intoxicat Canada: Are you sure you guys are ok? Chile: Yea motherfucker! You wanna go! USA: Calm down you drank asshol. Canada? Canada: Yes? USA: Me and Chile decided the World Cup is for lame. Bunch of old unAmericans or something Canada: USA! That's not very nice. In fact it's xenophobic Chile: I don't give a fuck! USA: Canada Canada let me finish. We me and Chile hav decided we're not doing the World Cup next year. Canada: You mean you didn't make it? USA: We decided we doing the Intercontinental Championship. Get it? Like the Miz has Canada: You mean the Calgary Kid USA: Shut up about....we want you in our Miz Championship. Paraguay will be there and Mexico Canada: Mexico is in the World Cup USA: Shhhh Shhhh don't you worry about the Canada: Are you sure you're ok? Chile: Fuck you say? *Jamaica shows up sober* Jamaica: So is Canada in or not? I need a crowd to play in front of USA: Canada your hosting Canada: Huh? *USA grabs Canada's arm* USA: You good hosting? *Canada struggles to get free* Canada: You're....hurting....me
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