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9 hours ago, Watchmen said:

Rumour is he has offers back in Germany he's contemplating.  So may have scared teams off of taking him.

Crazy.. he’s what 4/5 tier level there?  Why wouldn’t he play CPL and retain his university eligibility?  Seems like a no brainer for a 25 year old.

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My take on the Canadian Premier League draft of U-Sports players and their 'acquisition' of League 1 Ontario.  

The sudden change from avoiding mentioning that six players chosen played in L1O (including the top four picks) to 'acquiring' the L1O and suddenly bragging about all the L1O players who have made their way to MLS is most interesting.

 http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports19/19york03.htm

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10 hours ago, Keegan said:

Crazy.. he’s what 4/5 tier level there?  Why wouldn’t he play CPL and retain his university eligibility?  Seems like a no brainer for a 25 year old.

I may have misunderstood, but I think part of it was that his circumstance wouldn't allow him to maintain his university eligibility while playing in the CPL.  But the university eligibility rules are convoluted so I'm not sure on that.  Further, I have no clue what club level he has interest from.

At the same time, this is one of the things the CPL is fighting against: Europe is still the goal, and if a player has a chance (however remote) there's certainly a lot of players who will take it.  That's not a knock on the CPL, just the reality.

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Did anyone see if any of the players celebrated their drafting, like on a Twitter or Instagram post? Just curious to know whether they care at all, if this is exciting or not for them?

 

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18 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Did anyone see if any of the players celebrated their drafting, like on a Twitter or Instagram post? Just curious to know whether they care at all, if this is exciting or not for them?

 

I saw a couple tweets and videos of them getting called about their selection. All sounded very excited, "best day of my life", etc

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19 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Did anyone see if any of the players celebrated their drafting, like on a Twitter or Instagram post? Just curious to know whether they care at all, if this is exciting or not for them?

 

Peter Schaale's been retweeting this draft announcements and giving a little thanks on Twitter. Not sure if the other Wanderers selections have a twitter presence.

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The reason teams were picking non-Canadians is because ALL U Sports players count as Canadians as long as they retain their U Sports eligibility.

 

So Peter Schaale, despite being German, will count as a Canadian on the Wanderers roster. Andre Bona, however, may not, since he was in his 5th year with U Sports, and is probably graduating.

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This guy Andre Bona is 28. The fact that they picked him, probably means they will sign him to a normal contract (since he's out of college). Never thought it was possible to go pro at 28 (in any sport let alone football).

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9 hours ago, garmc said:

The reason teams were picking non-Canadians is because ALL U Sports players count as Canadians as long as they retain their U Sports eligibility.

Not that I doubt you, but where did you read this? It makes sense from a roster building standpoint but I would worry if there were issues down the line from fuzzy domestic lines

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5 hours ago, Complete Homer said:

Not that I doubt you, but where did you read this? It makes sense from a roster building standpoint but I would worry if there were issues down the line from fuzzy domestic lines

From this article: http://aftn.ca/canadian-mens-national-team-head-coach-john-herdman-feels-first-ever-cpl-u-sports-draft-connecting-our-country-in-ways-that-weve-never-done-before/

 

"It won’t just be the Canadian players that are eligible to be drafted. Nationality will not matter and all players that remain in the college system will be classed as domestics until they graduate."

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On 11/16/2018 at 8:57 AM, shamrock said:

This guy Andre Bona is 28. The fact that they picked him, probably means they will sign him to a normal contract (since he's out of college). Never thought it was possible to go pro at 28 (in any sport let alone football).

RICK TITUS (an inside joke for those who were around for the old network54 board) would be a previous example of finally getting a fully pro contract fairly late in the day:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Titus_(soccer)

Think it's nothing hugely out of the ordinary for players to do that in countries where there is a strong semi-pro soccer culture alongside the fully pro teams and we lost that (in southern Ontario terms anyway) when the old NSL faded badly in the 1980s (due to changing immigration patterns and competition with the original CSL) and then folded in the 1990s (after Toronto Italia fell out with Toronto Croatia).

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On 11/13/2018 at 9:30 PM, Copes said:

This is what stood out to me. I play in the Intermediate Mens League with a keeper from CBU these past few years. He's deadly, don't get me wrong, but he joked to me the other day that CBU must have improved in the decade since he was boozing there. Haha. 

I convinced him to get HFX tickets with me. I'm pumped to see a CBU player go to them first. Curious about the Goalkeeper in the third round as well - Hart knows him and respects him, but I wonder if that respect clouded judgement at all. Also interesting that Hart did exactly what he said he would, focus on his defense. He talked about this in the videos leading up to the draft.

 

The pool of GK’s in Nova Scotia is actually surprisingly deep. It’s near impossible to make of it out of the “fish bowl” that is Atlantic Canada so full credit to Andrew McRae (formerly Fury) and Ben Ur (Israel D2) for giving it a go abroad. Take it for what it’s worth but I’m fully confident Cristian Oxner is one of the best GK prospects in the country. Don’t be fooled by his university stats, he lead his club team to a senior men’s national championship and he’s stuck in a rebuilding project at SMU. He’s a modern GK who can spray the ball with both feet, come off his line, and he’s a quality shot stopper. All things I think Steve Hart values in an offensive system. He’s in his early 20’s so it’s the perfect time to get him into a professional environment. 

As for the two forementioned keepers, McRae is a big body and a presence but I would rank him behind Ben Ur and Oxner. Ben Ur is on a different level and it’s a shame that he never got a look with the youth national teams. So pumped that there is now a professional club in Atlantic Canada where top prospects have a chance at making it as professionals.

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15 hours ago, FC_Hali said:

The pool of GK’s in Nova Scotia is actually surprisingly deep. It’s near impossible to make of it out of the “fish bowl” that is Atlantic Canada so full credit to Andrew McRae (formerly Fury) and Ben Ur (Israel D2) for giving it a go abroad. Take it for what it’s worth but I’m fully confident Cristian Oxner is one of the best GK prospects in the country. Don’t be fooled by his university stats, he lead his club team to a senior men’s national championship and he’s stuck in a rebuilding project at SMU. He’s a modern GK who can spray the ball with both feet, come off his line, and he’s a quality shot stopper. All things I think Steve Hart values in an offensive system. He’s in his early 20’s so it’s the perfect time to get him into a professional environment. 

As for the two forementioned keepers, McRae is a big body and a presence but I would rank him behind Ben Ur and Oxner. Ben Ur is on a different level and it’s a shame that he never got a look with the youth national teams. So pumped that there is now a professional club in Atlantic Canada where top prospects have a chance at making it as professionals.

I think all the aforementioned names are good prospects.... in Atlantic Canada. But to say Oxner is one of the best in Canada is rather bold.

Yes, Oxner has shown promise (at the U Sports level) but so has latest 15 others ahead of him in professional and university settings. He played on a poor St. Mary's team where he obviously stood out as the players in front of him were struggling for a playoff spot each season. Also, he had a incredibly brief training stint with TFC. One would think being that being one of the best in the country would have seen that turn into something? 

McRae was average at Acadia and never made an official start for Ottawa. Last I heard he was playing on a lower team in Northern Ireland's second division. 

Ur would be the best of the bunch. However, he has been limited to the lower leagues of Israel and one PDL season while in college. From recollection he probably had one of the biggest kicks I've ever seen. I remember him scoring off a free kick from about 60 yards. 

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21 hours ago, FC_Hali said:

and Ben Ur (Israel D2)

Well with a name like Ben Ur he was born to play in Israel.

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On 11/14/2018 at 1:49 AM, xman14 said:

I have a feeling there's a good number of players who have signed pre-contracts (Bent, Clark, Campanile) 

What about Tecle? Stfx winger

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