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  1. 13 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    Liam got a goal and an assist taking his tally to 6 goals and 2 assists in the last 4 games. https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/329754-match-report-liverpool-u19s-napoli-youth-league
  2. 12 points
    BuzzAndSting

    Ottawa CPL Club

    The ridiculous rhetoric coming from Fury fans on FB and Twitter is insane. It seems that regardless of what’s happened and who’s to blame the only concern is the future of the Fury, not Canadian soccer in general. I’m a soccer fan and I live in Ottawa, I was a Fury fan and still hope they exist in some capacity but the negative vitriol being spouted by so many is unfathomable to me.
  3. 11 points
    Fullback

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Probably for the best you just leave the forum and never come back then
  4. 11 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Liam Millar

    As he is still in Youth League, and in a club that does pay some attention to its youth, I think it would be an error to go out on loan too quickly. You are better off as an academy player at Liverpool with the chance to first, train occasionally with the big boys; then go on the preseason with them; then get your first 1st team minutes, starting next season. It is not like he has stalled in development or is not getting playing time. So my take is that he is fine, for now, and only if mid 19-20 he sees the need, and the club too, would they loan him out.
  5. 10 points
    spitfire

    Liam Millar

    hete is the 2nd goal. Awesome 1st touch and a class finish
  6. 9 points
    juicy sushi

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Hello all, First time poster, newly registered, and yes, partly due to the fact this seems to be the only place that people aren't just throwing food at each other over this. So, I live in Ottawa, and as such, have a bias towards wanting the Fury to be playing where they want, just because, selfishly, I assume they have probably got a decent read on what is going to be sustainable since they're paying for it. That doesn't mean I am anti-CPL or that I wouldn't like to seem them playing in such a league, if it works, just that I prefer one bird in the hand over two in the bush. I think that there is a lot of vitriol from all sides of this issue. Ottawa soccer fans potentially seeing their team killed off by what they perceive as administrative fiat aren't going to be thrilled by the idea. And will lash out, likely unfairly. CPL fans don't like a major Canadian team that looked to be a big part of a CPL rejecting them for what seem like selfish reasons that may or may not be true. But seeing people literally dancing on a club's freshly dug, but not yet occupied grave with a token "I feel for the fans" isn't likely to do anything of any value and generally doesn't lead to anything positive. I am a CPL-skeptic. I realize that there is a lot of desire from many people around the country for a legit professional league in Canada. It would be nice to have one. But after over a century of opportunities, nothing has actually worked. These guys say this time will be different. Maybe it will, and it would be really nice to see that be the case, as quite frankly, in such a depressing world, that kind of success would really brighten my day. But it hasn't happened yet, and all the assurances that it will from fellow Canadians fans won't make it happen. I can see how a professional team which has managed to survive for several years, and lived through at least one attempt at a league dying out from underneath them would be particularly skeptical to another league, regardless of their good intentions and talk. I can see how they would not rely on year one promise, but would like to see how they plan on digging in for the long haul, after the novelty has worn off and fans are being asked to spend money on a league that is visibly inferior to other options they have to watch. That doesn't mean that they managed things well, and didn't offend people with how they acted. I don't know the behind the scenes stuff. I have seen various remarks thrown around on social media lately, but the people involved have been involved in the game in this country for many years and I don't know what may have happened in the past that might have soured their outlooks or relationships before a Canadian Premier League was ever even mooted. I don't see how CONCACAF delivering administrative rulings from on high helps anything, including their own cause, for many reasons. Apologies for rambling, I've just seen a lot of silly fighting over the past 12 hours, none of it looking good, and none of it helpful for soccer in Canada, which is the thing I thought we were all supposed to enjoy?
  7. 9 points
    ray

    Ottawa CPL Club

    The writing appears to be on the wall for the Fury. Whether it was CONCACAF pulling the plug for 2019 or the CSA in 2020, sanctioning to play in a U.S. league was going to be withdrawn. They should have been working with CPL to transition for next year. Instead Ottawa thought they would be able to push their luck indefinitely. Now the team finds matters out of their hands. They can continue to fight a losing cause or they can try to patch things up with the CPL - their choice.
  8. 9 points
    wafflecone90

    CPL General

    As a Canadian who played in the NZPL league last season I can back up your comments! The level and professional environment is a good standard. The league just doesn’t have the fan base due to rugby and small population. Maksym Kowal a Canadian striker also plays at Canterbury United he has 1 goal in 7. & Patryk Misik who played for our U23 national team can’t get into his teams match day squad. Young kiwis are constantly leaving the league to play in better pro environments and teams like Auckland City and Team Wellington regularly have player turning down the Wellington Phoenix due to the $$ their players earn and lure of the club World Cup. I’m hoping my time in NZ will help me gain a CPL contract. I believe the CPL level will be a little lower than NZPL the first year.
  9. 9 points
    Fraser Aird is leading the Scottish Championship in assists this year with 11 in league play. 2nd is at 7.
  10. 8 points
    hamiltonfan

    Ottawa CPL Club

    W t f ?
  11. 8 points
    Keegan

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Sober second thoughts: this was totally needed and deserved + for Ottawa this is a BEST CASE. 1) Ottawa are being complete pricks and taking advantage of CSA goodwill trotting our 3 year contracts etc. Even as the most hardcore Fury fan you would need to admit this is a bullshit tongue in your face move. Why did they do this? This was Ottawa playing bully to CPL. 2) They did this because they thought the CSA wouldn’t do anything because of Pugh etc. and the optics. Let’s be real.. the CSA typically wouldn’t have balls to do this (and they didn’t). 3) They have NO REASON to be in USL, they are literally just being pricks and taking this attitude that they’re at some premier level of play over CPL. This is horrible for business when you have a team most of the country has never heard of posturing themselves as BIGGER than the national league. Again, even as a Fury fan you would have to see this as a classless move akin to playing with fire. Ottawa played stupid games, pushed their luck and now the hammer is coming down. They will be allowed to play in USL 2019 so everyone calm down but they need to stop their bullshit with the teasing that they’re never coming to CPL and acting like they’re staying in USL. We live in a world where people play victim for being asked to follow the law.. that is what Ottawa is doing here - cry me a river. Fans should be pissed at OSEG for poking the bear. How is this move bad for Ottawa? Attendance is 4800 — CPL teams are on pace for similar or better crowds. You have a higher salary (supposedly) - okay, and CPL has agreed to let you keep those deals. There is no reason for Ottawa to be in USL and there is doubly no reason for them to be hostile toward CPL. Well deserved. edit: what if OSEG was in on this? They would be smart to be but I feel they aren’t that clever... why not fake outrage? That way you act like you’re being forced and not abandoning USL by choice - so if CPL fails as Ottawa seems to constantly allude to they should be allowed back in USL with no hard feelings. Is this not a win in all ways for Ottawa?
  12. 8 points
    A lot of people will argue that you should shut the fuck up already.
  13. 7 points
    BrennanFan

    Ottawa CPL Club

    My theory is that since September, it became clear to everyone involved that OSEG was never going to join the CPL, not in 2020, not ever. Thus, the only way a CPL team was going to exist in Ottawa was if the Fury died. And here we are. I don't think this move by Concacaf was to force the Ottawa Fury to move to the CPL. It was to kill the Ottawa Fury and clear a path for a new CPL club to establish itself and begin operating as of 2020. As much as this hurts the fans of the Fury and the employees of OSEG, this is the best way forward for the development of Canadian soccer in the Ottawa area. This makes the CPL stronger which makes Canadian soccer as whole stronger.
  14. 7 points
    shamrock

    Ottawa CPL Club

    It is yeah.
  15. 7 points
    dyslexic nam

    Ottawa CPL Club

    The last thing I will say on this topic for at least 4 or 6 minutes is that people annoyed at the decision can't lose sight of the big picture. Less than 2 years ago, we had Canadian teams playing in 3 different US leagues. The big 3 in MLS, Fury in USL, and FCEd in NASL. With that kind of landscape, and permitting teams to opt into what are essentially foreign leagues, CanPL was always going to have an uphill battle. The fortuitous (for us) folding of NASL opened the door for FCEd to join, but if that hadn't happened, our "national domestic league" would have been utterly handicapped in getting off the ground. And that kind of team prerogative to play wherever they chose (including in foreign leagues) was something that Ottawa very much wanted to preserve. The statement yesterday by Goudie noted that "In the event that CONCACAF does not immediately reconsider its position, Fury FC will take all steps — including legal proceedings — so as to ensure that it will be able to continue providing soccer to our loyal and new fans and supporters in a league of our choosing.” That isn't some off the cuff remark, it is carefully drafted statement he was reading. That means that Ottawa clearly believes that it gets to decide where it plays, not the governing bodies (whether CSA, CONCACAF, or FIFA). If that is the sort of thing that was communicated to the various officials as this discussion evolved, it isn't surprising that the response was a bit heavy handed.
  16. 7 points
    Grandbloke

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Don’t be ridiculous. Most people on this board are eager for the Ottawa Fury to thrive in CanPL.
  17. 7 points
    SpursFlu

    Ottawa CPL Club

    Time to dust off that 8 team schedule
  18. 7 points
    Surprised to see this with the headlines on Sportsnet. 4 more signings for Cavalry. Carducci, Serban, Zator, Elijah Adekugbe https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/cpls-cavalry-fc-signs-ex-whitecap-goalkeeper-carducci/
  19. 7 points
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  21. 7 points
    Unnamed Trialist

    Ballou Tabla

    First question from @Keegan I've figured out (I think). Of the 25 players registered in the first team of a La Liga club, only three can be from outside the EU, which in the current case are Arturo Vidal, Malcolm and Arthur at Barça. But any club can call up a player for a league game, to be one of the 18 selected (starters and bench) from any associated team (B, C, u-19, similar), if it wants to. And just as 7 players from the first team squad have to sit out each game regardless, they would do so for that game, plus another player, and the B team player would be in the call-up (this has happened with having two CBs injured, and Valverde calling up Chumi, Ballou's teammate, for about 5 games, in turn not calling up other 1st team players). You are not obliged to play someone from the 1st team squad out of position to cover an injury. This is obvious for keepers, regardless, if the two keepers were injured, you call up the next two from the B or u-19, and one would play. And if one were non-EU, you'd be forced to sit on of your non-EU field players. There is no special regulation for keepers for this reason, they are treated exactly the same as other players (except for what numbers they are obliged to wear). So with Malcolm injured a few weeks right now, Barça could call up Ballou and he could play as an attacker as one of the maximum three non-EU foreigners. I think this is correct. EDIT: I have also been looking at the question of African players, what @Blackdude has called (rightly) ACP players, and what is officially the Cotonou Agreement from 2000 and good to 2020. The agreement established the right of sport and entertainment practitioners from the ACP nations to have the same rights as EU residents, and prohibits discrimination of the rights of these nationalities for working conditions. Thanks about that as I did not know it. So on the basis of his Cote Ivoire passport, you'd be right, he could play and would not be counted as one of the three foreigners. But I do not know what his specific status, or if declaring as a player for Canada affects this. But good find, very interesting.
  22. 6 points
    dyslexic nam

    Ottawa CPL Club

    And that is in line with the statement I quoted a page or two ago: "In the event that CONCACAF does not immediately reconsider its position, Fury FC will take all steps — including legal proceedings — so as to ensure that it will be able to continue providing soccer to our loyal and new fans and supporters in a league of our choosing.” Fury want to unilaterally decide which league they play in. That ignores the fact that they are sanctioned to play in a US league due to exceptional circumstances (that no longer exist). The simple fact is that they are not entitled to play in USL - they were permitted to play there as a concession to the fact that there was no viable alternative in Canada.
  23. 6 points
    Ottawafan74

    Ottawa CPL Club

    It amazes me to see how posters here feel like the Fury are to blame here. In the end this will come back hard on CONCACAF and the CSA.
  24. 6 points
    I expect half the CPL roster to be guys like these 4 signed by Cavalry. That doesn’t mean they will be the best players in the league, but these are the guys we need to expect. A lot of these types of players just don’t get a chance. Some of them will surprise us, and some will be glued to the bench. Just wait till the first couple seasons, at some point a bunch of people will be calling for Herdman to call up one of these “PDL” or “League 1 all star” players. Just because a guy didn’t play pro last year doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough to.
  25. 6 points
    hamiltonfan

    Diego Gutiérrez

    Looks like Diego will be joining Winnipeg on loan. With respect to Christian, Hauchipto has terminated loan. He will report back to Colo Colo. Six months left on his deal. Likely to spend the remainder of deal on loan to smaller club.
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