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  1. All depends on what the rules are for the last 21 roster spots and whether that's tied with the U-Sports draft in some way. We were told at one point that most teams would likely go with 20 rather than 23.
  2. Check the thread on the CMNT subforum for that. He only moved to San Antonio in December 2018 at the end of his contract with Sporting Kansas City, so it looks like he probably went to San Antonio in preference to FCE at that point: https://www.transfermarkt.com/amer-didic/profil/spieler/425248 so can see why people would think his desire to play for FCE now would be related to being dropped after two bad games at the start of this season.
  3. Maybe he didn't fit San Antonio's system, but haven't see enough of Swope Park Rangers in recent seasons to know if they do things differently from Sam Antonio.
  4. Assuming he can regain the form that kept him on the fringes of Sporting Kansas City's rosters for a few seasons. He appears to have been shown the door after a couple of bad games to start the season in San Antonio, if what is being posted elsewhere is to be believed. The reason to be upbeat about finally having CanPL available after the lost decade post-moratorium (regardless of what the salaries on offer are relative to the independent clubs with MLS aspirations in the USL Championship) is that previously there would have been more of a possibility that he might have drifted out of pro soccer after something like that. CanPL provides a safety net for Canadian players who have been on the fringes of CMNT consideration like Amer Didic to bounce back again while playing closer to home rather than winding up at Unaffiliated FC.
  5. Amer Didic is also from Edmonton if wikipedia is to be believed, so think that one's been figured out. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amer_Didic https://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/1013066
  6. Would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Eugene Melnyk had got the MLS franchise and a soccer stadium had been built instead. Remains to be seen if cohabiting with the CFL works any better in Hamilton and Winnipeg after the novelty wears off.
  7. There was talk of James Marcelin having visa issues at one point. Did that get sorted out?
  8. https://canpl.ca/article/paulus-teases-massive-defensive-signing-for-fc-edmonton
  9. http://www.totalsoccerproject.com/2019/04/oliver-minatel-cavalry-fc-canadian-premier-league/ ... How did you end up signing for Cavalry FC? “I started talking to Tommy (Wheeldon Jr., Cavalry FC head coach) and Martin (Nash, Cavalry FC assistant coach) in late last year,” said Minatel. “I was finishing up my season in Australia, at the time. So, we spoke a lot. The project was very interesting. I was excited. And I really wanted to come over. By the end of the year we had everything sorted. And I’m happy to be here working.” ... Martin Nash was the Fury's assistant coach when Oliver Minatel was there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Minatel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Nash_(soccer)
  10. OK let's do the apertura before teams get to reload a bit in the summer transfer window (we already know FCE are bringing in a Canadian defender at that point, who may or may not be Adam Straith): Forge W6 D2 L2 = 20 Pts FCE W2 D3 L5 = 9 Pts Championship game will be at THF and the opponents will be York 9 as the strength of the GTA's soccer scene comes to the fore in the context of a relatively low budget league in the absence of teams in the immediate Montreal and Vancouver areas.
  11. On the bright side St John's seems to be doing OK in the NBLC: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018–19_NBL_Canada_season#Attendance and I think that's the same group that have been reported to be interested in CanPL in ownership terms.
  12. https://in-the-back-of-the.net/2019/04/14/an-unlikely-inspiration/ A New Zealand perspective on CanPL.
  13. At least some friendlies against Dominican teams definitely seem to have happened, so maybe some of the teams have simply kept the results under wraps given they don't really matter? Preseason games can be tough to watch sometimes at all levels, because they are often used to try different formations and test out who can what, so they may not have been keen on bombarding social media with images of less than stellar soccer. The trip was maybe seen as a way to try to get close to midseason form at launch to be able to make a good first impression. Think the only team that still has multiple signings to make is Pacific FC. The rest appear to be at or one away from a full roster, if it's a limit of 20 senior players + 3 U-Sports. The recruiting and tryout phase was probably more the month or so spent in their own cities and they maybe didn't want to be paying airfares and accommodation for guys they don't wind up signing.
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