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  1. If that Astros/Impact game wasn't the most boring match I've seen in years I have no idea what is. I truly feel sorry for Astros keeper Alberto Rocha, who has a worse back four than the old London City teams from 5 years ago. Speaking of whcih, great to see London and especially Windsor improving this year. A playoff spot for Windsor is something else.
  2. Hey guys who has an original photo of the banner? I want to publish it ASAP so get back to me please!
  3. Hey guys, Socceronly and I were chatting about who may have a hi rez pic of the TASTE THE SOUP banner from a few games ago and I'd really like to get a copy to publish ASAP. If anybody has it or can point me in the right direction I'll buy you a frosty mug at the Cuba game. Cheers
  4. I agree, however I think that his connection to Nova Scotia Soccer (board handle) forces him to favour Hart. I think Hart should have been named as HC immediately after the 2007 Gold Cup in which we were robbed at Soldier Field but the ball was dropped completely. I feel Hart has done reasonably well with the squad and I think his persona and demeanour is top class, great guy. However, I strongly feel that if he doesn't make the hex he understands the onus will be on him and will leave. If he makes the hex but we don't go through is a different story but most of here do believe that our team has enough quality to make the World Cup.
  5. Am I the only one hoping that enough Cuban players will defect ala Gold Cup 2009 where they will field only 7 players to start? I think we'll take them 3-0 (feeling positive today) but I see Honduras taking out Panama 1-0 like many on here. They are still on paper the best team in our group.
  6. And who is doing the broadcast that night
  7. Well considering that in all time matches Panama beat us only for the first time last week I'd give the edge to Canada. However, Honduras has frankly had our number and despite their epic slip up against Panama in their opening group stage match I still think they are the cream of the crop and would list them as front runners to finish top of the group.
  8. If we don't make the hex he is done without question. The guy I would bring in would be former Impact Head Coach Marc Dos Santos who is with Palmeiras now in Brazil. Another up and comer who won;t get the job but that everyone should keep their eye on over the next 3-5 years is Rafa Carbajal.
  9. It is only natural that FC Dallas will attempt to retain JDG but it will without a doubt be at a lesser amount of money. I would not be surprised one ounce if he goes back to Europe within a year (not sure what his status is for January having already been traded within the last year). I love his comments as they are blunt and really give fans something to talk about. We've been missing that type of stuff for years and I like players that break the barriers of proper PR and say what is on their minds. FCD have done very well since the trade and after the big win against VAN on the weekend landing a playoff spot would be a near miracle after the debacle they had for the first half of the year. As for my thoughts on Mariner I would very much preferred TFC brought over Steve Nico to take the coaching reigns while Paul managed the league stuff. They worked very well together in New England albeit becoming the Buffalo Bills of MLS with their 4 MLS Cup losses. Still Mariner's tactics are something I don't enjoy and though many seem to say they dislike him yet don't want to start from scratch, I ask why not? Wait to see who is available at the end of the MLS season and make a proper play for someone established and credible behind the bench
  10. It would be impossible to enforce exclusivity, especially with volunteers running the league. It would be impossible to stop let's say for argument sake William Hill from offering pre-game odds on a match if Bet365 had some sort of 'CSL Official Betting Partner' status. Even live in-play what are you going to do, kick a scout out of the stadium for reporting the match which is perfectly legal? They tried to stop this in Scotland back in 2008 and the lawyers of one sports info firm leveled them so good it didn't even get to court. I know of one major player in the business that was interested in doing something with the CSL back in 09. Game reports are generated by Stan Adamson who is given information via phone by somebody at the stadium after the final whistle, usually Enio "The Voice of the CSL" or a home team official. Streaming games was an option at one point from 2010 if I am not mistaken but from what I was told, ownership (either a few key ones or collectively) did not approve or want it. I could look into that further for the sake of accuracy. Full stats (corners, shots on target, off target, headers, possession etc) would have been provided for nothing except official status on the website. It would have been a monster improvement for the league website. What this would have done is make a live sports provider the go to company for bookmakers to trust and buy the information from seeing as they would be the official provider.
  11. As someone who worked in the betting and live sports information sectors for a few years I am confident that I know about the live stats betting industry more than anybody in the country so I'll break it down in basics. Firstly, that British sounding guy in the documentary last night (is actually called a scout, not a runner btw) thinks his information is going directly to a bookmaker which is not true. It is very rare for a bookmaker to do their live in-play in house. That guy doesn't and never will have a clue who his client is because even his boss doesn't. Otherwise one could delay information and use it to their advantage. People tried to pretend their in the stadium to avoid purchasing a ticket but instead watch it on their TV but they don't know that there is a minimum of 3 seconds delay on a broadcast for a league like MLS. A live sports information provider such as RunningBall (there are two - Austria and Singapore) or BetRadar is hired by major bookmakers such as William Hill, Bet365, Ladbrokes, 188Bet and other bookmakers that offer what is called Live In Play Betting. This is a very very lucrative and hugely growing segment of the betting industry because people bet with their guts and not with the heads in this segment leading to a higher return. Go to Bet365 for example and you'll click In Play at the top, click a soccer game and on the right hand side of your screen you'll see a little pitch detailing where the ball is and what calls are going on. That is the info provided by someone inside the stadium. Those people get paid anywhere between $60-$200 a game depending on the league (CSL is cheapest, while Premiership and Bundesliga are tops) plus a little bit of travel money usually $5 + reimbursement of their ticket. There are also bonuses for scouts that are consistent with their stats which is usually 5 and 10 games. The bonus would be a full games pay. Now, the information comes from either a phone or a PDA if you have a rich company like RunningBall (Austria) - which just got bought for over 100 million Euros by Perform Media. The phone is done with a person on the other end who sits in at a desk in front of 6 computer screens in a very redundant job making sure the feed does get broken. At high time (European season) there are usually 6-10 other desk people who enter in the stats into computer software that then lets the bookmakers what is happening to the second. Believe me I've seen it, highly professional operations that are registered tax paying companies in countries like Germany, Austria and England, though there are other legit companies in Singapore and low hourly wage nations. The PDA information is directly to all clients unless the signal is down in the stadium. FC Dallas Field and BMO Field are frequent signal failure stadiums in MLS. In that case they have people on standby (desk people) ready to call direct and get the live in-play stats on the phone in case of that failure to make sure the information never stops going. It is a ruthless and cutthroat industry where a few failures can lead a bookmaker to get their stats from another provider at the end of the month. The reason people bet on the CSL is because a) it is the summer and there is not a lot of soccer going on in the world at the time. MLS, USL Pro, CONCACAF competitions, CSL, Disney tournament, U17's you name it, if it's on this side of the pond is vastly important in terms of offerings to bookmakers. The other reason is because matches here usually start at 7 or 8pm and in Europe that is midnight-3am and Asia even later so having those offerings is a big plus to a bookmaker. Now, I want people to know that Bookmakers and live stats providers don't fix soccer games, matchfixers like those Croats in Ben's piece do. Even Ben said it is just one part of the legit betting industry, though I wish he called them what the industry calls them which are scouts. There is absolutely nothing wrong in the world with wagering on sports, nothing. There is, however, everything wrong with people trying to influence the outcomes of events within and the game itself. The stigmas against people who work in the betting industry whether it is a bookmaker, a scout who goes to the stadium, or someone places a wager frankly pisses me off because betting is a legit industry with legit well-paying jobs that can reap huge tax income for nations and help FIFA and other organizations crack down on illegal operations. But sometimes those in the industry get cast in the same boat as those Croatian fixers all because the term 'betting' is used. I bet nobody would ever cast a shadow of doubt over someone who works at the OLG now would they despite the fact Proline is one of the biggest rip offs in the betting industry? But yet those who work in the liquor and tobacco industries are seemingly more accepted. There are quite a few leagues in the world like the Bundesliga, Turkey, Denmark etc that use live sports information providers exclusively for their stats. I know that when stats are wrong on MLS' site the major live sports info providers would call and verify it and more often than not MLS would be wrong and change it on their site. Imagine you wager $100 on a a game to have over 9.5 corners and then MLS lists it as 9 when in fact there were 10. Without the live sports providers match and stat fixing would be a A LOT worse than it is now. I received calls all the time asking why the CSL was not on TV minus a Game of the Week, did not post stats on their website (2012 is the first year they have offered stats beyond leading goalscorer if you can believe that). A major live sports information provider wanted to partner with the league back in 2009 to offer official stats for the cost of $0. The CSL should have taken them up on that offer to measure up what was going wrong behind the scenes.
  12. Insid SOCCER Magazine has a 2 page feature on the team and competition in their new issue. I'll be flying out for the tournament at the end of October and it should be great. Always wanted to visit Bangkok. If anybody happens to be out there during the time (Nov 1-19th) let me know. In regards to the tournament, the boys gave their all but many of them were simply too fresh too futsal and by most accounts that is what ultimately did them in. The game against the US still feels like a lost opportunity as they were a very beatable team but basic defensive mistakes really did Canada in. It's good that Costa Rica won as it opens it up a little bit as Guatemala was really favoured coming in and it'll open more opportunities between Canada and Costa Rica for some player exchanges and tournaments.
  13. I was initially surprised by what you wrote as it had been up since the night of the match along with the list of award winners. However, a few others I met at the Canada/Panama game in Toronto last week mentioned that hadn't seen it either so had the web master check into it and apparently a mass publishing button wasn't pushed which is a bit strange considering some were able to read it. Regardless, here it is in case you missed it. http://futsalcanada.ca/index.php/news/canadian-futsal-news/365-brampton-city-united-wins-cpfl-championship http://futsalcanada.ca/index.php/news/canadian-futsal-news/366-cpfl-award-winners-announced
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    We'll be honouring the youth champions at tomorrow's Canadian Premier Futsal League Championship tomorrow at Seneca College at 4:45pm. Come see Canadian national team players battle it out. We're expecting about 100-200 people. Food, drink and a DJ are also in store.
  15. www.league1ontario.com has all the information related to the D3 league.
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