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  1. I don't think he would be a good fit for Ottawa; nostalgia for his best years might work well for the Voyageurs but I don't think people outside of the 'soccer community' really care too much about his twilight. I'm sorry to be so blunt - he has given a good effort to Canada and done well in the MLS - but I would rather see younger Canadians getting field time at the Fury and I am skeptical about his ability to be a positive influence. One of my most disappointing moments was to hear Canadians supporters demand for his presence in Toronto in the match against Jamaica over the younger guys on the field who were playing well. I don't want to bring that to Ottawa but I also don't think it would have the same 'impact' that fans in Toronto believe it would.
  2. I hope there is a Canada section that we can help organize to fill.
  3. I think it is unfortunate that the grounds for a discrimination case is being waged over the turf; in one sense it does work symbolically because they are attacking the unequal field of play but on the other hand, many people realize the inequality but are trying to take positive strides to ending the discrimination between men and women soccer players. That position is not being recognized by this type of action and is creating a lot of friction. That the CSA, and other national federations, does not have any clear plan to expanding semi-professional and professional women's soccer in this country (paying for a few players in the NWSL is okay but needs to be a stepping stone not a end-point solution) should be more central criticism. Women have a very hard time reaching professional levels and that is, in large part, because of structural discrimination.
  4. Women still are banned from attending major sporting events in Iran as spectators: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/31/verdict-due-british-iranian-woman-volleyball-sports-event http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/iran-urged-end-ban-female-football-fans-20131171494737790.html According to this article, women have only been allowed into the stadium for the men's national team once in the past ten years: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/06/iran-womens-volleyball-barred-entry.html# Their women's team has never done very well (they lost bit time to Thailand and the Philippines in qualifying) but they do have one and they do compete, after briefly being banned for requiring players to wear hijabs.
  5. I'm hoping we can pull in a group from Ottawa for the Montreal game. I know Stony Monday Riot (stonymondayriot at gmail.com) is looking for a few road trips and will be willing to organize at least a bus from the city for the Vs supporters section if it is possible. We will also be willing to sell tickets.
  6. We should plan a bus from Ottawa to the final in Montreal. Have faith that the Canadians make it that far .
  7. By having the rows in front participate in the songs. Not hard. A megaphone in a crowd that big is useless because singing alone would out power it. If you can't get to the back of the rows, the problem isn't the capo its the rows directly in front of the capo not really following along that loudly. If people don't participate loud enough then other strategies are needed: different songs, different positioning, better engagement with the crowd. amplified voice = a cope out and is oppressive. Why a competition is not a good idea, whats the point of comparing a 'capo'? As Bob pointed out not everyone uses one in the first place. Second, seems like if there is something 'competitive', it is between complete sections of supporters not just one person (with or without a megaphone). Third, how do you compare Victoria with Edmonton or Ottawa with Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver? Whats the point of that? The real rivalry is on the field and between supporters. Not between individual persons (with their megaphones?).
  8. megaphones are for the weak. More importantly: why a competition? Seems like a not good idea.
  9. Wanna move your studio to downtown ottawa and do the same thing? there are a lot of new lcbos opening that you could choose to locate in front of.
  10. It is about business - MLSE has deep pockets with Bell and Rogers but they are trying to remake the sports culture in Toronto/Canada so that they can continue to make money off of their sports platforms Sportsnet and TSN. A shift towards soccer is a big deal for these companies as it is the world's largest television market. Big owners are going to be projecting farther into the future. Gate revenues are a big part of the income of every sports team - though it varies. For large European clubs gate is between 15 and 40% http://swissramble.blogspot.ca/ . The moves are going to be a mixture of 'sportive' and for the business model because the business model is sports and being 'successful' on the field is one way to gain loyal support (customers), though as the leafs show not the only way.
  11. I'm more worried seeing Canadian players slide in to break messi's leg for a friendly just before the world cup...
  12. Cavallini has to start trying to break into the first team, then either to Argentina and more likely try to get interest in Europe. If not a career in Nacional would be decent. But so much work just to get into the first team regularly. MLS is not the right path.
  13. From the stadium of Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro on the opening of the inicial 2013.
  14. Saw on Fox Sports Argentina that Urruti is doing his physical for Toronto.
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