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L.T. last won the day on May 21 2014

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  1. L.T.

    Canadian Premier League

    What rhetoric was that? (actual quotes preferred)
  2. Two Canadians sign with W-Connection in T&T: http://torontoskillz.com/signed-to-the-most-successful-club-in-the-history-of-trinidad-tobago/
  3. One more for the 1st page list: Davis Hocking - St. Peter's http://www.saintpeterspeacocks.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/roster
  4. Here's another: Northeast Conference 7 Brett Larocque Forward Bryant Product of Bryst FA - like Larin (Sigma FC), Awuah (Sigma FC) and Ononye (ANB Futbol) - came up through the SAAC system.
  5. Latest embarrassment? Yes, because we all know US-based semi-pro leagues NEVER need to drop under-performing organizations...
  6. Nice Reports Robin. BTW, yes all three ANB Mills' players are brothers that came up through the Academy.
  7. Ted, stick to reliving the glory of your CUSL blueprint days. Your boorish comments are tiresome and irrelevant the Ontario soccer scene. The fact that you give any credence to the CSL, an organization I have been involved with, tells me all I need to know about the value of your comments. (Not to mentioned the childish way you choose to make them)
  8. Guys, As someone involved on the periphery of this launch, let me say this, if anyone is expecting a slick, polished marketing vehicle out of the launch of League1 you are going to be disappointed. Leagues/teams have started with a big splash before, yet once the initial excitement wears off, the realization that there was little substance behind the splash sets in and the long term viability becomes a concern. The purpose of League1 was not to produce a ready-made pro league with ready made teams ready to spend like pro clubs. The planning for this league centred around providing a structure to allow for the organic development of clubs to reach the pro level, rather than search out 'franchises', give them flashy names and logos and drop them into a league. You may not agree with the approach, but there it is. The 10 founding organizations are coming in with very different backgrounds. Some have pro experience from other leagues; some have brought in overseas expertise; some have a stockpile of young talent that need an outlet to be showcased; and others are looking to build upon their presence in their local community. League1 was created so there is something in place to allow organizations like these to plan for the future, and to know that if it their intention to expand into the professional ranks, there is a place to go. The first few seasons will likely be low-key and focused mainly on the product on the field. Some organizations may not able able to maintain a presence at this level, while others that were not quite ready for 2014 may step up. Once the clubs establish their footing, I have no doubt you will start seeing more focused efforts on the marketing, branding and other revenue generating areas that will help ensure long term survival. For now, be content to be able to go out to a game, pay a few bucks, watch some decent soccer and know that you may be witnessing the first steps of the long term plan that will create a vibrant semi-pro culture across the province with mulitple tiers and teams in every community.
  9. Not true for the RFD regarding access to League 1. Recognized academies now have permanent access to OSL, OWSL and League 1 (previously it was year-to-year for OSL and OWSL). No less than 3 academies were involved in the League 1 application process...
  10. According to Kurt Larson & Jason de Vos, once they sign Bradley, TFC will not be able to keep Laba (4th DP)
  11. You haven't heard?... NEW ERA FOR CANADIAN SOCCER LEAGUE: URSINI... Vincent Ursini, chairman of the board and president of the CSL told an enthusiastic meeting of team owners November 18 following agreement to become a founding member of the newly-formed Soccer Federation of Canada with the prospect of a new league structure to more easily accommodate prospective teams and eventually women's pro soccer: “This begins a new era for the Canadian Soccer League and for semi-professional soccer in Canada and we are excited at the prospect of working within the framework of the SFC, to do our part to strengthen soccer in Canada and provide many players with a higher level opportunity in which to play and further develop – an opportunity they may not otherwise get,” he said. Applications, together with policies and procedures for the new CSL Second Division will be available as of Monday, December 9, 2013. Interested teams and newly formed groups should contact the CSL for further information at 905 564-2297 (toll free 1 888 216-9913) or email to info@canadiansoccerleague.ca. CSL JOINS NEWLY-FORMED SOCCER FEDERATION......promises prospective teams more achievable pro standards The Canadian Soccer League has accepted membership in the newly-formed Soccer Federation of Canada (SFC) and as a first step after removing itself from the Canadian Soccer Association and provincial soccer jurisdiction is prepared to make it easier for teams and new groups to step into professional soccer for the first time. A newly structured CSL Second Division will provide an environment with ready-achievable semi-professional standards in which teams will have an opportunity to experience first entry pro soccer while playing in a highly competitive environment. The CSL Second Division was earlier approved for reserve teams only. The CSL intends to introduce promotion and relegation between its two main divisions, a system rarely used in North America. Also, for new teams that apply for CSL First Division entry, they will have the option of playing their initial year in the Second Division, a first step that allows clubs to become accustomed to the disciplines and rigors of professional soccer. The CSL First Division is considered in Canada’s professional pyramid the next level below the top flight Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer (MLS) and FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Both of these leagues are U.S.-based. The new Second Division will provide a member team with the opportunity to develop infrastructure, the team’s player base and also develop a close relationship with the immediate community - including the local soccer community. The CSL team can be a focal point in the community for the development of young players considering an eventual higher level professional soccer career in North America or overseas. The CSL will continue with its highly successful Reserve Division, which will drop down to a third level for an anticipated three divisions in 2014. The CSL for some years has been disappointed by the number of Canadian women’s teams entering the United States to play first level women’s professional soccer and considers a Canadian women’s professional league long overdue. The CSL will now structure such a league and will be making an announcement in the near future. At a recent league meeting, CSL club owners agreed the Canadian Soccer League should be a founding member of the newly-formed Soccer Federation of Canada (SFC), which provides private soccer entities, leagues and clubs in Canada with the necessary guidance and services needed to grow and develop within the Canadian soccer community. SFC members will draw on the federation for the appropriate administration of players, non-playing personnel, including coaches, match officials and various peripheral needs such as insurance. The SFC will also provide non-intrusive oversight while encouraging its member leagues and clubs to be independently structured for local conditions within an affordable business plan.
  12. Vindication, one thing to keep in mind is to take any comments re: rules made by non-expert staff with a huge grain of salt. The policies of the OSA/CSA are so convoluted that it is easy to misinterpret them, or to overly simplify them when talking to 'outsiders'. Best to always get your information from the horse's mouth: http://www.ontariosoccer.net/Rules/PublishedRules/GovernanceRules/OSAPolicies/tabid/4517/language/en-US/Default.aspx Section 5.0 - Leagues Policy 8.0 - POLICIES GOVERNING CATEGORIES ... 8.2 Senior Leagues 8.2.1 Only one Senior Level 1 League shall be permitted to operate in the categories listed for Senior Level 1 Leagues in Policy 7.5. (click the link to see the table of league categories in Policy 7.5) And just to be clear. I am just pointing out an error in the statements you listed. I am not shedding any tears over the impending demise of the CSL.
  13. This is not entirely correct. The OSA can sanction ONE semi-professional league. That slot is currently held by League 1 Ontario. I'm not even sure they could sanction them as an amateur league. Again, only one Provincial Level Senior amateur league can be sanctioned, and that slot is currently held by the Ontario Soccer League. There are less restrictions at lower levels, but I'm not sure if those can operate province-wide.
  14. Story from the Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/13/returning-olympians-golden-to-fans The kid asleep in the stroller in the video & photo gallery is my son
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