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    Impact 2018

    i think this answers your question: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/1129753/joey-saputo-impact-montreal-mls-taxes-ville-montreal-chronique-martin-leclerc
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    General - CONCACAF Nations League

    Considering all the Nicaraguans that have recently emigrated to Costa Rica, it will still probably be a home game
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    Milan Borjan

    Come on. Do you think someone who accepted a bribe wound tweet it out? Anyone who puts any credence in that being true isn’t really using their head.
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    CPL Stadium Thread

    The other thing is that Europe plays mostly in fall to spring schedules where it is cold and grey with a lot of rain. Roofs keep that rain off. We play spring to fall where most of the time it’s sunny so you want to maximise the days that fans can be sitting outside in the sun rather than under the roof. Obviously, that means that you get days where it’s cold and wet or snow that you have to suffer through
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    CPL Stadium Thread

    The problem in Canada is due to the CFL. The end zones are so deep that the view is that you need to put the vast majority of seats between the goal lines. Whilst I get the mentality, it does kill the atmosphere. The best compromise is to put temporary stands / beer gardens over the CFL endzones. Or build small soccer specific stadiums as in this thread. I think the lack of roofs is down to owners / governments being cheap and trying to get maximum seats for lowest cost. That just simply is short sighted as it results in less fan atmosphere and therefore less fans interested.
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    CPL Season Schedule

    The US Cup has MLS sides starting in the fourth round but they only play single elimination games
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    CPL Season Schedule

    There was an interesting article pre World Cup in the Econmist about GDP and size of the country in relation to World Cup performance over the years. We were one of the significant under performers with the US. A lot of the speculation in the article was that the MLS encourages mediocrity rather than excellence. I took that with a grain of salt as if that was the case Canada would be a significant under achiever in hockey and the US in basketball as both those top leagues use a similar structure.
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    Best XI

    If we want to see the best players on the field especially against good sides, we might see Larin or Cavallini up top with Hoilett and Balla on the wings, Arfield and Osorio in midfield and one of Piette or Hutch in front of the backline. That would leave Davies as left back and what an attacking left back he could be with his speed and ball control. That still leaves the issue of the right back position. Didn’t MAK play some right or left back in the Gold Cup. Could be an option?
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    Ballou Tabla

    My guess is that we will see Ferreira be the next to commit as he is getting older and his chances with Portugal aren’t great. Hopefully that happens when he comes back from injury. Tomori and Stephen may take a little longer. Hopefully one of them commits by the Gold Cup next year and the other for World Cup qualifying. There is also Akinola who we may see although he is gotta start thinking his chances with Canada are not much better than with the US with the depth we have in the front 3 positions now. Would love to see the attacking mid with the Turkish name in the Netherlands come onboard. But I am probably getting too excited now.
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    Ottawa CPL Club

    Personally, I don't think this was a wise business move for Ottawa. First, they claim that they are concerned about the smaller cap size and they will need to dismantle their team. As others have said, its something that happens every year in the USL. Moreover, I suspect the CPL would overall be a bigger draw than the USL so with a lower salary base, you are likely to do better financially than worse (even if travel is more as some have said). So from a business point of view, what does it matter if you have to jettison a few players. Big deal really. Second, now what are their options. USL is clearly not a long run viable option as its highly unlikely that CSA will sanctioned them there long term. So at some point they are going to be forced into the CPL and at that point, the expansion fee maybe more than it would be for them now. I am not sure that they will generate a lot of sympathy from the CPL to get something lower. And it is possible some other ownership groups may emerge in Ottawa that are willing to pay the fee. If they jumped to the CPL now, they always would have the possibility of going back to the USL if the CPL folded (ie. like the former CSL sides went to the A-League in the 90s). So yes, there is a risk but not sure how great. To play devils advocate to myself, they may be making the decision to stay in the USL to gather parts of the expansion fees (assuming they get anything) that are being paid by new joiners; see how the CPL does, join latter at the same fee, and not risk joining a league that may fold and require them to pay another expansion fee to join back to the USL. I would have thought they might be able to get a waiver for a few years if they left the USL of any future expansion fee if they were to rejoin. Even if that is their strategy, I think its riskier than they may think as they may find they have to pay significantly more than they thought to join later or fold as the CSA doesn't sanction them anymore.
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    I am pleasantly surprised with the formation that Herdman used. With Floro, I am sure he would have started 7 defenders
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    Paul James is on a Hunger Strike

    Yep. A real shame. Mental health is still very much a taboo subject and quite often something to be made fun of. Wish he could get some help
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    The Importance of Alphonso Davies

    I play basketball here in Hong Kong with a bunch of guys that are local or mainlanders (not ABC’s) and they trash talk a lot and referred to themselves or their teammates using the N word with a hard “Er”. The first time I heard it I almost stop playing. Now I just find it hilarious. I don’t have the heart to tell them it’s quite offensive as they think they are all LeBron and all that.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps 2018

    There is rarely something that I agree with UT on but I have to say he is right about the food. I have eaten in both Vancouver and Barcelona and hands down, Barcelona is much better place to eat really high quality food. And just in general, Europe is better than North America in that regard for both quality of ingredients, inventiveness and ambience. I live in Asia and there are some good things here as well, in particular in Japan as they take their food very seriously. But for me, Latin America is the most exciting place these days for food. And Lima probably the best (they have a big Japanese influence there as well). Central #6 on that top 50 list is pretty incredible and cheap (and they are opening in Hong Kong soon...can't wait!).
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    Canada Video Archive

    Wow. our defending against Honduras in the 1991 Gold Cup match was atrocious...almost comical.