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Copes last won the day on May 25 2018

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    St. John's CPL

    Clanachan has been here and spoken to the Edge ownership group. They are apparently very interested, but want to give the league a couple of years to watch what happens. I've heard that similar story from 3 different sources, all with levels of knowledge that I consider to be good enough to take their word for it. Certainly this year the group is focused on their basketball / hockey. I think St. John's is very, very likely before 2025 unless the group decides not to proceed.
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    CPL General

    I'm thrilled by the 2 positive developments. I just can't help but feel that following them up with a foolish and unjust decision really sours them.
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    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    Looks all but certain then, likely announced today or tomorrow. He was a standout from the open-trials, correct? I feel like I've read an article about him already. That's awesome!
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    CPL General

    Despite turning 30 this year, my soccer fandom admittedly only started in 2010. And even then, its only over the past couple of years that I've really started paying attention to what the CSA does and how they work. I disagree that this is the common sense solution (if that's what you mean). Common sense solution IMO is to simply state "Hey we need to have an entrant to this newfangled CONCACAF League by July 1st. Listen CPL teams, it won't be perfect, it won't be balanced, and it will be the only time that this happens, but for year 1 whoever is on the top of the table as of June 30th goes." That is the sort of unfair-but-gotta-happen solution that is at least rational. But arbitrarily picking 3 of the 7 teams to compete for the spot? That's dumb. Especially giving us the reason "well its based on when they joined CSA." Fuck off. I'd almost be happier if they said "its a reward for the guys who helped found the league since there will never be a fair way to do this." At least then I couldn't be mad for them trying to hide the real reason. Now, that said, the last part of your sentence is the perspective I'm holding onto underneath my frustration. Yes I think this is fucking dumb, but at the same time I'm happy that the CONCACAF League qualification path exists - thats a big win. And beyond 2019 it'll be fun to watch a worthy club compete for the spot each year. Consistent international club soccer is one of my major goals for CPL and the fact that the pathway exists already is excellent.
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    Canadian Premier League joins CONCACAF League

    I mean, even with an unbalanced schedule, I think sending either 1) Point leader at X date; or, 2) Percentage of possible points earned at X date; from across the whole league table, would be the fairest of unfair ways. Look, I'm not going to toss aside my CPL support and condemn the league. They've done boatloads correctly so far to launch this, in my opinion. Duane's tweet that CPL isn't happy about this either suggests to me that its some sort of garbage CSA rule that I don't understand. I'm salty but I'll get over it. I would love to push back on the decision a bit though and see if we can't get a justification, or maybe even a change. Short of a rule no one knows about (a team must be legally 1.5 years old to compete) I don't get it.
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    Canadian Premier League joins CONCACAF League

    Retweeted by Rob Friend no less. Obviously the excluded clubs are not thrilled.
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    Canadian Premier League joins CONCACAF League

    Duane Rollins tweeted that other clubs weren't happy. Made it sound like a CSA choice? Whatever it is, my happiness about the CONCACAF League has been coated in salt.
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    CPL General

    Most importantly - who do we direct displeasure to? I'm certain it will fall on deaf ears but it would make menfeel slightly better to angrily write an email.
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    Jacob Shaffelburg

    I actually grew up where he is from, albeit a few years ahead of him. My best friend knows his family and made the joke to me today when I shared the news that "he was 4 years old and dangling 12 year olds at the family BBQ". In all seriousness though, its not that people didn't play soccer - it just wasn't the priority. Soccer was the summer sport, and hockey was the winter sport. Most of the guys didnt take soccer particularly seriously. Youd play on a school team, or maybe Timbits, for the organized play aspect. Pickup games on weekends would always be road hockey - no one heads down to the field to kick a ball. And once hockey tryouts start for the school team half the soccer players stop showing up. Kind of the nature of small communities. Not tons of kids to play, and even fewer who took it seriously.
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    CPL General

    Now I see why it wasn't live streamed.
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    CPL General

    This is big news, and its garbage. The whole idea of those three teams being "older" was dumb, but I figured they needed some reason to separate the CPL teams for their silly Canadian Championship format so I just shrugged my shoulders. But making only those three able to qualify for an international competition? I really don't like that. If it's just going to be based on regular season results up to that point, just let the whole league have a shot at that spot. I was happy with Halifax's draw for the competition then immediately saw this and got salty. Not just as an HFX fan but as a CPL fan in general.
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    HFX Wanderers launch/2019 offseason thread

    What do we have to do to get Jacob on loan? https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/farewell-to-nova-scotia-jacob-shaffelburg-proud-son-of-the-maritime-province-turning-heads-at-tfc-pre-season-camp Sounds like he is doing great! Would love to see him at HFX someday.
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    Jacob Shaffelburg

    https://torontosun.com/sports/soccer/mls/toronto-fc/farewell-to-nova-scotia-jacob-shaffelburg-proud-son-of-the-maritime-province-turning-heads-at-tfc-pre-season-camp Looks like lots of praise for the Nova Scotian kid!
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    Canadian Premier League joins CONCACAF League

    I'm not opposed to the scheme, and I like that there is some level of international soccer as a reward for winning our season. That's how it should be. I hope over time the reward can become a direct entry into the Champion's League, as per MLS' structure. However, for now, I'm more than content with this. I don't think the 2019 entry into this will necessarily be the absolute best rep (unless one team is very dominant) simply because we won't have a full season under our belts yet, but how much can you really complain? I'll take any CPL representation and the solution for year 1 will obviously be different than every future year ever. So what odds.
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    League Trophy

    Yeah I don't like the prominent Canadian thing. No disrespect to Terry, but you'd think you'd want it from someone who is known for soccer at the very least if you were going that route. I'm fine with a corporate sponsor, but it needs to be framed like @Ams1984 states. The corporate name comes before the trophy's proper name. Cup is ideal. I would like something like the Stanley Cup - not in shape or resemblance (this needs to be our own) but how it can grow over time and include the names of winning teams. Not necessarily the full roster, but list the Clubs (and maybe coach and captain? I dunno). I just think its nice to see the history of the trophy's winners ON the trophy.