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  1. York 9 still have yet to make the signings of Denis Pina and Emmanuel Zambazis, as well as the departure of Munir Saleh. I do hope they are the ones to sign Molham Babouli and not Forge, they could need the extra depth in offence, Simon Adjei and Michael Cox look like the starting pair up front with the youngsters Austin Ricci and Cyrus Rollocks as their understudies. The next 10 days should be all about finalizing the 23 man roster! Last but not least, they have the option to sign their final draft pick Daniel Pritchard from England to a Developmental contract until August
  2. If only these two were in the CPL, instead of Americas div 2 all the announcements happening; Hoyle of valour FC said in an Interview that "All these Canadians in the, didn't believe in the league now they're stuck in the USL and can't get in the CPL"
  3. Blackjack15

    CPL General

    "To pursue other soccer opportunities" big player coming to his hometown of Edmonton! Former NCAA Div II standout, MLS countracy with SKC and 96 games in the USL, as well as featured in the CONCACAF champions league and called up to the CanMNT by OZ to one of the games/camps. Great signing for the league and FCE. I'm very certain it's him who Paulus teased about, now sign Jackson Farmer, Noah Cunningham and you have local talent in defence
  4. Signed a contract extension until 2021 as of April 12th (last Friday)
  5. Very impressive, his second start in the Danish second division. Promising sign for a 19 year old centre back! Maybe he can make the jump to the Superliga or decides to move sideways to Norway or Sweden to try and make it with a club in the Eliteserien or Allsvenktan, anyhow good loan for him so far, one to keep an eye on. He should be on the radar of Herdman if he make a jump to a decent to good first division next season in Europe, were very weak in defence
  6. So I was thinking about Qatar 2022 and its qualifiers already and it's fair to say Mexico and USA have always been 1 & 2. Costa Rica and Honduras have had a dominant presence with strong results in our region but Panama however is the one I think we can go after and be better than. (Not saying we won't go after CR or H but if we want to be TOP FIVE in Concacaf we need draw comparisons to what we have vs what our opponents have) Okay so, Panama had 5 KEY players retire from the NT; they are - GK - Jaime Penedo (37 yo and 130 caps) DF - Felipe Baloy (38yo, 99 caps and 4 goals) MF - Gabriel Gomez (34yo, 141 caps and 11 goals) FW - Blas Perez (38yo, 116 caps, and 43 goals) FW - Luis Tejeda (34yo, 104 caps, and 43 goals) Other players are either thinking about retiring soon / not being considered by the coach at the moment because of lack of playing time with their clubs / discarding themselves for the new cycle ahead or simply just questionable. They are ⤵️ GK - Jose Calderon (33yo, and 33 caps), (DF - Roman Torres (33 yo, 110 caps, and 10 goals) & DF - Adolfo Machado (34yo, 79 caps and 2 goals) All of the players above have been HUGE blows To their squad and have hurt their team being hard to replace. They've been testing new players in friendlies, and it's safe to say that they have Just enough to compete but are a weaker in terms of roster quality as they had more pieces before. Still good players but lack of depth. On paper Canada is stronger? Decide for yourself. I really believe that we can compete against them and win Now they do have a few omissions (5) Midfielders - Cristian Martinez of Chicago Fire in the MLS, Edgar Barcenas of Oviedo of the Spanish segunda, forwards - Alfredo Stephens | Santa Clara in Primeira Liga (Portugal), Ricardo Clarke playing in the Paraguayan league and Rolando Blackburn in Bolivia's top tier. The rest play in Panama, USL, mexico's Ascenso, Venezuela and lower leagues in Europe. So not bad but great either, very limited player pool - about 20 decent footballers is Canada better as of now? I'd like to see us play them soon to find out This is their current 18 man squad:
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    CPL General

    Yes! Here's the CEO of Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) Scott Mitchell on Twitter in regards to this: https://twitter.com/ticatmitchell/status/1116404848159789056?s=21
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    2019 Attendance

    I do hope the CPL has a system in place to track the number of tickets sold/attendance for each team's home matches. I think it's crucial to know, we need have knowledge of these numbers, because on a year to year basis the average will grow and statistical analysis too. Its too bad they're a lot of midweek games for the regular season (not including Canadian championship), hopefully with 10 teams in 2020, the 5 games can all be played on the weekend; One Friday Night, One Saturday afternoon, one Saturday night and Sunday - 2/3pm range. That way all rounds/fixtures can be used and the standings will show where each club stands, as everyone has played the same amount of games. For Year 1: I'd expect a minimum 5,000, high of 10,000, average of 6,000-8,000 Forge, Valour, HFXW, FCE look very strong in ticket sales. Pacific and York are doing okay but with room to always improve. Calgary reallt concerns me, the location which is outside the city in the very very south, and the ticket prices are outrageously high. Luckily for Pacific, there's a culture in Victoria of being a walk-up crowd and since all season ticker members get a free jersey, that will help spread the word. York 9 Have until May 25 until their home opener, good enough time to try and sell out and the inaugural game will bring publicity plus 1,200 away fans is quite strong. If CPL makes noise in Toronto, expect GTA fans to "check it out" for a game or two at lions stadium
  9. I would say the 3rd stringer for GK is up for grabs. Thomas, Leutwiler Last played in November. They're both back ups for their teams and hard to see anything change. Tough to bring them to the gold cup IMO. St Clair and the CPL - Carducci, Robers, etc will be with a good set of games by the time selection comes. Adekugbe, James, Henry, Godihno are locks. I'm sure most people would agree on this; they've all had really good season(s) so far or up date For positions like back ups: LB, CB, RB, I 'd much prefer guys who are in regularity with their clubs and that's where we lack the most depth. You can have guys emerge out of nowhere. There's an opportunity there Levis, Morgan, Cornelius, Miller, ZBG, Cordova (Laryea) and whoever else have to play more games from now on until May and then June to see who goes. Our midfield and attacking looks pretty solid, both in the CDM/CM, LW/RW and CF. Sure there are a few decisions to make, but for the most part we have a sure idea of who will be there. For our remaining defenders and 3rd string GK, it's very unpredictable
  10. Orlando lost 2-1. Miller and Johnson went the distance while Akindele went 56 minutes. He'll have good games and bad games, if the club still believe in him; one bad to OK performance won't affect him, 3-4 will. It's all part of the learning curb, centre back is one of the hardest positions I'd say
  11. I do wonder how this announcement (both CBC and One Soccer) coming now is quite late, and how will it affect viewership in general? For TV and Streaming with 2 weeks left to the season, gives little time for fans as the notice is so close to when the first game is. Maybe it would had a bigger affect for more casual and mainstream fans for the tv but for streaming, can you imagine how many people would have signed up by now to one soccer should it have been announced like 3 months ago Oh well, Hope they make a lot of noise and promote that first game like crazy
  12. What a difference a couple days make
  13. As it should be, the best 23 should go based on form, and regularity with their clubs
  14. Should he play I said. Who even would you name in the top 10 current Canadian goalkeepers? It's hard to really examine that pool, the CPL will help put things in order
  15. So who do you take out? No Akindele, No Edwards? Going with 3/4 forward and who of the 6 center midfield is not considered; My guess is Teibert. A back up LB may or may not be needed. Ashtone Morgan does have experience though I think this a excellent problem to have. Many options, something Canada didn't have 4-5 years ago, the discussion is good. Herdman will have headaches when comes decision time
  16. Maybe his parents can't pay for his studies so he needed to get a soccer scholarship 100% expenses covered. In that case go to a university which is less known academically or athletic wise. He's probably prioritizing his education ahead of his potential pro soccer career. Although being captain of the whitecaps U18 and representing Canada at U17 you would think that would come with some pedigree
  17. This is a really good get, Egypt's Top tier is good quality. If he can get games, he should be called up to our NT, what's the club name?
  18. My 23 man squad: Goalkeepers (3) Milan Borjan Maxime Crepeau, Dayne St. Clair Defenders (8) Sam Adekugbe, Ashtone Morgan, Manjrekar James, Doneil Henry, Derek Cornelius Kamal Miller, Marcus Godihno and Juan Cordova Central Midfielders (6) Scott Arfield, Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan Osorio, Sam Piette, Mark-Anthony Kaye, and Russell Teibert Wingers (3) - Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett, Tesho Akindele Forwards (3) - Lucas Cavallini, Cyle Larin, Jonathan David Notes: Neither Jayson Leutwiler or Simon Thomas are playing so therefore we select a new 3rd goalkeeper. Dayne St Clair seems to be quite the talent with MNUFC, On loan at the newly formed 10 team USL League One. Marco Carducci and Quillan Roberts are the other from runners. Might come from CPL to raise the profile of the league For back up left back, Morgan (technical decision) and Levis (injury) have yet to play any minutes this year which is concerning. Meanwhile Adekugbe is killing it in Norway, perhaps re-evaluate the idea to put MAK there as he can play both LB and CM. extra depth in both positions and that way we don't have to compromise in the centre midfield. Although I fully understand that Morgan/Levis will play games and are reliable options. For CB; James, Henry are our fixed starters. Edgar doesn't deserve another call up imo. English fifth tier is not good enough, maybe for a small Caribbean nation but not Canada. Anyways, what worries me is Cornelius and he's played like crap this season with the whitecaps and Miller who just has 2 GP with Orlando City in MLS play. Best case scenario Kamal puts a string of matches (5-8) from here until the Gold cup then he's our #3 go to guy. Only problem is he has no caps,so better play Friendly or two prior to the tournament. Also There's Adam Straith who could come in as a temporary fix until our CB pool gets better. I believe they're could even be a chance that our 4th CB comes from the CPL, how likely? Idk. Will be interesting to see how Herdman deals with that. For RB - it's quite obvious, Godihno is our undesputed starter as he's played a lot with hearts in the Scottish Premiership. What is unclear is who backs him up? Well ZBG is kinda the first name that comes to mind as he's featured in all of our previous games in CNLQ. Although he still has to prove himself with the impact, he made one appearance off the bench and started another one which he looked good in. But if he doesn't play from here until GC how can we select him? Same thing with Cordova; very capable player but needs to be playing. Richie Laryea could be an alternative. Central midfielders - CDM - Atiba, CM - Arfield, CM - Osorio is my starting trio pair, the back up pair is: CDM - Piette, CM - Teibert, CM - MAK. Johnson, Wotherspoon, chapman playing really well but not enough to overtake this solid group of six. Hutchinson is retiring after the GC and Eustaquio is available for a call up starting this fall in September once he recovers from injury and gets back to Playing with Cruz Azul. Wingers - Davies, Hoilett is the startin pair without a doubt. Akindele has been in really good form, hard to deny that, he's my pick. Edwards started the year off right with a goal with the fire but then got injured, let's see how he does here on out. Tabla and Milar are off my roster, Ballou hasn't been playing at all for Spanish segunda outfit Albacete and Liam only has 6/7 pro games under his name. Still could be a dark horse though but he misses the cut slightly, maybe he can move to a club next season where he is starting every game and scores lots of goals. Also a half year loan has partly to do with it. Pre season with Liverpool can benefit him a lot Forwards - Cavallini, Larin and David Not much to say, they're our best! Ricketts, AJH far behind in level. And if one of them were to get injured, Were in a bad spot. Need more depth in the forward section which our replacements are alright, but the top guys are great * David can also play CAM and slide in the wing position as he has done with his club Gent*
  19. Probably just those 20 games will be available and for people who like what they're seeing they can sign up and pay the subscription plan that one soccer reveals. Since they are broadcasting their own game through media pro and then putting it on CBC they will have lots commercials, features, interviews, etc about CPL on their website or social media for "casual fans" to find out more To see the other 78 league games + Canadian Championship, they will have to pay. But you're showing the audience a piece of the puzzle for free, if Canadians fall in love with it,will be a huge success Great Iniciative 👏🏻
  20. Martinique shouldn't be a team to sleep on, they have tons of eligible players in France playing in Ligue 2 mostly and a few in Ligue 1 who have a few caps for the NT, or been in one of the nominations but have withdrawn last minute. the question is how many of those players will we see in the provisional roster and most importantly the final squad. Because for the nations league qualifying they used majority players from the local league Only 5 notable played in one of the four matches They are: DF - Jordy Delem / Seattle Sounders | MLS ~ 41 caps DF - Jean Sylvain Babin / Sporting Gijon | Spanish Segunda division ~ 10 Caps *MF - Wesley Jobello / Ajaccio | Ligue 2 ~ one cap *MF - Thomas Ephestion / US Orleans | Ligue 2 ~ Three caps *FW - Kevin Fortune / Troyes | Ligue 2 ~ Two caps Plus us the all time goal scorer Kevin Parsemain who has 34 goals in 52 appearances is still leading the way * = New Recruits (2018-) Now that they're no longer playing minnows they will be adding some quality guys who we should watch out for Lets not forget Gold Cup 2013, Yes I said it. The dark years. Coincidentally at rose bowl, Time to put that demon to rest All I'm saying is we should be confident but not arrogant, we still have tons to prove ourselves. Herdman has installed a culture of humility, hard work; no players with high egos, the veterans are respected just as much as the youngsters and the mid age group, which is pleasing to see. Shift the mindset as he says, I do see that this group is hungry unlike past squads
  21. I disagree, we should play all games to win
  22. Good work happening in Langford. Any photos from Spruce Meadows and York Lions Stadium? Also the extra stand added at Clarke stadium
  23. Blackjack15

    CPL General

    Besides the reported CBC Broadcast deal and One soccer subscription package announced and ready for purchase, Hoping for a airline carrier and hotel sponsor! This would be huge for the league on the financial side, have the teams in good position moving forward This was the major reason the old CSL folded, travel and accommodation expenses were just too high, this would eliminate a good portion of the costs
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