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  1. Had an idea that I thought I'd throw out on the forum for discussion: CIS/CCAA Combine... Why isn't there one? Why doesn't the CIS/CCAA/CSA organize one? The basics of this idea: The MLS doesn't allow CIS players to enter into the draft, but as FC Edmonton has demonstrated the idea that there are not at least a handfull of CIS/CCAA players of professional caliber is nonsense. Currently the fact that there isn't a strait-forward pathway available to these players represents a substantial missed opportunity for Canadian soccer. Therefore, why doesn't the CSA, the CCAA and the CIS get together and organize a yearly combine to connect CIS/CCAA players looking to go pro with teams, scouts and agents interested in giving them a shot. Invited teams could include the Canadian pro-teams, as well as any interested USL-Pro team, as I am under the impression that USL-Pro treats Canadians and Americans both as "domestic". Additionally, scouts and agents with connections in Europe (or elsewhere) could also be invited to help connect players to opportunities abroad. Expansion of our player pool is critical, and the Canadian player pool is so small that even if only 5-10 players per year were successful at landing a contract, over time this would result in a significant increase. Would that ever directly affect the top end of our talent pool? Probably not, but at the same time, it wouldn't take much time before it doubled or even tripled our D2 player pool, which would represent a substantial increase in the number of Canadians making their living in soccer, and would go a very long way towards increasing our domestic "soccer IQ". The greatest benefit of increasing our D2 player pool now would be creating a much deeper reservoir of domestic technical expertis for the future. Would expending scare resources on creating a professional pathway for CIS and CCAA players help us create next DeRosario? Probably not, but it might help us create the next CANADIAN Rennie or Herdman.
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