The brand-new Canadian Premier League just started up last weekend, so that's a thing.
Seven teams across Canada. Pacific FC (Vancouver Island), Valour FC (Winnipeg), Cavalry FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton (duh), York9 FC (York in suburban Ontario), Forge FC (Hamilton), and HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax).
First game went down as a 1-1 draw between York9 and Forge, second saw Pacific edge HFX 1-0. Watching Valour/Pacific now (Pacific up 1-0 at the half), the quality of play is surprisingly decent.
the liverpool article in espn was interesting to read. collection of known stories et.al, but decently penned. no mention of the owners being the red sox however. seems like an easy throw in for a major us sportsnews entity.
mookie loves salah.
but hopes the mappies get another win :D
The two big things that may hurt them are the fact the CSA and the league doesn’t want the MLS teams putting their Reserve Teams in the CPL, meaning the league is now essentially shut out of the three largest markets in Canada. The other factor is their salary cap is really low, a fact that caused Ottawa to bag off being the eighth team and stay in the USL (with a bunch of Canadian players).
For the reserve teams I do understand the logic as they do want to keep it separate from MLS. But, like I said, they’ve also shut themselves out of the three biggest markets, long term I wonder how that’ll work.
It's Canada. No one really cares about them.
The one thing with new sports leagues like this is always the question of “ok, what about next year? Is there enough to go again?” MLS has finally gotten past that point recently and even that took ~15-20 years.
While were distracted by Canadians, the Women’s World Cup roster was released.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All eyes on US. <br><br>23 players have been selected to lead the <a href="https://twitter.com/USWNT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@uswnt</a>'s quest for a fourth ⭐️.</p>— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ussoccer/status/1124015125353119744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 2, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
All hail the team that will win again!
(Or lose in the quarterfinals)
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Early news story: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNUFC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MNUFC</a> trades captain Francisco Calvo to Chicago Fire for at least $400,000 in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MLS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MLS</a> funds.<a href="https://t.co/v4pCeiNR0a">https://t.co/v4pCeiNR0a</a></p>— Andy Greder (@andygreder) <a href="https://twitter.com/andygreder/status/1124325407724060673?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Good luck with that Chicago!