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    Pablo Maurer with a good bit in the Athletic about shirt sponsorships. https://theathletic.com/598815/2018/10/18/

    Buried in that


    Sponsorships on the sleeves coming next year.

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    So...uh...yeah...


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    Martino leaving Atlanta at the end of the season:

    https://www.atlutd.com/post/2018/10/...ract-extension
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tunnelred View Post
    Martino leaving Atlanta at the end of the season:

    https://www.atlutd.com/post/2018/10/...ract-extension
    Isn't this a bit odd to announce this now, with playoffs still ahead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auzzy View Post
    Isn't this a bit odd to announce this now, with playoffs still ahead?
    The timing does seem a bit ridiculous... maybe they are preplanning an excuse in case they do like they did last season? Unlikely, but you never know. They’ve not looked the same team of late... since Almiron got hurt.
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    He's likely ready to sign with an NT & knows that will be leaked.

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    -Fort York Redcoat, on the state of TFC

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    MLS TV viewership is up this year in Canada. 29% increase on TSN and 6% increase on TVA vs. last year. Bit of a surprise maybe with how our season went... Alphonso Davies effect maybe?

    U.S. viewership also rose 6%.

    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/...odies/MLS.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by notthesun View Post
    MLS TV viewership is up this year in Canada. 29% increase on TSN and 6% increase on TVA vs. last year. Bit of a surprise maybe with how our season went... Alphonso Davies effect maybe?
    I think there could be several reasons for the increase:

    • More interest due to MLS Cup win and deep Champions League run?
    • TSN spent more time promoting the matches and treated the MLS like how they treat the CFL?
    • Improved broadcast presentation and more consistent home match TV schedule?

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    NYC supporters group has a fascist problem & refuses to do anything about it.




    Apparently a guy who organized the thing down in Charlottesville who also runs a skinhead/fascist music label is part of the New York SC supporters group. Said supporter's group doesn't seem to care and when asked, they tell people to shut up. NYC security knows all about them but refuses to do anything.
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    Joshua Kloke is doing an AMA at 1pm today for anyone interested in participating

    https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto/com...KC&sh=556f530a

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    Thanks for the updated list Yohan.

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    Canada lost to Panama in the U20 thus eliminating them from qualifying for 2020 WC. However, 18-yo TFC 2 player Noble Okello scored three goals in the tournament, from midfield.

    Looking forward to seeing him progress in the coming years. Great potential here for a 2-way midfielder.

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    Caps hire Marc Dos Santos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Areathrasher View Post
    Caps hire Marc Dos Santos
    Worst kept secret!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ag futbol View Post
    Canada lost to Panama in the U20 thus eliminating them from qualifying for 2020 WC.
    They're not eliminated yet, but it's not looking good. This bothers me - we're supposed to start seeing Academy products coming through the system at this point that could make the senior squads, and yet we lose to Panama, a nation 1/9 our size. Then I saw that one of our players from the Whitecaps academy got a Red in the 26th minute. At this level of play its inexcusable when they know what's at stake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Initial B View Post
    This bothers me - we're supposed to start seeing Academy products coming through the system at this point that could make the senior squads
    One of the issues this cycle is that some of the u20 players so good they already have made it to the senior squad for Canada. I don’t think they would be loosing to Panama if the front four consisted of Millar, Table, Davies and David.

    Okello has had looked really good. Very powerful with an eye for goal but still able to pass it around. I wonder if there will be room for him with the first team next year.

    Dunn has also looked good. I was worried that his confidence and career would be totally shot after his first team experience this year. Also, I am not sure if he is playing against smaller players but he looks like he has grown a lot since then.

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    Even without our best players, Canada shouldn't have lost. There needs to be more quality coaching at the U5-U17 level to improve our results.

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    On the topic of quality coaching. The resources are there but like reffing in Canada its quite expensive to be able to grow and get your levels in the country. What many coaches are doing now is going to other countries getting their levels there and coming back. This doesn't exactly set a great precedent and should be something that is looked at I would think.

    As it is greatly affecting our coaching pool. It has gotten better over the years though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Initial B View Post
    Even without our best players, Canada shouldn't have lost. There needs to be more quality coaching at the U5-U17 level to improve our results.
    Lots of stuff to work on. More broadly: better development opportunities, more pressure on clubs to actually develop players, and cheaper access to the game at the youth levels (our best player was only given the proper opportunity to play at an early age because of a charity!).

    But, most importantly in this case I think, we need to be more competitive and start putting more responsibility on these kids to produce. I don’t care if we were screwed on some call 5 minutes earlier and their player should have been sent off. This is Concacaf and these antics are to be expected. We should be better than they are, period.

    I don’t think these kids quite comprehend the chance they lost here by not qualifying. This can be make or break for a few careers. We played a meandering first two games against minnows and fell flat, flat on our face at the sight of the first challenge. If that’s what you are going to produce, go play in men’s league, professional soccer will not be for you. There are players in this country who are hungry to play, let them step up.

    And for any U20 coach, not qualifying should be an automatic pink slip. The bar is incredibly low.
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    FWIW, team went down a man after 24 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    FWIW, team went down a man after 24 minutes.
    Understood. We retaliated a few minutes after a bad tackle from their player on one of our mids and got burned for it. Not smart.

    There must be some sort of running joke about how often we fall for these tricks. We’d play three card Monte if they’d let us.
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    Kids gotta learn to CONCACAF.

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    And to top it off we got dropped by St. Kitts too. Time for some soul searching about how we handle this age level perhaps?

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    Yeah that is pretty yikes. That's inexcusable.

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    Disgusting result and the 'coach' is making a long list of excuses such as the schedule.

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    End of an era at FCD - rumour is they are going to sell off a lot of players as well. Urruti back to Argentina, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post

    End of an era at FCD - rumour is they are going to sell off a lot of players as well. Urruti back to Argentina, for example.
    Anyone worthwhile / reasonably-priced to pick up?

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    Interesting view from China on MLS growth and future:

    https://m.scmp.com/sport/football/ar...s-and-sponsors

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    I hope there was a lesson learned this year for the season opener. For the last 4-5 years a tradition had developed for TFC to start the season on the West coast. To have the season opener at home in Toronto in March is reckless. First two games should always be on the road with a start in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, or California. They really shouldn't be playing anymore than absolutely necessary until mid April in Toronto.

 

 

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