2019 Canadian Championship

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Robert Borden, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. RocketRobin

    RocketRobin Member

    Canada
    Feb 3, 2007
    Toronto
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  2. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wikipedia says 1,723 in York and 3,000 in Calgary.
     
  3. Unak78

    Unak78 BigSoccer Supporter

    Dec 17, 2007
    PSG & Enyimba FC
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Nigeria
    I think that Cavalry could pull it off given their current form and the cohesion of the squad (from what I've heard on Canadian podcasts, much of their squad played together as Calgary Foothills in years past) coupled with everything revolving around the Whitecaps over the past year having been largely blown up the year before as well as the front-office scandal and fan walkouts. It would actually be a very good money bet, not that the 'Caps shouldn't be favorites, just that this is the very type of shrewd bet that you make given the storylines going in. This would be my "upset special".
     
  4. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  5. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Tie game 1-1 between Forge FC and Cavalry who has the away goal in a very entertaining game that had everything... great football, dramatic ending and fighting....Canadian Championship is on fire!
     
  6. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Calgary is very lucky to be going home with a tie and an away goal. Hamilton dominated that game and the penalty (which was one of only two shots Calgary put on net all night) was questionable at best. I will definitely be hoping to see Hamilton come out victorious in Calgary.

    I haven't seen an attendance number (the CPL website still won't load attendances for me) but the crowd was really into the game.
     
  7. Roy Kukuk

    Roy Kukuk New Member

    Hamburg SV , Cavalry FC, Calgary Boomers
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2019
    You could tell Cavalry were playing for a 0-0 draw in the 1st half but after the Forge goal they woke up & made it really fun match to watch. Cant wait to be in attendance on Tuesday to watch Cavalry playing on a better turf (not that garbage in Hamilton) in front the hometown fans, get thru to face the Whitecaps.
     
  8. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    You just know that on grass they will be way more effective and dominant. Forge is no joke though and are just as capable...however, not having a true striker is a massive problem...
     
  9. Roy Kukuk

    Roy Kukuk New Member

    Hamburg SV , Cavalry FC, Calgary Boomers
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2019
    I agree..its really a great matchup between what right now is the 2 best teams in the CPL...I just gotta cheer on my team every now and then...lol...Hopefully the weather stays nice as it has been for the last 6 days.
     
  10. Chastaen

    Chastaen Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Winnipeg Manitoba
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not sure racism should have a positive spin put on it :(
     
  11. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I didn't know about that at the time...definitely a black eye on the game
     
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  12. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    HFX Wanderers defeats Valour FC 2-1...Winner face USL Ottawa Fury next round
     
  13. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    York 9 defeats FC Edmonton 3-1. Winner advance to face MLS Montreal Impact in the next round
     
  14. RocketRobin

    RocketRobin Member

    Canada
    Feb 3, 2007
    Toronto
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  15. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Cavalry beats Forge 2-1 and wins on aggregate 3-2.

    They will face the Vancouver Whitecaps in round 3 of the Canadian Championship
     
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  16. CANPRO

    CANPRO Member+

    Dec 23, 2002
    Halifax beats Valour to advance.

    Y9 loses 1-0 to FC Edmonton but still advance.

    I'm most disappointed by Edmonton and Winnipeg this year. They are really toothless.

    It would be great to see TFC at Halifax.

    I'm hoping for a Cavalry upset of the Whitecaps.
     
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  17. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    FC Edmonton wons 1-0 against York 9
    York 9 advance (3-2 aggregate) against Montreal Impact


    Halifax Wanderers wins 2-0 against Valour FC
    HFX Wanderers advance (4-1 aggregate) against Ottawa Fury
     
  18. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    The Ottawa-Halifax series should be fun. Ottawa is playing really well and Halifax seems to be rounding into form. Insofar as two games can be considered a measuring stick, this will give an indication of where the CPL and USL stand with respect to each other.

    For the CPL-MLS series, I'm curious about two things. First, how many fans will turn up. The CPL Canadian Championship games have been fairly poorly attended so far but maybe having MLS opponents will help change that. For MLS teams, I'm hoping the novelty of additional Canadian opponents will help draw curious fans to offset the lesser draw of playing a lower level team. It would be great to really see the fans send the message that they continue to take this tournament seriously.

    Second, I'm curious about what line up the MLS teams will set out. I suspect they'll play backup heavy line ups in game one with an emphasis on young Canadians. That would be the most interesting option as it would give the CPL teams a fighting chance in the first leg.
     
  19. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    A USL team knocked out an MLS team this week. I wouldn't put too much on comparing USL and CPL based on one game between Halifax and Ottawa

    The time Canada soccer picked ensure not many people show up. 4pm on Wednesdays is just retarded. How can fans take this tournament seriously when the CSA doesn't

    Historically, they go back up guys on game 1 and adjust for the return game based on game 1 results
     
  20. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Scratch that, games are at 7-7h30.

    Good. I think they will draw fans then
     
  21. Yoshou

    Yoshou Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2009
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There was only one and that's relatively unusual. There's often 3 or 4 MLS teams getting bounced by lower division teams in this round. The fact that MLS teams still ran out their bench players and only lost one game is indicative of a growing gulf between the 2 leagues.

    That being said, you aren't wrong that one series isn't going to tell us much about the difference between USL and CPL. If there were more games between the two leagues, some conclusions could be drawn, but as it stands, who knows. It could have just been an off night for the losing team, or the ref sucked, etc, etc.
     
  22. gmej

    gmej New Member

    Crystal Palace
    Canada
    Nov 16, 2018
    Really, I am fairly impressed by the Canadian Championship crowds.

    The matches in the CPL stadiums have averaged 3,275 people....which is about 60% of the average league attendance in CPL stadiums. That already seems pretty good to me but looks even better when you consider:

    1. The league average is still getting a "boost" from the "first game ever" attendances - particularly that first game in Hamilton (eg. if you substitute just that attendance with and "average" forge attendance the cup games climb to 67% of league games);
    2. All of the cup games have been midweek....we all know that in most North American cities, for some reason, midweek crowds are lower than weekends
    3. Some of those games have been against teams from lower leagues
    4. As I understand it, none of the CPL clubs included the cup games in their season ticket packages.
    Is there room for these numbers to grow....sure there is......but should anyone be disappointed in the cup game attendances......I don't think so.
     
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  23. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Rome wasn't built in a day.
     
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  24. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    I'll be brief because I don't want to derail the thread. Viewed in comparison with the regular CPL games, you are correct that the Canadian Championship attendances aren't bad. I find the regular attendances themselves underwhelming, however.

    Back to the Canadian Championship, the total attendance after the first two rounds is a bit over 35 000. The all time Canadian Championship attendance is now just under 973 000. It seems likely that the one millionth fan will attend one of the games in the next round.
     
  25. Goaler

    Goaler Member

    Bristol City, Slavia Prague, Pacific FC, AS Roma, Atletico Madrid, Vancouver Whitecaps, Philadelphia Union
    England
    Apr 11, 2007
    Club:
    Aston Villa FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    No, they were just guys the MLS did not want, they did not fit their brand of physical style.

    The CPL teams have all started together and actually they players have played with each other before.

    It's far from nonsense.

    Well the CPL play roll will go up once they start selling players and earning money from supporters, even then the coaches in the CPL can outsmart the MLS clubs, they can build better teams.

    If the MLS clubs take the CC seriously, then why are they playing B teams.
     

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