2019 CPL Spring Season

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Robert Borden, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    This thread seems appropriate as this will be the 1st of many seasons!

    1st game in 27 years for a Canadian domestic league ended in a 1-1 draw between Forge & York 9
     
  2. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    #2 Robert Borden, Apr 28, 2019
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  3. CANPRO

    CANPRO Member+

    Dec 23, 2002
    Victoria's stadium is perfect for CPL.

    10 minutes in, both teams keeping the ball on the ground, looking for openings.

    This is great. They're both playing good football.
     
  4. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    The quality is good. I expect Halifax to react in the 2nd half but Pacific is a dangerous offensive team.

    This league is exceeding lots of people expectations!
     
  5. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    #5 Robert Borden, Apr 28, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2019
    1-0 win for Pacific!
    That stadium though!!!
    Highlights

    • Quality was high on Pacific side. HFX Wanderers took more time to settle in and Ida being subbed in changed Halifax.
    • Halifax is a team built for defense and counterattack but they will regret going all in in that philosophy. Pacific got a red card and even with a man down, kept possession of the ball and pressed Halifax.
    • Halifax defense are big, strong and surprisingly fast. Despite the lose, the fact that they only lost by 1 goal is an achievement on it's own as Pacific kept attacking and playing in their half of the pitch.
    • Pacific will score lots of goal this season. Haber, Fisk, Baldissimo, Verhoeven and Starostzisk were incredibly efficient. Great possession game and maintaining control of the game. Again, the quality is exceeding expectations on game 2.
     
  6. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    How were the attendance figures?
     
  7. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    17 661 during the inaugural game (Forge vs York 9)

    Sold put ~6000 for the Pacific vs Wanderers game

    Next game is at Pacific (Langford, BC) and they will be hosting Valour this Wednesday
     
  8. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Great figures, looking forward to seeing them grow!
     
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  9. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    The league is reporting 5100 for the Victoria game. Renovations are still ongoing so a sell out will eventually be the ~6000 Robert Borden mentioned but for now its a bit lower.

    I'm hoping the remaining teams can keep things going in their home openers. Certainly it makes for a great atmosphere at the stadium. Halifax, Calgary, and Winnipeg all get their shots this week.

    Edmonton has to wait another week. York actually has a Canadian Championship game as their home opening a few days before their first league home game. It will be interesting to see the attendance for that because its against Blainville of the PQSL rather than a CPL team.
     
  10. CANPRO

    CANPRO Member+

    Dec 23, 2002
    Halifax will be a sellout. Valour will be over 10k for their first home match.

    Calgary has a nice venue, but it's tough to get to, and their prices are way too high.

    Unsure how many fans Edmonton will have.
     
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  11. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Winnipeg get their first win in their first game. I only got to see the highlights but it looked like an entertaining match. Haber perhaps should have passed rather than taken the shot that hit the post but that's tough to do in the moment.

    Attendance only 2360 which is concerning.
     
  12. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Winnipeg played a good game with Hoyle and Carreiro scoring for Valour. Petrasso was a constant threat.

    Haber just can't catch a break but is due to start scoring soon. I thought Pacific played a bad game trying to play the long ball to Haber and crossing.to him. They became predictable and easy for Valour to defend against. Their midfield is so talented, they must go back to use it to create opportunities and being creative.

    That was a small midweek attendance, will have to compare to the next weekend game. Temperature didn't help either from the look of it
     
  13. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Yes, and I don't want to make too much of one game, but...

    The league says they need an average attendance of about 6000 to be viable. That means a team like Victoria needs to basically sell out every game - the financial math doesn't care that it was a mid-week game with chilly weather. When their stadium capacity (once the renos are done) is just equal to the necessary attendance it's not like they can hope for a big crowd later to make it up.

    Again, I'm not going to panic based on one game. I'm sure there's some flex. Still, it's disappointing to see so early on in the team's history.
     
  14. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    It's too soon to panic over 1 game.

    The wording is 6000 to "break even". Everyone knew that some would be losing money but the point if for Pacific to build up a consistent attendance over time.
     
  15. CANPRO

    CANPRO Member+

    Dec 23, 2002
    A late, 8pm start was hard to understand.

    I agree it's not great, but sadly about what one would expect for An 8pm Wednesday night game when it's freezing.

    Also shows that the media deal, sponsorships and any player sales down the road are vital.
     
  16. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Others have said that having 2 games almost back to back was a bad idea as most people would most likely choose 1 and the inaugural.

    From what I've heard without checking the schedule, Winnipeg's schedule manages to avoid that.

    7 team league doesn't help...hence the need to bring it up to 8 or 10 next season
     
  17. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

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

    Robert Borden Member+

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

    Robert Borden Member+

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

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    HFX Wanderers 2-1 Forge FC Cavalry FC 2-1 York 9 FC Valour FC 1-2 FC Edmonton *CONCACAF LEAGUE Qualifiers*
     
  21. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  22. Yoshou

    Yoshou Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2009
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One of the benefits of a temporary stadium is that you can expand it quickly.
     
  23. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Not that my opinion will matter to the club but I would urge them to go slowly on any expansion. Keeping sell outs long term is more important than grabbing a few extra fans now. Wait and see where the attendance settles after the initial buzz has worn off.

    Personally, I'd wait until the end of year three when their temporary stadium permit expires and do any expansion in conjunction with making the stadium permanent. By then they may have weathered some bad on field performance and have a gauge of what attendance is like during adversity.

    Still, very impressive that they are even talking about this.
     
  24. Yoshou

    Yoshou Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2009
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Isn't the season already sold out, or close to it? If so, I don't see the harm in bumping the capacity up a few thousand for the last half of the season. Get more people in the stadium and prepped to purchase season tickets.
     

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