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#501 Mike K.

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:35 PM

They said it was a sell-out?

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#502 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:47 PM

They said it was a sell-out?

 

october 16:

 

 

 

Pacific FC, whose defence was a bit of a shambles on the night, fell to 4-8-5 in the fall season and finishes Saturday at Westhills Stadium against Valour FC of Winnipeg, with PFC reporting nearly 5,000 tickets already sold for the season finale.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...nton-1.23979182

 

 

they win the final 2-0.   

 

and report 5103 in attendance.  let's see what tedward says about that number.


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#503 tedward

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 08:00 AM

they win the final 2-0.   

 

and report 5103 in attendance.  let's see what tedward says about that number.

 

It was a great game in the end and an awesome atmosphere for the finale.

The number? freaking fantastic from my perspective. I never believed they could actually sell but on a freaking miserable day, in a game that meant almost nothing (decided 4th vs 5th place).

 

I think we looked good:
 

 
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The Canadian Premier League’s 18-match Fall campaign wrapped up Saturday with a trio of regular season final matches; HFX earning its first road win 2-0 over York9 FC, Cavalry FC putting an exclamation point on their Al Classico dominance and Pacific closing up on a positive note with a 2-0 win over Valour FC.

 


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:35 AM

Final attendance figures, thanks to the strong opener and finale. The average was 3,106 for 2019. Overall league average was 4,286.

http://twitter.com/L...1175168/photo/1

 

Not great numbers TBH, but a solid foundation for a league many said would never finish the season.

 

edit: corrected number


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#505 Mike K.

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:43 AM

Where were people saying it would never finish the season?


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#506 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:54 AM

Edmonton down 500 per game from last year (in another league).

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:19 AM

Where were people saying it would never finish the season?

 

Mostly Reddit, starting before the teams were even announced.

Was a general comment, not directed at anyone here who have BTW, been surprisingly moderate in their criticism. 


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#508 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 10:09 AM

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#509 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 10:55 AM

http://www.theyoungg...onthats-a-wrap/  <  <  podcast

 

Wherein Our Heroes join forces and attend the final CanPL regular season match between Pacific FC and Valour FC. This episode is chock-full of audio clips from both coaches (James Merriman and Rob Gale), Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend and EVP Ops Brad Norris-Jones, and of course, players galore. We also offer predictions for the first leg of the Canadian Premier League Final and dip into the mailbag.


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Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:50 AM

^ Great podcast if you like beer and Canadian soccer.


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#511 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 06:14 AM

bit of an upset as hamilton beats calgary in both legs of the final.  forge are 2019 champions.



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Posted 04 November 2019 - 10:42 AM

bit of an upset as hamilton beats calgary in both legs of the final.  forge are 2019 champions.

 

For those of us who care, Calgary will always be the 2019 League Champions as they finished the season with the most points. Hamilton won the equivalent of the "league cup".

BTW, great points to argue over beers while we wait for next season. :)


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#513 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 06:38 AM

But even at that, youthful Emile Legault and Jose Hernandez won’t get a curtain call.

 

The club announced it will not offer new contracts to goalkeeper Mark Village, defenders Legault, Hendrik Starostzik, Ryan McCurdy and winger Hernandez.

 

Defender Blake Smith and midfielder David Norman Jr. were on loan from Major League Soccer clubs with Smith returning to FC Cincinnati and Norman Jr. to the new Inter Miami FC franchise.

 

 

https://www.timescol...2020-1.23997876

 

 

a few changes in the business office too.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 05 November 2019 - 06:38 AM.


#514 tedward

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 08:44 AM

The only ones that real surprised me were Village and maybe Legault. I thought he would be kept. 

The remaining players seem like a strong base on which to build for next year.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:30 PM

What has been a bad week for The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group keeps getting worse.

It’s expected that OSEG will announce at a Friday morning press conference that the Ottawa Fury FC will suspend operations.

Fury FC began as a North American League expansion franchise in 2014, then joined the United Soccer League in 2017.

Prior to the 2019 USL season, governing body CONCACAF refused to sanction Fury FC, trying to pressure them into joining the Canadian Premier League in its inaugural season.

Fury FC finally got its sanction after appealing.

It seems likely those issues with CONCACAF lingered.

 

 

 

https://ottawacitize...pend-operations


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:05 AM

A Letter from John Pugh, Ottawa Fury FC President

It’s with a very heavy-heart that I write this.  Ottawa Fury FC has notified the United Soccer League, Canada Soccer and our staff, players and coaches that the club has suspended operations.  We will not compete in the USL Championship (USL) or any other league in 2020. 

Why would an established team which made the playoffs in the 2019 USL Championship season, had the 2nd best season in its 6-year history, developed a loyal fan base and won a league award for its team and game day operations be suspending operations?  Politics.  Fury’s participation in the USL requires sanctioning from soccer’s governing bodies—Canada Soccer, US Soccer Federation and CONCACAF.  Despite our best efforts over a period of many months, we were unable to obtain full sanctioning and since schedules must be developed, players signed and tickets sold, we simply ran out of time. 

One of the proudest moments of my life was in the spring of 2014 when we established our men’s professional team, Ottawa Fury FC.   I will never forget the first ever game at Carleton, or the opening match at TD Place against the NY Cosmos before 14,000 fans.  An exhibition game against the famous Glasgow Rangers followed soon after. In 2015, coach Marc Dos Santos led our team to its first silverware by winning the NASL Fall Season. We went on to win the Championship semi-final at TD Place against Minnesota before losing to our nemesis, the NY Cosmos in the Championship Final. We have twice defeated MLS opposition at TD Place in the Canadian Championship. Despite our sanctioning troubles in pre-season, in 2019, GM Julian de Guzman and Coach Nikola Popovic put together an attractive attacking team that took us to the playoffs once again.

I am also immensely proud of the contribution that Fury FC has been able to make in the development of Canadian players. In 2018, for example, under the leadership of General Manager and Canadian legend Julian de Guzman, Fury FC had a USL roster that included eighteen Canadians and recorded the most minutes played by Canadian professional players of any professional club in the world.

I’d like to thank all the players, coaches and staff that have come through the Ottawa Fury system, the sponsors who support us, the fans that support us, the media that covers us, and particularly my ownership partners for making it all possible.

It’s been a great ride.  Thank you all.



#517 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:09 AM

(for those not following it was widely hoped the fury would join the canadian premier league last year 2019 or this year 2020)


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:32 AM

Further context for those not following: Pugh and OSEG were told a year ago that they could play in USL for 2019 only. This is entirely the choice of Mr Pugh and any suggestion that they "ran out of time" is a bald-faced lie. 


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#519 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:42 AM

"ran out of time" seems like an odd phrase for sure.



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:14 AM

Make no mistake though. This was all about Victor Montagliani trying to strong arm Ottawa ownership out of the USL and into the CPL. Because OSEG has doubts about CPL and wanted to stick around in USL instead, they get punished. 

 

If CPL is at the so-called top tier of Canadian soccer, then why are our three big clubs allowed to stay in MLS? Why isn't CONCACAF pushing those three clubs to help out our domestic league?

 

As with everything, this all comes down to money.



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