Andy Sharpe, President of the CSA, has isued a statement
outlining the CSA's view on the near future for Canadian soccer.
The CUSL professional league idea seems to be dead.
They are looking at having 6 teams in the A-League, who would form a Canadian Division.
They are trying to get an MLS franchise for Toronto. This I find interesting in view of Holger Osieck's (past?) hostility to the MLS. Either Osieck and Sharpe are at odds on this subject, or Osieck has had a change of heart.
He used to think MLS wasn't real
soccer - only Canadians playing in Europe were good enough for the NT. God only knows what he thought of the A-League.
Now I suspect he's realizing that our Europe-based players are not necessarily head and shoulders above the North American ones (and they have a lot of problems getting released for international games). He is putting players on the roster who developed in the MLS and - gasp - the A-League. Think of Dwayne De Rosario, Pat Onstad, Marco Reda, and Chris Pozniak.
They want to build a soccer-first stadium in Toronto, which they have announced before, but now it seems conditional on our winning the hosting rights for the 2007 Women's World Cup, or an MLS franchise.