No patsies in this year’s Challenge Cup soccer. I like it.
C.B.S. Strikers FC are out for this season but there are plans for them to return in 2015.
Don’t bet on it. This is just a stay of execution.
Once their best players have played on a contender, why would they want to return to an also-ran? C.B.S. can’t even get their Canada Games young stars to play for them.
The C.B.S. club’s record over the past four seasons is 16-62-11. The team’s 1-25-1 record this past season was their worst. How is that showing the league that they can compete at the senior level?
How does that performance inspire confidence that the team can play with the big boys?
They are clearly an intermediate side and there’s nothing wrong with that. I know the league wants to expand, but please use common sense in the future.
I warned the league years ago that soccer teams out of Corner Brook, Conception Bay North and Conception Bay South are not capable of playing at the provincial senior level, but the NLSA wouldn’t listen to me.
Where are those teams now?
I understand some folks in Harbour Grace are sniffing around the possibility of getting back in the league again. That’s a joke, right?
Losing the struggling Strikers is no big deal. It’s clearly a case of addition by substraction for serious soccer supporters. It will make for a leaner, more competitive, better calibre league this summer.
In the meantime, the decision to give the first-place team a bye to the championship game is a very good one. Finally, the first-place team will be justly rewarded.
Every game will mean something this season and the fight for top spot shouldbe intense. I also like the decision of eliminating one of the four teams from the playoffs.
This has massive potential of being the most competitive season ever.
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