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Footy Talks: What does the Ottawa Fury situation say about the Canadian Premier League?

How will the league handle its first public setback?

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MLS: Montreal Impact at Ottawa Fury FC Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It has mostly been smooth sailing for the Canadian Premier League the last few months. At its own pace, the league has rolled out a number of new and promising clubs with exciting, modern, branding.

Under the surface, however, there remained a question: what about Ottawa? The league had been expected to launch with eight team, but only seven had been officially announced. The Ottawa Fury were always assumed to be the eighth, but as time went on and no announcement was made the situation become curious.

Then came the news last week that Ottawa wouldn’t be joining the Canadian Premier League as originally thought. Instead, they will play the 2019 season in the USL. The CanPL might still launch with eight teams, but it is possible they do so with seven.

What this news means for the league going forward is a central topic on this week’s Footy Talks Podcast. Daniel Squizzato of MLSSoccer.com and Vice Sports joins the show to talk about that and more Canadian Premier League news.

Him and Mitchell Tierney also discuss the recent Canadian Men’s National Team camp, and what the team can build on going forward. That includes John Herdman, and the job he has done so far as the manager of the team.

They finish up by discussing Toronto FC and how much stock the team should put in the Campeones Cup game they will play next week against Tigres. Most importantly, learn about cereal advertising!

You can listen to the show below, or subscribe on Itunes: