Toronto, Canada. August, 14th, 2020. 9:33am.
What a difference 48 hours makes. Only two days ago, we were joined by the esteemed James Grossi on Episode 5 of Footy Talks x Waking The Red Live, and we engaged in all manner of mental gymnastics as we tried to divine Toronto FC’s future.
2 days later. We have our answers:
Next 6ix on tap #TFCLive pic.twitter.com/lBqa0UtWlI— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) August 13, 2020
In a data dump the likes of which we haven’t seen in a dog’s age, the internet exploded.
TFC is back! BMO Field’s days as an ersatz all-inclusive-resort for the NHL Bubble are over!
But that’s not all, folks. We have a cute phrase in “film-land” to describe how most of your days on-set go down: “Hurry up and wait,” and never in my time on the TFC/CanSoc beat have I found a better situation to shoehorn that tidbit.
In one heck of a one-two punch, we also found out about how the Voyageurs Cup will go down, and it’s VERY 2020.
As if it wasn’t already, this just sent the urgency in #TheIslandGames through the ROOF. Win in PEI, and you’re one game away from playing in the CCL. #CanPL https://t.co/99F7fhBYJd— Charlie O'Connor-Clarke (@charliejclarke) August 13, 2020
Let’s lay this out, for clarity.
TFC will be playing Vancouver and Montreal in an endless (well, 6 games each, but “endless” has more zing) round-robin, towards both regular season points ...
... the winner of this round-robin will face the winner of the Canadian Premier League’s Island Games in a one-and-done, to the victor goes the spoils face-off for all the marbles. In this case a berth in the Concacaf Champions League.
Most of you will know that TFC lost this spot to Montreal last year, in the beforetimes, and abandoned the chance to capture it via their capitulation to NYCFC at Disneyland.
I know you have advanced-level questions about what this means in terms of who participates in the Concacaf League, etc. etc. etc. Trust us, we do as well.
The @CPLsoccer champs becomes CAN2 in CONCACAF League (which feeds to CCL). They also play in Voyageurs Cup Final. If they win, they will be CAN1 in CCL. Surely they can't be CAN2 and CAN1. Does CPL Runner up become CAN2 if CPL champs win V Cup? https://t.co/PazlfZNuLm— Martyn Bailey (@martyn_bailey) August 13, 2020
The truth is, we don’t have those answers, and we’re pretty sure no one else does, either. CPL Comish David Clanachan, when pressed about specifics during his presser, suggested that his league walks away with both the CCL and CL spot if they win the final, which cannot be right, can it?
As late as 11:00pm Thursday night, there were inclinations that the one-and-done final could be split into a two legged affair, or even opened up to more than the two teams.
2020 is wacky, folks, and it moves on you fast. Keep it locked on WTR for the changes and updates, you know we got you. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, yet. Let’s unpack this info-dump en masse.
What do we think of this scheme? Is it fair? Does it matter in 2020?
To the comments!!!!
Saving this tweet so I show the grandkids just how wacky 2020 got. https://t.co/LD7nzpOpYC— Jeffrey P Nesker (@JeffreyPNesker) August 13, 2020
THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST:
Is a mess, kinda like this first-draft plan. Any shouts and recommends are always appreciated.