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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE CANADIAN SOCCER LEAGUE
Dec24
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EXCITING STRIKER VUCEMILOVIC-GRGIC OPENED SEASON WITH HAT-TRICK………..more highlights from 2015 season
Dec05

EXCITING STRIKER VUCEMILOVIC-GRGIC OPENED SEASON WITH HAT-TRICK………..more highlights from 2015 season

Marin Vucemilovic-Grgic has proven to be an exciting striker in the CSL and in typical fashion opened his 2015 season  with a hat-trick for London City in a 3-3 tie with new club Scarborough SC at the Soccer-fest opening day games at the St.Joan of Arc ground in Maple on May 9. Winner of the CSL MVP award, Vucemilovic-Grgic, 28, from Split, Croatia, entered the CSL with Toronto Croatia and was  a member of the championship-winning team of 2011 and 2012. The CSL welcomed Toronto Atomic FC into membership early 2015, a team with a distinctly Ukrainian flavour headed by Ihor Prokipchuk who took his Toronto Selects academy organization into professional soccer. The team played its first game against Niagara United on May 9, winning by a 3-0 score and Atomic went on to defeat London City 4-2 a week later. Oleksandr Semeniuk was the First Division side’s leading goalscorer with 10 and the first season appearance of the Toronto-based team is a reminder to us of the Toronto Ukraina presence in the National Soccer League, a forerunner league of the CSL in the 50s and 60s when the Ukrainian side won the championship five times. While SC Waterloo failed to take advantage of yet again advancing both teams to the CSL Championship Finals, this time on their home ground on October 25, they must be congratulated for getting there. Waterloo reached the finals with both teams in 2013 as one of the more recent teams in the CSL and took a dramatic leap in profile when they won both the CSL Championship and the Second Division Championship that year. They then appeared in the CSL Second Division Championship Final in 2014, losing to Kingston FC Reserves. That the team from Southwestern Ontario appeared in five of the six finals played in the last three years is a remarkable achievement. Just to top things off, SC Waterloo reserves won the Second Division standings in the season just ended. Serbian White Eagles had the distinction of clinching the first playoff berth in the First Division with a 2-0 victory over London City on September 6 and the Serbian White Eagles reserve team took the last playoff spot in the Second Division with a 3-1 victory over Toronto Croatia reserves, a rare Thursday game in the CSL on October 1....

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Full Game Final 2015
Nov28

Full Game Final 2015

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A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CSL SEASON JUST ENDED…….
Nov07

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CSL SEASON JUST ENDED…….

Toronto Croatia won its tenth CSL championship since entering professional soccer in 1956 to be one of the highlights of the 2015 season just ended. Here are just a few of many more highlights and items of interest from a busy and exciting 2015 season. And there’s more to follow…….. When Richard West struck five goals in a 9-1 York Region Shooters thrashing of Niagara United on September 25 no one expected the 30 year old striker to repeat the scoring spree two days later at London City. The 10 goals in three days vaulted West into winning the CSL First Division scoring title with 23 goals, two in front of Brantford Galaxy’s Zdenko Jurcevic who led the scoring race most of the season to be pipped right at the end. When Serbian White Eagles were beaten 3-1 by York Region Shooters on August 21 it ended an 11-game unbeaten streak, but the unbeaten string all but assured the Mississauga-based club the First Division title, so convincing was their lead at the top of the standings.  Serbian Eagles’ strong play and championship form was attributed to strengthening of the side by several signings from Europe early in the year. The Canadian Soccer League is a men’s professional league but in the background are a number of women who year after year make a strong contribution to CSL affairs and the most outstanding of these was presented the Paul Harry Gauss Award at the league’s Annual Awards Night on October 24. Cyndy De Thomasis of York Region Shooters was voted to be the recipient of the award which recognizes the individual who has best demonstrated hard work, dedication and allegiance in the interests of the CSL during 2015. MVPs are also special people and voted the most valuable player in the First Division was Josip Keran of Toronto Croatia and in the Second Division it was Arsenije Japalak, 20, of Brantford Galaxy reserves. Keran, a 30 year old attacking defender and team captain, who was the Defender of the Year in 2014, scored a number of key goals in the past season, 10 in all. Scoring a hat-trick always attracts attention, but when forward Vladimir Vujovic scored two hat-tricks in succession with three goals in Burlington’s 5-0 defeat of Brampton City Utd on May 31 and repeat with three goals in his team’s next game 8-1 romp over Niagara United on June 6, that brought comments. More to come…….  ...

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TORONTO CROATIA WIN A SQUEAKER FOR CSL CHAMPIONSHIP….Milton score Second Division victory
Oct25

TORONTO CROATIA WIN A SQUEAKER FOR CSL CHAMPIONSHIP….Milton score Second Division victory

 Toronto Croatia defeated SC Waterloo 1-0 to win the CSL Championship at Warrior Stadium, Waterloo Sunday. Midfielder Oscar Cordon struck the only goal of the game at 46 minutes, a low drive from 12 yards that left little opportunity for Waterloo goalkeeper Imad Hakura to make the save. The Toronto team also found the net 12 minutes into the game, but the goal was ruled offside. It was a well-played defensive encounter with few scoring chances throughout. The championship victory was number 10 for Toronto Croatia since entering the league in 1956 and the third during the past five years, winning in 2011 and 2012. “It was defensive for sure, but we wanted this one, maybe more than our opposition and that’s what made the difference,” said Velimir Crljen, coach of Toronto Croatia following the game. Toronto Croatia finished second in the standings in the regular season, SC Waterloo end in fourth spot of 12 teams in the CSL First Division. Toronto Croatia: Josip Keran, Sven Arapovic, Andres Fresenga, Tomislav Zadro, Halburto Harris, Hayden Fitizwilliams, Shawn Brown, Jure Glavina, David Alva, Ainsley Deer, Pero Menalo, Darren Chambers, Ivan Cutura, Christian Maraldo, Anes Handanovic, Oscar Cordon, Amir Hosic, Faris Efendic. Head Coach: Vladimir Crljen, Assistant Coach: Milodrag Akamazdic, Assistant Coach: Tom Granic, Manager: Ivan Kulis. SC Waterloo: Imad Hakura, Thomas Sackor,  Nemanja Simeunovic,  Zachary Ellis-Hayden,Vladimir Zelenbaba, Terrell Christian, Mirza Colic, Mohammad-Ali Heydarpour, Ranko Golijanin, Ramon Bailey, Adis Hasecic, Aleksander Stojiljkovic, Slobodan Milanovic. Ryan Paumier, Branko Gavric, Dzenan Karic, Mladen Zeljkovic, Edward Syllie. Head Coach: Lazo Dzepina, Manager: Vojislav Brisevac. CSL CHAMPIONSHIP – SUMMARY Quarterfinals Serbian White Eagles 1, London City 0 SC Waterloo 2, Toronto Atomic FC 0 York Region Shooters 4, Burlington SC 2 Toronto Croatia 4, Milton SC 0  Semifinals SC Waterloo 3, Serbian White Eagles 2 Toronto Croatia 3, York Region Shooters 2 Final Toronto Croatia 1,  SC Waterloo 0 CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP In the first game of a double header, Milton SC reserves scored a 3-1 extra time victory over SC Waterloo reserves for the CSL Second Division Championship. Forward Edward Syllie opened the scoring for Waterloo reserves at the 47th minute for 1-0 score at the break. Danny Jirta tied the score1-1 at 88 minutes for Milton, a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation time. Adnan Smajic put Milton into a 2-1 lead at 91 minutes and Lucky Maghori increased the lead to 3-1 at 16 minutes of extra time, and the score remained 3-1 to the final whistle. CSL SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – SUMMARY Quarterfinals Brantford Galaxy B 1, Burlington SC B 0 SC Waterloo B 5, Serbian White Eagles B 0 Milton SC B 6,...

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GOALSCORING DEFENDER JOSIP KERAN WINS CSL MVP AWARD…..League annual awards Saturday
Oct25

GOALSCORING DEFENDER JOSIP KERAN WINS CSL MVP AWARD…..League annual awards Saturday

Josip Keran, a veteran standout attacking defender with Toronto Croatia, was voted the MVP of the Canadian Soccer League at a well-attended annual awards night held at Kitchener Saturday, a prelude to the CSL Championship Day being held at nearby Waterloo on Sunday afternoon. Keran, 30, was considered to have played a big defensive role in the Toronto team’s second place finish in the CSL First Division and a the team is a finalist in the championship game against SC Waterloo being played at Warrior Field, Waterloo, a 4 pm kickoff on Sunday. Keran also found the net 10 times for Toronto Croatia in regular season games. Most goals in the CSL First Division were scored by Richard West, a striker with York Region Shooters who struck 23 in the regular season – 10 goals in two games near the end of the season – while Nikola Stanojevic of Burlington SC was voted the league’s defender of the year. The annual Rookie of the year award went to Ihor Melnyk of expansion club Toronto Atomic FC. Andrew Stringer of Burlington SC picked up the best goalkeeper in the CSL First Division and Vasil Ischak of Atomic was voted the best coach in the league’s top division. MVP of the CSL Second Division is Brantford Galaxy reserve team’s Arsenije Japalak and Nikola Miokovic of Burlington SC reserves was the top scorer in division two with 15 goals in the 2015 campaign. The defender of the year award in the CSL Second Division was awarded to Namanjar Sudar of Brantford Galaxy reserves, rookie of the year is Kingma Zach, also of Brantford Galaxy reserves, Ihor Vitiv, of Toronto Atomic reserves, is the top goalkeeper in Division Two and Amir Osmanlic of Milton reserves was voted the best coach in division two. Goran Babic was voted the referee of the year in the Canadian Soccer League, Cyndy De Thomasis of York Region Shooters was elected as the recipient of the year’s Harry Paul Gauss Award to reflect the top individual who contributed to the league with effort, dedication and allegiance in 2015. Club’s honoured were Serbian White Eagles for finishing on top of the CSL First Division, SC Waterloo B for winning the CSL Second Division in the regular season, and Burlington SC won the Fair Play and Respect Award....

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