Toronto Croatia are anxious to move into a more familiar top spot in the CSL First Division and Saturday’s clash with Kingston FC will provide the opportunity to be closer to that coveted position the current champions have been waiting for.
The key, it would appear, will rest on the extent to which the Toronto side can hold the prolific Kingston high scoring sharpshooters responsible for leading the league in goals so far this season. The most outstanding player to find the net more than anyone else in the league is French-born Guillaume Surot with 14 to his credit and proving to be a handful for an opposing defence throughout the 90 minutes. But he’s not alone, with midfielders Jason Massie and Catalin Lichioiu accounting for 10 goals between them – always at the ready to find the net if not setting up the ever-dangerous Surot.
While Toronto Croatia is the only unbeaten team in the CSL First Division, Kingston has an impressive 6-0-0 record at home, which makes Saturday’s match even more intriguing.
Brampton City Utd should not be overlooked and a sharing of the points by Kingston and Toronto Croatia on Saturday would be just fine for the GTA team which visits an improving SC Waterloo for an interesting contest on Sunday.
The weekend games with match officials:
Fri. Jul 5 Windsor Stadium 8 PM Windsor Stars vs Burlington SC
(Ref: Armado Pereira, Assist. Lucian Burlacu,Gabriel Burlacu, 4th Matt McCready)
Fri. Jul 5 Hellenic Com Field 8:30 PM London City vs Astros Vasas FC
(Ref David Barrie, Assist. Scott Milliquet, Michel Bradley, 4th Scott Decker)
Fri. Jul 5 Centennial Stadium 9 PM Serbian White Eagles vs York Region Shooters
(Ref. Jeff Fearnall, Assist. Peter Pendli, Alex Hearn, 4th Alexis Vaughan )
Sat. Jul 6 Queen’s West Field 5 PM Kingston FC vsToronto Croatia
(Ref. Pierre Acouri, Assist. Dan Popescu, Vlaimir Makarov, 4th. Michael Stenbring)
Sat. Jul 6 Kalar Sports Park 7 PM Niagara United vs St. Catharines Wolves
(Ref. Hassane Rifai, Assist. Matthew Mendonca, Joseph D’Onofrio, 4th Sahab Jamshidi)
Sun. Jul 7 Esther Shiner Stadium 4:30 PM Astros Vasas FC vs Serbian White Eagles
(Ref. Justin Tasev, Assist. Niquita Amirkhanian, Alex Hearn, Jeff Fearnall)
Sun. Jul 7 Warrior Field 7 PM SC Waterloo vs Brampton City Utd
(Ref. Alexis Vaughan, Assist. David Di Pasquale, Scott Milliquet, 4th. Zac Taylor)
Sun. Jul 7 Nelson Stadium 7 PM Burlington SC vs London City
(Ref. Yusri Rudolf, Assist.Gianni Facchini, Matthew Mendonca, 4th. Colman O’Meara)
Sun. Jul 7 St. Joan of Arc 7:30 PM York Region Shooters vs Windsor Stars
(Ref. Manuel Orellana, Assist. Peter Pendli, Manny Alex Orellana, 4th Ramee Arbaji)
Sat. Jul 6 Kalar Sports Park 4 PM Niagara United B vs St. Catharines Wolves B
Sat. Jul 6 Eglinton Flats 7 PM Serbian White Eagles B vs SC Waterloo B
Sat. Jul 6 Queen’s West Field 7:15 PM Kingston FC B vs Toronto Croatia B