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Serbian White Eagles On Top, Windsor And London Tie – Open Canada Cup Under Way – Complete Csl Weekend Wrap-up

A goal in the ninth minute by Hamilton Serbians’ forward Igor Prostran was enough to give his team a 1-0 victory over current Canadian amateur champions GS United of Toronto in the Preliminary Round of the CSL’s Open Canada Cup played at Brian Timmis Stadium in Hamilton Sunday night.

Prostran’s header came off the post to just enter the net out of the reach of GS United goalkeeper George Knezevic and in a tough exciting encounter that followed, the Scarborough-based team was unable to mount a strong enough challenge to tie the game.

serbian_white_eagles_fc_logoThe current Canadian Challenge Cup holders pressed hard following the ejection of Hamilton’s Mirko Dakovic late in the game, but the Serbians held the 1-0 lead to the final whistle.

In one other Open Canada Cup game scheduled this weekend, Ottawa St. Anthony Italia advanced to Round Two after a request by opposing Montreal Panellinios to postpone the game scheduled for the University of Ottawa Saturday night was turned down by the Canadian Soccer League. The game was forfeited and awarded to Ottawa St. Anthony Italia by a 2-0 score.
Hamilton Serbians and Ottawa St. Anthony Italia now move to the Second Round of the Open Canada Cup to be played on Canada Day weekend.

In an exhibition game played at Brockton Stadium in Toronto on Sunday night, SC Angrense of Portugal edged Toronto Supra Portuguese of the CSL’s International Division by a 2-1 score.  Marcia Fagundes and Fernando Fernando Silveira scored for the visitors, while Mike De Luca struck Supra’s lone goal. You can setup gym at your home easily.
This was the second of a two-game visit by Angrense following a game at the Cove Road ground in London Friday when London City of the CSL’s National Division bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Portuguese visitors, 2-2.

In that game, Gilberto at 11 minutes and Tiago three minutes later, put Angrense 2-0 up, but London’s Michel Daoust made it 2-1 at the interval with 16 year old Bruno Moya, who has shown good promise in the Ottawa leagues to earn an early move to professional soccer, grabbed the tying goal at the 89th minute mark.
There was one CSL game on Saturday night when Windsor Border Stars and London City kicked off their Canadian Soccer League season with a hard played scoreless tie before 1,427 fans at Windsor Stadium, and that was the second game of the CSL season following the 3-2 victory by Serbian White Eagles over Italia Shooters in the league opener played Friday.

The game at Windsor Stadium started  slowly in the opening 20 minutes, but the pace picked up considerably as the game progressed with Border Stars developing a series of first half attacks in an attempt to break through the London defence. Windsor forward Aaron Byrd proved to be a constant threat for the home side.

Windsor’s David Dwaihy had the best opportunity to break the deadlock when he drove a volley over the London crossbar late in the second half and the game ended 0-0.

Serbian White Eagles, bolstered by six import players from Europe, held on to a 3-0 half time lead to defeat Italia Shooters 3-2  in the Canadian Soccer League opener played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke on Friday night.

The vastly more experienced Serbian team cut through an Italia defense time and again in the first half and goals by veteran Romanian professional Gabriel Pop at 13 minutes, the much younger attacking midfielder Alex Braletic at 22 minutes and recent import forward Sasa Viciknez at 29 minutes, set up the White Eagles for what appeared to be a certain home opener victory.

But Italia made a wholesale three-player change coming into the second half and a new approach by coach Carmine Isacco turned the game around resulting in goals by forward Joey Todaro at 54 minutes and midfielder Stalin Cardenas at the 74th minute mark.

Both sides had close calls late in the game but White Eagles, coached by former Yugoslavian great Dragoslav Sekularac and Stevan Mojsilovic from Red Star Belgrade, had the edge to come through with the 3-2 result. The team was visited last week by Serbia and Montenegro World Cup coach Ilija Petkovic who left his national team duties to fly  to Toronto for 24 hours to meet the players.
There will be four CSL league games next Sunday, May 28:
Victoria Park 6:00pm Brampton Stallions vs.Oakville Blue Devils
Centennial Stadium 7:00pm Caribbean Selects vs NorthYorkAstros

TheSoccer Centre 7:00pm Italia Shooters vs  Serbian White Eagles
Brockton Stadium 7:00pm Toronto Supra Portuguese vs London City…

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Shooters Win First Game of the Season

Italia Shooters scored two quick goals following a scoreless first half at The Soccer Centre when Frank Bruno found the net at the 52nd minute mark and Rob Black five minutes later against Caribbean Selects in an all-International Division encounter. Maxime Dorneval scored the lone Caribbean goal at 81 minutes.

At the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Vaughan Italia Shooters hosted the new team called Caribbean Selects. The Caribbean Selects are one of two new teams in the new CSL’s International Division, the other being the Serbian White eagles.

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While the Serbian White Eagles are yet to lose a game, the Caribbean Selects are yet to win a game, and this did not change on Sunday vs the surprisingly struggling Vaughan Italia Shooters. So far in 2006, the Shooters do not resemble the 2005 league Champions and runner up League Cup Champions that they are.

The game started with some good ball control and possession by the Shooters. There were some great scoring chances by forward Evan Milward and Joey Todaro who both had their shots go wide or off the goal post. As the game wore on, the Caribbean Selects got back some of their composure and at about the 25 minute mark struck a hard shot that beat the Shooters goalie and if it was not for the goal post, it could easily have been a 1-0 lead for the Selects.

The first half ended 0 – 0. The Shooters were not looking very impressive against a very young and inexperienced Selects Team. For the second half, the Shooters made three changes and finally at the 52nd mark of the second half, midfielder Frank Bruno scored on a header from a perfect cross from striker Stalin Cardenas. The game went back and forth and again the Caribbean Selects pressed and this time at the 70th minute mark a hard shot beat the Shooter goalie only to go off the cross bar and out of bounds. At the 76 minute mark, the Shooters finally got an insurance goal as Robert Black scored another header giving the Shooters a 2— 0 lead.

Finally at the 81 minute mark, the Caribbean Selects sent forward Maxime Dorneval off on a breakaway. He deeked passed the Shooter goalie and made the game 2 – 1 and that is how it ended. The next big test for the Shooters will come this Sunday when they play Toronto Croatia at home. This will be not only a good test for the Shooters but a revenge match as it was the Shooters who knocked off Croatia at least year’s semi final Cup game. Kick off is at 7:00pm.…

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Shooters Advance in Canada Cup Action

At the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Vaughan Italia Shooters hosted the second round of the Canada Cup. Their opponents were the Oakville Blue Devils – the 2005 CSL Champions who defeated Italia Shooters 1-0.
Both teams added many new players to their roster since the 2005 playoff game (won by Oakville) and so the game was not quite the hot re-match one would expect. Oakville Blue Devils also have a new head coach (last year’s player and captain Phil Ionadi took over the coaching job after retiring from playing). Check top rated elliptical machines over here.

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The Shooters made some changes to player positions to try and get a winning combination and better play then from their recent matches. Danny Sanna played central defense (changed from midfield) and Frank Bruno played outside midfield. Up front was the first start for forward Jason De Thomasis. These three changes seemed to pay immediate dividends for the Shooters as they pressed for most of the first half. Some good play-making allowed the Shooters at least four shots on the Oakville net with two breakaways stopped by the Oakville goalkeeper. The first half ended 0 – 0.

At the beginning of the second half, newcomer Alvaro Yaques took over for a tired Frank Bruno in midfield and this move seemed to spark the Shooters as they took total command of the midfield. A few minutes later another newcomer from the youth farm system, 18 year old Josue Jaramillo came for midfielder Joey Todaro. While being only 18, Josue along with Alvaro took command of the midfield and about ten minutes later, a one touch Alvaro pass to Jason De Thomasis who also made a one touch a pass to Josue for a Shooter breakaway. The Oakville goalie had only one chance and that was to come out and block the shot—but Josue cooling chipped the ball over the goalie into an open net for a 1-0 Shooter lead.

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At the 65 minute mark, forward Kaiden Leckie made his first appearance for the Shooters and with his fast pace took the Oakville defense by complete surprise. It seemed that the only way the Oakville defense would stop Kaiden would be by fouling him – which they did but they did it in the Oakville penalty box area. Danny Sanna took the penalty shot and coolly beat the goalie with a top right corner perfect shot. Game ended 2-0 for the Shooters who now await the winners of the other Canada Cup games to see who will be their next Canada Cup opponent.
The next season regular home game at the Vaughan Soccer Centre is on Sunday July 9 vs Toronto Croatia. Croatia won the first meeting by a score of 2-1. It is a must win game for the Italia Shooters against a divisional rival if they hope to make this year’s playoffs.…

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Canadian Soccer’s National Championship Tournament Coming to Vaughan

One of the three quarterfinal games will be played at the Soccer Centre in Vaughan on Monday August 6th at 7pm. The Open Canada Cup is open to every professional and amateur soccer team in Canada. This year, teams from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are competing for the Open Canada Cup trophy and $10,000 prize. Teams that have won the tournament in the past have included the Windsor Border Stars and London City from the Canadian Soccer League, and for the first time an amateur team won in 2006 where the Ottawa St. Anthony Italia shocked the Toronto Lynx 2-0 in the championship game. This year’s tournament marks the 5th anniversary of the coveted Open Canada Cup.

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This is the most exciting action you will see on the pitch, with a One Game Elimination format. The tournament has already experienced a few shocking upsets, with the underdog North York Astros defeating the heavily favored Serbian White Eagles in a nail-biting penalty kick round and two-time Cup champion, Windsor Border Stars defeating heavily favored St. Catharines Wolves, proving again that the Stars save their best games for the tournament. In 2007, the amateur teams did not fare well against the top professional teams in Canada, with GS United and Jean Talon losing on Friday.

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On Monday, the Ontario Soccer Centre will host Vaughan’s own Italia Shooters, who have clearly become the best team in Ontario with only one loss in the Canadian Soccer League’s regular season. They will be up against the underdog North York Astros who have handed the Shooters their only loss this season. In other action, the Final’s host, London City will travel to Trois-Rivieres to face the Attak and Windsor heads to Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke for a match against the Portuguese Supra.…

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