2008 Canadian Soccer League season

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Canadian Soccer League
Season 2008
Champions Serbian White Eagles
Top goalscorer Canada Daniel Nascimento (18 goals)
2007
2009

The 2008 Canadian Soccer League was the 11th since its establishment. The season began in May 2008, and ended on October 26. The season concluded with Serbian White Eagles claiming their first championship by defeating Trois-Rivières Attak 2-1 on penalty kicks.This was the third consecutive year the White Eagles had reached the CSL finals. Losing respectively to Italia Shooters in 2006, and to rivals Toronto Croatia in 2007.

The significant changes introduced by the league were the creation of the 5 team reserve division in the Toronto region.[1] An agreement was made between Rogers TV which would broadcast a CSL game on Friday nights.[2]

Changes from 2007 season[edit]

  • The Canadian Lions of the International Division move to the National Division as the Brampton Lions.[3]
  • Portuguese Supra change their name to Portugal FC.[4]
  • TFC Academy, the U-18 Academy team of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, and owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, enter the National Division.[5]
  • Playoff format adjusted to seed division winners as #1 and #2, and the next top six teams seeded #3-#8 irrespective of division.
  • The CSL added a 5 team reserve division involving teams in the Toronto region.[6]
  • The Ontario Soccer Association grants the CSL 'Operational Independence' from the provincial governing body.[7]
  • Rogers TV agreed to broadcast a CSL game of the week Friday night, reaching 800,000 Toronto homes. The final was broadcast across Ontario to 1.5 million households.[8]

Final standings[edit]

National Division[edit]

"Blue" denotes division winners (#1 and #2 seats) & "Green" denotes playoff participants

Place Team G W L T GF GA Points
1 Trois-Rivières Attak 22 14 3 5 47 12 47
2 North York Astros 22 10 9 3 41 41 33
3 Brampton Lions 22 8 9 5 47 37 29
4 St. Catharines Wolves 22 7 10 5 28 38 26
5 Windsor Border Stars 22 7 10 5 31 46 26
6 TFC Academy 22 6 14 2 26 44 20
7 London City 22 0 19 3 22 81 3

International Division[edit]

Place Team G W L T GF GA Points
1 Italia Shooters 22 13 6 3 50 32 42
2 Serbian White Eagles 22 12 5 5 43 23 41
3 Toronto Croatia 22 11 6 5 40 35 38
4 Portugal FC 22 9 6 7 42 28 34

2008 scoring leaders[edit]

Full article: CSL Golden Boot
Position Player's name Nationality Club Goals
1 Daniel Nascimento  Canada Brampton Lions 18
2 Andrew Loague  Canada London City 14
- Selvin Lammie  Canada North York Astros 14
4 Dragan Radović  Montenegro Serbian White Eagles 12
5 Hayden Fitzwilliams  Trinidad and Tobago Toronto Croatia 11
6 Saša Viciknez  Serbia Serbian White Eagles 10
- Danny Amaral  Canada Portugal FC 10
- Johnathan Hurtis  France North York Astros 10
9 Tihomir Maletić  Croatia Toronto Croatia 9

CSL 2008 Playoffs[edit]

QuarterFinals
10 & 11 October 2008
SemiFinals
17 & 18 October 2008
CSL Final
26 October 2008 @ 5:45pm
Esther Shiner Stadium, North York, Ontario
                 
1 Trois-Rivières Attak 2
8 St. Catharines Wolves 0
1 Trois-Rivières Attak 7
5 Portugal FC 0
4 Toronto Croatia 1
5 Portugal FC 2
1 Trois-Rivières Attak 2 (1)
3 Serbian White Eagles (a.e.t./PSO) 2 (2)
2 Italia Shooters (a.e.t.) 1
7 Brampton Lions 0
2 Italia Shooters 0
3 Serbian White Eagles 3
3 Serbian White Eagles (a.e.t.) 2
6 North York Astros 1

Quarterfinals



10-October-2008
Portugal FC 2-1 Toronto Croatia
DiLuca Goal 60'
Amaral Goal 70' (PK)
(Report) Maletić Goal 16'
Blanche Red card 70'


Semifinals


18-October-2008
3:00
Trois-Rivières Attak 7-0 Portugal FC
Sylla Goal 26' Goal 58'
Mayard Goal 41' Goal 43'
Lesage Goal 75'
Boivin Goal 77'
Contreras Goal 87'
(Report) Natt Red card 90+'
UQTR
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Attendance: 1500

CSL Cup final



Canadian Soccer League 2008 winners
Serbian White Eagles
First Title

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