2000 Canadian Professional Soccer League season

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Canadian Professional Soccer League
Season 2000
Champions Toronto Croatia
Regular Season title Toronto Olympians
Matches played 56
Goals scored 186 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorer Canada Gus Kouzmanis (Toronto Olympians)
Biggest home win TO 8-0 LC
Biggest away win LC 1-6 TO
YRS 1-6 TC

The 2000 Canadian Professional Soccer League season was the third season for the Canadian Professional Soccer League. The season began on May 26, 2000 and concluded on October 1, 2000 with Toronto Croatia defeating Toronto Olympians 2-1 to claim their first CPSL Championship (known as the Primus CPSL Cup for sponsorship reasons).[1] The final was hosted at Cove Road Stadium for the first time.[2] Throughout the season, all eight clubs from the previous year returned, while the Olympians secured their third straight regular season title. The league received sponsorship from Primus Canada, which granted Primus naming rights to the CPSL Championship, and Vincent Ursini was appointed the CPSL Chairman.[3]


Team City Stadium Manager
Glen Shields Sun Devils Vaughan, Ontario (Thornhill) Dufferin District Field Dave Benning
London City London, Ontario (Westmount) Cove Road Stadium Jurek Gebczynski
North York Astros Toronto, Ontario (North York) Esther Shiner Stadium Rafael Carbajal[4]
Oshawa Flames Oshawa, Ontario (Vanier) Oshawa Civic Stadium Stan Bombino[5]
St. Catharines Wolves St. Catharines, Ontario (Vansickle) Club Roma Stadium Lucio Ianiero
Toronto Croatia Toronto, Ontario (Etobicoke) Centennial Park Stadium Velimir Crljen[6]
Toronto Olympians Toronto, Ontario (Scarborough) Birchmount Stadium David Gee
York Region Shooters Richmond Hill, Ontario Richmond Green Bijan Azizi[7]

Final standings[edit]

1 Toronto Olympians 14 12 1 1 45 9 +36 37 Qualification for Playoffs
2 St. Catharines Roma 14 12 1 1 31 19 +12 37
3 Toronto Croatia 14 9 1 4 36 17 +19 28
4 Glen Shields Sun Devils 14 5 3 6 26 30 −4 18
5 York Region Shooters 14 4 2 8 17 30 −13 14
6 North York Astros 14 3 2 9 17 29 −12 11
7 Oshawa Flames 14 2 3 9 22 35 −13 9
8 London City 14 2 1 11 12 45 −33 7

Updated to games played on September 28, 2000.
Source: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/00cp0059.htm
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Primus Canada CPSL Championship playoffs[edit]

The top four teams qualified for a one-game semifinal that led to the championship game played on October 1 at Cove Road Stadium in London, Ontario.

Semifinals Final
1 Toronto Olympians 1
4 Glen Shields Sun Devils 0
1 Toronto Olympians 1
2 Toronto Croatia 2
2 St. Catharines Roma 1
3 Toronto Croatia 3



Primus CPSL Championship[edit]

October 1
3:15 ET
Toronto Olympians 1–2 Toronto Croatia
Gus Kouzmanis Goal 92' Report Josip Draganic Goal 68'
Denny Draganic Goal 80'
Cove Road Stadium
Attendance: 250
Referee: Manuel Orellano (Ontario)
GK 1 Canada Brian Bowes
RB 8 Canada Bayete Smith
CB 6 Canada Peyvand Mossavat Substituted off 74'
CB 13 Canada Danny Sanna Substituted off 82'
LB 5 Canada Tony Marshall (c)
RM 16 Canada Ron Belfon Substituted off 69'
CM 9 Canada Elvis Thomas Substituted off 45'
CM 23 Canada Eddy Berdusco
LM 2 Trinidad and Tobago Rick Titus
ST 17 England Darren Tilley
ST 11 Canada Gus Kouzmanis
GK 22 Canada Lee Burrows
DF 4 Canada Stevie Gill Substituted in 82'
DF 7 Canada John McNeil Substituted in 45'
FW 10 Canada John Matas Substituted in 69'
MF 15 Canada Louie Katsavrias
FW 18 Canada Phil Capporella Substituted in 74'
England David Gee
GK 1 Canada George Azcurra
RB 22 Canada Robert Fran
CB 19 Canada Josip Draganic
CB 5 Croatia Milodrag Akmadzic
LB 3 Albania Ervin Ryta
RM 18 Kosovo Tony Preci Substituted off 65'
CM 6 Canada Chris Handsor Substituted off 91'
CM 7 Canada Denny Draganic
LM 4 Croatia Domagoj Sain
CF 9 Canada Leo Marasovic
CF 10 Canada Tomislav Granic
DF 15 Canada Robert Mandekic
MF 17 Canada Peter Bedenikovic Substituted in 91'
MF 14 Croatia Velimir Crljen Substituted in 65'
Croatia Velimir Crljen

Assistant referees:
Steve Cahoon
Justin Pasev
Fourth official:
Ogi Panich

2000 scoring leaders[edit]

Full article: CSL Golden Boot[8]
Position Player's name Nationality Club Goals
1 Gus Kouzmanis Canada Canadian Toronto Olympians 31
2 Leo Marasovic Canada Canadian Toronto Croatia 13
3 Eddy Berdusco Canada Canadian Toronto Olympians 12
4 Gary McGuchan Canada Canadian St. Catharines Wolves 11
5 Carlo Arghittu Canada Canadian St. Catharines Wolves 10
6 Jimmy Kuzmanovski Canada Canadian Oshawa Flames 9
7 Paul Moore Canada Canadian Toronto Croatia 9
8 Elvis Thomas Canada Canadian Toronto Olympians 9
9 Frank Zumpano Canada Canadian St. Catharines Wolves 8
10 John Matas Canada Canadian Toronto Olympians 8

CPSL Executive Committee[edit]

The 2000 CPSL Executive Committee.[3]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman: Vincent Ursini Canada Canadian
Director of Operations: Chris Bellamy Canada Canadian
Director of Discipline: Clifford Dell Canada Canadian
Director of Officials: Tony Camacho Portugal Portuguese

Individual awards[edit]

The annual CPSL awards ceremony was held on October 1, 2000 after the CPSL Championship final at the German Canadian Club in London, Ontario.[9] Where for the second straight season the Toronto Olympians went home with the most awards with 3 wins.[1]Kouzmanis became the first player to win the Golden Boot more than once and continues to hold that distinction.[10] Olympian veteran Bayete Smith was named the Defender of the Year for his contribution for helping the club achieve the best defensive record. Their final award was their second straight Fair Play award for being the most disciplined team throughout the season.

The league chose former NPSL and USL A-League veteran Willy Giummarra of the York Region Shooters as its MVP. The Goalkeeper of the Year was given to Piotr Libicz, a former NPSL and CNSL veteran.[11] After managing the St. Catharines Roma Wolves to second place finish behind Toronto with only a lower goal differential Lucio Ianiero was chosen as the Coach of the Year. Jimmy Kuzmanovski of the Oshawa Flames broke London City's four year hold on the Rookie of the Year award. For his efforts Steve Cahoon went home with the Referee of the Year award.

Award Player (Club)
CPSL Most Valuable Player Willy Giummarra (York Region Shooters)
CPSL Golden Boot Gus Kouzmanis (Toronto Olympians)
CPSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award Piotr Libicz (North York Astros)
CPSL Defender of the Year Award Bayete Smith (Toronto Olympians)
CPSL Rookie of the Year Award Jimmy Kuzmanovski (Oshawa Flames)
CPSL Coach of the Year Award Lucio Ianiero (St. Catharines Roma Wolves)
CPSL Referee of the Year Award Steve Cahoon
CPSL Fair Play Award Toronto Olympians


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