2003 Canadian Professional Soccer League season

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Canadian Professional Soccer League
Season 2003
Champions Brampton Hitmen
Regular Season title Ottawa Wizards (Eastern Conference)
Hamilton Thunder(Western Conference)
Matches played 117
Goals scored 405 (3.46 per match)
Top goalscorer Canada Carlo Arghittu (St. Catharines Wolves)
Biggest home win TS 9-1 DF
Biggest away win DF 2-5 ML
DF 4-5 VSD
DF 2-5 OW
2002
2004

The 2003 Canadian Professional Soccer League season was the 6th season for the Canadian Professional Soccer League. The season began on May 24, 2003 and concluded on October 5, 2003 with the Brampton Hitmen defeating Vaughan Sun Devils 1-0 to capture the CPSL Championship (known as the Rogers CPSL Cup for sponsorship reasons).[1] The victory marked Brampton's first championship title, and the final was played at Cove Road Stadium in London, Ontario.[2] During the regular season the Ottawa Wizards and the Hamilton Thunder won their respective conferences. Ottawa became the second CPSL franchise to go undefeated the entire season.

Unfortunately the season was plagued with controversy as the Wizards withdrew from the playoff competition, due to a dispute with the CPSL Executive Committee.[3][4] Another controversy stemmed from a quarterfinal match between Brampton and Toronto Croatia, where Toronto won the match on penalties, but was reversed by the league due to Toronto using an ineligible coach and general manager.[5] On a positive note the league's television program the CPSL Soccer Show recorded the highest ratings of any other Sunday program shown on Rogers TV.[6][7]

Changes from 2002 season[edit]

The 2003 season saw the league decrease by one team due to the fact that the York Region Shooters merged with the Vaughan Sun Devils to unite the York Region territory.[8][9] The Montreal Dynamites moved to the Montreal suburb of Laval and changed their team name accordingly.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Manager
Brampton Hitmen Brampton, Ontario Victoria Park Stadium Steve Nijjar
Durham Flames Oshawa, Ontario Oshawa Civic Stadium Steve Hamill
London City London, Ontario Cove Road Stadium Harry Gauss
Hamilton Thunder Hamilton, Ontario Brian Timmis Stadium Duncan Wilde
Metro Lions Scarborough, Toronto Birchmount Stadium Aldwyn McGill
Mississauga Olympians Erin Mills, Mississauga Erin Mills Twin Arenas Darren Tilley
Tony Laferrara
Laval Dynamites Laval, Quebec Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne Jawad El Andaloussi
North York Astros North York, Ontario Esther Shiner Stadium Pavel Zaslavski
Ottawa Wizards Ottawa, Ontario OZ Optics Stadium Hubert Busby, Jr.
St. Catharines Wolves St. Catharines, Ontario Club Roma Stadium Lucio Ianiero
Toronto Croatia Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario Memorial Park Velimir Crljen
Toronto Supra Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario Centennial Park Stadium José Testas
Vaughan Sun Devils Thornhill, Ontario Dufferin District Field Dave Benning

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Ottawa Wizards 18 13 5 0 53 10 +43 44 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Toronto Supra 18 10 6 2 50 29 +21 36
3 Vaughan Sun Devils 18 7 7 4 41 30 +11 28
4 Laval Dynamites 18 8 3 7 33 41 −8 27
5 Metro Lions 18 5 3 10 26 29 −3 18
6 Durham Flames 18 1 1 16 28 73 −45 4

Updated to games played on October 2, 2003.
Source: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports03/03cpwkfn.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.

Western Conference[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Hamilton Thunder 18 11 4 3 38 19 +19 37 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Brampton Hitmen 18 10 3 5 38 25 +13 33
3 Toronto Croatia 18 9 1 8 27 30 −3 28
4 St. Catharines Roma Wolves 18 8 2 8 26 34 −8 26
5 North York Astros 18 4 5 9 20 33 −13 17
6 Mississauga Olympians 18 4 4 10 19 30 −11 16
7 London City 18 3 4 11 26 42 −16 13

Updated to games played on October 2, 2003.
Source: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports03/03cpwkfn.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.

Rogers CPSL Championship playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Rogers CPSL Championship[edit]

October 5
3:15 ET
Vaughan Sun Devils 0–1 Brampton Hitmen
Report Kurt Mella Goal 27'
Cove Road Stadium
Attendance: 175
Referee: Michael Lambert (Ontario)
GK 1 Canada Rob Tilley
RB 22 Canada Angelo Pollastrone
CB 4 Canada Jorge Molina Substituted off 90'
LB 25 Canada Danny Sanna
RM 11 Canada Cameron Medwin
CM 5 Canada Tony Marshall Substituted off 76'
CM 6 Canada Chris Turner
CM 10 Canada Willy Giummarra Substituted off 61'
LM 7 Canada Aundrea Rollins
ST 24 Canada Matthew Palleschi
ST 18 Canada Joey Todaro Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
DF 16 Canada Wilson Hugo Substituted in 76'
DF 17 Canada Fitzroy Powell
MF 9 Canada Jason De Thomasis
MF 23 Canada Ricardo Forno Substituted in 61'
FW 13 Canada Paul Sinisi Substituted in 90'
FW 14 Canada Eke Chibueze
FW 20 Canada Lorenzo Sibio Substituted in 64'
Manager:
Italy Tony De Thomasis
GK 1 Canada Roy Blanche
RB 19 Canada Sean Roberts (c)
CB 11 Canada Alvaro Vaquez
LB 5 Croatia Milodrag Akmadzic
RM 18 Zimbabwe Lovemore Ncube
CM 6 Canada Robert Fran
CM 12 Argentina Jonathan Bustamante
LM 2 Canada Maximiliano Andrada
FW 10 Canada Adolfo Mella Substituted off 92'
FW 3 Argentina Hugo Herrera
FW 17 Canada Kurt Mella Substituted off 56'
Substitutes:
GK 0 Canada Ricardo Esgro
DF 7 Canada Diego Da Silva
DF 9 Canada Sean Holmes
MF 15 Canada Scott Houston
FW 20 Canada Yusif Deem Jamamdo Substituted in 92'
FW 13 Canada Phil Ionadi Substituted in 56' Substituted off 89'
FW 14 Mexico Ruben Flores Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Canada Pernell Mason

Assistant referees:
Amato De Luca
Joe Fletcher
Fourth official:
Silviu Petrescu

2003 scoring leaders[edit]

Full article: CSL Golden Boot[10]
Position Player's name Nationality Club Goals
1 Carlo Arghittu  Canada St. Catharines Wolves 18
2 Danny Amaral  Canada Toronto Supra 17
3 Michael Diluca  Canada Toronto Supra 17
4 Jahmo Welch  Canada Durham Flames 13
5 Phil Ionadi  Canada Brampton Hitmen 12
6 Khalid Mensah  Canada Montreal Dynamites 13
7 Charles Gbeke  Canada Ottawa Wizards 10
8 Hugo Herrera  Argentina Brampton Hitmen 10
9 Joey Todaro  Canada Vaughan Sun Devils 10
10 Darryl Gomez  Saint Kitts and Nevis Metro Lions 9
11 Alen Marcina  Canada Ottawa Wizards 9

CPSL Executive Committee[edit]

A list of the 2003 CPSL Executive Committee.[11]

Position Name Nationality
President & Chairman: Vincent Ursini Canada Canadian
League Administrator/Director of Media: Stan Adamson England English
Director at Large: Walter Kirchner Romania Romanian
Director of Discipline: Clifford Dell Canada Canadian
Director of Officials: Tony Camacho Portugal Portuguese
Administrative Co-ordinator: Josie Storto Canada Canadian
Community Services: Peter Li Preti Canada Canadian
Legal Counsel: Ira Greenspoon Canada Canadian
Marketing: Cary Kaplan Canada Canadian

Individual awards[edit]

Awards[edit]

Award Player (Club)
CPSL Most Valuable Player Phil Ionadi (Brampton Hitmen)
CPSL Golden Boot Carlo Arghittu (St. Catharines Wolves)
CPSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award Simon Eaddy (Ottawa Wizards)
CPSL Defender of the Year Award Domagoj Sain (Toronto Croatia)
CPSL Rookie of the Year Award McDonald Yobe (Ottawa Wizards)
CPSL Coach of the Year Award José Testas (Toronto Supra)
CPSL Referee of the Year Award Michael Lambert
CPSL Fair Play Award Durham Flames

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 5, 2003 CPSL Rogers Cup Final Brampton vs Vaughan from CPSL website". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  2. ^ "October 2, 2003 CPSL setup to Rogers Cup Weekend from CPSL website". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to the OTTAWA Wizards". 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  4. ^ "October 9, 2003 CPSL disipline for Ottawa Wizards from CPSL website". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  5. ^ "October 1, 2003 CPSL Toronto Croatia vs Brampton (League decision)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  6. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 15, 2003 CPSL press conference in Toronto". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  7. ^ "August 23, 2004 CPSL Vince Ursini interview (from NUKE soccer)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  8. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2003-10-19. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  9. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  10. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2004-12-30. Archived from the original on December 30, 2004. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  11. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2003-11-21. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 

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