2007 Canadian Soccer League season

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Canadian Soccer League
Season 2007
Champions Toronto Croatia
Regular Season title Serbian White Eagles (International Division)
St. Catharines Wolves (National Division)
Matches played 110
Goals scored 376 (3.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Canada Nicolas Lesage (Trois-Rivieres Attak)
Biggest home win 8–1 Canadian Lions v London City
8–1 Italia Shooters v London City
8–0 Toronto Croatia v London City
Biggest away win 1–6 London City v Italia Shooters
2006
2008

The 2007 Canadian Soccer League season was the tenth since its establishment. The first match of the season was played on May 11, 2007, and ended on October 28, 2007. The season concluded with Toronto Croatia claiming their third championship by defeating rivals Serbian White Eagles 4-1 on aggregate making Croatia one of the most successful clubs in the history of the CSL & Canadian soccer.[1] Toronto Croatia also celebrated its 50 year anniversary in Canadian soccer by winning the CSL title after losing just one game in the 5-month long campaign, including an unbeaten streak in their international triumph of the Croatian World Club Championship.[2] During the regular season the Serbian White Eagles secured their second consecutive International Division title, while St. Catharines Wolves won their first National Division title.

The league decreased in membership to 10 teams since the 2004 season, but reached an affiliation with the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division where the Impact formed the Trois-Rivières Attak to serve as a farm team.[3] The league experienced another major increase in match attendances with some clubs averaging over 1,000 fan support per game, with the Serbian White Eagles and Trois-Rivières Attak averaging the most.[4] The season was also notable with the introduction of the inaugural Locust CSL All Star Game played on July 28, 2007 at Windsor Stadium.[5]

Changes from 2006 season[edit]

The league decreased to 10 teams after the folding of the Caribbean Selects, and the hiatus of the Brampton Stallions.[6] Oakville Blue Devils moved to Scarborough, Toronto in order to become the Canadian Lions, and were transferred to the International Conference.[7] The CSL maintained its presence in Quebec with the owners of Laval Dynamites securing a deal with the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division to form the Trois-Rivières Attak which served as a farm team for the Impact.[8]

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Manager
Canadian Lions Toronto, Ontario (Scarborough) Birchmount Stadium Goran Miscevic
Italia Shooters Vaughan, Ontario (Woodbridge) St. Joan Of Arc Turf Field Tony De Thomasis
London City London, Ontario (Westmount) Cove Road Stadium Sean Gauss
North York Astros Toronto, Ontario (North York) Esther Shiner Stadium Rafael Carbajal
Portuguese Supra Toronto, Ontario (Etobicoke) Centennial Park Stadium Paulo Almos
Serbian White Eagles Toronto, Ontario (Etobicoke) Centennial Park Stadium Dušan Belić
St. Catharines Wolves St. Catharines, Ontario (Vansickle) Club Roma Stadium James McGillivray
Toronto Croatia Mississauga, Ontario Hershey Centre Milodrag Akmadzic
Trois-Rivières Attak Trois-Rivières, Quebec Stade de l'UQTR Marc Dos Santos
Windsor Border Stars Windsor, Ontario Windsor Stadium Pat Hilton

Final standings[edit]

International Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Serbian White Eagles 22 14 3 5 55 31 +24 45 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Toronto Croatia 22 10 11 1 42 16 +26 41
3 Italia Shooters 22 11 7 4 44 17 +27 40
4 Canadian Lions 22 6 9 7 40 36 +4 27
5 Portuguese Supra 22 4 5 13 31 42 −11 17

Updated to games played on October 8, 2007.
Source: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports07/07cswk22.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.

National Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 St. Catharines Wolves 22 12 6 4 36 19 +17 42 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Trois-Rivières Attak 22 10 8 4 48 29 +19 38
3 North York Astros 22 5 5 12 32 55 −23 20
4 Windsor Border Stars 22 5 4 13 33 49 −16 19
5 London City 22 3 2 17 15 82 −67 11

Updated to games played on October 8, 2007.
Source: http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/reports07/07cswk22.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.

CSL Championship playoffs[edit]

  QuarterFinals
10 & 11 October 2007
SemiFinals
20 & 21 October 2007
CSL Final
27 & 28 October 2007 @ 5:00pm & 3:00pm
Esther Shiner Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
                               
  1 Serbian White Eagles 2  
8 Windsor Border Stars 1  
  1 Serbian White Eagles 2  
  4 Trois-Rivières Attak 1  
5 Italia Shooters 0
  4 Trois-Rivières Attak 3  
    1 Serbian White Eagles 1 0  
  3 Toronto Croatia 4 0  
  2 St. Catharines Wolves (AET/PSO) 0 (10)  
7 Canadian Lions 0 (9)  
  2 St. Catharines Wolves 2
  3 Toronto Croatia 3  
3 Toronto Croatia (AET) 4
  6 North York Astros 2  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

CSL Championship[edit]

Format change for Rogers Cup finals[edit]

Due to Toronto Croatia and the Serbian White Eagles playing for the Championship Cup, the CSL decided to change the format to a two-leg game rather than the standard knockout. The first game was played on Friday, October 27, and was played in front of only Croatia fans, with the team serving as the home side. The next day, October 28, the White Eagles was the home side, and their fans were the only ones permitted at the game.[9][10][11][12]

All-Star Game[edit]

2007 scoring leaders[edit]

Full article: CSL Golden Boot[13]
Position Player's name Nationality Club Goals
1 Nicolas Lesage  Canada Trois-Rivières Attak 20
2 Gabriel Pop  Romania Serbian White Eagles 18
3 Evan Milward  Canada Canadian Lions 15
- Darko Kolić  Serbia Trois-Rivières Attak 15
5 Aaron Byrd  United States Windsor Border Stars 14
6 Saša Viciknez  Serbia Serbian White Eagles 13
- Antonio Stranges  Canada St. Catharines Wolves 13
8 Kadian Lecky  Jamaica Italia Shooters 10
9 Helio Pereira  Brazil Portuguese Supra 9
- Carlo Arghittu  Canada St. Catharines Wolves 9
- Tihomir Maletić  Croatia Toronto Croatia 9

CSL Executive Committee and Staff[edit]

A list of the 2007 CSL Executive Committee.[14]

Position Name Nationality
Commissioner: Cary Kaplan Canada Canadian
Executive Director: Stan Adamson England English
Director of Discipline: Clifford Dell Canada Canadian
Director of Officials: Walter Kirchner Romania Romanian
Marketing Manager: Brian Krinberg Canada Canadian
Office Manager: Janet Leonard Canada Canadian
League Administration/PR: Chelsea McAllister Nadler Canada Canadian
Referee-in-Chief: Hugh Elliott Canada Canadian
Legal Counsel: Ira Greenspoon Canada Canadian
Financial Auditor: John Morgan Canada Canadian

Individual awards[edit]

Claudio Perri was named the Goalkeeper of the Year

The annual CSL awards ceremony was held on November 4, 2007 at the La Contessa Banquet Hall in North York, Toronto.[15] For the second straight season the International Division teams accumlated the majority of the awards.[16] Trois-Rivières Attak went home with the most awards with 3 wins. Former Montreal Impact player Nicolas Lesage received both the Golden Boot and MVP, and the club was given the Fair Play award. The league champions Toronto Croatia produced both the Defender and Rookie of the Years. Domagoj Sain became the first player in CSL history to win the Defender of the Year three times. Former 2.HNL veteran Tihomir Maletic was chosen as the Rookie of the Year.

Claudio Perri, former Atlanta University alumni was named the Goalkeeper of the Year after helping St. Catharines Wolves post the best defensive record throughout the season. James McGilivary was recognized with the honor of Coach of the Year after leading St. Catharines to their first trophy the National Division title in five years. The President of the Year award was renamed the Harry Paul Gauss award in honor of Harry Gauss, and its inaugural recipient was Bruno Ierullo. Joe Fletcher, who later went on to officiate matches at the international level and Major League Soccer was recognized with the Referee of the Year award.[17]

Award Player (Club)
CSL Most Valuable Player Nicolas Lesage (Trois-Rivières Attak)
CSL Golden Boot Nicolas Lesage (Trois-Rivières Attak)
CSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award Claudio Perri (St. Catharines Wolves)
CSL Defender of the Year Award Domagoj Šain (Toronto Croatia)
CSL Rookie of the Year Award Tihomir Maletić (Toronto Croatia)
CSL Coach of the Year Award James McGilivary (St. Catharines Wolves)
Harry Paul Gauss Award Bruno Ierullo (North York Astros)
CSL Referee of the Year Award Joe Fletcher
CSL Fair Play Award Trois-Rivières Attak

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Adamson, Stan. "January 17, 2007 CSL announces Quebec based team (from CSL news release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  4. ^ "July 16, 2007 CSL news---League Attendance Increases (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  5. ^ "July 24, 2007 CSL All Star game lineups (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
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  7. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2008-05-16. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  8. ^ Adamson, Stan. "November 15, 2006 CSL announces replacement of Montreal team (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  9. ^ "October 23, 2007 CSL Announcement--Two Game Final--Serbian White Eagles vs Toronto Croatia (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
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  12. ^ "October 26, 2007 CSL Toronto Croatia vs Serbian White Eagles Championship Final pre-series comments (from Citynews.ca)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Citynews.ca. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Soccer League - Articles". 2007-12-15. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Canadian Soccer League - Contact Information". 2007-12-06. Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  15. ^ Glover, Robin. "November 4, 2007 CSL Awards Banquet (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  16. ^ "November 5, 2007 CSL Award Ceremony 2007 (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  17. ^ "Profiles | PRO - Professional Referee Organization". www.proreferees.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 

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