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Result of the Thursday September 7, 2006 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and Serbian White Eagles played at Lamport Stadium in Toronto at 7:30pm.

22 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...TC Velemir Crljen dekes two defenders running up middle and pushes ball to TC Hayden Fitzwilliams charging up right. Fitzwilliams runs to near end line, crosses through box and Maric blasts 6 yarder from right into top left corner of net.

74 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...TC Leo Laurito rushes up left on pass and he rolls cross to right where Maric shoots 6 yarder into open net from right with goalie Dusan Belic hugging left post to prevent direct shot.

(hey that was effective as Laurito had only been on field for two minutes before this play).

80 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...TC Tommy Ples eludes SWE defender Mark Jankovic and he passes ball forward to Maric who has open net from 7 yards to tap in with goalie out to try to block Ples.

Final Score:.......Toronto Croatia........3..........Serbian White Eagles....0......

Attendance was about 2000 (CSL president Cary Kaplan's estimate). We agreed on 350 Toronto Croatian fans in the east stand but I'd say at least triple that for Serbian fans on the west stand although I didn't have a complete view of that side from the press box so 1650 is believable. Kaplan says the two other games coming up between the two teams in the next few weeks will be shared gates like this one between the two teams. They will also will be held in stadiums with separated stands. Their next meeting is Monday night in Hamilton at Brian Timmis Stadium [Friday night bulletin: announced venue is now Ivor Wynne Stadium, right beside Brian Timmis]. Third game will be back here at Lamport Stadium. Birchmount Stadium was taken out of the mix because the east stand has been pulled down when the stadium was renovated leaving only the west stand.

Do we need to keep these fans apart? Yes! Take no chances. Because I was in the west stands, I could really only hear the Serb fans. I didn't understand what they were saying so can't comment on that. I only saw the Croatian fans light one flare but for the Serbs there were dozens lit. I saw one moment at the beginning of the second half when about 15 fans at once lit a flare. Bright pink light and plenty of smoke. When I finally get access back to my web page, I'll post a link to photos I took at the game. I watched a guy I don't think watched the game at all but was leading the Serb chants. Broadcaster Dick Howard says he saw the burning of a Croatia flag but I couldn't see it. I did see one burnt out flare thrown out onto the field when the referee awarded a freekick to Croatia.

The game set up was well run but still had the CSL disorganization element to it. Yech the artificial turf of Lamport Stadium is as fast as a parking lot. The scoreboard is now permanently broken. The PA sound system didn't work which wouldn't have been a problem for the official home team Toronto Croatia who have their own sound system but should have been asked to bring it to set up! No national anthems or lineup announcements.

Hey how about that game? Electric atmosphere with referee Amato DeLuca keeping a lid on the rough stuff. Croatia players seemed to adapt faster to the turf with good timing of through balls. Boris Maric scored all three goals in the game! I'd criticized his play in earlier games this year but now it was opportunity/goal, opportunity/goal... Tommy Ples almost made it 4-0 at 85 minutes when he got a pass up the middle and his 20 yard shot was blocked point-blank at 15 yards by the sliding goalie Dusan Belic. Maric had been injured at 37 minutes and was down for three minutes before being helped from the field.

White Eagles had enough chances to win on their own but couldn't score. Sasa Viciknez took all the corners and freekicks which has become pretty predictable. Only late in the game were there some variations when he did some pass-offs instead of just shots on net from 25 yards or less or crosses into the box for anything longer than that. George Azcurra earned the shutout for Croatia. He had to be sharp early at 4 minutes when he palmed SWE Milos Scepanovic 15 yard shot over the net. Viciknez took a 25 yard freekick up the middle that curled and hit the top of the crossbar near the right post. At 54 minutes SWE Gabriel Pop (the CSL leading scorer) was in the clear after a ball was crossed from the right and his low 12 yard shot was blocked by the diving goalie on the left post. The Croatia defense of Robert Fran, Domagoj Sain, Antonijo Zupan, and Halburto Harris was strong and blocked a lot of shots and cleared a lot of crosses into the box. White Eagles shooting was often high and wide of the net.

This was the first loss in league play by the White Eagles this year. They are still comfortably in first place but show they can be beaten. Both teams are in action tomorrow night with White Eagles hosting Toronto Supra Portuguese and Croatia hosting Italia Shooters.

Rocket Robin

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Result of the Friday September 8th, 2006 CSL game between Serbian White Eagles and Toronto Supra Portuguese played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:30pm.

67 min...SWE RED card...Dragan Radovic is ejected by referee Jacques Tjonasan for running at the TSP players in a freekick wall and getting in a shoving match.

67 min...TSP RED card...Alex Posoda is ejected in this incident. Both teams made a big effort to have referee's assistant Kim Babb signal the referee about which players were throwing an elbow while the White Eagles set up the 25 yard freekick which eventually had Sasa Viciknez blast a low shot into the TSP player wall.

Final Score:........Serbian White Eagles........0.........Toronto Supra Portuguese......0.....

Attendance was about 550 on this mild night. The crowd was smaller than usual; partly explained by the big crowd just last night in downtown Toronto with White Eagles playing Toronto Croatia. Also a downpour just before game time would have cut down on the walk up crowd. I was caught in a hail storm on my drive here and almost had to pull over.

Dusan Belic earned the shutout for the White Eagles and Michael Silva did the same for Supra. Both goalies had some tough saves. At 6 minutes, SWE Gabriel Pop got to a cornerkick from the right that sailed over the other players in the box and his 10 yard blast from the left was blocked by the goalie. At 12 minutes Adolfo Mella had his 25 yard freekick up the middle land on the top of the net when it dipped down a bit too late. TSP Jorge Cadolfa got a through ball on the right at 14 minutes and his 12 yard shot hit the cross bar on the left side. At 19 minutes, Michael Diluca's 20 yard shot from the right has diving goalie push wide left of the post. Diluca then looked like he'd scored three minutes later but the play was called back. At 36 minutes Pop got the ball deflected off his side and into the net from 4 yards on his slide but that play I could see was flagged offside. Pop was then injured one minute later when the TSP goalie leapt for a ball and landed on him. In injury team, Steven Craig got a pass while charging up the middle and his 22 yard shot was caught by the crumpling goalie. At 55 minutes, Mella was touched a ball in middle and his 30 yard low blast hit the outside of the right post. At 71 minutes, SWE Marko Janicek bashed into the TSP box and his 8 yard shot was stopped point blank by the goalie and he poked the rebound wide left when he slid and connected from 5 yards. White Eagles threatened more often late in the game with more freekicks and cornerkicks but like the night before, Sasa Viciknez took all the dead ball set pieces.

I had planned to go to the Toronto Croatia vs Italia Shooters because these teams are closer in the standings but I was thinking of the field they play on would be swamped by the rain and wondered if the game would be played at all so I detoured to this game. Ha. I thought this game would be a walkover although I did see Supra hold off Shooters for 85 minutes earlier this week. Supra can still make the playoffs although they are fourth in the International division but there are so many bunched teams in the National division that they could still make it as a wildcard team.

Rocket Robin

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quote:Originally posted by Rocket Robin

Do we need to keep these fans apart? Yes! Take no chances. Because I was in the west stands, I could really only hear the Serb fans. I didn't understand what they were saying so can't comment on that. I only saw the Croatian fans light one flare but for the Serbs there were dozens lit. I saw one moment at the beginning of the second half when about 15 fans at once lit a flare. Bright pink light and plenty of smoke. When I finally get access back to my web page, I'll post a link to photos I took at the game. I watched a guy I don't think watched the game at all but was leading the Serb chants. Broadcaster Dick Howard says he saw the burning of a Croatia flag but I couldn't see it. I did see one burnt out flare thrown out onto the field when the referee awarded a freekick to Croatia.

Mr. Howard was indeed correct, in the second half the serbian fans set a croatian flag on fire using one of their flares.

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There were two games played in the CSL tonight

Laval Dynamites 4, Caribbean Selects 1

Windsor Border Stars 4, London City 2

Windsor Border Stars new comer's Lamar Peter's( 11 min. and 37 min. mark)and Sampson( 42 min. and 90 min. mark) accounted for all 4 goals to hand London City a 4-2 defeat in Windsor. London City's Gentjan Dervishi ( 49 min. mark) and Mohcine Talouati (75 min. mark). scored the lone goals for London. A missed penalty shot by London's Genjan Dervishi at the 47 min.mark took an obvious toll on City's moral that they could not recover from.

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Result of the Saturday September 9th, 2006 CSL game between Caribbean Selects and Laval Dynamites played at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough at 8:00pm.

17 min...Dynamites Ammar Badawiem GOAL...LD Ilias Calaitzidis cornerkick from left has Badawiem tip header on left post into top left corner of net from 2 yards.

46 min...Dynamites Rachid Madkour GOAL...Madkour gets ball in middle and bends 15 yard shot to left corner of net.

51 min...Dynamites Rachid Madkour GOAL...Madour given pass up middle from LD Jean Louie Besse and rounds CS goalie Ramon McIntosh 10 yard out and rolls in 8 yarder into open net when pressured by defender.

54 min...Selects Dwayne Osbourne GOAL...Osbourne run up middle and fires low 20 yard shot to right corner of net beyond goalie Andrew Olivieri.

88 min...Dynamites Nicholas Knowland GOAL...LD Jean Louie Besse runs in on right and his 20 yard shot is stopped by the sprawling goalie. Knowland following up on play rolls in 8 yard shot into open net.

Final Score:......Caribbean Selects.....1.......Laval Dynamites....4......

Attendance was about 60 on this cool night. My hands were cold by the second half. There was a game right before this...a game in the Caribbean League. One of the teams was the S-Squad which is the Selects development team. I'd seen their uniforms before--when the Caribbean Selects (supplemented with other CSL league players) played Harbourview United. All players have high numbers in the 70s or 80s with names like Scratchie, Screamas, Sickie, Sox etc. I was fooled thinking the Selects game had started already when I recognized goalie Ramon McIntosh, and Dwayne Osbourne (as "Seffrey"). Jason Garcia (or whoever is #8, Julius Caesar cut his dreads?) also played in the game.

The game was pretty even with Dynamites holding a slight edge in the first half but broke the game open with two quick goals after the restart. Dynamites could have had two more when CS goalie Ramon McIntosh was able to pick up two rebounds that had hit the goalpost and luckily bounced right to him. The Dynamites had brought enough players tonight to have substitutes at the right time. That is different than some of their road trips when I've seen them with only 12 or 13 players. Every win in the tightly bunched National division flips a team up in the standings. They play Brampton Stallions tomorrow.

This is the first time I've been to Birchmount Stadium in two years. The grass has now been replaced by field turf and even had the same "City Of Toronto" logo in the center circle and CFL football lines just like Esther Shiner Stadium in North York (home of the Astros) which was given the same treatment a few years ago. There's a new track surface installed. Biggest change is the east stand has been removed. The stand was in worse shape then I'd thought as I heard tonight that it had been condemmed. Since the dressing rooms had been under those stands, the players and refs now have to change in the hockey arena (not any different than at Victoria Park in Brampton (home of the Stallions). The scoreboard was just installed last week and has been promised to be operational by September 16th.

I asked Selects manager Neil Palmer the story behind their disasterous road trip to Montreal two weekends ago for back to back games against the Dynamites. The games ended as a 3-0 forfeit Saturday and then an 8-0 loss on Sunday. Palmer said the team brought 14 players for the weekend. They did arrive at the Saturday game 30 minutes before game time but Laval was awarded the forfeit as he felt they really didn't want to play. Refunding the ticket money wasn't a big inconvenience because the team doesn't draw many fans anyway he said. The played game had Palmer use only 11 players because he disiplined three of them while on the trip. The players started cramping up in the second half and the Dynamites pulled away. He wasn't surprised by the Thursday result with Serbian White Eagles losing to Toronto Croatia because he said his team the last weekend had held them to 2-0 in the first half but were pinned into their own end with the strong wind and rain. That game ended with the White Eagles winning 6-1.

Rocket Robin

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CSL Media Advisory

Eagles vs. Croatia switched to Ivor Wynne

RIVALRY RESUMES MONDAY

TORONTO - Sunday, September 10 -Toronto Croatia and Serbian White Eagles

will resume their rivalry Monday with the second of three regular season

games and the venue has been switched to Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, an

8 pm kickoff.

The game was originally scheduled for Brian Timmis Stadium in Hamilton, but

on Friday league was informed there is a problem with second stand at Brian

Timmis and for several hours there was a possibility the game would be

postponed..

"The City of Hamilton and the Ivor Wynne management stepped in to help us

out as soon as they realized how much preparation has gone into this game.

They offered the use of Ivor Wynne Stadium next door and we accepted," said

Cary Kaplan, CSL commissioner.

The home of the Hamilton Toger-Cats was used for several pre-season

exhibition games by CSL teams during May, but this is the first CSL regular

season game to be played in Hamilton in 2006.

The two teams met at Lamport Stadium in Toronto on Thursday night with a 3-0

Toronto Croatia victory to snap a 14-game Serbian White Eagles unbeaten

streak in league play going back to their opening win over Italia Shooters

back on May 19. The third regular season game between the two teams will be

back at Lamport Stadium on September 24, one week before the playoffs begin

on October 1.

Canadian Soccer League

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BLUE DEVILS, LAVAL DYNAMITES WIN SUNDAY

Oakville still on top

Oakville Blue Devils held on to top spot in the National Division with a 2-0 victory over Toronto Supra Portuguese, Laval Dynamites edged Brampton Stallions, 3-2, and North York Astros battled to a 2-2 tie with Italia Shooters, three games in the Canadian Soccer League Sunday.

Oakville had an edge over Toronto Supra Portuguese at Bronte Stadium in Oakville and the home side took the lead after 20 minutes when midfielder Andy Garcia drove the ball into the corner of the net from 8 yards. Gavin Russell made it 2-0 with a curling shot from close range at 79 minutes for a 2-0 final score. Supra Portuguese’ John Cardoso was red carded at 69 minutes for rough play.

The Blue Devils are on top of the National Division with a 8-5-6 WLT record for 30 points and Toronto Supra Portuguese stand in fourth place in the International Division with a 3-6-7 record for 16 points.

Laval Dynamites continued their winning way to keep in touch with league-leading Oakville with a 3-2 victory over Brampton Stallions at Victoria Park thanks to a successful penalty kick at the 85th minute mark by forward Ilias Calaitzidis. Calaitzidis opened the scoring after just three minutes, Rashid Madkour made it 2-0 for Laval at 65 minutes, but the Stallions bounced back from that deficit when Hugo Herrera scored at 75 minutes from the penalty spot and Andre de Andreas tied the game 2-2 at 80 minutes before Calaitzidis struck the winner.

Laval have an 8-7-5 record for 29 points, one point behind Oakville, while Brampton have a 7-7-3 record for 24 points.

Italia Shooters continue to pick-up points in the bid to secure third place in the International Division, a position that will guarantee them Vaughan-based side a playoff spot and they did so again Sunday with a 2-2 tie against North York Astros at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York. Rob Black opened the scoring for Italia at 32 minutes, Francisco Dos Santos put the Astros into a 2-1 lead with goals at 38 and 67 minutes and Franco Ruscetta scored the equalizer for Italia four minutes from time. Italia Shooters improve to 7-5-7 for 28 points, while North York Astros go winless since July 30 and have a 3-7-8 record for 17 points.

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Originally posted by Rocket Robin

I asked Selects manager Neil Palmer the story behind their disasterous road trip to Montreal two weekends ago for back to back games against the Dynamites. The games ended as a 3-0 forfeit Saturday and then an 8-0 loss on Sunday. Palmer said the team brought 14 players for the weekend. They did arrive at the Saturday game 30 minutes before game time but Laval was awarded the forfeit as he felt they really didn't want to play. Refunding the ticket money wasn't a big inconvenience because the team doesn't draw many fans anyway he said. The played game had Palmer use only 11 players because he disiplined three of them while on the trip. The players started cramping up in the second half and the Dynamites pulled away. [/quote¨]

WTF??? LOL!!! The game was scheduled for 7pm, but they were delayed on their way to the stadium and the referee allowed them an hour to be ready for the game. ''At 8pm, I either blow the whistle to start the game or I leave the field and it’s a forfeit'', he said. The Selects did arrive shortly before 8pm but were not ready to play at 8pm so the referee and his assistants left the field.

Make no mistake about it, the forfeit was even better for the selects. Do their players dance before every game? And its not clear to me, who did he mean to discipline: the three suspended players or the eleven players that were cramping up? Half manager, half clown, is it?

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Is this a first? The ref in the Brampton v Laval game awarded 5 penalties! Brampton scored their two, but their keeper saved two of the Laval kicks, but they finally scored one to win the game in the last 5 minutes.

The ref was the guy who reffed the Serbia/Supra game and repeated his performance in sending off a player for bumping into an opponent at a freekick (in injury time!). Maybe it was something to do with the fact that there was a referee assessor at the game.

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