Kickoff May 11
The Canadian Soccer League will kickoff its 2007 season when Windsor Border Stars travel to Centennial Stadium in Toronto’s west-end for the Portuguese Supra home opener on Friday evening, May 11, an 8 p.m. kickoff.
Canada’s 13-team pro soccer league will field 10 teams in 2007, to play a five-month long regular season of 110 games through to the playoffs mid-October, leading to the championship final later that month. That’s a 22-game schedule for each of the five teams in the National Conference and five teams in the International Conference. The International Conference is a new division launched in 2006.
National Conference teams are London City, North York Astros, St. Catharines Wolves, Trois-Rivieres Attak and Windsor Border Stars, while the International Conference teams representing their country of origin and centered in the Toronto area are Canadian Lions, Italia Shooters, Serbian White Eagles, Portuguese Supra and Toronto Croatia.
Brampton will return next year joined by others, including Quebec City, a new franchise in the National Conference and African Icons in the International Conference.
Canadian Lions is a team owned by the Milan Group which has secured the rights as the Canadian member of the international division, to replace the previous Oakville Blue Devils. Trois-Rivieres Attak is a new team in the Province of Quebec introduced by owner Tony Iannitto of last year’s Laval Dynamites. Attak is the reserve team for Montreal Impact of the U.S.-based USL First Division. Brampton Stallions, which represented that community to the north-west of Toronto last season, is taking this year off, while the franchise of last year’s Caribbean Selects was revoked by the league during the off-season.
The season will include the popular Open Canada Cup competition of CSL pro teams together with some of the best senior amateur teams in Central Canada. Ottawa St. Anthony Italia won the Open Canada Cup last year while the CSL championship went to Italia Shooters of the International Division.
Opening regular season games in Canada’s only professional soccer league are:
Fri May 11 Centennial Stadium 8:00pm Portuguese Supra vs Windsor Border Stars
Sun May 13 Trois-Rivieres 4:00pm Trois-Rivieres Attak vs Toronto Croatia
Sun May 13 Birchmount Stadium 6:00pm Canadian Lions vs Italia Shooters
Fri May 18 Centennial Stadium 8:00pm Serbian White Eagles vs Trois-Rivieres Attak
Sat May 19 Windsor Stadium 7:00pm Windsor Border Stars vs London City
Sun May 20 Esther Shiner Stadium 4:00pm North York Astros vs Italia Shooters
Sun May 20 Birchmount Stadium 4:00pm Canadian Lions vs Trois-Rivieres Attak
Sun May 20 Centennial Stadium 7:00pm Portuguese Supra vs St. Catharines Wolves
Fri May 25 Centennial Stadium 8:00pm Portuguese Supra vs Italia Shooters
Sun May 27 Esther Shiner Stadium 4:00pm North York Astros vs St. Catharines Wolves
Sun May 27 Trois-Rivieres 4:00pm Trois-Rivieres Attak vs Serbian White Eagles
Sun May 27 Birchmount Stadium 6:00pm Canadian Lions vs Toronto Croatia
Sun May 27 Soccer Centre 7:00pm Italia Shooters vs Portuguese Supra
Fri Jun 1 Centennial Stadium 8:00pm Serbian White Eagles vs Canadian Lions
Fri Jun 1 Cove Road 8:38pm London City vs Toronto Croatia
Sat Jun 2 Windsor Stadium 7:00pm Windsor Border Stars vs Toronto Croatia
Sun Jun 3 Esther Shiner Stadium 7:00pm North York Astros vs Canadian Lions
Sun Jun 3 Trois-Rivieres 4:00pm Trois-Rivieres Attak vs Portuguese Supra
Sun Jun 3 Soccer Centre 7:00pm Italia Shooters vs Windsor Border Stars
Fri Jun 8 Cove Road 8:38pm London City vs Windsor Border Stars
Sat Jun 9 Chippewa Valley, Mich. 7:00pm Windsor Border Stars vs London City
Sun Jun 10 Esther Shiner Stadium 4:00pm North York Astros vs Portuguese Supra
Sun Jun 10 Soccer Centre 4:00pm Italia Shooters vs Trois-Rivieres Attak
Wed Jun 13 Club Roma 8:15pm St. Catharines Wolves vs Toronto Croatia
Fri Jun 15 Cove Road 8:38pm London City vs Italia Shooters