Soccer has not escaped the affect of the power failure in Ontario, Quebec and the United States and several games have been postponed in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.
The clash between Hamilton Thunder and St. Catharines Roma Wolves was the first to be hit and was called off at Brian Timmis Stadium on Thursday, two hours after the power outage took place. This was followed by the postponement of Friday’s London City vs. Toronto Croatia game at Cove Road in London.
Both games scheduled for Saturday have been postponed. They are the Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Ottawa Wizards game set for Dufferin Clark at 2 pm and the Durham Flames vs. Laval Dynamites encounter scheduled for the Civic Stadium in Oshawa at 7 pm.
Two games scheduled for Sunday has been postponed so far—the Toronto Supra vs. Ottawa Wizards Eastern Conference showdown arranged for Victoria Park in Brampton at 2 pm is off and so is the St. Catharines Wolves vs. Laval Dynamites set for Club Roma in St. Catharines, also a 2 o’clock kickoff.
Decisions are expected on Saturday morning concerning the two remaining weekend games—the Metro Lions vs. Hamilton Thunder game due to kickoff at 6 pm at Scarborough’s Birchmount Stadium on Sunday and the Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians set for Victoria Park Sunday evening.
League Administrator Stan Adamson cited a number of reasons for so many postponements, including the inability of a hotel to guarantee accommodation of visiting team Ottawa Wizards despite their long-standing reservations.
“There is concern too that floodlights may cut out during periods of conserving power and the reluctance of municipalities to allow afternoon events to go on during the weekend period of recovery,” he explained Friday afternoon.
“They understandably don’t want to open buildings with dressing rooms for the next 24 to 48 hours,”he said.
Amateur soccer has been hard hit also, with many games in the Ontario Soccer League and other leagues called off.