OPEN CANADA CUP PRELIMINARIES KICKOFF FRIDAY
Representatives from the Open Canada Cup amateur entries join with the CPSL pros and CPSL president Vincent Ursini (centre) in reviewing the draw and schedule.
Eight of the top amateur teams in the GTA, together with four from Ottawa and two from London, will join 10 of the 11 CPSL pro teams in a bid for the Open Canada Cup and a $10,000 cash prize as one of the highlights of the upcoming Canadian Professional Soccer League season.
The draw took place at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan on May 10 at a gathering which included several amateur team representatives and the CPSL immediately released the full Preliminary Round schedule.
There are a full slate of games this coming Victoria Day weekend beginning with two games on Friday night, May 21 when Real Vaughan and Ottawa Royals meet at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan while Woodbridge Sora and London AEK clash at Cove Road in London.
Prior to the draw taking place, it was announced that the CPSL’s Toronto Croatia would not take part in the Open Cup competition due to an annual commitment in a North American tournament of Croatian teams on Labour Day, weekend of the final.
The 14 amateur teams will take part in the Preliminary Round during the Victoria Day Weekend, May 21 to 24, and six surviving teams will advance to Round Two to join the 10 CPSL teams in the last 16.
One of the 16 teams in the one-game knockout will be the defending Open Canada Cup champions, London City, which triumphed in a penalty kick victory against Metro Lions following a 1-1 overtime tie last September 1.
The Preliminary Round draw and schedule is:
Friday, May 21 The Soccer Centre 8.00 pm Real Vaughan vs. Ottawa Royals (Winner meets Metro Lions in Round Two)
Friday, May 21 Cove Road 8.40 pm Woodbridge Sora vs. AEK London (Winner meets Durham Storm in Round Two)
Sat., May 22 The Soccer Centre 6.00 pm 777 S.C. (Toronto) vs. Capital Utd.(Ottawa) (Winner meets Hearts S.C. or Peniche Toronto to advance to Round Two)
Sat., May 22 The Soccer Centre 8.30 pm Hearts S.C.(Toronto) vs. Peniche (Toronto) (Winner meets 777 S.C. or Capital Utd. to advance to Round Two)
Sun., May 23 The Soccer Centre 2.00 pm G.S. United (Toronto) vs. Brampton Dynamic Kickers (Winner meets Vaughan Shooters in Round Two)
Sun., May 23 The Soccer Centre 4.30 pm Capital City Ambassadors (Ottawa) vs. Benfica (Toronto) (Winner meets winner of 777 S.C.(Toronto), Capital Utd. (Ottawa), Hearts S.C (Toronto) and Peniche Toronto)
Sun., May 23 Cove Road 8.10 pm Ottawa St. Anthony Italia vs. London Portuguese (Winner meets Toronto Supra in Round Two)
Mon., May 24 The Soccer Centre 4.30 pm Hearts S.C. or Peniche (Toronto) vs. 777 S.C. (Toronto) or Capital Utd. (Ottawa)(Winner meets Capital City Ambassadors (Ottawa) or Benfica (Toronto) in Round Two)
The remaining Round Two games are:
London City vs. Hamilton Thunder
St. Catharines Wolves vs. Border Stars
Brampton Hitmen vs. North York Astros
Round Two will be played during the Canada Day holiday weekend, July 1 - 4, and the quarter-finals will take place during the Civic Holiday weekend July 30 to August 2.
Semi-finals will be played Labour Day weekend, September 3 - 5 and the final on Monday, September 6.