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Arnold Milan, president and owner of Metro Lions Soccer Club announces the visit to Toronto this weekend of a top Jamaican team

Soccer in Jamaica has become an industry following the memorable nineties when the Jamaican national team attracted worldwide attention by qualifying for the World Cup Finals in France �98.

The Reggae Boyz, as the national team players were fondly known, launched a new wave of enthusiasm and excitement resulting in a greater interest in the Caribbean island and Jamaica�s global soccer merchandise sales soared well beyond all expectations.

Suddenly Jamaica, previously known for its tourism, its rum, its sugar, music and world-class track athletes, suddenly and unexpectedly became known for its soccer.

This weekend, Portmore United, one of Jamaica�s top teams will revive those World Cup memories with a visit to Toronto for the inaugural game of the Arnold Milan International Soccer Cup tournament, the details of which were unfolded at a press conference held in Toronto on Tuesday.

Arnold Milan is an entrepreneur, owner of several companies and owner of the Metro Lions Soccer Club of the Canadian Professional Soccer League and he�s determined to do his part to assist the further development of soccer in Canada

�I think more visits from good soccer teams from other countries will help strengthen the game here in Canada and that�s the reason for introducing this trophy,� he announced to the gathering. �CPSL teams play good soccer and the challenge of such visits annually will help raise the game.�

Portmore United of the Jamaican Premier League and 2003 champions will arrive from Jamaica Friday night for a one-game visit to Birchmount Stadium (Kingston Road and Birchmount) on Sunday afternoon, a 4 p.m. kickoff.

Metro Lions, currently bidding for the top position in the CPSL�s Eastern Conference, are the opposition. Lions have just two defeats in league and cup play since June 9.

Tickets at the ground are $15 and $20 (pre-game $12 and $17). Under 10 are free.


In addition to Toronto Croatia, which other club has won the CPSL championship twice?
St. Catharines Roma Wolves
Ottawa Wizards
Toronto Olympians
North York Astros

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