Press Release July 17, 2000

Glen Shields Sun Devils go to top
in League Cup
Glen Shields Sun Devils travelled to Oshawa on Sunday to take on the Flames and came away with three important points.  Oshawa who had recently beaten the Toronto Olympians were looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive but fell 2-1 to the Sun Devils.

Edson Breceda opened the scoring for the Flames at the 28th minute then the Flames held onto the lead until the 72nd minute with a goal by Courtney Dennis.  Dennis hit the mark again four minutes later securing the win for Glen Shields and moving them to the top of Group A in CPSL League Cup action.

In Group B, St. Catharines edged out the York Region Shooters 2-1 at Richmond Green.  The Shooters opened the scoring on a goal by Mike Mazza at the 47th minute.  St. Catharines Roma Wolves tied the score on a goal by Gary Hughes at the 73rd minute and with 1 minute to go in regulation time, Frank Delpriore notched in the winner.  St. Catharines moves into second place in Group B, behind Toronto Croatia but has a game in hand.

Press Release July 13, 2000

Four CPSL players head overseas
The CPSL announced today that four of its players are heading overseas for try outs with pro teams in Greece and Croatia.  Tom Katsavrias, President of the Toronto Olympians will accompany three players, Elvis Thomas (midfielder, age 26), Brian Bowes (goalkeeper, age 20) and John Matus (striker, age 20) to Greece for tryouts with three 1st Division teams.

The Olympians will start out in Athens with Panionios and Ethnikois Astras, from there they will travel to southern Greece to visit 1st Division Patra.  Mr. Katsavrias stated "this is a great opportunity for our Canadian players to showcase their talents, we hope this trip will open the doors and establish a good name for Canadian Soccer.  If these three do well I can see scouts coming to Canada to look at our talent".  Greece is currently ranked 32 in the F.I.F.A. standings.

Although this is great for these three players, the loss of three starters to the Olympians does have Olympian coach David Gee a little concerned.  "Although this situation is tough for any coach we will have to compensate.  Loosing four players from your starting line-up (Berdusco out with a separated shoulder) makes my job a little more difficult, but our philosophy has always been to promote Canadian soccer and Canadian players.  As far as filling the gaps these players leave means we may have to sign some new players.  We have three Championships to defend".

Also heading overseas is the CPSL leading goal scorer Leo Marasovic of Toronto Croatia.  Leo has a three week tryout with NK Split of the Croatian National League.  Mr. Marasovic stated "it's really hard to crack their lineup and the competition is very fierce, but the opportunity to train with NK Split on a daily basis is great.  I know it will improve my overall skills".

The CPSL is an Ontario based pro league that is going into its third year of operation, its mandate is to promote the pro element of the game.  It currently has eight teams operating in the League and is a firm believer that regionalized pro Leagues (similar to Jr. A hockey) across Canada is the best, most cost effective and realistic way to develop the pro game in Canada.

CPSL League Cup in full Swing
Toronto Croatia moved to the top of Group B in CPSL League Cup action last night with a 3-1 victory over the York Region Shooters at Centennial Stadium.

Paul Moore opened the scoring at the 22 minute mark when Toni Preci delivered a beautiful through from just inside his own half that broke Moore free.  Moore made not mistake from just inside the penalty area as he slipped under the rushing Shooter goalie Vince Varvara.

That was the only goal Varvara would let in the first half as he proceeded to single handedly keep his team in the game with a variety of acrobatic saves that even had the Toronto Croatia fans clapping.  Willy Guimmara had the opportunity to tie the score at the 44th minute as he struck a tremendous shot off the crossbar from 30 yards out.  That was Guimmara's 9th post of the season.

Toronto Croatia opened quickly in the second half as Leo Marasovic used his great speed to out race three Shooters players down the right flank and scored just 51 seconds into the second half.  Varvara continued his solid performance in net and kept Croatia off the scoreboard until the final two minutes.  Leo Marasovic scored his second of the night on a nice pass from John Jelic.  That goal kept him first in the scoring race.  York Shooters scored in injury time as Mike Mazza got his first of the season.

Four Games on Tap
This weekend will feature four CPSL games.  Friday night, the Glen Shields Sun Devils travel to London for a match at Cove Rd.  These two team tied last Sunday 1-1 in League Cup action and are both currently tied for second place in Group A.

Sunday, the Glen Shields Sun Devils are on the road again as they travel to Oshawa to take on the Flames who are the toast of Durham Region with their recent win over Toronto Olympians.

In other Group A action London City heads to Birchmount Stadium to take on the Olympians who are currently last in Group A.  In Group B, St. Catharines Roma Wolves will see their first action in the League Cup as they will be gunning for the Shooters at Richmond Green.

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