Toronto Croatia has a proud history on the Toronto soccer scene going back over more than 40 years. It includes numerous championships including - as Toronto Metros-Croatia - the Championship of the North American Soccer League in 1976. Therefore, it was a surprise to most soccer observers to see Croatia finish in last place in the CPSL inaugural season in 1998.
Toronto Croatia has taken steps over the winter to ensure a return to their rightful place where they are challenging for championships. On Monday they had their first real test with their opening game in the CPSL (Ontario) against St. Catharines Roma Wolves, last year's Playoff Champions. With a 2 - 0 win for Croatia, their supporters went home happy and looking forward to a successful 1999 season.
After a scoreless first half, Toronto Croatia took the lead in the 61st. minute with a goal from Leo Marasovic and increased their lead just 4 minutes later with a goal by 20-year old Kory Jazbec. There was no further scoring in the game. Kory is one of seven players on Croatia's roster who are 20-years old or younger as Croatia look to their youngsters to return them to their former glory days.
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