CPSL: London Host Wizards to Kickoff Canada Cup
September 26, 2002

For Immediate Release


Five teams bid for trophy at Cove Road, London
VAUGHAN—Thursday, September 26—London City and Ottawa Wizards will kickoff the CPSL Canada Cup weekend in a one-game Wild Card encounter at Cove Road, London tomorrow night to decide who goes through to accompany Brampton Hitmen, Toronto Croatia and Vaughan Sun Devils to the semi-finals of the inaugural CPSL Canada Cup the following day.
The CPSL Canada Cup, previously called the League Cup, was adopted by the CPSL this season to reflect the strong support of the federal government in the CPSL, Canada’s only complete professional soccer league which presently operates in Ontario and Quebec but which has a mandate to expand to Western Canada.
All 14 teams of the CPSL entered the Canada Cup and games were played from the beginning of the season through to the final this weekend. The games are independent of the league schedule and the teams were drawn into a qualifying round, with a home and away two-game series with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals. Brampton Hitmen, Ottawa Wizards, Vaughan Sun Devils and Toronto Croatia emerged as the winners and they were joined by the host team London City. Ottawa Wizards were drawn against London City for the Wild Card game to decide the fourth berth in the semi-finals Saturday.
The CPSL Canada Cup is the first of the two major events near the end of the CPSL season, the second event being the Rogers Cup playoffs that pit the three top teams from each Conference and the host team into a playoff format leading to the CPSL Championship final game on October 20.
Favourites to win the CPSL Canada Cup are Ottawa Wizards, winner of the Eastern Conference and Toronto Croatia, winner of the Western Conference, but history has shown that in what is expected to be a high-paced exciting weekend of pro soccer, such an environment disregards the league standings and any team can come out on top.
The complete weekend schedule is:

Friday, September 27 at 8.30 p.m. – Wild Card game:
London City vs. Ottawa Wizards
Saturday, September 28 at 5.45 p.m. – First Semi-final:
Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Toronto Croatia
Saturday, September 28 at 8.15 p.m. – Second Semi-final
Brampton Hitmen vs. London City or Ottawa Wizards

Sunday, September 29 at 3.15 p.m. – CPSL Canada Cup Final

Ticket enquiries in London (519) 432-City or (519) 672-Kick or at the CPSL league office (905) 856-5439.
Media accreditation and enquiries: Stan Adamson (905) 856-5439. General enquiries: Josie Storto (905) 856-5439 or Harry Gauss, general manager of the London City Soccer Club at (519) 672-5425.

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