July 9, 2005 CPSL news on Saturday's games (from CPSL website)
RANGERS TAKE CONTROL FOR 4-1 EXHIBITION WIN
HOME WINS FOR LAVAL, SUPRA IN REGULAR SEASON ACTION
Saturday - July 9, 2005
The CPSL All Stars added Glasgow Rangers FC, last year’s Scottish Premier Division champions, to their impressive list of exhibition opponents in recent year’s with a game at the University of Toronto Saturday.
It turned out to be a highly entertaining friendly and the 51-time champions of the Scottish top division took control in the second half to win 4-1 following an evenly played scoreless first half.
The CPSL All Stars listed players from 10 of the 12-team loop and all took part in the game before the final whistle. The starting CPSL line-up for the 6 o’clock kickoff in brilliant sunshine looked organized, confident and not at all fazed by opposition considered to be one of the top clubs in the world. The visitors, here for a 9-day training camp before kicking off their Premier Division season in Scotland at the end of July, fielded a mix of first team probables with several possibles from their 27-man roster.
The CPSL selects held up well until their numerous changes in the second half changed the complexion of the game and exposed a more open defense that allowed Rangers to roam more freely to within striking distance of the CPSL net.
Forward Ross McCormack scored twice during this period, at the 53rd and 82nd minute, Jukka Santala, a defender, struck at 81 minutes and Steve Thompson scored the fourth for Rangers when he tapped in a cross at the 88th minute mark.
The lone CPSL goal was scored by Gabriel Pop of Oakville Blue Devils at 90 minutes for a 4-1 final. Pop, who played much of his soccer in Romania, was a last-minute selection to the all-stars.
The game was closed to the public, open to the media and about 200 mostly family and friends of players in the Canadian Professional Soccer League. The game was considered to be the toughest contest for the CPSL All Stars since the loss to Munich 1860 of the German Bundesliga three years ago.
The CPSL All Stars: Carlo Arghittu and Danny Gallacher (St. Catharines Wolves), Dennis Peeters and Eris Tafaj (London City), Marcus Chorvat (Border Stars), Michael Silva (Toronto Supra), Fitzroy Powell and Craig Williams (Durham Storm), Fuseini Dauda, Ricardo Marquez, Daniel Milojevic, Zelko Dukic, Johnny Annisi, Roberto Ferrari (Hamilton Thunder), Hugo Herrara (Brampton Stallions), Gabriel Pop, Darren Baxter, Aaron Steele, Igor Prostran, Sergio De Luca (Oakville Blue Devils), Justin Phillips (Vaughan Shooters) and Joseph Feifoo (North York Astros).
Head Coach: Jorge Armua, General Manager: Bruno Ierullo, Team Manager: Hector Marinaro Sr., Team Doctor: Scott Howitt, Physiotherapist: Dean Grima and the Equipment Manager: Elio Scarcello.
In regular league CPSL action on Saturday, Laval Dynamites nipped Brampton Stallions 1-0 at the Bois-de-Boulogne Stadium in Laval, Mahamed Ridouani scoring from the penalty spot after being pulled down at the 20th minute, and in one other game played Saturday, Toronto Supra scored two late goals to defeat Border Stars 2-0 at Brockton Stadium. Forward Danny Amaral (84 minutes) and Francisco Santos (90 minutes) were the scorers.
In Women’s Canada Cup action, Toronto Supra District All Stars defeated Border Stars Women, 1-0.
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