June 7, 2007 CSL news (from CSL media release)

Thursday - June 7, 2007
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As Toronto Croatia enters the 2007 season, they prepare to face fierce competition not only within the CSL but also in an upcoming tournament in Croatia.

The team leaves soon for the 1st International Croatian Tournament, taking place in the city of Zagreb, a prestigious international competition set to play-out from June 27th to July 2nd. The Croatian Football Federation will host 8 teams from around the world, including teams from Austria, Germany, Australia, France, USA, and Toronto Croatia representing Canada. The teams will be divided into two groups of 4 each playing round-robin games and each vying for the chance at the playoffs and the opportunity to be crowned champions. Pino Jazbec of the Toronto Croatia organization says “This tournament gives teams outside of Croatia the chance to compete against one another and promote youth players, each team is requested to bring a roster of forty young players..” This tournament is expected to bring some exciting stories and the CSL will follow Toronto Croatia’s progress and provide regular updates.

The London City Soccer Club has announced in their kick-off press conference recently that long-time player Gentjan Dervishi and Vice-President Ryan Gauss will be filling in as Acting Head Coach and Acting General Manager respectively.

The exhibition game to be hosted by the Italia Shooters vs. Uruguay U-20 National Team on June 23 has been cancelled. Uruguay, in Canada for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, made a last minute decision to go directly to British Columbia via the United States. The team’s early games are being played at Burnaby.

However, another soccer spectacular is currently in the works with the North York Astros taking on the U-20 Mexico National Team and details on this exciting game will be released in the next few days.

Change in kickoff time -The regular season game between the Italia Shooters vs Trois-Rivieres Attak at the Soccer Center on June 10 has been changed to a 5:30pm kickoff (previously 4 pm).

Jason De Thomasis of Italia is one of the leading goalscorers at this early stage of the CSL season, others are Sasa Viciknez from the Serbian White Eagles and Evan Milward of the Canadian Lions. All three have scored four goals.

Trois-Rivieres Attak's Boubacar Coulibaly received an invitation to train with the Montreal Impact recently, reports Stéphane Chiarello.

Impact head coach Nick De Santis and assistant coach Peter Pinizzotto were impressed by Coulibaly on June 3 against the Portuguese Supra. The midfielder has now the opportunity to train with the Impact.

'I am very happy that Nick De Santis gives me this chance', said Coulibaly. 'It is an honour to join the first team and I never thought that it would go so fast for me. But my objective is to play for the Impact. To realize it, I need to keep on working hard.'

Tanya Ng Yuen

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