February 5, 2008 CSL New-Look Canadian Soccer League (from CSL media release)
Compton Hall to return
WELCOME TO A NEW-LOOK CANADIAN SOCCER LEAGUE
As the Canadian Soccer League continues to expand and develop, so it continues to expand and enhance its communication to the fans, media, sponsors and others.
The launch of this brighter, more attractive new-look website with features for automatic and greater distribution of news using an RSS Feed, will be an example of the league’s renewed effort to keep everyone up-to-date.
The CSL has applied to add a Reserve Division to its existing National and International Divisions for the 2008 season, while several teams in Canada’s only professional soccer league have also been restructuring for the mid-May kickoff, a campaign that will run for 5 1/2 months to the end of October.
International Division team Canadian Lions will relocate to Brampton, Ontario under the new name Brampton Lions and they will play out of Victoria Park in that community. The club has also re-organized its management, with Antonio Carvalho taking over as the club’s new president, Barry Goldlist is V.P., while the highly regarded Phil Ionadi will be in charge of all teams operations, working closely with head coach Goran Miscevic.
Ionadi was captain of Brampton Hitman and was voted the CSL’s MVP when his team won the 2003 CSL championship.
Italia Shooters have linked up with the USL’s Toronto Lynx in a joint venture player development program from age four all the way up to the professional level. As part of the deal, the more advanced Lynx PDL players will have an opportunity to break into the pro ranks to play for Italia Shooters in the CSL.
Italia Shooters will play at a newly-surfaced ground in Maple just north of Toronto while Portuguese Supra will move from Centennial Stadium to the newly-surfaced 9,000-seater Lamport Stadium close to downtown Toronto.
Player reports are beginning to emerge from several CSL clubs with the most interesting being the possible return to Canadian soccer of Guillermo Compton Hall who joined North York Astros in 2002 following First Division experience in Spain and Argentina.
Compton Hall is an exciting midfielder, sometimes forward who left a strong impression with local fans before leaving the Astros in 2004 to take a coaching position with Huracan Athletic Club in Buenos Aires. He is presently coaching in Argentina with Velez Sarsfield and negotiations are presently underway to bring him back to North York for the coming season. His playing and now excellent coaching skills will be extremely helpful in the local community while he plays for the Astros.
“There is much more to talk about as events take place on an almost daily basis,” said CSL Commissioner Cary Kaplan at the launch of a new league website. “We look forward to keeping everyone up-to-date in the coming weeks and during the new season.”
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