May 2, 2012 CSL Announcements at Press Conference held in Toronto. (from CSL website)

CSL ANNOUNCES RECORD 16 TEAMS IN 2012 FIRST DIVISION.......Details unveiled at well-attended press conference 
When the Canadian Soccer League season kicks off its 2012 campaign at the Invista Sports Centre in the picturesque community of Kingston, 
just east of Toronto on Saturday, May 5, it will set a new record of 16 teams taking part in the First Division of a league that goes 
back to 1926.

This, and a host of other details were revealed at a well-attended press conference held at the BMO Field in Toronto Tuesday.

It was on March 23, 1926 that the Montreal Gazette ran a headline: New Soccer Body Being Organized and just a few weeks later, the professional 
National Soccer League kicked off when Windsor Rovers met Toronto Ulster in the opener on July 19. On July 20, The Telegram published three 
results from NSL games played in Toronto the previous day.

In 1993, The National Soccer League was re-branded to be called the Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL), then in 1998 changed its name 
to Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) and in 2006 a new-look Canadian Soccer League (CSL) appeared. The NSL, CNSL and CPSL are considered 
the forerunner leagues of today’s CSL.

The 16 teams this year include three in the First Division for the first time. They are Kingston FC, Niagara United and SC Waterloo and all three 
teams are moved up after entering the CSL in the Second Division in 2011. Kingston FC previously as Prospect FC and SC Waterloo Region were known 
as KW United FC. The name change to SC Waterloo reflects the club’s increasing involvement with youth soccer in the broader region.

One team – Capital City of Ottawa, a city anticipating the launch of a team in the new U.S.-based NASL, failed to return to the CSL for the 
upcoming season.

Each of the 16 teams will play 22 regular season games, a total of 176 from May 5 to October 7 and this will be followed by the playoffs to involve 
the top eight teams at the end of the regular season for a one-game quarter final, and a one game semi-final leading to the championship game 
at the end of October.

Toronto Croatia are the current CSL champions, having defeated Capital City of Ottawa 1-0 in the 2011 CSL final last October.

The present activity with the CSL clubs is considerable as we move closer to kickoff and various announcements have taken place recently, 
including the appointment of former national team defender Marco Reda as an assistant coach at SC Toronto. Reda’s career took off in earnest 
following his time with the USL’s Toronto Lynx in 2002, which followed several years with European clubs before moving to Toronto FC, then 
Vancouver Whitecaps in 2009. 

SC Toronto recently signed Janer Guaza Lucumi from Colombia, an outstanding 19 year old forward and Colombian U-20 national team player who has 
played professionally in that country. Guaza is expected to be in the line-up for the SC Toronto home opener against St. Catharines Wolves 
on May 11.

Recent announcements include the return of Ron Davidson to the CSL as head coach of Brantford Galaxy. Davidson is held in high regard, was the 
Ontario Soccer League’s coach of the year in 2009 and the CSL coach of the year while with Hamilton Croatia in 2010.  The Galaxy’s home opener 
is away to York Region Shooters on May 6.

Kingston FC will kickoff the season with a home opener against TFC Academy and the home side will have several new signings in the line-up, 
including local midfielder Jordan Brooks of Angus, Ontario, who twice earned OUA All-Star selection during an impressive career with the 
Queen’s Golden Gaels.  Defenders Jacob O’Connor and Ali Albadry and Julien Edwards (with Capital City FC last year) and forwards Antonios 
Assaad and Mademba Ba are all under contract. 

No less than six TFC Academy team players have moved up to the Toronto FC first team in recent times, but the roster against Kingston in the 
opener will be strong, nevertheless. The visiting team will probably include Canadian national team players Justin Maheu (Canada U-20) 
Jonathan Lao (Canada U-17) and Brennan McNichol (Canada U-17).

The CSL Second Division of 12 reserve teams, which is primarily for players U-23, will also kickoff on Saturday, May 5. Rules provide for 
a maximum four players over age 23 on the game-day roster, and one of the maximum four must be the goalkeeper. Games will be played through 
to the end of October.

One reserve team to be fully prepared is Mississauga Eagles FC B following the announcement by head coach Josef Komlodi that in addition 
to the season kickoff he is preparing his reserve team for a tournament at Rijeka, Croatia May 25 to June 5.

Opening Games:


Sat May 5 Invista Centre 7:00 pm Kingston FC vs TFC Academy 

Sun May 6 St. Joan of Arc 6:30 pm  York Region Shooters vs Brantford Galaxy 

Sun May 6 Seagram Stadium 7:00 pm  SC Waterloo vs Windsor Stars 


Sat May 5 Portuguese/Oriental 1:00 pm SC Waterloo B vs Windsor Stars B 

Sat May 5 Invista Centre 5:00 pm Kingston FC B vs TFC Academy II 

Sun May 6 St. Joan of Arc 8:30 pm York Region Shooters B  vs Mississauga Eagles FC B

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