November 25, 2012--2012 CSL Awards Dinner (from CSL website)
TORONTO CROATIA CAPTURES MAJOR HONOURS ON CSL AWARDS NIGHT...Goalscorer Vucemilovic-Grgic league MVP Toronto Croatia captured the major honours at the CSL Annual Awards night at the Mississauga Convention Centre Sunday. A repeat of the 2011 championship victory - this time a 1-0 defeat of Montreal Impact Academy on October 27 - followed a regular season title win in the 16-team CSL First Division, while the Individual awards presented at the season-end dinner included Toronto Croatia midfielder Marin Vucemilovic-Grgic, who took the CSL Most Valuable Player Award, and Antonio Ilic, voted the Goalkeeper of the Year. Vucemilovic-Grgic was prominent throughout for his outstanding two-way play and scoring 16 goals in the regular season, and Ilic was a big reason for the champions’ outstanding defensive record, conceding just 13 goals in the 22-game regular season schedule. Drazen Vukovic of SC Waterloo won the leading goalscorer trophy with 20 goals in the CSL First Division. Vukovic, 30, who arrived in Canada in 2010 on a transfer from NK Solin of Croatia to play for Brantford Galaxy, was transferred to Waterloo for the 2012 season. Maxim Tissot of Montreal Impact Academy was voted the best defender in the CSL’s top division by the member clubs and Jonathan Osorio, a midfielder with SC Toronto, took the Rookie of the Year Award. Quebec-born Tissot, 20, played in the CSL for Trois-Rivieres Attak before joining the Impact academy team, while Rookie winner Osorio, 20, is a standout midfielder who found the net 11 times for SC Toronto. Coach of the Year in the First Division went to Stefano Vagnini of Windsor Stars, a team which ended the regular season with a late flourish to finish fourth in the standing, making the playoffs in their second year in the CSL. Windsor’s Gino Berardi was voted the CSL Second Division MVP and was the top goalscorer in that division with 17 goals. The complete awards list: CSL Champions: Toronto Croatia Runners-up: Montreal Impact Academy CSL First Division Awards First Division Champions Toronto Croatia Most Valuable Player (MVP) Marin Vucemilovic-Grgic Toronto Croatia Top Goalscorer Drazen Vukovic SC Waterloo Goalkeeper of the Year Antonio Ilic Toronto Croatia Defender of the Year Maxim Tissot Montreal Impact Academy Rookie of the Year Jonathan Osorio SC Toronto Coach of the Year Stefano Vagnini Windsor Stars CSL Second Division Awards Second Division Champions TFC Academy II Most Valuable Player (MVP) Gino Berardi Windsor Stars B Top Goalscorer Gino Berardi Windsor Stars B Goalkeeper of the Year Mark Rogal TFC Academy II Defender of the Year Malcolm Mings Niagara United B Rookie of the Year Mark Wadid TFC Academy II Coach of the Year James McGillivray Niagara United Other awards Harry Paul Gauss Award Ryan Gauss Presented to the individual who has best demonstrated during the year exemplary allegiance, commitment and support to the league and its member clubs. Referee of the Year David Barrie Fair Play and Respect Award TFC Academy The Fair Play and Respect Award is awarded to the club which, in the opinion of the CSL Discipline Committee, has demonstrated good discipline on the field of play and has exhibited a high level of respect for the game officials in the regular playing season Media Award Robin Glover For his continuing interest and loyalty in reporting CSL news and game reports for the CNSL, CPSL and the CSL since 1995. Broadcaster Award Enio Perruzza For game announcement number 3,000 on October 5, 2012, following a period of 26 years behind the microphone with the CNSL, CPSL and the CSL and other major soccer games played in the Canadian soccer community.
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