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|Division Leaders||Toronto Blizzard (East)|
Vancouver 86ers (West)
|Goals scored||390 (2.73 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||John Catliff (19)|
|Best goalkeeper||Pat Harrington (0.43 GAA)|
The Kitchener Spirit and London Lasers joined the Canadian Soccer League as an expansion teams for the 1990 season, with both joining the East Division. Meanwhile, the Calgary Strikers folded following the 1989 season.
As a result of those team changes, the league had a seven-team East Division and a four-team West Division. Consequently, the league did not have a balanced home and away schedule between conferences. West Division teams played each other four times each, twice each home and away, while playing the East Division teams twice, once each home and away. Eastern Division teams played other East Division teams three times, while playing the West Division teams twice, once each home and away.
The playoff format was also modified with eight teams (five from the East and three from the West) now qualifying for the post-season, as opposed to six in the previous years. The fifth place team from the East would cross over and play in the West Division playoff bracket. In addition, the playoff format was changed from an aggregate score system to a total points system. Teams would play a two-game series, with teams earning two points for a victory, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss, regardless of the score. If the teams were tied on points (e.g. each team won a game, or both games were ties), then the first tiebreaker was the teams playing a thirty-minute mini-game. If the mini-game resolved nothing, then penalty kicks were used as the second tiebreaker. In the mini-game, each team named a new lineup, could include three more substitutes and re-activate any players who sat out of Game Two for caution accumulation. Game Two home teams, the higher seeds, had an advantage as they had their entire 22-man active list available while away teams often traveled with as few as 14 players for economic reasons. The playoff final remained a one-off match, as in previous years, hosted by the top seed, or team with the best league record, in 1990.
Vancouver won their third consecutive West Division title, while Toronto won their second East Division title in a row. Once again, Vancouver and Hamilton met in the finals for the third consecutive season, with Vancouver winning the title for the third time in a row.
As 1989 league champions, the Vancouver 86ers competed in the North American Club Championship against the champions of the American Professional Soccer League, the Maryland Bays. Vancouver defeated Maryland 3–2 in the final played in Burnaby to capture the title.
|5||North York Rockets||26||7||9||10||34||36||−2||23|
|1||Vancouver 86ers (O)||26||17||6||3||69||26||+43||40||Playoffs|
|4||Edmonton Brick Men||26||6||6||14||20||44||−24||18|
The playoffs were conducted with a total points system. Teams earned two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. The team with the most points following the two-game series advanced. If the teams were tied on points, they played a 30-minute mini-game for a bonus point, followed by a penalty shootout if the mini-game remained tied.
|1W||Vancouver 86ers||2||2||4 PTS|
|5E||North York Rockets||0||1||0 PTS|
|1W||Vancouver 86ers||2||6||3 PTS|
|2W||Victoria Vistas||2||1||1 PTS|
|2W||Victoria Vistas (p)||1||3 (5)||2+1 PTS|
|3W||Winnipeg Fury||4||2 (4)||2 PTS|
|2E||Montreal Supra||1||0||0 PTS|
|3E||Hamilton Steelers||2||1||4 PTS|
|3E||Hamilton Steelers||1||3||3 PTS|
|4E||Kitchener Spirit||0||3||1 PTS|
|1E||Toronto Blizzard||1||1 (3)||2 PTS|
|4E||Kitchener Spirit (p)||2||0 (4)||2+1 PTS|
|1||John Catliff||Vancouver 86ers||19|
|2||Domenic Mobilio||Vancouver 86ers||13|
|Paul Peschisolido||Toronto Blizzard|
|4||Alex Bunbury||Hamilton Steelers/Toronto Blizzard||12|
|5||Billy Domazetis||Toronto Blizzard||10|
|6||Eddy Berdusco||North York Rockets||9|
|Ted Eck||Toronto Blizzard|
|7||Geoff Aunger||Victoria Vistas||8|
|Ivor Evans||Vancouver 86ers|
|1||Pat Harrington||Montreal Supra||0.43|
|2||Pat Onstad||Toronto Blizzard||0.58|
|3||Paul Dolan||Vancouver 86ers||1.08|
|4||Grant Darley||Victoria Vistas||1.13|
|5||Shel Brodsgaard||Victoria Vistas||1.16|
The following awards and nominations were awarded for the 1990 season.
|Most Valuable Player||Pat Harrington||Montreal Supra|
|Canadian Player of the Year||John Catliff||Vancouver 86ers|
|Rookie of the Year||Jorge Rodriguez||London Lasers|
|Top Newcomer||Allan Evans||Victoria Vistas|
|Top Goaltender||Pat Harrington||Montreal Supra|
|Fair Play Award||Edmonton Brick Men|
|Pat Harrington (Montreal Supra)||Goalkeeper|
|Patrick Diotte (Montreal Supra)||Defender|
|Allan Evans (Victoria Vistas)||Defender|
|Ian Bridge (Victoria Vistas)||Defender|
|Edinho (Toronto Blizzard)||Defender|
|Michael Araujo (Montreal Supra)||Midfielder|
|Lyndon Hooper (Toronto Blizzard)||Midfielder|
|Ivor Evans (Vancouver 86ers)||Midfielder|
|Domenic Mobilio (Vancouver 86ers)||Forward|
|John Catliff (Vancouver 86ers)||Forward|
|Paul Peschisolido (Toronto Blizzard)||Forward|
|Tim Rosenfeld (Winnipeg Fury)||Goalkeeper|
|Steve MacDonald (Vancouver 86ers)||Defender|
|Vlado Vanis (Vancouver 86ers)||Defender|
|Jaime Lowery (Vancouver 86ers)||Midfielder|
|Alex Bunbury (Toronto Blizzard)||Forward|
|Roy Wiggemansen (Montreal Supra)||Head Coach|
|Ian Bridge (Vancouver 86ers)||Assistant Coach|
|Roy Wiggemansen (Montreal Supra)||General Manager|
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