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1992 Canadian Soccer League season

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Canadian Soccer League
Season1992
Dates
  • May 26 – September 8
    (regular season)
  • September 16 – October 4
    (playoffs)
ChampionsWinnipeg Fury
Regular season leaderVancouver 86ers
Matches played60
Goals scored176 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorerEddy Berdusco (14)
Best goalkeeperPaolo Ceccarelli (0.78 GAA)
1991

The 1992 Canadian Soccer League season was the sixth and final season of play for the Canadian Soccer League, a Division 1 men's soccer league in the Canadian soccer pyramid.

Format and changes from previous season

Shortly before the 1992 season, the Hamilton Steelers, Nova Scotia Clippers, and Kitchener Kickers folded.[1][2][3] The league was not doing well financially either and Montreal Supra owner Frank Aliaga was named the new league president, replacing the interim president Mario DiBartolomeo, who was the owner of the now-folded Hamilton Steelers.[4][5] Hamilton folded despite offers of cost sharing with the Vancouver and Montreal team owners.[6]

The London Lasers returned from a one-year hiatus, leaving the league with a six-team division. The league had a balanced schedule with each team playing the others a total of four times, twice each home and away. Due to the drop in teams, only four teams qualified for the playoffs. For the first time, the Championship final would not be a one-off match, but instead would be a two-tie fixture as the other rounds.

Two teams (Montreal and Vancouver) participated in the Professional Cup alongside the five APSL clubs and one from the NPSL.[7] Neither CSL side was able to advance out of the first round.[8]

As 1991 CSL champions, Vancouver qualified for the 1992 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, however, they withdrew from the tournament before their first match.[9]

Summary

Vancouver once again won the regular season title and advanced to the MITA Cup finals for the fifth consecutive year, where they met the Winnipeg Fury in the final. Winnipeg won the title becoming only the third club to win the championship, ending Vancouver's four-year winning streak, snapping Vancouver's 15 match playoff winning streak, handing them their first playoff loss since 1987.[10]

Regular season

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vancouver 86ers 20 11 3 6 42 28 +14 36 Playoffs
2 North York Rockets 20 8 6 6 25 20 +5 30
3 Winnipeg Fury (O) 20 8 1 11 27 43 −16 25
4 Montreal Supra 20 6 7 7 29 24 +5 25
5 London Lasers 20 6 7 7 25 32 −7 22[a]
6 Toronto Blizzard 20 6 6 8 28 29 −1 21[b]
Source: Canadian Soccer History Archives 1992 CSL Stats
(O) Play-off winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ London deducted 3 points for unsportsmanship conduct during their August 30 match against Toronto
  2. ^ Toronto deducted 3 points for unsportsmanship conduct during their August 30 match against London

Playoffs

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.

  Semi-finals Final
                         
1 Vancouver 86ers 1 1 3 PTS  
4 Montreal Supra 1 0 1 PTS  
    1 Vancouver 86ers 0 1 1 PTS
  3 Winnipeg Fury 2 1 3 PTS
2 North York Rockets 1 0 1 PTS
3 Winnipeg Fury 1 4 3 PTS  

Statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Canada Eddy Berdusco North York Rockets 14
2 Canada Carlo Corazzin Winnipeg Fury 8
Canada Geoff Aunger London Lasers
4 Chile Marco Abascal Toronto Blizzard 6
Canada John Catliff Vancouver 86ers
Canada Doug Muirhead Vancouver 86ers
Canada Dale Mitchell Vancouver 86ers
8 Canada Grant Needham Montreal Supra 5
Reference: [10]

Top goaltenders

Rank Player Club GAA
1 Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rockets 0.78
2 Canada Pat Onstad Winnipeg Fury 0.93
3 Canada Shel Brodsgaard North York Rockets 1.18
4 Canada Pat Harrington Montreal Supra 1.20
5 Canada Bryan Rosenfeld London Lasers 1.25
Reference: [10]

Honours

The following awards and nominations were awarded for the 1992 season.[10][11]

Awards

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Canada Eddy Berdusco North York Rockets
Rookie of the Year Canada Carlo Corazzin Winnipeg Fury
Top Newcomer United States Brad Smith London Lasers
Top Goaltender Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rangers
Fair Play Award Vancouver 86ers

League All-Stars

Player Position
Canada Pat Onstad (Winnipeg Fury) Goalkeeper
Canada Peter Sarantopoulos (Winnipeg Fury) Defender
Canada Nick Dasovic (North York Rockets) Defender
Canada Dino Lopez (London Lasers) Defender
Canada Carl Fletcher (Toronto Blizzard) Defender
Canada Geoff Aunger (London Lasers) Midfielder
Canada Dale Mitchell (Vancouver 86ers) Midfielder
Canada Lyndon Hooper (Toronto Blizzard) Midfielder
Canada Eddy Berdusco (North York Rockets) Forward
Canada Carlo Corazzin (Winnipeg Fury) Forward
Canada Paul Peschisolido (Toronto Blizzard) Forward

Reserves

Player Position
Canada Paul Dolan (Vancouver 86ers) Goalkeeper
Canada Ian Carter (Winnipeg Fury) Defender
Canada Patrick Diotte (Montreal Supra) Defender
Canada Tony Nocita (Winnipeg Fury) Midfielder
Canada Gino DiFlorio (Toronto Blizzard) Forward

Front Office

Person Role
Canada Paul James (London Lasers) Head Coach
Canada Barry MacLean (London Lasers) Assistant Coach
Canada Hector Marinaro (Vancouver 86ers) General Manager

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kitchener Spirit/Kickers (1990-91)". CSL Memories.
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia Clippers (1991)". CSL Memories.
  3. ^ "Hamilton Steelers (1987-91)". CSL Memories.
  4. ^ Tougas, Marc (May 18, 2017). "D'une ligue canadienne à l'autre" [From one Canadian league to another]. Capitaine Soccer (in French).
  5. ^ Intravaia, Fabrizio (January 16, 2018). "L'Impact festeggia 25 anni di storia" [Impact celebrates 25 years of history]. Corriere Italiano (in Italian).
  6. ^ Stinson, Dan (October 7, 1992). "Ilich's bankbook kept CSL on the field". The Vancouver Sun Newspaper via ProQuest Canadian Newsstream Database. Vancouver, BC. pp. D12. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Brackman, David (June 12, 1992). "Rowdies add punch to schedule". St. Petersburg Times. p. 6D. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Trudelle, Jean (August 13, 1992). "Le F.C. Supra dans un creux de vague..." [F.C. Supra in a trough...]. La Presse (in French). p. 7.
  9. ^ "Copa de Campeones y Subcampeones CONCACAF 1992". RSSSF.
  10. ^ a b c d "1992 CSL Stats" (PDF). Canadian Soccer League.
  11. ^ "Eddy Berducso profile". Canadian Soccer Association.
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