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1993 Canadian National Soccer League season

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Canadian National Soccer League
Season1993
Champions
League cupToronto Croatia
Matches played112
Goals scored358 (3.2 per match)
Top goalscorerDwayne Dear
Tomasz Radzinski (15)
1994

The 1993 Canadian National Soccer League season was the seventy first season for the Canadian National Soccer League.The season concluded on October 17, 1995, with St. Catharines Roma claiming their first CNSL Championship after defeating Toronto Rockets in a two-game series.[1] Toronto Croatia secured their fifth CNSL league cup.[2]

The season was significant as the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) merged with the National Soccer League (NSL), which renamed the league to the Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL). As the Canadian Soccer Association suspended the CSL on April 30, 1993 their remaining clubs joined the CNSL. The new additions included the Winnipeg Fury, which marked the league's first entry into Manitoba, and the reintroduction of a Quebec division making the league operative in three provinces.[3]

Overview

After the defections of the Toronto Blizzard, and Vancouver 86ers to the American Professional Soccer League the main financial sponsor of the Montreal Supra split with the front office in order to form another APSL franchise.[4][5] These actions along with the financial crisis the Canadian Soccer League was experiencing caused the league to merge its interests with the National Soccer League.[6] The merger resulted in a name change to the Canadian National Soccer League with the additions of the North York Rockets (changed to Toronto Rockets), Winnipeg Fury and the introduction of a Quebec division to house the former Quebec National Soccer League (LNSQ) clubs.[7][8] As a result of the changes to the Canadian soccer landscape the Canadian Soccer Association recognized the APSL as the top tier in the country with intentions of designating the CNSL as a secondary league.[9] After a meeting conducted with representatives from both parties the CNSL failed to receive sanctioning from the CSA.[10]

On April 30, 1993 the CSA officially suspended the CSL for one season, with the CSL in response sanctioning the CNSL for the 1993 season.[11][12] Woodbridge Azzuri were suspended after failing to secure a proper facility according to league standards.[13] The executive committee of the league included Laurie McIvor as president, Rocco LoFranco as commissioner, Armando DiFruscio as vice president, and Harry Gauss with Tony Fontana as directors.[14][15] Winnipeg experienced a tumultuous season in terms of fiscal operations as they struggled in making payments, and even applied to the provincial government for a grant in order to fulfill their league commitments.[16][17]

Teams

Team City Stadium Manager
Corfinium St-Leonard Saint-Léonard de Port Maurice, Quebec
Cosmos de LaSalle LaSalle, Quebec Riverside Stadium Angelo Poulos[18]
London City London, Ontario Cove Road Stadium
Luso Stars Mont-Royal Mount Royal, Quebec
Montreal Croatia Montreal, Quebec Stade du Parc Hérbert Simon Demo[19]
Montreal Ramblers Montreal, Quebec Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard
Richmond Hill Kick Richmond Hill, Ontario Richmond Green Sports Centre[20] Peter Pinizzotto[21]
Scarborough Astros Scarborough, Ontario Birchmount Stadium[22] Jorge Armua[23]
St. Catharines Roma St. Catharines, Ontario Club Roma Stadium Jimmy Douglas
Toronto Croatia Etobicoke, Ontario Centennial Park Stadium
Toronto Italia Etobicoke, Ontario Centennial Park Stadium Carlo Delmonte[24]
Toronto Jets North York, Ontario Esther Shiner Stadium[22] Adam Pagliaroli[25]
Toronto Rockets North York, Ontario Esther Shiner Stadium[20]
Windsor Wheels Windsor, Ontario Windsor Stadium Peter Paglioti[26]
Winnipeg Fury Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Soccer Complex Phil Wilson[27][28]

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Winnipeg Fury Tom McManus[29] Resigned April 10, 1993 England Phil Wilson[29] April 10, 1993
Windsor Wheels Osvaldo Rizzo[30] Dismissed May 26, 1993 2nd in May United States Peter Paglioti[26] May 27, 1993
Toronto Italia Croatia Bruno Pilaš[31] Resigned July 16, 1993 6th in July Carlo Delmonte[31] July 16, 1993

Final standings

Eastern Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Montreal Croatia (C) 16 9 4 3 47 20 +27 22 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Cosmos de LaSalle 16 7 3 6 48 25 +23 17
3 Montreal Ramblers 16 6 5 5 27 31 −4 17
4 Corfinium St-Leonard 16 6 3 7 28 41 −13 15
5 Luso Stars Mont-Royal 16 1 5 10 13 51 −38 7
Updated to match(es) played on September 25, 1993. Source: [32]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

Western Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Toronto Rockets (C) 16 9 6 1 40 13 +27 24 Qualification for Playoffs
2 Toronto Croatia 16 7 7 2 19 10 +9 21
3 Toronto Italia 16 6 6 4 21 14 +7 18
4 St. Catharines Roma (O) 16 7 2 7 17 16 +1 16
5 Toronto Jets 16 4 6 6 15 20 −5 14
6 London City 16 5 4 7 19 26 −7 14
7 Scarborough Astros 16 6 2 8 16 26 −10 14
8 Windsor Wheels 16 7 0 9 16 31 −15 14
9 Winnipeg Fury 16 4 1 11 22 28 −6 9
Updated to match(es) played on September 25, 1993. Source: [33]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.

Playoffs

Final

Individual awards

Canadian international Tomasz Radzinski played two seasons in the CNSL
Canadian international Tomasz Radzinski played two seasons in the CNSL

The 1993 annual CNSL awards were held at Auberge Universel in Sherbrooke, Quebec with the nominations announced on October 22, 1993.[34] The awards were presented on November 3, 1993 with Montreal Croatia receiving the most accolades.[19] The Golden Boot was shared between Dwayne Dear, and Tomasz Radzinski with both finishing with 15 goals in their respective divisions.[35] Radzinski would ultimately play in the Belgian First Division, and Premier League.[35] Montreal Croatia's Zoran Petkovic was named the MVP and Krunoslav Piperkovic was given the Most Sportsmanlike award.

After securing the Eastern division title for Croatia the Coach of the Year went to Simon Demo along with the Team of the Year award. The Montreal Ramblers finished second with three awards with Charlie Mohamed being named the Goalkeeper of the Year, and Paul Daccobert was recognized as the Rookie of the Year and would later play in the USISL Pro League. The Ramblers also received the Most Technical award, while Corfinium St-Leonard received the Most Improved award. The remainder of the awards went to Cosmos de LaSalle as Best Administration and Manuel Sosa was given the Best Referee award.

Award Player (Club)
CNSL MVP Zoran Petkovic (Montreal Croatia)
CNSL Golden Boot Dwayne Dear (Cosmos de LaSalle)
Tomasz Radzinski (Toronto Rockets)
CNSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award Charlie Mohamed (Montreal Ramblers)
CNSL Rookie of the Year Award Paul Daccobert (Montreal Ramblers)
CNSL Coach of the Year Award Simon Demo (Montreal Croatia)
CNSL Most Sportsmanlike Award Krunoslav Piperkovic (Montreal Croatia)
CNSL Most Technical Award Montreal Ramblers
CNSL Most Improved Award Corfinium St-Leonard
CNSL Team of the Year Award Montreal Croatia
CNSL Best Administration Award Cosmos de LaSalle
CNSL Referee Award Manuel Sousa

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