The few spectators who stayed were certainly pro TFC but the ones near me were laughing at the attempts by John Bostock to win foul calls.
Attendance was about 125 on this cool night for the White Eagles home opener. This was their first game of the season after having last week’s road trip game in Burlington cancelled at the last minute. This was the second loss in two game for the Astros.
This was the opening game for Toronto Croatia, the two time CSL defending champions. Kingston FC had won the only game played last weekend to be the early leader in ths standings.
Stan Adamson opened up with the joke “This press conference is sanctioned”. He went into some detail of what it felt like over the last few months waiting for court decisions–like not being able to drive.
This game was played within 45 minutes of the main MLS game ending.
After a dinner and very short speeches from CSL chairman Vincent Ursini, OSA President Ron Smale and Canadian FIFA executive Dick Howard the 2012 CSL Awards were presented.
Toronto Croatia becomes a repeat champion for winning both the 2011 and 2012 season. MIA will hopefully break the pattern of the losing finalist leaving the league before the next season.
The CSL final has now been set as earlier in the day we found out that Montreal Impact Academy had beaten York Region Shooters 3-1 which makes 11 wins in a row for Montreal. The game will be played this Saturday at 3:00 pm at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.
Toronto Croatia had come into the game with a 15-1-6 record and 1st place. Niagara had come into the game on a three game win streak to finish with a record of 10-9-3 which they needed to capture the last playoff spot with seven teams within a point three weeks ago chasing 7th and 8th place. This is quite an accomplishment for this first year team which started with a Reserves League team in 2011.
The result of tonight’s game is an upset in that SC Toronto was the 3rd seeded team and White Eagles were 6th. However SCT had lost their last two games and fallen from 2nd to 3rd place. White Eagles were unbeaten in four (including three wins) coming into tonight’s game and had survived a four way tie for 7th in a pack of six teams trying for the last two playoff spots.