Soccer

Niagara United to open CSL season


csl_logoTORONTO – A full slate of six First Division games at the St. Joan of Arc pitch at Maple, just north of Toronto, will signal the opening of the Canadian Soccer League season on Saturday, May 9, an almost six-month long campaign that will run into November.

At noon, expansion club Toronto Atomic FC kicks off the new season against Niagara United as the First Division opener during the festival-like weekend known as Soccer Fest 15 to launch the new CSL season.

Another new entry, SC Scarborough, will play the second game in the top division at 4 p.m. against London City, one of the oldest professional teams in North America, which launched in 1973. At 8 p.m. Milton SC will take on Brampton City United.

The following days sees Burlington SC against Serbian White Eagles at 1 p.m.

The 12 First Division teams will each play 22 games before the top eight in the standings embark upon the CSL playoffs leading to the CSL championship, won last year by the host of Soccer Fest 15, the York Region Shooters. The Shooters won the title undefeated.

Following the Soccer Fest 15 weekend, the teams will continue the schedule on Friday, May 15 with games also on Saturday and Sunday, a three-day weekend pattern that will continue each weekend until a rare mid-week encounter on Wednesday, June 10. Then the weekend games resume on Friday, June 12 through to the end of the regular season.

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