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1989 Canadian Soccer League season

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Canadian Soccer League
Season1989
ChampionsVancouver 86ers
Division LeadersToronto Blizzard (East)
Vancouver 86ers (West)
Matches played130
Goals scored418 (3.22 per match)
Top goalscorerTed Eck (21)
Best goalkeeperPaolo Ceccarelli (0.58 GAA)
1988
1990

The 1989 Canadian Soccer League season was the third 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

The Victoria Vistas joined the Canadian Soccer League as an expansion team for the 1990 season, joining the West Division.[1][2] The divisions were now even with five teams each.

The Calgary Kickers folded following the 1988 season, but the club was replaced by a community-owned team called the Calgary Strikers.[3][4]

Similar to the previous season, the teams played an unbalanced schedule with two-thirds of a team's matches coming against teams in their own division(4 matches each) and one-third against the opposite division (2 matches each) for a total of 26 matches. Following the season, the top three teams in each division would advance to the playoffs, with the division leaders earning a first round bye, to designate a national champion club.[5] This season would see the first two rounds of the playoffs being played in two-legged times determined by aggregate score, while the final would remain a single match championship final.

Summary

Vancouver repeated as West Division champions, while Toronto won their first East Division title. Hamilton reached the final despite for the third consecutive year, where they faced Vancouver for the second year in a row, with the 86ers repeating as champions.

Vancouver was dominant again, losing but two regular-season matches en route to a second straight victory over Hamilton in the championship game. The 86ers went 46 consecutive games from the previous season into this one without losing, which is a record for a professional sports team in Canada.[6]

Regular season

East Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Toronto Blizzard 26 16 6 4 48 27 +21 38 Playoff semifinals
2 Hamilton Steelers 26 15 7 4 56 28 +28 37 Playoff quarterfinals
3 North York Rockets 26 12 9 5 35 23 +12 33
4 Ottawa Intrepid 26 7 8 11 41 46 −5 22
5 Montreal Supra 26 3 9 14 26 46 −20 15

West Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vancouver 86ers (O) 26 18 6 2 65 33 +32 42 Playoff semifinals
2 Edmonton Brick Men 26 9 3 14 44 55 −11 21 Playoff quarterfinals
3 Calgary Strikers 26 8 3 15 36 56 −20 19
4 Winnipeg Fury 26 6 7 13 35 51 −16 19
5 Victoria Vistas 26 4 6 16 32 53 −21 14

Playoffs

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
1W Vancouver 86ers 5 4 9
2W Edmonton Brick Men 3 0 3 2W Edmonton Brick Men 3 0 3
3W Calgary Strikers 1 0 1 1W Vancouver 86ers 3
2E Hamilton Steelers 2
1E Toronto Blizzard 1 1 2
2E Hamilton Steelers 1 1 2 2E Hamilton Steelers 1 2 3
3E North York Rockets 1 0 1

Statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 United States Ted Eck Ottawa Intrepid 21
2 England Justin Fashanu Edmonton Brick Men 17
3 Argentina Amadeo Gasparini Hamilton Steelers 15
4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cyprus Vladan Tomić North York Rockets 14
5 Canada Billy Domazetis Hamilton Steelers 13
6 Scotland Andy Smith Calgary Strikers 11
Reference: [7]

Top goaltenders

Rank Player Club GAA
1 Canada Paolo Ceccarelli North York Rockets 0.58
2 Canada Paul Dolan Hamilton Steelers 1.00
3 Canada Pat Harrington Toronto Blizzard 1.04
4 Canada Pat Onstad Winnipeg Fury 1.20
5 Canada Don Ferguson North York Rockets 1.23
Reference: [7]

Honours

The following awards and nominations were awarded for the 1989 season.[7][8]

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player England Justin Fashanu Edmonton Brick Men
Rookie of the Year Canada Paul Peschisolido Toronto Blizzard


League All-Stars

Player Position
Canada Pat Harrington (Toronto Blizzard) Goalkeeper
Canada Steve MacDonald (Vancouver 86ers) Defender
Canada Peter Sarantopoulos (North York Rockets) Defender
Canada Drew Ferguson (Hamilton Steelers) Defender
Canada Trevor McCallum (Toronto Blizzard) Defender
Canada Paul James (Ottawa Intrepid) Midfielder
Canada Carl Valentine (Vancouver 86ers) Midfielder
Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaCyprus Vladan Tomić (North York Rockets) Midfielder
United States Ted Eck (Ottawa Intrepid) Forward
England Justin Fashanu (Edmonton Brick Men) Forward
Argentina Amadeo Gasparini (Hamilton Steelers) Forward

Reserves

Player Position
Canada Paul Dolan (Hamilton Steelers) Goalkeeper
Canada Shaun Lowther (Winnipeg Fury) Defender
Canada Joseph Majcher (Toronto Blizzard) Midfielder
Canada John Catliff (Vancouver 86ers) Forward

Front Office

Person Role
Canada Bob Lenarduzzi (Vancouver 86ers) Head Coach
Canada Alan Errington (Vancouver 86ers) Assistant Coach
Canada Mary Morris (Hamilton Steelers) General Manager

References

  1. ^ "Canadian Soccer League (1987-1992)". Fun While it Lasted.
  2. ^ Litterer, Dave. "Canadian Soccer League I". Soccer History USA.
  3. ^ Crossley, Drew (October 26, 2019). "1989 Calgary Strikers". Fun While it Lasted.
  4. ^ "Calgary Kickers/Strikers (1987-89)". CSL Memories.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Archie (February 26, 1987). "Soccer rebirth". The Vancouver Sun. p. F3.
  6. ^ "The 1989 Vancouver 86ers". BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "1989 CSL Stats" (PDF). Canadian Soccer League.
  8. ^ Grossman, David (October 5, 1989). "Soccer star dreams of pro career in Italy". Toronto Star.
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