National Soccer League

(Canadian) National Soccer League 1926-1997

1990 Season

1990 National Soccer League Season

League commissioner: Rocco LoFranco

Review of the season

In what the league called its 67th season they operated with nine teams in its first division and seven teams in the second division. The league decided to operate with a promotion-relegation system.

First Division teams (9): America United, First Portuguese, London City, Oshawa Italia, Panhellenic, St. Catharines Roma, Toronto Croatia, Toronto Italia, Windsor Wheels.

Goalkeeper Paolo Silva joined First Portuguese from Brazilian club Democrata FC. After the season First Portuguese dropped out from the league.

London City paid the London Marconi club $1 for their franchise rights, making a comeback in the NSL.

Oshawa Italia were another new club in the National Soccer League.

Toronto Italia hired Ruben Campolo as coach. He had been a goalkeeper for Charita Juniors in Argentina and with Memphis Rogues in the NASL. Later in the season he was replaced by Carlos Salguero.

Second Division teams (7): Brazil ’87, Friuli, Hamilton, North York Strikers, Toronto Jets, Toronto Virtus, Woodbridge Azzurri

Friuli joined the NSL Second Division. North York Strikers won the second division championship.

Before the season started commissioner Rocco LoFranco predicted that Windsor Wheels, Toronto Croatia, First Portuguese and St. Catharines Roma would be the strongest clubs in the First Division.

First Portuguese won the league championship by beating Panhellenic 3-0 on September 12, 1990.

After the season Panhellenic, First Portuguese, America United and Oshawa Italia dropped out from the league.

Final standings

First Portuguese1611 3 229 624
Toronto Italia1610 4 2381922
St. Catharines Roma16 9 4 3281621
Toronto Croatia16 7 2 7231121
Panhellenic16 7 6 3232517
America United16 5 6 5182315
Windsor Wheels15 4 8 3212911
London City16 111 41136 6
Oshawa Italia15 111 31337 5

First Portuguese won the 1990 National Soccer League Championship.

National Soccer League Cup

St. Catharine’s Roma won 1990 NSL Cup.

Champions Cup

September 29, 1990 Toronto
First Portuguese 4
Montreal St. Leonard 2

1990 Ontario Cup


August 26, 1990
Windsor Caboto
Chingacousy United

August 26, 1990
Burlington United
Scarborough Azzurri


September 16, 1990 Mohawk Park, Hamilton, Ontario
Windsor Caboto Sting 2
Scarborough Azzurri 1

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