National Soccer League

National Soccer League (1926-1992) & Canadian National Soccer League (1993-1997)

1994 Season

1994 Canadian National Soccer League

Commissioner: Rocco LoFranco

Review of the season

On May 12, 1994 the Canadian National Soccer League announced that eight teams would take part in the 1994 CNSL season. The league called it its 72nd season

The CNSL had two new teams in Montreal, Montreal Croatia and Montreal Ramblers.

The league kicked off the season on May 28 at the Centre Claude-Robillard in Montreal in front of 100 or so fans. The Montreal Ramblers tied Toronto Croatia 2-2. Mustapha Sahrane and Benedict Yula scored for the Ramblers, while Mike Mazza scored two goals for the Toronto team.

After the season the league dropped the two Montreal franchises to reduce travelling costs. The Montreal Ramblers joined the U.S.I.S.L. for the 1995 season. However the Canadian Soccer Association did not accept this move and the Ramblers were forced to relocate the club to New Hampshire in the United States.

CNSL comissioner Rocco LoFranco, also owner of the Toronto Italia franchise, fell out with main rivals Toronto Croatia. Croatia departed to the newly-created CISL, a league sponsored by Puma, that consisted of ethnic teams playing at Lamport Stadium.

Standings as of September 9, 1994

GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Italia14 8 2 4221220
Montreal Croatia14 7 5 2302416
St. Catharines Roma14 7 5 2191116
Toronto Croatia14 5 6 3131613
Scarborough Astros14 2 4 8111512
London City13 5 6 2181912
Toronto Jets13 4 6 3112111
Montreal Ramblers14 4 8 2172310

On September 10 Toronto Croatia was disqualified by the league and their results removed from the final league standings.

Final standings (as of September 10, 1994)


GPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Italia12 7 1 420 918
St. Catharines Roma12 6 4 2171014
Montreal Croatia12 6 4 2262114
London City12 4 5 3171811
Scarborough Astros12 2 4 6111510
Toronto Jets12 3 5 4102010
Montreal Ramblers12 3 8 11421 7

Leading goalscorer:
1. Ryan Gamble (Toronto Italia)

Goalkeeper of the Year:
Paulo Silva

Coach of the Year:
Peter Pinozzotto (Toronto Italia)

Rookie of the Year:
Ryan Gamble (Toronto Italia)

Canadian National Soccer League Play-offs

Quarter-finals

September 11, 1994
Montreal Croatia 3
Toronto Jets 5
 
September 17, 1994 Herbert Parc, Montreal
Toronto Jets 5
Montreal Croatia 6
Toronto Jets won series 11-8
 
September 11, 1994
London City 1
Scarborough Astros 1
 
September 16, 1994
Scarborough Astros 0
London City 1
London City won series 2-1

Semi-finals

September 30, 1994 Etobicoke Centennial Stadium
Toronto Jets 0
Toronto Italia 1
 
October 9, 1994 Esther Shriner Stadium, London
Toronto Italia 0
Toronto Jets 0
Toronto Italia won series
 
September 30, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
St. Catharines Roma 1
London City 0
 
October 2, 1994
St. Catharines Roma 3
London City 1
St. Catharines Roma won series

Canadian National Soccer League Finals

October 12, 1994 St. Catharines
St. Catharines Roma 0
Toronto Italia 1
 
October 15, 1994 Centennial Park, Toronto
Toronto Italia 3
St. Catharines Roma 1

Toronto Italia won CNSL Playoff finals

Canadian National Soccer League Cup

Final cup standings (September 10, 1994)

Group AGPWLTGFGAPts
St. Catharines Roma 4 3 1 0 5 3 8
Montreal Ramblers 4 2 1 1 8 5 7
Toronto Jets 4 0 3 1 4 9 1

Toronto Croatia disqualified

St. Catharines Roma qualified for CNSL League Cup finals

Group BGPWLTGFGAPts
Toronto Italia 5 5 0 014 010
Montreal Croatia 5 3 1 1 6 5 7
London City 6 1 3 2 4 8 4
Scarborough Astros 6 0 5 1 112 1

Toronto Italia qualified for CNSL League Cup finals

Canadian National Soccer League Cup Finals

September 14, 1994 Etobicoke Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 1
St. Catharines 0
 
September 21, 1994
St. Catharines Roma 3
Toronto Italia 0

St. Catharines Roma won the CNSL Cup with a 3-1 total goals score.

Sources:
newspapers.com
Toronto Star archives
CNSL programs
http://www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com/

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