1994 Canadian National Soccer League

Commissioner: Rocco LoFranco

Preview

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.

Clubs

London City
Formed: February 14, 1973
Stadium: Cove Road Field, London
Colours:
Manager: Harry Gauss
Head coach: Harry Gauss

Montreal Croatia
Formed:
Stadium: Parc Hérbert, Montreal
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach: Simon Demo

Montreal Ramblers
Formed:
Stadium:
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach: Jean-Claude Toussaint

Scarborough Astros
Formed:
Stadium: Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough, Ontario
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach: Jorge Armau

St. Catharines Roma Wolves
Formed: 1967
Stadium: Club Roma Field, St. Catharines, Ontario
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach:

After the season midfielder Martin Dugas joined Dutch club Cambuur.

Toronto Croatia
Formed:
Stadium: Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke, Ontario
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach:

Toronto Italia
Formed:
Stadium: Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke, Ontario
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach: Peter Pinizzotto

Toronto Jets
Formed:
Stadium: Esther Shiner Stadium, North York, Ontario
Colours:
Manager:
Head coach:

Review of the season

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.

Canadian National Soccer League Results

May 22, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Croatia 2
Montreal Ramblers 2

May 25, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
Toronto Jets vs St. Catharines Roma

May 27, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
London City 0
Scarborough Astros 1 

June 1, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
Scarborough Astros 0
St. Catharines Roma 0

June 1, 1994 Hébert, Montreal
Montreal Ramblers 1
Montreal Croatia 3

June 1, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Jets 2
Toronto Croatia 0

June 4, 1994 Hébert, Montreal
Scarborough Astros 3
Montreal Croatia 3

June 5, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
St. Catharines Roma 5
Montreal Ramblers 0

June 6, 1994 Esther Shiner Stadium
Italia Toronto vs Jets Toronto

June 10, 1994 London
Toronto Croatia 0
London City 1

June 12, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
St. Catharines Roma 0
Montreal Ramblers 1

June 13, 1994 Esther Shiner Stadium
Toronto Jets 1
Scarborough Astros 1  

June 19, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
Toronto Italia 1
Scarborough Astros 1

June 19, 1994 Hebert, Montreal
Toronto Jets 1
Montreal Croatia 5

June 19, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Toronto Croatia 0
Montreal Ramblers 1

June 24, 1994 London
Montreal Ramblers 2
London City 3 

June 26, 1994
London City 2 
Montreal Ramblers 0

June 27, 1994 Esther Shiner Stadium
St. Catharines Roma 2
Toronto Jets 1

June 29, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
Toronto Italia 1
St Catharines Roma 0

July 1, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
London City 1
Montreal Croatia 3

July 3, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Scarborough vs Montreal Ramblers

July 4, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Croatia Toronto 1
Italia Toronto 1

July 9, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Italia Toronto vs Montreal Ramblers

July 13, 1994 Centennial Stadium
St. Catharines Roma vs Croatia Toronto

July 18, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Jets 0
Toronto Italia 2

July 20, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Scarborough Astros 0
Toronto Croatia 0

July 22, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
London City 2
Toronto Italia 2


July 24, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Toronto Jets vs Montreal Ramblers 

July 24, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
Montreal Croatia vs Scarborough Astros

July 25, 1994 Centennial Stadium
St Catharines Roma 1
Toronto Italia 2

July 27, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
Croatia Toronto vs St. Catharines

July 29, 1994 London
Toronto Jets vs London City

July 31, 1994 Hébert de St-Léonard, Montreal
Montreal Croatia 2 (Alberto Zanetic, Tomislav Babic)
Croatia Toronto O
 
July 31, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
Scarborough Astros 1
Montreal Ramblers 1

August 6, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 3
Montreal Ramblers 0 

August 7, 1994 Hébert de St-Léonard, Montreal
Montreal Croatia 4
London City 2 

August 7, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
St Catharines Roma vs Scarborough Astros

August 10, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia vs Toronto Croatia (Postponed to September 1)

August 13, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Croatia 0
Montreal Croatia 0

August 13, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
Scarborough Astros 2
London City 2 

August 13, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal 
Montreal Ramblers 1 (Mustapha Sahrane)
Toronto Croatia 0

August 14, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
Toronto Jets 1
Montreal Croatia 0

August 15, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 0
Scarborough Astros 1 

August 17, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
London vs St. Catharines Roma

August 22, 1994 
Toronto Italia 2
London City 1

August 24, 1994
Scarborough Astros 0
St Catharines Roma 1

August 26, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
London City 1
St Catharines Roma 0

August 29, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Croatia 0
Toronto Jets 2

August 31, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Montreal Croatia 0
Montreal Ramblers 3

September 1, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 1
Toronto Croatia 3

September 8, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
London City vs Jets Toronto

Standings

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

Quarterfinals
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

Group A

May 21, 1994 Parc Herbert, Montreal
Montreal Croatia 1
Scarborough Astros 0

May 28, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 3
Montreal Croatia 0 

May 28, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
Montreal Ramblers 2 (Mustapha Sahrane, Benoît Yula)
Toronto Jets 2 (Mike Mazza 2)

June 3, 1994 London
London City 0
Italia Toronto 1

June 11, 1994 Herbert
Montreal Croatia 1
Toronto Italia 1

June 13, 1994 Centennial Stadium
CNSL Cup
London vs Toronto Italia

June 15, 1994 Centennial Stadium
Toronto Croatia 0
St Catharines Roma 2 

June 17, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
London City 2
Scarborough Astros 1

June 21, 1994 Centennial Stadium
CNSL Cup
London vs Croatia Toronto

June 22, 1994
CNSL Cup
Toronto Jets 0, St. Catharines Roma 2

June 26, 1994
CNSL Cup
Montreal Croatia 2, Scarborough Astros 0

July 3, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
CNSL Cup
St. Catharines vs Jets Toronto

July 3, 1994 Hébert
CNSL Cup
London vs Montreal Croatia

July 16, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
CNSL Cup
London City vs Scarborough

July 16, 1994 Centennial Stadium
CNSL Cup
Montreal Ramblers vs Toronto Croatia

July 16, 1994 Hébert, Montreal
CNSL Cup
Toronto Italia vs Montreal Croatia

July 29, 1994 Centennial Stadium
CNSL Cup
Scarborough Astros vs Italia Toronto

August 3, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
Toronto Jets 0
Croatia Toronto 1 

August 24, 1994
Toronto Croatia 1
Toronto Jets 2

August 26, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
CNSL Cup
Montreal Ramblers vs Toronto Jets

August 28, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
CNSL Cup
St. Catharines Roma 1, Montréal Ramblers

August 28, 1994 Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
CNSL Cup
Scarborough Astros 0, Toronto Italia 3

August 28, 1994 Cove Road Field, London
CNSL Cup
London City 1, Montréal Croatia 1

August 31, 1994 Ester Shiner Stadium
CNSL Cup
London City vs Toronto Jets

September 4, 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal
CNSL Cup
St. Catharines Roma 0, Montreal Ramblers 3

September 5, 1994 Centennial Stadium
CNSL Cup
Toronto Italia 3, London City 0

September 7, 1994 Club Roma, St. Catharines
CNSL Cup
Croatia Toronto vs St. Catharines Roma

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/