1994 Canadian National Soccer League

The NSL opened what it called its 72nd season with two new teams in Montreal.

Clubs and players

London City


Founded: February 14, 1973
Stadium: Cove Road Field, London
President:
Head coach: Harry Paul Gauss
Key players: Andrew Loague, Shawn Taggart, Nathan Eldridge

Montreal Croatia


Founded: 1978
Stadium: Stade du Parc Hérbert, Montreal
President: Simon Lulic
Head coach: Simon Demo
Key players: Goalkeeper Charlie Mohamed; defender Broomes McIver; midfielder Zoran Petkovic and Mimo Dell’Armi; forward Tomislav Babic

Montreal Ramblers
Stadium: Centre Claude Robillard, Montreal
Colors:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Scarborough Astros
Founded: November 23, 1990 as North York Atletico Argentina Soccer Club Stadium: Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough
Owner: Bruno Ierullo
General manager: Bruno Ierullo
Head coach: Jorge Armua
Key players:

St. Catharines Roma
Founded: 1967
Stadium: Roma Park, St. Catharines
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Before the season Tomasz Radzinski joined the club from Toronto Rockets. After the season Radzinski joined Germinal Ekeren in Belgium and midfielder Martin Dugas joined Dutch side Cambuur.

Toronto Croatia
Founded: 1956
Stadium:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

Toronto Italia


Founded: 1972
Stadium:
President:
Head Coach: Peter Pinizzotto
Key players:

Toronto Jets
Stadium:
Colors:
President:
Head Coach:
Key players:

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.

Results and standings

League standings (as of September 9, 1994) 
                     GP W  T  L  GF GA Pts
Toronto Italia       14  8  4  2 22 12  20
Montreal Croatia     14  7  2  5 30 24  16
St. Catharines Roma  14  7  2  5 19 11  16
Toronto Croatia      14  5  3  6 13 16  13
Scarborough Astros   14  2  8  4 11 15  12
London City          14  5  2  6 18 19  12
Toronto Jets         13  4  3  6 11 21  11
Montreal Ramblers    14  4  2  8 17 23  10
  
Final League standings (September 10, 1994)
                     GP W  T  L  GF GA Pts
Toronto Italia       12  7  4  1 20  9  18
St. Catharines Roma  12  6  2  4 17 10  14
Montreal Croatia     12  6  2  4 26 21  14
London City          12  4  3  5 17 18  11
Scarborough Astros   12  2  6  4 11 15  10
Toronto Jets         12  3  4  5 10 20  10
Montreal Ramblers    12  3  1  8 14  21  7
Toronto Croatia disqualified

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)

Play-offs
 
Quarterfinals
September 11, 1994
Montreal Croatia 3
Toronto Jets 5
 
September 17, 1994
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 ??, 1994 Esther Shriner Stadium, London
Toronto Jets 0
Toronto Italia 1
 
October 9, 1994 Esther Shriner Stadium, London
Toronto Italia 0
Toronto Jets 0
Toronto Italia won series
 
September 28, 1994
St. Catharines Roma 1
London City 0
 
October 2, 1994
St. Catharines Roma 3
London City 1
St. Catharines Roma won series

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

Final Cup standings (September 10, 1994)
Group A                        
                     GP W  T  L  GF GA Pts
St. Catharines Roma   4  3  0  1  5  3   8 
Montreal Ramblers     4  2  1  1  8  5   7
Toronto Jets          4  0  1  3  4  9   1
Toronto Croatia disqualified
  
Group B                      
                     GP W  T  L  GF GA Pts
Toronto Italia        5  5  0  0 14   0 10
Montreal Croatia      5  3  1  1  6   5  7
London City           6  1  2  3  4   8  4
Scarborough Astros    6  0  1  5  1  12  1

CNSL Cup finals
September 14, 1994 Etobicoke Centennial Stadium
Toronto Italia 1
St. Catharines 0
 
September 21, 1994
St. Catharines
Toronto Italia