THREE TEAMS BID FOR CSL CHAMPIONSHIP…….Semifinal Saturday
It will be just one semifinal leading to the Canadian Soccer League championship following the elimination of Hamilton City from the post-season playoffs following a disqualification of the steel city side at the end of the regular season on October 3.
Hamilton City ended the season with a Not-in-Good Standing status, a standing that according to CSL By-laws forfeits ‘benefits and privileges’, which can include playing in the league championship.
The one semifinal, FC Vorkuta vs Serbian White Eagles, with be played at Centennial Stadium in Toronto’s west end on Saturday, October 10 at 2 pm and the winner will meet the current CSL champion and winner of the 2020 First Division, Scarborough SC, at the same ground on Saturday, October 17, also at 2 pm.
Scarborough will be attempting to repeat its 2019 championship triumph, a victory that was forecast by many following the club’s strong performance in the CSL First Division since 2016 when GM Kiril Dimitrov moved the team to Birchmount Stadium. The Toronto east-end side defeated Ukraine United 2-0 in the 2019 championship final after being the runner-up in both 2017 and 2018 finals. FC Vorkuta has an enviable record in league play and won the championship in 2018, defeating Scarborough on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie, but the most successful of today’s teams in CSL championship playoffs is Serbian White Eagles which won in 2008 and 2016 and were finalists in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
The final game on October 17 will conclude an abbreviated 5-team league and championship competition shortened by the COVID 19 pandemic.
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