A Much Needed Stronger Professional Soccer Structure Not on the Horizon

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Full text from Canadian Soccer League (CSL) Director Stan Adamson’s article on the CSL website:

“Canada is a one soccer-developing country that has failed to recognize the importance of strengthening its professional soccer as a means of being more competitive on the world stage.

As Colin Miller puts it ‘We need more Canadian pro franchises to give Canadian players a chance to play’.

Q & A With Catalin Lichioiu

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Catalin Lichioiu Kingston, Ont. Thursday, October 31st, 2013 – To watch Catalin Lichioiu play soccer in a Kingston FC uniform today is a privilege, and not just because of his talent. He’s traveled from Moldova to Spain and back again, and his career as a soccer journeyman was nearly cut short several times. Despite setbacks, not to mention the demands of continuously standing out amongst millions of talented players in Europe, Lichioiu has played professional soccer since he was 17 years old.

Kingston FC‘s Peter Morrow caught up with the man who was recently nominated alongside Kingston FC teammates Guillaume Surot and Jason Massie for the CSL’s 2013 season MVP Award. Since his arrival in Canada this past spring, Lichioiu has provided a veteran presence on a mostly younger Kingston FC side. He is also gaining acclaim as one of the most talented set piece specialists to ever play in the CSL. Prior to arriving in Canada, his time spent in “the jungle” of Eastern Europe’s professional soccer scene was rewarding, but by no means easy.

Kingston FC Midfielder Jason Massie Seeks Local Growth

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Liverpool FC Product brings world-class experience to the Cataraqui Clippers club

By Peter Morrow

Jason Massie Kingston, Ont. Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 – On August 2, Kingston FC midfielder Jason Massie tweeted, ‘I may be biased but football has to be the best sport in the world?’ The pro footballer is biased, and he’s well aware his thoughts aren’t akin to several residents of his new home of Kingston.

Such is the nature of Massie’s work each day. Since he arrived in town in April, he’s become a catalyst to the game’s growth.

Coach Muldoon takes a technical approach to the beautiful game

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By Peter Morrow

In a light team practice two days before Kingston FC kicked off at home, Colm Muldoon’s actions evidenced the drive he has on the pitch.

The 43-year-old head coach could be seen running, shouting and gesticulating at players, without break, for upwards of two hours. He commanded the training session, his voice cracking with urgency.

Midfielder Paul Waiganjo Kihara was stretching his legs by the sideline at West Campus Field, grinning when asked about his coach’s intensity level at practice that day. “This is nothing,” he said, “below average.”

The following Saturday, Kingston FC went on to beat Niagara United 5-2 — a team that defeated Kingston 2-1 last season. After finishing 14th out of 16 teams in its inaugural Canadian Soccer League First Division season, Kingston is a mostly different crop of players under new management and sits in first place with a 10-3-1 record, but they will need some help to stay in first — they have lost twice, 3-2 and 1-0, to the defending champions, Toronto Croatia.

Kingston FC Puts Emphasis on Kingston Community

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By Peter Morrow

Back in 2012 – Kingston FC’s first in the Canadian Soccer League – most of the pro team’s players were located in Ottawa. They were commuting not only to away games but even to Kingston for home games.

Following successful CSL seasons in 2013 and 2014, the team’s players are all located in Kingston mainly in student housing and – because of this – are becoming increasingly involved in the community.

Co-captain Edgar Soglo, for example, is one of eight Kingston FC players who has worked with young people at the Kingston Boys and Girls Club.


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The Canadian Soccer League has published its own perspective in list form of the 2012 CSL season’s best and worst, highs and lows, and memorable and forgettable moments. Read the CSL’s 2012 Season Perspective at the following link:


Speech to the Kingston FC Holiday Reception

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On December 10th, 2012, Kingston FC co-owner Lorne Abugov welcomed guests and Kingston FC coaches, players and staff to the first annual Kingston FC Holiday reception and mixer at the Radisson Hotel Kingston Harbourfront. Here is a reprint of his remarks to the attendees:

Thank you, Jacqueline Bell, and welcome everyone to our Kingston FC holiday reception. I hope everyone has had a chance to have a drink and meet some friends, old and new. On behalf of our pro soccer teams, and my co-owner Joe Scanlon, allow me to extend some quick thanks to several great organizations that have helped us organize and stage today’s event.

Together again: Kingston FC co-owners re-unite to back pro soccer

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When Lorne Abugov was Joe Scanlon’s Journalism student at Carleton University the pair teamed up to broadcast Carleton men’s basketball games. Now – decades later – they are re-united as co-owners of Kingston’s new entry in the Canadian Soccer League, Kingston F.C., the only professional sports team in any sport between Ottawa and Toronto.

Because of their friendship and mutual interest in sports, the pair agreed to be minority investors in Kingston F.C. when the team was formed in 2012. What they didn’t expect was that the principal owner would bow out for personal reasons and they would take over the team.