Kingston FC Sunday Double Header at Home

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News Release from Kingston FC – July 30th, 2014

The Canadian Soccer League regular season has reached the half way mark and – despite a slow start caused in large part by a lot of injuries – Kingston FC is one of four teams in the hunt for second place in the 10-team 1st Division league.

Second place is important because it guarantees a team home field advantage right through to the league championship game in North York on October 26th.

As Kingston FC readies for its home game this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm against North York Astros, the squad sits in third place – just ahead of Toronto Croatia and Serbian White Eagles – and just behind Burlington SC.

Winning Weekend for Kingston in Niagara

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News Release from Kingston FC – July 26th, 2014

Kingston FC scored two goals in the first half and two more after half time to defeat Niagara United 4-0 in Canadian Soccer League Action in Niagara Falls Saturday.

Guillaume Surot scored two of the four goals – his tenth and eleventh this season – and missed a chance to add a third when he hit the cross-bat on a penalty shot.

The other goals were scored by Akil DeFreitas and Mademba Ba. Ba also scored a goal for Kingston’s reserve team which defeated Niagara’s reserves 3-2.

Both Kingston FC Teams Headed to Niagara in Different Positions

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News Release from Kingston FC – July 24th, 2014

Kingston FC’s chances for a repeat of last season’s first place finish in the Canadian Soccer League seem to be fading away but Club President Joe Scanlon says his team is determined to finish no worse than second.

Second guarantees a team home field advantage in the playoffs.

Kingston is in fourth place as it heads to seventh place Niagara Saturday but is only five points behind second place Burlington.

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’.

First Division Team Gets Much-Needed Reinforcements

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News Release from Kingston FC – July 4th, 2014

Last season, Kingston FC finished on top of the first division in the Canadian Soccer League.

The reserve team struggled and ended up near the bottom of the second division.

This season there’s been a bit of a turn-round.

The first team is tied for third but has been struggling mainly because half a dozen players have been out with injuries.

The reserves – after losing their opening game – have been on a rampage. They moved into first place last Sunday with an overwhelming 9-1 win over Burlington, which had been in first.

Both teams are in action Saturday against Brampton and both expect to win.

All but one of the injured players will be back.

Joe Zupo and Edgar Soglo re-joined the team last weekend. Nathan Klemencic and Akil DeFreitas are expected back Saturday. And Jean-Michel Paulin, who has been out since the start of the season, is also back.

First Division Team Falls Short But Reserves Dominate

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News Release from Kingston FC – June 29th, 2014

Kingston – A late second half goal denied Kingston FC’s 1st Division team any points in their home match with Burlington SC.

With the game tied in the 89th minute, Burlington’s Darren Chambers slid the ball into the Kingston net, giving the visiting side the 2-1 victory. With the loss Kingston’s record drops to 2-2-2 on the year.

Playing in scorching heat, it was Kingston FC that took the lead early in the opening half, as Nathan Klemencic beat Burlington keeper Vladimir Vujasinovic in the 12th minute.

Over the remainder of the first half, both teams traded opportunities to score, but neither side was able to beat the opposing keeper.

In the second half, the game grew tense, as a total of seven yellow cards were handed out to the two teams, including five to Kingston FC.

Burlington pressed for much of the second half, with Jaroslav Tesar making several key saves to preserve the lead. However, at the 73rd minute mark, Burlington’s Erwin Uzunovic was able to beat Tesar, despite goal line attempts by Kingston’s defenders to keep the ball out.

16 minutes later, Chambers would slide it past Tesar, and though Kingston pressed for the equalizer, the home side was unable to muster a second goal.

The powerful Kingston FC Reserve division team fared much better in the second half of the doubleheader, dominating Burlington’s Reserves to the tune of 10-1 and powering their way atop the league standings.

Kingston FC Chairman Lorne Abugov expressed delight with the play of the Reserves following the game: “This group of players have really bonded and they are playing to a higher level than we could have hoped for this early in the season,” said Abugov.

“This is a team of talented young players who really trust one another, and support one another through thick and thin, through good plays or poor plays on the soccer field. Soccer is a simple game to play when the team is a happy family, like this Reserve team. They have become an international band of brothers, a really mature group, and they were a joy to watch this afternoon. We’re certainly very proud of them,” Abugov said.

A late first-half flurry gave Kingston FC the lead, and they didn’t look back from there, scoring five goals in the span of 20 minutes for a 5-1 lead at the half. Mademba Ba continued his exceptional season, tallying eight goals in the victory, giving him 16 thus far in only 5 games played.

The games kicked off a three-game home stand for Kingston FC, as they face Brampton United on July 5th, before hosting the Serbian White Eagles on July 19th.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JOE SCANLON OR SEAN SUTHERLAND.

Both Kingston Teams Making a Push for the Top

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News Release from Kingston FC – June 26th, 2014

Despite a string of injuries, Kingston FC is starting to show he form which took it to first place in the Canadian Soccer League last season.

Last weekend’s 4-3 win over Toronto Croatia was Kingston’s fourth straight game without a loss and put Kingston tied for second in the 10-team league.

A win over Burlington on Sunday could Kingston alone in second or – given how other games go – even alone or tied for first.

Two Wins Over Croatia

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News Release from Kingston FC – June 22nd, 2014

Kingston FC – which started slowly with a loss, a win and a tie – moved up into a second place tie with Niagara United in the first division of the Canadian Soccer League thanks to a 4-3 win Saturday over Toronto Croatia.

It was Kingston’s fourth straight game without a loss – a win, two ties and another win.

Kingston had depended on Guillaume Surot – who led the first division in scoring last season – for all four of its goals in its first two games. Saturday there was one goal by Stephane Assengue, two by Catalin Lichioiu and the fourth on a cross by Ryan McCurdy which a Croatian player headed into his own net.

Kingston Faces Strong Croatian Team on Saturday‏

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News Release from Kingston FC – June 18th, 2014

Kingston FC – Kingston’s pro soccer team – is facing a difficult challenge this weekend when they play Toronto Croatia.

Last season Croatia was the only team to defeat Kingston FC at home.

This season Croatia is in second place, Kingston is currently in seventh, though only separated by a couple of points in the standings.

Team chairman Lorne Abugov says he is somewhat disappointed with Kingston’s showing so far, as are the coaches and players. “We won the league last season and we expect and want to do so again, “But,” he says, “the current performance can be explained to a great extent by one word – injuries.”

Double Header Against Waterloo on Sunday

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News Release from Kingston FC – June 12th, 2014

Last season Kingston FC finished first in the Canadian Soccer League mainly because they lost just one game at home during the regular season and playoffs.

This season the team has struggled in its opening away games – losing 3-2 to York Region and tying North York 3-3 – but the team won its home opener 2-1 over Niagara and will be trying for is second straight home win Sunday at one o’clock at Queen’s West Campus.

Their opponent is Waterloo the team that defeated Kingston in the CSL playoff final last October.