“You’ve seen the movie – “Bend it like Beckham’.
“Now come and see the real thing.”
That’s the promise from Joe Scanlon, president of Kingston FC.
Scanlon says his team needed some additional scoring punch if it was to finish second in the Canadian Soccer League and – he says – they’ve believe they’ve found it.
In addition to three players from the Cape Coral Hurricanes – signings announced last week– Kingston has signed Lukas Bajer a first division player from the Czech Republic with top flight experience in Holland, Moldova and Kazakhstan.
“Lukas promised us two goals in his debut with the reserves last Sunday,” said Scanlon, “and he delivered.
“He scored twice and set up a third with a blistering free kick”
Scanlon said the most exciting goal was David Beckham style curving shot from the left wing. “It curved from right to left into the top corner of the net just the way you saw it in the movie, ‘Bend it like Beckham’”.
Kingston reserves won that game 5-0.
Scanlon says it’s unusual for a first division European player to play in the Canadian Soccer League. “Lukas has a sister in Toronto,” he says, “and he wanted to come to Canada. He wanted to experience North American soccer and explore opportunities, and Kingston FC seems to be a great fit for him at this point.”
Scanlon says Bajer was not alone in impressing in his debut. Corey Faughnan also scored in his debut with the reserve team and Jordan Collins – another new signing – was good enough in his first appearance to play for both the reserves and the first team in the doubleheader sweep of Burlington SC.
Scanlon said while Kingston FC – which finished first last season – had had some good games – the team moved last Burlington with a 4-0 win last weekend – the play has been a bi erratic, especially at home.
“We tied one game we should have won and lost another we should have tied.”
Kingston is at home this Sunday at one o’clock at Queen’s West Campus in what Scanlon says is a must win.
“We are in fourth place five points behind second place Toronto Croatia – a team we play again in Kingston on September 21st. We need to keep winning if we want to make that game one that will decide second place.”
For further information contact Joe Scanlon at Joe.Scanlon@talk21.com
News Release from Kingston FC – August 27th, 2014
Three players from the Cape Coral Hurricanes of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) are joining Kingston FC for its games against Burlington in Burlington on Sunday.
The games are crucial especially for Kingston FC’s first team as Kingston – after last Sunday’s 2-2 tie with London – is in fifth place one point behind fourth place Burlington.
Strong performance through 90 minutes gives Kingston a second consecutive clean sheet
St. Catharines, Ont. Saturday, July 27th, 2013 – A complete team effort gave Kingston FC a 2-0 win over St. Catharines Roma Wolves, pushing them back into first place in the CSL. Ninety minutes of unyielding defence gave goalkeeper Jaroslav Tesar his second straight shutout in front of 200 observers at Kiwanis field.
Light rain covered the turf, but Kingston retained possession from the get-go. Jason Massie’s free kick square off the crossbar in the tenth minute was a sign of more pressure to come.
The visitors struck first in the 25th minute, set up by a Massie through-ball to Edgar Soglo down the left side. Soglo’s cross found Kihara Waiganjo, who smashed home his second in as many games.
Four teams now in contention for first place at season’s midway mark, including Kingston FC
Kingston, Ont. Tuesday, July 16th, 2013–Halfway through the season, Kingston FC is in the thick of a four-way race for supremacy in the CSL. At the top of the table, only one point separates the four teams challenging for the coveted top spot.
After 11 games played through their 22-game season, Kingston is in second place for the first time since claiming first place in early May.
Local pro team ties on the road, sits 7-3-1 midway through CSL season
Windsor, Ont. Saturday, July 13th – With their first draw of the season, Kingston FC is still in the driver’s seat of the CSL standings. Their 2-2 tie against the host Windsor Stars keeps them one point ahead of Toronto Croatia.
The 7pm fixture at Windsor Stadium had visiting Kingston FC playing into a blazing sun for the first half. Just like they did on June 9th in Kingston FC’s 2-1 victory, Windsor struck first – this time in the 7th minute of play. Midfielder Erik Cirovsky collected, turned and fired a low shot past Kingston FC keeper Jaroslav Tesar from six yards out.
The equalizer came shortly thereafter, with Kingston FC central defender Joe Zupo the unlikely goal-scorer from a tight angle. Central midfielder Joey Pineo chipped a pass deep inside the Windsor area to Zupo, who dribbled and slotted one past keeper Anthony Santilli from the edge of the box.
Kingston FC in first place by a hair, heading into their 11th CSL match in Windsor this Saturday evening
Kingston, Ont. Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 – Kingston FC have reason to stay positive as they approach their season’s halfway point. After ten games played – seven wins, three losses – Kingston FC remain in first place despite losing 1-0 at home to Toronto Croatia last weekend.
Kingston FC’s upcoming road match against the Windsor Stars marks their 11th of 22 regular season games, as the local side leads a tight points race entering the season’s second half. Croatia trails by one point with 20, while York Region Shooters jumped to third place with 19.
Controversial goal lands Kingston FC a 1-0 loss to Toronto Croatia in rare Saturday home game
Kingston, Ont. Saturday, July 6th – First place is up for grabs, after Kingston FC conceded their first home loss on a rare Saturday night game at Queen’s University’s West Campus field in front of a record crowd of 650 fans. A controversial second half goal snapped Kingston’s perfect 6-0 home record, giving the defending CSL champions Toronto Croatia a 1-0 victory to climb three points closer to first-place Kingston.
Defensive awareness highlighted the first half, which featured one shot apiece through the scoreless first 45 minutes. Toronto Croatia imposed an early barrage, met by heavy Kingston FC pressure later in the half.
With the second half underway, both teams upped their focus on attacking..
Pro Soccer Team attracts 550 fans, wins in its 2013 Canadian Soccer League Debut
Kingston, Ont. Sunday, May 5th – Kingston FC kicked off the 2013 Canadian Soccer League season at home with a 6-2 win over Brampton City United. There were 514 fans in attendance, with no clouds, little wind and 20 degree temperatures at West Campus Field.
The team struggled to start off the game, allowing a Brampton goal in the third minute of play.
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:
A late strike by Montreal Impact Academy midfielder Dominique Morin gave his side a 2- 1 come-from-behind victory over Kingston FC, while Windsor Stars held Toronto Croatia to a 1-1 tie and Brantford Galaxy battled to a 1-1 tie with St. Catharines Wolves, three games in the CSL First Division Saturday.