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CSL (1987-1992)

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The Canadian Soccer League played seven seasons of summertime outdoor soccer from 1987 to 1992.  Organizers formed the league in the wake of Canada’s first-ever qualification for the World Cup in 1986 and two years after the demise of the North American Socccer League (1968-1984), which featured once-popular teams in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere.

The league drew a number of NASL refugees in its early years, including Drew Ferguson, Gerry Gray, Ray Hudson, Bob Lenarduzzi, Dale Mitchell, Mike Sweeney and Carl Valentine.  Many of the ex-NASL players in the CSL had starred for Canadian NASL clubs such as the Vancouver Whitecaps and Edmonton Drillers and established roots in those communities.  The league was also a popular destination for top indoor soccer players such as Ted Eck and Domenic Mobilio, looking for outdoor opportunities and a summertime paycheck.

League membership was wobbly at best, with teams coming and going every year.  The league finally gave up the ghost after the 1992 season.  Three former CSL clubs – the Montreal Supra (changed to Impact), Toronto Blizzard and Vancouver 86ers – linked up with the American Professional Soccer League (1988-1996) and soldiered on.

The dominant club in CSL history was the Vancouver 86ers franchise, which appeared in five of six CSL championship games, winning four times.

==Franchise List==

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Calgary Kickers 1987-1988 Kickers Home Tagged Posts
Calgary Strikers 1989 Strikers Home Tagged Posts
Edmonton Brickmen 1987-1990 Brickmen Home Tagged Posts
Hamilton Steelers 1987-1991 Steelers Home Tagged Posts
Kitchener Spirit 1990-1991 Spirit Home Tagged Posts
London Lasers 1990 & 1992 Lasers Home Tagged Posts
Montreal Supra 1988-1992 Supra Home Tagged Posts
North York Rockets 1987-1992 Rockets Home Tagged Posts
Nova Scotia Clippers 1991 Clippers Home Tagged Posts
Ottawa Intrepid 1987-1990 Intrepid Home Tagged Posts
Toronto Blizzard 1987-1992 Blizzard Home Tagged Posts
Vancouver 86ers 1987-1992 86ers Home Tagged Posts
Victoria Vistas 1989-1990 Vistas Home Tagged Posts
Winnipeg Fury 1987-1992 Fury Home Tagged Posts

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June 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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