May 10, 2004
OPEN CANADA CUP DRAW ANNOUNCED
Eight of the top amateur teams in the GTA, together with four from Ottawa and two from London, will join 10 of the 11 CPSL pro teams in a bid for the Open Canada Cup and a $10,000 cash prize as one of the highlights of the upcoming Canadian Professional Soccer League season.
The draw took place at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan on May 10 at a gathering which included several amateur team representatives and the CPSL immediately released the full Preliminary Round schedule.
Prior to the draw taking place, it was announced that the CPSL’s Toronto Croatia would not take part in the Open Cup competition due to an annual commitment in a North American tournament of Croatian teams on Labour Day, weekend of the final.
The 14 amateur teams will take part in the Preliminary Round during the Victoria Day Weekend, May 21 to 24, and six surviving teams will advance to Round Two to join the 10 CPSL teams in the last 16.
One of the 16 teams in the one-game knockout will be the defending Open Canada Cup champions, London City, which triumphed in a penalty kick victory against Metro Lions following a 1-1 overtime tie last September 1.
The Preliminary Round draw and schedule is:
Friday, May 21 The Soccer Centre 8.00 pm Real Vaughan vs. Ottawa Royals
Friday, May 21 Cove Road 8.40 pm Woodbridge Sora vs. AEK London
Sat., May 22 The Soccer Centre 6.00 pm 777 S.C. (Toronto) vs. Capital Utd.(Ottawa)
Sat., May 22 The Soccer Centre 8.30 pm Hearts S.C.(Toronto) vs. Peniche (Toronto)
Sun., May 23 The Soccer Centre 2.00 pm G.S. United (Toronto) vs. Brampton Dynamic Kickers
Sun., May 23 The Soccer Centre 4.30 pm Capital City Ambassadors (Ottawa) vs. Benfica (Toronto)
Sun., May 23 Cove Road 8.10 pm Ottawa St. Anthony Italia vs. London Portuguese
Mon., May 24 The Soccer Centre 4.30 pm Hearts S.C. or Peniche (Toronto) vs. 777 S.C. (Toronto) or Capital Utd. (Ottawa)
The CPSL pro teams will enter the fray in the second round to be played during the Canada Day holiday weekend, July 1 - 4, with the quarter-finals taking place during Civic Holiday weekend July 30 to August 2.
Semi-finals will be played Labour Day weekend, September 3 - 5 and the final on Monday, September 6.
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