The Kickoff of the 2015 season is fast approaching. Training Camps are in full swing across the Province of Ontario. You can expect to start seeing alot of news from the L1 Communications Team over the next couple of weeks as we gear up for Opening Day for both the Men's and Women's Divisions.
Over the next couple of weeks, you can expect to see Pre-Season Preview features for all of our twelve Men's Division teams. We will roll out similar previews for our Women's Division teams in early May.
The schedule making process is never easy but it's almost done. The L1 Operations Team presented a draft schedule for the 2015 Men's Division to our teams this past week. It will be finalized and announced later this week.
We will also be announcing the format for the 2015 L1 Cup Competition this week.
Brampton, Ontario native Cyle Larin, formerly of Sigma FC and now plying his trade with MLS expansion side Orlando City FC, recorded his first international goal on March 30th, helping Canada to resounding 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in an international friendly that was played in Bayamon, PR.
The 19 year old striker came in as a second half substitute and nearly scored immediately upon taking the field but had his shot cleared off the line by a Puerto Rican defender.
His first goal for Canada came in the 77th minute as he redirected a cross from the right flank past the Puerto Rican keeper.
Congratulations to Cyle and we wish him continued success with Canada and Orlando City.
Please follow the link below for highlights of this match:
Please follow the following link for a post-game interview with Cyle Larin:
TFC II, whose roster featured eight players who starred in League1 Ontario in the 2014 season, hit a bit of a bump in the road on April 4th, falling 4-1 to New York Red Bulls II at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
TFC's only goal on the day was registered as an own goal but it was created by former TFC Academy star Luca Uccello, whose shot was redirected by Red Bulls defender (and Canadian international) Karl Ouimette and ended up beating RBNY II goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
Check out Uccello's goal:
The young Reds have a bye week coming up and will return to action on April 19th when they travel to BC to take on Vancouver Whitecaps II.
Elsewhere around the league, Sounders FC 2 and Real Monarchs, featuring former Sigma FC stars Giuliano Frano and Emery Welshman respectively, both had the week off. Both sides will return to action this coming weekend.
Another key member of the 2014 Sigma FC roster has made the jump to USL.
Goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh has signed a professional contract with Louisville City FC.
We wish Greg the best of luck as he takes the next step in his soccer career.
Dino Rossi, Chairman of League1 Ontario, was invited to speak about the inaugural season of League1 Ontario on "The Soccer Exchange", a new show that appears weekly on beIN SPORT Canada. The show is hosted by well known soccer personality Alf DeBlasis.
Rossi spoke about the successful launch of L1O in 2014, looked ahead to the upcoming 2015 season and also spoke on his involvement with the upcoming Pan Am Games soccer competition, which will take place in Hamilton, Ontario in July.