CPSL All Stars announced
CPSL All-Stars Roster - for Maritimo Game
by Bill Spiers
ALL TEAMS REPRESENTED FOR MARITIMO CLASH
TORONTO—Saturday, July 21—CPSL coach Tony La Ferrara of North York Astros has announced his pool of 25 players from which a final roster of 20 will be chosen to represent the CPSL against Maritimo of the Portuguese First Division at Cove Road in London next Wednesday, July 25, a 7.15 p.m. kickoff.
It’s a wide ranging selection all the way from one of the most experienced veterans in 32 year-old former Canadian National Team goalscorer Eddy Berdusco of the Toronto Olympians, to the league’s youngest player, 16 year-old Southwestern Ontario standout Tyler Hemming, a defender with London City. Hemming has been scouted by Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier Division, but is expected to go to Blundell Park in England for a trial later this year with Grimsby Town of the English First Division.
Last year’s MVP in the CPSL, Willy Giammarra, is in the pool and so is Bayete Smith, voted the league’s best defensive player in 2000. Both are with Toronto Olympians.
“I feel confident we are going to come up with a very strong side as we get closer to game time on Wednesday and we assess one or two players with slight injuries and others needed by their clubs for a key mid-week game,” explained Ferrara in announcing the pool.
Ferrara led the CPSL Selects to an impressive 1-1 tie against a strong Morocco under-23 squad on July 6, a team from which that country selects its World Cup players.
Goalkeepers: Dino Perri (St. Catharines Roma Wolves), Brian Bowes (Toronto Olympians).
Defenders: Bayete Smith, Tony Marshall and Danny Sanna of Toronto Olympians, Tyler Hemming (London City), Kurt Ramsey (North York Astros), Danny Gallagher (St. Catharines Roma Wolves), Dave McDonald (Glen Shields Sun Devils), Payvand Mossavat (Toronto Supra).
Midfielders: Willy Giammarra (Toronto Olympians), Lucio Ianiero (Capt.) (St. Catharines Roma Wolves), O’Neil Brown (Durham Flames), Gentjan Dervishi (London City), Marcelo Garcia (North York Astros), Orlando Rizzo (York Region Shooters), Leo Incollingo (Montreal Dynamites), Samir Karaga (Toronto Croatia), Phil Ionadi (Brampton Hitmen).
Forwards: Eddy Berdusco (Toronto Olympians), Carlo Arghittu (St. Catharines Roma Wolves), Ryan Gamble (Toronto Supra), Semir Mesanovic (London City), Sanjeev Parmer (Ottawa Wizards), John Matas (Toronto Olympians).
Head Coach: Tony La Ferrara (North York Astros), Assistant Coaches: Lucio Ianiero (St. Catharines Roma Wolves) and Jurek Gebczynski (London City).
Players and coaching staff will be assembling at the German-Canadian Club at the Cove Road ground in London on Tuesday morning. There will be a training session at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day and again the next morning, on game day, Wednesday at 10 a.m.