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Brantford Galaxy wins 2010 Canadian Soccer League Championship

Posted on 31 October 2010 in Around the Soccer World

Brantford Galaxy SC defeated FC Hamilton Croatia 3:0 to win the 2010 Canadian Soccer League championship at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke, ON on Sunday 31 October. The well-attended final pitted two teams playing in their inaugural season with the Canadian Soccer League.

Brantford midfielder Haris Fazlagic scored the lone goal of the first half, converting a left wing cross in the 22nd minute. Ranko Golijanin doubled the Galaxy lead 15 minutes into the second half before Fazlagic sealed the win with his second goal of match six minutes later.

The 2010 championship victory caps an impressive inaugural season for Brantford. The Galaxy finished seventh of 13 teams in the regular season before going on to defeat Serbian White Eagles and Portugal FC in the playoffs on its way to the final.

“It took a long time, weeks before we had the team playing as they did today and that's why we are much better than we showed in those early games,” said Galaxy head coach Lazo Dzepina. “We worked very hard to win this game, it all went according to plan and we're very happy.”

The 2010 Canadian Soccer League MVP winner was announced on Sunday as top scorer Tihomir Maletic (17 goals) of Toronto Croatia took home the award.

In the CSL Championship final, Brantford’s starting XI featured Ante Domjanovic (goal), Stanko Karacic, Zach Tait, Dragan Oluic, Bob Turnbull, Stanko Karacic, Haris Fazlagic, Nenad Begovic, Patric Gerhardt, Miodrag Andjelkovic and Ranko Golijanin. Also part of the Brantford roster were Patryk Misik, Austin White, Stefan Dancetovic, Ben Turnbull, Jake Simmons and Jeff Martins.

In 2010 the Canadian Soccer League was granted full membership of the Canadian Soccer Association and welcomed three new teams to the league welcomed three new teams to the fold with Brantford Galaxy, FC Hamilton Croatia, and Milltown FC all reaching the playoffs in their inaugural seasons. In addition the Académie Impact Montréal replaced the Attak Trois-Rivières - last year's playoff champion - as the reserve team for the Impact Montréal. 2011 looks to be another expansion year for the CSL with a number of clubs having already been granted conditional membership by the league.

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