League1 Ontario Week 10 Preview

League1 Ontario has a great set of matches for this Canada Day long weekend – why not go and see one (or two!) if you’re looking for some great entertainment between fireworks?

Interested in the current standings?  Check them out here!

There are five women’s League1 matches this weekend – why not go see one?  Check out the full list here!

Aurora FC (1-1-7, 7th East) @ ProStars FC (0-1-8. 8th West)
Friday, June 30th @ 7:00 pm – Avondale Stadium, Brampton

Both teams will be looking to pick some points in this opening match of the weekend, as both squads only have 5 points between them over 18 cumulative games.  Ouch!  Aurora is fresh off a tight 1-0 loss to North Mississauga last week, and will be looking for a victory this week to move into a tie with Master’s for 6th in the eastern conference.  ProStars got clobbed 8-2 in Ottawa last weekend by an OSU side who must’ve been desperate for a big victory, and while claiming 3 points won’t immediately move them up in the standings, it will at least allow ProStars to challenge Sanjaxx for the second-last position in the west.  These two teams played to a 2-2 draw in league action last year, and both will be eager to improve on that to gain some much-needed points.

Toronto Skillz (0-0-9, 8th East) @ FC London (3-3-2, 4th West)
Friday, June 30th @ 8:00 pm – German Canadian Stadium, London

Toronto Skillz nearly shocked the league last week, as only a missed penalty separated them from a draw against the mighty Sigma FC.  That was their fourth 2-1 loss in a row, and their fifth of the season – you have to think that Skillz will start having nightmares about that scoreline if they lose another 2-1 decision this weekend.  London will be looking for some easy points at home after a strong showing last week as they held the east-leading Woodbridge Strikers to a 1-1 draw – a win would put them within striking distance of TFC3 for 3rd in the west.  Skillz fell to London in a 4-2 decision last year… at least it wasn’t 2-1, right?

Master’s Futbol (2-1-5, 6th East) @ Windsor TFC Stars (2-4-3, 5th West)
Friday, June 30th @ 8:00 pm – University of Windsor Stadium, Windsor

Master’s will be looking to put some distance between themselves and Aurora in the eastern conference, with that York Region side angling to get 3 points against the winless ProStars to move into a tie for 6th.  While Master’s hold the head-to-head tiebreak courtesy of a 4-3 victory earlier this year, 3 points is always a great thing to shoot for, and the idle Ottawa South United is only 5 points ahead in 5th place.  Master’s only fell to Sigma by a 3-2 margin last week, so may be able to work some magic and pull off (what I would consider) an upset against Windsor this weekend.  The Stars will be looking to get back on a winning track this weekend, being winless in their last five matches, including a 2-0 loss against Vaughan last weekend.  With London only two points ahead and North Mississauga only a point behind, Windsor will be wanting to keep pace in a very crowded neighbourhood.  Last year’s meeting was a 8-2 pasting in favour of Windsor.

North Mississauga SC (3-0-6, 6th West) @ North Toronto Nitros (6-1-2, 2nd East)
Friday, June 30th @ 8:30 pm – Varsity Stadium, Toronto

This Battle of the Norths might be the most historically-significant match of the L1O season – the final outcome will likely be remembered by few, but it will mark the very first match attended by the Toronto CPL Supporters Group!  Be sure to check out their twitter account for all the info about their pre-game meetup.  On the field, the Nitros are in a very tight three-way race with both Vaughan and Woodbridge for the eastern conference title, and after their five-game winning streak was broken with a 2-1 loss to Oakville last week, they can’t afford to drop any more points if they’re serious about challenging for the title.  North Mississauga is looking to keep their momentum going after winning 2 of their past 3 matches, including a 1-0 defeat of Aurora last weekend – an upset victory here would move them into a tie for 4th in the western conference.  These two teams fought to a 2-2 draw last year, and both have great incentives to improve on that result.  Should be a great game!

Toronto FC III (6-1-2, 3rd West) @ Ottawa South United (4-0-5, 5th East)

(ed. note: This match has been postponed until Saturday, August 5th)

Sigma FC (7-2-0, 2nd West) @ Vaughan Azzurri (6-1-1, 3rd East)
Sunday, July 2nd @ 4:00 pm – Ontario Soccer Centre, Vaughan

(ed. note: This match is taking place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, rather than Vaughan’s usual home turf at McNaughton Park)

This is a huge game for both teams, with both Sigma and Vaughan locked in tight title races with almost no room for error.  Sigma is only one point behind Oakville for the lead in the west, though they haven’t exactly been running through the opposition – Sigma hasn’t faced a top-three opponent since the second week of the season, and haven’t won a game by more than one goal since they beat Sanjaxx by a 6-1 scoreline all the way back on May 21st.  Single-goal victories against teams like Skillz, Master’s, and North Mississauga don’t exactly inspire confidence for a team of this calibre.  For their part, Vaughan is currently riding a four-game winning streak, most recently defeating Windsor TFC at home last weekend.  Vaughan sits tied with North Toronto three points behind Woodbridge for the Eastern Conference lead, with a game in hand against both teams.  With both competitors favoured to win this weekend, Vaughan might start getting worried if they drop all three points in this one.  Last year’s match ended with a 3-0 victory for Vaughan, but Sigma will certainly be looking for a more favourable result in this rematch.  Should be a great game!

Durham United FA (4-2-3, 4th East) @ Oakville Blue Devils (8-0-1, 1st West)
Sunday, July 2nd @ 4:00 pm – Sheridan Trafalgar Stadium, Oakville

Oakville will be looking to extend their eight-game winning streak this weekend, as they face the fourth-place squad from Durham.  The Blue Devils overcame a major hurdle in their title aspirations with a 2-1 victory over the North Toronto Nitros last weekend, but don’t expect Durham to be pushovers – a victory here might just allow them to challenge Vaughan for third place should the Azzurri fall to Sigma, while a loss could have them seeing the bottom half of the standings after Ottawa South hits the pitch.  Oakville sits only a single point ahead of Sigma for leadership of the Western Conference, and will be hoping for some relief courtesy of the result in Vaughan.  These two sides played to a 2-2 draw in 2016 and I’m sure both will want to claim all three points this time around.

Sanjaxx Lions (1-2-5, 7th West) @ Woodbridge Strikers (7-1-1, 1st East)
Sunday, July 2nd @ 7:00 pm – Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge

Woodbridge will be looking to cement a three-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference and return to their winning ways after only finding one win in their last three games – including last week’s 1-1 draw against FC London.  Meanwhile, Sanjaxx will be hoping to keep the scoreline respectable on the heels of their 2-1 victory against Skillz last weekend which saw the Lions claim their first victory of the season.  Last year’s meeting between these two sides ended in a 3-0 result for the visiting Strikers.

Sanjaxx Lions (1-2-5, 7th West) @ Master’s Futbol (2-1-5, 6th East)
Wednesday, July 5th @ 9:00 pm – Ontario Soccer Centre, Vaughan

This rare midweek match comes courtesy of a postponed meeting from last weekend, and both teams will be looking to take advantage of the comparable competition to add some points and move upwards in the standings.  Neither team presently has any overly-close neighbours in the standings, but that could change after the upcoming weekend of matches.  Sanjaxx claimed a 3-2 win between these two last year, but can a new and improved Master’s reverse that result?

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Chris Dubsky

Chris Dubsky

Chris is a former youth soccer player who “retired” at the age of 14 when he realized that the easy money is in refereeing – something he’s continued for over 15 years. Born near Toronto and a childhood fan of the Toronto Lynx, he attended university in Kingston and college in the nation’s capital, where the Ottawa Fury claimed a place in his heart. Chris currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two cats, and when not writing about soccer, spends time on Wikipedia keeping Canadian soccer articles up-to-date.

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