CSL wants to work with MLSEL

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

A new name doesn't necessarily mean the same old story.

That was the message from organizers of the renamed Canadian Soccer League, which yesterday officially replaced the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

To help make the league work where others have failed, the CSL hopes to capitalize on soccer's ethnic roots in the country as well as to align with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

"(MLSEL) has been receptive to the idea of working with us," CSL commissioner Cary Kaplan said yesterday at a news conference to announce the changes.

"Part of naming (the team) Toronto FC is they want to attract the ethnic groups and we're going to have them."

Among the league's current roster of 12 teams are the Serbian White Eagles, Caribbean Selects and Italia Shooters.

Kaplan said the CSL has no designs on challenging Toronto FC of the MSL but hopes to join the big-league team as a tenant in the new stadium being built at Exhibition Place.


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