VP Court Kings Shock Toronto Impact in 1st Division Semi 6-3 to Advance to the Final
In what is easily one of the biggest upsets in Canadian futsal this year, the newly formed VP Court Kings defeated and eliminated the seasoned Toronto Impact 6-3 in the first semi-final on Sunday afternoon.
Owned and operated by Dino Rossi, owner of the 13th Canadian Soccer League franchise Milltown FC (www.milltownfc.com), the Court Kings are a newly setup team consisting of a mix of players that are playing in their first season in the TFL. They closed down the usually explosive Impact offense with a tight box formation and countered whenever they could. An amazing 4 of their 6 goals came from long range chips after the Impact keepers came too far out. It’s not something you see too often from such an experienced side like Toronto, which has numerous players that have represented Canada at international competitions.
The crowd was in absolute shock as they cheered the underdog VP team hoping to eclipse one of Canada’s elite clubs. They continued their composed play and showed tons of heart even when the Impact cut the lead to 3-2 and held on for the 6-3 victory. VP moves on to play Boca Juniors who earlier defeated a resilient Club Deportivo Platense side that lost 9-4. The VP win spoils the plan for what would’ve been a monstrous Game 7 showdown between Impact and Boca, a rivalry that has been vastly popular this season.
In the 2nd division, it was Los Homies overcoming a strong challenge by Atletico Alianza to advance to the finals with a 6-4 win. They will face the team that edged them out for the league title by 3 points, Toronto City Futsal Club. TCFC, whom are facing a rash of injuries and illnesses, defeated a significantly improved Futsallers United side 5-2.
The Championships will take place on March 21st at 11:30am for the 2nd Division and 1:30pm for the 1st Division. Both games will be with a stop clock.
11:30am 2nd Division Playoff Championship
Toronto City Futsal Club vs Los Homies
1:30pm 1st Division Playoff Championship
Boca Juniors vs VP Court Kings