Sunday October 1 marked a historic moment as the Canadian Arena Soccer Association (CASA) hosted it’s first ever international friendly against Mexico at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
While the 48 minute on-field match was wildly entertaining, the 3250 people in attendance were treated to a full 3 hour show! Upon arrival, a Mariachi Band performed at the main entrance to the arena, and once in the stands there were T-Shirt sling shots, cheerleaders, traditional Mexican performances, and of course a Cosmos (and fan) favourite, Hot Dog Gun.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, Arena Soccer can be thought of as a mix between traditional soccer and hockey. While the majority of the rules mirror soccer closely, the use of boards, power-plays and the overall speed of the game closely resemble hockey.
While the Canadian side certainly hoped for a different outcome on the scoreboard (Mexico won 4-2), all involved should be thrilled with what this inaugural match indicates for the future of Arena Soccer in Canada.
To keep the momentum going, the incoming Pro Arena Soccer team, members of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), announced that they will be hosting a press conference at Real Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto on October 12, 2017 where some exciting announcements are planned. The event will be open to the public; those interested should be sure to follow CASA on social media for more details.
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In the months leading to the October 2018 kickoff of the new MASL team, Cosmos will be working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for the launch of the GTA’s newest professional sports franchise. If Canada’s friendly against Mexico is any indication, Arena Soccer may be well on it’s way to establishing itself in the Canadian sport landscape.