ONeill and his associates have a master plan of which
a professional soccer team in Durham Region is an integral
and important part.
This was revealed at a press conference held in Oshawa on
Together, with association president Chris Graham and other
policymakers in this vast area to the east of Toronto, there
are plans afoot to do much more than just grow the game by
increasing the number of participants. Player development
is also very much on the agenda for maximum enjoyment and
equally important, to make sure those precious few players
with real talent have the opportunity to play at a higher
Successful players will tell you a stepping stone like the
CPSL is necessary for any player with a chance at the big
If you press him hard enough, the Scottish-born ONeill,
who speaks of soccer like its his favourite subject,
will reveal the many areas of the game he has been involved
inplayer, coach, referee, discipline chair and administration
including district president.
But nothing can match the sensation of seeing good players
develop, he explained recently.
In fact, that is the part of soccer I really enjoy the
ONeill and others saw the opportunity to acquire an
existing team to fit nicely into the pyramid that is soccer
in Durham Region.
It didnt take long to replace Durham Flames professional
soccer team in the Canadian Professional Soccer League with
a another team that came up for sale in Canadas only
complete professional soccer loop.
ONeill struck a deal with Mississauga Olympians, formerly
Toronto Olympians. Principal owner David Gee launched Olympians
in 1998 with Coffee Time president Tom Michalopoulos. The
team dominated the CPSL in its first two seasons and while
John ONeill is not looking for the same early success
on the field, he sees success in accelerating Durham Regions
development to continue a reputation and image as one of the
more progressive districts in Ontario.
Ultimately, the players and the community will benefit.
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