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Saskatoon, SK - (March 23) - The Saskatoon Accelerators and Winnipeg Alliance FC made their Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League debuts at Credit Union Centre Friday night.

A crowd of 2,102 was on had to watch the Accelerators come from behind to defeat Winnipeg 5-2 in the opening game of the CMISL doubleheader and then battle to a 3-2 win in the second to post a 2-0 Showcase Season match victory.

CMISL Showcase Season matches consist of two, four 10-minute quarter games, with the winner of the match being determined in a shootout should the teams split the two games.

After a scoreless opening quarter, Alliance FC midfielder Rob Gale took Vinny Ferlaino's feed and rifled the balll past Saskatoon �keeper Anibal Bravo-Farias with just over three minutes to play in the frame. Wolde Harris, the former Reggae Boy playing the first indoor game of his career, staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead when he ripped a pass from Dimitri Ifantis behind Bravo-Farias early in the third quarter.

However, a pair of goals by Saskatoon forward Mark Korthius just under three minutes apart in the third evened the score 2-2. Both goals by Korthuis came on passes from Nikola Vignjevic, who set up four of Saskatoon's five goals.

Ryan McAllister put Saskatoon ahead 3-2 before Vignjevic set up tallies by the Accelerators Kevin Murphy and Brett Bachelu.

Bachelu and Amilcar Prime tallied for Saskatoon in the second game while Vignjevic collected his fifth assist of the evening and also tallied the game winner. Harris scored both Winnipeg 's goals in the second game.


ACCELERATORS ADD

10 MORE PLAYERS TO ROSTER

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2007

Saskatoon, SK - The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League Saskatoon Accelerators are pleased to announce head coach Kevin Holness has finalized his roster in preparation for the side's inaugural match versus the Winnipeg Alliance FC at Credit Union Centre Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Among the Saskatoon products named to the Accelerators' final roster are Mark Korthuis and Mike Kennedy, both of whom have suited up with the University of Alberta Golden Bears .

Dragons' goalkeeper Travis Hutzel, Josh Northey, along with Sean Riggs, Tony Pham and Jordan Schidlowsky round out Saskatoon's contribution to the Accelerators.

Former U of A Golden Bear Brett Bachelu, Matt Leung and Kevin Murphy come to the Accelerators from Regina .

"I looked at some steady defender as well as some playmakers with some pace," Holness noted. "Brett and Mark with their experience at the U of A will give us a strong offensive threat."

CMISL rosters may not exceed 20 players and only 16 of the 20 players may be in uniform for each game of a Showcase Season match.

During the CMISL's inaugural Showcase Season, matches will consist of two games comprised of four 10-minute quarters. Should each side win one of the games, a shoot-out will take place to determine the winner of the match.


ACCELERATORS ANNOUNCE

EIGHT PLAYERS NAMED TO ROSTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2007

Saskatoon, SK - The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League Saskatoon Accelerators are pleased to announce head coach Kevin Holness is in the process of finalizing his roster in preparation for the side's inaugural match versus the Winnipeg Alliance FC at Credit Union Centre Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Among the individuals from Saskatoon named to the Accelerators' roster are former University of Saskatchewan Huskies player Amilcar Prime as well as Gunners' products Shae O'Hare and Ryan McAllister.

Former U of S Huskies Mike Collins, Kash Bahia and Ronny Torres along with ACFC goalkeeper Annibol Bravo come to the Accelerators from Regina . Yorkton United defender Benno Looft is also among the players from southern Saskatchewan selected by Holness. "I think the players I have selected so far will bring experience to the team," Holness said. "A number of them have played at the highest level of university soccer in the country with teams in the CIS. I was looking for players who can maintain possession, play the ball and are good one-one-one players."

CMISL rosters may not exceed 20 players and only 16 of the 20 players may be in uniform for each game of a Showcase Season match.

During the CMISL's inaugural Showcase Season, matches will consist of two games comprised of four 10-minute quarters. Should each side win one of the games, a shoot-out will take place to determine the winner of the match.


SASKATOON 'S CMISL SIDE HOLDS

TRYOUT CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon , SK - The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League's Saskatoon Accelerators are pleased to announce the team has scheduled a tryout camp.

The camp, open to players with above-average soccer skills, will be held March 16 at the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre ( 219 Primrose Drive ) at 6:30 p.m.

Registration for the camp is mandatory and all Accelerator hopefuls are asked to arrive at the soccer centre by 6 p.m. to complete the necessary forms prior to taking the field.

Head coach Kevin Holness will be in attendance and conduct the evaluation process.

Additional Information

Mel Kowalchuk

President

Saskatoon Accelerators

780.232.9632


CANADIAN MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE SHOWCASE

SET FOR MARCH 23 AGAINST WINNIPEG

Saskatoon - The showcase game that will feature Saskatoon 's entry in the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL) is set for March 23 at the Credit Union Centre. The showcase match will feature a double-header against Winnipeg and is scheduled to start at 7 pm.

The CMISL became a reality when it was announced that ownership groups in Calgary , Edmonton , Saskatoon and Winnipeg have been awarded memberships in Canada 's newest professional sports league.

It's clear there's ample room on the Canadian sports landscape for a professional soccer league said Kowalchuk, the man responsible for bringing Triple-A baseball to Edmonton in 1981 and served as general manager of the National Professional Soccer League's Edmonton Drillers during the indoor side's inaugural season.

The creation of the CMISL will lay the groundwork for a full-blown professional indoor league, which we anticipate will begin operation in 2009. In turn, the CMISL model will be used to create a professional outdoor league. Ultimately, each CMISL franchise would operate indoor and outdoor teams essentially year round.

The CMISL will allow professional and collegiate players to further develop their skills and showcase their talents in front of Canadian fans. Fortunately for the CMISL, Canadian Soccer Association rules allow collegiate athletes to compete in a professional league without jeopardizing their amateur status.

Rather than launch a full-scale championship season during its inaugural campaign, the CMISL has elected to showcase the indoor game. Edmonton and Calgary kick off the CMISL's Showcase Season at the Stampede Corral March 10. The Showcase Season concludes with Edmonton visiting Winnipeg for a matinee match at the MTS Centre April 1.

We will not rush the process, Kowalchuk explained. We regard the initial stage of the CMISL as a baby step in the creation of a national league. We are very pleased with ownership groups in each city and each of them is committed to the growth of professional soccer in Canada .

Not only are the individual ownership groups committed to the growth of professional soccer in Canada , they are committed to a salary management system which will allow the CMISL to grow and, in time, expand. My experience with the NPSL Drillers left no doubt in my mind that without some form of salary cap, an undertaking like this would be doomed.

Kowalchuk believes so strongly in the CMISL in addition to serving as league president, he heads Saskatoon 's entry in the league. Denver-based oil man and Manitoba native Bill Stewart holds controlling interest in the Winnipeg franchise, Chris Baker is the man behind Calgary 's entry while a four-man partnership headed by Dr. Brent Saik own the Edmonton side.

 


SASKATOON 'S CMISL SIDE REVEALS NAME, LOGO AND UNIFORM DESIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon , SK

Mel Kowalchuk, president of Saskatoon 's CMISL franchise, is pleased to announce the indoor side will be nicknamed the Accelerators.

"Scientific infrastructure is an integral part of Saskatoon 's diverse economic base, noted Kowalchuk. Our decision to name the city's indoor side the Accelerators not only pays tribute to Canada Light Source's particle accelerator but serves as a reminder of the research being conducted at that world-class facility on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Ultimately, I believe the name helps reflect the Saskatoon of the new millennium.

Accelerators players will wear silver jerseys with a black vertical stripe on each side of the uniform top and matching black shorts. A stylized Accelerator logo emblazoned across the front completes the basic jersey.

The Accelerators colour scheme is a departure from the traditional green and white one normally associates with sports teams from Saskatchewan , Kowalchuk continued. With the name and colour scheme, we wanted people seeing us as being a bit different. I think the choices we made have accomplished that.

Additional Information

Mel Kowalchuk

President

Saskatoon Accelerators

780.232.9632


SASKATOON NAMES HOLNESS HEAD COACH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon , SK Saskatoon 's CMISL franchise is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Holness as the team's head coach.

Kevin brings a wealth of experience to our franchise, said team president Mel Kowalchuk in making the announcement. As well as playing the game professionally, Kevin has coached at the amateur level which makes him a perfect fit for Saskatoon 's head coaching position.

Kevin is a former member of the National Professional Soccer League Edmonton Drillers and seven-year veteran of the indoor game. He played professionally for the Winnipeg Fury, Montreal Impact, Toronto Shooting Stars, Toronto Lynx and captained the 2000 edition of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 35-year-old also represented Canada internationally as a member of the U-16, U-19 and Olympic sides. Kevin currently serves as technical director of Regina 's A-C F.C. and is working toward completion of his National B License.

I'm very pleased that a number of the individuals associated with the CMISL recommended me for the job, said Holness. I'm very excited about the league and look forward to the challenge.

Since retiring as a player, I'm more focused on the development of players. I've staged a number of soccer clinics and hope to complete my National B License. I'm really thrilled to be a coach in the CMISL and look at things from a coaching perspective now.

With Saskatoon scheduled to host Winnipeg Alliance F.C. at Credit Union Centre on March 23, Holness' immediate focus is recruiting players and building a team.

I want to look at a number of players in the province and evaluate if they can compete at the CMISL level, he said. It's going to be a huge challenge but a very exciting one for me and the players.

Additional Information

Mel Kowalchuk

President

780.232.9632