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Sporting Outlaws FC Win CSA National Championship

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For the first time in Canadian history, the CSA Futsal Championship trophy is headed to "la belle province" as Montreal-based Sporting Outlaws FC made a big statement to the rest of the country.

The home of Futsal Canada was also futsal central for the first time for the Canadian Soccer Association this past weekend as Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario played host and produced many surprises, big time goals, incredible saves, while also providing a glimpse into the future of the Canadian national player pool as well.

After the prior two CSA Futsal Canadian Championships saw the winners of OSA Futsal Cup compete against the winners of the Première Ligue de Futsal (PLFQ) this year’s edition saw an expansion to three teams with the addition of Saskatchewan champions, Olimpia FC.

The opening match on Friday saw a highly coveted tilt between Futsal Club Toronto take on Sporting. The 2015 club champions from Ontario were seen by many to be favourites but those working hard this season in Quebec knew the young guns from Sporting possessed some tricks up their sleeves.

The Quebec champions played an incredibly focused game immediately from the get go and ended up taking a commanding 7-0 lead at one point. Showcasing not only a compact and rock solid defence, the Outlaws introduced Canada to some of the best new offensive talent in the country including the arrival of 18 year old Diyaeddine Abzi who notched a competition record five goals in the match en route to a dominating 9-3 victory.

After a 5-5 draw in the Saturday morning game between Ontario and tournament debutants Olimpia FC of Saskatchewan, who came back from a 4-1 deficit at half time, Saturday evening's tilt between Saskatchewan and Quebec ensured that the Outlaws were already assured a place in the following day's championship match. Olimpia simply needed to lose by less than six goals to book their ticket into the final.

The Outlaws rested three of their starters and both teams opened up with a conservative style; not willing to risk taking too many chances. The Outlaws would eventually strike first and followed up soon after with another to go up 2-0 at half.

Like in their opening match, Olimpia, a team only put together two months prior, with elite Colmbian/Canadian head coach Jaime Meza at the helm, made the right adjustments at half and cut the deficit down to one. However, that would be as close as they would get in this contest, but more importantly they clinched an unexpected spot into the championship.

The rematch less than 24 hours after saw a capacity crowd in attendance to see who would be crowned CSA champions.

Olimpia, led by former national team defender Fitzroy Christie turned the clock and showed no signs of being 35 with his explosive two-way play. His partnership with Jerson Barandica provided a big one-two punch but would need to penetrate a rock-solid defence led by Outlaws captain Shaquille Michaud who established himself as an elite futsal talent that national team head coach, Kyt Selaidopoulos has a lot to be excited about.

With such great talent on both ends of the court it was still the teenager Abzi delivering another outstanding performance scoring another hat-trick in the match. Complimented by a fearless 21 year-old Manuel Chavez who was very strong when called upon and made crucial saves to help preserve the 7-4 victory for Sporting and clinch the club's, and Quebec's, first ever CSA Futsal Championship.