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Thunder Bay Chill to contest PDL final in Austin


The Thunder Bay Chill got goals from a Spaniard and a Brazilian to win the, ahem, all-Canadian PDL semifinal over the Victoria Highlanders.

Sergio Campano Franco opened the scoring in the second half with a shot from just outside the area, and 2012 PDL MVP Sullivan Silva got the insurance marker as the Chill beat the Highlanders 2-0 in Austin, Tex., Friday.

Sergio Campano Franco

Silva missed most of the PDL campaign with a broken foot, but is healthy for the playoffs and has bolstered the Chill’s lineup, as the club searches for its second-ever PDL title.

Victoria had a great chance to draw level soon after Campano Franco opened the scoring, but Riley O’Neill’s header found the post, not the back of the net.

Thunder Bay will face the host Austin Aztex in Sunday’s final. The Aztex defeated the Ocean City Nor’Easters in the other semi. Ocean City ended the Ottawa Fury’s PDL season last week in the Eastern Conference Championship.


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  1. cwell

    August 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Steve, I appreciate your continued reports on the PDL play-offs. It seems incredible to me that there is such a successful team in Thunder Bay. How in the world do the afford the travel costs that there rather remote location must entail? Who owns the team?

    Any additional information on the reported link-up between the London PDL team and TFC would be of interest.


    • Steven Sandor

      August 4, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Travel costs in PDL are mitigated by the compressed schedule and the number of back-to-backs teams will play through the season…

      We really try to do what we can in covering Canadian soccer outside of NASL and MLS. But, we do live within a budget (no one writes for free for this site; we don’t believe in it, and it sets a terrible professional example). So, we have to find ways to cover what we can while still fitting them into a budget. I honestly wish we could do more. But that would mean trying to con someone to try and write for free or be “paid by hit.” And I’d rather fold the site than join that bandwagon.

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