Vaughan Azzurri

Vaughan Azzurri is a Canadian semi-professional soccer team based in Vaughan, Ontario, that currently competes in League1 Ontario.

Vaughan Azzurri
Founded2014 (2014)
StadiumNorth Maple Regional Park
Vaughan, Ontario
Coordinates43.8832°N 79.5188°W / 43.8832; -79.5188
AffiliationVaughan Soccer Club
Club presidentTony Bartolomeo
Head coachPatrice Gheisar
LeagueLeague1 Ontario
2018Season: 5th
Playoffs: Champions
Cup: Champions
WebsiteClub website


The Vaughan Azzurri joined League1 Ontario in the inaugural season in 2014.[1] Since then, the Azzurri have won a league-tying two League1 Ontario Championships and a league-leading three L1 Cups.

The first-team is affiliated with the Vaughan High Performance team, a U-19 team which acts as the academy for Vaughan Soccer Club.

From 2014 to 2018, the club was led by head coach Carmine Isacco. Following the 2018 season, Isacco left Vaughan to join the newly founded York 9 FC as an assistant coach. In spring 2019, it was announced that previous First Team assistant coach and U21 head coach Patrice Gheisar would take over First Team operations.

Having won the 2018 League1 Ontario Championship, the Azzurri were awarded a berth to the first qualifying round of 2019 Canadian Championship. They played HFX Wanderers FC of the Canadian Premier League in a two-legged series and hosted their home match at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Vaughan Azzurri drew 3–3 on aggregate but failed to advance on away goals.

First team squad

As of May 14, 2019[2]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
Goalkeeper Michael Argyrides  Canada
Goalkeeper Matt George  Canada
Goalkeeper Ali Ghazanfari-Moghaddan  Canada
Defender Joseph Amato  Canada
Defender Daniel Cramarosa  Canada
Defender Tristan Gayle  Canada
Defender Duran Lee  Canada
Defender Shiquan Lowe  Canada
Defender Jarred Phillips  Canada
Defender Daniel Raimondo  Canada
Defender Raheem Rose  Canada
Defender Elias Roubos  Canada
Defender Justyn Thomas  Canada
Defender Kyle Walton  Canada
Midfielder A. J. Gray  Canada
Midfielder Dayonn Harris  Canada
Midfielder Alistair Johnston  Canada
Midfielder Edward Lay  Canada
Midfielder Jashua Mills  Canada
Midfielder Jason Mills  Canada
Midfielder Munir Saleh  Canada
Midfielder David Velastegui  Canada
Forward Joshua Belluz  Canada
Forward Sameer Fathazada  Canada
Forward Massimo Ferrin  Canada
Forward Maksym Kowal  Canada
Forward Omar Marzouk  Canada
Forward Ryan Raposo  Canada
Forward Jarek Whiteman  Canada
Forward Dieu-Merci Yuma  Canada

Front office and technical staff

As of April 13, 2019[3]
Name Position
Patrice Gheisar Head coach
Anthony Vadori Assistant coach
Francesco Vescio Strength and conditioning coach
Tony De Palma Manager


Season Record Rank Playoffs League Cup Canadian Championship Ref
2014 8–3–5 4th Champions [4]
2015 12–7–3 3rd Quarter-finals
2016 17–4–1 1st, Eastern Champions Champions [5]
2017 16–1–5 2nd, Eastern Did not qualify Runner-up [6]
2018 10–1–5 5th Champions Champions Did not qualify [7]
2019 12-1-2 2nd Quarter-finals First qualifying round


Notable Former Players


  1. Rowaan, Dave (April 14, 2014). "League1 Ontario announces teams for inaugural season". Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  2. "Vaughan Azzurri Players 2019". League1 Ontario. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. "Vaughan - 2017 Mens L1 Cup - Roster". Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  4. "League1 Ontario Awards Banquet 2014". League1 Ontario. November 13, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  5. "Standout Performers Recognized at 2016 League1 Ontario Awards Banquet". League1 Ontario. November 28, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  6. "Standout Performers Recognized At League1 Ontario 2017 Awards Banquet". League1 Ontario. November 13, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  7. "Top 2018 Performers Recognized At Year-End Awards Gala". League1 Ontario. November 26, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
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