By Frank Cucca
ICSF Columbus FC is a Canadian soccer club based out of Vancouver, British Columbia currently playing in the First Division of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League. In 2013 the club was recognized as a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame Organization of Distinction founded in 1953.
Columbus is back! In their historic 65th year, ICSF Columbus FC punched their ticket back to the VMSL Premier division, after a two year absence. Led by Coach Kozo Manome, the team finished the VMSL Division 1 campaign with 14 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses.
Columbus had the best goals against statistic across both Premier and Division 1 with only 20 goals conceded in 22 matches. After a slow start to the season, Columbus went on a 12 game unbeaten run, which ended up being the turning point of their season. The club would like to sincerely thank all of their 2018-19 season sponsors: the Italian Canadian Sports Federation (ICSF), San Marco Jewellers, La Terrazza Ristorante, Avenue Restoration, Locus Health Centre and Stile Brands. Please follow the Italian, East Vancouver based club on Facebook or Instagram, and visit our website for more info, history and schedule/standings:
Twelve former Columbus players have been inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as honoured players: Eddie Bak, Errol Crossman, Victor Kodelja, Bob Lenarduzzi, Sam Lenarduzzi, Normie McLeoud, Buzz Parsons, Ken Pears, Bobby Smith, Gogle Stewart, Gino Vazzoler, Bruce Wilson.
There are other notable Columbus FC alumni who played, coached or been executives at the national and/or professional level: Carlo Alberti, Ivano Belfiore, Luca Bellisomo, Gordon Chin, Frank Ciaccia, Tino Cucca, Joe Cuzzetto, Michael D’Agostino, Carmen D’Onofrio, Alex Elliott, Michael Finlay, Peter Greco, Justin Isidro, Tiarnan King, Victor Montagliani, Joe Scigliano, Leith Sembaluk, Guido Titotto, Sergio Zanatta, Gianluca Zaverise.
Congratulations to all the players involved in the 2018 – 2019 Season along with the coaching staff and the executives! Best of luck in the Premier Division next season!