AUDIO: Windsor TFC Opens League 1 Ontario Season

Windsor TFC opens its League1 Ontario season at home against North Mississauga SC.

The club has a new coach in Zibby Piatkiewicz. He's hoping to build a team that can be perennial winners through youth development but admits he wants to win now too.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself and what I'm looking for is, I want to build a winning team and a winning mentality," says Piatkiewicz. "I'm all about winning, but at the same time I'm looking to develop young players."

Piatkiewicz says he has a strong focus on working in more young players into the squad and it starts in practice.

"Basically we get a good look at them, how they react to playing with much bigger players — physically, some of these players they're not ready. As far as the skill goes, some of these players could play at this level already.  I always like to finish on top. I would like to be in first place, but my expectations are to make the playoffs. What's going to happen there? Who knows? Anything can happen in the playoffs."

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Windsor TFC Head Coach, Zibby Piatkiewicz, runs practice on April 26, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Windsor TFC and North Mississauga are the first teams to kick-off in the League1 Ontario season.

Game-time is set for 8:15pm at the University of Windsor's Alumni Field.

League1 Ontario is the only professional-amateur senior league in the province and is meant to help develop young players between the amateur ranks and professional sides.