WSA Winnipeg’s midfield retains some leadership from 2016 with the returns of Braden Silva and Raphael Ohin.
Ohin, a native of Ghana, is coming off a rookie PDL season that led to a trial with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.
“Moving to WSA Winnipeg has been a huge step forward in my life,” Ohin said, now calling Winnipeg home. “My goal is to play professional so I’m working hard and trying to improve more on my skills.”
Ohin was an integral part of the midfield in 2016, scoring one goal in nine games.
“We were very lucky that Raphael came to us last season,” WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu said. “He has the physical and technical abilities of a pro and sets an example for the rest of the team.”
Ohin was one of several players making their PDL debuts in 2016. With all of them a year older with the experience under their belt, he expects big things.
“This year is different and I have confidence in the guys and I believe we gonna have a pretty good season.”
For Silva, the longtime WSA Winnipeg member is hoping to turn pro at the end of the 2017 season.
“I will be training with teams in Portugal and after that some combines and tryouts,” he said.
A former Canadian youth player and graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Silva made 12 appearances in 2016 and adds a veteran presence to the midfield line.
“Braden is a player I always trust on the field,” head Coach Eduardo Badescu said. “His game intelligence makes up for his size and allows him to take on players much bigger with success.”
Like Ohin, Silva represents a core group of players returning from last season, and early in pre-season is seeing signs of better things to come in 2017.
“I expect more results this year,” he said. ” The rookies last year now have more experience and come back more prepared.”
WSA Winnipeg opens the season May 20 on the road against the Des Moines Menace.
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