WSA Winnipeg’s PDL team will take on a pair of local teams as part of preparations for the 2018 PDL season.
The first game will be a showcase of the club’s ‘Path to Pro’ with a friendly against affiliate club Bonivital United U-17 Wednesday night.
On Thursday, the Wolfpack will take on Manitoba Major Soccer League side Hellas SC.
The matchups gives the Wolfpack a chance to prepare for the upcoming season and offers a preview of the next crop of players coming through the pipeline.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Bonivital SC, a club that has produced numerous players that are now a part of our program,” said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu. “They provide a level of competition that allows our team to prepare for the upcoming season, and gives them a taste of what the PDL has to offer.”
Each season a Bonivital player has graduated into the WSA Winnipeg program, this year’s addition being striker Rinor Hoxha, who was part of Bonivital’s national championship winning team in 2017.
“Rinor is an example of the players coming up the ranks in Winnipeg, we look forward to seeing the next prospects on the field.”
The Hellas SC game will be a different look for WSA, taking on a team with more experience. The club won the 2009 Challenge Trophy, Canada’s national amateur soccer tournament.
“Hellas is a great team had has featured some players that were once in our program,” Badescu said. “They will be a tough test and a good test for our team.”
Kickoff vs. Bonivital is April 25th, 7 p.m. and the match against Hellas SC is April 26th, 5:30 p.m. at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex and is free for the public to attend.