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2018 PDL Schedule Released

WSA Winnipeg will start the 2018 PDL season in familiar territory. The Wolfpack will kick off the new campaign on May 23 against the Des Moines Menace.

Winnipeg will start the season with a five-game road trip before hosting Thunder Bay on June 2.

“We are very excited to begin our 8th season in the PDL,” said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu. “We are hoping to build off a strong 2017 campaign that saw us finish the season with back to back wins.”

This season, the PDL’s Heartland Division will feature Winnipeg along with Des Moines, Chicago FC United, St. Louis Lions, Thunder Bay Chill, and Kaw Valley FC.

Kaw Valley is the only new team this season and serves as a U-23 affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.

Many of WSA Winnipeg’s players are still with their university teams and will return in the spring to begin training for the season.

Click here to view the full 2018 schedule.


Caelan Budhoo a national champion with Cape Breton

WSA Winnipeg’s Caelan Budhoo saw his dramatic journey to the U-Sports Men’s Soccer championship end with a shootout victory and a national title. The Cape Breton Capers capped off an unbeaten season with the 3-2 win over the Montreal Carabins in Kamloops, BC.

“When our keeper saved the final penalty in the shootout, I felt relief more than anything,” Budhoo said.  “(It was) the feeling that everything you sacrificed has finally paid off with a national title under my belt.”

The creative midfielder scored a goal, added an assist and picked up a man of the match award on the way to being named a tournament all-star.

A versatile player, Budhoo made 13 PDL appearances for the Wolfpack in 2017, primarily as a defender. He returned to his regular midfield position in Cape Breton, playing in 11 regular season games with a goal and four assists.

“Playing in the PDL and training with Eduardo in the summer brought me to the level of play I needed to be at to succeed at the university level,” Budhoo said. “Things like fitness and my touches were where they needed to be for when I arrived at Cape Breton.”

That PDL connection also led to an interesting journey to the national title. Up against the Capers in their AUS conference title game were the University of New Brunswick, led by WSA goalkeeper Evan Barker.

“My favourite games are the ones against Evan because it brings back the joy I had when I used to score on him in training or at the park,” Budhoo said.

“I never got to score on him in a real game to be fair, but it’s always nice seeing a hometown friend when you’re far away from home. He’s been doing an amazing job at UNB. I’m proud to be his teammate.”

In an effort to defend the national championship, Budhoo intends to return to WSA Winnipeg for the 2018 PDL season. The Premier Development League is the top choice for University Soccer players in North America during their off-season.

Wolfpack off to School: who is playing where in 2017

A number of players from WSA Winnipeg have departed the city to join their respective Universities for the fall.

We wish all of them the best of luck at school and look forward to their return for the 2018 PDL season.


Kyle Hiebert – Missouri State University:

The reigning Manitoba Men’s Player of the Year, Hiebert returns to the Bears with a clean bill of health and a strong season leading the WSA Winnipeg backline.

He started all 13 PDL games he played in, as Winnipeg averaged over one less goal against per game over last season.

Redshirting in 2016 due to injury, Hiebert started in Missouri’s 2017 season opening loss to Air Force (1-0).


Daniel Sagno – San Diego State University:

Sagno returns to California for his second season after making his PDL debut with WSA Winnipeg this summer.

He scored the Wolfpack’s first goal of the season against Chicago and went on to add one more and two assists in ten appearances.

The Aztecs got an early start to their season in August, Sagno has made two starts chipping in an assist


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Ivan Borka – University of Alberta:

Ivan Borka transferred to the defending national champion Golden Bears after four seasons in the NCAA with Drury University.

The switch allows the veteran midfielder to continue playing university soccer while also finishing his studies.

He made his first appearance in a 5-0 win over Calgary on August 27.



Tobias Hyrich Krueger – University of Saskatchewan: 

A mainstay in the Wolfpack’s last three seasons, Hyrich-Krueger was lured to Saskatoon after the University of Winnipeg suspended its men’s soccer team for the 2017 season.

He started both season opening wins for the Huskies in a back to back against Lethbridge.

Injuries limited the speedy winger to 8 PDL appearances in 2017, adding two assists.


Joshua Dielmann – University of Saskatchewan:

Another transfer from the U of W, the 6-5 keeper Dielmann is the future of a Huskies team with their other goalies in their final years of eligibility.

Dielmann is coming off his first PDL season with the Wolfpack, he won his first career start, 5-2 against the St. Louis Lions.




Zachary Toupin – Queen’s University:

The captain of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Games, Toupin committed to Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario for his Freshman season.

He spent the summer with WSA Winnipeg’s MMSL team and will look to crack into the PDL side in 2018.



Evan Barker – University of New Brunswick:

Last year’s conference rookie of the year, Barker was a big reason for WSA Winnipeg’s strong season in the PDL this summer.

At one point leading the league in saves, Barker was called upon to represent Canada at the 2017 Universiade in Taipei.

He returns to a national championship contender in the Varsity Reds where he will once again be their number one goalie this season.



Caelan Budhoo – Cape Breton University:

A central midfielder turned left-back for WSA in 2017, Budhoo will move back into the middle for the national semi-finalist Capers this fall.

Known for his skills on the ball and playmaking ability, Budhoo was also integral in Winnipeg’s improved defence during the PDL season.

Cape Breton begins the season on Sept. 2.


Evan Barker representing Canada at 2017 Universiade

WSA Winnipeg goalkeeper Evan Barker is in Taipei for the 2017 Summer Universiade as a member of Canada’s soccer team.

The Universiade is a multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation, sometimes referred to as the World University Games.

Canada opened the competition with a 2-0 loss to Uruguay and face Japan on Monday.

Barker is coming off his first full season with the Wolfpack, starting 13 games and ranking among the top in the league in saves.

After the Universiade, he will return to the University of New Brunswick for his sophomore season after winning conference rookie of the year honors in 2016.



Hyrich-Krueger and Dielmann join transfer to University of Saskatchewan

The loss of the University of Winnipeg men’s soccer program has led to two WSA Winnipeg players heading west.

Winger Tobias Hyrich-Krueger and goalkeeper Josh Dielmann will both join the University of Saskatchewan for the 2017 season.

Both are coming off their freshman season with the U of W, which ceased operations citing cost cutting.

Injuries limited the speedy Hyrich-Krueger to 8 PDL appearances in 2017, but he still managed 2 assists following a breakout 2016, where tied Moses Danto for the team lead in goals.

“Tobias brings a very attack mind approach, he has great speed which will put defenders on their back foot,” said Saskatchewan coach Bryce Chapman.”

Dielmann capped off his first year with the Wolfpack by winning his first career PDL start. The 6’5 keeper made several key saves in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Lions.

“My choice of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer team is based on my intense desire to win not only in each individual game but to win a national championship,” he said.

The Huskies soccer team has already started training camp and open the season Aug. 26 in Saskatoon against Lethbridge.

Ivan Borka joins national champion Golden Bears

WSA Winnipeg’s Ivan Borka will play his university soccer north of the border in 2017.

The veteran midfielder is transferring to the University of Alberta, joining the 2016 national champion Golden Bears program.

“This is another opportunity to improve and grow as a player, which I will take full advantage of,” Borka said.

The 23-year-old made 13 appearances for the Wolfpack in 2017, tallying one assist while playing in the midfield.

Borka joins Alberta after 4 years at Drury University of the NCAA. He sat out the 2015 season due to a back injury, giving him 2 years of eligibility to play for Alberta.

“With the time I have left, I will work my hardest to make my mark on this team hoping to achieve the same results as last year, if not better.”

The move would also allow Borka to continue playing for WSA Winnipeg in 2018.

“Ivan’s return from injury this year added much-needed experience to our always young team,” WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu said. “We wish him the best in Alberta and it is always exciting to see so many local players playing at a high level and then return to continue their development in the PDL.”

Winnipeg’s Massimo Pansini invited to train with Barcelona

At just ten-years-old, WSA Winnipeg academy member Massimo Pansini has caught the attention of one of the world’s largest football clubs.

FC Barcelona is inviting the youngter to train at their academy in Spain after impresssing at a camp in Saskatoon.

Pansini is one of only two players to earn the honour.

“To put it simply Massimo lives for this game,” said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu. “Since the age of six he has not missed a WSA camp on top of his club soccer while also coming to our PDL practises and games.”

Pansini’s talent is well known among the World Soccer Academy as a standout at his own age while enjoying the experience of working with the PDL team full of the best players in Winnipeg.

“He not only loves to watch our best players, but to learn from them and more importantly kick the ball around with them,” Badescu said. “He’s probably taught them a thing or two!”

Panisini will leave for Barcelona with his father in September and train at the same facitilies used by Lionel Messi, Neymar and a long list of world class players.

“And they think he may have the talent to stay there,” Badescu said. “He’s the kind of player they look for with his technique, skills and more importantly his attitude.”

WSA Winnipeg wishes Massimo the best of luck as he works to achieve his dream of one day being a professional footballer.

Winnipeg takes season finale over St. Louis

WSA Winnipeg closed out the 2017 PDL season with an exciting 5-2 win over the St. Louis Lions Friday night.

After a scoreless first half, the Lions and Wolfpack traded 4 goals in a span of just ten minutes in the second. Raphael Ohin and Daniel Sagno had the goals for Winnipeg.

From there it was all WSA with Ohin adding a second goal which turned out to be the game winner. Moses Danto and Luis Melendez put the game out of reach in the dying minutes. Danto would also add 3 assists to finish the season with 4 goals and 4 assists in just 6 games.

“When everyone is on the same page and thinking the same, we can play like this every game,” head coach Eduardo Badescu said.

Danto came into the game as St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the second half, he made an immediate impact setting up the first of Ohin’s two goals.

“Moses changed the game when he came on and the rest of the team raised their play to that level.”

Ohin’s two-goal performance comes after scoring twice in his last game, which earned him PDL team of the week honors.

“Raphael is a difference maker when he is on the field with his technique and physical traits,” Badescu said. “He is a complete pro and I wouldn’t be surprised if teams start calling me asking about him.”

Josh Dielmann picked up the win in his first start, making 6 saves. Along with goalie Evan Barker, the Winnipeg defense allowed 20 fewer goals than the 2016 season.

“Josh made a couple of big saves that allowed us to push up and add to our score,” Badescu said. “He was great today.”

The victory gives Winnipeg its second win of the season and a record of 2-1-11, the best finish since the 2014 PDL season

“More importantly we watched out team grow and made improvements every week…if only the season were longer!”


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
St.Louis Lions022Loss
WSA Winnipeg055Win

WSA Winnipeg

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
31Joshua DielmannGoalkeeper0000
41Belmin MackicDefender0000
2Kevin GaricDefender0000
6Kyle HiebertDefender0000
14Tom PrazakDefender0000
16Caelan BudhooDefender0000
12Ivan BorkaMidfielder0000
3Raphael OhinMidfielder2000
4Braden SilvaMidfielder0000
19Daniel SagnoForward1100
17William BrownForward0000
5Stephan MeloMidfielder0000
11Moses DantoForward1300
15Ermin MackicMidfielder0000
20Luis MelendezForward1000
23Jash SanghaMidfielder0000
24Evan Van DaleDefender0000
27Tobias Hyrich-KruegerForward0000

Winnipeg closes out weekend with a win

Everything was clicking in the WSA Winnipeg offense as the Wolfpack beat Saint Louis FC U-23 4-1 Sunday afternoon.

Raphael Ohin led the way scoring a pair as Winnipeg gets its first win of the 2017 PDL season.

“This win confirms what we have been saying all season, we are good enough to win against any team in the PDL,” said head coach Eduardo Badescu. “We have been competitive in every game so far and today the finish matched the amount of chances we created.”

The visitors opened the scoring early in the first half before striker William Brown evened things up in the 17th minute. Ohin would add his first of the game just before halftime.

Winnipeg continued to pressure the Saint Louis goal in the second half and the finish matched the strong play on the ball. Ohin potted the insurance marker in the 88th minute and Luis Melendez put it out of reach in stoppage time.

“Raphael was outstanding and so was the rest of the midfield,” Badescu said. “You get what you work for and today we showed how bad we wanted the win.”

The Wolfpack have a chance to add another win to the tally before the season is over. WSA Winnipeg will host the St. Louis Lions on Friday, July 14.

WSA Winnipeg

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Evan BarkerGoalkeeper0000
24Evan Van Dale 41Defender0100
2Kevin GaricDefender0000
6Kyle HiebertDefender0000
14Tom Prazak 27Defender0000
16Caelan BudhooDefender0000
3Raphael OhinMidfielder2000
4Braden SilvaMidfielder0000
12Ivan BorkaMidfielder0100
17William Brown 15Forward1000
19Daniel Sagno 20Forward0000
15Ermin Mackic 17Midfielder0000
20Luis Melendez 19Forward1000
27Tobias Hyrich-Krueger 14Forward0100
41Belmin Mackic 24Defender0000


New month, new opportunity for WSA Winnipeg

Only three matches remain in WSA Winnipeg’s 2017 PDL campaign and with it a chance to end off on a high note.

The Wolfpack host Chicago FC United Friday night to kick off a season ending homestand.

Winnipeg closed out June with a pair of home losses to Des Moines (3-1, 3-0) and two defeats in Thunder Bay (5-0, 4-1). Moses Danto scored both goals for WSA.

“That is all in the past,” Head coach Eduardo Badescu said. “Every game we have been within a goal at halftime and if we get some bounces there’s no reason we can’t win all three games.”

After the Friday night game with Chicago, Winnipeg welcomes Saint Louis FC U-23 on Sunday, July 9 and St. Louis Lions Friday, July 17.

There will be some positive momentum for the group to take into the weekend after winning matches against a pair of local sides, including a friendly win against Team Manitoba, who is preparing for the Canada games.

“It’s a different game,” Badescu said. “The important thing is giving our players a chance to compete at the highest level and develop, if we win that’s a bonus.”


All-time leading scorer Moses Danto’s play since returning to the PDL has seen the star forward break into the league’s Top Prospects list.

Danto, who is back with WSA Winnipeg after visa issues kept him from joining Phoenix Rising FC, has two goals in 5 games in 2017.

“Moses will get another shot once everything is worked out, he deserves it,” Badescu said. “Teams are always asking about him and Phoenix still wants to keep him so I am optomistic.”

Winnipeg native and former WSA standout Ali Musse is also on the top prospects list. The midfielder joined fellow Canadian PDL side the Calgary Foothills in the spring.