WSA Winnipeg is happy to be continuing its partnership with the University of Winnipeg by signing six players from the school’s 2016 team.
Jash Sangha, Tom Prazak, Kevin Garic, Tobias Hyrich-Krueger and William Brown are all returning players from the 2016 PDL season. Evan Van Dale will play with WSA Winnipeg for the first time.
In every season since the club’s inception, numerous players from the Wesmen play for WSA Winnipeg during their summer season. The PDL connects local players with the highest level of competition available to them while at university.
A midfielder, Sangha was 16 years old when he made his debut in the Canadian youth program in 2013 with coach Robert Gale. He joined WSA Winnipeg in 2014 and played in 5 games in 2016 during an injury-shortened season.
“Jash is a quiet leader and very intelligent player,” said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu.
Sangha played in 16 games for the University of Winnipeg in 2016, starting 14 of them.
Garic is returning for his second season with WSA Winnipeg in 2017. The young central defender played in two games in the PDL last season.
“Kevin is a calm player with the ball at his feet,” said Badescu.
Garic added a goal in 14 appearances for the University of Winnipeg as a freshman. He is hoping to be a more important player in his second PDL campaign.
“You have to be in top shape to compete (in the PDL),” said Garic. “Hopefully we can make the playoffs and show we can compete at this level.”
A product of the prestigious Shattuck St.Mary’s high school program, Brown was a late edition to WSA Winnipeg in 2016 and is back for 2017.
He scored the lone goal in Winnipeg’s 1-0 win over Chicago.
“Will’s greatest asset is his speed,” said head coach Eduardo Badescu. “He also hates losing more than any player I have seen which gives him a noticeable determination.”
The young forward scored twice in his first year at the University of Winnipeg, adding an assist in 12 games.
Evan Van Dale:
Van Dale will make his PDL debut for WSA Winnipeg in 2017, but the 21-year-old defender adds experience on the backline.
“Evan succeeds because of hard work,” said Badescu. “We are happy he has decided to join us because he can set an example with his work ethic.”
A 4th year player for the Wesmen, Van Dale started in all 5 games he played in before an injury set him back in 2016. The connection between the University and WSA Winnipeg caught his attention, as he has seen players come through the university over his time there.
“I have seen my teammates become faster and smarter,” said Van Dale. “My goal is to earn a spot on this team and show what Winnipeg has to offer.”
Prazak is a long time member of WSA Winnipeg, joining as a 16-year-old and returning for a third PDL season. The 6’4 centre-back played in 6 games in 2016 and formed a formidable duo with captain Kyle Hiebert when on the field together.
“Tom has great size but his aggressiveness makes him even tougher to avoid,” said head coach Eduardo Badescu.
A freshman at the University of Winnipeg, Prazak already had two years in the PDL under his belt, playing with and against some of the top collegiate athletes in North America.
“Playing for WSA Winnipeg made the transition to university soccer easier,” said Prazak. “You can’t find the speed and quality of the game anywhere else in Manitoba.”
Prazak played in 10 games for the Wesmen, starting nine of them.
Tobias Hyrich Krueger:
Tied with Moses Danto for the lead in goals in 2016, Hyrich-Krueger will be a key part of WSA Winnipeg’s offense in 2017.
“Tobias may be the fastest player I have ever coached,” said head coach Eduardo Badescu. “He is a fierce competitor and a handful in one-on-one situations.”
The speedy winger has experience with pro teams in Spain to go with his first season at the University of Winnipeg, starting in 10 games.
Today’s signings join returnee Kyle Hiebert from Missouri State University. WSA Winnipeg expects to announce more signings in the coming weeks.