WSA Winnipeg star goalie, Tyson Farago, has signed a professional contract with FC Edmonton for the upcoming 2014 NASL season. “Farago is the first player in our team’s short history to sign a professional contract” said coach Eduardo Badescu. FC Edmonton plays in the eight team Canadian and United States NASL league. The North American Soccer League (NASL) is ranked just below the MLS and USL Pro Leagues and as such is a direct feeder league to the Major League Soccer league (MLS). FC Edmonton has missed the play-offs the last two seasons and is looking to improve for the upcoming campaign. Coach Badescu continued, “This is another indication of the value of our PDL team and what we are trying to accomplish here. WSA Winnipeg provides a platform for young players to develop and hone their skills with the hope of moving on to the professional ranks. While Tyson is our first graduate to the professional ranks he is in good company as several other WSA players are poised to make the jump including Ali Muse, Braden Silva, Moses Danto and further down the road youngsters Kyle Heibert and Caelan Budhoo among others.”
Tyson’s resume is impressive and a quick look at where he has come from helps to explain where he is going. He was a provincial team goalie from 2004 – 2010 and during his tenure his team was a finalist twice and won the NSC championship once. During his provincial career he won a Western Canada Summer Games gold medal. At the age of 16 Tyson joined the men’s team Hellas S.C. as a starting goalie and won the MSA Cup that year, as well as being awarded MVP honours. Tyson won another MSA cup with men’s team Juventus in 2011 again winning MVP honours. He has been named twice to team Canada teams travelling with them to Spain.
Tyson has international experience playing a year in Brazil with Goias Esporte Clube in 2008/2009. He has played in England with Truro City, Brighton and Hove Albion playing against such teams as Fulham, Tottenham and Birmingham. He has trained with Tony Godden and Gus Poyet (former Chelsea players) who helped to hone his keeper skills.
For the past two seasons Tyson has played for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and as per usual racked up impressive statistics. He was named player of the game 6 times, athlete of the month for the University of Winnipeg, recorded 94 saves in his first season which tied a league record and recorded 3 shutout performances.
Tyson had an outstanding season for WSA Winnipeg in 2013, leading the PDL league in several key goalie statistical areas which helped earn him the right to advance to the next level. The PDL is a 64 team North American league consisting of some of the very best U23 male soccer players, hence excelling in the PDL is not an easy task. Some of his statistics are he was tied for the league lead in most games played (14) and 5th in minutes played (1224 minutes for an average of 87.43 minutes per game). Tyson ranked first in the PDL with 106 saves with an average of 7.57 saves per game and first in shots faced with 133 for an average of 9.5 per game.
Tyson enjoys passing on his experiences and training, which he received from some of the top soccer goalie coaches in the world. Even at his young age (born 1991), Tyson is and has given back to the game helping to train the next generation of goalies. He has volunteered and trained goalies at the club, university, the provincial and RTC/NTC levels as well as helping to train Special Olympians.
When asked how he felt about the call up Tyson responded, “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the years, especially WSA Winnipeg who have helped me excel at the highest level of soccer in Winnipeg. It has been a great couple of seasons with WSA in the PDL. It shows how far the club has come and what great opportunities can come from the program. The thought of playing professional soccer has never left my mind and WSA the club and coach Eduardo Badescu and William Rosales have allowed me to make the step forward to a professional career. Also I would like to acknowledge the university of Winnipeg and Pedro Daza for allowing me to play in the CIS university league. It will be a honour to represent my club and province in Edmonton. I am looking forward to taking advantage of this great opportunity.”
“I received a message from goalkeeper coach Darren Woloshen. I called him and they asked me to join the team. I happily have accepted their offer for the upcoming NASL season,” said Tyson when asked how he got the call.
“The coaches, staff, players and fans of WSA Winnipeg wish Tyson all the best and look forward to seeing the great things that he will accomplish in the future! Our organization is extremely proud of Tyson and support him as he takes the next step up in his young soccer career.” explained a proud coach Badescu.