WSA Winnipeg’s youngest goalkeeper will play university soccer in the fall. Evan Barker is joining the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds for 2016.
Barker signed his letter of intent back in April, with the 6’5 goalie poised to join the runner up in last year’s CIS national championship.
“I’ve heard good things about the program.” Said Barker. “I’ve never been to New Brunswick but I’m looking forward to heading out east.”
That feeling appears to be mutual, with the team excited to bring in a keeper who will spend his summer in the PDL with WSA Winnipeg, getting the chance to compete against some of the best young players in North America.
“Evan is a very agile and dynamic athlete,” says Varsity Reds head coach Miles Pinsent. “His ability, considerable playing experience, and exposure to top level coaching should ensure that Evan is ready to excel with the Varsity Reds.”
Barker has been getting used to packing up and moving around for his soccer career. He comes to WSA Winnipeg after 9 months with La Mina in Spain. The residency program there connects aspiring players with pro teams in Europe.
“I learned a lot about myself as a player and as a person,” said Barker, “It was a great experience and It’s made me a better player.”
Barker’s stint in Spain included several trails with professional sides in Spain, including Mar Menor CF in the fourth tier of Spanish soccer. Barker made his first PDL appearance in Winnipeg’s home opener, coming on for an injured Dylan O’Connor.
“Unfortunately a contract never ended up working out for me so the plan is to play University soccer, focus on my school and see where that takes me.”