One of WSA Winnipeg’s top midfielders is joining a top soccer school in Eastern Canada.
Caelan Budhoo has committed to the University of Cape Breton, joining a soccer program that has made numerous appearances at the CIS National Tournament.
“I was looking for a top quality soccer team in the CIS that also had the courses I was looking to take and CBU was just the perfect fit.” Said Budhoo, who reached out to the coach about joining the side.
The Capers finished first in the league standings last season, losing in the Atlantic University championship game against the University of New Brunswick, the school of choice for WSA ‘keeper Evan Barker. Budhoo is looking forward to the move out east.
“I’ve never been to Nova Scotia but have played in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, the scenery is quite nice.”
Budhoo had a nagging injury cut his PDL season short, spending the first half of the season controlling the middle as a play maker in the WSA Winnipeg midfield. He will take the summer to rest and prepare for the University season.
Along with several years with WSA, Budhoo spent some time playing in Spain, getting a taste of the soccer culture in Europe.
“Playing there was an incredible experience,” he said, “I got to play alongside players of a class I’ve never seen before and I like to think some of their class rubbed off on me and will give me that edge that is not as commonly found in Canada.”
Budhoo is a longtime member of the World Soccer Academy in Winnipeg, who grew to become a key member of the PDL side. He hopes the chance to play on a team in the top development league in North America will make him a top player in CIS.
“Eduardo (Badescu) and William (Rosales) have really taught me so much, but particularly Eduardo who has really gone above and beyond spending countless hours of his time helping players that have the ambition to make it to the next level.
“In addition to the PDL where I can play against real quality players in Canada and USA. Without Eduardo and the PDL, I know I wouldn’t be equipped with the knowledge and ability to play at Cape Breton.”