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WSA Winnipeg to host Bonivital and Hellas SC

WSA Winnipeg’s PDL team will take on a pair of local teams as part of preparations for the 2018 PDL season.

The first game will be a showcase of the club’s  ‘Path to Pro’ with a friendly against affiliate club Bonivital United U-17 Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the Wolfpack will take on Manitoba Major Soccer League side Hellas SC.

The matchups gives the Wolfpack a chance to prepare for the upcoming season and offers a preview of the next crop of players coming through the pipeline.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Bonivital SC, a club that has produced numerous players that are now a part of our program,” said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu. “They provide a level of competition that allows our team to prepare for the upcoming season, and gives them a taste of what the PDL has to offer.”

Each season a Bonivital player has graduated into the WSA Winnipeg program, this year’s addition being striker Rinor Hoxha, who was part of Bonivital’s national championship winning team in 2017.

“Rinor is an example of the players coming up the ranks in Winnipeg, we look forward to seeing the next prospects on the field.”

The Hellas SC game will be a different look for WSA, taking on a team with more experience. The club won the 2009 Challenge Trophy, Canada’s national amateur soccer tournament.

“Hellas is a great team had has featured some players that were once in our program,” Badescu said. “They will be a tough test and a good test for our team.”

Kickoff vs. Bonivital is April 25th, 7 p.m. and the match against Hellas SC is April 26th, 5:30 p.m. at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex and is free for the public to attend.

Wolfpack returnees bring U Sports experience

WSA Winnipeg’s 2018 roster will include an influx of returning players that come back to Winnipeg after strong seasons at universities across the country.

National champion Caelan Budhoo headlines the list after his Cape Breton University Capers beat Montreal in a shootout to capture the U Sports crown in Kamloops, BC.

The early stages of training have begun for the Winnipeg based players, with members playing in the States and out of province joining the squad in May.

Evan Barker, GK:

Heading into his third season with WSA Winnipeg, Barker will look to build off a strong season at the University of New Brunswick that saw his team advance to the national championship tournament. In 12 regular season games, Barker posted 5 clean sheets and giving up only 7 goals all season. The 6’5 goalkeeper made 13 PDL appearances in 2017, finishing among the league leaders in shots faced and saves.

Nationality
can Canada
Position
Goalkeeper
Height
6'5
Last Team
Wolfpack returnees bring U Sports experience, University of New Brunswick
Age
21

Joshua Dielmann GK:

Completing Winnipeg’s goaltending tandem with Barker, Dielmann spent the season with one of the top teams in Western Canada, the University of Saskatchewan. Dielmann made his debut with WSA in 2017, making two appearances and winning his first career start.

Nationality
can Canada
Position
Goalkeeper
Height
6'5
Last Team
Wolfpack returnees bring U Sports experience, University of Saskatchewan
Age
21

Caelan Budhoo, MF:

Budhoo’s second season at Cape Breton University was capped off with a national title in the U Sports championship tournament. The creative attacking 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. He added another goal and four assists in the regular season. Budhoo is entering his third PDL season with WSA Winnipeg, in 2017 he showed his versatility by playing as a wing-back, chipping in an assist.

Nationality
can Canada
Position
Defender
Height
5'10
Last Team
Wolfpack returnees bring U Sports experience, Cape Breton University
Age
22

Tobias Hyrich-Krueger FWD:

In what will be his third PDL season, Hyrich Krueger is still a teenager and hoping to add to his scoring totals. Injuries limited the speedy winger to 8 appearances in 2017, but he still added two assists and earned an invite to the University of Saskatchewan team. He scored one goal in 11 games with the Huskies.

Nationality
can Canada
Position
Forward
Height
5'7
Last Team
Wolfpack returnees bring U Sports experience, Mar Menor CF (Spain), University of Winnipeg
Age
20

Tyson Farago signs with St Patrick’s Athletic

WSA Winnipeg alumn Tyson Farago has found himself a new club.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper signed with St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland on Thursday.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com about the signing of Farago, St Pat’s manager Liam Buckley expressed his delight at adding the goalkeeper to his squad.

“We are delighted to have Tyson join the club as he had other options available. He is a player we were aware of having also signed Jake Keegan from Edmonton. He is a good build for a keeper at over six foot tall, and he would have played with Chris Konopka who I had at Sporting Fingal too. His addition will create more competition for the goalie jersey and that will push everyone on.”

Farago becomes the second Canadian to play for the club after former Canada international Jeff Clarke who played for the club under the management of Liam Buckley. Clarke was a fans’ favourite in Inchicore after scoring a crucial goal in a 1-0 win over Bray Wanderers on the final day of the season to help the Saints win the 1998/99 League of Ireland title.

After his last club, FC Edmonon folded, Farago returned to Winnipeg and was training with the World Soccer academy to stay in shape for his next professional opportunity.

“WSA Winnipeg offered me an opportunity to stay fit during this extended off-season,” Farago said. “The club has always given Winnipeg soccer players an opportunity to play and train at the highest level.”

Farago is awaiting international clearance ahead of the Saints’ SSE Airtricity League fixture on Friday night against Limerick in Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

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.

 

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.

NCAA

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

 

U Sports (Canada): 

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!”

Results

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