WSA Winnipeg

WSA Winnipeg is a Canadian soccer team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 2010, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

WSA Winnipeg
Full nameWorld Soccer Academy Winnipeg
Founded2010 (2010)
StadiumJohn Scouras Field
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Capacity2,000
OwnersEduardo Badescu, Constantin Ignat, William Rosales
Head CoachEduardo Badescu
LeagueUSL League Two
20196th, Heartland Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The team plays its home games at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex on the FIFA-approved synthetic grass of the complex's John Scouras Field. The team's colours are black, red and white.

History

WSA Winnipeg was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on December 13, 2010.[1] The team is part of the larger World Soccer Academy and is supported by Mondetta, a well-recognized brand in Canadian professional sports, as one of its primary sponsors.[2]

The team played its first game on May 28, 2011, a 1–0 loss to Thunder Bay Chill,[3] but achieved their first victory the following day, 3–0 in the return game against Thunder Bay. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Kenny Sacramento.[4]

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular season Playoffs Attendance
2011 4 PDL 6th, Heartland Did not qualify 253
2012 4 6th, Heartland Did not qualify 469
2013 4 7th, Heartland Did not qualify 247
2014 4 5th, Heartland Did not qualify 179
2015 4 6th, Heartland Did not qualify
2016 4 6th, Heartland Did not qualify
2017 4 6th, Heartland Did not qualify
2018 4 6th, Heartland Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 6th, Heartland Did not qualify
Updated:[5]

Players

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of July 14, 2018.[6]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Evan Barker  Canada
2 Defender Kevin Garic  Canada
3 Midfielder Raphael Ohin  Ghana
4 Midfielder Braden Silva  Canada
5 Midfielder Luis Melendez  El Salvador
6 Defender Kyle Hiebert (Captain)  Canada
9 Forward Aaron Badescu  Canada
10 Midfielder Jonathan Dodd  United States
11 Midfielder Dylan Hooper  Canada
12 Defender Evan Berube  Canada
14 Defender Tom Prazak  Canada
15 Midfielder Nikos Baikas  Canada
16 Defender Caelan Budhoo  Canada
17 Forward William Brown  Canada
19 Forward Rinor Hoxha  Canada
20 Defender Cello Ndanji Simwinga  Zambia
22 Forward Prince Amara  Canada
23 Midfielder Jash Sangha  Canada
27 Forward Tobias Hyrich-Kreuger  Canada
31 Goalkeeper Joshua Dielmann  Canada
41 Defender Belmin Mackic  Canada
Goalkeeper Tyson Farago  Canada
Midfielder Abass Adibaje (Academy Player)  Canada
Defender Nick Frias (Academy Player)  Canada
Defender Dona Kasonga (Academy Player)  Canada

Head coaches

  • Eduardo Badescu[7] (2011–present)

Stadiums

Manitoba Major Soccer League

The World Soccer Academy also has a men's team in the Premier League One of the Manitoba Major Soccer League.[8] The team operates as a reserve team to the PDL team, giving young players an opportunity to gain playing experience and develop their skills.

References

  1. "WSA Winnipeg Joins PDL". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. December 13, 2010. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  2. Massey, Benjamin (March 15, 2012). "Have you seen second-year USL PDL team WSA Winnipeg's new jerseys for 2012? No, really, have you..." Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  3. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. May 28, 2011. Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  4. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. May 29, 2011. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  5. "Previous Season Stat Archives". Archived from the original on January 5, 2010.
  6. "WSA Winnipeg Roster". February 12, 2017.
  7. "WSA Winnipeg Soccer Coach Named". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. http://mmsl.goalline.ca/player_roster.php?team_id=987417&schedule_id=396681&league_id=71773. Retrieved June 5, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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