If you have paid any attention to my ramblings over the last couple of years, you’ll know one of my pet peeves is how poorly Canadian soccer is scouted outside of the big three Canadian cities. Players from Atlantic Canada and the Prairies often fly under the radar — and I’ve always left too many stones unturned when it comes to finding talent in this country.’
The news that the Vancouver Whitecaps will open a Saskatchewan Academy Centre, extending the team’s developmental scheme outside of British Columbia, shows that there are other people in the soccer biz who believe that, too. The new Academy — based in Saskatoon — will be coached by Bryce Chapman, who runs the men’s soccer program at the University of Saskatchewan.
“We’re very pleased to launch this academy centre in Saskatchewan and are very appreciative of the support from the University of Saskatchewan and to have the expertise of a CIS men’s head coach to lead this program,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development, in a release issued by the club. “The academy centre is excited to work along-side and support the Saskatchewan provincial and national team program. We have a huge amount of respect for what these organizations are doing and together, we will work to help grow the game in Saskatchewan and provide further opportunities and options for local players as part of our professional club system and network.”
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