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From Saskatoon to MLS: Levis says 10-day trial with the Whitecaps “a dream come true”

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Last week, Brett Levis was in preseason training with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. On Monday, he trained with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Levis, one of the top strikers in both the PDL and CIS, was invited to begin a 10-day trial with the Whitecaps.

“It’s amazing,” said Levis, a Saskatoon native, over the phone from Vancouver. “It’s a dream come true. It’s something I’ve worked towards my whole life. Even if nothing comes out of this trial, the experience itself will be worth it. I will take as much as I can from the experience, to learn as much as I can from the players and the coaching staff.”

Levis scored nine times and added five assists in 14 PDL games as a member of the Victoria Highlanders, after being named a first-team Canada West all-star for his work with the Huskies last season. Levis knows that it was his work as a member of the Highlanders that turned the Whitecaps’ heads.

Levis scored the deciding goal against the Portland Timbers U-23 squad in the PDL Western Conference Championship. He also scored twice against the Ventura County Fusion in a conference semifinal.

When U of S coach Bryce Chapman told Levis he had a chance to go on trial in Vancouver, Levis was floored.

“It came out of nowhere. Their assistant coach contacted my head coach, and then I got here last night.

“It was good to get that first practice under my belt. They had me work with young guys, and I felt like I fit in.”

If Levis beats the odds and the Whitecaps ask him to stay, he said that he would put his academic career on hold.

“School is always going to be there. This is the chance of a lifetime. I can always go back to school later.”

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4 Comments

  1. Seathanaich

    August 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    He is head and shoulders the best pro prospect that I have seen in a Highlanders uniform in the past four years. Good luck to him, but I’ll also be thrilled if we see him back in Victoria again in 2014.

  2. Ted Godwin

    August 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We were lucky he played the full season for the Highlanders. He was fantastic and we wish him all the best.

  3. footy

    August 20, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Whitecaps have plenty of forwards, I hope FC Edmonton is also having a closer look, that would probably be more realistic anyway.

    • Seathanaich

      August 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Or Ottawa Fury, thought they apparently also have a young PDL gun they might sign. Levis is a pure winger, something that’s hard to find.

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