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Hungarian connections help Canadian midfielder Gyorio get SKC trial

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Canadian midfielder Mozzi Gyorio’s Hungarian roots may have helped him connect with a trial at Sporting Kansas City.

Gyorio, who was born in a Hungarian-speaking part of Serbia, then moved to Hungary with his parents before the family settled in Prince Edward Island, played part of the second half during SKC’s 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact Sunday at the Disney World Soccer Classic.

Agent Laszlo Keresi, who represents Gyorio along with John Horvath, said that Keresi lobbied SKC coach Peter Vermes to get the Canadian the trial. Vermes, like Gyorio and the agents, has Hungarian roots, and, back in the late ‘80s, was the first American to ever play in the Hungarian league.

Gyorio was a regular on the wing for FC Tampa Bay last season — which included an outstanding free-kick goal against the Impact — but was not offered a new deal for 2012. He was one of the league’s most impressive wide players and earned himself a reputation as a free-kick specialist. He was also one of two Prince Edward Islanders to play in NASL last season, FC Edmonton’s Paul Craig being the other. Gyorio was believed to be exploring options in Europe — likely in Hungary — or MLS.

Gyorio has been a part of the U-23 national player pool, and represented Canada at the 2009 Francophone Games.

NASL sources indicated to The 11 in 2011 that Toronto FC had also shown some interest in signing Gyorio.

 

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