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PEI’s Gyorio emerges from career purgatory: Will join Fleetwood Town


Mozzi Gyorio is a few pieces of paper away from getting his career out of purgatory.

The Canadian midfielder, who rejected an offer from Sporting Kansas City in the spring of 2012, had been out of work, trying his luck in both Hungary and England, looking to latch on with a side. And, finally, there is news that English side Fleetwood Town FC has inked Gyorio.

Sources close to Gyorio have told The 11 that the midfielder is simply waiting on his paperwork from the Canadian Soccer Association so he’s eligibile to play for Fleetwood, which plays in nPower League 2, or the fourth tier of English football.

Gyorio was with FC Tampa Bay (now the Rowdies) during the 2011 NASL season, where he established himself as one of the best wide players in the league — and also was known for some spectacular free kicks. Gyorio’s play in Tampa earned the attention of SKC manager Peter Vermes — and the fact that both Gyorio and he share Hungarian heritage helped him earn a trial with the MLS side. Fleetwood’s site confirmed that SKC offered a four-year deal, but Gyorio’s camp rejected it. The money simply wasn’t good enough and off he went to Europe.

In 2012, Gyorio was a surprise cut from the Canadian U-23 squad that went to Olympic qualifying in Nashville, Tenn. Coach Tony Fonseca chose to go with a very young squad and several of the near-23 players, like Gyorio and FC Edmonton’s Kyle Porter, paid the price.

Gyorio was born in a Hungarian speaking part of the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia) and has a Hungarian passport, which makes it easier for him to find work in Europe. Gyorio grew up in Prince Edward Island.


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  1. Austin

    January 7, 2013 at 4:59 am

    League 2… wow, turning down that SKC offer was a great career move wasn’t it. Glad to see him back in football though. Lost track of how many promising players we’ve lost to or have had their potential stunted by lack of playing opportunities.

    • Footy

      January 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I think, financially, League Two is better than your basic starter-salary in MLS. And then you’d be stuck and no longer a free agent and when your team is fed-up with you they can send you to Toronto FC (LOL).

      No, my advise to the North American talents would be to jump the Atlantic as soon as possible. There are lot’s of lower league where you can start your career. Say the Finnish Veikkaussliiga or the Hungarian Nemzeti Bajnokság I (living a couple of years in Budapest isn’t that bad either). Then you’ll get noticed by scouts from that league and some others. Look at a guy like Occean, he’s 31 and plays for the first time in de 1. Bundesliga.

      If you have a European passport, choose England, Germany of Netherlands, once you’re in the league, you’ll get noticed. And in Germany or England, if you don’t make it with, let’s say a second Bundesliga club, there’s always third Bundesliga clubs interested.

      All in all, Fleetwood Town isn’t all that bad, they’re even trying to move up to League One.

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