MSOC: Schaale Drafted 5th Overall in CPL Draft

MSOC: Schaale Drafted 5th Overall in CPL Draft

Toronto, ON (November 13, 2018) The Canadian Premier League is pleased to announce the top seven draft picks from the CPL-U SPORTS draft held following the 2018 U SPORTS Men's Soccer Championship at UBC in Vancouver, BC.  Twenty-one players (3 rounds) have been invited to CPL Club's preseason camp in early 2019.

Players were notified in order of draft pick and were invited to participate in preseason camp by the club that drafted him with the opportunity to sign either with a Standard Developmental Contract for non-graduating student-athletes or a Pro Contract for graduating seniors.


First-round CPL-U SPORTS draft selection:


  1. Cavalry FC

Gabriel Bitar (Ottawa, ON) – Carleton University – Forward – 2nd year


  1. Valour FC

Dylan Carrerio (Winnipeg, MB) – York University – Midfielder – 3rd year


  1. Forge FC

Jace Kotsopoulus (Burlington, ON) – University of Guelph – Forward – 3rd year


  1. York9 FC

Daniel Gogarty (Scarborough, ON) – York University – Defender – 5th year


  1. HFX Wanderers

Peter Schaale (Bernkastel-Kues, Germany) – Cape Breton University – Defender – 3rd year


  1. Pacific FC

Thomas Gardner (North Vancouver, BC) – UBC – Forward – 1st year


  1. FC Edmonton

Connor James (Edmonton, AB) – University of Alberta – Goalkeeper – 5th year


ROUND 2                
Pick Club First Name Last Name School Position Year Hometown Nationality
8 FC Edmonton Ajeej Sarkaria Alberta Forward  3 Edmonton Canadian 
9 Pacific FC Zach Verhoven UBC Forward  3 Surrey Canadian 
10 HFX Wanderers Andre Bona UQAM Defender 5 Marseille French 
11 York9 Emmanuel Zambazis York Midfielder  1 Toronto  Canadian 
12 Forge FC Aboubacar Sissoko Montréal Midfielder  4 Bamako Mali
13 Valour FC Lewis White Cape Breton Defender 2 Musselburgh Scotland 
14 Cavalry FC Joel Waterman Trinity Western Midfielder  5 Aldergrove Canadian 
ROUND 3                
Pick Club First Name Last Name School        
15 Cavalry FC Easton Ongaro Alberta Forward 2 Edmonton Canadian 
16 Valour FC Jack Simpson Cape Breton Midfielder  2 Redding  England 
17 Forge FC Marko Mandekic Toronto Midfielder  2 Kitchener Canadian 
18 York9 Daniel Pritchard Cape Breton Defender 4 Nuneaton England 
19 HFX Wanderers Christian Oxner Saint Mary's Goalkeeper  4 Halifax Canadian 
20 Pacific FC Nick Fussell UBC Midfielder  1 Surrey Canadian 
21 FC Edmonton Noah Cunningham Alberta Defender 3 St. Albert Canadian 


*the seven clubs took part in a randomized lottery system to determine the draft order. Click here for more information.


This truly unique partnership between the CPL and U SPORTS will provide student-athletes with an opportunity to be signed to a CPL-U SPORTS Developmental Contract. This will allow a student-athlete with one to four years of eligibility remaining to play with a CPL club in the spring and summer before returning to U SPORTS competition.

To read more about each player and see the 2nd and 3rd round picks here.



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