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:
- Cavalry FC
Gabriel Bitar (Ottawa, ON) – Carleton University – Forward – 2nd year
- Valour FC
Dylan Carrerio (Winnipeg, MB) – York University – Midfielder – 3rd year
- Forge FC
Jace Kotsopoulus (Burlington, ON) – University of Guelph – Forward – 3rd year
- York9 FC
Daniel Gogarty (Scarborough, ON) – York University – Defender – 5th year
- HFX Wanderers
Peter Schaale (Bernkastel-Kues, Germany) – Cape Breton University – Defender – 3rd year
- Pacific FC
Thomas Gardner (North Vancouver, BC) – UBC – Forward – 1st year
- FC Edmonton
Connor James (Edmonton, AB) – University of Alberta – Goalkeeper – 5th year
|Pick||Club||First Name||Last Name||School||Position||Year||Hometown||Nationality|
|13||Valour FC||Lewis||White||Cape Breton||Defender||2||Musselburgh||Scotland|
|14||Cavalry FC||Joel||Waterman||Trinity Western||Midfielder||5||Aldergrove||Canadian|
|Pick||Club||First Name||Last Name||School|
|16||Valour FC||Jack||Simpson||Cape Breton||Midfielder||2||Redding||England|
|19||HFX Wanderers||Christian||Oxner||Saint Mary's||Goalkeeper||4||Halifax||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.
About the Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada's professional men's soccer league set to debut in April 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.
For updates and more information, please go to CanPL.ca.