FC Edmonton took UBC midfielder Thomas Gardner first general in Friday’s CPL-U Sports activities draft, one in every of 4 Thunderbirds chosen within the two-round draft.
Concordia had three gamers chosen whereas two every got here from the College of Montreal, Mount Royal College and Ontario Tech College.
The 16 gamers chosen will attend pre-season coaching with the hope of securing a contract. They’re eligible for a developmental deal that permits a participant to signal with a CPL membership whereas preserving any remaining U Sports activities eligibility.
The 22-year-old Gardiner was drafted sixth general within the 2018 draft and twelfth general in 2019, each occasions by Pacific FC. A local of North Vancouver, Gardner joined the Whitecaps FC residency program in 2011, signing his first professional contract with the USL’s Whitecaps FC 2 in 2015.
FC Edmonton coach Alan Koch, then with the Whitecaps group, gave Gardner his professional debut within the USL Championship. Gardiner made one look for the MLS Whitecaps in a pre-season sport in opposition to the Portland Timbers in February 2016.
“Tommy is a artistic participant who we all know can play and contribute within the CPL,” Koch mentioned in an announcement. “Harm and COVID prevented him from enjoying within the league beforehand, and we’re excited to welcome him to FC Edmonton.”
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Atletico Ottawa used the second decide on Carleton defender Chris Malekos. Winnipeg’s Valour FC then took six-foot-seven goalkeeper Yuba-Rayene Yesli from the Montreal Carabins.
The 21-year-old ‘keeper, a CF Montreal youth product, hung out with Vibonese Calcio in Italy’s Serie D, serving to them earn promotion to Serie C.
“You possibly can’t coach dimension,” mentioned Valour coach Rob Gale.
York United FC took 19-year-old midfielder Christopher Campoli from Ontario Tech College earlier than Pacific FC selected UBC defender Chris Lee.
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Calgary’s Cavalry FC used the sixth decide on midfielder Victor Loturi from Mount Royal College. Loturi hung out with Calvary in 2019.
Carleton ahead Stefan Karajovanovic went seventh to HFX Wanderers FC earlier than Concordia defender Garven-Michee Metusala was taken by CPL champion Forge FC to finish the primary spherical.
York took Karajovanovic fifth general within the 2019 draft.
Valour FC used the 14th general decide on Carleton defender Tony Mikhael, who has been referred to as up by Lebanon’s under-22 group.
York College defender Reggie Laryea, youthful brother of Toronto FC fullback-midfielder Richie Laryea, went fifteenth general to Atletico Ottawa. Reggie Laryea has additionally hung out with the College of Akron and League 1 Ontario’s Sigma FC.
UBC defender Jackson Farmer was taken sixteenth general by FC Edmonton. The 25-year-old Edmonton native has received one cap for Canada on the senior stage and was a youth worldwide on the U-15, U-18 and U-20 stage.
The six-foot-two centre again additionally performed for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Charleston Battery and Calgary Foothills.
The league says 17 U-Sports activities draft decisions have made CPL rosters for the reason that first draft in 2018. Cory Bent, taken first general within the final U Sports activities draft (2019), performed 10 video games for HFX Wanderers final season.
1. FC Edmonton, Thomas Gardner, midfielder, UBC; 2. Atletico Ottawa, Christopher Malekos, defender, Carleton College; 2. Valour FC, Yuba-Rayene Yesli, goalkeeper, College of Montreal; 4. York United FC, Christopher Campoli, midfielder, Ontario Tech College; 5. Pacific FC, Chris Lee, defender, UBC; 6. Cavalry FC, Victor Loturi, midfielder, Mount Royal College; 7. HFX Wanderers FC, Stefan Karajovanovic, ahead, Carleton College; 8. Forge FC, Garven-Michee Metusala, defender, Concordia College.
9. Forge FC, Jose da Cunha, defender, Cape Breton College; 10. HFX Wanderers, Kareem Sow, defender, College of Montreal; 11. Cavalry FC, Ethan Eager, defender, Mount Royal College; 12. Pacific FC, Victory Shumbusho, ahead, UBC; 13. York United FC, Danial Rafisamii, midfielder, Ontario Tech College; 14. Valour FC, Tony Mikhael, defender, Carleton College; 15. Atletico Ottawa, Reggie Laryea, defender, York College; 16. FC Edmonton, Jackson Farmer, defender, UBC.