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Five players to watch heading into Day 2 of the #GotGame Open Trials in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — More than 200 Canadian Premier League hopefuls began Thursday’s #GotGame Open Trials in Winnipeg, the fifth stop on the league’s coast-to-coast talent search.

The list was trimmed ahead of Day 2 at Investors Group Field, with some trialists setting themselves apart after the first set of games.

The league’s coaches selected 64 players to advance to Friday — which will feature 11 vs. 11 games to provide the league’s bench bosses a better opportunity to evaluate players who could received an invite to preseason camps.

Here are five players who caught the eyes of CPL coaches on Day 1 in The Peg.

Prince Amara during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)
Prince Amara during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)

TRIALIST NO.: 1087

Prince Amara, 24

POSITION: Defender/Midfielder

NATIONALITY: Canadian

SCOUTS SAY: The WSA Winnipeg (PDL) midfielder had an air of confidence about him that stood out from the start of Day 1. One Canadian Premier League talent evaluator described Amara as “strong on the ball” while keeping things simple. The defensive-minded midfielder directed traffic in front of him and always looked to get on the ball in his team’s defensive half. His solid defending complimented his ability to consistently complete passes all over the pitch.

Tyler Attardo during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)
Tyler Attardo during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)

TRIALIST NO.: 1140

Tyler Attardo, 18

POSITION: Forward

NATIONALITY: Canadian

SCOUTS SAY: One for the future. Attardo was described as one of the best finishers in Manitoba. One CPL scout referred to the teen as a “dynamic” striker with a ton of tools that make him a well-rounded attacker. He can play with his back to goal or blow past players on the dribble. The same scout called Attardo the “best finisher” we’ll see at these trials. There were whispers Attardo has an option to go on trial in South America.

Svyatik Artemenko during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)
Svyatik Artemenko during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)

TRIALIST NO.: 1142

Svyatik Artemenko, 19

POSITION: Goalkeeper

NATIONALITY: Canadian

SCOUTS SAY: Manitoba’s goalkeeper at the Canada Games, Artemenko has worked on his game locally while passing up opportunities to play in university to pursue a job in the Canadian Premier League. Along with being a top shot-stopper, Artemenko was described as energetic and willing to work to prove himself — something that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the province.

Adam Bromley during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)
Adam Bromley during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)

TRIALIST NO.: 1083

Adam Bromley, 29

POSITION: Defender

NATIONALITY: English (Canadian PR)

SCOUTS SAY: The right fullback was confident on the ball and able to split lines with his passing from back to front. You could tell he was a step ahead of the players around him. Beyond that, Bromley just had a competitiveness about him that showed he’s played at a higher level. Bromley’s a ball-winning defender who plays within himself, a positive trait that often gets lost during these Open Trials.

Jibril Yimar during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)
Jibril Yimar (blue) during Day 1 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg. (David Lipnowski, CPL)

TRIALIST NO.: 1038

Jibril Yimar, 21

POSITION: Midfielder

NATIONALITY: Kenyan

SCOUTS SAY: Yimar is a box-to-box midfielder who covers ground on both sides of the ball and possesses good technique. He moves well with the ball and is a good passer in tight spaces, with vision to play the final pass. He was noticeably under control and understood how and when to change the tempo throughout Day 1 of the trials.

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