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.
TRIALIST NO.: 1087
Prince Amara, 24
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.
TRIALIST NO.: 1140
Tyler Attardo, 18
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.
TRIALIST NO.: 1142
Svyatik Artemenko, 19
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.
TRIALIST NO.: 1083
Adam Bromley, 29
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.
TRIALIST NO.: 1038
Jibril Yimar, 21
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.