Day 1 of the Canadian Premier League’s #GotGame Open Trials in Winnipeg has come to an end, with former Canadian international striker Alex Bunbury leading the tryouts at Investors Group Field while data analytics company Kinduct gathered crucial stats on each of the participants.
Now, only 64 of the more than 220 trialists will be invited back for Day 2 in Winnipeg, to play in full-fielded 11-v-11 matches.
Newly-named FC Edmonton assistant coach and former Canada Under-17 men’s national team boss Sean Fleming was on scene in Winnipeg, lauding the trials for providing young players with an opportunity toward professional soccer that players on his rosters didn’t have in the past, and expressing his pleasure with the talent on display, too.
“I think it’s been brilliant,” Fleming told CanPL.ca, of the Open Trials. “It gives kids that dream. We know that maybe a small percentage that will end up having a shot, and maybe a smaller percentage will end up being on a roster, but to have that dream to come out here, I think it’s fantastic.
“The attitude of the players is first-rate – they’re giving it all they have and that’s all you can ask.”
Though it was all or nothing on the field, only 60 trialists will return on Day 2 of the Open Trials in Winnipeg – who might those trialists be? Here’s the first cut list:
|Victor Hugo||Gomes de Abreu||Defender|
The CPL’s #GotGame trials continue in Winnipeg on Friday before making stops in Calgary (Oct. 25-26) and Vancouver Island (Nov. 5-6).