Valour FC announced Monday it has signed midfielder Dylan Carreiro and forward Tyler Attardo to multi-year-deals.
Carreiro, 24, was drafted second overall by Valour in last fall’s inaugural CPL-U SPORTS Draft. The signing marks an official return to Manitoba for the former York University midfielder, who previously spent time with Toronto FC’s youth program, Dundee FC in Scotland and League1 Ontario’s Woodbridge Strikers.
“We anticipated offering Dylan a contract, and after thorough scouting across the country at various levels, we felt that it should happen sooner rather than later,” Valour head coach Rob Gale said. “We want to give him that platform to get back to his previous level in professional soccer.”
Attardo, 17, comes to the club after impressing at the league’s Open Trials in Winnipeg, where scouts described him as one of the best finishers in Manitoba.
In 2016, the striker was invited to participate in a Residency Academy program in Italy with A.C. Chievo Verona. He was invited to attend again in 2017-18, and spent five months with the club on each occasion.
“Tyler is a player I know well and have been following his progress over the last few years,” Gale said. “We were excited going into the Winnipeg trials to see how he would perform, and to his credit he was the standout player and confirmed the potential that he has. This will be an important step in his early professional soccer career.”
Carreiro and Attardo join Tyson Farago, Jordan Murrell, Skylar Thomas, Raphaël Garcia, Raphael Ohin, Dylan Sacramento, Glenn Muenkat and Stephen Hoyle on Valour’s inaugural roster.