(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s soccer team took a massive step in solidifying its back end for years to come as coach Pat Rohla officially announced the signing of Whitecaps FC Residency defender Vaggeli Boucas (Langley) Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10 centre back, who graduated from DW Poppy Secondary in 2014, will join his hometown Spartans this fall after playing within the Whitecaps FC Residency program for the last three years at both the U16 and U18 levels.
Since joining the Whitecaps program in 2012, Boucas has been a key member of both the U16 and U18 sides. In his first year with the U16 Residency team, Boucas started all 25 games. In his second year, he jumped up to the U18 side and played in 24 of his team’s 27 games and started 15 of those contests.
This year, Boucas has started all 16 games he’s played and has helped the U18 team to a league-leading 12-2-3 record in the West Conference of the USSDA (U.S. Soccer Development Academy).
“Vaggeli is a key addition to our roster,” Rohla said. “He will give us a competitive edge, stability, and experience in a vital position on the field. Vaggeli is a strong and capable player that will give direction and assurance in the spine of the team. We are doubly pleased by the fact that he is a local product that has done well, passed up opportunities in the United States and come to us. He has great character, comes from a strong family and is a good team leader. He is an excellent fit for us and we are ecstatic that he has joined us.”
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC Residency, Boucas put together an impressive résumé that saw him capture both a BC provincial championship, where he was named the provincial cup MVP, and Canadian national championships with his Surrey United U16 team. Boucas has also played with B.C. provincial teams from U13 through U16.
“I personally feel that TWU is a great fit for me,” Boucas said. “I feel it will help me progress in the right direction in football as well as help me achieve my goals and aspirations of becoming a professional footballer. However, I also want to get a good education, which is another reason I chose TWU. I know they are an educationally-based school and will help direct me towards the path I want to take beyond university.”
Last year, the TWU men’s soccer team finished fifth in the Pacific Division with a 3-6-3 regular season record.