The University of Saskatchewan men’s soccer program is pleased to announce 10 additions to the 2017-18 Huskies’ roster.
The recruitment class to the Huskies includes Zach Edwards, Kwami Opoku, Joseph Powell, Patrick Pranger, Ekior-Dourde Mieyefa, Diego Godoy, Jordan Verones, Aidan Taylor and U SPORTS transfers Tobias Hyrich-Krueger and Joshua Dielman.
“This year’s recruiting class could be the deepest and most diverse groups in program history,” said now full-time head coach Bryce Chapman. “Players are joining us from as far away as Austria, Coquitlam, Calgary and Winnipeg and with that we are very excited with the quality, academic goals and character of all these players.”
The Huskies opened fall training camp Tuesday and open the Canada West season on August 26th at 2 p.m. on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
2017 RECRUITING CLASS
Zach Edwards, Centre Back
High school: Centennial Collegiate
Previous Club: Saskatchewan Whitecaps Academy
- 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Team Sask soccer
- 2012 and 2016 Club Nationals
- 2013-2016 Whitecaps Showcase, All-star at 2015 Showcase
- 2014-2016 Centennial Collegiate Male Soccer MVP
- 2013 Centennial Collegiate Male Soccer Rookie of the Year
I chose the Huskies because of the familiarity with the program. Having played for Bryce for so many years makes the transition into university soccer that much easier. The opportunity to play at home in front of friends and family was also a great opportunity. I hope to continue to add to the great success this program has had in the past and look forward for what’s to come.
Zach is another product of Whitecaps Saskatchewan Academy that will play a significant role in our university program. He is athletic, his compete level is always at its highest and he is a proven winner!
Kwame Opoku, Winger
High School: American School of Paris
Previous Club: Calgary Foothills FC U23 (PDL)
- American School of Paris (ASP) Varsity Soccer Team
o Captained ASP Soccer team both in my Junior (2013) and Senior (2014) years and took the team to ISST (International Schools Sports Tournament)
o Selected for ISSTs “All-Star” Team of the tournament (2014)
- FC Rueil-Malmasion, Paris, France
o Striker for U17 (2013) & U19 (2014), Division 1 Soccer Club in Paris. Was often called to play-up for Senior Team Play
- Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, Canada
o Playing for Foothills, I was selected for the Provincial Soccer Team of Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) for U14 & U16
o Selected for the Canadian National Training Center (NTC) from U13 to U16
o Captained Foothills 97s and took the team to win the Alberta Provincial Club Champions, and also came 3rd in Canadian National Club Soccer Championships U16 in 2013
o Won the Alberta Provincial Club Champions, and also came 2nd in Canadian National Club Soccer Championships U18 in 2015
o Selected to play for Calgary Foothill U23 PDL in 2017
I made my decision to play for the Huskies due to the fact that education and sports are put on the same level. The boys on the team treat one another like brothers and no one is left out. From the 2 months I trained with the team and Coach Bryce, everyone treated me as part of the team and helped me to improve or see things in a different way. All of this made the decision for me to play with the men’s soccer team an easy one.
Kwame brings experience and a great quality in his game. He will provide leadership immediately which will be key with a young group.
Joseph Powell, Centre Midfield
City: Coquitlam, B.C.
Highschool: Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
Previous Clubs: Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club