VAN ISLE – The final day of Canadian Premier League (CPL) Got Game Open Trials did not disappoint, as trialists embarked on a full day of matches on November 6 at the University of Victoria. An original group of 226 was narrowed down to a final group of 34, who were invited back for one last afternoon scrimmage as they fought to earn an invitation from a CPL club.
While no specific details were provided regarding player invitations, coaches—including Pacific Football Club’s Michael Silberbauer—alluded to interest being shown to a number of trialists.
“It’s still early in the process but I think some of the kids here have deserved to get a call for preseason,” Silberbauer said to CPL’s Kurt Larson during an interview on Tuesday. “I do think a couple of them could come in and we can see them in our environment.”
Tuesday marked not only the final day of Vancouver Island’s Open Trial event, but the final day of the league’s cross-country Open Trials overall. In total, the league touched down in seven Canadian cities, providing an opportunity for aspiring professionals from all corners of Canada to chase their dreams in front of the league’s seven clubs.
Focus now shifts to the league’s CPL/U SPORTS Draft, taking place following this upcoming weekend’s U SPORTS Men’s National Soccer Championships at the University of British Columbia.