Pour lire en français, cliquez ici. Toronto, ON (November 11, 2019) – The Canadian Premier League is pleased to announce the 14 draft picks from the CPL-U SPORTS draft held following the 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship Presented by La Cage – Brasserie sportive in Montreal November 7-10. Fourteen players will be invited to CPL Clubs’ preseason camp in early 2020. Since 2018, at the conclusion of the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship, the Canadian Premier League holds a draft for eligible U SPORTS men’s soccer players who have registered and declared themselves ‘available’ to be selected through the League’s annual draft. This draft is open to any eligible U SPORTS underclassman that register for the draft. The CPL-U SPORTS Draft consisted of two rounds, seven picks in each round. This truly unique partnership between the Canadian Premier League and U SPORTS provides student-athletes with an opportunity to be signed to a CPL-U SPORTS Developmental Contract that allows a student-athlete with one to four years of U SPORTS eligibility remaining to sign with a CPL Club, while preserving their eligibility before returning to U SPORTS competition. The player draft picks were announced in succession on November 11th, 2019 at 7:00pm ET on CanPL.ca and on IGTV @cplsoccer. 1st Round CPL-U SPORTS draft selection: 1. HFX Wanderers - Cory Bent, Cape Breton University 2. Valour FC - Marcus Campanile, Cape Breton University 3. Pacific FC - Jan Pirretas Glasmacher, Thompson Rivers University 4. FC Edmonton - David Chung, University of Alberta 5. York9 FC - Stefan Karajovanovic, Carleton University 6. Cavalry FC - Gabriel Bitar, Carleton University 7. Forge FC - Gabriel Balbinotti, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 2nd Round CPL-U SPORTS Draft Selection: 8. Forge FC - Alex Zis, University of Guelph 9. Cavalry FC - Moe El Gandour, Mount Royal University 10. York 9 FC - Isaiah Johnston, Cape Breton University 11. FC Edmonton - Jacob Bosch, University of Alberta 12. Pacific FC - Tommy Gardner, University of British Columbia 13. Valour FC - Charlie Waters, Cape Breton University 14. HFX Wanderers - Jake Ruby, Trinity Western University *the draft order was based off of the Club's regular season record over the course of both the Spring and Fall Competition and was formatted in a "snake draft" order with HFX Wanderers receiving the first-round selection. This truly unique partnership between the CPL and U SPORTS provides student-athletes with an opportunity to be signed to a CPL-U SPORTS Developmental Contract. This will allow an athlete with one to four years of eligibility remaining to play with a CPL club in the spring and summer before returning to U SPORTS competition. To read more about the CPL-U SPORTS Draft and draft selections, click here. -30-
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U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, over 20,000 student-athletes and 900 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous World University Championships. For further information, visit USPORTS.ca or follow us on: Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: @USPORTSca Facebook: @USPORTSCanada Media Contacts: Micki Benedetti Vice President Communications Canadian Premier League micki.benedetti@canpl.ca John Bower Alan Hudes Director, Marketing and Communications Manager, Communications and Content U SPORTS U SPORTS Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 241 Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242 Cell: 780-667-5646 Cell: 647-991-5343 jbower@usports.ca ahudes@usports.ca

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