USL News Release
Monday, December 13, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is pleased to announce that WSA Winnipeg will become the newest member of the Premier Development League. Beginning in the 2011 season, WSA Winnipeg will play a 16-game schedule between the months of May-August, with stadium and tryout information to be announced at a later date.
The announcement is a great achievement for the city of Winnipeg and welcoming news for the province’s large soccer fan base. Winnipeg’s World Soccer Academy (WSA) and its principals - Eduardo Badescu, William Rosales and Costas Ignat – will operate the new team.
“We are impressed by the level of commitment demonstrated by Eduardo Badescu and his partners, as well as the enthusiasm of the province’s large soccer community,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “As a former Winnipegger I have no doubt that WSA Winnipeg will immediately become a strong organization, both on and off the field, and will help set the bar high for other PDL teams.”
WSA Winnipeg is expected to compete in the Heartland Division of the PDL, the top U23 men’s league in North America. The PDL provides Major League Soccer with a large portion of its talent pool, with 48 former PDL players selected at the 2010 MLS Draft alone. Most importantly, WSA Winnipeg will provide an opportunity for aspiring local soccer players to break into the professional ranks, as the majority of the WSA Winnipeg squad will come from local academies.
To further boost the profile of the Winnipeg franchise, local heavyweight and internationally-recognized corporation Mondetta has jumped on board as principal sponsors. Mondetta, a well-recognized brand in Canadian professional sports, will outfit the team and provide official team merchandise. Several other companies from the local business community are also expected to support the new franchise at various sponsor levels.
“Winnipeg has been anticipating the return of elite soccer and we feel the soccer fans of this province will embrace the new franchise with great enthusiasm,” Badescu said. “We are euphoric and invite all soccer fans province-wide to come out and support our new team.”
For ticket or sponsorship information, please visit www.wsawinnipeg.ca.