Woodbridge, ON (August 21, 2018) – Peter Pinizzotto says the Canadian Premier League and, specifically, York 9 FC could be an outlet for young players developing at clubs throughout York Region.
During his time as Technical Director of Woodbridge Strikers, Pinizzotto recalled a number of Woodbridge players that have received college scholarships to play in the U.S. before being drafted by MLS clubs.
Now, there’s another path for young Canadians who dream of playing at the next level. “Our club has a history of developing young quality players and it will be a lot easier now to make sure our kids have another pathway,” Pinizzotto said. “Part of our club is to develop players.” Pinizzotto oversees more than 3,500 players, making Woodbridge Strikers one of the largest clubs in the region.
The Strikers’ senior squad competes in League1 Ontario, a semi-professional league consisting of 17 teams across the province. Many of those players could eventually join CPL clubs in the future. “I think it’s important for many reasons,” Pinizzotto said of York 9 FC. “One reason is it gives opportunities to Canadian kids that are in York Region and that’s very important to most clubs in York Region. Pinizzotto sees York 9 FC as another pathway for York Region players to develop in a professional environment which can only help grow soccer in Canada and get the national team back to the World Cup. “The CPL is another option for players who have a certain talent to play at a professional level,” Pinizzotto said. “So, I think it’s great that we have our own Canadian professional league. “This can help the future of soccer in Canada.”
York 9 FC is currently accepting membership deposits at York9Football.club ahead of the CPL’s inaugural 2019 season.
The club has vowed to work closely with the nine municipalities that make up York Region, as well as the 15 clubs that reside inside its boundaries.
With aspirations to eventually construct a permanent home in York Region, the CPL club will play its home games at York University in 2019.
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