WINNIPEG, MB., November 13, 2018 – Valour FC selected three players in the 2018 CPL–U SPORTS Draft following the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship at UBC in Vancouver, BC.
With their first pick, second overall, Valour FC selected Winnipeg-born midfielder Dylan Carreiro from York University.
Carreiro, (5’8”, York University, January 20, 1995 in Winnipeg, MB) attended Clifton School and Garden City Collegiate before moving to Toronto where he attends York University. Since 2016, he has played with League1 Ontario side Woodbridge Strikers, making 36 appearances and scoring 12 goals in both league and cup play.
The midfielder began his professional career playing with Toronto FC’s youth team (MLS, 2010-2012) and moved abroad to play with the Queens Park Rangers (English Championship, 2012-2014). He then signed with Dundee of the Scottish Premier League in 2014. That same season, he also played on loan to Scottish League One club Arbroath F.C.
The Winnipegger formerly played for the Canada U17 team under the direction of current Valour FC Head Coach & General Manager, Rob Gale, and stayed on through U18 and U20, serving as the team captain on every squad.
In the second round, 13th overall, Valour FC selected defender Lewis White from Cape Breton University (CBU).
White, (5’10”, Cape Breton University, January 15, 1998 in Musselburgh, UK), signed with the Glasgow Rangers in 2013, playing with their development squad. He was called up to play for the U16 Scottish National team, making his debut April 9, 2013 against Italy. The left back then joined Cape Breton University in 2017.
In the third round, 16th overall, Valour FC selected midfielder Jack Simpson, also out of Cape Breton University.
Simpson, (5’8”, Cape Breton University, January 8, 1997 in Redding, UK) spent time in Scotland with both Heart of Midlothian FC and Hamilton Academical FC before coming to Canada.
“Dylan is a player that I have a history with as former coach of the Canada U17 and U20 squads, so I know him very well,” said Gale. “Lewis White comes from a good pedigree with some professional experience under his belt, and Jack Simpson showed very well at the U SPORTS Championship. All three exhibit great character and have a lot to offer.”
Carreiro, White, and Simpson have been invited to Valour FC’s preseason camp in early 2019 for the chance to sign a development contract with the club.