For the first time in the team’s history, a WSA Winnipeg graduate will get the chance to play for the Canadian men’s national soccer team. Local goalkeeper Tyson Farago is one of 23 players named to the Canadian squad ahead of a friendly against the United States in February.
Now a member of FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League, Farago is back home in Winnipeg staying in shape. It was at home where the former U of W student got the call.
“I actually missed the call and I had to call back.” Fargago told 680 CJOB, “I was taken back and extremely excited.”
This is not the first time that the former PDL saves leader is marking a first for his local club. Farago became the first WSA Winnipeg player to sign a pro contract when he was picked up by FC Edmonton in 2014. And his roots remain strong to Winnipeg.
“I am a Winnipeg boy through and through and it feels special to represent my country and look back at the University and WSA and flaunt where I came from.”
Farago may get an opportunity to show what the homegrown development can offer to his country. Canada’s regular goalkeepers are not part of this team, giving Farago and the other newcomers a chance to show their stuff.
“I’m really excited and if I get in I will make the most of it.” Farago said while adding the excitement of playing with the country’s best players. MLS Rookie of the year Cyle Larin and team captain Julian De Guzman are among the group called into camp.
The local roots run strong in this latest camp called by head coach Benito Floro. Farago is not the lone Winnipegger on the roster. Vancouver Whitecaps youngsters Kianz Froese and Marco Bustos will also be a part of the squad ahead of the February 5th match. Canada will face the United States in Carson California at 9:30 CT.