AJAX — The Ajax FC 2004 Red girls’ soccer team has picked up in 2019 right where it left off in 2018.
The under-15 team won its second consecutive Ontario Indoor Cup provincial championship on Jan. 26; playing an age group up, the team won the under-16 title at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Ajax won a tough division in the preliminary round on Jan. 3, going undefeated, to reach the final round of competition.
Ajax FC was up for the physical, fast-paced battles — and ended up winning its division again, advancing to the semifinal against Etobicoke 2003. This was a low-scoring affair, with Ajax FC coming away with a narrow 1-0 victory on a goal by Jaime Pye.
In the final against Woodbridge 2003, the Ajax girls came out flying, with first-half goals by Victoria Jones and Alexa Hardie. That was all the offence needed for a 2-0 decision, and the gold medal in the prestigious indoor tournament.
The Ajax girls went through the final round of five games without conceding a single goal, thanks to some stellar play by goalkeeper Jordyn Chrons-Slaght and the defensive core.
The team had a very impressive 2018 season, capped off by winning the Ontario Regional Tournament of Champions over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Prior to that, the Ajax girls were also Ontario Indoor Cup provincial champions, Ontario Outdoor Cup provincial finalists, CSL league champions, Cherry Beach Admiral Cup champions, Erie Premier Cup finalists and Robbie International Tournament semifinalists.
Team members this year are: Grace Gardiner, Victoria Jones, Jahnyah Carino-Gittens, Alexa Hardie, Emalee Fannin, Meagan Renda, Reanna Joseph-Hendricks, Caitlyn Sinda, Alyssa Saarinen, Emilie Urrasio, Erin Michalicka, Jordyn Chrons-Slaght, Jaime Pye, Sophia Aishford, Emma DaSilva, Crimson Dennison and Sydney Harris.
Maya Harrison, Olivia Sampson, Isabella Liwak and Simone Tjin played for the team last year.
Team staff includes head coach Scott Hardie, assistant Leo Urrasio and manager Rita Urrasio.
It is with great pleasure that we announce Ajax FC’s Ameer Madden (01 Boys) has committed to attend Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Congratulations to Ameer, his dad Prince and mother Rose. Ameer has been the biggest advocate for our 01 team and helped to attract several players to play with us over the years. It is great to see Ameer's loyalty pay off.
Ameer will make a great addition to the River Hawks.
Two scholarships down from this talented squad and many more to come!
Ajax FC's '97 Boys Red Dayne St. Clair is living out his childhood dream.
He enters the league as a Generation Adidas athlete — one of seven this year — which allows him to become a professional a year early and earn a salary higher than the league minimum.
It also means he will have to forgo his final season at the University of Maryland, where he recently led the Terrapins to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship without allowing a goal in five tournament games.
But, after weighing his options, he determined it was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
“Seeing how the league is growing, especially in the last few years, it’s been blessed not just in terms of players but also facilities and the viewership as well,” he said by phone from Minnesota, where the team has begun training camp. “I think it’s a massive opportunity. When I was younger I wasn’t sure where I wanted to play pro, but seeing the growth of the league, it’s something that I wanted to do.”
Although perhaps not sure where, St. Clair has long known exactly what he wanted to do while growing up in Scarborough and later Pickering. Having played “since I could walk basically,” St. Clair was quick to cite the "beautiful game" whenever he was asked about his future.
“In grade school when you get the little sheet of what you want to do, people would be saying super heroes and things like that, but I had professional soccer player,” he recalled. “Of course, I didn’t know what kind of path it would be, but it was something that I always aspired to be.”
St. Clair started with soccer in Scarborough and also played in Pickering, Ajax and Vaughan before earning a scholarship out of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School to Maryland in 2015.
He played in only two games as a freshman in 2015 — although he earned his first shutout — and was red-shirted in 2016, in part owing to commitments to Canada’s under-20 national team.
St. Clair joins a Minnesota team that has been in the MLS for just two seasons and has yet to make the playoffs. The team will move into a new stadium, Allianz Field, in April after playing its first five games of the season on the road.
One of only two goalkeepers on the roster, St. Clair hopes to get solid playing time and make an immediate impact.
While he hopes to represent Canada again in the coming years, he says his professional focus is squarely on the here and now.
“It’s a process, and I’m just taking it day by day,” he said, when asked about potentially playing overseas down the road. “Right now my full focus is on preparing myself here, because this is where I am and I’m happy to be here. If opportunities come in the future, I may look at them, but right now I’m very happy where I am.”
He’s young. He’s talented. He’s Canadian.
Derek Cornelius is the trifecta that Vancouver Whitecaps fans want to see in a new signing.
The 6-2, 190-pound, left-footed centreback agreed to terms with the Major League Soccer side this week. It’s a multi-year deal including team options, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Cornelius is a rising star with the Canadian national team, being named the 2018 Canadian Youth International Player of the Year in December, and most recently spent the past two seasons with Serbian Superliga club FK Javor Ivanjica.
The Whitecaps made the deal official on Friday.
“Derek is one of the top young players in a new generation of Canadian talent,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “For his age, he has the right composure and characteristics we look for at the centre back position. We have followed his progress within Canada Soccer and believe he has developed in the right way. He has also been exposed to different environments and this is always good for a player’s development.
“We are working hard to build this roster and will be announcing additional player acquisitions very soon.”
he 21-year-old Ajax, Ont., athlete was capped three times with the Canadian senior side in 2018 after a standout showing with Canada’s U-21 side at the Toulon Tournament, where Les Rouges only lost a single game and conceded just a single goal in the group stage.
In his three appearances with the senior team, all CONCACAF Nations League qualifying, Canada didn’t surrender a goal.
Cornelius has been in the national team program since the age of 15, a year before he moved to Germany to play for VfB Lübeck’s U-19 side, then on to the senior side in the country’s fourth division. He spent two years there before transferring to VfR Neumünster for the 2017 season.
“Vancouver is a club that I’ve followed for a few years and I’m extremely excited to now be a part of it,” said Cornelius. “This is a good opportunity for me to show the city and club what I can do as an individual and to not just come through, but to really leave my mark here. I look forward to playing in front of the passionate supporters and doing whatever it takes to help the club win.”
The only other centreback currently on the Caps’ roster is Cornelius’s Canada running mate, Doneil Henry, though more CB signings are expected in the next few weeks. His familiarity of playing alongside Henry works in his favour, though it’s likely he won’t be tabbed as a full-fledged starter when the season starts.
The Caps have made few moves this off-season, mostly depth-related. Midfielder Andy Rose (Motherwell), and fullback Victor “PC” Giro (Orlando City) were added to the back line, while Zac MacMath (Colorado Rapids) and Maxime Crepeau (Ottawa Fury) will battle to be the No. 1 goalkeeper.
Sources inside the Whitecaps’ organization say they are in negotiations with high-profile targets, but any announcements would come after the closing of the European transfer market at the end of the month. That’s likely because it would give the teams losing the player time to sign a replacement, or if the Caps’ target had multiple offers — or was waiting on a more lucrative one — it would give some time to make a decision.
The MLS transfer window opens Feb. 7. The team leaves for its pre-season tournament in Hawaii on Jan. 31.
Algoma University Varsity Athletics is pleased to announce that Aidan McMillan has signed with the Men's Thunderbird Soccer program for the 2019/ 20 season. Aidan is a midfielder from Whitby, Ontario who currently plays for Ajax FC.
Aidan will be studying in the four year Psychology program. He chose Algoma U because he likes the idea of small class sizes and the community feel of the campus."
Head Coach of Thunderbird Soccer Neil Ovey says "Aidan is a solid midfield player who great in the transition from defense to offense and has good range of passing."
Algoma University Varsity Athletics Welcomes Aidan to the Thunderbird Family!
Winnipeg’s new professional soccer team has made its first signing.
Valour FC announced Thursday it had signed 6’4″ defender Skylar Thomas to a multi-year deal.
Thomas, 25, is a veteran of the United Soccer League (USL), where he made almost 50 appearances as a member of the Charleston Battery.
He was a first-round MLS draft pick in 2015, chosen 11th overall by Toronto FC, and went on to play for their USL affiliate, Toronto FC II.
Valour FC coach and general manager Rob Gale has a history with Thomas, having coached him at the Olympic team level with Canada’s U23 squad.
“He’s a centre-back of good stature, strong, athletic, quick and good in the air,” said Gale. “Our fans will enjoy watching him play and we’re lucky to have him in the Canadian Premier League.”
Thomas said he’s excited to get to Winnipeg and to contribute to a winning culture for Valour FC in the CPL’s inaugural season.
He’ll join the club for pre-season in March.
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