WSA Winnipeg Prepares For Season #5

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2015 Campaign Opens With Challenging Road Trip 

The season opener in the USL Premier Development League is just around the corner for the WSA Winnipeg Wolfpack,  as the young side will travel to St. Louis for a game a week from Sunday on May 17th at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex. WSA will also play a doubleheader in Springfield, Missouri (May 19-20) as well as single games in Chicago (May 22) and Des Moines (May 23) to chew up a good portion of their 7 game road schedule in the opening week of the season.

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(Photo left to right- Aaron Hidalgo-Mazzei, Braeden Hidalgo-Mazzei, Head Coach Eduardo Badescu, Tobias Hyrich-Krueger, Tom Prazak)

During “The Pack”s” first 4 seasons playing out of the Heartland Division of the PDL’s Central Conference, they’ve never managed more than 3 wins, with a 3-5-8 record in 2012 being the high water mark to date. But despite past performance, and the onerous start to this season, star veteran defender Aaron Hidalgo-Mazzei feels a .500 record and a possible playoff berth is a reasonable goal to shoot for. “For us, we’re a really young team. Obviously defense is a very important part of our game. We’ve been working a lot on that in pre-season.”

Hidalgo-Mazzei’s older brother, team mate, and fellow defender Braeden says there’s not much doubt who WSA gets “revved up” to play against. “Thunder Bay, without a doubt, are our biggest rivals. Proximity is the main thing but, yeah, they don’t really like us much either.”

The home opener at WSF Indoor Soccer Complex is set for Wednesday,  June 3rd versus Springfield. WSA’s regular home field at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex on Waverly will not be available until after the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. And while it’s a different gender involved in that event, Braeden agrees the added exposure will benefit “the beautiful game” in general. “Well hopefully that’s the plan, to help build the game in Manitoba.”

A couple of the newcomers expected to contribute on the WSA roster this season are Winnipeg Phoenix FC product Tobias Hyrich-Krueger at forward and 6-4 defender Tom Prazak, a grade 11 student from Glenlawn Collegiate.   Hyrich-Krueger says as a new player “you definitely have to work hard and fight for a starting spot because we’re coming in against veterans who know what it’s about.”


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