The Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Soccer have announced the inaugural roster for Western Canada’s first Regional EXCEL Centre (REX). Of the 22 players selected, eight are former MUFC players – Emma Hooton (2001), Camila Gomez-Hernandez (2000), Julia Grosso (2000), Emma Regan (2000), Sophie Damian (2000), Faith O’Neill (1999), Simmrin Dhaliwal (1997) and Rachel Jones (1997). In addition, Emma Humphries who most recently coached the MUFC 1998 and 2001 Girls teams, has been named as Girls Elite REX and Academy Assistant Coach.
When asked to comment, MUFC’s Technical Director, Frank Ciaccia was naturally delighted at the announcements, “Since inception, this Club has maintained an unwavering commitment to player development and advancement. This philosophy is the core of our operations and our coaches respect it. The BC Soccer 2-Year Review of the BCSPL revealed MUFC was leading the way in the advancement of players at 30%. To now have this additional group into REX along with Emma, truly validates our efforts and we couldn’t be more proud. I will add this also reflects the fine work our grassroots partner Clubs are doing with these young players. Their programs are doing well in readying these players for the BCSPL standard. Congratulations to all of the girls selected to the REX”.
For more information on the program and the complete roster, please visit this link: http://www.whitecapsfc.com/news/2015/01/vancouver-whitecaps-fc-and-bc-soccer-announce-inaugural-girls-elite-regional-excel-cent