BMO Featured Players

Whitecaps FC and BMO share a commitment to developing young soccer talent through a coast-to-coast network of Whitecaps BMO Academy Centres.
With World Cup 2026 fast approaching, get to know below some of your future Canadian stars with our Whitecaps FC BMO “Ones to Watch” and “Players of the Month”

Ones to Watch

Ellie Lancaster – BMO Whitecaps FC Nova Scotia Academy

Players of the Month – October

Name: Mattie Majestic
Birth Year: 2010
What his coaches say: “Mattie is a real joy to work with online every week, he shows a real passion and love for improving anyway he can. Mattie’s first touch has really improved during his time with us and we look forward to seeing more improvements”
CMSA North
Name: Shaden Al-Asad
Birth Year: 2008
What her coaches say: “Shaden has been in our academy network for the past three years and has always displayed an excellent capacity to learn. Shaden is a creative player who is especially effective as an attacker in various 1v1 scenarios. Shaden also has excellent shooting ability from both inside and outside the box. These two technical tools help Shaden stand out and this was illustrated with Shaden being the youngest player in the REX group for this year! Keep it up!”
Name: Ben Zimola
Birth Year: 2008
What his coaches say: “Ben has been in our academy centre programs for a few years now and his growth has really accelerated in the past year. Ben’s “wow” factor is his change of pace with the ball, which in the modern game is very impactful. Ben is also technically efficient in different receiving scenarios which helps him execute his next action – dribble/pass/cross effectively. Keep mastering the ball Ben as you have a special tool which is difficult to teach already – change of pace!”
CMSA South
Name: Gabriella Mehillaj
Birth Year: 2012
What her coaches say: “Gabriella has been an exceptional addition to our Whitecaps FC BMO Academy in Calgary. We first noticed Gabi at our summer camp and what really stood out was her excellent dribbling ability in different 1v1 scenarios. Gabi clearly spends a lot of time with her soccer ball as her first touch is very precise when the ball comes towards her from different heights, weights, and angles. Gabi is a fantastic person who always trains with enthusiasm and one thing we have noticed is how much she encourages the quieter players in the group to do well! Keep it up Gabi!”
Name: Shicheng Zhang
Birth Year: 2009
What his coaches say: “Shicheng is an intelligent individual who came into our academy a couple of years ago. Shicheng has an excellent approach to training. He always trains with enthusiasm and no shortage of skill. Shicheng has excellent technical ability and is especially productive in 1v1 situations in different scenarios and also has excellent short to mid range passing ability. Shicheng should look to fine tune these good qualities and turn them into special qualities. The “wow ” factor is what we are looking for in young players as they progress through our pathway!”
Lethbridge
Name: Deacon Stang
Birth Year: 2012
What his coaches say: “Deacon has been a constant presence in the C2C program and has shown excellence in this phase of training. His relationship with the ball is very good and he has the ability to manipulate the ball in tight spaces away from pressure as a CB. Great work ethic and always up to give a word of encouragement to teammates. Looking forward to continuing to see his development!”
Okotoks
Name: Lucas Oncea
Birth Year: 2012
What his coaches say: “Lucas has been a part of our program for the past year and has been catching the eye with some excellent performances in training. Lucas is very efficient in 1v1 situations and also possesses a venomous shot from distance. Lucas should continue to work on these qualities as this is what makes him stand out in games and gives him that “wow” factor. Lucas also has an excellent attitude to training and tries very hard to learn quickly some of the more advanced moves that we teach. Keep up the good work Lucas!”
Kootenays West
Name: Luka Denkovski
Birth Year: 2012
What his coaches say: “Luka is a fantastic competitor and shows a great mentality in every training session. Luka is always listening to the coaches and tries to take on as much information as he can. He has really improved his dribbling skills and the coaches are really happy with his development. Awesome work, Luka!”
Kootenays East
Name: Hailey Conroy
Birth Year: 2006
What her coaches say: “I have been very impressed with the energy and excitement for the game that the players displayed so far in my first few weeks in the East Kootenays. Although there were many choices, one particular player who has stood out to me is Hailey Conroy. An exciting player who has demonstrated a great attitude and an eagerness to learn. I can see the drive she has to take her game to the next level. She has impressed with her speed of play, has an eye for goal, and overall can raise the level of a session, thus pushing those around her to do more.
Great work Hailey! Keep it up and I look forward to coaching you”
Kootenays South
Name: Dominick Starr
Birth Year: 2010
What his coaches say: “Dominick has shown tremendous growth as a player and person over his time in the academy. He has developed some amazing GK skills and displays a fearlessness that is powerful to watch. We’ve been really impressed, Dominick. Keep up the great work!”
Name: Keira Dolsen
Birth Year: 2007
What her coaches say: “Keira’s commitment has been great. Since the pandemic, she hasn’t missed anything soccer related and has always had a great attitude in practices and games. She is a leader by example and a pleasure to coach!”
Name: Justin Deschamp
Birth Year: 2007
What his coaches say: “Justin has been a consistent member of our Whitecaps London goalkeeper union. He rarely misses a session, always bringing a positive attitude, great work rate, and willingness to learn, compete and succeed. Justin has developed into a leader both on and off the field in both his team setting and at our goalkeeper sessions, often helping other goalkeepers around him with their development. Justin’s willingness to learn, develop, and improve has helped him progress as a goalkeeper, player and young man. He is a pleasure to work with and I would like to congratulate him on his player of the month award”
Mainland Academy – Girls
Name: Giselle Garcia
Birth Year: 2012
What her coaches say: “Giselle has come in the academy with a great attitude and work rate and has shown good quality, so much so we moved her up a few groups right away. She also received an instant invite into our prospects. Well done Giselle!”
Mainland Academy – Boys
Name: Ennio Q
Birth Year: 2010
What his coaches say: “Ennio has really been improving this month, he has a great energy and passion every session and his 1v1 attacking has improved. Ennio is a great example for all of our players. His hardwork every session is a real treat to be around”

Name: Nick Walpak
Birth Year: 2005
What his coaches say: “Nick is a very consistent player in terms of his application and commitment to training, it is great to have him back in our fulltime environment. Keep working hard and being open to new levels of ability”

Name: Ellie Power
Birth Year: 2006
What her coaches say: “’Incredibly shrewd striker who has been performing well and leaving her mark even at the senior level. A talent that needs to be followed closely”
Name: Yorgos Gavas
Birth Year: 2006
What his coaches say: “Yorgos is the first male player from the WFC Nova Scotia BMO Academy Centre to be offered a full-time position in the Whitecaps FC MLS Academy in Vancouver. Yorgos moved to BC in August to join the U16 team for the 2021-22 season after a successful trial in July. The MLS Academy teams compete at the highest level of youth soccer in North America. Congratulations on the selection Yorgos and best of luck on your new journey”
Kamloops
Name: Anna Goodsell
Birth Year: 2008
What her coaches say: “Anna has been in our academy for close to two years and has been a wonderful addition to our program.  Anna listens very well and works diligently to improve her technical abilities.  Although quiet, she works hard and has a great attitude and is always wanting to improve. Our coaching loves working with Anna and continuing her development in the game”
Name: Ben Kroad
Birth Year: 2008
What his coaches say: “Ben has been in our academy for over three years. It has been great to see Ben continually improve and work so diligently to get better every day.  He has a great attitude and work ethic and is always listening, learning and striving to get better.  As a coach it is wonderful to work with players like this on a continual basis and see their love and passion for the game grow. Great work Ben!”
Name: Violet McDonald
Birth Year: 2009
What her coaches say: “Violet is a creative striker who can also play in wide positions. She uses her footwork and vision to elude defenders and create goal scoring chances for herself and her team. She is working to improve her left foot to become even more of a threat. She is a student of the game and always asks questions about how she can improve. You can tell she loves the game and has a very bright future”
Name: Sebastien Alain
Birth Year: 2010
What his coaches say: “Seb is a natural wingback that has good defensive awareness. He is improving his ability to join the attack. He trains hard and always plays with a smile on his face. Seb is a pleasure to coach”
Name: Jaycee Unterschute
Birth Year: 2009
What her coaches say: “Jaycee has started the program on fire! A hardworking player with an excellent eye for a pass, Jaycee has flourished playing against the boys whom she refuses to give time on the ball. Using her excellent ball control, and vision to find a pass, Jaycee rarely gives the ball away and can always be found demanding to receive it. Great job Jaycee, keep up the hard-work!”
Name: Landon Bagonluri
Birth Year: 2008
What his coaches say: “Landon has had a fantastic first month of the program since our restart. As a goalkeeper, Landon brings excellent reflexes, anticipation, and bravery to the role and can at times be unbeatable during sessions. Coupled with his excellent work rate and desire to improve, Landon is a role model for the rest of the group. Great job Landon”
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Ebalo Amuri Manitoba BMO Academy Centre
Elizabeth Hanson Saskatchewan BMO Academy Centre
Isaac Boehmer Okanagan BMO Academy Centre
Joe Hanson Yukon BMO Academy Centre
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Kyle Steenstra Alberta BMO Academy Centre
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Molly Mertin Northwest BMO Academy Centre
Owen Antoniuk Alberta BMO Academy Centre
Riad Jaha PEI BMO Academy Centre
Sarina Tait Kelowna BMO Academy Centre
Taya Short Kootenays West BMO Academy Centre
Thomas Hasal Saskatchewan BMO Academy Centre

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