Competition: OSL Provincial
The flagship team in the Sigma FC umbrella is a constantly changing mixture of old and new. The senior squad is the home for some of the club's most accomplished players, such as Kyle Bekker (Boston College) and Emery Welshman (Oregon State), when they return home from university.
However, the team is also the launching pad for the U18 players who are preparing to move into the university ranks.
This year's team will include graduating A1 players, many of whom are headed to soccer scholarships in the U.S. Players such as Manny Morgado (Pittsburgh), Jordan Hibbert (Adelphi), Remere Warner (Quinnipiac), Ryan Lyn (Dayton), Lucas Guerriero (Bryant) and Kristian Lee-Him (Appalachain State) to but a few.
Emery Welshman - Siena College / Oregon State
(MAAC Offensive player of the Year 2010)
Kyle Bekker - Boston College
U23 Canadian National Team
Manvir Brar - Simon Fraser U
According to head coach Bobby Smyrniotis, the addition of newer players to the Sigma FC training group makes for a lively, competitive environment for players searching for much sought after playing time.
"There's a balance on the team between the younger and the experienced players," said Smyrnotis. "What we've done, is we're bringing in all our U18, our A1s, together with 12 of our university guys. They are all between the ages of 19-21. Our oldest player on the men's team will be 22."
Mixing the old and new really helps our A1s, explained Smyrniotis. "Many of our players are preparing to go away to university, we have quite a few of them. Being next to the players already down there, the Bekkers, the Emerys, makes for a good competitive environment in training and in games."
Simon Fraser University
Cal State - Stanislaus
There is a roster of 24 players, he adds with a smile. "And only 18 dress for the games."
This competitive environment gets them ready for the next level, he explains. And it teaches the players what to expect when they leave for school, when the week of training often determines who players, and who doesn't.
Is that difficult on the players?
"We had that scenario last year. We had three guys per game that don't dress. That is the normal evolution of the game. The one thing we have to teach these guys is that they are going to go off to a level where this happens," Smyrniotis explains. "It is a natural process of the game, we have a rotation here at Sigma, but it is also performance based."
Once again, the Sigma senior men's team will rely on the strength of the club when players begin leaving for university.
"Once we hit mid-August, all our existing college players leave, then all our A1 players leave as well. The reinforcements come in from the U17s, the 1994s," he explains.
The Sigma Senior men play in the Ontario Soccer League Provincial division. A league Smyrniotis considers a tough loop.
The age range of players is about 24-30 years. "We are talking about good teams, good competition throughout, we are looking forward to the challenge," he said.
"Older players are wise, clever on the field, some players could pick a team apart with one or two passes if you are not expecting it," said Smyrniotis.
"We have to work hard at keeping our possession, using our speed to our advantage and being very good in our decision making on the field."
Appalachian State U.
|Position||Name||University/ Pro experience||Previous Club '10|
|GK||Gregory Ranjitsingh||NA||SIGMA A1|
|GK||Justin Faiola||Western||SIGMA FC|
|D||Arvin Zarkari||NA||SIGMA A1|
|D||Manjrekar James||Garden City CC||SIGMA A1|
|D||Jordan Hibbert||Adelphi University||SIGMA A1|
|D||Julien Perruzza||NA||SIGMA A1|
|D||Aaron Furtado||NA||SIGMA A1|
|D||Nik Giannotta||Hibernian U19||SIGMA FC|
|D||Nick Baisden||Monroe CC||SIGMA FC|
|D||Eric Leal||Groningen U18||SIGMA FC|
|D||Nolan Holdridge||Cal State - Stanislaus||SIGMA FC|
|M||Manny Morgado||Univ. of Pittsburgh||SIGMA A1|
|M||Remere Warner||Quinnipiac University||SIGMA FC|
|M||Nathanial Morris||NA||SIGMA A1|
|M||Kristian Lee-Him||Appalachian St. University||SIGMA A1|
|M||Ian Nanco||NA||SIGMA A1|
|M||Kyle Bekker||Boston College||SIGMA FC|
|M||Manvir Brar||Simon Fraser U||SIGMA FC|
|F||Johnny Grant||Garden City CC||SIGMA A1|
|F||Jordan Stoddart||Bridgton Academy||SIGMA FC|
|F||Jordan Lynch||NA||SIGMA A1|
|F||Lucas Ferritto||Simon Fraser U||SIGMA FC|
|F||Ryan Lyn||University of Dayton||SIGMA A1|
|F||Emery Welshman||Oregon State University||SIGMA FC|
|F||Lucas Guerriero||Bryant University||SIGMA A1|
|F||Michael Campea||Queens University||SIGMA A1|
|F||Jarrett Hamilton||Oral Roberts University||SIGMA FC|
|Head Coach:||Bobby Smyrniotis|
|Asst. Coach:||David Zonneveld|
|Asst. Coach:||Philip Opassinis|
|GK Coach:||Kevin Muldoon|
|Head Physio:||Vince Aggostino|
University of Dayton
University of Pittsburgh