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Success Stories Keep Coming For League1 Ontario

By OSA News, 02/11/15, 10:00AM EST


League1 Ontario continues to draw on the success of its first season and the accolades haven't stopped in the off-season.

Last week alone, a number of success stories emerged that paint the picture of a league that is doing what it set out to - providing a platform for young players to make the jump from the youth ranks into the professional realm.

In addition to launching a six team women's division, which caught the eye of John Herdman, Canadian Women's National Team Head Coach, the men's division expanded by the three teams for the 2015 season. The men's team was introduced by Canadian Men's National Team Head Coach Benito Floro. 

There were a number of individual players successes as well. 
Emery Welshman of Sigma FC scored his first international goal for Guyana and then went on trial at MLS' Real Salt Lake. 

Another League1 player, Giuliano Frano, attracted MLS attention and is currently on trial at Seattle Sounders

Vaughan Azzurri's Joseph Di Chiara, the 2014 L1 Cup Final MVP, signed a pro deal in Kazakhstan with FK Okzhetpes.

Additionally, five young men from Vaughan Azzurri, who all played in League1 in 2014, have signed Letters of Intent at top U.S. schools. Congratulations go out to the following young men: Dayonn Harris (Penn State University) Kamal Miller (Syracuse University) Dayne St. Clair (University of Maryland), Lucas Puntillo (Robert Morris University) & Kai Olguin (Robert Morris University). All five will be part of Vaughan's League1 squad for the first half of the 2015 season.