Local soccer products to join SFU Clan

A former Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club defender, and a product of the Port Moody Soccer Club are among five new recruits to the men’s soccer program at Simon Fraser University.

Nikolas Papakyriakopolous, who played at CMFSC before joining the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program in 2018, and PMSC midfielder Kai Vockeroth, who’s from Maple Ridge, will join the Clan this September.

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SFU head coach Clint Schneider said he’s had his eye on Papakyriakopolous for some time.

“He’s a true well-rounded attacking left back and fits our style of play,” he said. “He’s a very good defender one-on-one as well.”

Papakyriakopolous said he like SFU’s proximity to his home in New Westminster and the school’s business program.

In Vockeroth, Schneider said the Clan will be getting a versatile player who can be used in several positions on the pitch.

Other new recruits include: Liam Glennon, a winger from the Thompson Okanagan Football Club; Brody Thomas, the top scorer in Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s U21 division; and netminder Jordan Thorsen, who played with Glennon at Thompson Okanagan.

“Overall, we’re exremely happy with this class we’re brining in,” Schneider said. “They fit the need and identity of what we’re trying to continue to build here at SFU.”

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