In 2015, he accomplished his lifelong goal of playing professional soccer. Next year, a healthy Brett Levis hopes to take his career to the next level.
His first season was bittersweet. Levis finished tied for third on his team with four goals, but he likely would have scored more if it weren’t for a ruptured ligament in his left ankle.
Nevertheless, the Saskatoon product’s performance when healthy was enough to earn Levis a new contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 for the 2016 United Soccer League (USL) season.
“I know it’s pretty cliché, but it’s pretty surreal,” said Levis in a phone interview.
“The opportunity I’ve been given, every day, I just relish in it.”
Next year will be his second season in the USL, playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, which is essentially the farm team of the Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer (MLS) squad.
The USL is two tiers below the MLS, which is the highest level of pro soccer in Canada and the United States.
The former Saskatchewan Huskies soccer player believes that if he can stay healthy and put up big numbers this season, then he may earn an opportunity to play in the MLS.
“It’s that close, but I would also say this is the hardest jump to make,” said Levis.
“A few times last year I was called up to train with the first team and be in that environment with those players. It just reiterates how badly I want it and how close it really is.”