SASKATOON – Brett Levis’ lifelong goal has always been to play professional soccer. This summer that dream came true when the Saskatoon born midfielder suited up for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.
“It is one of those things that I have been working towards my entire life,” said Levis. ”To finally make that step to the pro level was amazing.”
However, he hit a major road block in his first season in the United Soccer League (USL).
Levis ruptured a ligament in his left ankle, an injury that cost him valuable time on the pitch. Levis spent two months watching helplessly from the sidelines.
It was especially frustrating for Levis, because at the time the future of his career was uncertain. He didn’t have a contract to play in the USL next season.
“As soon as it happened, I knew immediately that it was going to be an injury that was going to keep me out for a while.” Levis recalls. “But I came back and worked as hard as I could doing the rehab, doing absolutely everything I needed to do to get back.”
When he finally returned to the pitch for the final two games of the season, he made every second count. Levis scored twice in Vancouver’s final game of the season, elevating his goal total to four.
Even though he missed over a quarter of the season, he still managed to finish fourth on his team in points (10), and third in goals (4). His performance was impressive enough for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to re-sign Levis at the end of the season.
Levis hopes to stay healthy in his second pro campaign. He wants to play for a full season so he can truly show the team what he’s capable of. The former Saskatchewan Huskies striker still dreams of playing in the MLS, the highest level of soccer in Canada and the United States.
“It’s close, but I also think that it’s one of the biggest steps.” said Levis. “It’s faster, it’s stronger, but I do think I’m capable of getting there.”
No Saskatoon born player has ever cracked an MLS roster. If Levis keeps progressing on the pitch, he could become the first.