Winnipeg’s pro soccer team has signed a pair of local athletes to multi-year contracts.
Forward Tyler Attardo and midfielder Dylan Carriero – both from Winnipeg – are the latest addition’s to Valour FC’s inaugural roster.
It’s the first pro contract for the 6’2″ Attardo, 17, who represented Manitoba on provincial teams at the U-13 and U-15 levels.
He has also played locally with FC Northwest and Winnipeg Phoenix FC.
In 2016 and 2017, Attardo spent time in Italy as part of a residency program with Serie A squad AC Chievo Verona. He spent five months with the club on each occasion.
“Tyler is a player I know well and have been following his progress over the last few years,” said Rob Gale, Valour FC manager Rob Gale.
“This will be an important step in his early professional soccer career.”
Carreiro, Valour’s first-ever draft pick (second overall), is a 24-year-old veteran of League 1 Ontario, who also spent time in Scotland playing for Dundee and Arbroath, as well as York University.
“We anticipated offering Dylan a contract, and after thorough scouting across the country at various levels, we felt that it should happen sooner rather than later,” said Gale.
“We want to give him that platform to get back to his previous level in professional soccer.