The Canadian Premier League held its underground sports draft late last week, and some Ontario Tech men’s soccer players were among the 16 names announced.

Even though both players have moved in, they know they still have a lot to do to form the team.

“It’s one of the highlights of my life and a moment I’ll never forget,” said Christopher Campoli, who finished fourth in the standings for York United FC.

Campoli has been around football since he was four. The Ontario Tech Ridgeback was the first player in school history to be selected in the CPL U Sports draft.

“You obviously dream of that. As a kid who grew up with soccer, the ultimate goal is always to play professional soccer. So when I sit on my couch with my whole family and watch this design and your name is mentioned, it’s really just a special feeling, ”said Campoli.

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Campoli won’t be the only Ridgeback looking to make a name for themselves at York United FC. Danial Rafisamii was also selected as 13th overall by the club.

“All day I was just nervous – couldn’t eat, I just couldn’t do anything. I just sat on my couch and thought, ‘Is today the day? Is today the day “said Rafisamii.

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Both players were unable to show their skills on the pitch this year as the pandemic canceled the season. But both Campoli and Rafisamii excelled the year before and are looking forward to playing at the next level.

“I like to score goals, I like to beat players by dribbling and I am always looking for the most threatening option to attack,” said Campoli.

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“I can hit a good long ball, I have good passing range and I always work for the team,” said Rafisamii.

Ridgebacks trainer Ramin Mohammadi has been with these guys for a few years.

He says it’s great for the program and they pave the way for other Ontario tech players.

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“You have to keep being humble, working hard, remaining committed. It’s a professional environment. You work hard, show up (and) if you don’t have someone else (will) take your place, ”said Mohammadi.

Now the CPL goes into its third season. Although a schedule has not yet been released, both Campoli and Mohammadi continue to train for this next step.

If all goes well, they could return to Ontario Tech next season with a little pro experience.


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