KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer player have added a talented player they hope will solidify their midfield for the future.
Head coach John Antulov and the WolfPack are happy to announce their fourth recruit for the 2019-20 Canada West campaign: 5’11” midfielder Jordano Pinto of Vancouver, BC. Pinto will be graduating this spring from Killarney Secondary School. Pinto plays with the Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s Rino’s Fury and Rino’s Tigers along with being a member of the Orix Academy soccer program for the last three years. He has played senior high school soccer since grade 10 when his team enjoyed its biggest success: a 12th place finish at the BC “AAA” provincial championships.
“I’am very excited about joining the WolfPack,” Pinto says. “ I believe the team at TRU plays at a very high level and I can’t wait to start working out with the team.”Pinto will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science and looked at Mount Royal University in Calgary and MacEwan University in Edmonton before choosing Thompson Rivers and the WolfPack.“I think my technical abilities, ability to be a team player and the ability to pick out a pass are my strengths,” he says. Pinto has developed friendships with both ‘soon to be’ former WolfPack star Mitchell Popadynetz (Nelson, BC) and keeper Jackson Gardner (Chilliwack, BC) as the three worked out this winter with Rino’s Tigers.
Pinto’s coach at Orix Academy was Ray Goldenchild. “ He showed remarkable progress in the three years we worked together. Jordano has been playing against Canada West caliber players so he should have little difficulty adjusting to the pace of the league.”Goldenchild adds, “ He is a great player and played striker or in the midfield for us.”He quips “In the Academy, we called him “Stats” because he keeps stats of every goal and assist he has picked up since he was 10. This boy is not short in confidence. We just call him “JP10” now.”
Pinto is looking forward to the start of training camp and looks forward to being involved in the WolfPack’s many community initiatives. Says coach Antulov about his latest recruit, “ We are excited to have Jordano join our men’s soccer program. I believe he is a young player that can come in and make an immediate impact with us. He is a technically gifted player that reads the game very well and is physically strong. He can lead the attack with excellent passing but is also calm on the ball when under pressure. He very much reminds me of a young Thomas Lantmeeters which is high praise as Thomas was a great player for us and the link in the Central Holding Midfield position which contributed to so much of our success over the last 2 years. If he can develop to be a player like Thomas we can hopefully have that continuity for our program. He is also excels in the classroom and is an excellent student. He is well rounded both on and off the field, the type of person we are looking for at TRU.
Pinto joins other committed recruits, Denzel Marican (5’9”, forward, Kamloops, BC- South Kamloops Secondary/TOFC), Ryan Matowe, 5’8” forward, Edmonton, AB-Grant MacEwan University/Edmonton Drillers AMSL), and Adam Calne (5’10:, fullback, Kamloops, BC/St. Ann’s Academy/TJOFC).