ASA Product Makes Professional Debut

Mark Village, an ASA ‘Graduate’ made his professional debut on Saturday night backstopping the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 team to a 1 – 1 draw with league champion Real Salt Lake Monarchs.  Mark was a member of the Abbotsford Soccer Association throughout his youth programming before joining the UFV men’s team and landing a spot with the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 squad.  Following the match, he was interviewed by the local media:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Goalkeeper Mark Village

On his first USL start:
“It’s good. It’s actually my first start in USL ever. I’ve been with the club for three years and this is my first start ever and my debut. What a stadium to be in, Rio Tinto. You can’t complain about the debut here. I feel like I did OK and the team did really well in front of me.”

On weathering the storm against the Monarchs:
“Yeah I feel like we played to our strengths. We held off some of their key players. Unfortunate about the goal that went past me. It was a little bit of a deflection, I think, anyways. Other than that, the guys in front of me played really well. As you put it, they weathered the storm in front of us.”

On getting the goal early in the second half:
“It was huge. It was huge. We knew that they were going to come out. We actually heard their [Monarchs] coach yelling in the dressing room. He wasn’t too happy. We knew that they were going to come out firing. To get that goal right out of the gate was huge for us.”

Save of the Week Voting

Village’s save in the 5th minute is also up for ‘USL Save of the Week’.  Vote by clicking HERE.