SIGMA FC is proud to announce that two members of its the academy's Class of 2013 - striker Cyle Larin and midfielder Kwame Awuah - have committed to the University of Connecticut and play soccer for the Huskies and head coach Ray Reid.
Larin, of Brampton Ont., is a powerful 6-foot-2 striker who has been a member of SIGMA FC since 2007 developing through the SIGMA development path. A technically gifted striker, with a soft touch and an ability to finish both inside and outside the box have made him into a top striker in the nation.
SIGMA FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis says Cyle is a rare player to find in Canada.
"Cyle has all the assets to play at the top. The move to the NCAA and to the University of Connecticut is one step closer to playing at the highest level. He will compete with the best in the country at UConn and the environment, from facilities to staff, is top notch," said Smyrniotis.
"Cyle has been here since he was 11 years old and it is great to see his growth and maturity as a player from a boy who scored many breakaways at 10 years of age, to a complete and modern striker able to play with both feet, finish from all areas, dominate his region of the park and provide for his teammates.
"I have seen many very good players develop at SIGMA and in this country in general, and I would say Cyle is the most complete striker. He mixes technical ability, size, strength, speed and a tactical astuteness for the game. I am very happy for him and his family that he has committed to play for coach Ray Reid and the University of Connecticut. I look forward to his bright future at UConn and beyond."
During his time at SIGMA FC, Larin has been to Europe for training periods with Werder Bremen, Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg in Germany and on two occasions with Club Brugge in Belgium, most recently with their reserve team.
Awuah, is a left-footed midfielder with exceptional pace who is capable of playing many positions from left back to left wing. Kwame joined SIGMA FC in 2011 and has seen his game reach new heights.
"Kwame was a very good player when he arrived at SIGMA but like many he needed to understand the tactical side of the game to a greater degree and also the discipline required in a structured environment of training and match play. He adjusted to both quite quickly and now he is off to the University of Connecticut with teammate Cyle Larin, said Smyrniotis. "He has been an enjoyable young man to work with. He has a great energy on the field and a understanding of the game for a higher level. He has done everything right both on and off the field as an exceptional student and athlete."
Kwame has spent a good part of this past season with the first team at SIGMA FC playing in the OSL Provincial Elite League.
SIGMA FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis is excited to have two of his Class of 2013 academy graduates join such an esteemed program, one that has a strong track record of helping players reach the next level.
"It is great to have two of our players heading to the same school and program where they will have th opportunity to support eachother in what will be a competitive environment in the BIG EAST. UConn and coaches Ray Reid, John Deeley and Tim O'Donohue have built a tradition of excellence on and off the field and I look forward to our players gaining from the environment there. I would like to thank the staff at UConn for their treatment of the boys in the recruiting process and look forward to my trips to Storrs, Conn. to watch the boys play to sellout crowds at Morrone stadium."
Based in Mississauga, Canada, SIGMA FC is home to academy teams from the ages of 11 all the way up to senior men's team, a development program (ETC Program) for kids starting at 7 years old and marquee events such as the annual SIGMA University Showcase and Sigma International Talent Camps. SIGMA recently had two of its graduates - Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman - drafted in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft to Toronto FC, and has seen more than 30 players move on to U.S or Canadian college soccer programs in the past three years. In addition, seven players have been called to national team duty, with a few already in the pro ranks both in North America and in Europe.
Cyle Larin & Kwame Awuah with their SIGMA FC Teammates