Former Aldergrove Youth Soccer Club player Joel Waterman has been named to Canada Men’s National Team for the opening matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers campaign.
Joel is a long-time Aldergrove resident, and played for AYSC for several years in his youth soccer days. He went on to play for Trinity Western University (TWU) throughout his university career, taking Silver in the Canada West championship in 2018. He then played for Cavalry FC in 2019, the CPL’s inaugural season, before his playing rights were purchased by CF Montréal of the MLS (Major League Soccer) in January 2020.
Waterman has helped coach Aldergrove’s youth teams the past few seasons.
Aldergrove Soccer’s Club Coaches, Executive, and volunteers are excited for Joel about this incredible new honour and wish him all the best as he continues his professional soccer career.
From Trinity Western University:
Trinity Western University alum Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) has been named to Canada Men’s National Team roster for the opening matches of its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers campaign.
The uncapped Waterman, who played his fifth and final season with the Spartans in the fall of 2018, is part of a 24-man roster that is preparing to host Bermuda on Thursday 25 March at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL, USA before facing Cayman Islands on Sunday 28 March at the IMG Sports Complex in Bradenton, FL, USA. The two matches will kick off the road to Qatar 2022 and mark a highly anticipated return to competitive match action for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team following an extended break due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“For me, it’s an honour to wear the Maple Leaf and represent my country,” said Waterman, who becomes the first Spartan men’s soccer player to be named to a national senior team roster. “This is another step for me personally in my career, but as a team, it’s also a chance to accomplish something really special. I’m grateful for the opportunity and now it’s time to take full advantage of what’s in front of us by qualifying for the World Cup next year in Qatar.”