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European Soccer School of Excellence - World Class Soccer Program - Roman Tulis - Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada: Players in the Press

 Spring Break Soccer Camp 2017, Boys & Girls , Ages 6 - 13

Players in the Press Register Today for the Spring Break Soccer Camp 2016
Date: Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Fortius Sport and Health located at the 3677 Kensington Ave in Burnaby
Cost: $165.00 + GST ($173.25)

“We have searched for a program designed to teach and pull the talents out of a little athlete not just provide a glorified babysitting service masked as a soccer school. Over the past 4 years we have tried local camps and schools which promote their "over-qualified" coaching staff as introducers of the sport. Great!! But is there anything more?? One thing that this country is missing is dedication and passion with a twist of extreme. My two boys have not only learned 10 fold in one week at Roman Tulis as they have in 4 years of camps but came home every day exhausted as well as excited with what they learned that day and asking to go back for more. I thank you for creating such a challenging program.”

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 Players in the News – 2015

Players in the Press On January 20th, 2015, Jovan Blagojevic (2007 School Boy and Hall of Fame member) was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. In the process, he made history as the first player from a Canadian school to be drafted into the MLS. On February 24th, 2015, he was signed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and will lead the line for them in their inaugural season in the new-look USL.

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 Chasing the Dream

Players in the Press
Asvin Chauhan’s hard work at Roman Tulis set him up to seize the opportunity of a lifetime to earn a spot with FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy.

It all started when he followed his older brother to soccer practice. On a rain-soaked soccer pitch in Vancouver, Asvin Chauhan discovered early on what others spend their entire lives trying to find – his passion. He couldn’t have known it at the time, but following his passion for the beautiful game would lead to an invitation to train with one of the greatest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. For many players, representing the Catalan giants at any level would fulfill a lifelong dream. But at only 9 years old, this is only the beginning for the Tulis prodigy.

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 Burnaby Multisport Center Renamed “Fortius Athlete Development Centre”

Players in the PressRoman Tulis School’s home field at Burnaby's premier sports centre (the Multisport Centre of Excellence) is undergoing a name change. The centre will officially open in the spring of 2013 as the Fortius Athlete Development Centre.



Pictured on the Tulis home field; (left to right) Bob Lenarduzzi, Scott Cousens, Maryann Lennox, Trevor Linden, Nicole Tulis, Danka Tulis and Caedyn Lennox attend a news conference on the site of the nearly completed $61 million athlete development center in Burnaby on Sept 12th, 2012.

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 Tracking Tulis Alumni Around the Globe

Players in the Press Reason to celebrate Dana Cup Final, 2011 - 2nd place finalists

2011 was an exciting year for our Tulis Alumni as many of our players made breakthroughs and reinvented themselves on the global soccer scene. Whether forging a career at university or blossoming in the spotlight of some of the world’s most competitive leagues, it’s clear that hard work and determination are part and parcel of their success, sentiments very much echoed in Roman’s philosophy for the school. It was Roman’s hope that as his players grew and developed upon leaving the school, they would return to inspire and support another generation of Tulis players; over the years, countless Alumni have done just that, and none in a bigger way than at the Alumni Charity Match. As an attempt to show our young players that big things await them if they make a commitment to becoming “…the best that [they] can be”, the match (to be held for third time this spring/summer) will showcase many of the Alumni featured in this report.

Tulis Players in the News 2011

Marcus Haber, 2005 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Back in blue; Marcus Haber’s work rate and clinical striking skills have led to a regular spot in the first eleven of Scottish First Division side, St. Johnstone.

While Marcus struggled with injury in the first half of 2011, the start of a new season in August brought with it a renewed hope for the Tulis-bred striker. Currently plying his trade in the Scottish First Division with St. Johnstone, Marcus has managed to cement his place in a squad that has taken down the likes of Celtic in a season that so far sees them sitting 4th in the league. Marcus has netted twice (vs. Hibernian & Aberdeen) and provided his strike partners with numerous assists as he looks to make himself a force for his club as their form continues to improve into the new year.


Terry Dunfield, 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

Reason to celebrate; Terry Dunfield does his Country proud by scoring his first international goal against Ecuador in June, 2011.

After a memorable start to 2011 that saw him score for his hometown club in their first-ever MLS match, Terry soon found himself playing with the very team that his first strike did damage against as he made a shock move from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Toronto FC. Perhaps his International form fueled Toronto’s desire to sign the Tulis product, as Terry got on the score sheet for Canada for the first time on June 1st, 2011 in a 2-2 draw against South American giants, Ecuador. Since arriving in Ontario’s capital, Terry has received a warm reception from TFC fans as he continues to lead the charge in growing the beautiful game right here on home soil.


Niall Cousens, 2006 School Boy

Hard work pays off; Niall Cousens puts in the time on training pitch while trying to make a name for himself in Europe with Slavia Prague.

The last few seasons have been big ones for Niall, with the young striker poised to build on what is an already blossoming career by cementing his place in an experienced Sparta Prague side. While the traditional Canadian soccer stigma has made it difficult for him to earn the approval of the locals, his sublime technical ability and relentless movement is quickly winning fans. As with many of our Alumni, you can keep up to date with all of Niall’s exploits either through Facebook or via a quick web search which reveals his website alongside numerous stories that have been written about this prolific Tulis starlet.






Kevin Harmse, 2000 School Boy

Tough as nails; in a battle for the ball against Chivas USA, Kevin shows why he’s still a force to be reckoned with on the professional soccer stage.

During the first half of 2011, Kevin made a surprise return to the Vancouver Whitecaps after having first played with them 6 years earlier. While making solid contributions in the opportunities he was given, the hero’s homecoming was not to be as Kevin parted ways with the squad a few months after signing. New challenges are on the horizon, however, as he recently signed with NASL expansion franchise, the San Antonio Scorpions. Unveiled as one of the club’s marquee signings, he’s well placed to be an integral part of an organization that is nothing short of special. A first in North American professional sport, the Scorpions are a non-profit soccer club with an aim to raise funds and awareness to support children with disabilities in the San Antonio area; add to that a new stadium that is currently under construction, and it’s easy to see why there’s a lot of excitement behind this new, unquestionably unique team.


Mason Trafford, 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

Great start, better Finnish; after impressing early, Mason Trafford has become key to much of the success that IFK Mariehamn is having in the Veikkausliiga this year.

After signing for IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish First Division last year, Mason has made himself an indispensable part of the squad. Leading his teammates from the backline, he’s managed to stop some of the continent’s finest strikers while at the same time finding the back of the net twice himself. Mason has certainly chosen a unique path, as Finland hasn’t historically been a soccer superpower, but the Finnish league’s exposure has grown of late, recently developing a devout following among locals. At 25 years old, he is starting to play some of the best soccer of his life; with time on his side to continue improving, the future is looking promising for this Tulis Alumnus.







Paige Adams, 2003-2006 School Girl & 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

Finally on form; after a year of injury struggles, Paige is getting back her best, making defenders’ worst nightmares come true in the NCAA.

2011 was a comeback year for Paige after she was sidelined due to injury in 2010. After being named to the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman team, she was back to prove that she could still compete with the best young players in North America at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout the season, she made 14 appearances for the Badgers, getting back to goal scoring ways with an important stroke against Purdue University. Given her strong finish to the year, there’s much anticipation as to what she’ll be able to produce in her fourth and likely final year at the U of W.




Jovan Blagojevic, 2007 School Boy

Eye on the ball; Jovan slips between defenders, in what was a common sight on the NCAA pitches in a blistering 2011 for the Tulis striker.

In his second year coaching in the full-time program, there is little doubt that Jovan has an acute and insightful understanding of the game. In 2011, he put that understanding to good use during his exploits on the pitch with Simon Fraser University’s Men’s Soccer Team, the first – and only – Canadian university to compete in the prestigious NCAA. In a record breaking undefeated season in the GNAC conference, Jovan led the Clan with 3 goals and 3 assists. Thanks to Jovan’s expert striking skills, SFU went on to claim 18 wins and a draw to finish atop the GNAC standings in the NCAA Division II.


Alexander Marello, 2004 School Boy

Catch him if you can; Alex’s tireless performances in the midfield this season have helped him to solidify a reputation as a rising star in Holland’s second division.

Alex recently signed a professional contract with SC Veendam of the Dutch Eerste Divisie (Second Division), securing a Canadian presence in the north of soccer-mad Netherlands. Drawing on his experience with the Canadian U-17 and U-20 National teams, Alex has been hailed by locals for bringing a distinctly international flavour not usually associated with the Great White North. While Veendam have struggled so far this season, they have found promising form of late, hoping to make a climb up the table during the new year; led by the Roman Tulis 2004 School Boy in the midfield, such an increase in fortunes is more likely than not.


Kent O’Connor, 2004 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Staying loyal; even through his European and university exploits, Kevin always has time to return to the school and pay tribute to the coach that started it all.

After returning from his most recent international spell in Germany, Kent decided to put his soccer skills to work in securing an education at one of Canada’s premier institutions. Back in Vancouver and with the UBC Thunderbirds for the first time this season, he made quick work of securing the confidence of his coaches and teammates, scoring 2 goals in 5 starts from midfield to cap off a good first season. Kent has also found ways to give back to the community he grew up in, coaching the Douglas Park U-16 Gold Boys’ Team to winning ways in the first half of the 2011-2012 season.



Gianluca Zavarise, 2003 School Boy & 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Air Canada; Gianluca hit new heights this year as he starred for Canadian giants Toronto FC in a season that saw him hold his own against North America’s best.

Even though Toronto and Vancouver aren’t exactly close on the map, Gianluca’s Canadian ties were enough to make playing in Ontario’s capital feel like home. After securing a spot in the national team pool, it was only a matter of time before the MLS took notice. In January of 2011, he was invited to attend a Toronto FC preseason tour than included a trip to Turkey; the rest, as they say, is history. In a season that saw the fiery midfielder string passes through opposition backlines, Gianluca was able to impact nearly every game he played in. A free agent for the upcoming 2012 season, he’s sure to be on wanted lists for teams across the continent, and perhaps even beyond.


Michael Nonni, 2006 School Boy

Leading the chase; in his third year at UCSB, Michael’s presence played a big part in securing a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

As a third year player for the University of California Santa Barbara, Michael has become a regular fixture on the NCAA scene. While pursuing interests in Business and Sports Management, he contributed to another successful season for the southern giants as he led the team to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. With his support, the Gauchos managed to push on past their opening round opponents and all the way to the third round, stopped short just before the quarter finals. His tireless work along the front line was rewarded with some important assists, contributing to an outstanding 2nd place finish in the highly competitive Big West Conference.


Brandon Bonifacio

Determined to succeed; as a fourth-year senior with the UBC Thunderbirds this season, Brandon’s attitude played a big part in creating a winning mentality for the team.

Brandon, a Vancouver native and long-time Tulis player, played a prominent role in midfield for the UBC Thunderbirds in a highly successful season. Currently in his 4th year of studies, he’s making the most of his international experience with the Canadian U-20 Men’s National Team to help the development of some of the younger players on the squad, an endeavor that has had an immediate impact for the Thunderbirds, and should do so for years to come.





Sean Haley, 2008 School Boy

Taking off; after a breakout second season with UBC, Sean has put Canadian universities on notice that he’s a force to be reckoned with on all areas of the pitch.

One of the more recent Tulis graduates, Sean is making the most of his soccer education at UBC where he gave flight to the Thunderbirds this season through his dominating performances in central midfield. In his second year at UBC, Sean’s hard work and commitment was recognized by the league as he earned the honour of Canada West Athlete of the Week on October 11th. During a season that has seen him start all 8 league games and slot 5 goals from central midfield, his consistency was perhaps most impressive; you’d be hard pressed to find a day when Sean wasn’t a stand-out performer for the Vancouver-based team.


Carolyn Bell, 2006 School Girl

All smiles; Carolyn is has good reason to be happy after her team went all the way to both the Quebec and CIS National Championship semi-finals this season.

Although her performances were restricted somewhat this season, Carolyn made the most of the opportunities she was given, shoring up the backline of a team that finished the year as the 4th ranked squad in Canadian University athletics in a highly impressive 2011. Currently in her third year of studies, Carolyn has used her soccer skills to great advantage to securing an education at one of Canada’s finest facilities, setting herself up for a degree in International Development Studies. As one of the hardest working young women ever to work under Roman’s guidance, expect Carolyn to enjoy a successful 2012 as she enters her senior year with the Martlets.




Gabriel Ho-Garcia, 2010 School Boy

Not only a great soccer player but also an amazing field hockey player, Gabriel Ho-Garcia, earned his first 6 caps for Canada's National Senior Men's Field Hockey team in Johannesburg, South Africa in November/December 2011 and also scored his first international goal in only his second game for Canada (in their 3-2 loss to Argentina). Fluent in Spanish and English, Ho-Garcia just grinned when he revealed he could understand all the Argentineans' were saying on the pitch, going as far to confess that he would willingly have traded his goal for a Canada victory.


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 Tracking Tulis Alumni Around the Globe 2010

Players in the Press
Marcus Haber: (Holding a St. Jonstone jersey) is currently on the books of West Bromwich Albion, a recently promoted Barclays Premier League club.
“Up!” comes the call. All eyes turn skyward as the ground is battered by a conflagration of sweat and rain, equals as they hit the earth. Time slows as heart beats race, and just for a moment, everything is still. Pulled shirts hang stretched, each thread a measure of desire as its wearer defies gravity in the search for glory. The game is universal. The game is beautiful. The game is football. It is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-reaching in its ubiquity, yet never more than a few kicks away. In football, as in life, it is the moments that live on in memory.

For the hundreds of players whose hearts have raced on the pitch at Roman’s school, moments were made on a daily basis. Whether a game-winning goal scored at practice, or the spine-tingling feeling of European gold sliding around their necks, the rewards of hard work were omnipresent for the generation of players who truly were the best they could be. But as each moment passes, space is made for new ones; new sweat, new desire, and new glory. As you read this, Tulis alumni are literally scattered throughout the world, connected by their love of the beautiful game and by the moments that led them to where they are today. But there is always room for more. Will you be the next to join them? It all starts by looking up.


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 Players In The News 2010

Players in the Press
Niall Cousens
Kevin Harmse: A testament to the strength of character Roman built in each of his players; Kevin has been a key player on the MLS stage for the past few years, playing for such top clubs as the Los Angeles Galaxy, Toronto FC, Chivas USA, and most recently, Houston Dynamo. Unfortunately due to injury, he was waived for the 2010 season.

Roman Tulis Jr.: Proof that thinking is part of the game, Roman’s son, Roman Tulis Jr. made the most of his soccer smarts in achieving a full ride scholarship as a student-athlete to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Now currently studying medicine at the University of Alberta, Roman Jr. is on track to become Dr. Tulis; and if the past is any indication of how the future might unfold, his prognosis is quite promising.

Marcus Haber: Currently on the books of West Bromwich Albion, a recently promoted Barclays Premier League club, Haber is one of the few Canadian talents to penetrate the highly competitive English soccer market. Currently on loan at St. Johnstone of the Scottish Premier League to further develop, Marcus is a prolific talent whose resume of professional clubs includes the likes of Leeds United and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He unfortunately sustained an injury on his knee for which he received surgery in November of 2010, but will surely return to claim his rightful place in the upper echelons of world football.

Niall Cousens: The most recent Tulis export, Niall has completed the circle of Roman’s soccer dream, now playing for Slavia Prague, one of the top clubs in the Czech Republic. At only 19 years of age, Niall is looking to be a hot prospect in European football, and the standard to which all aspiring Tulis players will be measured for the foreseeable future. Youth, however, does not prevent injury as Niall too has been plagued by misfortune; a hamstring injury in early January put his preseason schedule on hold. But things are looking up for the star striker as his recovery has much quicker than expected, meaning that he’ll be back on the pitch terrorizing defenders in a few short weeks.

Terry Dunfield: Dunfield made his debut for Canada's senior team in a 1-1 draw against Venezuela on May 29, 2010. Signed with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and had 7 appearances and is currently signed with them for the 2011 MLS season.

Kent O'conner: July 2010 signed with SpVgg Weiden in Germany

Mason Trafford: August 2010 Signed with Finnish Club IFK Mariehamn

Gianluca Zavarise: Zavarise earned his first call-up for Canada on 14 May 2010 for the friendlies against Argentina on May 24, 2010 and Venezuela on May 29, 2010. He did not make an appearance against Argentina but did start in the 1–1 draw versus Venezuela. He joined the Greek club Iraklis FC for 2010-2011 Season


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 Players in the News March 2010

Players in the PressTulis Built An Unmatched Soccer Legacy
One of B.C.'s most successful coaches succumbs to cancer

BY YVONNE ZACHARIAS, VANCOUVER SUN

Roman Tulis, whose elite Burnaby-based soccer school turned out top-flight players both at home and around the world, died Thursday night after a long battle with cancer. The Czechoslovakian-born immigrant, who was in his mid-50s, was surrounded by family.

Tributes began pouring in Friday for the man who did so much to boost the game in B.C. Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi praised Tulis for professionalizing coaching in Vancouver. Through his soccer academy, "he paved the way for what has ended up being a lot more people making a career out of the game here in B.C." Lenarduzzi particularly admired the way Tulis stayed away from petty infighting. "I always found him to be a really class act. He seemed to rise above the competitiveness of the coaching fraternity," said Lenarduzzi. "He did his thing. He did it quietly and he did it very well. He was just a really pleasant fellow. Whenever you saw him, he had a smile on his face. He didn't want to argue about politics in soccer. He just wanted to coach."

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 Players in the News February 2010

Players in the PressU-13 Dana Cup Champions Receive Award from City of Burnaby

As the U-13 Tulis girls prepare for their upcoming soccer tournament in Sweden and Denmark this coming summer, the City of Burnaby took time to recognize the accomplishments of Tulis’s 2009 boys group who brought home the first place trophy from Denmark’s prestigious tournament last year. On February 15, 2010 Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, presented the Roman Tulis U-13 boys, the 2009 Dana Cup Tournament Champions with an award to recognize their huge accomplishment.

Mayor Corrigan also presented the Roman Tulis Soccer School with an award which read, “In recognition of your many years of dedication and commitment to youth soccer. On behalf of the Burnaby City Council and the citizens of Burnaby, thank you for promoting sport and excellence and for teaching our youth to be the best they can be.”

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 2009 Players In The News

Players in the Press
Colin Strechmann
Marcus Haber - Marcus had a superb breakout year in British Columbia with the Vancouver Whitecaps. After returning home last season following a two-year youth career with Dutch Eredivisie side FC Groenigen, he appeared in every league game and earned the USL-1 Rookie of the Year award as well as the club’s fan favorite nomination. As of late December Marcus was in negotiations with Championship club West Bromwich Albion in England and was awaiting a transfer.

Kent O’Connor – Kent signed in September 2009 with Danish club Brabrand IF

Santiago Fernández - Santiago joined Puebla F.C. for the Clausura 2009 season, in hopes of helping the team not to be relegated to the Primera "A".

Kevin Harmse – Kevin scored his first goal for Toronto FC in the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship opening game against his former team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, on May 6, 2009 at BMO Field. Harmse was traded to Chivas USA on June 24, 2009

Colin Strechmann – Colin, who plays forward for the SFU Clansmen, received the Player of the Year award. Colin, a senior, had eight goals and seven assists this past season and scored the game winning penalty kick goal in SFU’s final round national tournament win over Ohio Dominican.

Michael Nonni - Michael represented Canada at the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Men's Championship in Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago (Canada finished third in Group B).

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 Players in the News

Players in the Press 3 year Tulis player Gianni Patino was selected for the elite Barca U-12 soccer team, part of the phenomenally successful Barcelona soccer stronghold. There were kids from all around the world vying for one of the few spots on this team. During the one week try outs back in April 2008, Gianni took a ball, went through two defenders, took out the goalie, and scored. The coach then came right over and said, “We’ll see you in September!” Gianni is doing very well at FC Barca. “He is demonstrating Canadians do indeed have skills,” says his mother, Hannah.

Back in February 2008 the Toronto FC acquired Canadian midfielder Kevin Harmse from the Los Angeles Galaxy and announced that he also had been named to the Canadian Men's National Team roster that will compete in the qualifying games for the World Cup for 2010. Harmse, 24, will be seeking his 9th cap after making his last appearance for the Canadians on October 15 in Edmonton, as the team faced Mexico in group play with an end result of 2-2. This will be the third call-up in 2008 for Harmse, having played in Honduras on October 11 in another qualifier as well as a friendly against Martinique in January of 2008. The Toronto FC midfielder started 13 of 16 games for the club this past season logging 1077 minutes.

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 Dedication to Excellence Pays off:
Gianni Patino, 9, signs with Barca!

Players in the Press
Gianni Patino
Gianni Patino who has trained with the Tulis program since 2006 is like almost every other nine year old boy; he loves sports, plays basketball, has a brown belt in karate, enjoys hanging out with his friends, is an avid reader (having read entire collections of kids books), and he absolutely loves his PSP, DS, and PS3 (but he insists that if he had a trampoline and pool in his backyard, he would not play any video games at all). But there is one thing that separates Gianni from other 9 year old boys; Gianni has been selected for the elite Barca under–12 soccer team.

Barca is part of the phenomenally successful Barcelona soccer stronghold in Spain. For Gianni, who has practiced for many hours a day since he was first introduced to a soccer ball at age four - practicing tirelessly to a point where he can make it look absurdly easy to keep a ball off the ground for 300 touches with his knees or 200 touches with his feet and who aspires to one day play professional soccer; it is a dream come true.

“There are kids from all over the world trying to get into Barca,” says Gianni’s proud dad, Juan Carlos Patino. “His tryout in Barcelona was a gamble that paid off. The soccer is at another level over in Europe. But he took a ball, went through two defenders, took out the goalie and scored. The coach came right over and said, ‘We’ll see you in September.’”

It just goes to show you that hard work and dedication to excellence does eventually pay off.

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 Tulis Players in the News ~ 2007

Players in the Press
Brandon Bonifacio signed a professional contract in June 2007 with SC Cambuur, a professional club in Holland
Kevin Harmse, earned a starting position on the L.A. Galaxy roster this past season which also includes world famous David Beckham. On Wednesday, November 7, 2007: The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps battled to a scoreless draw at BC Place Stadium in an international friendly game in front of 48,172 fans. Two Tulis alumni suited up for opposite sides: Kevin Harmse playing with the Los Angles Galaxy and Alfredo Valente with the Vancouver Whitecaps. After the game Alfredo Valente said that there was no plan to get Beckham's jersey in a post-game swap. "None of us was going to chase after the guy," he says. “I got the one I wanted (fellow Vancouverite Kevin Harmse)." Kevin Harmse was the Tulis School Boy recipient in 2000 and Alfredo Valente received the award in 1995.

Six year Tulis player, Brandon Bonifacio signed a professional contract in June 2007 with SC Cambuur a professional club in Holland that currently plays in the First Division. Brandon has recently moved into the starting lineup and at 18 is one of the youngest players in the league. Brandon signed with reserve team of SC Cambuur a year earlier and in a remarkably short period has worked his way up to the pro ranks and is currently deemed a “young talent” in Holland and is very highly rated. Brandon is in the National pool and has played for both the U-18 and U-20 Canadian National teams

The Canadian Soccer Association announced the list of nominees for its 2007 player of the year awards. Coaches from all across the country will select four young stars from Canada’s World Cup squads; two Canadian Youth (U-20) and two Canadian Junior (U-17) players. In the running for the Canadian Junior Player of the year award is Tulis’ many time School Girl recipient, Paige Adams.

1999 Tulis School Boy, Santiago Fernandez, is currently playing for Club América in the Mexican First Division. Santiago was a starting player in the 2007 Copa Libertadores Tournament of South America (equivalent to the Champions League in Europe) and scored 3 goals in the tournament.

2001 Tulis School Boy, Nathan Li who is currently attending The University of Kentucky on a soccer scholarship has been awarded the 2007 “Mr. Wildcat Award” for his all-around excellence in athletics, academics, character, and service.

Tulis alumni, Nigel Marples who recently graduated from Towson University, was named in 2007 to the NSCAA/Adidas College Scholar All-America team. A first team All-CAA defender, Marples was named to the second all-star team. He had attended Towson on a soccer scholarship.

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 Tulis “SOCCER SHORTS”
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Players in the Press

The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps battled to a scoreless draw at BC Place Stadium in an international friendly in front of 48,172 fans at BC Place Stadium.

Two Tulis alumni suited up for opposite sides: Kevin Harmse (pictured left with Canadian National Team) playing with the Los Angles Galaxy and Alfredo Valente with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Kevin Harmse was the Tulis School Boy recipient in 2000 and Alfredo Valente won the award in 1995.
Kevin Harmse
with Canadian National Team

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 Tulis “SOCCER SHORTS”
September 2007

Players in the Press
Nathan Li
with his 2007 Mr Wildcat Award
  • 2000 Tulis School Boy, Kevin Harmse, a member of the Canadian National Team who participated in the 2007 Gold Cup tournament, impressed the Los Angeles Galaxy coaching staff during the preseason to earn a contract with the club and has added his name to the roster that includes world famous David Beckham. The 22-year old midfielder spent time with Tromsø Idrettslag of the Norwegian Tippeligaen (Premier League), the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Nitra of the Slovakian Corgon Liga before heading to Los Angeles. Capable of playing the center of midfield or central defense, Harmse was an ever-present force in the center of the park for L.A. throughout the preseason and has since earned a starting position on the team's 28-man roster.

  • 1999 Tulis School Boy, Santiago Fernandez, is currently playing for Club América in the Mexican First Division. Santiago was a starting player in the 2007 Copa Libertadores Tournament of South America (equivalent to the Champions League in Europe) and scored 3 goals in the tournament.

  • 2001 Tulis School Boy, Nathan Li who is currently attending The University of Kentucky on a soccer scholarship has been awarded the 2007 “Mr. Wildcat Award” for his all-around excellence in athletics, academics, character, and service.

  • Tulis alumni, Nigel Marples who recently graduated from Towson University, was named in 2007 to the NSCAA/Adidas College Scholar All-America team. A first team All-CAA defender, Marples was named to the second all-star team. He had attended Towson on a soccer scholarship.

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     Tulis 2006 Annual Report ~ Players in the News

    Players in the Press
    Paige Adams
    (7 year Tulis Player and 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 School Girl Award winner) pictured here with the U-20 Women's National Team


    Michael Nonni, 7 year Tulis player and 2006 School Boy Award winner signed with the under-19 team of Netherlands Premier League club FC Groningen and is currently one of their starting players. Michael was recently listed as one of Holland’s top youth players by KNVB (the Dutch soccer association) on their “2006 Best Players List.” Michael was also a member of the U-15, U-16, & U-17 B.C. provincial teams including the 2005 team that won the national all-star championship.

    Marcus Haber, 9 year Tulis player and 2005 School Boy Award winner signed with the under-19 team of Netherlands Premier League club FC Groningen and is currently one of their starting players. This past year Marcus was awarded the “BC Soccer Youth Athlete of the Year Award” from the BC Soccer Association and he played with the U-20 National team against Belgium in September 06 in Belgium and two games against the Czech Republic in October 06 in Prague. Marcus has also been a member of the U-17 National team, the U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 B.C. provincial teams, including the 2005 team that won the national all-star championship. Marcus also brought home both the “Best Goal Scorer Award” and “Tournament MVP Award” from Tulis’ 2004 tour of Slovakia.

    Brandon Bonifacio, 6 year Tulis player landed with the reserve team of Netherlands First Division club Cambuur-Leeuwarden. Brandon also was a member of the U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-17 B.C. provincial teams, including the 2005 team that won the national all-star championship. Brandon currently plays for Canada's U-18 national team.

    Alex Martinez, 6 year Tulis player signed with Atlas, a First Division club in Mexico.

    Kent O’Connor: 7 year Tulis player and 2004 School Boy Award winner; Men’s U-20 Team ~ Team Debut: April 12, 2006 vs Norway ~ International Caps: 6 ~ Played 90 minutes against Brazil on May 25 ~ Started against Brazil on May 22 ~ Played 90 minutes in a 2:1 win over Brazil on May 19 ~ Started in all three games at the 2006 Porto International Tournament.

    Paige Adams: 7 year Tulis player and 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 School Girl Award winner; Women’s U-20 Team ~ Team Debut: January 18, 2006 vs T&T ~ International Caps: 9 ~ Selected to the roster for the 2006 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Championship in Russia ~ Substituted in against Australia on August 12 ~ Started and scored a goal against Brazil on April 2 ... Started against Brazil on April 17 ~ Started against USA on April 15 & 23 ~ Played 90 minutes against USA in the CONCACAF Final on January 27 ~ Played the full 90 minutes against Mexico on January 22 ~ Started and played 90 minutes against Panama on January 20 ~ Started and played 90 minutes against T&T on January 18 ~ Selected for CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament 2006

    Edin Hingwing: 3 year Tulis player; Women’s U-20 ~ Team Debut: January 18, 2006 vs T&T ~ International Caps: 12 ~ Selected to the roster for the 2006 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Championship in Russia ~ Substituted in against Australia on August 12 ~ Started against China on July 11 ~ Played 90 minutes against Finland on June 6 & 8 ~ Played 90 minutes against USA on April 23 ~ Played 90 minutes against Brazil April 17 & 22 ~ Started against USA on April 15 ~ Played 87 minutes in the final against USA on January 27 ~ Started and played the full match against Jamaica on January 22 ~ Started and played 80 minutes and scored her first goal for Canada against Panama on January 20 ~ Started and played 90 minutes against T&T on January 18, 2006

    Daniel Stanese & Trevor Garafano: selected to play with the U-12 Canadian team that competed in the Danone Nations Cup in France. This tournament is endorsed by FIFA & FFF (French Football Association), organized by DANONE, and sponsored by Zinedine Zidane and is one of the world’s top tournaments for players 10-12 years old.

    Alfredo Valente: Congratulations to Alfredo and his new bride, Kristen. Alfredo was one of the school’s original 12 players and the first to get married. The couple wed in December 2006.

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     The Key to Success is Simple: Hard Work

    Players in the Press
    Kent O’Connor
    (7 year Tulis player and 2004 School Boy Award winner) currently plays with 1860 Munich
    Deep in the hearts of all competitive soccer players is the burning desire to stand out from the crowd. These players strive to be the player who will long be remembered for their contributions. Many of them dream of one day representing their country, or receiving a scholarship to study in a foreign land, or better yet, signing a contract with a professional soccer team. Yet only a handful of players are fortunate enough to see these dreams materialize. So what does it take to become a champion?

    Many soccer players would say that it means finding the most competitive teams to play on, seeking out high caliber coaches, and finding top notch extra training programs to participate in. In their minds if they spend every spare moment training, show up to all their sessions and try to do their very best, a world championship cup should be reserved for them at some future date. In reality, it’s not quite that simple.

    During a relatively “short speech” given by Roman at this year's Christmas party, he talked about players, past and present, who had won the school’s coveted School Boy / School Girl Award and what, in his mind, made them champions. Roman told his audience that although talent is “a very nice thing to have”, it isn’t something that you can depend on to take you the distance. He pointed out that many of the so called “gifted” soccer players are simply lucky to have been blessed with superior physical talents, but deep down many of them are not true competitors and sooner or later their bad habits will catch up to them. No one can ever achieve worthwhile success in anything by simply putting in the time.

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     Paige Adams Readies For Under-20 Challenge

    Players in the Press Article by Dan Olson/Coquitlam Now Sports Editor
    Photo taken by Paul van Peenen/Coquitlam Now

    Port Coquitlam's Paige Adams is a girl on a mission. At 15, she's earned a place to Canada's under-20 women's national soccer team camp. Next month, she aims to be storming the opposition defences in Mexico as Canada tries to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in Russia next August.

    That means this week's hectic pre-Christmas countdown is the one time she has to relax - while also attending to her own personal training program. "I do a lot of training, everything really," Adams said. "I do running, go to practice, everything." She'll ring in the new year in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where the national team will prepare for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico, which begins for Canada Jan. 18 against Trinidad and Tobago.


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