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Manitoba Soccer Association – Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) is pleased to announce that AJ Calado has been selected by the Whitecaps FC Academy to attend the Generation Adidas Team Tour which will take place in Madrid, Spain from December 11th to 19th.


IMG_2969 (3)Calado will be joining the current Whitecaps FC Academy 2003/2004 team for the tour, which will see the team train with coaches from the Real Madrid Foundation at the state-of-the-art Real Madrid facilities. The group will also play competitive matches against both the Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano Academy Teams.


The fifteen-year-old attacking midfielder, who plays his club soccer with Bonivital SC, impressed at the Whitecaps FC High Potential Player Combine which took place in Burnaby, BC from November 12th to 16th. Fifty-five male players from across the country attended the combine, and only four players were identified to join the Whitecaps Academy Youth Team on this tour.


Matt Thomas, MSA Technical Director, commented, “We are so proud of AJ’s progress through the program. Not only the growth he has shown on the field, but his leadership qualities he carries into his daily life. With seeing AJ taking this leap we are hoping many more Manitobans will be inspired to go after their dreams. Hard work and a true love of the game is unstoppable for any player.”


Héctor Vergara, MSA Executive Director, added, “The MSA would like to congratulate AJ on this accomplishment, which was attained through hard work and dedication to becoming the best player that he can be. There is a lot of personal sacrifice that goes into this type of success and he has earned the opportunity. We wish him all the best and thank all those that have played a role in his playing pathway.”


For more information please contact the Manitoba Soccer Association at

(204) 594-5809 or visit the website at