Electric City Football Club signs Ethan Gopaul and Hailey Walsh

The Electric City Football Club continued to expand its roster on Thursday, announcing the signings of Ontario League1 All-Star Ethan Gopaul and U Sports Women’s National Soccer Champion Hailey Walsh.

Gopaul, 22, is from London, Ont., and spent time in the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program from age 16 to 19, then made the jump to their USL Championship affiliate, Vancouver. Whitecaps 2 in 2017.

“Ethan has stood out in League1 Ontario for the past two years,” said ECFC President Rob Jenkins. “His pace and 1-on-1 attacking ability is exceptional, making him a handful for defenders. Ethan has proven himself capable of scoring goals at League1 Ontario level year after year.

“We truly believe he is a CPL caliber player and will be one of the most entertaining players for our fans to watch this season.”

Gopaul made a name for himself with FC London in 2019 when he helped the club reach the Ontario League1 final. He scored two goals in their playoff series and was named to the L1O All-Star First Team.

In 2021, he took his game to another level and helped FC London take third place in the league by scoring 11 goals in 12 appearances, ranking second in the league in scoring. Gopaul again received a First Team All-Western Nod.

“Electric City FC excited me because it was an opportunity for change, new challenges and greater exposure to this professional environment that is being built here,” Gopaul said. “With the goal of being a CPL franchise and every effort that has been made to make me feel comfortable with this change, I feel very honored to be part of the first group of players to wear this badge on my chest. “

On the women’s side, Walsh, 22, from Courtice, is part of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees’ top women’s soccer program.

While a Gee-Gee, Walsh was the 2018 OUA champion, 2018 U Sports champion, 2019 OUA bronze medalist and the inaugural 2019 FISU University World Cup champion in China.

“Hailey is a player we watched closely last season while at uOttawa,” said ECFC interim head coach Randy Ribeiro.

“What really inspired us to bring Hailey into our program was her ability to play short and long passes with both feet. Her technical ability to play in tight spaces is exceptional and we really think she fits. perfectly fits our profile as a player. We are really excited to have Hailey join us this summer at the ECFC.

Walsh played a number of successful seasons in Ligue 1 Ontario for Durham United, FC Oshawa and Darby FC.

“It’s amazing to be part of Electric City FC,” said Walsh.

“I’ve seen how the city of Peterborough has joined this club and their enthusiasm makes me want to start so much. “Being part of Electric City FC’s inaugural season is a very surreal feeling as we get to make our mark in League1 Ontario and it’s very exciting for me.”

Player announcements are expected to continue over the next few weeks as the team builds its roster ahead of training camp in early April. Roster spots are still available and interested players can attend open tryouts on April 2.

Open trial registration, subscription vouchers and referral packages are available now at electriccityfc.com.

Electric City FC secured first-year squads in the Ontario League1 Men’s and Women’s Premier Divisions for the 2022 season. The team has now signed four men and four women to its rosters.

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