OTTAWA – Daniel Stanese, who signed a professional contract in February after his freshman year with the FGCU men’s soccer team, has become the program’s first-ever national team member as the defender was promoted to Canada’s National Team this past week.
Stanese (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia/Pitt Meadows Secondary) will be dressed for Canada’s International Friendly next Tuesday, Oct. 15, against Australia. The friendly will be played at Fulham Football Club’s (English Premier League) Craven Cottage in London, and is set for an 8 p.m. local start time (3 p.m. Eastern).
“I am extremely pleased for Daniel,” said FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn, who was named the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year last year. “It is a fantastic opportunity for him and is a tremendous accomplish for our program.”
Following his freshman campaign with the Green and Blue, the 6-foot-5 center back signed with Germany’s top tier Bundesliga for FC Nuremberg. During the summer, he was transferred within the league to FC Augsburg where he begins the 2013-14 season.
Stanese (@danielstanese), who had three years of eligibility left with the Eagles, was a major reason for the quick maturation of FGCU’s youthful defensive unit last year that featured three freshmen and a pair of sophomores. An NSCAA All-South Region Second Team choice and A-Sun All-Freshman Team selection, Stanese was part of a backline that posted a shutout in eight of the team’s last nine games, allowing just one goal in the final 592 minutes of the season.
Stenese’s year-long rise in 2012-13 started with a run at the USSDA U-17/18 National Championship with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in its first year in the league. From there, he helped guide FGCU to an Atlantic Sun regular-season and tournament crown – its third-straight regular-season title and second consecutive postseason championship. Then, as a prelude for what came to fruition last week, he was invited to participate in the Canadian National Team camp in Sunrise, Fla.
Stanese, who was born in Queens, N.Y., and holds dual citizenship, became the second FGCU player to sign a pro contract in two seasons when he inked the deal with Nuremberg. Program all-time leading scorer Cristian Raudales signed with BSV Rehden in Germany following his senior campaign in 2012.
Stanese’s former team continued its dominance of the A-Sun as the Eagles opened conference play this past weekend with a pair of wins. With the victories over Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky, FGCU ran its regular-season conference record to 24-2-2 since the start of the 2010 season. In that span, 81 possible points could have been earned during the regular season, and FGCU has claimed a staggering 73 of them (90.1 percent).
FGCU returns to the pitch this weekend as it continues conference play at ETSU and USC Upstate Friday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 13, respectively. The match with the Buccaneers on Friday will be a battle of the only two unbeaten teams in the A-Sun through the first weekend of conference play.
2013-14 men’s soccer tickets are available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Single-game tickets can be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.