LUSA Alumni Joel Waterman selected for Team Canada 2022

Joel Waterman began playing soccer at age five with Aldergrove Youth Soccer Club, At age 12, he joined Langley United Soccer Association. Afterwards, he played with Surrey United.  When he was 13, he was selected for British Columbia provincial team where he was coached by our current technical director Mark Parker. 

LUSA U14 2009-2010 – Joel Waterman, second row, second from the left

In 2014, he began attending Trnity Western University, where he played for the mns soccer team. Ahead of his fifth season, he was named the team captain and helped them win a Canada West silver medal and finished fourth at the National Championship. He was also named a Canada West First Team All Star that season. 

At the 2018 CPL-U-Sports Draft, Waterman was drafted in the second round by Calgary Cavalry FC November 13, 2018. He officially signed with the club on February 6, 2019. Waterman made his professional debut for Cavalry in their inaugural game against York 9 FC on May 4. He scored his first goal for Cavalry on October 5 against Halifax FC. He helped Cavalry win the Spring and Fall championships and helped them reach the CPL finals, where they finished second.

On January 14, 2020, Waterman transferred to Major League Soccer club Montreal with this transfer, Waterman made history as the first ever player from the Canadain Premier League to be sold to an MLS club. He made his debut for the Impact on February 19 against Saprissa in a CONCACAF Champions League match. He made his MLS debut for the Impact in their season opener against the New England Revolution on February 29.

Upon completion of the 2021 MLS season CF Montréal announced that they would be exercising the option on Waterman’s contract for 2022. In 2022, he became a regular starter for the club.  During the 2022 season, he scored his first goal for Montreal against Orlando City on May 7, netting the opener in an eventual 4-1 victory. On August 4, he scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

He was called up to the Canadian senior mens for the first time for a national team camp in January 2021. He earned several more call-ups to the squad during 2021 and 2022. On November 11, 2022, he made his debut for Canada in a friendly against Bahrain in a warmup game for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.  On November 13, Waterman was officially named to Canada’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

For the Joel’s Team Canada debut follow the link: HERE