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Vancouver FC Nathaniel St Louis

Simcoe County Rovers Add Former VFC Forward Nathaniel St. Louis

By on February 14, 2024 0 798 Views

Former Vancouver FC winger Nathaniel St. Louis is joining the reigning League1 Ontario men’s premier division champions.

The 23-year-old Toronto native had made five appearances for the Canadian Premier League expansion club, but will be hungry for game time after only accruing 80 minutes of action at the professional level.

Nathaniel made history as Vancouver’s first player signing directly from the university circuit, having arrived fresh from four seasons in the NCAA split between Syracuse University and the University of Alabama Birmingham, before which he developed through one of Canada’s largest soccer powerhouses via the Vaughan Soccer Club.

Vancovuer FC Nathaniel St Louis
Photo Credit: Sheryl Lowery / University of Alabama Birmingham

He contributed eleven goals and three assist through his four seasons of university action, leading the Blazers goalscoring charts in 2021 en route to a second-team all-conference USA nod.

The left winger made his professional debut for Vancouver in the Canadian Championship, a knockout club tournament that the Simcoe County Rovers have qualified for after winning League1 Ontario last season.

St. Louis will mark a new face in a Rovers roster that has been quietly securing its core players, with the likes of Orlendis Benitez, Ijah Halley, Shawn Claud Lawson, Javier George, and Alejandro Portal – all former CPL players themselves – having been confirmed to return, amongst others.

League1 Ontario Simcoe County Rovers
The Rovers topped Scrosoppi FC in the L1O Men’s Final. (Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario)

This will mark the first year the club will not see co-founder Julian de Guzman involved in a day-to-day role following his hire as the New York Red Bulls Sporting Director. Co-founder Peter Raco will assume Presidential duties and will be supported by co-owners Will De Vellis and David Zbar.

The Rovers are still in the midst of forming its roster for what will be the club’s third-ever season. Vancouver FC’s Khalil John-Wentworth was also released by the CPL side and is a former Rover himself, though the left-back’s next destination is still unknown.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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