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Cup Hero Matteo Polisi Returns To TSS Rovers

By on April 10, 2024 0 994 Views

The TSS Rovers have secured the return of pivotal attacker Matteo Polisi, the midfielder who helped make history last year by orchestrating a superb victory over professional cup visitors Valour FC.

The former CPL champion scored a brace in the David-vs-Goliath cup match, helping the Pirates beat out the visiting favourites – a team he’d trialed with before the season began.

The return of the club’s Canadian Championship hero comes as the TSS Rovers become frontrunners to replace the Victoria Highlanders in this year’s iteration of Canada’s domestic cup. That means the Rovers could face Pacific in the preliminary round, making way for a rematch against the team who sent them packing through a controversial penalty last year.

Polisi traded his Pirates gear for the green-and-white uniform of third division Greek side Anagennisi Epanomis last fall, where the terms of his contract stipulated he’d be allowed to transfer out if a higher offer came along. While no CPL side came calling, Polisi remained with the side and featured regularly in his first European playing stint.

Pacific FC Matteo Polisi

The Whitecaps FC Residency grad had never played outside of North America before, though he has played abroad: he developed with the Portland Timbers Residency Program before jumping to the Whitecaps equivalent, later proving to be an NCAA standout with Simon Fraser University while his first stint with the TSS Rovers capped off with him being name the also earning the The Swanguardians’ 2019 player of the year.

Matteo had hoped to reach MLS heights through the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, but pivoted to the Canadian Premier League after going unselected. Landing with Pacific FC, he proved a regular feature under Pa-Modou Kah and made twenty-two appearances for the club’s title-winning season before the next year saw him displaced on the team sheet, exiting at the end of it.

Pacific FC Matteo Polisi
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Matteo’s return is a big boost for the TSS Rovers, who had finished second in the regular season last year and are now expected to replace the Victoria Highlanders in the cup. This marks the Coquitlam native’s third stint with Burnaby’s Pirates, with the 25-year-old once again expected to prove be a big influencer on the pitch.

The TSS Rovers were slated to kick off the 2024 League1 BC season against the Highlanders, though their opposition’s withdrawal from the league leaves the league schedule unclear. Should they replace the Highlanders’ spot in the domestic cup, that match against Pacific will come on May 1.

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