York United Parts Ways With Six Players
After announcing six returning players yesterday, York United has now announced just as many departures.
Headlining the batch is Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, who is an unexpected twist to the offseason. Also departing is Michael Petrasso, Jonathan Grant, Paris Gee, Carson Buschman-Dormond, and Tass Mourdoukoutas, who had already penned his goodbye letter.
Here’s some further information about each of the departing Nine Stripes:
No bones about it: the departure of Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare is the biggest surprise of the bunch, particularly as he was contracted for 2024. Sources within the club indicate the midfielder – who racked up an impressive five assists through 21 league appearances this year – requested a mutual termination of his contract.
This marks the second time JGL has left a club by his own request in just as many years, so it’ll be interesting to see where he lands next. Having proven to be a strong and highly technical presence now backed by seventy CPL appearances and ten assists, there’ll surely be interest in someone with MLS, USL, and CPL experience.
It’s clear that Paris Gee proved himself to be complete utility player for York United over the last two seasons, with the former Eddies man perhaps one of the more underrated athletes in the league.
This year saw Gee play just about everywhere in the Nine Stripes backline and occasionally in front of it, recording 28 appearances and one assist this year alone. It was a strong follow-up to his midseason arrival last year, but we’ve heard the 29-year-old USL veteran is headed westwards to be closer to home with his father, who is currently seeking a life-saving kidney donor.
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Having arrived at Forge this season in search of much-needed minutes, versatile defender Jonathan Grant accumulated a little over a thousand of them this year, though he still missed a chunk of the season. More memorable was his breakthrough with the Guyana national team, where now-former teammate Osaze De Rosario also made his debut.
Grant now departs his second CPL side following a contract negotiation breakdown, though it remains unclear where he may land next: at thirty years of age, he still hasn’t had a fully uninterrupted season in Canada’s top flight. The talent is there, but wherever he lands, he’ll need to keep fit if he’s to stay.
Young winger Carson Buschman-Dormond arrived when York United found itself in a tough spot for youth minutes, with the then-20-year-old flying in from the FC Zurich U-21 squad to carve out his first senior minutes.
The Vancouver native made six appearances off the bench under Martin Nash, seeing a flash of red from referee Michael Venne in a 2-1 loss to eventual league champions Cavalry FC. While it was undoubtedly a good learning experience for Carson, the club has chosen to pass on his club option for 2024.
Having been loaned out to English non-league side Maidstone United in the fall, the departure of veteran midfielder Michael Petrasso has long been expected. The 28-year-old has had a fair share of injury problems since arriving from Valour FC in 2020, and this year he was largely used as a late game substitute under Martin Nash.
After four seasons in green, the former Canadian international leaves with ten goal contributions through 54 appearances. He had embarked on two separate loan spells to English sides, with the former CF Montreal midfielder having quietly pursued moves to England ahead of the 2023 CPL season. We expect that’s where Petrasso will remain.
Australian defender Tass Mourdoukoutas had already penned a farewell letter at the turn of the month, marking the end of the former Western Sydney Wanderer man’s time in Canada after two years and 38 appearances. Having been a mainstay at the back since his midseason arrival last year, it remains to seen where the former Australia U-23 defender will land next.
With York United now under new ownership, the club currently rests at thirteen players on the roster for 2024, and are still in negotiations to retain others. Presumably, that means they’d like to keep key players Kevin Dos Santos and Niko Giantsopoulos, who would be a good shout to succeed recently-retired Roger Thompson as club captain.
The Nine Stripes are expected to to lock in new players ‘imminently’, with some of the transfer targets being described as head-turners. Given that it’s the Pasquel brothers’ first time at bat in roster building, there’ll be plenty of eyes on how the fruitful the club’s transfer window ends up being heading in to 2024.