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Wanderers leading scorer Akeem Garcia returning for 2020

The Wanderers are delighted to announce the team’s Trinidad and Tobago international Akeem Garcia has re-signed for the club.

The striker quickly established himself as a hit with the Wanderers faithful with his tireless work rate and eye for a goal.

He wrote his place into Wanderers history by scoring the team’s first ever goal in the home opener against Forge, in front of a sold out Wanderers Grounds crowd.

Garcia pouncing on a rebound to score the Wanderers first goal against Forge in May. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Garcia pouncing on a rebound to score the Wanderers first goal against Forge in May. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Garcia was a constant threat to defences around the league with his clever runs in behind and pace up front.

“It’s a good feeling, I’m excited and I just want to finish where I left off and score more goals and hopefully we can go for the title next year,” Garcia said.

The Soca Warriors forward brings firepower to the Wanderers attack after leading the team with seven league goals and one Canadian Championship marker in his first CPL season.

Garcia's pace and determination made him a threat to defences around the CPL in 2019. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Garcia’s pace and determination made him a threat to defences around the CPL in 2019. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

“I wanted to come back, it was an easy decision because I like playing under coach Hart and he trusts me to play and to score goals,” Garcia said.

Stephen Hart said bringing Garcia back for next season is another important step in building the spine of the team for the 2020 campaign.

“He made significant contributions and I’m happy he decided to return. Akeem’s willingness to run the channels and score goals is extremely important to us,” Hart said.

Garcia wants to pick up from where he left off the 2019 season and score more goals for the Wanderers in 2020. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Garcia wants to pick up from where he left off the 2019 season and score more goals for the Wanderers in 2020. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Garcia’s fine form with the Wanderers led to a call up for Trinidad and Tobago in October.

He made two appearances as a substitute for his home country against Honduras and Venezuela, doing well enough in the matches to earn a place in the T & T provisional squad for three more games.

The Wanderers striker will now fight for a place for his country in a CONCACAF Nations League match against Anguilla at home Nov. 11, a friendly against Ecuador away three days later, followed by another CONCACAF Nations League game away in Honduras, Nov. 17.

“The Trinidad and Tobago call up was everything to do with Halifax Wanderers and it helped my game playing against better players, so I’m thankful to Halifax and the coaching staff,” Garcia said.

The number 11's consistency up front for the Wanderers led to a call up for Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images.
The number 11’s consistency up front for the Wanderers led to a call up for Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images.

Quietly spoken off the field, Garcia did his talking on the pitch in 2019, earning a strong relationship with the supporters.

“The fans were great to me, so I’m excited to start back playing in front of them and hopefully the relationship continues the same,” he said.

Hart said the news his top scorer is returning will put an extra spring in the step of Wanderers fans.

“I think it means everything to the club, there are no fans out there that won’t be happy. Akeem is so dangerous running in behind and is a tremendous worker who is always available for that penetrating pass,” Hart said.

Garcia and Christian Oxner will both be back together for the Wanderers in 2020. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Garcia and Christian Oxner will both be back together for the Wanderers in 2020. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Garcia becomes the second player to commit to the club for the 2020 season along with goalkeeper Christian Oxner, who was announced Tuesday.

The Wanderers will be revealing more player signings in the coming weeks, including the club’s selections in the CPL-U Sports Draft on Monday.

Come on you Wanderers!