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Wanderers out to ‘prove something’ in closing match at York9

With one last match together as a team, the first ever Wanderers squad really want to give the fans and the club a last day of the season win.

It’s seven months since they began their journey together as teammates in Halifax.

They’ll always be remembered as the first Wanderers players to represent the club in its inaugural season in the new Canadian Premier League.

They’ve been a part of some memorable moments— especially at the Wanderers Grounds — and now their goal is to create some special last game memories with an away win on Saturday.

“It’s their final game to prove something and the final game to prove something on the road and a lot of them are still playing for contracts, so there is a lot on the line,” said head coach Stephen Hart.

The signature blue smoke at the last Wanderers home match this season against Pacific, Oct 9. Photo: Scott Tanner.
The signature blue smoke at the last Wanderers home match this season against Pacific, Oct 9. Photo: Scott Tanner.

After being a part of something special in Halifax in this 2019 CPL season, the players are determined to go out on a high.

“I want no matter what to win because I want to feel happy and make people in Halifax happy,” said Kodai Iida, the club’s Japanese attacking midfielder, who is ironically getting back to peak fitness at the end of the season. “It’s a bit sad it’s the last game because Halifax people were very kind and warm for me so I want to give a win to Halifax.”

The Wanderers number 9’s ability to run at players and confidence to go past defenders added an extra dimension to the team’s play at home to Pacific.

Kodai Iida, won the penalty, and was full of running against Pacific. Photo: Scott Tanner.
Kodai Iida, won the penalty, and was full of running against Pacific. Photo: Scott Tanner.

The Wanderers have won, lost and drawn twice against York9 who have been on good form of late after reeling off two consecutive 4-0 wins.

“This is a chance for us to win an away game so it would mean a lot for the team and the coach and owner and hopefully I can score some goals,” said Luis Alberto Perea, who got back on the scoresheet last week against Pacific, from the penalty spot.

The Colombian striker is ready to lead the line one more time.

Luis Perea scored from the penalty spot against Pacific and is closing in on 100 career goals. Photo: Scott Tanner.
Luis Perea scored from the penalty spot against Pacific and is closing in on 100 career goals. Photo: Scott Tanner.

And the club’s main goal threat, top scorer Akeem Garcia, is also back and available after two games away playing for his national team, Trinidad and Tobago.

The Soca Warriors lost both games 2-0 with Garcia coming on as a substitute each time and feeling good about the impact he made.

“Playing Honduras and Venezuela was great for my experience, playing for your country is the highest level you can get but I’m happy to be back, I’m full of energy and I can’t wait to play.”

Akeem Garcia in action for Trinidad and Tobago at home against Honduras, October 10. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images
Akeem Garcia in action for Trinidad and Tobago at home against Honduras, October 10. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images.

You can follow along on One Soccer on Saturday with the game a 2:30 p.m. ADT kick-off.

It’s also the last chance to take in the experience at one of our partner pubs to watch the match with other Wanderers fans.

 Athens, Auction House, Durty Nelly’s, Freemans (Downtown, Quinpool, Fairview, Sackville), Hali-Mac Axe Throwing, Niche Lounge and The Pint, have been huge supporters of us all season and once again will all be showing our match.

Come on you Wanderers!