Shawn Faria

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Shawn Faria
Personal information
Full name Shawn Faria
Date of birth (1978-06-28) June 28, 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Mississauga, Ontario
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1997–1999 University of Louisville
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Toronto Croatia 2 (0)
2002–2005 Toronto Lynx 49 (3)
2002 Mississauga Olympians (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Oakville Blue Devils 5 (0)
2006 Toronto Lynx 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2015.

Shawn Faria (born June 28, 1978) is a former Canadian soccer player who played the majority of his career with the Toronto Lynx in the USL First Division and had several stints with various clubs in the Canadian Soccer League.

Playing career[edit]

Faria began playing soccer at the youth level with the University of Louisville from 1997 till 1999. In 1999, Faria signed his first professional contract with Toronto Croatia of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He made his debut for the club on June 7, 1999 against St. Catharines Wolves in a 2-0 victory.[1] He would return to professional soccer in 2002 to sign with the Toronto Lynx in the USL A-League. He scored his first professional goal July 30, 2002 against the Calgary Storm.[2] After the 2002 A-League season came to a conclusion, Faria was loaned to the Mississauga Olympians of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He made his debut on September 11, 2002 in a Open Canada Cup match against the Toronto Croatia where he scored a goal in a 1-1 draw.[3] He helped the Olympians secure a playoff berth by finishing second in the Western Conference, but unfortunately where defeated by the North York Astros in a wild card match.[4]

Faria was re-signed by the Lynx for the 2003 season on March 18, 2003.[5] On April 7, 2004 Faria's signing with the Lynx was announced in a press conference where also he was appointed the new Lynx captain succeeding Theo Zagar, who was transferred to rivals Rochester Rhinos.[6] He missed most of the season due to a leg injury, but returned to play in 18 matches and score 2 goals. Due to injuries Faria was released from his contract on June 7, 2005, in order to make room on the roster for new signings.[7] Faria was signed by the newly expansion Oakville Blue Devils of the Canadian Soccer League, where he helped the Blue Devils reach the playoffs.

In the Western Conference semi-final on October 5 he scored the opening goal for the Blue Devils which would result in a 3-2 victory over the Windsor Border Stars.[8] He helped lead Oakville to finals of the CSL Cup where they defeated the Vaughan Shooters to a score of 2-1, making the Oakville Blue Devils the first expansion franchise to win the CPSL Cup in their debut season. On August 1, 2006 the Toronto Lynx announced the return of Faria.[9] He helped the Lynx to a 10-game undefeated streak at home, and also reached the finals of the Open Canada Cup, but he did not feature in the match where the Lynx finished runners up to Ottawa St. Anthony Italia losing 2-0. After the 2006 season the Lynx franchise dropped two divisions down to the PDL, which resulted in the Lynx to release most of their senior players from their contracts.

Managerial career[edit]

Since retiring from soccer Faria is currently the Director of Female Program and Showcase Team for the Winstars Soccer Academy.[10] Faria coached from 2006 until 2010 the Golden Eagles A team U-14 of the Erin Mills SC.[11][12]


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