The start of the 2015 season marks another big step forward for soccer player Tyler Pasher.Not only did the 20-year-old Elmira native make the jump up to the United Soccer League – the third tier of professional soccer in North America – but he also got called on to join the Canadian men’s national team during its recent string of exhibition matches against Puerto Rico and Guatemala.
Pasher grew up playing soccer in Elmira with the Woolwich Soccer Association before moving on to train with Newcastle United in England and the Toronto Football Club academy.
A versatile player, Pasher has spent time at positions all across the field, though a defending role seems to be his strongest suit.
Quick and agile, Pasher played for the Canadian U17 and U20 squads before signing on for the 2013 season with the PS Kemi Kings in Kakkonen, Finland.
Last year, he led Lansing United to a Midwest region title in the National Premier Soccer League (tier four).
“It’s not often that you get a chance to work with a player as talented as Tyler,” Lansing United coach Eric Rudland said on the club’s website. “Our fans loved watching him play and he was a catalyst to our team success in 2014. The Riverhounds have found a phenomenal talent and I’m sure that Tyler will make us proud as he competes in the USL and beyond.”
His new coach in Pittsburgh concurred.
“Tyler is an attacking full-back with an educated left foot who provides great service whipping balls in from the left side,” Mark Steffens said. “He’s got grit and good experience for his age through playing with the Canadian national youth teams. He’s got some work to do, but we’re expecting some big things from him.”
The Riverhounds are 1-1-1 to start the season, and will take on Louisville City FC on Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium.