The roster of The Seattle Stars FC is littered with international players, and that includes one player from north of the border. Goalkeeper Andriy Szkwarek is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, who was lucky enough to land and exchange posting at Joint Base Lewis McChord. An avid and experienced player, he sought to join the best team he could while living down in the soccer hotbed of Washington state and was fortunate enough to cross paths with the Seattle Stars to realize his goal.
Andriy, however, has quite the story prior to joining the Stars. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces when he was 18, his passion for the game, combined with opportunities that presented themselves as he moved around Canada have led to a playing career filled with amazing opportunities, titles across Canada, as well as a number of personal awards.
His first years in the military were at the Royal Military College, where he landed the starting Goal Keeper position in his freshman year. Canada’s military University is small, less that 1000 students, thus it always struggles to compete with larger schools. Although the firs couple of years were difficult, Andriy led his team to the College’s first ever divisional championship and the school was ranked as high as 7th in the Country in his third year. Although the team did not end up winning the national title, Andriy was personally recognized and was awarded the team’s MVP award, as he was during all his playing years at The Royal Military College.
His efforts were recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces National Soccer team, where he played from 2000-2010. He played in 5 continental championships, throughout North and South America, the highlight being qualifying for the 2007 World Military Games in Hyderbad India with a victory over the US in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between continental championship and other tours, Andriy has had the opportunity to play in England, Ireland, Germany, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Suriname and the United States.
Although traveling the world playing for the Canadian Military was fun, Andriy ham most of his success playing at the semi-professional and men’s competitive level. When stationed in Ottawa, he was selected as the reserve goalkeeper for the Ottawa Wizards in the Canadian Professional Soccer League as well as winning back-to-back provincial (Ontario) amateur championship and only losing out on a Canadian National championship on Penalty Kicks in 2004.
When He moved back to his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada he won that province’s provincial championship with Lucania FC as well as winning the provincial league and qualifying for the National Championships with Hellas SC
Since moving to this area, he has won the Starfire Premier Soccer League with the Seattle Stars FC
He also won recently the GSSL division 1 Title with the team Fuego FC
Andriy is now dedicating many hours in the gym and on the field preparing for next season’s inaugural Evergreen Premier Season 2014Evergreen Premier League Washington