Caney, a midfielder, will receive instruction from Real Madrid coaches during the event. Photo: Tyler Harper

B.C. teen invited to train with soccer giant Real Madrid

Moss Caney will travel to Spain in August for the exclusive camp

Cristiano Ronaldo. Gareth Bale. Moss Caney?

Caney, a Nelson native, is on his way to the home of the best soccer club in the world after a surprise invite from Adidas to attend a Real Madrid training camp.

Yes, that Real Madrid. The Spanish giants who just won their third consecutive Champions League title and in August will host a 16-year-old midfielder who can’t believe this is actually happening.

“I’ve been trying to wrap my head around it,” says Caney.

Earlier this year Nelson Soccer Association executive director Sveta Tisma was contacted about the training camp by Adidas, which sponsors the local organization’s uniforms. Fifteen Canadian players would be picked for an invite-only program hosted by Real Madrid.

Tisma thought of Caney, who was the right age for the invite, and contacted his father Paul.

The Caneys emigrated from Amsterdam where Moss was born and came to Nelson in 2002. When Tisma suggested Caney apply, he was playing soccer and living with his grandparents in Holland. The family put together what was essentially a kind of soccer resume, sent it in to Adidas and waited.

Evidently, someone was impressed.

“I’ve played multiple places, like the BCSPL, which is the highest you can go in B.C. for my age, and I’ve played in Holland at a high level,” said Caney. “In Holland soccer is really good and everyone there plays too. It’s crazy to me that [I’m playing in] Nelson, and then playing in Madrid. It’s just a crazy step.”

The camp takes place Aug. 11 to 19. Caney will work with Real Madrid Foundation coaches at the team’s training centre, play two games against Spanish players, and tour the capital city.

Paul Caney said he hopes the trip leads to more opportunities for his son.

“Realistically, the high end of expectations for anyone from a Canadian town, large or small, would be maybe to get a scholarship in soccer to go to university. This opportunity, in and of itself, is a big deal.”

Related:

Canadian soccer officials talk up World Cup bid at Champions League final

B.C.-born Whitecaps midfielder scores winning goal over Turkey



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Nelson’s Moss Caney will join 14 other Canadian players in August for a training camp in Madrid. Photo: Tyler Harper

Just Posted

Colwood Elementary gets new inclusive and accessible playground equipment

Parks and playgrounds on the West Shore have equipment for everyone

Tent city campers prepare to leave Uplands Park

Vehicle access remains restricted at Cattle Point

A year in tent city: Timeline of Camp Namegans

Since September 2017, Victoria’s homeless camp has set up in more than 20 locations

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Oak Bay police ‘patient’ but ready to make arrests if campers don’t leave

Vehicle access restricted to waterfront segment of Uplands Park

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Most Read