Ottawa Fury midfielder Mauro Eustaquio has been named to the Canadian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 games in Rio. Mauro signed his first professional contract with Fury last year, and despite seeing a limited number of games, he impressed the coaching staff and fans. This season he has seen much more playing time and is thrilled to see his hard work paying off.
"Ottawa Fury means a lot to me. Marc opened the door for me to get into a professional environment.” Mauro told RedNation Online.
“It makes it easier when you have guys with experience like Richie Ryan. He came with open arms and said 'Alright I'm going to teach you' and everything he says somehow is always right.”
Mauro said of his Fury captain. “As the days go by I learn more and more, at the end of the day Marc has a style of play the benefits me."
"I said last year and this year my goal was to play and get minutes and I took the chance Marc gave me to fill the spot Julian left. It's a pretty big deal but at the end of the day I'm doing something that I love. Everything's going my way right now, and you need minutes to get better"
Regarding the call up, Eustaquio said “It's a great feeling. I work at Ottawa Fury to help Fury do the best they can. Right now everything is paying off, but in the back of my head I always have the National Team there and thankfully I got the call up for the Olympic Team and it's an honour to represent the country once again. I'm looking forward to getting some minutes and help qualify Canada for the Olympics."
Eustaquio has represented Canada are various levels, however the potential of becoming an Olympian could be his biggest step yet.
With Canadian Men’s National Team captain Julian De Guzman missing several games through injury, and Fury captain Richie Ryan missing much of the Spring Season, Eustaquio has taken advantage of the extra playing time to make strong impressions in a three man midfield and develop his game to the next level. There is no doubt that the future holds big things for the young Canadian midfielder.