Canadian Futsal Legend signs American pro contract
The greatest goalkeeper in Canadian futsal history, Josh Lemos, has signed a pro contract with storied American indoor club the Milwaukee Wave.
Lemos, the MVP for Canada at the recent CONCACAF Futsal Championships in Costa Rica, will depart for Milwaukee on a one year deal that will see him reunited with friend and fellow Canadian international Ian Bennett.
“Ian, definitely put in a few good words for me. He’s an amazing guy, amazing player, and someone who I can call a brother. It’s nothing but a pleasure to be able to take the field with him and I’m extremely excited to see what we can do together for the club this year.”
The 27 year-old Toronto native recently became a father over the last year and this contract is just the latest good news coming his way. He attracted plenty of interest from clubs across the U.S. and Central America after his standout performances helped to eliminate the United States during CONCACAF pre-tournament qualifying. He decided Milwaukee was ultimately his best fit.
“Thank God my CONCACAF experience was great and went extremely well. As much as I would have loved to have played anywhere in the world I just find that Milwaukee is the right fit for me at this time. They showed a lot of interest in me and have been nothing but classy with me not only as a player but as a person too. I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Oliviero early this year and really like his mindset on the game so I’m excited to learn from him and the staff and also to be a part of a winning team with great players and coaches.
Lemos leaves a big gap to be filled at Toronto United Futsal Club, who won all three major Canadian futsal titles this past season. Another national team prospect, Luigi Caruso, will take the reigns at the club but Lemos believes the club is in good hands.
“After being a professional in Central America , this is a beautiful new page for my career and my life. I’m excited and thankful to be a part of the Milwaukee Wave and can’t wait to get started towards a championship run. I’m confident that Toronto United will be back on top once again this year. Luigi is a great keeper with a lot of heart and with Lorenzo (Redwood) at the helm I’m proud to have represented and accomplished so much with the club in such a short time.”