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Burlingame's Wiesenfarth Joins New Zealand Club Canterbury United

09/02/2016, 4:15pm EDT

Forward scored two goals in nine appearances during 2016 PDL regular season

Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge/Burlingame Dragons FC

Matt Wiesenfarth becomes the latest PDL player to earn a professional contract, signing a one-year deal with the Canterbury United FC in the New Zealand top flight.

The Burlingame Dragons FC forward will leave next week to begin training for the upcoming ASB Premiership after scoring two goals in nine appearances for the PDL side.

“Matt has multiple attributes that make him a successful striker: speed, grit and a knack for finishing,” Dragons FC Vice President Mike Jenkins said. “But, his hustle and determination to put him in the right positions to make plays. That is what separates and distinguishes him from other strikers.

“If he can stay healthy, he will excel in New Zealand. He can play any style, which is what makes him so valuable. He is strong enough to hold the ball up if he plays as a lone striker. He is fast enough to cause problems to defenders, and he can play with another striker due to his crafty ability with the ball and his creative mind. I'm looking forward to seeing him thrive in New Zealand.”

The 5-foot-11 forward completed his collegiate career at UC Davis in 2015, scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists in his time with the Aggies.

“I can’t say enough good things about the Dragons organization,” Wiesenfarth said in a Dragons FC release. “I feel like my level of play actually increased more in the last six months than the previous few years.”

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