WFC2 midfielder Brett Levis (46) recently broke through for his first goal as a professional and has been impressing head coach Alan Koch.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, 22 year-old Brett Levis is perhaps the Whitecaps FC2’s most exciting player. The 5-foot-8 midfielder is as quick as they come, with or without the ball at his feet, and is now starting to find the range with his ever-dangerous left foot. The slippery midfielder, who has played both out wide and through the middle for coach Alan Koch, was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 11 thanks to the tremendous solo effort that earned him his first career USL goal in the ‘Caps’ 2-0 win over Arizona.
Levis enjoyed a scintillating four-year career with his hometown University of Saskatchewan Huskies, leading them to their first-ever CanadaWest title in 2014 and being named to three CIS All-Canadian Teams during his time there. He also enjoyed a stint with the Whitecaps U-23 team before joining WFC2 for their inaugural season.
“Brett’s naturally gifted with the ball at his feet; he’s silky, silky smooth,” Koch said of Levis. “I’d hate to be a defender defending against him because you don’t know which way he’s going to go.”
Stepping into a professional league for the first time can challenge even the best players, and Levis is no different. After scoring with regularity in the CIS, Levis didn’t find the back of the net until his 10th game of the year, ending what he called the longest goal drought of his career.
“It was a little bit of a challenge,” Levis said of his first experience in the USL. “But I think I’m used to it now and slowly getting better.”
While extremely gifted with the ball, Koch has been preaching to Levis the importance of playing a more well-rounded game, and the coach likes the progress he is seeing.
“We’ve been working really hard with him to improve his defensive shape,” Koch told reporters. “He’s got to learn to keep his head up and find the right options, but I’m very pleased with Brett, he’s progressing, he’s getting better and better every week. To be honest, the sky is the absolute limit for him.”
"It's a little cliché but I'm pretty speechless, ... It's very exciting and a big step for me to make." - Brett Levis on CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning