Dragons FC Forward Matt Wiesenfarth Signs with Canterbury United in New Zealand
When Burlingame Dragons FC forward Matt Wiesenfarth injured his knee two years ago, he had doubts as to whether or not he would ever play the game of soccer again.
“Almost exactly two years ago, I tore my ACL and thought my career was over,” Wiesenfarth said.
Now, the forward is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime after he signed a one-year contract with the Canterbury Dragons of the ASB Premiership, the top professional league in New Zealand. The UC Davis graduate leaves next week to begin preparations for the upcoming season.
“I’m incredibly excited to leave for New Zealand next week and spend the season with Canterbury,” Wiesenfarth said. “I am humbled and blessed to have this opportunity after working back to full health.
Wiesenfarth continued on his path to full health with the Dragons this past season. The talented and crafty striker played in nine games, finding the net twice. “Wiese” was beloved by his coaches and teammates for his carefree attitude off the field and his intensity and work rate on the field. He will miss Burlingame, his teammates and the difficult, yet beneficial practices that he said have prepared him for this journey.
“I can’t say enough good things about the Dragons organization,” the forward said. “I feel like my level of play actually increased more in the last six months than the previous few years.”
The journey to New Zealand will place Wiesenfarth across the Pacific, far away from home. Luckily for the forward, former Dragons defender Brock Messenger was from New Zealand and played for Canterbury two seasons ago. The Kiwi informed Wiesenfarth about his homeland and gave him a lot to look forward to.
“I have heard nothing but amazing things about the city of Christchurch (where the club is located) and the people that live there,” Wiesenfarth said. “I look forward to having an awesome experience on and off the field.”
Ironically, Canterbury United FC’s mascot is also the Dragons, which the forward felt was a sign of potential action to come.
“From the Burlingame Dragons to the Canterbury Dragons...I might need to get a tattoo here soon,” said the forward while laughing.
The Burlingame Dragons family wishes Matt nothing but the best as he embarks on his new adventure. If you would like to follow his progress, check out the Canterbury United team site at http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/canterbury-united/.