A talented defender that represented Canada at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Daniel Stanese joined Whitecaps FC Residency on Sept. 7, 2010, after spending 10 seasons with Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RESERVE LEAGUE
2012: Stanese made his MLS Reserve League debut as a second-half substitute for Whitecaps FC reserves, as they won 2-1 at Portland Timbers reserves on May 27.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
2011: Stanese made 11 appearances during his first PDL season with Whitecaps FC Residency, as they finished third in the Northwest Division of the PDL’s Western Conference. The defender made his PDL debut during the 2-0 home defeat to Kitsap Pumas on May 1. He then assisted on Long Tan's spectacular winner during the 2-1 home win over British Columbia rivals Victoria Highlanders FC on June 5.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC RESIDENCY
2010-11: In his first year in the Residency program, Stanese started all six matches of the Residency team’s tour of Mexico in Nov. 2010. This included matches versus both the U-18 (Nov. 10) and the U-19/U-20 (Nov. 16) sides of Mexican Primera Division club Estudiantes Tecos, as well as the U-18 side of Mexican Primera Division outfit Atlas de Guadalajara (Nov. 14). The defender then started all three Bracket C matches in the U-19 Super Group of Dallas Cup XXXII. This included the 3-2 win over Brazil’s Sport Club Corinthians Paulista (Apr. 17, 2011), the 2-0 defeat to Mexico's Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Tigres UANL) (Apr. 18, 2011), and the 2-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake U-17/U-18 Academy (Apr. 20, 2011).
U-20: In Dec. 2011, Stanese was one of five Whitecaps FC Residency players to be called up by former Whitecaps FC player and assistant coach Nick Dasovic to a 10-day training camp with Canada’s U-20 national team in Sunrise, Florida. U-17: Stanese led Canada’s U-17 national team to a runners-up finish at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and with it, qualification to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. The defender appeared in all five matches at Jamaica 2011, with Canada making their first U-17 World Cup since 1995 in Ecuador. At Mexico 2011, Stanese started two Group C matches for Canada U-17’s. This included a 3-0 defeat to U-17 World Cup finalists Uruguay (June 19, 2011) and a 2-2 draw with England (June 22, 2011). As a result, Canada missed out on the ‘Round of 16’ at Mexico 2011 after finishing third in Group C.
Stanese spent most of his youth career with Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club, where he captained the club’s teams to many significant achievements. This included a stellar 2006-07 campaign, where he led his Metro-Ford side to a league championship, as well as victory in the Westminster District ‘B’ Cup. 2008 was also a successful season for the defender, as Stanese was part of three runners-up finishes in the Puma Pacific Coast, Metro-Ford Labour Day, and British Columbia Coastal Cup tournaments. He also trained at the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence in Coquitlam, BC, where he featured for the side that won the 2007 Dana Cup in Frederickshaven, Denmark, and claimed a third-place finish at the prestigious Gothia Cup tournament in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to his club and academy experience, Stanese was also an essential member of the BC provincial team program from 2008 to 2010. The defender captained his home province to a third-place finish at the 2010 Canadian U-16 All-Star Championship in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Between 2007 and 2010, Stanese was also a member of the Canadian Soccer Association's National Training Centre (British Columbia region) program.
Born in the New York City borough of Queens, and raised in Pitt Meadows, BC, Stanese holds dual American and Canadian citizenship. His parents are Georgeta and Sorin Stanese. As a student in Pitt Meadows, BC, the defender attended Highland Park Elementary School and Pitt Meadows Secondary School.
When not concentrating on his soccer career, Stanese enjoys listening to music.