Michael Baldisimo

Midfielder
  •  2000
  •  Burnaby, BC
  •  Burnaby Selects

PROFILE
A midfielder from Burnaby, BC, Michael Baldisimo joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after representing Western Canada at the youth level.

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
2016:
Baldisimo made his professional debut when he was called up to Whitecaps FC 2 for their August 3 match at Arizona United SC, coming on as a late substitute.

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2015-16:
Baldisimo split his time between Whitecaps FC Residency U-18 and U-16 teams. He started 12 of his 14 regular season appearances for the U-18 side, then added another five starts in six matches in the playoffs. With U-16, Baldisimo started all 13 of his appearances, scoring six goals.

INTERNATIONAL
2016: Baldisimo participated in national U-17 team activities four times in the year - the February evaluation camp in Burnaby, the April training camp in the United States, the September series versus Mexico and host Panama, and the October evaluation camp in Vaughan. 2015: Baldisimo was a member of the Canadian side in the Torneo Internacional Sub-15 in Mexico in August, then was invited to the U-18 development camp in October. 2014: Baldisimo received his first national team invite, participating in the U-15 identification camp in October.

YOUTH/AMATEUR
Baldisimo has played his entire youth career in his hometown of Burnaby, BC, having started with Wesburn Youth Soccer Club. The midfielder played with Wesburn in 2006 and 2007 before moving to South Burnaby Metro Club, where he played in 2008 and 2009, and served as captain of their U-12 squad. He spent the summer of 2009 playing with Mountain United FC. In 2010 and 2011, Baldisimo played for Burnaby Metro Selects Soccer Club. Baldisimo also represented Western Canada at the U-12 level in the 2011 Danone Nations Cup.

PERSONAL
As a student in Burnaby, BC, Baldisimo attended Douglas Road Elementary School from 2005 to 2007 and then returned there in 2010. In 2008 and 2009, the midfielder also attended Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. He currently attends Burnaby Central Secondary School in the eighth grade with an expected graduation in 2018. He names his brother, Mark, who is also a fellow Whitecaps FC Residency player, as the most influential person in his soccer development becuase he has trained Michael since the age of five.

INTERESTING FACTS
Baldisimo is a fan of Spanish and European giants FC Barcelona, while his favourite players are Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso. One day, the midfielder hopes to play in Barcelona's home stadium of Camp Nou. Off the soccer pitch, Baldisimo enjoys basketball and bike-riding. One of his superstitions is to always play with a purple wrist band on his left hand. His favourite food of choice is pizza.