USL News Release
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
QUEBEC CITY, QC -- At Québec city hall, in the présence of François Picard, vice-president of the Québec executive committee, the club board has announced the name of the team that will represent the Québec area in the W-League in 2009, the Québec Arsenal.
The W-League presents the highest level of womens’ soccer in North America, and will give athletes from the Québec area access to first-class competition. The team will wear white, black and gold and will begin its first season in May at Séminaire St-François’ new stadium.
”The W-League has had tremendous success in Canada over the years,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “USL has been wonderfully supported when friendlies have been played in the city of Quebec and we expect the community to rally behind the Arsenal when they begin play next spring.”
The team will be playing other W-League teams in Northeast Canada and the United States. The official alignment will be released from the USL office following the 2008 AGM in Tampa, FL.
The club has also announced the nomination of Maxime Barabé as its general manager. “We are enthusiastic to play in a well established league and we believe we will be competitive as soon as 2009. We wish to bring together the best players in our area, but also attract the best talent in eastern Canada. We also want to bring back players from the Québec area playing elsewhere in the league so they can play in front of their families and friends,” Maxime stated.
“We are happy to offer to soccer fans of the Québec area a very interesting, spectacular, family-oriented product, in the superb environment that is Séminaire Saint-François’ stadium. We will be able to host nearly 1,500 people and make each game a true soccer experience,” said Stéphane Alain, member of the Arsenal board.
The club’s logo features the silhouette of famed hotel Chateau Frontenac, which opened in 1893 and has become a symbol of the city as one of its most popular attractions. The club will now look to hire its head coach, and then begin player recruiting.
The Québec Arsenal is a non-profit organization created to ensure the development of regional soccer in the Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. The Arsenal is an original idea from a team of four promoters: Samir Ghrib, David Desloges, Stéphane Alain and Maxime Barabé. The team’s five-person board will consist of three individuals from the Association Régionale de Soccer de Québec (ARSQ).
Maxime Barabe, who holds a CSA national B License, began coaching for the Dynamo de Quebec U17 womens team in 1993 - 1998. In addition, he coaches the Quebec provincial U-17 girls team. From 1994-2005 he coached FX Garneau College Elans women who were national champions in 2002, 2003 & 2004. He was the ARSQ assistant to the technical director from 1998-2002 and has been the ARSQ executive director since August 2002.
Michel Valle is an infrastructure specialist for Quebec Transportation who has been involved as a coach and manager since 1998. He was the Dynamo Women’s manager from 2000-2007 (National Champion 2007). Valle served as Dynamo De Quebec President from 2000-2005 and has been the ARSQ President since January 2006.