Cascades captain Byrne named All-Canadian

Cascades captain Byrne named All-Canadian

Abbotsford Senior grad ends career on the pitch with honour

Tammer Byrne of the University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team capped his Cascades career by earning U Sports’ first team All-Canadian honours.

The Abbotsford Senior grad accepted the accolade at the U Sports national awards banquet on Wednesday evening in Vancouver.

The All-Canadian nod further cements the fact that Byrne is the most decorated player in the Canada West/ U Sports era (since 2006) for the Cascades men’s soccer program.

He’s the only UFV men’s player to be voted to three Canada West all-star teams (second team in 2015, first team in 2016 and 2018), and he’s just the second player to be named an All-Canadian.

Byrne, a kinesiology student, was also instrumental in a great deal of team success. The Cascades made the playoffs in four of his five campaigns, highlighted by a pair of trips to the Canada West Final Four, winning conference bronze in 2015 and finishing fourth this year.

Byrne’s accomplishments add to a tremendous family legacy with UFV men’s soccer. He’s the third Byrne brother to suit up for the program, having been preceded by elder siblings Koby and Kree.

“It’s a testament to his body of work over five years,” Cascades head coach Tom Lowndes said, reflecting on Byrne’s All-Canadian accolade.

“I don’t think I’ve met another kid who deserves to get an award like this in his final year as much as Tammer.

“It’s great for the program to have a player recognized at that level, but, more importantly, I’m really happy for him. He’s been an amazing player to coach, and on the field and in the classroom, he truly embodies everything we want a UFV Cascades student-athlete to be.”