Milestone: CPL midfielder Estevez sold to ADO Den Haag

Emilio Estevez

We debated whether to make the seemingly mandatory name quip for just long enough, and we’re going to save it for the end of the post.

Canadian midfielder Emilio Estevez has become the first Canadian Premier League player to be sold to a European top-flight side, moving from York9 FC to ADO Den Haag.

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Estevez, 21, recorded a goal and an assist during 21 matches with the first-year club in a first-year league last season.

A Taiwan international with three caps, Estevez joins an Eredivisie side which has avoided relegation by virtue of the canceled season.

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“I’m super happy. It’s something that I wasn’t expecting, to be honest,” Estevez told “It’s something that really caught me off-guard, but it feels good to be able to make a little bit of history and leave my mark in the CPL, and show players that anything is possible — that if you work hard and put your mind to it that you can attract big teams in Europe.”

Estevez made York9 off an open tryout and that’s a truly inspirational story. York9 is managed by former Southampton, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, and Toronto FC man Jimmy Brennan.

ADO Den Haag was like, “Emilio!” and the young gun bought into it.