The B.C. soccer community is mourning the loss of standout Brandon Bassi.
The 19-year-old from North Delta passed away on Thursday from injuries sustained in a single-car accident on May 18 in Surrey. A jeep SUV crashed into a lamppost, sending four young people to hospital, including two with serious injuries.
Bassi had taken his soccer career to Simon Fraser University after an outstanding youth career that included time in the Whitecaps FC Residency program.
Earler this month, he helped CCB LFC United capture B.C. Soccer’s Provincial “A” Cup men's championship in Nanaimo.
“There are no words to express the pain and feeling of loss we are all experiencing,” said SFU men’s soccer head coach Clint Schneider. “We lost a tremendous individual. Brandon was an outstanding teammate, student and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bassi family during this extremely difficult time.”
The talented defender came through the North Delta Soccer Club before moving onto Coastal F.C. of the B.C. Premier Soccer League at the U13 level. He captained Coastal to consecutive league championships upon his arrival and was named the club’s most inspirational player on both occasions.
He followed his older brother Derrick to SFU.
The school released the following statement on Friday:
“Brandon was an outstanding athlete, a caring teammate, and an inspirational young man. His loss will be felt deeply by the SFU community. We offer our sincere condolences to the Bassi family and to everyone who knew Brandon and was touched by his passion, his empathy and his friendship.”
Thank you for sharing this @wildcatjonesee - Brandon was a special young man, and this shows why he was special. @deltasd37 @BCHoopScoop @htsumura @Optimist_sports @north_delta https://t.co/sHa567eIpz— Mr. G. Sandhu (@GSandhu19) May 25, 2019
The North Delta Secondary graduate was also a key member of the powerhouse Huskies basketball program, helping the team finish third at the provincial “AAA” championships in his Grade 12 year.