Pacific FC

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Pacific FC
Pacific FC Crest.png
Full namePacific Football Club
FoundedJune 1, 2018; 7 months ago (2018-06-01)
StadiumWesthills Stadium
Capacity6,000
OwnerSixFive Sports & Entertainment
ChairmanDean Shillington
CoachMichael Silberbauer
LeagueCanadian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Pacific Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League's inaugural 2019 season and play its home games at Westhills Stadium located in Langford.

History[edit]

On May 5, 2018, an unknown location known as Port City was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[1] Former professional player Rob Friend, who grew up in British Columbia, was pictured as a representative of the region.[2] On June 1, the Canadian Premier League granted the Port City ownership group a club in Vancouver Island.[3]

Pacific FC was officially unveiled on July 20 as the seventh team to join the Canadian Premier League.[4] As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding.[5] Former Denmark international Michael Silberbauer was announced as the first head coach on August 20.[6]

Stadium[edit]

The club will play their home games at Westhills Stadium. The city of Langford planned to increase the capacity from 1,718 to 8,000, but a utility pole located on the north side of the stadium has prevented any upgrades on that side.[7] By extending the existing south stand and adding seating behind both goals as well as new standing room on the north side, the capacity will be increased to 6,000 for the 2019 season.[8]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club's branding is designed to represent of Vancouver Island. The team's crest is the shape of a douglas fir, a tree native to Vancouver Island, split into two segments, with the right side forming the shape of the island. The tree is bordered by the ocean and includes a single chevron to represent a wave of the ocean and a 'V' that can stand for Victoria, victory and Vancouver Island.[9]

The secondary logo is a roundel with a trident, meant to represent the strength and courage of the island, as well as the weather attributed to the Pacific Ocean. The logo also includes the motto of the coat of arms of the city of Victoria, which is the Latin phrase Semper Liber, which translates to "Forever Free".[10]

The official club colours are starfish purple, lagoon blue, and lighthouse white. They are used to signify the starfish native to the Pacific Northwest region, the Pacific ocean and the iconic lighthouses seen across Vancouver Island.

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

The first supporters group to show support for a Vancouver Island team to join the Canadian Premier League was the Lake Side Buoys, an existing group who followed the Victoria Highlanders of USL League Two.[11]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 15, 2019[12]
No. Position Player Nation
Goalkeeper Mark Village  Canada
Defender Kadin Chung  Canada
Midfielder Matthew Baldisimo  Canada
Midfielder Noah Verhoeven  Canada
Forward Terran Campbell  Canada
Forward Marcus Haber  Canada
Forward Alessandro Hojabrpour  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of August 20, 2018
Executive[13]
President Josh Simpson
Chief executive officer Rob Friend
Chairman Dean Shillington
Coaching staff[6]
Head coach Michael Silberbauer
Assistant coach Jamie Merriman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4 clubs get membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". Sportsnet. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Four CPL cities accepted by Canada Soccer". The CanPL Hub. May 5, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Canadian Premier League grants Vancouver Island conditional entry". The Globe and Mail. June 1, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ McIsaac, Greg (July 20, 2018). "Pacific Football Club Unveiled as Vancouver Island's New Canadian Premier League Club". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Pacific Football Club latest team to join new Canadian Premier League". Times Colonist. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Bedakian, Armen (August 20, 2018). "Michael Silberbauer announced as head coach of Pacific FC".
  7. ^ Horsting, Lindsey (March 1, 2018). "$4 million cost to move hydro pole holding up Langford stadium expansion". Goldstream News Gazette. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pacific FC to incorporate Vancouver Island beauty into Westhills Stadium renovations". November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Emblem Inspiration". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Rendle, Josh (December 4, 2018). "Pacific FC Officially Launches Secondary Logo". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "About Us". lakesidebuoys.org. Lake Side Buoys. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Nielsen, James (November 29, 2018). "Canadian Youth International Kadin Chung Announced As Inaugural Pacific FC Signing". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.

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