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Pacific FC
Pacific FC Crest.png
Full namePacific Football Club
Nickname(s)The Islanders
FoundedJune 1, 2018; 16 months ago (2018-06-01)
StadiumWesthills Stadium
Langford, British Columbia
Capacity6,200
OwnerSixFive Sports & Entertainment
ChairmanDean Shillington
CEORob Friend
CoachJames Merriman (interim)
LeagueCanadian Premier League
Spring 2019Canadian Premier League, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Pacific Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League, playing home matches at Westhills Stadium located in Langford.

History[edit]

On May 5, 2018, "Port City FC" was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership, along with groups that would become Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, and York 9 FC. Port City was the only one of the four that was not identified with a specific city, and represented an as-of-yet undetermined location in British Columbia.[1] The group was expected to launch a team in either Greater Victoria or Surrey, British Columbia.[2] Former professional player Rob Friend, who grew up in British Columbia, was pictured as a representative of the region.[3] On June 1, the Canadian Premier League granted the Port City ownership group a club on Vancouver Island.[4]

Pacific FC was officially unveiled on July 20 as the seventh team to join the Canadian Premier League.[5] As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding.[6] Former Denmark international Michael Silberbauer was announced as the first head coach on August 20.[7]

They played their first game on April 28, 2019, defeating visitors HFX Wanderers 1–0 with Hendrik Starostzik scoring the only goal and Mark Village keeping a clean sheet.[8] The club parted ways with Silberbauer on October 18, 2019, and announced then-assistant coach James Merriman as interim head coach.[9]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays 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.[10] By extending the existing south stand and adding seating behind both goals as well as new standing room on the north side, the capacity was increased to 6,200 for the 2019 season.[11][12]

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.[13]

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".[14]

The official club colours are purple, teal, and white (branded by the club as "starfish purple," "lagoon blue," and "lighthouse white"). These colours symbolize the native Pisaster ochraceus sea star, the Pacific Ocean, and the region's lighthouses.[13]

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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. A second supporters group, called Torcida Oranizada Pacific (TOP) has also emerged. [15]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of September 5, 2019[16]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Nolan Wirth  Canada
3 Defender Ryan McCurdy  Northern Ireland
4 Defender Blake Smith (on loan from FC Cincinnati)  United States
5 Defender Hendrik Starostzik  Germany
6 Defender Lukas MacNaughton  United States
7 Defender Kadin Chung  Canada
8 Midfielder Matthew Baldisimo  Canada
9 Forward Marcus Haber  Canada
10 Midfielder Ben Fisk  Canada
11 Forward Issey Nakajima-Farran  Canada
13 Midfielder Ahmed Alghamdi  Saudi Arabia
14 Forward Terran Campbell  Canada
15 Forward José Hernández  Canada
16 Midfielder Zach Verhoven  Canada
17 Defender Marcel de Jong  Canada
19 Midfielder Noah Verhoeven  Canada
20 Defender Émile Legault  Canada
21 Midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour  Canada
23 Midfielder Víctor Blasco  Spain
24 Midfielder David Norman Jr. (on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC)  Canada
26 Goalkeeper Mark Village  Canada
28 Midfielder Alexander González  Panama

Current staff[edit]

As of October 18, 2019
Executive[17]
President Josh Simpson
Chief executive officer Rob Friend
Chairman Dean Shillington
Coaching staff[7]
Head coach (interim) James Merriman
Assistant coach vacant
Goalkeeper coach Marius Røvde

Head coaches[edit]

As of October 18, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Michael Silberbauer  Denmark January 1, 2019 – October 18, 2019 29 7 7 15 024.14
James Merriman (interim)  Canada[18] October 18, 2019 – present 0 0 0 0 !

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4 clubs get membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". Sportsnet. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Bahl, Andrew (April 19, 2018). "We're Getting a Better Idea of What the Canadian Premier League Will Look Like". Eighty Six Forever. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "Four CPL cities accepted by Canada Soccer". The CanPL Hub. May 5, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Canadian Premier League grants Vancouver Island conditional entry". The Globe and Mail. June 1, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Pacific Football Club latest team to join new Canadian Premier League". Times Colonist. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Bedakian, Armen (August 20, 2018). "Michael Silberbauer announced as head coach of Pacific FC".
  8. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific FC earns historic 1st win in CPL". April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Laurence, Mira. "Pacific FC and Head Coach Michael Silberbauer Part Ways". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Horsting, Lindsey (March 1, 2018). "$4 million cost to move hydro pole holding up Langford stadium expansion". Goldstream News Gazette. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Pacific FC to incorporate Vancouver Island beauty into Westhills Stadium renovations". November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "All set for Westhills Stadium grand opening on Saturday". August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Rendle, Josh (December 4, 2018). "Pacific FC Officially Launches Secondary Logo". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "About Us". lakesidebuoys.org. Lake Side Buoys. Retrieved July 26, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  16. ^ "Roster". Pacific FC. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  17. ^ "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Bedakian, Armen. "Assistant coach James Merriman following Josh Simpson's footsteps to Pacific FC". canpl.ca. CPL. Retrieved October 18, 2019. Born in Nanaimo, B.C. and raised in Cedar

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