Pacific FC

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Pacific FC
Pacific FC logo.svg
Full namePacific Football Club[1]
Short namePFC[2][3]
FoundedJune 1, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-06-01)
StadiumWesthills Stadium
Langford, British Columbia
Capacity6,200
OwnerSixFive Sports & Entertainment
ChairmanDean Shillington
CEORob Friend
CoachPa-Modou Kah
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2020Canadian Premier League, 4th
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 Starlight 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, and York9. 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.[4] The group was expected to launch a team in either Greater Victoria or Surrey, British Columbia.[5] Former professional player Rob Friend, who grew up in British Columbia, was pictured as a representative of the region.[6] On June 1, the Canadian Premier League granted the Port City ownership group a club on Vancouver Island.[7]

Pacific FC was officially unveiled on July 20 as the seventh team to join the Canadian Premier League.[8] As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding.[9] Former Denmark international Michael Silberbauer was announced as the first head coach on August 20.[10]

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.[11] The club parted ways with Silberbauer on October 18, 2019, and announced then-assistant coach James Merriman as interim head coach.[12]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays their home games at Starlight 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.[13] 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.[14][15]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club's branding is designed to represent 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.[16]

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".[17]

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.[16]

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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.[18]

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of February 25, 2020[19][20]

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 GK Nolan Wirth  Canada
2 DF Kadin Chung  Canada
3 DF Jordan Haynes  Canada
5 DF Abdou Samake  Mali
6 DF Lukas MacNaughton  Belgium
7 MF Víctor Blasco  Spain
8 MF Matthew Baldisimo  Canada
9 FW Alejandro Díaz  Mexico
10 MF Marco Bustos  Canada
11 MF Josh Heard  Wales
13 GK Callum Irving  Canada
14 FW Terran Campbell  Canada
17 DF Marcel de Jong  Canada
20 MF Sean Young  Canada
21 MF Alessandro Hojabrpour  Canada
22 MF Jamar Dixon  Canada
26 DF Thomas Meilleur-Giguère  Canada
MF Manny Aparicio  Canada
MF Matteo Polisi  Canada

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
GK Emil Gazdov (at 1. FC Nürnberg)  Canada

Staff[edit]

As of March 2, 2020
Executive
President Josh Simpson[21]
Chief executive officer Rob Friend[22]
Chairman Dean Shillington[23]
Coaching staff
Head coach Pa-Modou Kah[24]
Associate head coach
Technical director
James Merriman
Assistant coach Riley O'Neill
Goalkeeping coach Mark Village[25]

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Head coaches[edit]

As of September 16, 2020
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 October 18, 2019[26] – January 14, 2020 1 1 0 0 100.00
Pa-Modou Kah  Norway January 14, 2020[27] – present 10 4 2 4 040.00

Records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season League Playoffs CC Continental / Other Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Pos. Name Goals
2019 1 CPL 28 8 7 13 35 46 –11 31 1.11 5th DNQ R1 Ineligible 3,102 Canada Terran Campbell 11
2020 CPL 10 4 2 4 16 13 +3 14 1.40 4th DNQ DNQ N/A Canada Marco Bustos 5

1. Average attendance include statistics from league matches only.
2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league season, league playoffs, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League, and other competitive continental matches.

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of September 16, 2020[citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career at club Goals scored
League CC Int'l Total
1 Forward Terran Campbell Canada Canada 2019– 12 0 0 12
2 Midfielder Victor Blasco Spain Spain 2019– 8 0 0 8
3 Forward Ben Fisk Canada Canada 2019 6 0 0 6
4 Forward Marco Bustos Canada Canada 2020– 5 0 0 5
5 Forward Marcus Haber Canada Canada 2019 3 1 0 4

Note: Bold indicates active player

All-time most appearances[edit]

As of September 16, 2020[citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career at club Games played
League CC Int'l Total
1 Forward Terran Campbell Canada Canada 2019– 38 1 0 39
2 Midfielder Victor Blasco Spain Spain 2019– 35 1 0 36
3 Defender Kadin Chung Canada Canada 2019– 33 1 0 34
Midfielder Matthew Baldisimo Canada Canada 2019– 32 2 0 34
Midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour Canada Canada 2019– 32 2 0 34
4 Midfielder Zach Verhoven Canada Canada 2019– 31 2 0 33

Note: Bold indicates active player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pacific Football Club Unveiled as Vancouver Island's New Canadian Premier League Club". Canadian Premier League. July 20, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Pacific FC fires head coach Michael Silberbauer". Times Colonist. October 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pacific FC To Announce Two New Signings". Northern Tribune. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "4 clubs get membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". Sportsnet. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Four CPL cities accepted by Canada Soccer". The CanPL Hub. May 5, 2018. Archived from the original on May 11, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Canadian Premier League grants Vancouver Island conditional entry". The Globe and Mail. June 1, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Pacific Football Club latest team to join new Canadian Premier League". Times Colonist. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Bedakian, Armen (August 20, 2018). "Michael Silberbauer announced as head coach of Pacific FC". Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific FC earns historic 1st win in CPL". April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Laurence, Mira. "Pacific FC and Head Coach Michael Silberbauer Part Ways". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Horsting, Lindsey (March 1, 2018). "$4 million cost to move hydro pole holding up Langford stadium expansion". Goldstream News Gazette. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Pacific FC to incorporate Vancouver Island beauty into Westhills Stadium renovations". November 30, 2018. Archived from the original on April 7, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "All set for Westhills Stadium grand opening on Saturday". August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Rendle, Josh (December 4, 2018). "Pacific FC Officially Launches Secondary Logo". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Archived from the original on December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  18. ^ "About Us". lakesidebuoys.org. Lake Side Buoys. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Roster". Pacific FC. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Pacific FC Announce First Roster Moves". Pacific FC. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  22. ^ "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "Pacific FC announces new head coach Pa-Modou Kah". Pacific FC. January 14, 2020. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  25. ^ "Pacific FC's Mark Village retires; named goalkeeper coach". Canadian Premier League. February 28, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  26. ^ 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
  27. ^ "Pacific FC announces new head coach Pa-Modou Kah". Pacific FC. January 14, 2020. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.

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