Pacific FC

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Pacific FC
Pacific FC logo.svg
FoundedJune 1, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-06-01)
StadiumStarlight Stadium
Langford, British Columbia
Capacity6,200
OwnerSixFive Sports & Entertainment
ChairmanDean Shillington
CEORob Friend
CoachJames Merriman
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2021Canadian Premier League, 3rd Playoffs: Champions
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.[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 competitive 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]

On August 26 2021, they were matched against Major League Soccer opposition for the first time, being drawn against provincial opponents Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Championship. Although underdogs, they defeated the Whitecaps 4–3, becoming the second CPL club to eliminate an MLS club in the competition.[10][11]

On December 5, Pacific FC won their first Canadian Premier League title after defeating defending champions Forge FC 1–0 in the 2021 CPL Final at Tim Hortons Field.[12] In doing so they became the second team to have been crowned Canadian Premier League champions.[13]

Stadium[edit]

Starlight Stadium is a stadium in Langford, British Columbia that is used for home games by Pacific FC.

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

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.[17]

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".[18]

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.[17]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2019–present Macron Volkswagen

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.[19]

Rivalries[edit]

Cavalry FC–Pacific FC rivalry

Pacific FC met Cavalry FC for the first time in the Canadian Premier League in the final fixture of the 2019 Spring Season, winning 3–1 at Westhills Stadium in an intense match which saw three players sent-off.[20] Pacific FC and Cavalry FC's rivalry intensified during the 2021 season where they met eight times across three Canadian competitions (Canadian Premier League, CPL Playoffs, and the Canadian Championship).[21][22] This rivalry is also fueled by a pre-existing cultural rivalry between each team's respective province: Alberta and British Columbia.[23]

Honours[edit]

Best results in other competitions
Competition Result Season
Canadian Championship Semi-finals 2021
CONCACAF League Preliminary-round 2022

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of May 12, 2022[24][25][26][27]

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 GK Callum Irving  Canada
2 DF Georges Mukumbilwa  Canada
3 DF Jordan Haynes  Canada
5 DF Abdou Samake  Mali
6 MF Umaro Balde  Guinea-Bissau
8 MF Matteo Polisi  Canada
9 FW Alejandro Díaz  Mexico
10 FW Marco Bustos  Canada
11 MF Josh Heard  Wales
12 DF Kunle Dada-Luke  Canada
19 FW Abdul Binate  Canada
20 MF Sean Young  Canada
21 GK Emil Gazdov  Canada
22 MF Jamar Dixon  Canada
23 FW Djenairo Daniels  Netherlands
24 FW Gianni dos Santos  Netherlands
26 DF Thomas Meilleur-Giguère  Canada
30 FW Kamron Habibullah (on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC)  Canada
33 DF Nathan Mavila  England
34 MF Manny Aparicio  Canada
55 DF Amer Đidić  Canada
66 MF Matthew Baldisimo  Canada
MF Luca Ricci  Canada

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
28 MF Paul Amedume (at North Texas SC)  Canada
MF Bicou Bissainthe (at FC Edmonton)  Haiti
MF Simon Triantafillou (at FC Edmonton)  Canada

Staff[edit]

As of March 11, 2022
Executive
President Josh Simpson[28]
Chief executive officer Rob Friend[28]
Chairman Dean Shillington[28]
Coaching staff
Head coach James Merriman[29]
Assistant coach Armando Sá[30]
Goalkeeping coach Mark Village[30]

Head coaches[edit]

As of November 7, 2021
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[31] – January 14, 2020 1 1 0 0 100.00
Pa-Modou Kah  Norway January 14, 2020[32] – January 21, 2022[29] 41 19 8 14 046.34
James Merriman  Canada January 21, 2022[29] – present 0 0 0 0 !

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019–2020 Marcel de Jong  Canada
2021– Jamar Dixon  Canada

Team 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[a] DNQ R1 Ineligible 3,102 Canada Terran Campbell 11
2020 CPL 10 4 2 4 16 13 +3 14 1.40 4th N/A[b] DNQ DNQ N/A Canada Marco Bustos 5
2021 CPL 28 13 6 9 47 34 +13 45 1.61 3rd W SF DNQ 3,812 Canada Terran Campbell 11
2022 CPL QF CONCACAF League PR
  1. ^ The 2019 Canadian Premier League used a split-season format where Pacific FC placed 5th in the spring and 4th in the fall, but remained in 5th overall.
  2. ^ The 2020 Canadian Premier League season did not have a playoff competition to determine the finalists, instead using a group stage with the top four teams from the first stage of the competition, of which the top two teams in the group would qualify for the final. Pacific FC placed 4th in the group.

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.

International competition[edit]

Scores and results list Pacific FC's goal tally first.
Year Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2022 CONCACAF League Preliminary round Jamaica Waterhouse F.C.

Player records[edit]

Most career goals[edit]

As of December 31, 2021[citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career at club Goals scored
CPL CC Int'l Total
1 Forward Terran Campbell  Canada 2019–2021 23 2 0 25
2 Forward Alejandro Diaz  Mexico 2020– 13 1 0 14
3 Forward Marco Bustos  Canada 2020– 12 0 0 12
4 Midfielder Victor Blasco  Spain 2019–2021 9 0 0 9
5 Forward Ben Fisk  Canada 2019 6 0 0 6
Forward Josh Heard  Canada 2020– 5 1 0 6

Note: Bold indicates active player

Most career appearances[edit]

As of December 31, 2021[citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career at club Games played
CPL CC Int'l Total
1 Forward Terran Campbell  Canada 2019–2021 66 3 0 69
2 Midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour  Canada 2019–2021 58 4 0 62
Defender Kadin Chung  Canada 2019– 59 3 0 62
4 Defender Lukas MacNaughton  Canada 2019–2021 54 4 0 58
5 Midfielder Victor Blasco  Spain 2019–2021 49 3 0 52

Note: Bold indicates active player

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. Archived from the original on May 11, 2019. 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. ^ 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.
  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. ^ "Match Analysis: Pacific FC 4-3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Canadian Premier League. August 27, 2021. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  11. ^ "Pacific FC Upset Whitecaps to advance to Canadian Championship Quarterfinals". sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  12. ^ "Match report". canpl.ca. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  13. ^ O'Connor–Clark, Charlie. "HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific FC crowned Canadian Premier League champions with 1-0 win vs. Forge". canpl.ca. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  14. ^ Horsting, Lindsey (March 1, 2018). "$4 million cost to move hydro pole holding up Langford stadium expansion". Goldstream News Gazette. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "All set for Westhills Stadium grand opening on Saturday". August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "About Us". lakesidebuoys.org. Lake Side Buoys. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Pacific stuns Cavalry in wild back-and-forth Spring finale". canpl.ca.
  21. ^ "Cavalry FC (Calgary) vs Pacific FC". canadasoccer.com.
  22. ^ "Pacific FC downs Cavalry FC in extra time to reach Canadian Premier League final". cbc.ca.
  23. ^ Bach, Danna. "We love to hate Albertans, don't we?". kamloopsnews.ca.
  24. ^ "Roster". Pacific FC. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  25. ^ "Pacific FC Announce First Roster Moves". Pacific FC. November 4, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  26. ^ "Pacific FC Sign Forward Gianni dos Santos". Pacific FC. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  27. ^ Jacques, John (December 16, 2021). "Blasco Joins Honduran Side CDS Vida". Northern Tribune. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  28. ^ a b c "Owners' Profile". pacificfc.canpl.ca. Pacific FC. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  29. ^ a b c "Pacific FC Welcomes Merriman As New Head Coach – Kah departs". Pacific FC. January 21, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  30. ^ a b Benedict Rhodes (March 10, 2022). "2022 Coaching Staff – Mark Village and Armando Sá". Pacific FC. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  31. ^ Bedakian, Armen (September 4, 2018). "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
  32. ^ "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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