January 9, 2019, Victoria, BC – Canadian striker Marcus Haber is returning home. Haber comes back to BC in the prime of his career to play for Pacific Football Club in the inaugural 2019 season of the Canadian Premier League. Haber represented Canada from U15 through to the U23 youth levels and played nine years abroad, most recently for Scottish Premiership side Dundee FC.
“Joining Pacific Football Club is not just an opportunity to come back to where I grew up, but also a chance to be part of history,” said Haber. “I’m excited to be back on the West Coast, it is an important part of who I am.”
Days before his 30th birthday, Vancouver-born Haber becomes the second signed player for Pacific FC following Kadin Chung. Haber is referred to as a target striker meaning he is big, strong and a goal scorer. The 6’3 attacker ticked all the boxes for Pacific FC management who are carefully building the club’s roster.
‘We were looking for an experienced striker who will score goals and bring a competitive edge to our team,” said Michael Silberbauer, head coach, Pacific FC. “Marcus’ size, abilities and willingness to join the team at the prime of his career made him an easy choice for us.”
In addition to making 27 appearances for the senior Canadian Men’s National Team and scoring three goals, Haber has played professionally throughout England and Scotland. After leaving the Whitecaps in 2010, Haber wore jerseys for clubs West Bromwich Albion, St. Johnstone, Stevenage and Crewe Alexandra.
“Marcus paved his path playing in established markets in the UK and he brings confidence and leadership to the team,” said Rob Friend, CEO, Pacific FC. “These qualities will be of great benefit to our younger players.”
Also important to Friend was adding another BC-raised player to the team. The province has long been recognized as producing some of the best players in the country and Friend is intent on building a team that has a culture and identity linked to a long history of play in BC.
Over the coming weeks, the team will continue to build its roster preparing for spring training in March.
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club is bringing professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for young Canadian soccer players to realize their dreams of playing at the professional level. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
For season ticket information: https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/pacific-football-club-ticketing
ABOUT THE CPL
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut in April 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.
For updates and more information, please go to CanPL.ca.