‘A huge step in the right direction’: Haber praises benefits of CPL

Marcus Haber knows a thing or two about playing for his home country. The recently-signed, Pacific Football Club attacker returned home from Scotland in early January and will make his debut in the Canadian Premier League for its inaugural season this Spring. The move will put him front and centre for both his club and his country.


Haber’s arrival in Canada from playing abroad for nearly a decade is a prime example of the vacancies being filled in the newly-formed league by young and veteran Canadian talent alike, who would otherwise be looking internationally to ply their trade.

While the CPL will provide a number of players with opportunities to compete professionally on home soil, it will also act as platform for players who have national team aspirations to showcase their talents.

“The Canadian Premier League is a huge step in the right direction,” said Haber. “Canada Soccer can look at the league as a source for upcoming talent and look at players such as myself that would love to get back in the setup as well. The league is going to be competitive…it’s going to be a great opportunity for players to develop and to get better.”

After being brought into the Canadian program under HFX Wanderers head coach Stephen Hart, Haber would move through the Canadian youth program as his career progressed, including participation in the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup at 18-years of age .

“I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the national team setup for quite a long time,” said Haber. “When I was 16, I started through the youth levels, U-17s, U-23s and right through to the men’s senior team.”

The Vancouver native’s decision to join Pacific FC could prove to be mutually beneficial for both parties; Haber’s production up front will not only play a determining factor in the success of his new club, but could also lead to future opportunities at the senior level of the national team program.

“I think it’s going to be better for everyone involved in Canadian soccer,” added Haber. “Players know they are going to be seen on a regular basis, either by the national team or by the league. It’s great, the exposure is going to be fantastic.”

Haber has represented Canada 27 times at the senior level, participating in a number of World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches, as well as the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cup.

“It’s always an honour,” he concluded. “I’m very proud when I get to put on that jersey and represent my country. The hunger to be involved with the national team never changes.”

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.

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