Victoria, BC – Pacific Football Club has added American defender Blake Smith on loan from FC Cincinnati ahead the club’s inaugural Canadian Premier League (CPL) season, pending International Transfer Clearance (ITC).
Born in El Paso, but raised in Boerne, Texas, Smith brings a wealth of experience to Pacific’s back line. The 28-year-old brings experience in Major League Soccer, USL Championship, NASL and Swiss professional leagues. Smith made 25 appearances from 2013-15 with Montreal Impact before going on loan to Indy Eleven of NASL. From 2016-18, the left back compiled 85 appearances between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati.
“We are very excited to welcome Blake to the club ahead of our inaugural season,” said Rob Friend, CEO, Pacific Football Club. “We were looking to add a veteran presence to our defensive group and Blake certainly fits that criteria.”
Originally drafted eighth overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by Montreal, the University of New Mexico Lobos alum has earned a number of personal accolades through his collegiate and professional career, including four NASL Team of the Week honours, as well as being named to the NSCAA Far-West All Region team and First Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports federation in 2012. Smith made a total of 70 appearances during his varsity career, including 53 starts.
“Blake’s experience speaks for itself,” added Michael Silberbauer, head coach, Pacific FC. “He will be a great addition to our team and has already integrated himself well in our group. We are happy to have him here.”
Smith joins 15 players who have been named to Pacific FC’s roster, including Marcel de Jong, Marcus Haber, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Nolan Wirth, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, José Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven, Alessandro Hojabrpour, Hendrik Starostzik, Lukas MacNaughton and Issey Nakajima-Farran.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against HFX Wanderers at Westhills Stadium at 4:00 p.m. PST.
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. 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 CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.