February 22, 2019, Victoria, BC – A coastal clash marks the launch of Pacific Football Club‘s inaugural Canadian Premier League season. The Vancouver Island-based club will host Halifax Wanderers FC at Westhills Stadium to kick off their first league campaign in club history.
“We have been looking forward to our first home match for some time,” said Josh Simpson, president, Pacific FC. “This will be a historic day for Pacific FC and our fans.”
Pacific FC has signed 11 players to their roster since November 2018. Striker Marcus Haber was announced in early 2019, the 6’3 Canadian international will help lead the team’s attack against Halifax on April 28. Haber was coached by Halifax head coach Stephen Hart for many years and has respect for him as a coach and a person, but is looking for a win to start off the season.
“It’s exciting for us to be able to play at home for the first game in front of our fans,” said Haber. “Halifax is going to be an athletic group, full of strength and pace and we anticipate a tough match but we will be looking for a win to get off to the right start.”
Pacific FC players will arrive on the Island March 1 to begin preseason. In addition to Haber, Pacific FC’s roster includes Marcel de Jong, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, José Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven and Alessandro Hojabrpour. Further signings will be announced in the coming weeks.
There are seven teams competing in the inaugural season of the CPL including Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and Halifax. Pacific FC will host 15 games at Westhills Stadium in Langford, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation to include 6,000 seats.
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.
Season tickets are now on sale. For more 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.
For updates and more information, please go to CanPL.ca.