Pacific Football Club’s newest signing Alexander ‘Makelele’ González arrived on Vancouver Island last weekend, and joined his new club for his first full training session on Monday afternoon. The 24-year-old defensive midfielder adds experience to a young Pacific squad as the team enters the second half of the Canadian Premier League’s Spring season.
González has only been in Canada for a few days but is eager to get started on the next chapter of his career. He will travel with the team to Calgary as they get set to play in the second leg of the Canadian Championship.
“The first day that I arrived the boys treated me really well,” said González. “You can see that they are good guys, hard workers, a young team that include Victor [Blasco] and Ben [Fisk] that are helping me as they speak Spanish. My English is not too good, but I hope to be speaking soon and to enjoy it. I’m really happy, they have given me a warm welcome and I hope to pay them back by playing good soccer.”
González has proven himself at the top level in Central and South America’s leagues with over 80 appearances across the top divisions in Panama, Venezuela and Colombia as well as experience in the CONCACAF Champions League. Most recently, Gonzalez amassed 2,633 minutes across 31 appearances in the 2018-19 season with Panamanian side C.D. Plaza Amador.
“I’m ready [for the Canadian Premier League season],” stated González. “My team was eliminated a week ago. I played every game and then this opportunity arose and I hope to take full advantage––to use my experience and to finish as champions with Pacific FC.”
Despite never having been to Canada, González knows about the beauty and culture of Vancouver Island.
“The truth is, a friend of mine and compatriot from Panama named Blas Pérez [former Vancouver Whitecap, Panama international] used to live here,” explained González. “He told me good things about this place. Roberto Brown as well, a player that was with Montreal Impact for a long time, told me that this was a calm place where the people are very respectful, where everything is done well, so I’m happy.
“The little that I found out, is that it is a beautiful place to live and I hope to take full advantage of this opportunity and stay here for many years to come.”
González will join the squad as they travel to Calgary tomorrow for the second leg of the Canadian Championship vs Cavalry FC. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast live on www.onesoccer.ca.
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