‘Being back on the West Coast just feels right’: Verhoeven among familiar faces at Pacific FC

Pacific Football Club midfielder Noah Verhoeven will enter the next stage of his professional career among familiar faces. While Vancouver Island will be uncharted territory for the promising young talent, a large amount of the personnel around him will not.


A product of Surrey, Verhoeven’s young career saw him turning heads through a number of years with the neighbouring Whitecaps FC organization, as well as, an impressive 2018 season with Fresno FC of the USL Championship.

Following the lead of Pacific FC teammates, Terrell Campbell and Matthew Baldisimo, Verhoeven signed with Pacific FC in his home province of British Columbia and will take the next step in his pro career as a member of the Island club.

Verhoeven’s playing career began at seven years old with Surrey United, where he would hone his talents for several years. Showing promise, he joined the ‘Caps at age 12, moving up through the Academy ranks until he was 18. The following season, he turned professional with Fresno FC, making 13 starts and 23 appearances overall during his stint south.

Verhoeven was joined in Fresno by teammates Campbell and Baldisimo, who also showed well during their time with the California side. The connections go much farther back then 2018, however. As youth players, the trio—as well as Pacific FC defender Kadin Chung and midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour—competed against each other on a weekly basis.

“When we were younger, we all played on different local teams,” explained Verhoeven. “We were playing against each other and at the younger age groups, you find the best players on the other team and get to know them and at a certain point in your development, there comes a time you want to play with the best.”

Verhoeven’s wish was granted a short time later, as all five players found themselves hitting the pitch together in Vancouver through the developmental stages of their careers.

“As we got older we all ended up playing with one another,” added Verhoeven.“It was at Whitecaps where we all met up. I’ve known them all for a long time so it’s good to be here with them now and to have some familiar faces around.”

The familiarity among the rapidly expanding roster also extends to the coaching ranks; Pacific FC assistant coach James Merriman also managed training sessions over the years for Verhoeven and the group in Vancouver.

“He would coach here and there with my age group,” said Verhoeven. “He would come in and do sessions…he’s always been really good with me and always helped me out.”

With a number of familiar faces across the board, Verhoeven made the decision to sign with the Canadian Premier League’s Island club, much to the delight of family and friends, who the rising talent stated were ‘very happy and supportive’.

“Being back on the West Coast just feels right,” added Verhoeven. “You just feel at home. It was an easy decision—this is where everything just fit. Pacific FC came up and everything fits.

“It’s great the way things worked out.”

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 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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