Pacific FC brings back goalkeeper Wirth, midfielder Hojabrpour for 2021

Goalkeeper Nolan Wirth from Comox, 25, will return to the Pacific FC crease for a third season in the pro Canadian Premier League of soccer. The NCAA Pac-12 graduate of the Oregon State Beavers was the PFC starter for the first three games in the 2020 CPL season played in a bubble in Prince Edward Island before being replaced by Callum Irving for the final seven games of the tournament.

“Nolan is a great representative of our club philosophy to have Island players and he comes to us with great attributes,” said PFC head coach Pa-Modou Kah, in a statement. “I’m looking forward to seeing his growth and maturity blossom next year.”

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Also announced Thursday as a returning signee was Alessandro Hojabrpour. The defensively-inclined midfielder has appeared for PFC 32 times in his two-season tenure with the club. The 20-year-old is a native of Burnaby out of the Whitecaps Academy via Lokomotiv Plovdiv U-19 of the Bulgarian League.

“He is an example of a young Canadian player who is able to now play at home and develop in our environment,” said Kah.

Wirth and Hojabrpour join fellow signed PFC ­returnees Kadin Chung, Jordan Haynes, Abdou Samake, Lukas ­MacNaughton, Victor Blasco, Matthew Baldisimo, Alejandro Diaz, Josh Heard, Callum Irving, Terran Campbell, Marcel De Jong, Sean Young, Jamar Dixon, Thomas Meilleur-Giguére and new signing Manny Aparicio.

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