Pacific FC locks up young stars for 2020 season

Pacific FC announced that the Canadian Premier League soccer club has re-signed six returnees.

Defender Kadin Chung, midfielders Matthew Baldisimo, Alessandro Hojabrpour, Noah Verhoeven, Zach Verhoven and forward Terran Campbell are contracted through 2020.

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The six players were central in the 13,532 minutes of league action played by PFC’s U-21 players, surpassing the roster requirement more than 13 times over.

“This is an exciting young dynamic group of players to work with,” said interim head coach James Merriman.

“These players understand what we are trying to do here at Pacific Football Club and bring versatility to our squad.

“We will put more expectations on each player and ask for consistency in their work. This group will be very important for us going into the new season.” 

Chung, 21, was Pacific FC’s first-ever signing, joining from German side FC Kaiserslautern 2, featuring in 24 games with one goal for PFC. Hojabrpour, 19, featured in 22 PFC matches and came from Lokomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria. Baldisimo, Verhoeven and Campbell joined Pacific FC following a season with Fresno FC of the USL Championship. Baldisimo, 21, made 22 appearances with PFC and Verhoeven 24.

Campbell, 21, played more than 80 minutes in 16 of 18 CPL games, collecting 2,436 minutes of playing time. Campbell was the first CPL player to hit double digits in goals, ending the season with 11 and was nominated for best U-21 Canadian player in the CPL awards ceremony.

Verhoven, 21, was Pacific FC’s second-ever draft pick out of the UBC Thunderbirds. Verhoven was one of the standout players this season with 22 appearances and two goals.

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