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Would the last one to leave Fresno, please turn out the lights?


The exodus of former Vancouver Whitecaps prospects who played for Fresno in 2018 continues. On Monday, Pacific FC announced the addition of midfielder Noah Verhoeven, who becomes the third ex-Fresno player to join the ranks, joining Matthew Baldisimo and Terran Campbell.

Also added to the Pacific FC roster is keeper Mark Village, who spent last season with FC Cincinnati  but didn’t get into a USL game with the club.

Verhoeven is a dual Canadian/American citizen who had been part of the U.S. youth program before changing his allegiance to the Canadian set-up in time to play at last year’s Toulon tournament. He got 1,085 playing minutes for Fresno in 2018.

The Whitecaps affiliated with Fresno ahead of the 2018 season, after the MLS club folded its WFC2 side. Five Canadians played for Fresno last season, and three of them are now with Pacific FC.  The other two weren’t part of the WFC2 set-up before the Fresno switch.

When the Whitecaps hired Nick Dasovic as the team’s U-23 development squad’s coach, a footnote to the release was that there would be no affiliation with Fresno in ’19. (Corrected from original draft)

“Noah is one of Canada’s top young talents,” Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend said in a release. “He not only brings professional experience, but as the captain of our youth national team, he’s bringing tremendous leadership qualities and we are very fortunate to have secured his services.”

Village was team MVP of the University of Fraser Valley before moving to the Whitecaps.

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  1. fingers

    January 21, 2019 at 11:44 am

    that’s a cringey pipeline joke. keep politics out of sports thanks

    • Steven Sandor

      January 21, 2019 at 11:56 am

      (Ed. note) The first draft of the article had a reference to a player pipeline (with a reference to the oil pipeline debate). It referred to something which was incorrect so it was removed.

      But I have always felt that following sports is one of the MOST political pursuits that we do. We cheer for one city over the other. World Cups and Olympics are consistently used to score political points.
      This is especially true in pro soccer, where teams often link themselves to political, religious or social causes.

  2. Nick

    January 21, 2019 at 10:54 am

    As a British Columbian, I wholly support soccer player pipelines over oil pipelines 🙂

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