Pacific FC announced Monday the club has re-signed six young star players for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season, bringing back striker Terran Campbell, midfielder Noah Verhoven, full-back Kadin Chung, as well as midfielders Matthew Baldisimo and Alessandro Hojabrpour, and winger Zach Verhoven.
All six players featured prominently for the Islanders in 2019, with Campbell leading the club scoring charts at 11 goals, and Chung, Verhoeven, Baldisimo, Hojabrpour, and Verhoven contributing toward an astounding 13,532 minutes played for the club’s Under-21 talent.
“We are proud to continue in our club’s philosophy,” commented Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend. “And we believe our young core of talent will be even more exciting next season.”
“This is an exciting young dynamic group of players to work with,” stated 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.”
Campbell, 21, played more than 80 minutes in 16 of 18 games, collecting a staggering 2,436 minutes as an under-21 player. Campbell was the first CPL player to hit double digits in goals, ending the season with 11 goals and nominated for Best Under-21 Canadian Player in the Canadian Premier League Awards. He racked up 11 goals and 2 assists over his 2,334 minutes of CPL action, and was in the hunt for the inaugural Golden Boot alongside Tristan Borges and Dominique Malonga, with the former eventually pipping the latter and himself with two additional goals.
Chung, 21, was Pacific FC’s first ever signing, joining from German side FC Kaiserslautern 2, featuring 24 times with one goal for the Island contingent.
Hojabrpour, 19, had an impressive season with the Tridents featuring in 22 matches and working his way into the squad as a consistent midfielder following his signing from Lokomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria.
Baldisimo, Verhoeven and Campbell joined Pacific following a season with Fresno FC of the USL Championship. Baldisimo, 21, was a constant as a defensive player in the 2019 season with 22 appearances.
Verhoeven, 20, broke onto the scene with an electric start to the league appearing throughout the season with 24 appearances. He enjoyed a strong start to the 2019 campaign, and his performances were noted by Canadian men’s national team head coach John Herdman, who called the young Verhoeven into a national team camp midway through the year, though he did not make the final roster.
Zach Verhoven, 21, of no relation, was just as brilliant on the front-foot, scoring a pair and recording two assists in 2019 off the back of electric performances for Pacific. He was drafted with the club’s second ever draft pick out of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. His attacking dynamism added a layer of depth to the Pacific front-line and he returns with plenty of promise for 2020.
Pacific FC is currently in discussion with several players from the 2019 roster who have options to continue for 2020 with the club and will be updating accordingly.