The Canadian Premier League of soccer is set to unveil the newest franchise in Victoria Friday at the Roundhouse. The league and team owners believe that Victoria will be a successful market for the beautiful game. Currently, there are no other professional teams playing in the city. All the top tier teams, the Westshore Rebels, Victoria Highlanders, Victoria HarbourCats, Victoria Shamrocks and Victoria Royals are all amateur. Victoria has had professional sports in the past with the Victoria Mussels and Victoria Capitals baseball franchises and Victoria Vistas soccer. They didn’t last.
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The name, logo, and colours for the Victoria team will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Roundhouse on Esquimalt Road. Doors open at 2:30 pm with the reveal beginning at 3:30 pm.
Victoria’s CPL team will play Westhills Stadium in Langford. The stadium will need to at least triple its seating capacity from its current state.
The teams that have been named across Canada for the new CPL league are in Calgary, Edmonton, York, Halifax, Hamilton, and Winnipeg.
The Victoria HarbourCats look to win the series against the Corvallis Knights tonight at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. It will be the rubber match as the HarbourCats lost Game 1 and won Game 2 Thursday night 11-5, off of a big-league performance by Oregon State’s Ryan Ober, who went 4/5 with two homers, 4 RBI’s and 4 runs.
The HarbourCats 19-19 on the season are looking for a post-season run and will need to use Thursday’s big win as a momentum builder.
The Victoria Shamrocks are in a similar position, needing to win to maintain a good position for post-season play and some consistency. At The Q Centre at 7:30, the Shamrocks will be hosting the Maple Ridge Burrards; it will be Game 2 of a three-game in four nights stretch. They lost Game 1 in Langley 9-7.
Victoria has the firepower to be the most offensive team in the league, the goaltending and defence is more than capable, but the question is, can the Shamrocks play 60-minutes of Shamrocks’ style ball? If they can, they can win it all.