Apparently, the Canadian Premier League will be awarding a new professional soccer franchise to the city of Greater Victoria. The proposed team would play in Langford out of Westhills Stadium starting in April of 2019.
Westhills will be expanded to 5,000 seats for the franchise.
May 17, the league announced that the City of Calgary has been approved for a franchise that will start play in April as well. The team will be named the Cavalry FC.
Cavalry FC will play out of the Spruce Meadows equestrian complex. Renovations to existing facilities at Spruce Meadows will result in a new soccer stadium with an additional 5,000.
Two days earlier the fledgling FIFA-sanctioned league announced that the York Region has been awarded a franchise, called the York 9 FC. They will also begin play in 2019 at York University; however, plans are underway to start construction on a 12,000 to 15,000-seat stadium in the area.
David Chlanachan is the Commissioner. He is the Chairman of Restaurant Brands International, Canada and was named president and chief operating officer of Tim Hortons Canada in 2014. He has more than 35 years of experience with the Tim Hortons brand.
For Victoria, former pro player Josh Simpson’s name has been bandied about.
A total of six franchises have been announced: Winnipeg, Hamilton, Calgary, Halifax, York Region and Surrey. The league expects to have eight to ten teams in place with ownership groups from the National Hockey League and Canadian Football League involved.
The league is Canadian Soccer Association-approved and will be focussing on a Canadian brand of soccer. Rumours of a professional league started in 2013.
Pro soccer is not new to Victoria. The Vistas played out of Royal Athletic Park in 1989 and 1990. Currently, the highest level of soccer in Victoria is the Victoria Highlanders FC who play out of Centennial Stadium at the University of Victoria. They are currently two games into their 2018 PDL schedule.
Currently, there are three professional Canadian teams in the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.