Pacific Football Club has signed centre back Ryan McCurdy. The Northern Ireland-born defender has impressed since joining Pacific FC on trial in March.
“We happy to have Ryan officially join our team after the hard work he’s put in as a trialist over the past several weeks,” said Michael Silberbauer, head coach, Pacific FC. “He is a great addition to our defence and the team overall.”
McCurdy, 28, was born and raised in Belfast and now has dual citizenship. He captured a national championship alongside teammate Victor Blasco for Bill Merriman’s Vancouver Island University Mariners in 2017 and was named a CCAA National All-Star that year. McCurdy captained the Highlanders of USL League 2 for the 2017 season. He was a member of League1 Ontario’s Kingston Clippers in 2016.
McCurdy was an Ontario College Athletic Association all-star for Algonquin College in his first year in Canada. Prior to that, he played for Linfield FC U18’s in the Irish Football Association Youth League, winning a Youth League title and Youth League cup.
“We are very pleased with the addition of Ryan and the bolstering of our back line,” said Rob Friend, CEO, Pacific FC. “He checks a lot of the boxes within our club’s philosophy and has played extensively on the Island. Ryan is in a great stage of his career, and brings tremendous character on and off the field.”
McCurdy joins 16 players who have been named to Pacific FC’s roster, including Marcel de Jong, Marcus Haber, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Nolan Wirth, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, José Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven, Alessandro Hojabrpour, Hendrik Starostzik, Lukas MacNaughton, Blake Smith and Issey Nakajima-Farran.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against the HFX Wanderers at Westhills Stadium. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m. PST.
ABOUT PACIFIC FOOTBALL CLUB
Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
For season ticket information: https://pacificfc.canpl.ca/pacific-football-club-ticketing
ABOUT THE CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.