Vancouver Island goalkeeper Nolan Wirth is the latest signing to Pacific Football Club. The Comox-raised goalkeeper has played for Canada’s U20 team and the Phoenix Rising FC in United Soccer Championship (USL) and is the first true Islander to sign with the Island-based club.
“Early on when the Canadian Premier League was just a possibility, I always had it in the back of my mind as my first choice of where to play,” said Wirth. “Now that the opportunity has presented itself there is no place I’d rather play than Vancouver Island.”
At 6’1, Wirth stands tall in net and has been a force in Vancouver Island’s soccer scene where since the age of 12 he played at the top levels the Island has to offer. The shot-stopper, 24, played at the metro level in his young teens and was named Most Valuable Player with Upper Island Soccer Association (UISA) in the 2010-2011 season.
Wirth joined Whitecaps FC Residency and represented BC at the Canadian U-16 All-Star Championship. At 17, he made his debut in the Canadian youth program for the U-18 team and competed for the U-20’s at the CONCACAF qualifier in Jamaica as a 19-year-old. Wirth played NCAA Division 1 soccer for Oregon State University and later joined Didier Drogba’s Phoenix Rising in the USL for the 2017 season. He returned to Vancouver Island in 2018 to play with Highlanders FC of USL League 2 before competing in the VISL.
He and fellow Pacific FC goalkeeper Mark Village met through the Whitecaps FC program several years ago and look forward to working alongside each other for the upcoming season.
“With the addition of Wirth we are adding another strong goalkeeper to our roster,” said Michael Silberbauer, Head Coach, Pacific FC “We are proud to welcome our first Island player.”
Wirth joins 11 players who have been named to Pacific FC’s roster, including Marcel de Jong, Marcus Haber, Kadin Chung, Mark Village, Ben Fisk, Victor Blasco, José Hernandez, Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven and Alessandro Hojabrpour.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against the Halifax Wanderers FC at Westhills Stadium.
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.
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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.
For updates and more information, please go to CanPL.ca.