Highlanders face off against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Ryan McQuillan, Highlanders Communications

May 15, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Founded in 2005, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 of the USL Premier Development League play at Terry Fox Field on Simon Fraser University’s campus.

Dressed in white and blue, the U-23 squad is used as a development system for the Vancouver Whitecaps USL First Division franchise. This season will see the Whitecaps FC Head of High Performance, Stuart Neely take over the reigns in the head coach position for Craig Darlymple. Last season, the Whitecaps finished two points ahead of the Highlanders last season with 24 points and a 7-6-3 record.

Defence: The Whitecaps PDL squad this season features seven players who have moved up from the residency or prospects program; defenders Bobby Jhutty, James Farenhost and Derek Bassi. New additions to the back field include Colton O’Neill, Michael Winter and Ethan Sampson. Sampson has been training with the club since February and has spent the last three years playing in Cape Town. Sam Adekugbe returns as well, but was not a part of the residency or prospect program. James Farenhost was named to the PDL All-Western Conference Team this season and is a player to be wary of when attacking the Whitecaps.

Midfield: The Whitecaps have loaned out fellow PDL All-Western Conference Team player Ben Fisk and Sam Adjetey to the Charleston Battery USL Pro team for the season, requiring certain players to step in and fill the gap. University of Victoria Vikes midfielder Cam Hundal and last season’s team captain Gagandeep Dosanjh return while Marco Visintin and Harry Lakhan both move up from the club’s Prospects program. Rounding out the midfield are Kianz Froese and Marco Bustos.

Forward: Peter Bow and Niall Cousens are both new to the squad after playing for UBC last year, while Spencer DeBoice and Yassin Essa return. Sasa Plavsic, a former Highlander to watch, will also be up front for the Whitecaps.

It’s important to note that the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 squad will feature up to three Major League Soccer players each game, bringing skill, experience and leadership to the field for their younger players.

The Highlanders will be seeing plenty of the Whitecaps this season, squaring off in three matches. They’ll face off twice on the Vancouver squad’s home turf, beginning this Friday May 17th at 7pm and later this season on Friday, June 28th. The Highlanders will host the Whitecaps at Royal Athletic Park on Friday May 31st.

For additional information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com