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Ryan McQuillan

May 18, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Highlanders have a double header this weekend, facing two MLS affiliated squads the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23’s and the Seattle Sounders FC U-23’s.

These will prove to be a pair of exciting games for Highlanders and soccer fans alike. They say bad things happen in threes, and this remains to be seen, but it’s been shown that for the Highlanders, good things happen in twos.

This is because the Highlanders have four fraternal pairs on its roster. There’s the Hughes brothers, Ravenhill brothers, Taylors and Barretts.

The Hughes brothers, Tyler, 32, and Jordie, 29, have been consistent presences on the Highlanders for the past seasons. Jordie is the last remaining member of the “original-six” and has played for the squad since the inaugural season. Tyler is the older brother and is team captain. He’s big-bodied and good at keeping opposing attackers at bay, while Jordie is a top offensive threat for the Highlanders and scored a goal in the team’s first game.

Andrew, 21, and Adam, 19, are both defenders on the Highlanders roster. Andrew has been big for the Highlanders starting in all 15 games he played last season and starting the first game of the season for the Highlanders against the Kitsap Pumas. This is Adam’s first year on the team but he looks to follow in his older brother’s footstep and be a key cog.

The only other set of brothers to have both stepped on the field, besides the Hughes, are the Taylors. Craig, 21, played as a midfielder in games in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons before travelling for a year. Now he’s back with younger brother, Bryan, 17, is a defender who played on game last season and has already stepped on the field for the team this year being subbed on in the second half in the home opener vs. the Pumas.

The Barrett siblings are both new to the squad. Defender Gavin, 23, is the younger brother out of the two; Wes, 24, is a midfielder. Wes currently is a staff coach for Highlanders development players and in 2011 was part of a Vikes squad that took home the national championship. Gavin was also part of that squad and had a big season being named Canada West First Team All-Star, 2011 CIS Second Team All-Canadian and 2011 CIS National Championship Tournament All-Star.

And they say Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love.

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