Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the re-signing of Mackenzie Cole, pending USL League and BC Soccer approval. Mackenzie Cole, entering his third season with the Highlanders, is the first midfield addition to Thomas Niendorf’s 2019 USL League Two squad.
During his youth, Mackenzie Cole played soccer with Gorge FC before joining the VI Wave program at the U-12 level. Cole was a part of the Highlanders prospects before moving to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, where he just finished his third season. The midfielder is coming off his second-straight Canada West title with the Thunderbirds – alongside fellow Highlander Victory Shumbusho – after capping of the season with three goals and two assists over 18 matches and eight starts.
“We are extremely pleased to have Mackenzie back with us this season. He came in after his injury last year and had a great impact for us in the second half of the season,” stated Niendorf. “He has a great mentality and is a very honest player.”
Cole is returning for his third year with the Highlanders, and in those three seasons the Glenlyon Norfolk grad has appeared in 13 games with the black and gold. The 2018 campaign saw him finish with one goal and one assist in nine matches played. His familiarity with the organization is just a piece of what the Victoria native brings to the team.
“One of the best things about Mackenzie, is his work rate and movement off the ball. It is always great to have talented local players coming back and playing with the Highlanders,” added Niendorf. “With Mackenzie, he is familiar with the set up of the club and we are looking forward to having him fit and ready from the start this season.”