Victoria, BC – Goalkeeper Nolan Wirth is the latest player in the Highlanders FC ranks to move to the professional tier of soccer, joining the newly formed Canadian Premier League’s Pacific FC which begins their inaugural season in April 2019. The Comox-raised goalkeeper will be returning to a professional environment after playing with Phoenix Rising FC in the United Soccer Championships prior to joining the USL League Two Highlanders FC last summer.
“Nolan is a very good goalkeeper who was one of our leaders in the dressing room,” said Head Coach Thomas Niendorf. “Joining the Highlanders was an opportunity for Nolan to present himself once again to professional teams and showcase his abilities, and we are so pleased to see that he is now taking that next step again and wish the best of luck in this new opportunity.”
Wirth, now 24, joined the Whitecaps FC Residency program at the age of 15 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 joining the newly formed Pacific FC in the CPL for 2019.
Wirth joins notable Highlanders alumni including Matt Polster (Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Premier League), Brett Levis (Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer), Jamar Dixon (Ottawa Fury, USL Championship), Josh Heard (Real Monarchs, USL Championship) and recently drafted 4th overall Callum Montgomery (FC Dallas, Major League Soccer).
Highlanders FC season kicks off on Friday May 10 at 7:00PM against Lane United of Eugene, Oregon. Season tickets are now available, only $75 for an adult or $55 for a youth/student, kids 12 and under are free.