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Pacific FC Easton Ongaro

Pacific Sells Ongaro To Italian Side Novara FC

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Back in December we’d said Easton Ongaro was headed for Italy, and today Pacific FC has confirmed exactly that.

The Tridents had secured the services Ongaro – one of the CPL’s all-time top goalscorers – ahead of the 2023 CPL season, though he couldn’t quite fit into the system imposed by James Merriman.

His subsequent transfer to Italian third flight side Novara FC is now finalized, though Pacific FC did not disclosed the financial terms of the agreement. We later confirmed Ongaro’s contract with Novara will run through to June 30, 2025.

“On behalf of Pacific FC, I’d like to thank Easton for his professionalism throughout his time with the club,” said PFC Manager of Football Jamar Dixon. “We wish him all the success in his future endeavors.”

Ongaro, 25, emerged as one of the top strikers in the early days of the Canadian Premier League, with the six-foot-six striker tallying 25 goals for FC Edmonton before stints with Romanian top flight side UTA Arad and Whitecaps 2 preceded his CPL return with Pacific FC last year.

While it became clear he didn’t fit into the system out west, he still accrued 32 appearances in all, finishing with six goals and two assists through all competitions. His most consistent batch of minutes came in the playoffs, when injuries saw the club deploy a 4-4-2 format and reach the semi-final stage.

Pacific FC Easton Ongaro
Photo Credit: Pacific FC

“I want to thank the City of Langford, Pacific, and its fans for creating an environment that is difficult to walk away from,” said Ongaro. “I’m looking forward to taking another step in my football journey as I prepare to continue my career in a country that I grew up dreaming of playing in.”

The big striker’s new Serie C destination is in dire need of a goalscoring boost: Novara FC rests fourth from the bottom after 21 matches played, having scored just 22 goals in that time.

It is rumoured that Pacific has brought in Trinidad and Tobago attacker Reon Moore to replace Ongaro up top.

This will mark Ongaro’s third stint in Europe following a loan move to Vendsyssel and a stint with UTA Arad.

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