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Pacific FC Bradley Vliet

Pacific Parts Ways With Bradley Vliet

By on February 21, 2024 0 1006 Views

Pacific FC has confirmed that Dutch left-back Bradley Vliet will not be returning to the Isle for the 2024 CPL season. Vliet had been halfway through a two-year deal with the Tridents, suggesting that the two parties have mutually agreed to part ways.

The 25-year-old had made fifteen appearances after arriving from Cavalry last season, notching assists against York United and Vancouver FC. His last appearance came in the regular season closer against Cavalry, with Mukumbilwa earning the starts in Pacific’s three playoff clashes.

The Dutchman’s first stint in the CPL had been with Cavalry back in 2022, where he featured regularly and tallied a sole assist for the perennial title contenders. His move to Pacific came to fruition after Cavalry passed on his club option last year.

Having now played for two Canadian Premier League sides, what his next steps are remain to be seen.

“Thank you for all the unforgettable memories and friendships,” wrote the full-back online. “Though I may be leaving, pacific will always have a special place in my heart.”

Vliet began his career developing through the top Dutch youth systems of Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam, and NAC Breda. While he cracked the senior roster at NAC, he never made a top flight debut and inked a deal in the second division with SC Cambuur in 2019 after trialing with top flight side RKC Waalwijk.

While he played at the reserve level for Cambuur, a first team debut would prove elusive: 2019 saw him trial with SC Telstar before becoming the first Dutch athlete to sign with Croatian side NK Lokomotiva, though he wouldn’t get senior minutes there either. He trialed with ADO Den Haag after that, eventually landing with Dutch second division side FC Dordrecht in 2020.

Vliet would go on to make 28 appearances for the second division side before his spells with Cavalry FC and Pacific, the latter of whom now clears an international roster spot with his departure.

Pacific will surely have plans in place for the left-back spot: with Georges Mukumbilwa re-signed, Merriman will want to ensure that the position has healthy competition coming in to replace Vliet.

Header Image Photo Credit: Sheldon Mack / Pacific FC

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