Baskett Weaves Way To Pacific FC
After two seasons on the east coast, former Halifax Wanderers goalkeeper Kieran Baskett has secured a coast-to-coast move to Pacific FC.
The 21-year-old had made nine CPL appearances last year, five of which ended with a clean sheet. He made 21 matches for the Wanderers in all, though his exit had been expected following a spat with the coaching team.
Now set for a fresh chapter out west, he’s described by Pacific goalkeeper coach Daniel Ortiz – who comes in from Barcelona’s fabled La Masia academy – as a player with enormous potential who has adapted well to Pacific’s style of play.
“We value his ability to control the space in defense and how difficult he makes it to score against him,” adds Ortiz.
The six-foot-four goalkeeper developed with the Halifax City Soccer Club and represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Games, playing NCAA Division 1with the College of William and Mary before turning pro in Halifax.
Having wrestled the starting spot away from Christian Oxner out east in 2021 and showcasing himself nicely in CPL action, he’ll be an interesting one to watch for the upcoming campaign.
The Tridents are leaning young with their goalkeepers following the departure of Callum Irving to mainland neighbours Vancouver FC, with Baskett set to contest against 19-year-old Emil Gazdov for the number one position.
The duo had suited up against one another last August, with Baskett proving the victor in a 1-0 win over the club he now calls home.
Pacific did not disclose if there were any options on Baskett’s contract, which is presumed to be a one-year deal.