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Pacific Midfield Bolstered By Aparicio Return

By on February 4, 2022 0 1012 Views

Midfielder Manny Aparicio is set to remain at Starlight Stadium for the 2022 CPL season.

We had already confirmed that the midfielder signed a multi-year deal last year, though today’s announcement will come as welcome news to Pacific fans regardless.

The 26-year-old made a big splash since arriving from York United last season, making 25 appearances whilst contributing four goals and three assists – including a big one in the club’s big cup win over the Vancouver Whitecaps:

The Argentina-born midfielder offered a great offensive spark in the Pacific FC midfield, with the former Nine Stripes captain offering a creative flair that saw him rise above Ollie Bassett in the pecking order.

“Manny is an engine in the midfield,” said Pacific FC head coach James Merriman, “he’s a central midfielder who plays very well on both sides of the ball. He plays with a great energy and is an important player on our team.”

The diminutive midfielder had scored four goals in 37 appearances for York United ahead of his move out west, with some well-struck freekicks at The Island Games showing off another big element to his game.

Prior to landing in the CPL, Aparicio progressed through the TFC Academy and signed a professional contract with the team in 2013. He then plied his trade in Spain with SD Ordenes, CD Izarra, and CD San Roque de Lepe before inking a deal with York United (then York9 FC) ahead of the league’s inaugural season.

He has also made a single appearance for the Canadian national team, featuring against Colombia in 2014.

This week has seen the defending champions announce the returns of Manny Aparicio, Matthew Baldisimo, and Kunle Dada-Luke, with Amer Didic‘s arrival being expected but unannounced thus far.

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It is unclear of Manny’s multi-year deal from November 2020 extends beyond the current season.

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