‘Proud And Grateful’: Aparicio Parts Ways With Pacific FC
After three astounding seasons on Pacific FC, Manny Aparicio is setting sail from the Isle.
The 28-year-old midfielder leaves after tallying ten goals in 78 appearances for the Tridents, where the tireless box-to-box midfielder scored plenty of big goals in big moments: not only did he score a last-gasp dagger to silence Vancouver FC in their first derby meeting, but he also scored for the side to help knock out MLS visitors Vancouver Whitecaps back in 2021 in a season that would see them finish with the North Star Shield.
“To my PFC family: it’s always hard to part ways and it’s even harder to find the right words to describe these feelings,” said Aparicio online. “I want to thank you all for three wonderful years together, where the island and this club has felt like home since day one.”
The last five seasons have seen Aparicio firmly establish himself as one of the most potent attacking midfielders in the Canadian Premier League: he had captained York United in the two seasons prior to being scooped up by Pacific after negotiations broke down between him and his former side. As a free agent pickup, he’s done wonders in helping the Tridents establish their clear attacking identity under both Pa-Modou Kah and James Merriman.
“When I first came to this club, it was my dream to make history by winning the league and competing internationally. Today, I am proud and grateful to have accomplished that on the pitch, but also for having contributed to how much the game has grown on the island in these three short years.”
The 2023 CPL season saw Manny Aparicio earn a spot in the CPL Best Eleven and a Player of the Year nominee, with his tireless performances having seen him finish second-highest in the league for winning possessions in the final third, finishing the season with four goals and five assists to his name.
He also featured in all four of the club’s continental matches last season, featuring against Jamaican side Waterhouse FC and Costa Rican club CS Herediano.
“I want to thank my coaches and all teammates I had along the way for the unforgettable memories that we had the privilege of sharing together,” concluded Aparicio online.
Aparicio started his career with Toronto FC, signing for the first team after turning heads with the TFC Academy. He went abroad after having only feature on loan for Wilmington Hammerheads and TFC 2, spending the next few years in the Spanish lower leagues with SD Ordenes, CD Izarra, and San Roque de Lepe before coming home upon the launch of the Canadian Premier League.
The 28-year-old midfielder hasn’t finalized the terms with his next club as of yet: while there were rumours of a move up to Major League Soccer, we’ve heard that some serious intra-league offers had come in once Aparicio entered free agency after the 2023 CPL season came to an end.
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