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Pacific FC Releases Four Players After 2023 CPL Season

By on November 29, 2023 0 1911 Views

Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC has announced that it has parted ways with four players following the club’s fifth CPL campaign.

The club will be marching on without goalkeeper Keiran Baskett, midfielder David Brazao, and forward Abdul Binate, while defender Jalen Watson’s loan from TFC has formally concluded.

“We work to create a family-like environment at Pacific FC so it’s difficult to say goodbye to players who have been part of our group,” added PFC Manager of Football Jamar Dixon. “We wish each of these young players the best in the next chapter of their football careers – once a Trident always a Trident.”

Pacific FC Keiran Baskett
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22-year-old Keiran Baskett had joined the side following a trial period that saw him earn a roster spot over Baj Maan, with the former Halifax Wanderers shotstopper making eleven appearances across all competitions, with four of them resulting in clean sheets.

While it remains unclear who will succeed in Baskett’s place, an obvious choice would be former Atletico Ottawa goalkeeper Sean Melvin, who was born and raised in Victoria.

Pacific FC David Brazao
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Portuguese midfielder David Brazao had also joined the side this season, but found minutes hard to come by under James Merriman: while he made fourteen appearances, none of them came in the form of a full ninety minutes. He departs with two goals and two assists to his name.

The club also parted ways with lesser-known forward Abdul Binate, who had joined from the CF Montreal Academy in 2022. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old forward carved out just 35 minutes of game time over the last two seasons: a preseason injury sidelined him last year, with the youngster only making three appearances off-the-bench this year.

Toronto FC Jalen Watson
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The loan of defender Jalen Watson has also come to a close. Having worked with James Merriman during his stint with the Whitecaps Academy, the TFCII defender only rode the bench once for Pacific following his midseason arrival in August.

The Tridents have teased that the next roster additions won’t be unveiled until December 14, when two youngsters will be invited to trial through the 2024 CPL-U SPORTS Draft.

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