Pacific FC Retains Goalkeeper Callum Irving
Canadian Premier League champions Pacific FC has retained the service of goalkeeper Callum Irving for a third season.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper collected eight clean sheets in the CPL en route to a North Star Shield win last year, recording thirty appearances all competitions. He finished with the second-most clean sheets in league action behind Jonathan Sirois, and second for most recoveries and total passes from a goalkeeper as well.
He’s made 36 appearances for the Tridents in all since he arrived ahead of 2020’s Island Games tournament, where he finished as a golden glove nominee.
Before landing in the Canadian Premier League, Irving had made nearly eighty combined appearances in the USL with Rio Grande Valley and the Ottawa Fury, having spent time developing with the Whitecaps Academy prior to that. The Vancouver-born athlete has made one appearance for the men’s national team, completing a 4-2 win over Bermuda in 2017.
He becomes the second confirmed returnee for the west coast side after team captain Jamar Dixon. Both players had arrived to the team in 2020 following the folding of the Ottawa Fury. The club also let slip that both Marco Bustos and Matthew Baldisimo would be returning, with sources telling Northern Tribune that Lukas MacNaughton is now near-certain to sign with Toronto FC.
The club did not confirm if any further options exist on Irving’s contract, which is food for thought given that the team saw club originals Terran Campbell and Alessandro Hojabrpour both poached by runners-up Forge FC. The club has confirmed seven departing players in all thus far.
The Pacific FC signing announcement noted that news for both returning players and new signings would be set to come in the coming weeks.