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Pacific Adds 17-Year-Old Sami Keshavarz To Development Deal

By on April 3, 2024 0 1052 Views

Pacific FC boss James Merriman is keeping a close eye on local teenage midfielder Sami Keshavarz, adding the 17-year-old to a development contract ahead of the 2024 CPL season.

Keshavarz – who previously went as Marvasti – had trialed with the club alongside two other Van Isle Wave products last year, eventually landing a developmental deal last spring and riding the bench for a match against Vancouver FC.

He also helped the Canadian women’s national team train ahead of a west coast match against Australia last year.

“Sami is growing and maturing in our environment and last season was a big year of learning for him,” said Merriman himself. “He is now fighting like everyone else for minutes in all of our preseason matches and the group has confidence in him as he continues to grow into his potential.”

The youngster has progressed well through the Vancouver Island Wave program, where Sean Young once trained.

The Canadian Premier League allows young talents signed to a development contract to make up to three CPL appearances while maintaining their amateur status. Players can sign up to two of these deals per calendar year.

The club’s newest recruit had also developed with his local side Saanich Fusion FC.

Pacific also revealed that a contingent of Vancouver Isle Wave players are training with the team, with 2008-born athletes Will Edgson, Damian Jamal, and Matthias Vales all vying for contracts of their own.

“The Wave Program was designed to provide a professional pathway for youth players with the potential to become a homegrown player for Pacific FC,” explained Pacific FC’s Shawn Fiddick.

“We also look to graduate players to other future opportunities in the game. We’re excited to see Sami once again sign a development contract with Pacific, and to have Will, Damian,and Matthias earn valuable experience by training with the club in 2024.”

The Tridents are marching into the club’s sixth season with lots to prove, having lost out on star talents Manny Aparicio and Amer Didic.

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