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Surrey Native Zach Verhoven Signs With Vancouver FC

By on March 14, 2024 0 814 Views

Just an hour after Atletico Ottawa announced that it had parted ways with winger Zach Verhoven, Vancouver FC has announced his arrival on a one-year deal with a club option for 2025.

This marks the third Canadian Premier League side the Surrey-born midfielder will suit up for, having originally turned professional with Pacific FC back in the league’s inaugural season.

Atletico Ottawa Zach Verhoven
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“I am very proud to be back representing my hometown club, Vancouver FC,” said Verhoven on the move. “It’s an honour to have this opportunity to play in front of my family and friends. I am grateful to everyone at the club for welcoming me since my arrival and I am excited to get this season started.”

Verhoven returns out west after mkaing appearances in the nation’s capital, where the right winger was shifted left under Carlos Gonzalez. He made 23 appearances across all competitions for Ottletti last year, though none of them came as a full ninety.

The British Columbia native tallied seven goals and eight assists for the red-and-white, with perhaps his biggest goal came in the 2022 playoff semi-final against his former club Pacific.

Should he prove potent against Vancouver FC’s rivals in the season to come, it’d be easy to see the hometown player becoming popular at Willoughby Community Park.

Vancouver FC has added several BC-born players to the roster, retaining the likes of Callum Irving, Kaiden Chung, Anthony White, James Cameron, and TJ Tahid from the club’s inaugural campaign, while adding Paris Gee, David Norman Jr, Ben Fesk,and Grady McDonnell this year.

“We are thrilled to sign one of the best wingers in the CPL,” adds VFC head coach Afshin Ghotbi. “Zach can skip, jump, and sprint past defenders at will and his ability to provide scoring opportunities will give VFC another welcomed dimension in the attack.”

The Canadian Premier League’s newest club has had quite an intriguing offseason, with Ghotbi also recently bringing in highly-rated WFC2 prospect Elage Bah before bringing midfielder Kembo Kibato home to Canadian soil.

Verhoven arrives to Vancouver FC with nearly 100 professional appearances to his name, having suited up for the Tridents 31 times before requesting a move to the nation’s capital two years later.

The club has teased that further signings would come, with Doneil Henry recently adding an eagle emoji and a clock to his Instagram bio.

Header Image Photo Credit: Matt Zambonin / Freestyle Photography

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