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  • Playing in Pacific FC’s first CPL game creates “unforgettable moment” for Ben Fisk


    Although Ben Fisk was born and grew up across the Georgia Strait in Vancouver, playing in Pacific FC’s inaugural Canadian Premier League game, a 1-0 win over HFX Wanderers FC at Westhills Stadium in Langford, felt like a homecoming for the 26-year-old.

    “Sunday was a pretty special one with all my friends and family there to watch,” Fisk said. “That was the first time in my pro career that I’ve had so many people in the stadium at one time and the fact that we were able to get the win made it that much more special.”

    After getting his start with the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Residency program and making appearances with both their former U23 PDL side and USL affiliate, Fisk made a name for himself across North America and Europe with stints with Coruxo and Deportivo B in Spain, FC Edmonton in the NASL, and Derry City in the League of Ireland.

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    Vancouver - Library Square 
    Calgary - Home & Away
    Edmonton - Urban Tavern
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    Regina - The Lobby
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    Toronto - Duke of Gloucester. 
    Ottawa - Senate Tavern on Bank
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    Waterloo - RIM Park
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    • York for all of the above plus the mini-field.  Camera angles at Westhills leave something to be desired but it's such a, how to put this, interesting structure that it has it's own weird charm.  See how the pitches at IGF and THF look as we get deeper into the CFL seasons.  Paint-scrub, paint-scrub.  Gridiron shadows aren't pleasing to the eye.   
    • That Thomas goal made it worth staying to the end in the sweltering heat, definitely highlight reel stuff! The teams played quite well considering the conditions, you could see the fatigue setting in as the match progressed, I think most Forge supporters stayed well hydrated! It was great to see some Valour support, @MrsC was there and I finally got to meet Mr. C! 😀
    • Would love it if he ended up top scorer. No one would have called that.  Great to seem him growing into the league after a rough start.
    • Call up our best players available. Period. Whether they're in Europe, North America, Africa... wherever.  I do understand this is only possible if the tournament happens during a FIFA date. Which we can only hope for considering its an 8 team qualification. 
    • Just saw the Thomas goal on the Sports hilight show, right after Whitecaps match hilights
    • As long as these kind of kids are found and not missed by a pro club we’re trending in the right direction.
    • It’s pretty disgusting like we talk about missing guys well let’s be real here we probably have 5-6 guys across the country at least who are being left out because they are at the academy. No way do those 3 teams carry our best 30 players.
    • And the MLS teams are now all in USSDA leagues, which means it will make it even harder (at least in Ontario, it's already been like this for years for Montreal and Vancouver) to compare players from outside the MLS academies to those that aren't in academy setups. Hopefully CPL can one day rectify this "3 team all-star team" problem by at the very least getting more academy systems out there and greatly increase the geographical footprint of pro academy set ups. Maybe the CSA would be comfortable with at least scouting those teams as well. Plus, with CPL teams actually playing Canadian players in large numbers, it might be more attractive to some players than MLS academies, so you might not get cases of players avoiding them when they already live in the area.
    • The weather explanation for low attendance is closely tied to the fact that the fan base for these teams is still relatively small and the importance of the games is not yet felt to the degree it is for other more established teams/leagues. It's not yet "can't miss" for most people. From reading these boards it sounds like if the game isn't being played in a temperature range of between 22 and 28 degrees with clear skies, and not at the same time as another sporting event, and not at the right time of day or the right day of the week, that makes it perfectly fine that attendance is small. I don't think, say, NFL teams or EPL teams have those same constraints. My thoughts have always been that the attendance is what it is in year 1. It sets the bar and we hope it improves (but it's very possible attendance will dip after year 1, like we saw with MLS, after the novelty factor wears off).
    • Friendly Arfield starts for Rangers against Blackburn, Leutwiler starts on the otherside  Scotland Wotherspoon starts for St. Johnstone against Ross County, Harry Paton is in the Ross County bench
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