Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pacific FC Launch Party

Pacific FC's Launch Party was a fantastic success, check out LSBTV's coverage of the event here:

Friday, April 12, 2019


VICTORIA, B.C. – The Highlanders are pleased to announce the signing of Victory Shumbusho, pending USL league and BC Soccer approval. Shumbusho, a forward with the UBC Thunderbirds, is the second addition to Thomas Niendorf’s USL League Two squad.
Shumbusho joins the Highlanders after having just completed his second year with the Thunderbirds. His 2018 UBC campaign saw the Thunderbirds capture their second-straight Canada West title, while the Burnaby Central Secondary grad finished with six goals and two assists for a run of 14 points in 13 matches. While his offensive numbers are notable, he brings a well-rounded game Niendorf’s squad.
“Victory is a player who can definitely add goals to our team. He has good pace, he is powerful and he can be a real handful,” added Niendorf. “He is an attacking player with good defensive habits and willingness to do the dirty work in the game. Victory is a good character and high mentality player and fits the mould of player that we want to work with.”
Having moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada six years ago, Shumbusho landed in Chilliwack. From there he joined the local soccer club, Chilliwack Attack, before he was noticed by the Whitecaps Residency program in 2016.
The 2017 campaign saw him join UBC where he went on to win the 2017 Canada West Rookie of the Year. With his prowess on the ball and around the net, Shumbusho is excited to join the Highlanders for their upcoming season.
“I’m really excited to be joining the team, and coming in to work with the coaches,” stated Shumbusho.  “I’m just looking to come in, do my best, and keep developing. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the coaches, players, and the team. I’m looking forward to competing in the USL League 2 and having a successful season with Victoria.”
Welcome, lad!
The Highlanders kick off their season at home against Lane United on May 10th, with a 2:00 p.m. kickoff at Centennial Stadium. Don’t miss out, get your season tickets for our upcoming USL League Two campaign today. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


VICTORIA, B.C. – The Highlanders are pleased to announce the first signing of 2019, Goteh Ntignee, pending USL League Two and BC Soccer approval. Ntignee, a forward, marks the first addition to Thomas Niendorf's 2019 USL League Two squad.
Goteh Ntignee boasts an impressive soccer resume at the age of 16, having already won silverware and having gained experience with the Canadian National Program. He also represents the first signing of the year off Niendorf’s Pacific Elite Soccer Institute.
“Goteh is a very talented young player,” said Niendorf. “He has had a great season in the VISL and has been a real standout this year. He elevated his game in crucial moments throughout the season.”
The agile forward is coming off a Sir John Jackson Cup win with Niendorf’s Westcastle United of the Vancouver Island Soccer League in Division 1. Ntignee scored the eventual game winner in a 3-1 win over Bays United Liquor Plus and walked away with the Denny Girvin Memorial Award for Game MVP. The Kpomassè, Benin native finished his VISL season with 10 goals and capped it off as a finalist for the Ivy Lucas Trophy – awarded to the Rookie of the Year in VISL Div 1.
“Goteh plays the game with really good natural instincts. He’s extremely quick, he’s powerful, he has a great work rate, and he is a constant goal threat,” added Niendorf. “Even as a young player he can have a real impact for us. We are excited to have a young, talented player like him be apart of the Highlanders for the season and really looking forward to seeing his impact on the next level.”
Ntignee's experience includes a spell with the Canadian Program, having been invited to participate in the U-15 National ID Camp in 2017. His time at the camp included the opportunity to be a part of the U-15 National Showcase as a part of the Canada U-15 select team.
Welcome, lad!

The Highlanders start their season at home against Lane United on May 10th, with a 2:00 p.m. kickoff at Centennial Stadium. Don’t miss out, get your season tickets for our upcoming USL League Two campaign today. For more information, visit

Pacific FC welcomes Marius Røvde as head goalkeeper coach

April 10, 2019, Victoria, BC – Goalkeeper-turned-coach  has joined Pacific Football Club ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League (CPL) season. Røvde will provide his expertise to Pacific FC shot-stoppers Mark Village and Nolan Wirth throughout the season.
“We are fortunate to be working with someone with the depth of background that Marius brings to Pacific FC,” said Rob Friend, CEO, Pacific FC. “His experience as a player and coach puts our goalkeepers in great hands.”   
Norwegian-born Røvde, 47 played goalkeeper at the highest level in Norway, Scotland and England. He retired from play in 2007 and now holds a UEFA ‘A’ Goalkeeper Pro License. Røvde worked for Trinidad and Tobago FF for three years in the men and women’s program as director of goalkeepers and deputy technical director.
He later spent eight years as head goalkeeper coach in the MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Minnesota United FC. In that period, he also served as the Canadian U20 and U17 goalkeeper coach.
“It’s very exciting to be a part of this from the beginning and I’m honoured to be asked from ownership and the coaching staff,” said Røvde. “Everyone is in it for the right reasons and I’m very optimistic for where this team is going with all of our talent.”
During his time in Canada, Røvde’s students have included five current CPL goalkeepers and one CPL goalkeeper coach.
Pacific FC kicks off its inaugural season on April 28 against the HFX Wanderers at Westhills Stadium. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m. PST.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

CMNT vs French Guiana, March 2019

LSBTV reunited with The Voyageurs, Canada's national soccer supporter group, to cheer on the Men's National Team at BC Place in Vancouver. If you were there, chances are you're in our video! Check it out:

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Get to Know Marcus Haber

LSBTV stopped by Pacific FC's training camp to chat with Marcus Haber about life, soccer and the Island.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Photo Gallery - Victoria Highlanders FC U18 Futures vs. Whitecaps U-23s

The Victoria Highlanders U18 Futures squad met the Whitecaps U23s at Westhills Stadium for a preseason friendly early today. Amid the rubble of the massive stadium renovation project, the Highlanders managed to pull away with a decisive victory, scoring the only goal of the game in the final minutes despite a solid run of defending from the visiting Whitecaps.

LSBTV was in attendance at Westhills Stadium for the Victoria Highlanders FC Futures vs. Whitecaps U-23s friendly match, here are some photo highlights:

Pacific FC Returns to Training with Draft Picks, Trialists in the Mix


Pacific Football Club returns to training, Mar. 12 at Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence. This week’s training will see the trio of Pacific’s UBC draft picks Thomas Gardner, Nick Fussell and Zach Verhoven, as well as a number of trialists joining training in an attempt to crack the club’
s inaugural roster. 

Below is the week’s confirmed trialists. Please note that trialist appearances during training sessions will vary. 

Mamadi Camara
Age: 23
Position: Forward
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec 
The 23-year-old forward was drafted 46th overall by San Jose in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Camara comes from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Born in Guinea, Africa, Camara grew up in Montreal and is a Canadian citizen. In 2018, he was named United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year. 

Elie Gindo
Age: 23
Position: Centre Back
Hometown: Surrey, BC 
The towering centre back turned heads at the CPL Open Trials late last year, receiving an invite following the event. Island soccer fans will be familiar with his play, having made appearances with the Highlanders over the past two seasons. 

Shun Takano
Age: 23
Position: Winger
Hometown: Chiba, Japan 
The midfielder captured the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Nationals and during the tournament, Takano was named Most Valuable Player. He was also a finalist for Sport BC’s College Athlete of the Year. 

Ryan McCurdy
Age: 28
Position: Centre Back
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland
 McCurdy captured a championship with Bill Merriman’s Vancouver Island University Mariners in 2017. The Belfast native also paired up with fellow trialist Elie Gindo on the back line of the Highlanders in 2017, where he also served as captain. He was a member of League1 Ontario’s Kingston Clippers in 2016. 

Chris Merriman
Age: 28
Position: Defender
Hometown: Nanaimo, BC 
Merriman captained his father’s VIU Mariners side to a CCAA National Championship in 2017 and is the third member of the championship-winning team who will be vying for a spot on the Pacific FC roster this week. 

Jake Ruby
Age: 18
Position: Defender
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Ruby was 16 years old when he made his debut in the Canadian youth program in 2016 with coach Paul Stalteri. Ruby represented Canada at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s U-17 Championship in Panama. A consistent player throughout the ‘Caps development program, Ruby started all 26 of 27 games for the U-16’s. 

Cam Hundal
Age: 26
Position: Forward
Hometown: Terrace, BC 
Hundal is well-known in the Victoria region, having captured a U SPORTS National Championship with the University of Victoria Vikes in his rookie season. The 26-year-old carries a number of accolades from his five-year, varsity career at UVic, with National Championship MVP, Rookie of the Year (2011) and U SPORTS Player of the Year (2016) among the most notable.

Sean Keith
Age: 22
Position: Defender
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada 
Son of Victoria soccer legend Simon Keith, Sean Keith featured for the famed American High School Bishop Gorman. Played for Lake Tahoe Community College and FC Tucson of the USL League 2, formerly of the Premier Development League. 

Cem Seven
Age: 20
Position: Defender
Hometown: Martingues, France 
The French defender will make the trip to Canada to vie for a position with the Canadian side. Seven made 12 appearances for Oudenaarde in 2017-18, collecting 238 minutes.

Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
Canadian Premier League
 (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast.

For updates and more information, please go to with us on Twitter: @CPLsoccer and #CanPL

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mira Laurence Joins Pacific FC Management Team

Pacific Football Club added Mira Laurence, long-time BC sportscaster, to their management team. Laurence will take on the position of Director of Communications and Community Partnerships with the club for the inaugural 2019 season.

LSBTV was at the announcement and asked Mira a few questions.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jonesing for Answers, Episode 1

In this multi-part series, LSBTV Correspondent Ryan Arrowood gets to ask Pacific FC Executive Vice President Brad Norris-Jones any three questions he wants, and Brad has to answer at least two of them.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Interview with Marcel de Jong

LSBTV got an interview with one of the top players (if not THE top player) in the Canadian Premier League, Marcel de Jong! He's just signed with Pacific FC and we didn't just chat with him, we also interviewed his parents.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Xavier Ouellette Joins Board of Directors


VICTORIA - At a regular board meeting held on February 21st, the Lake Side Buoys Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of Xavier Ouellette to become the board's first Member at Large.

Xavier Ouellette 
Ouellette is well known to the soccer supporter community for his design talents, having contributed broadly to the aesthetics of supporters' groups and clubs. He is also credited with creating the Lake Side Buoys' current logo.

His position as Member at Large will enable him to work more closely with the board to enhance our image and brand.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


On Sunday, March 24th at BC Place, Canada will take on French Guiana in a Concacaf Nations League Qualifier match. It'll be an amazing day and you know you want to go.
But how are you getting there?
It's easy - get on our bus.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ryan Drinks a Beer With Victor Lundmark

Have a pint and sit down with Ryan Arrowood as he has a chat with Victor Lundmark, a member of the Lake Side Buoys who decided to move to Canada from Sweden just to check out Pacific FC.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February Pub Night

Come join us at the Yates Street Taphouse for our Pub Night! Pick up swag, compete in our FIFA 19 tournament, meet fellow soccer supporters and have a pint!

More details here:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Ryan Drinks a Beer with Michael Silberbauer

Sit down with Ryan Arrowood and head coach for Pacific FC, Michael Silberbauer for a beer and a chat about soccer!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Pacific FC Announces Brad Norris Jones as New Manager

You might know him from his time spent as General Manager for the Victoria Harbourcats, but now he's working for Pacific FC!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pub Night Jan 2019 and Josh Simpson

Join us for our Pub Night! Have a pint and watch Ted Godwin interview Pacific FC President Josh Simpson.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ryan Drinks a Beer with Jacob Burnley

Check out our new series, where Ryan Arrowood (director of Game Day Experience for the Lake Side Buoys) chats about supporter culture, in the time it takes to drink a beer.

This Sunday - PUB NIGHT!

Come to the Yates Street Taphouse this Sunday, January 20th between 4pm and 8pm to grab a pint, chat with the Lake Side Buoys and special guests from Pacific FC, and grab your membership packages!

We'll also have a FIFA tournament if you're into that sort of thing. Bring a friend!