The Victoria Highlanders have committed to playing a reserve team in the BCSA’s Pacific Coast League in the summer of 2017.
Marvin Diercks and Dave Dew will be attending the PCSL annual general meeting on Saturday, November 26.
Dew said, “Joining the PCSL gives the players that trained with us last season, but who were not quite ready for the PDL level, an opportunity to play every weekend throughout the summer.” The Highlanders allowed players from 15 years of age to their early 20’s to train with the squad twice a week, participating in inter squad games and at times integrated with the first team. “In our final PDL league game against the Portland Timbers U23 five players from that training group were dressed and appeared in the match.”
The commitment to adding a “reserve” team is another piece in the rebuilding puzzle that is the an integral part of the resurgence of the Highlanders as a club. It is an example of the dedication of the Highlanders in building a developmental pathway in the USL’s Path to Pro as well as furthering the progress of local players in their University or College pursuits.