VICTORIA, BC – Victoria Highlanders FC announced three additional signings, Thursday, adding defenders Sho Goto and Stuart Heath, as well as goalkeeper Yuichiro Hayami. The additions bring the Highlanders roster to six as the team prepares for the 2017 Premier Development League (PDL) season, kicking off May 14 at Centennial Stadium.
Originally from Northern Ireland, defender Stuart Heath arrives from U Sports’ Cape Breton University Capers, where he captained the team. Led by Heath, the Capers finished in third place at Nationals in November, 2016. Heath’s versatility has seen him play at both ends of the park, both as a central defender and as a striker.
A current English student at the University of Victoria, Japan native Sho Goto competed for Vic West in the VISL this past season alongside previously announced 2017 Highlander Ryan McCurdy. Goto was involved in the J-League system prior to his arrival in Canada and will take the field as a defender with the Highlanders.
Fellow Japan native Yuichiro Hayami is a six-foot-three goalkeeper from Japan who plays at Iowa Western of the NJCAA for the Conference Champion Reivers. Hayami was named to the Region XI All-Tournament and Academic All-Region following the 2016 varsity season.
“All three players come highly recommended and we are confident that they will be three important pieces for us this upcoming season,” Highlanders FC head coach Dave Dew stated. “All three bring something unique to our roster and we are very excited to have them join our club. Our goal is to raise the standard of play every year and these players fit that bill.”
The Highlanders kick off their 2017 season on May 14 at Centennial Stadium against Lane United FC at 2:00 p.m. PST. For 2017 tickets, please click HERE or visit www.highlandersfc.ca for more information.
Current Highlanders FC 2017 Roster
Simon Norgrove, Yuchiro Hayami
Owen Pearce, Sho Goto, Stuart Heath
ABOUT VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS FC
Victoria Highlanders FC is a Canadian soccer team based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The team was founded in 2007, competing in the USL Premier Development League through the 2014 season. After a season in the PCSL, the Highlanders returned to the PDL in 2016.
ABOUT THE PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 16 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience.