Saturday, May 18, 2024

5 PFC players you should be following on Instagram and on the pitch


Victoria’s passion for soccer is infectious, and if the packed stands at Pacific FC’s home-opener this past weekend were any indication—we’re only just getting started.

The buzz around town is real, and a lot of that has to do with Pacific FC’s more-than-stellar roster—but did you know that along with their impressive game play on the pitch, a few of the players have an incredible social media game too?

Many of the PFC’s players have some intriguing backstories to go along with their attractive Instagram feeds, and we’re bringing you 5 PFC players you should absolutely be following on Instagram AND on the pitch—that is, if you’re not following them already!

Aly Ndom (@haa_lee)

A recent addition to the Pacific FC Roster, Aly Ndom joins Pacific FC for the 2024 season. Hailing from just north of Paris, France, Ndom brings some international flair to the Trident’s squad. Having launched his career in France playing against some of the biggest names in world soccer—including Brazilian superstar Neymar—Ndom will certainly be a big addition to the Island team.

Plus, he’s worth a follow on Instagram for his carefully curated black and white aesthetic alone.

Josh Heard (@josheard)

Kicking off his 5th season with the team, Josh Heard grew up playing soccer in Victoria with Lakehill Soccer Association before being drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Heard made his way back to the Island to join Pacific FC in 2020 and hasn’t looked back, becoming the captain of the team in 2023. Heard also helps coach in the Pacific FC youth programs and is always happy to stop for a photo or an autograph!

Kunle Dada-Luke (@kdl.13)

A fan favourite due to his high-flying play and unique on-field look, sporting a signature headband, Kunle Dada-Luke is a player who will get you out of your seat. T

he fastest player in the Canadian Premier League, Dada-Luke has drawn comparisons to fellow Canadian speedster Alphonso Davies. Dada-Luke’s headband has become iconic and you can find fans sporting their own KDL Headbands at Starlight Stadium on game days.

Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (@thomasmeilleur64)

Affectionately known as TMG amongst teammates and fans alike, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère is entering his fifth season with Pacific FC while stepping into a leadership role within the squad. Born and raised in Repentigny, Quebec, TMG is a no-nonsense figure on the pitch, leading the Tridents’ backline into battle each week. A Canadian Youth Team International Player, Meilleur-Giguère brings a level head and a wealth of experience to the PFC squad.

Off the pitch, Meilleur-Giguère is a proud doggy dad to his pup Whisky and can often be found at local dog parks in Langford!

James Merriman (@james_merriman8)

Okay, so he’s not technically a player, but you’ll still find him on the pitch every game—and on Instagram!

The first employee of Pacific FC, Head Coach James Merriman has been with the club from day one. Starting off as the Assistant Coach, he took over the reins as Head Coach in 2022 and has led the team into a playoff spot under his two seasons in charge.

Born and raised in Cedar, Merriman embodies the easy-going yet hard-working spirit of Islanders. His passion for his community is shown through his work as a Board Member of Hope & Health who work to bring access to sport for development and social impact opportunities to Indigenous youth on Vancouver Island.

Pacific FC’s season has quite literally just kicked off, but season and single game tickets are still available. Join the hype and take part in all the action this season with 15 home games at Langford’s very own Starlight Stadium!

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