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York United FC Signs Midfielder Noah Verhoeven

February 4, 2021 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - York United FC News Release

Toronto, ON - York United Football Club is proud to announce the signing of Canadian midfielder Noah Verhoeven on a two-year deal, with an option for a further twelve months.

The 21-year-old - a native of Surrey, BC - spent the last two seasons with Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC and featured 30 times in all competitions, 24 of those as a starter. Prior to him arriving in the CPL, Verhoeven played with Fresno FC in the United Soccer League in 2018 and racked up 23 appearances for the California-based outfit.

Verhoeven spent several years with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy and made his professional debut for Whitecaps FC 2 in October 2017. A dual citizen, he was called into US camps at U18 and U20 level but went on to be a key member of the Canada team at the CONCACAF U20 Championship in 2018. He's also made four appearances for the Canada U23s under John Herdman.

"Noah is one of the most exciting young Canadian talents about," says Angus McNab, York United FC's CEO/President & GM.

"He's the perfect fit for us given his age profile and he also aligns with the club's strategy of having as many players with links to the Canadian setup as possible, be that underage or senior level. I think Noah can play a key role for us but he knows that he'll have to work very hard to establish himself in our squad given the depth we have recruited in midfield and attack."

"I really believe the roster we've pieced together features players with incredible ceilings. I feel that we have young Canadian talent in the squad that have the potential to be entering the peak of their careers by 2026 and should be pushing for slots on the World Cup roster. That should be really exciting for our fanbase and watching these guys develop is going to be a thrilling subplot for the 2021 season."

Verhoeven has been thoroughly impressed with the club's rebrand as well as the off-season recruitment drive, something he's excited by.

"There's a lot of competition and I feel that's what I need for myself: a change, really. It's a new environment where I can push myself," he says.

"Right now there's a lot of good pieces so it's just about us putting it together as quickly as we can. When any club has a refresh, I think it's not only exciting for the players but for the fans as well. It's a fresh start, a clean slate and that's appealing for any player: to come into an organization where there's almost a completely new team, though the core has stuck around. It's appealing because you can go compete and fight for your spot. And you get good results from that.

"Verhoeven also has international aspirations and admits they played a substantial role in him deciding on making the move.

"It's definitely a big component of why I'm coming to York United," he says.

"The eyes are on the CPL now and you're seeing a lot of players go in with the men's national team and I think it's possible for a lot of the CPL players. So, who knows what could happen?"

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