York United announced the signing of Canadian midfielder Noah Verhoeven on a two-year deal Thursday.
The signing is the latest in a flurry of signings by the recently renamed club, bringing the its 2021 Canadian Premier League season roster up to 23 players.
The 21-year-old BC native played for Pacific FC in the first two years of the CPL, making 30 appearances in all competitions.
Verhoeven a “perfect fit”
“Noah is one of the most exciting young Canadian talents about,” said Angus McNab, York United CEO, via a club statement Thursday. “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.”
Prior to the CPL, Verhoeven played with Fresno FC in the United Soccer League in 2018 making 23 appearances for the California club.
A product of the Vancouver Whitecaps academy, he has played for the Canadian national team at U20 and U23 levels.
Verhoeven looking for a change
“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,” said Verhoeven. “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.”