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PHOTOS: Pacific FC players start preparations for new season

PHOTOS: Pacific FC players begin preparations for the new season



Head coach James Merriman smiles during training sessions after practice during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Head coach James Merriman smiles during training sessions after practice during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
Georges Mukumbilwa celebrates his team's penalty shootout victory during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Georges Mukumbilwa celebrates his team’s penalty shootout victory during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
A team celebrates winning the penalty shootout during Pacific FC's pre-season training session February 24 at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)A team celebrates winning the penalty shootout during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session February 24 at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
The training took place on February 24th at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/News Service)(Bailey Moreton/News Service)The training took place on February 24th at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/News Service)(Bailey Moreton/News Service)
Georges Mukumbilwa blocks a cross during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Georges Mukumbilwa blocks a cross during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
New striker Easton Ongaro said he is aiming for a championship with his new team this season.  (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)New striker Easton Ongaro said he is aiming for a championship with his new team this season. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Vancouver Island Wave Program member Sam Marvasti makes the tackle during Pacific FC's preseason practice February 24 at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Vancouver Island Wave Program member Sam Marvasti makes the tackle during Pacific FC’s preseason practice February 24 at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
Cedric Toussaint celebrates his team's penalty shootout victory during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)(Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Cedric Toussaint celebrates his team’s penalty shootout victory during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)(Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Georges Mukumbilwa plays the ball over the line during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Georges Mukumbilwa plays the ball over the line during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
New midfielder Steffen Yeates dribbles under pressure during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)New midfielder Steffen Yeates dribbles under pressure during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
The practice ended with a penalty shoot-out at Pacific FC's pre-season practice session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)The practice ended with a penalty shoot-out at Pacific FC’s pre-season practice session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
Head coach James Merriman watches Pacific FC's pre-season training session being held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24th.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Head coach James Merriman watches Pacific FC’s pre-season training session being held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24th. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
Newboy Steffen Yeates dribbles away from his midfielder Sean Young during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)Newboy Steffen Yeates dribbles away from his midfielder Sean Young during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held February 24 at the PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
New striker Adonija Reid shoots a penalty kick during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)New striker Adonija Reid shoots a penalty kick during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)
The players got something in their legs during a scrimmage during Pacific FC's pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24.  (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)The players got something in their legs during a scrimmage during Pacific FC’s pre-season training session held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich on February 24. (Bailey Moreton/NewsStaff)

Pacific FC kicked off preparations for the 2023 Canadian Premier League season with several pre-season training sessions held at PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Education) in Saanich.

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Practice on Wednesday (February 22) and Friday (February 24) allowed the coaches to get a first look at some of the signings and also evaluate some trialists, including U Sports draft picks and members of the Vancouver Island Wave program of the club .

Forward Easton Ongaro said he is aiming for a championship with his new team. Ongaro scored 25 goals in 55 games for Edmonton FC over a 3-year period.

“I was in Edmonton where I was with a team that wasn’t doing very well. I managed to score some goals, which was good for me personally, but it will be nice to be in a team now that has a history of wins and a title and we want to get another one.”

Also on the field was Manny Aparicio, who recently re-signed with the team with a club option for the 2023 season. The dynamic midfielder was named Canadian Premier League Player of the Year.


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