VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club has re-signed goalkeeper Mark Village to Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) in the United Soccer League (USL), pending league and federation approval.
"Mark is a consummate professional and a team leader," said WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan. "He is a very vocal goalkeeper and a joy to have in the team. We're delighted to have him with our group."
WFC2 goalkeeper Mark Village
Entering his third season with WFC2
Five seasons at University of the Fraser Valley
2012 Canada West All-Conference Second Team
Led USL PDL with 103 saves in 2012
Village, 25, enters his third season with WFC2 after joining the inaugural squad in 2015. Prior to beginning his professional career, Village played at the University of the Fraser Valley under head coach Alan Errington. In 2012, Village was named to the Canada West Second Team All-Conference, and in 2013 he led the Cascades to their best ever season.
A native of Abbotsford, BC, Village played one season with Fraser Valley Mariners FC of the USL Premier Development League (PDL). In that season, Village recorded a league high 103 saves with a season high 11 saves coming on the final match day against Whitecaps FC U-23.
Whitecaps FC 2 open the 2017 USL season on the road at LA Galaxy II on Saturday, March 25. They begin their home slate on Saturday, April 8 versus Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, BC, where they play six of their home matches this upcoming season. The first of their 10-match home schedule at UBC Thunderbird Stadium is on Saturday, April 22 versus San Antonio FC. Click here for ticket information.
Date of Birth: November 25, 1991 in Abbotsford, BC
Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Last Club: University of Fraser Valley
How Acquired: WFC2 free agent signing on March 25, 2015. Re-signed for 2017 USL season on March 17, 2017.