VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that Residency midfielder Noah Verhoeven has been signed to a USL contract with affiliate club Fresno FC. He joins fellow Whitecaps FC prospects Matthew Baldisimo, Terran Campbell, and Sean Melvin at Fresno FC, along with assistant coach Robert Earnshaw.
“We’re pleased to have Noah continue on our club pathway and begin his professional career with Fresno FC,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “It will be a different environment that will challenge him, but he will have familiar faces by his side. We will continue to track his progress.”
Last season, Verhoeven made his USL debut as an academy call-up with Whitecaps FC 2 on October 7, 2017, coming on as a substitute and playing the final 16 minutes of a 1-1 draw against Real Monarchs SLC.
The 18-year-old has been with Whitecaps FC since the age of nine, when he was a member of the Prospects program. The native of Surrey, BC entered the full-time Whitecaps FC Residency program in September 2011. During the past three seasons playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Verhoeven has played 74 matches and scored 11 goals. This included an appearance in the 2017 U-18 Academy Championship final against FC Dallas.
A dual citizen, Verhoeven debuted for the Canadian national team program in 2013 at a U-15 identification camp. During the past year, Verhoeven has been called into camps with the United States U-18 and U-20 men’s national teams.
As a youth player, Verhoeven played as Surrey United SC and spent time training in the Total Soccer Systems (TSS) Academy in Richmond, BC.