Fusion FC gives Vancouver and Richmond youth an elite soccer platform
When Vancouver Youth Soccer Association and Richmond Youth Soccer Association came together to make a team bid, the Fusion FC franchise was born.
“We chose to collectively put forward a bid to secure a BCSPL franchise when the original RP was put out,” said board member and founding director David Haber. “We were successful and in doing so, created a new club under joined stewardship between Vancouver and Richmond. Both Richmond and Vancouver are represented on the board.”
Fusion FC draws from a talent pool of both Richmond and Vancouver and fielded a team in every age group in both the boys and girls divisions in the BCSPL inaugural season.
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Last season, their Fusion FC U18 Girls represented BC at the national championships.
Technical director Jason Jordan is a former Vancouver Whitecaps player and is also the technical director of Vancouver FC, one of the feeder clubs to Fusion FC.
The franchise name, Fusion FC, was decided upon to symbolize the partnership between Richmond and Vancouver.
“The name Fusion is a reflection of the coming together of both Richmond and Vancouver and therefore that was the genesis of the name, the coming together of those two districts to start a new club,” said Haber.
Unlike many BCSPL teams who joined the league with a foundation in place, Fusion FC was, like the league, starting from scratch the opening season.
“I think we did quite well given that we are a startup. I think one of the things we demonstrated, not just at the field level, was cooperating between the two districts,” said Haber. “At the field level, at all age groups we had competitive teams. The proof will be in the pudding in years to come, when players who have come into the system and into Fusion and how they perform two or three years down the road.”
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