VICTORIA – The time was right for Marcus Haber to return home.
After a nine-year spell abroad, the Vancouver-born striker has made the move from Scotland back to the West Coast and Pacific Football Club. Haber, 29, has been tracking the Canadian Premier League (CPL) and its development since the rumours of a professional Canadian domestic league began.
In the prime of his playing career, the towering attacker will ply his trade with Vancouver Island’s professional soccer team, located just a 30-minute flight west of where his participation in a number of sports—including soccer—began. Coached by his father until the age of 14, Haber began playing for Dunbar-Southlands’ youth program, before moving into Vancouver Selects, where he played until he was 17.
“My club team was pretty good at the time,” recalled Haber. “We had a few other players who turned professional from my club, which was pretty rare at the time. Provincially I played for B.C., and was with the team when we won the National Championship. Around that time, I broke through with the Canadian national team at the U-17 level.”
The realization of a potential career in the sport began to take shape for Haber shortly thereafter.
“I went to Holland, I was 16 or 17 and that’s when I really started to take soccer serious,” Haber added. “It was a culture shock, but there were a number of players from my one club team that came and signed as well. I was there with two of my close friends, so that made the transition much easier to be honest.
“The Dutch soccer development system is up there with the best in the world,” he added. “I was shown some great coaching, great competition, I played against a lot of great players who are now in the English Premier League, national team.”