Pacific FC’s Alessandro Hojabrpour added another accolade to his resume on Tuesday just over a week after his heroics in the Canadian Premier League final when he was named the League’s Canadian U21 Player of the Year for the 2021 season at the CPL Awards Ceremony was in Toronto.
Hojabrpour has now played three seasons in the CPL despite being only 21 years old after signing for the Vancouver Island club as a teenager in early 2019. That year he played 26 CPL games for Pacific and played the seventh most minutes (1,899.). ) on the team – which means that he alone would have met the Tridents’ 1,500 U-21 minute requirement. He became a staple of the Pacific lineup that season, establishing himself as one of the league’s most dependable central midfielders.
Born in Burnaby, British Columbia, he scored two goals in 2021 – one of which was perhaps the most important in the history of his club Forge FC, earning them their first ever league title.
“I’m lucky enough to be so young, have tried what it is and what it takes to win a championship,” said Hojabrpour after winning the award. âIt’s been a fun couple of weeks, but you enjoy it a little, then move on to the next one. Once you have a foretaste of what it is like to win, you will accept nothing less than this thinking in the future. “
His role at Pacific has grown over his years at the club, having grabbed an opportunity in 2019 and made himself a crucial part of the team. He joined the squad after two years in Bulgaria for the Lokomotiv Plovdiv U-19 team, but also spent a few years of his youth career closer to the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy.
“It started with how closely this group grew together,” said Hojabrpour of the honor and his Pacific team. âThat always makes it easier when the players play for each other, right down to the coach. And we started from there, we built a family and a community on the island and they help us move forward. “
Hojabrpour won the honor on Tuesday after beating nominated competitors Victor Loturi of Cavalry FC and Max Ferrari of York United in a poll of media writers and reporters from across Canada. He is the third winner of this award, alongside Tristan Borges from Forge FC from 2019 and Mo Farsi from Cavalry FC from 2020.