Rovers return to the Canadian Championship

TSS Rovers will face Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC in the preliminary round of this year’s Canadian Championship.

The Rovers take the place of Victoria Highlanders, who announced via a statement last week that they will not operate senior teams in 2024.

Their withdrawal from this year’s Championship is in addition to both their men’s and women’s teams renouncing their League1 BC status. The Highlanders, who topped League1 BC in 2023, will continue to operate as an entity; the future of their senior teams remains unknown.

As last year’s League1 BC runners-up, the Rovers were next in line for the vacant spot, and after an anxious wait, they were given the all-clear to play by Canadian Soccer. They will now make the trip across the Strait of Georgia to face Pacific, and not for the first time.

After famously defeating Valour FC of the Canadian Premier League in last year’s Canadian Championship, TSS Rovers travelled to the Starlight Stadium to face Pacific in the quarter-finals, and despite a valiant effort, Pacific ran out 2-0 winners on the day. 

With the core of that group still at the club, it’s set to be another close encounter.

“We’re honoured and privileged to get the opportunity to represent our league again in this prestigious competition,” said Colin Elmes, Sporting Director of TSS Rovers.

“The staff and players have set to work on making sure that in a short time we put our best foot forward on May 1st. Many of our 440 owners and a number of our supporters will be ready to descend on Langford for another great night of football.”

Pacific FC will host TSS Rovers at 7 p.m. on May 1st at the Starlight Stadium in Langford.