United returns to soccer pitch

Nanaimo United had one of its stronger autumns on the soccer pitch, leading to high hopes for the winter.

United (8-5-1) resumes its Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 schedule this Saturday (Jan. 19) with a home game against Castaways (3-9-2) at 7 p.m. at Merle Logan Field.

In other VISL news, the Jackson Cup draw is out. Div. 1 United not only get a first-round bye, but then they face the last-placed team in Div. 2, Powell River Villa (2-6-3), in the second round. Nanaimo’s Div. 2 team (4-5-3), meanwhile, also gets a first-round bye before it faces Cowichan United (5-5-2). Should both Nanaimo teams win, they would face one another in the Jackson Cup quarterfinals. All cup games are yet to be scheduled.

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