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United ready to make return to pitch

Nanaimo United is getting back to full strength, just in time for the most important part of the soccer season. The city’s Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 men’s team resumes its regular-season schedule Saturday (Jan. 19) with a home game against Castaways.

United (8-5-1) had a solid start to the fall, but mounting injuries eventually took a toll and Nanaimo lost its last game before the break.

“I’m hoping to see them where they left off – before that last game,” said Allan Jorgensen, club manager.

He said the holidays were beneficial to United and players have looked refreshed at practice.

“They trained pretty hard this week…” he said. “Everybody’s pretty well back to health now and we picked up a couple of new players, too.”

GAME ON … United’s Div. 1 men face Castaways at 7 p.m. Saturday at Merle Logan Field after the Div. 2 men take on Gordon Head at 5 p.m. … Admission is always free at United home games.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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