|Full name||Cavalry Football Club|
|Founded||May 5, 2018|
|Owner||Spruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment|
|Coach||Tommy Wheeldon Jr.|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
|2019||Canadian Premier League, 1st (runners-up)|
Cavalry Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in the Calgary metropolitan region of Alberta. The club competes at the top of the Canadian soccer league system in the Canadian Premier League, and plays their home matches at ATCO Field on the grounds of Spruce Meadows in Foothills County.
Cavalry FC was announced on May 17, 2018, as the second team to officially join the Canadian Premier League. Spruce Meadow Sports & Entertainment Group CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott and COO Ian Allison were joined by league commissioner David Clanachan and league president Paul Beirne to unveil the team.
The club's name, crest and colours were all revealed at the event at Spruce Meadows, while Tommy Wheeldon Jr. was announced as head coach and general manager. Plans to renovate existing facilities at Spruce Meadows, resulting in a soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of at least 5,000 seats, were also revealed.
On June 26, 2019, Cavalry FC qualified for the 2019 Canadian Premier League Championship by winning the inaugural CPL Spring season. The following month the Cavs became the first CPL club to defeat a Major League Soccer club in the Canadian Championship by upsetting Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2019 over two-legs.
Goalkeeper Marco Carducci became the first CPL player called up to the Canada men's national soccer team when, on August 28, 2019, he was requested for a pair of Nations League A matches against Cuba.
Colours and crest
The team's crest was designed by Jon Rogers. The crest features a chevron in homage to the Lord Strathcona's Horse armoured regiment, Alberta Foothills and Rocky Mountains, and a football to represent the past and future of Calgary as a sporting city.
The club's colours are green, red and black (branded by the club as "army green," "Calgary red," and "black on black"). These colours symbolize the green of Calgary's nature and Spruce Meadows, and the red and black of other Calgary sports teams and the flag of Lord Strathcona's Horse.
Cavalry FC play at ATCO Field, a 5,288-seat stadium located at Spruce Meadows, at the 'Meadows on the Green' equestrian ring. The stadium is modular to allow for future growth and uses natural grass. Free shuttles bring fans to the stadium from the Somerset–Bridlewood CTrain station. In September 2019, Spruce Meadows presented a new area plan to Foothills County, that includes a 12,000 seat soccer-specific stadium on the grounds that would replace ATCO Field over the next 30 years.
The Al Classico exists with FC Edmonton as a geographical rivalry between the two Alberta-based clubs in the Canadian Premier League. The rivalry is part of a larger sporting rivalry between teams based in Calgary and Edmonton; the two largest cities in the province. The Wildrose Cup is awarded annually to the team that wins the most points from the series in league play, which Cavalry won the first year.
A rivalry developed between Cavalry FC and Forge FC during the 2019 spring season as the two top clubs in the league. The rivalry bled into the 2019 Canadian Championship in which Cavalry defeated Forge 3–2 over two legs on aggregate. The first leg, which resulted in a 1–1 draw, ended with heated altercations between both sides on the pitch, leading to a disciplinary review by the Canadian Soccer Association.
- Canadian Premier League
- Canadian Premier League Finals
- Runners-up: 2019
Players and staff
- As of April 15, 2020
|—||Defender||Robert Boskovic (on loan from Toronto FC II)||Canada|
|Owner, chairman, and CEO||Linda A. Southern-Heathcott|
|President and COO||Ian Alisson|
|General manager||Tommy Wheeldon Jr.|
|Head coach||Tommy Wheeldon Jr.|
|Assistant coach||Martin Nash|
|Goalkeeper coach||Jordan Santiago|
- As of November 3, 2019
|Tommy Wheeldon Jr.||England||May 17, 2018 – present||38||23||7||8||60.53|
|Year||CPL regular season||Position||CPL Finals||Canadian Championship||CONCACAF League||League attendance||Top scorer||Ref|
|2020||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Did not qualify|
Note: Only league goals counted for top scorer
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