Cavalry FC

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Cavalry FC
Cavalry FC logo.svg
Full nameCavalry Football Club
Short nameCavs[1][2][3]
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-05-05)
OwnerSpruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment
PresidentIan Allison
CoachTommy Wheeldon Jr.
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2019Canadian Premier League, 1st (runners-up)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

The team is managed by Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and owned by Spruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment.[4]


On May 5, 2018, Calgary was one of four cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[5]

Cavalry FC was announced on May 17, 2018, as the second team to officially join the Canadian Premier League.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9] 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.[10][11]

On June 26, 2019, Cavalry FC qualified for the 2019 Canadian Premier League Championship by winning the inaugural CPL Spring season.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

Colours and crest[edit]



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.[11]

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.[15]


Cavalry FC play at ATCO Field, a 5,288-seat stadium[citation needed] located at Spruce Meadows, at the 'Meadows on the Green' equestrian ring.[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19][20]

Club culture[edit]


Cavalry FC are supported by the Foot Soldiers, a supporters group that originally formed in 2015 to support USL League Two club Calgary Foothills.[21]


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.[22] 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.[23]

A rivalry developed between Cavalry FC and Forge FC during the 2019 spring season as the two top clubs in the league.[24] 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.[25]


Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of April 15, 2020[26]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Marco Carducci  Canada
3 Defender Nathan Mavila  England
4 Defender Dominick Zator  Canada
5 Defender Mason Trafford  Canada
6 Midfielder Nik Ledgerwood  Canada
7 Forward Oliver  Brazil
8 Midfielder Elijah Adekugbe  England
9 Forward Jordan Brown  England
10 Midfielder Sergio Camargo  Canada
11 Midfielder José Escalante  Honduras
14 Defender Jay Wheeldon  England
15 Midfielder Elliot Simmons  Canada
16 Midfielder Bruno Zebie  Canada
17 Forward Nico Pasquotti  Canada
19 Forward Jair Córdova  Peru
20 Forward José Hernández  Canada
22 Goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos  Canada
23 Midfielder Richard Luca  Brazil
24 Forward Aribim Pepple  Canada
Defender Robert Boskovic (on loan from Toronto FC II)  Canada
Defender Mohamed Farsi  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of September 18, 2018[27][28]
Owner, chairman, and CEO Linda A. Southern-Heathcott
President and COO Ian Alisson
General manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr.
Coaching staff
Head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr.
Assistant coach Martin Nash
Goalkeeper coach Jordan Santiago

Head coaches[edit]

As of November 3, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Tommy Wheeldon Jr.  England May 17, 2018 – present 38 23 7 8 060.53

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019–present Nik Ledgerwood  Canada



Year CPL regular season Position CPL Finals Canadian Championship CONCACAF League League attendance Top scorer Ref
GP W D L GF GA Pts Spring Fall Overall Name Gls
2019 28 19 5 4 51 19 62 1st 1st 1st Runners-up Semi-finals Ineligible 3,292 Dominique Malonga 11 [29]
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Did not qualify

Note: Only league goals counted for top scorer


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