Cavalry FC

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Cavalry FC
Cavalry FC Crest.png
Full nameCavalry Football Club
Short nameCavs
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 12 months ago (2018-05-05)
StadiumATCO Field
Foothills County, Alberta
Capacity6,000
OwnerSpruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment
CoachTommy Wheeldon Jr.
LeagueCanadian Premier League
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, Alberta.

The team is managed by Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and owned by Spruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment.[1]

History[edit]

On May 5, 2018, Calgary was one of four cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[2]

Cavalry FC was announced on May 17, 2018, as the second team to officially join the Canadian Premier League.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Stadium[edit]

Cavalry FC play at ATCO Field, a 6,000-seat stadium located at Spruce Meadows, at the former 'Meadows on the Green' horse ring.[10][11] 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.[12]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[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.[13]

Rivalries[edit]

In 2018, the FC Edmonton Academy played provincial rivals the Calgary Foothills FC in two friendly games to help them prepare for their upcoming season.[14][15] The fixtures were also used to gauge Edmonton's interest into a potential return to join the Canadian Premier League.[16] The series was suggested by supporters groups from the two clubs and dubbed "Al Classico", inspired by the El Clásico rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.[17] The rivalry continued between FC Edmonton and Cavalry FC when the Canadian Premier League began in April 2019.[18]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 28, 2019.[19]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Marco Carducci  Canada
2 Defender Chris Serban  Canada
3 Defender Nathan Mavila  England
4 Defender Dominick Zator  Canada
5 Defender Mason Trafford  Canada
6 Midfielder Nik Ledgerwood  Canada
7 Forward Oliver Minatel  Brazil
8 Midfielder Julian Büscher  Germany
9 Forward Jordan Brown  England
10 Midfielder Sergio Camargo  Canada
11 Midfielder José Escalante  Honduras
12 Defender Dean Northover  Canada
13 Midfielder Victor Loturi  Canada
14 Defender Jay Wheeldon  England
15 Defender Joel Waterman  Canada
16 Midfielder Elijah Adekugbe  Canada
17 Forward Nico Pasquotti  Canada
18 Midfielder Mauro Eustáquio  Canada
19 Forward Gabriel Bitar  Canada
20 Midfielder Carlos Patino  Colombia
21 Forward Malyk Hamilton  Canada
22 Goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos  Canada
23 Forward Dominique Malonga  Congo

Current staff[edit]

As of September 18, 2018[20][21]
Executive
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 May 18, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Tommy Wheeldon Jr.  England May 17, 2018 – present 4 4 0 0 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cavalry FC, Calgary's new professional soccer team, to debut in 2019". Yahoo. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Four clubs get pro membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". TSN. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Spruce Meadows unveils name of Calgary's pro soccer team". Sportsnet. May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Canadian Premier League reveals Calgary team "Cavalry FC"". Waking The Red. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Rieger, Sarah. "Cavalry FC, Calgary's new professional soccer team, to debut in 2019". CBC. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cavalry FC announced as second Canadian Premier League club". Sporting News. May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Calgary welcomes Canadian Premier League team - 660 NEWS". 660 NEWS. May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Austin, Daniel. "'Cavalry FC' the Canadian Premier League team in Calgary". The Calgary Sun. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Emblem Inspiration". canpl.ca. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  10. ^ White, Ryan (December 27, 2018). "Construction underway on new soccer stadium at Spruce Meadows ahead of CPL launch". CTV News. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Austin, Daniel (May 18, 2018). "'Cavalry FC' the Canadian Premier League team in Calgary". Calgary Herald. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cavalry FC: "An unlikely sport in an unlikely place"". the11.ca. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Armen Bedakian (July 11, 2018). "Supporter's Voice | Sean Clarke, Foot Soldiers SG". Cavalry FC.
  14. ^ Gradon, Stuart (April 30, 2018). "Calgary Foothills FC beat FC Edmonton squad in first Al Classico". Total Soccer Project. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Gradon, Stuart (May 5, 2018). "Calgary Foothills FC win 2nd leg of 'Al Classico' in final pre-season match as news breaks of Calgary Canadian Premier League club". Total Soccer Project. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "'Battle of Alberta' match breathes life into hopes for pro soccer in Edmonton". CBC News. May 1, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Van Diest, Derek (April 29, 2018). "Big crowd turns up to support FC Edmonton Academy". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Van Diest, Derek (June 7, 2018). "Edmonton the next stop for Canadian Premier League". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Roster". Cavalry FC. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Owner Profile". cavalryfc.canpl.ca. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "Cavalry FC Unveils Coaching Staff". cavalryfc.canpl.ca. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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