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.
|Full name||Cavalry Football Club|
|Founded||May 5, 2018|
|Owner||Spruce Meadows Sports & Entertainment|
|Coach||Tommy Wheeldon Jr.|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
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.
Colours and crestEdit
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 6,000-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 2018, the FC Edmonton Academy played provincial rivals the Calgary Foothills FC in two friendly games to help them prepare for their upcoming season. The fixtures were also used to gauge Edmonton's interest into a potential return to join the Canadian Premier League. 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. The rivalry continued between FC Edmonton and Cavalry FC when the Canadian Premier League began in April 2019.
Players and staffEdit
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 28, 2019.
|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 June 23, 2019
|Tommy Wheeldon Jr.||England||May 17, 2018 – present||11||9||1||1||81.82|
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