Cavalry Releases End-Of-Season Roster Update
Canadian Premier League regular season champions Cavalry FC have released their end-of-season roster update following a campaign that saw them qualify for the 2024 Concacaf Cup and finish as runners-up in the playoff championship.
As one could expect after tasting silverware this year, most of the squad are set to come back: These include players who were already under contractlike team captain Marco Carducci, Sergio Camargo, Shamit Shome, and star forward Ali Musse, while the likes of Eryk Kobza, Bradley Kamdem, Michael Harms, Jesse Daley, William Akio, Myer Bevan (joint winner of the golden boot), Ethan Beckford, and Mael Henry will all be back.
So too will Daan Klomp, who had his club option exercised following a stellar campaign that saw the centre-back win both the defender of the year and player of the year award. While he’s picked up interest from multiple MLS sides, it remains to be seen if the ‘hefty transfer fee’ demanded by Cavalry will truly keep him at Spruce Meadows for 2024.
“We have a high number of returnees coming back next season, following a terrific 2023 season,” added head coach and general manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr. “This continuity and chemistry will be important as we enter a new challenge with Concacaf Champions Cup starting earlier in February and then the subsequent defense of the Canadian Premier League Shield.”
The club is still considering whether to active its options on Fraser Aird, Ben Fisk, and mid-season returnee Tom Field, with Cavalry having until December 31 to make a decision on the trio.
In terms of confirmed departures, Spanish right-back Robert Alarcon had his option passed over after making just eleven appearances this year, while local lad Gareth Smith-Doyle also had his option declined. The club also mutually agreed to part ways with high-hope centre-back Udoka Chima, who hadn’t been on the team sheet since July.
Elsewhere, both veteran striker Joe Mason and young goalkeeper Sterling Kerr are set to have their contracts expire on December 31. It was confirmed that Mason is set to return to England.
Callum Montgomery or Charlie Trafford were not mentioned in the roster update, but appear to currently be in negotiations. Given that there was no mention of Jose Escalante, we can assume his loan in Honduras will run through to the conclusion of his own deal at the end of 2023.
“We appreciate the efforts of all our players this year, as everyone played their part in helping us win the regular season and ultimately earn a Concacaf berth,” added Wheeldon Jr. for the departures.
The club is already in negotiations with new talent, with head of recruitment Oliver Minatel currently winding his way through Europe.