Cavalry FC Releases Five Players
Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC has announced the departure of three internationals and two domestic players following the expiry of their contracts this year, two of which were already known.
Today, the club confirmed that Nathan Mavila, Jair Cordova, Marcus Haber, Niko Giantsopoulos, and Jordan Brown have officially moved on from the club. The Alberta-based side thanked the five athletes for their contributions both on and off the pitch.
However, the news that English left-back Nathan Mavila has departed will be tough for fans to take: the 25-year-old former West Ham product has been a mainstay under Tommy Wheeldon Jr., making 32 appearances across all competitions and scoring three times at The Island Games alone.
Given that he stated ‘it’s definitely not a goodbye, but for sure a see you all later’ on social media, there’s certainly the possibility that the defender might return to Spruce Meadows one day. In the near future, however, Mavila says his next move is still be to determined.
Big target man Marcus Haber also had a fairly solid performance in the bubble tournament, contributing two goals in nine appearance and registering more shots on target per ninety (1.42) than any other striker at The Island Games. Having spent the prior season with Pacific FC, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him potentially join a third CPL side in just as many years.
The least surprising departure of the batch was Peruvian forward Jair Cordova, who saw an injury-plagued campaign limit his time on the pitch to just 48 minutes across four appearances, though he did manage to bag a goal against Halifax as Cavalry FC bowed out of the group stage. Despite the goal, however, he didn’t have a chance to make much of an impact during his time in Cavalry colours.
The Alberta-based side has re-signed five members of the core squad, with Wheeldon Jr. ensuring the return of 2019 Golden Glove winner Marco Carducci along with Elijah Adekugbe, Mason Trafford, Jose Escalante, and Sergio Camargo.
The club is also the expected destination of centre midfielder Joseph Di Chiara, who’s request to leave York9 FC was granted by the club. It is expected that the club will be providing more updates regarding returning athletes (and perhaps some more departures) before the new year, too.