Cavalry Invites U-21 Canadians Masri And Cain To Preseason Camp
The reigning Canadian Premier League regular season champions have invited two Alberta-based standouts to their preseason camp.
Big striker Philip Masri, 20, and winger Frankroy Caine, 18, have both been invited to fight for a roster spot with Cavalry FC in the coming month or two. The duo evidently turned a few heads at the recent Eikon Sports Showcase, but they’ve been hard at work well before the scout-filled event.
Striker Philip Masri featured for League1 Alberta side BTB Academy this year, bagging four goals in eight games while turning heads with both his bursts of pace and impressive hold-up play. He followed that up with a record-breaking season at MacEwan University, tallying six goals and becoming the first Griffins soccer player to earn U SPORTS honours after cracking the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team.
Masri, who is just twenty years of age, has spent the last few years growing under the tutelage of former Eddies man Allan Zebie, who coaches at both the BTB Academy and the MacEwan Griffins. The striker had originally aimed to test himself in Germany, but seems focused on an opportunity closer to home for the time being.
The second known trialist for Cavalry’s preseason is 18-year-old midfielder Frankroy Caine, a right-footed youngster who can play both out on the left wing and as an central attacking midfielder. He’s also product of the BTB Soccer Academy, though he’s also spent time with the Saint Albert Impact.
Cain has previously trialed with a Portuguese U-19 side last spring, and he’s now coming off the back of a rookie season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears that saw him play alongside former CPL athletes like Marcus Vedalo-Tsegaye and Prince Amanda, with former Eddie Bruno Zebie assisting the side.
The five-foot-nine teenager – who also has heritage from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – tallied three goals in twelve appearances for the Golden Bears, one of which helped the side surpass a tough Canada West quarter-final test against Trinity Western:
While Cavalry FC has yet to announce any formal preseason plans, one thing is certain: with a continental cup tilt against Major League Opposition coming up next month, it’ll be the club’s earliest preseason yet.
Cavalry needs three Canadian U-21 athletes on the books to be roster compliant. With Michael Harms and Mael Henry already in, that leaves just one spot still required – though the club is obviously free to sign more.
Head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. hasn’t shied away from making adjustments as club dives into the new calendar year, with A-League striker Lleyton Brooks and Valour captain Diego Gutierrez looking like strong pickups, while players like Joe Mason and Roberto Alarcon (among others) have left.