Cavalry FC Returns To Training
The spring and fall season winners of the Canadian Premier League are officially back to training at Spruce Meadows this morning.
Cavalry FC has received approval from both provincial and municipal health authorities to begin a phased approach to training that starts with non-contact individual and small group work outs. The news comes just over a week after Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan had stated he expects all CPL clubs to back to training in the near future.
Cavalry FC becomes the fifth CPL side to resume training, with the Halifax Wanderers, Pacific FC, York9 FC, and Atletico Ottawa all doing so last week.
The Canadian Premier League club states that it will continue to monitor input, guidance, and direction provided by all levels of government and football governing bodies. Both the Canadian Soccer Association and the Canadian Premier League had given approval to resume training, with the club having now received a green light from local health authorities.
The cat was let out of the bag a little bit early due to a video put out by Cavalry FC players Sergio Camargo and Niko Giantsopoulos:
With the city of Edmonton having opted not to renew its state of emergency last Friday, it’s expected that Cavalry’s local rivals will be back to training soon, too. With Valour FC slated to return to training this week and Forge FC announcing its own return minutes after Cavalry FC, all eight Canadian Premier League may be back in action by the end of the week.
The league has officially announced that it is is forming a strategy on how to play out a 2020 season which will almost certainly take place in a single province. So far, it has been revealed that Langford and Charlottetown have submitted bids to host the 2020 Canadian Premier League season. The full format of the shortened season is yet to be determined.
Cavalry FC has brought in two international players in Richard Lucaand Jair Cordova, with Tommy Wheeldon Jr. making some intra-league moves to sign Elliot Simmons (Halifax Wanderers), Bruno Zerbie (FC Edmonton), and Jose Hernandez (Pacific FC). More recently, the club signed Toronto FC II defender Robert Boskovic on loan, with full-back Mohamed Farsi beating out Steven Furlano to a contract.
With its core squad mostly retained with the obvious exceptions of Joel Waterman and top goalscorer Dominique Malonga, it’ll be interesting to see how the North Star Shield runners-up fare in the upcoming season. It appears Mauro Eustaquio, who was previously injured during the club’s earlier preseason, may have officially moved on from the club.
Like the other four Canadian Premier League clubs that have resumed training already, Cavalry FC has stated that its training sessions are closed to media at this stage.