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Looking Local: Cavalry Adds Three Youngsters To U SPORTS Deals

By on April 11, 2024 0 631 Views

The Canadian Premier League regular season champions have decided to add three players on U SPORTS deals following the league’s decision not to have those contract types count in the team’s primary roster.

The club has welcomed Niko Myroniuk, Max Piepgrass, and Caden Rogozinski for the 2024 CPL season, though none of them are strangers to the club. Notably, all three are Calgarians born and raised.

The first of the batch is 18-year-old midfielder Niko Myroniuk, who has spent the last two seasons on different developmental contracts with the team. The former Cavalry U-20 prospect two appearances for Cavalry last year, starting with a Canadian Championship debut against Pacific before coming off the bench to make a league debut against Valour.

The youngster began his post-secondary education with Mount Royal University last fall, making 15 appearances and earning a call-up to the Canadian National Futsal Team. Myroniuk has been with the club through all of its preseason, with Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and his coaching staff evidently liking what they’ve seen.

“Niko is a highly technical player that has good dribbling and ball protection abilities,” says Tommy on the youngster. “He also has a great engine allowing him to be an all-action player that fits in well with our systems.”

Centre midfielder Max Piepgrass is a name that comes as a throwback to Cavalry fans despite his young age: he signed a development contract back in 2021, making three appearances that year: the first came in a 2-0 cup win over FC Edmonton, with the fall seeing him enjoy two off-the-bench league appearances against Pacific and Forge respectively.

He had actually trained with the team ahead of the Island Games, with the 2004-born midfielder having first arrived to the club through the Calgary Foothills. More recently, Piepgrass won the national U SPORTS title with the Cape Breton Capers last year.

“Max has been around our club for several years now and is maturing very well,” says Tommy. “He had a terrific season with Cape Breton University as they claimed the U SPORTS Championship. He’s a very intelligent player that adapts well to several positions.”

The last of the trio is centre-back Caden Rogozinski, who was drafted twice by the club in 2022 and 2024 respectively. While still awaiting his Cavalry debut, the former Calgary Foothills U-23 captain has been described by Tommy as a player who reminded him of a young Dominick Zator, suggesting the ceiling is high for Rogozinski when he cracks the pro level.

He also made eleven appearances for now-defunct League1 Ontario side Electric City FC two years ago.

“Caden has been a player that has joined several of our pre-season training camps, each time getting stronger and closer to the pro level,” explains the gaffer. “He is very athletic and covers ground well along with being strong in his defensive duals and comfortable with the ball at his feet.”

With the Alberta-based side holding one of the best reputations in the league when it comes to developing local talent, it’ll be interesting to see if the trio of Calgarians can get minutes as Cavalry looks enters its league title defense season. That all begins with an away trip to Hamilton to face Forge FC on April 13, allowing for a rematch of the 2023 CPL Final.

It also remains to be seen if youngster Chanan Chanda will find himself contracted to the team after the youngster trained with the team all preseason.

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