Cavalry FC announced the signing of Canadian centre back Mason Trafford Wednesday, as the Calgary club continues to build its squad for the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), Canada’s new professional soccer league.
The 32-year-old spent two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2008 when the club was in United Soccer League.
After spending time in Finland and China, he returned to Canada to play for Ottawa Fury FC in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2014. Trafford played two seasons with the Fury, winning the NASL Fall Championship title in 2015. Trafford then moved on to Miami FC for two years.
“Returning to Canada to play for Cavalry FC was an easy decision for me and my family,” said Trafford, via a club statement Wednesday. “Southern Alberta has a community that is ready to embrace professional soccer and with solid coaching and support staff and a world-class ownership group we are going to create a unique soccer experience. My family is largely based in Calgary so it feels like coming home.”
Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is hoping Trafford’s previous success and experience will help fulfil the Calgary club’s aspirations.
“Mason is a serial winner that has won championships in the USL and NASL that adds great experience, leadership and quality to our back line,” said Wheeldon. “He is one of the best left sided Canadian centre backs in the Country.”
– files from Cavalry FC