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Canadian International Defender Mason Trafford Makes Return To Canada With Cavalry FC – Helps Canadian Premier League’s Launch

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Stone Sports Management, LLC (Columbus, Ohio) – February 28, 2019

Stone Sports Management LLC (“SSM”) announces Mason Trafford’s multi-year signing with Spruce Meadows Sports and Entertainment Ltd in its operation of the Canadian Premier League’s Cavalry FC. The 32-year-old North Vancouver, BC native returns to Canada to begin his 12th professional season that has seen him play for clubs based in Canada, China, Finland and the United States. Trafford joins the Cavalry after three successful years with Miami FC where he earned 2017 NASL Best XI and 2018 NPSL Conference Best XI, helping the club win the 2018 NPSL Championship and the 2017 NASL Spring Championship and Fall Championship.

Returning to Canada to play for Cavalry FC was an easy decision for me and my family. 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,” says Trafford.

Trafford is no stranger to Canadian soccer having started his career with the Vancouver Whitecaps after a successful NCAA career at University of Las Vegas Nevada. In Vancouver, Trafford was known as “Mr. Versatility” due to his multiple positional roles throughout his rookie campaign. He started in the USL Championship game alongside current Cavalry FC Assistant Coach Martin Nash in central midfield who also coached Trafford during his stint with the Ottawa Fury FC. Trafford also boasts tremendous experience and success with expansion clubs, including Miami FC and Ottawa Fury FC. 

At Ottawa, current Vancouver Whitecaps Head Coach Marc Dos Santos, signed Trafford after a Chinese adventure with Guizhou Zhicheng FC becoming one of a select few Canadians to have played abroad in China. While at Fury FC, Trafford played the second most minutes of any Canadian in the North American league (trailing only Portland Timbers’ Will Johnson) and earned most individual Team of the Week honors. Ottawa Fury FC named Trafford Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and Trafford helped the NASL’s best defense to the 2015 NASL Fall Championship and as a Soccer Bowl Finalist. 

“Not only did Cavalry FC secure the best left-footed central defender in the Canadian Premier League but secured a fantastic individual who will bring more to Spruce Meadows than just his on-field performances,” says SSM's President and USSF Licensed Intermediary Justin B. Stone. “Mason put himself in a unique position to field over a dozen offers from clubs throughout North America and in Europe and applaud Cavalry FC for presenting him with a long-term project that Mason is passionate about and agreed upon in December.”

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The Canadian Premier League will launch its inaugural season in early April and yesterday released its 2019 schedule. Cavalry FC will play its home games at Spruce Meadows that will be part of one of North America’s most unique home venues. 

Off the field, Mason has successfully started two soccer-related business with teammates. In Miami, he co-founded SoccerShape LLC, inspiring individuals and corporations to take on soccer-related fitness classes, corporate events and team-building exercises. In Ottawa, he co-created a futsal club growing to over 60 players (ages 6-18) while developing and implementing a coaching consultancy program to learn from professional players. Mason will bring this entrepreneurial and business acumen to the Calgary region. 

“There is so much growth potential throughout Calgary and Alberta that I could not pass on this opportunity. Although I am one of the team veterans, I still have much to learn and excited to give my all to this club, my teammates, the fans and to my family,” says Trafford. “I am grateful for this opportunity and want to thank Spruce Meadows’ ownership for bringing professional soccer back to Calgary and its investment into the Canadian Premier League. I also want to thank President Ian Allison, Head Coach and General Manager Tommy Wheeldon, Jr., Assistant Coach Martin Nash and Rob Jenkins for their trust and support as we ride on together for this exciting project.”  

Congratulations to Mason Trafford and Cavalry FC! Please make sure to follow Mason on Twitter @mason_trafford and Instagram masontrafford 






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