CPL’s Cavalry FC signs ex-Whitecap goalkeeper Carducci

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Cavalry FC continues to build its roster ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

The Calgary-based club announced the signings of four players on Wednesday, including former Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Marco Carducci. Cavalry FC also added fullback Chris Serban, central defender Dominick Zator and midfielder Elijah Adekugbe. All four players are from the Calgary area.

The CPL is a new professional soccer league that is expected to kick off its inaugural season next April with seven teams from coast to coast, including a Cavalry FC side that will play its home games at a 5,000-seat soccer stadium being built at the Spruce Meadows equestrian facility.

A 22-year-old native of Calgary, Carducci signed with the Whitecaps in MLS in 2014 but spent most of his time in Vancouver playing with the Whitecaps FC 2 farm club. He didn’t play a single game in MLS, but he did start for Vancouver in a Canadian Club Championship game against Toronto FC. He parted ways with the Whitecaps at the end of the 2016 MLS season.

Carducci spent 2018 with Calgary Foothills FC in the USL developmental league where he played under Tommy Wheeldon Jr., now the coach of Cavalry FC.

A two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year, Carducci played for Canada at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup staged in the United Arab Emirates. He also represented Canada at the U-20 and U-23 levels.

Serban (23), Zator (24) and Adekugbe all previously played for Calgary Foothills FC under Wheeldon this season.

The addition of this quartet means Cavalry FC now have six players under contract. The club recently announced the signings of Canadian midfielders Nik Ledgerwood (who has spent most of his career playing abroad in Germany) and Sergio Camargo (formerly of Toronto FC).

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