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Cavalry FC opens 2020 campaign in PEI

Last Updated Aug 13, 2020 at 9:31 pm MDT

2020 Cavalry FC training in PEI / (© CPL/Chant Photography)

CHARLOTTETOWN (660 NEWS) — It’s back to the pitch for Cavalry FC.

Calgary’s Canadian Premier League team will play its first game of 2020 Thursday (6 p.m. MT) in Charlottetown as part of “The Island Games,” a tournament-style go to complete a truncated season.

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“It’s great,” Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. said of finally getting going. “We’ve got all of our players available for us, and it’s a good position to be in. We’ll definitely have some depth to rotate through should we need to.”

And the group certainly will be busy, with four games over the next 10 days, including a rematch of last year’s final against Forge FC to kick things off.

“We want to make sure we have bragging rights after the first game,” Wheeldon Jr. said. “I imagine after 10 months, both sides will be like caged animals. I think it will be a competitive game, that’s for sure.

“I think we just need a game, and it just happens to be against the team that beat us in the final. What a great way to move forward.”

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As for the tournament’s format, the top four sides during the first stage advance to the group stage. The top two teams from there will qualify for the final, and a 2020 champion will be crowned.

In the league’s inaugural season, Cavalry captured the spring and fall titles while going on a run to the Canadian Championship’s semi-finals.