Calgary, AB (February 6, 2019) – Cavalry FC is pleased to announce the signing of Midfielder Joel Waterman (CAN), the club’s second-round pick of 2018 CPL-U SPORTS Draft.
Joel Waterman is originally from Aldergrove, BC and started playing with Aldergrove Youth Soccer at the age of five. He moved to Langley, BC when he was 12 years old and took part in Provincial and National training programs while playing for a youth team in Langley. Waterman had the opportunity to play in the British Columbia Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) during his U16 – U18 seasons where he was part of two National Championship Teams.
While continuing his education at the post-secondary level and playing soccer for the Trinity Western University Spartans, Waterman played in Premier Development League (PDL). He had the opportunity to play a season with the Kitsap Pumas, TSS Rovers, and Foothills FC where he was part of the team that won the 2018 National Championship. Waterman is currently in his 5th year (last year for U SPORTS eligibility) at Trinity Western University and signing with Cavalry FC marks his first professional contract.
“I think that now the CPL is in place it gives players like me the opportunity to develop through the system, get a university degree and still play professional football in my own country,” said Waterman upon signing with Cavalry FC. “The relationship is unique and now it’s my job to take full advantage of the opportunity”
“Joel is our first U SPORTS draft player that we’ve signed to a professional contract. He’s making some good history here. He’s a great competitor and a versatile player that is equally comfortable playing centrally in midfield or at the back, which gives us good depth and quality in the squad. Joel is the type of player and character that can come here, develop his game and help us grow a competitive culture”. – Tommy Wheeldon Jr. Head Coach & General Manager, Cavalry FC