Cavalry FC adds another quartet of Canadians as roster takes shape

CALGARY – Cavalry FC announced Wednesday the signing of four more Canadian footballers to its roster, bringing on Dean Northover, Carlos Patino, Nico Pasquotti and Niko Giantsopoulos ahead of the inaugural CPL campaign.

Northover was part of the Calgary Foothills in 2018 and holds the record for most matches played for the PDL team over the past four seasons. Northover also featured for the SAIT Trojans.

“Dean is a terrific player and should have been playing professionally before now,” said Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. “Having worked with him for 5-plus years now, he is a very consistent player with exceptional control and 1-v-1 defending.”

Colombian born Carlos Patino was named the PDL assist champion for 2018 and has previously played for Seattle Sounders 2 in the United Soccer League (USL). Patino also brings European experience to Cavalry FC, having previously featured for Vanersborgs IF in Sweden.

“Carlos is technically very good. He has a great passing range that creates a ton of goal scoring opportunities,” Wheeldon Jr. said. “He adds versatility to our attacking depth and is one of the hardest working players I’ve seen.”

Nico Pasquotti played with the Calgary Foothills FC for three years, and featured in both National Championship games (2016 and 2018), winning the MVP award for scoring the game-winning goal in the 2018 final. Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, Pasquotti played his early years with the Lethbridge Cosmos and also enjoyed a season with Calgary Chinooks before advancing onto the Lethbridge College team. He then featured for the Lethbridge University team after swapping schools.

“Nico is a really exciting player that adds exceptional pace and drive to our team,” said Wheeldon Jr. “He’s someone who will excite the fans and inspire his teammates.”

Finally, Markham, Ontario native Niko Giantsopoulos joins Cavalry FC having impressed the club’s coaching staff in the Prospects camp for the Al Classico game in Fall of 2018. Giantsopoulos previously played in the NCAA at Calvin College and was named to the Division III All-American Team in 2014. Following his NCAA career, Giantsopoulos moved to Australia and signed with the Devonport City Strikers of the Tasmanian Northern Premier League.

“(Cavalry FC goalkeeper coach) Jordan Santiago was impressed with Niko’s positioning and reflex ability,” Wheeldon Jr. said. “He is also a terrific character and one we’ll need around the club and in the community.”