Victor Loturi transfer from Cavalry FC good for player, club and competition

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The shoes Victor Loturi left behind are big ones to fill by Cavalry FC.

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Fast too.

But Calgary’s professional football team is happy to try them out on someone else, as Loturi’s move abroad looks good for both the player and the club – and even the Canadian Premier League itself.

“It’s a great situation for all parties,” said Cavalry GM/Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. “The opportunity for him to go to an established European league such as the Scottish Premier League is fantastic – the Canadian Premier League is designed to create opportunities for young Canadian players like Victor.

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“For the club, it is part of our football business to create a transfer fee that can be reinvested in the infrastructure we are trying to build. And for the league, it just goes to show that we’re living up to our words – a competition for Canadians by Canadians that creates great opportunities.”

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Loturi, a quick-thinking, smooth midfielder, is living proof of that.

The 21-year-old Calgary resident attends Ross County FC, a member club of the Scottish Premiership in a transfer in which Cavalry will receive money back and the player further realizes his sporting dream.

“It means the world to me that I can finally go abroad and play my football and keep trying to reach the next level,” Loturi said. “I feel a lot of emotions, but I’m excited about this new opportunity.”

That next level would be a shot at the spotlight of the English Premier League or the equivalent in any other European football-hungry nation.

“Yeah…hopefully to stay in Europe and move on to a higher and better league,” said Loturi, who emerged through the Calgary Minor Soccer Association and represented both Calgary Northside United and Calgary Foothills before joining Cavalry. “The long-term goal would be to hopefully use this and play well and hopefully be a stepping stone to extend my career.

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“But right now I just want to focus on myself and focus from day to day to make myself better.”

Meanwhile, his former friends are focusing on a club record for the ninth consecutive CPL game without a loss when they take on host Pacific FC in CPL action late Thursday (7:30 p.m., OneCanada, OneCanada.ca).

An extension by the Cavs (7-2-2) from their unbeaten run would also extend their first place in the loop. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Pacific (5-4-4) was the second best team on the table with 19 points – four behind Cavalry.

The selection game marks the Cavs’ second of nine games in 38 days.

“We will miss Victor,” said Wheeldon Jr. of the Cavs’ 2021 first-round draft pick from the U SPORTS’ Mount Royal Cougars program. “What Ross County sees in Victor is a player who is technically perfect. He can catch the ball with both feet and has a very good passing range. He likes the ball under pressure, so he was very important in our build-up and our attacks. .

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“And his energy is great too. The joke here is that two-thirds of the world is under water, the rest by Victor Loturi because he covers such a large area.”

And having made 45 appearances in all competitions for Cavalry following his debut as a 17-year-old during the club’s inaugural season in 2019, he is checking a ton of boxes for the elite side in Dingwall, Scotland.

“They were looking for a young, dynamic midfielder who could either be a defensive midfielder who could start the game or break up the game and play box-to-box, and Victor is that hybrid who can play both,” the continued. Cavs-gaffer. † “Having played close to 50 professional games as a 21-year-old has also been of great value to Ross County, knowing that he will not come out of the academy like some of their players in Europe who have yet to play in full professional matches. †

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An investigation by the Scottish side led to negotiations between the two clubs, who have been in a relationship since 2019, and – ultimately – to this sale of Loturi.

“To be a three-year deal, so you know they’ve invested in his future,” Wheeldon Jr. said. ‘Ss we have started this season, they have contacted us. And Canada is a great resource to fish in right now, especially with how well the men’s national team is doing.”

It turns out that cavalry is perhaps the greatest resource.

Loturi’s success as an under-21 player for the Cavs seems like just the tip of the iceberg, as Aribim Pepple – who has come alive with five goals in the last four games – is just 19 and now suddenly attracts attention from abroad.

Their latest phenomena, including 17-year-old Jean-Aniel Assi, who has just returned from playing on Canada’s under-20 team in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying session all fit together really well, as have others in the past.

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“We’re getting there,” added Wheeldon Jr. to. “We always have work to do. But in our short history, we think we’ve had quite a bit of success with young players.

“It suits us great. I use the analogy of Ajax in the Netherlands, who year after year produce competing teams for the championship, but are also able to sell their players. It’s a healthy part of a sustainable business model. So we’d like to be one of those teams where clubs abroad say, ‘Those Canadian players are really good.’ And we want to be one of those squads that they’re thinking about.”

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Cavalry captain Mason Trafford will sit out Thursday’s game after accumulating too many yellow cards this season. After being flagged in the CPL four times, a player is automatically given a one-match suspension… Cavs forwards Myer Bevan (hamstring) and Joe Mason (back) were missing from the lineup for Sunday’s 3-1 home win over FC Edmonton. Their roster for the roster in Langford, BC boils down to pre-match fitness testing… The Cavs still have four long-term injured players behind: goalkeeper Tyson Farago (back), defender Tom Field (knee) and forwards Anthony Novak (ACL) and Fraser Aird (ACL).

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