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Top photos of 2021: Photographer Stuart Gradon – Cavalry FC, Canadian Premier League and Canada World Cup 2022 qualifiers

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Cavalry FC’s 2021 season was decent, though not great.

The Calgary club finished second in the Canadian Premier League table, making the playoffs. But ultimately Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s club fell short of their 2021 season targets.

First, they were eliminated from the Canadian Championship at home in the quarter finals by Pacific FC in August. And then they lost their CPL playoff semifinal match at home in November – Pacific FC, again, proving to be the Cavs’ nemesis.

However, it was a rewarding season of photographing Cavalry FC games at ATCO Field – even more so as there were no home games the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And my photo work this year wasn’t limited to only CPL action.

I shot Canada’s two important World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier victories in Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium in November. First Canada beat Costa Rica 1-0 and then moved top of the Concacaf qualifying table with a 2-1 victory over Mexico.

The ‘Iceteca’ images include one of my favourites from 2021 – Tajon Buchanan’s almost-goal against Costa Rica.

Please enjoy some of my favourite pictures from 2021:

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Cavalry FC’s Daan Klomp, right, in action against FC Edmonton’s Easton Ongaro at ATCO Field Aug. 3, 2021. Photos: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Tajon Buchanan with an acrobatic effort vs Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Cavalry FC’s Richard Luca keeps his eye on the ball vs FC Edmonton in Canadian Premier League action at ATCO Field in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC fans at ATCO Field Aug. 3, 2021. Photos: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC’s Nik Ledgerwood, left, in action against FC Edmonton’s Kyle Porter at ATCO Field in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Cavalry FC’s David Norman Jr., centre, celebrates a goal with teammates vs Pacific FC at ATCO Field in Calgary Thursday Oct. 21, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC’s Mo Farsi in action vs FC Edmonton at ATCO Field in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada Jonathan David, World Cup, Costa Rica

Canada’s Jonathan David scores vs Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada Soccer, Costa Rica, World Cup, Jonathan David

Canada Jonathan David, #20, Alphonso Davies, #19, celebrate David’s goal vs Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada vs Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Jonathan David celebrates vs Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Valour FC’s William Akio, left, celebrates scoring at ATCO Field in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC, Canadian Premier League, PAcific FC

Cavalry FC’s Mo Farsi, left, attempts to control the ball against Pacific FC’s Manny Aparicio at ATCO Field in Calgary Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Cavalry FC fans at ATCO Field Aug. 3, 2021. Photos: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC’s Daan Klomp stretches in an attempt to head the ball vs Pacific FC in Calgary Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Pacific FC’s Jordan Haynes reacts to getting elbowed in the nose at ATCO Field. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC vs Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League action at ATCO Field in Calgary Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC’s Richard Luca celebrates a goal vs FC Edmonton at ATCO Field in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC fans dress up as Cavs manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr. during a Halloween-themed game vs Valour FC in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Cavalry FC’s Joe Mason, left, scores vs Pacific FC at ATCO Field in Calgary Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Cyle Larin scores the game winning goal vs Mexico in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Cyle Larin celebrates scoring vs Mexico in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Milan Borjan makes a last-gasp save vs Mexico in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates the win over Mexico in World Cup qualifying at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Editor of Total Soccer News | Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and multimedia professional, having worked at 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. He covers Cavalry FC and Canadian Premier League. Stuart is available for media appearances, including podcasts, television, and radio. Email stuartgradon@totalsoccernews.com to inquire.

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