Dominick Zator

Cavalry FC 2019 Canadian Premier League season Calgary Foothills FC
Dominick Zator
Personal information
Full name Dominick Zator
Date of birth (1994-09-18) September 18, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Centre-back, Right-back
Club information
Current team
Cavalry FC
Number 4
Youth career
Cal–Glen SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Calgary Dinos 67 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Calgary Foothills 22 (1)
2017 Whitecaps FC 2 8 (0)
2018 Calgary Foothills 14 (0)
2019– Cavalry FC 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2020

Dominick Zator (born September 18, 1994) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Cavalry FC.

Club career

Early career

Zator played for five seasons with the University of Calgary from 2012 to 2016.[1] While at university, Zator also appeared for USL PDL side Calgary Foothills FC in 2015 and 2016, during which time the club progressed to the 2016 PDL Championship.[2]

Whitecaps FC 2

Zator signed his first professional contract with Whitecaps FC 2 of the United Soccer League on March 21, 2017.[3] Upon signing, Zator was described as "a modern day centre back with exceptional pace and athleticism" by Calgary Foothills coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr.[4] In April 2017, Zator made his professional debut for Whitecaps FC 2 in a 3–0 win over Portland Timbers 2.[5] He would spend one season with Whitecaps FC 2 before the club ceased operations after the 2017 season.[6] Zator would not be signed to a USL deal with the Whitecaps new affiliate, Fresno FC.[7]

Calgary Foothills

Zator would return to Calgary Foothills for the 2018 PDL season.[8] He and the club won the PDL Championship that season, defeating Reading United in the final, with Zator scoring a goal in the game.[9]

Cavalry FC

Zator signed for Cavalry FC on December 12, 2018.[10] Zator played a key role for Cavalry as they won the spring season of the 2019 Canadian Premier League. Cavalry also found success in the Canadian Championship, defeating fellow Canadian Premier League sides Pacific FC and Forge FC in the first two rounds. Cavalry drew Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer in the third round and they battled to a 0–0 draw in Calgary in the first leg. In the second leg, in Vancouver, Zator scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory, helping Cavalry become the first Canadian Premier League team to defeat an MLS team and booking a ticket to the semifinals against the Montreal Impact in the process.[11] Zator made 27 league appearances that season, scoring one goal, and also appeared in both legs of the Canadian Premier League Finals.[12] After a standout season, Zator extended his contract with Cavalry through 2020 on November 28, 2019.[13]

International career

In November 2019, Zator was named to Canada's 23-man squad for a CONCACAF Nations League match against the United States.[14]

Honours

Calgary Foothills

Cavalry FC

References

  1. ^ "Dominick Zator - 2016 - Men's Soccer". godinos.com. University of Calgary Athletics.
  2. ^ "Dominick Zator - University of Calgary". uslpdl.com. USL PDL. Archived from the original on April 15, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Staff, USLSoccer com (21 March 2017). "PDL Standout Zator Joins WFC2". USL Championship.
  4. ^ "Scouting Report: Dominick Zator, a modern day centre back". whitecapsfc.com. Whitecaps FC 2. March 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Farhan Devji (April 8, 2017). "WFC2 put on a show in Langley, defeat Seattle 3–0 to earn first win of the season". whitecapsfc.com. Whitecaps FC 2.
  6. ^ Michael McColl (October 14, 2017). "California Dreaming: Goodbye WFC2, hello new beginnings – the ins and outs of the Whitecaps/Fresno partnership". aftn.ca. AFTN Canada.
  7. ^ "Whitecaps FC assign three players to USL affiliate Fresno FC". whitecapsfc.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Dominick Zator profile". Calgary Foothills FC. April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Gradon, Stuart (August 4, 2018). "Calgary Foothills FC win 2018 PDL championship".
  10. ^ "Cavalry FC sign four young local talents". calgaryherald.com. Calgary Herald. December 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Cavalry defeats Whitecaps to advance to CanChamp Semi-Finals". canpl.ca. Canadian Premier League. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "D. Zator". soccerway.com. Perform Group. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dominick Zator – Returning in 2020". canpl.ca. Canadian Premier League. November 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "Canadian men's team sticks with familiar look for USA rematch". tsn.ca. Bell Media. November 8, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2020.