On Thursday, NASL expansion side Miami FC announced it had brought Canadian defender Mason Trafford into its ranks. His agent confirmed that Miami FC had purchased the defender and then inked Trafford to a new two-year deal.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Mason (and his fiancée, Claudia) to establish himself with an ambitious club,” Trafford’s agent, Justin B. Stone, was quoted on his site. “This was a bittersweet situation for Mason as he really enjoyed his time in Ottawa, especially developing relationships with the Fury fans and local community, but Miami FC aggressively pursued Mason and created a package that justified Mason’s market value as one of the best defenders in NASL. Having represented Mason from his first professional contract to the present, it is a great testament for him to have Italian legend Alessandro Nesta seek him out to be a leader on defence.”
Nesta, the famed Italian defender who finished a decorated playing career with the Montreal Impact, will coach Miami FC in its inaugural season.
Trafford finished second overall in our Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings; that is, of all the Canadians playing in MLS or NASL, Trafford got the second-most minutes of first-team game action.
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