Miami FC bolsters backline with former Ottawa Fury defender

The NASL veteran is making the move to Miami
Feb 4, 2016

Miami, FL (February 4, 2016) – Miami FC has announced today that 29-year-old defender Mason Trafford has signed with Miami FC for its inaugural season. After a successful run with the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Ottawa Fury, the “iron man” is reinforcing Miami FC’s talented defense. 

The Florida-born defender began his career in 2008 with the United Soccer League’s (USL) Vancouver Whitecaps and totaled 37 appearances with the team, including an appearance in the USL championship game against the Montreal Impact. In his years with the Whitecaps, he proved to be a versatile and adept player across the field, but it wasn’t until his time with the Real Maryland Monarchs where he excelled in the defender position. 

In 2010, Trafford took his talents to the Veikkausliiga’s IFK Mariehamm and became a regular starter for the Finnish team. He totaled 65 appearances by the end of his career with IFK Mariehamm before transferring to the Chinese League One team Guizhou Zhicheng in 2013. The defender was one of three international players who signed with the Chinese team and made 29 appearances with them.

“Trafford brings an incredible amount of experience to Miami FC,” said Alessandro Nesta, Miami FC head coach. “His calm, cool and collected style on the field has become his trademark, and it’s a great addition to our backline.”

After four years abroad, Trafford came back to the states in 2014 and made his NASL debut with the Ottawa Fury where he played a central role in Ottawa’s climb up the ranks. In 2014, he led the team in minutes played, most NASL Team of the Week awards and was voted twice as the Fans Player of the Year at central defense. During his two years with the team the Fury FC enjoyed its most successful seasons yet winning the fall season in 2015 with only one loss and moving on to post season play for the first time in club history. Ottawa made it all the way to the finals and lost against the legendary NY Cosmos in a close match that ended 3-2.

“I’m happy to continue my career with the NASL and it feels great to come back to Florida,” Trafford said. “Miami FC is coming into the league at full speed, and I’m ready to help the team make its first season count.”

Player announcements will continue to be released as the Miami FC gears up for the 2016 NASL season.