All White Meyer Bevan has scored two crucial goals to help take his Cavalry FC team into the quarter-finals of the Canadian Championship.
In a highly-charged preliminary round play-off, Bevan’s goals in the 17th and 36th minutes were the deciding factor as Cavalry beat FC Edmonton 2-1.
Bevan was making only his second start of the season, and his first as the team’s main target man, and he took full advantage of his opportunity. The goals were his first since signing for Cavalry in January.
He scored with a well-placed header from a corner to give his side the lead, and then confidently struck home a penalty to double Cavalry’s lead.
Cavalry finished second in last season’s Canadian Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the end-of-season play-offs.
Bevan’s career in Canada
Bevan signed for Cavalry in January 2022, and it is his third Canadian club.
Bevan’s football journey has seen him play in Canada, Sweden (loan to Husqvarna FF), United States (loan to Fresno FC), South Africa as well as New Zealand (Auckland City and Western Springs).
As a teenager, Auckland-born Bevan (25) joined the Nike Academy in England in 2016 and signed for Canadian club Whitecaps a year later. After a season, he transferred to Vancouver Whitecaps, who played in the Major Soccer League.
He then moved to South African Premier League club TS Galaxy in 2020 before heading home for a national league season with Auckland City.
In 2019, he was the ISPS Handa Premiership’s Golden Boot winner, scoring 15 times for Auckland City.
For the national side, Bevan has scored twice in six full internationals, having also represented New Zealand at U-20 and U-23 levels.
He has dual New Zealand-Canadian citizenship, enabling him to fill a domestic player’s spot on the Cavalry’s roster.