Klaidi Cela

Klaidi Cela (born July 16, 1999) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays for Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League.

Klaidi Cela
Personal information
Full name Klaidi Cela
Date of birth (1999-07-16) July 16, 1999
Place of birth Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Forge FC
Number 16
Youth career
Mississauga Falcons
Toronto FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Toronto FC II 1 (0)
2016 Toronto FC III 12 (0)
2016–2018 Gafanha
2018 Sigma FC 1 (0)
2019– Forge FC 8 (1)
National team
2017 Canada U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 16, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 4, 2019

Club career

Early career

Cela began his career at the age of eight when playing for Mississauga Falcons SC.[1]

Toronto FC II

On May 1, 2015, Cela signed with Toronto FC II, alongside Gabriel Boakye, Malik Johnson and Brogan Engbers.[2] He made a single appearance for the affiliate club during the 2015 USL season. Cela made his professional debut on the final day of the season, playing for 29 minutes in a 2–0 defeat to Rochester Rhinos.[3]

Gafanha

In summer 2016, Cela signed with Campeonato de Portugal club Gafanha, where he would play for two seasons.[4]

Sigma FC

After leaving Gafanha, Cela returned to Canada and spent the remainder of the 2018 season with Sigma FC in League1 Ontario, making one league appearance and another three appearances in the playoffs.[5]

Forge FC

On April 3, 2019 Cela signed with Canadian Premier League side Forge FC.[4]

International career

Due to Cela's parents being born in Albania, he is eligible to represent both Canada and Albania.[1] Cela was chosen to be included in the Canada Under-15 camps in Vaughan and Costa Rica, as well as an Under-18 development camp. However, he is yet to make an international appearance for either nation.[1]

References

  1. "Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  2. "Academy athletes make the move". Toronto FC. May 1, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  3. "Toronto FC II on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  4. "FORGE FC SIGNS TWO CANADIAN PLAYERS". Forge FC. April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. "Klaidi Cela 2018". League1 Ontario. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
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