Cavalry Alumni Mo Farsi Wins 2023 MLS Cup
Former Cavalry right-back Mohammed Farsi has become the first Canadian Premier League export to hoist the MLS Cup, having playing all but five minutes of the cup final.
The 23-year-old Montrealer just helped Columbus Crew to a two-one win over LAFC for the trophy glory, with former CF Montreal head coach Wilfried Nancy taking the side all the way during his first season in yellow.
Farsi has called Ohio home a little longer, inking a deal with their MLS NEXT Pro side last year and ‘quickly distinguishing himself’ with six assists in thirteen appearances. He punched upwards to the first team not long after that, with 2023 proving to be a big one for the CPL grad.
Farsi has been an ever-present face in the Columbus Crew this year, appearing in all but four matches throughout all competitions. He featured some 42 times for the Crew this year, contributing one goal and five assists for the new MLS Cup champions.
Tonight’s cup jubilations highlight a steep rise from Farsi, who was a futsal athlete before Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC signed him to his first pro contract in 2020. Farsi’s debut season at the Island Games saw him collect the league’s Best Under-21 Canadian Player of the Year award and score the league’s goal of the season, too:
Farsi left the Alberta-based club after making 38 appearances and contributing two goals and five assists across all competitions. His form also saw him called up to the Canada U-23 team, where he made two appearances at the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship alongside another Quebecois CPL export in Diyaeddine Abzi.
Farsi recently stated that he had a tough choice in terms of a senior team pledge, however, with the MLS Cup winner on the radar for both Canada and Algeria. Tonight’s win will deservedly bring even further spotlight on the fast-footed full-back, especially given that he’s now the first Canadian Premier League product to eventually taste MLS Cup glory.
He isn’t the only CPL graduate in the league, however, with Lukas MacNaughton having helped Nashville SC to playoffs, while CF Montreal’s Joel Waterman – who inked the very first CPL-to-MLS – saw his team miss out on postseason.
Header Image Photo Credit: Columbus Crew