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CPL In Review: Matchweek 8 – Fortitude

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This week’s Canadian Premier League action saw some lofty highs and some cavernous lows on display, with the end result seeing the league table become quite compact in the middle as all four home sides picked up points.

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If you weren’t able to take in all 360 minutes of CPL action this weekend, we’ve got you. Here’s your at-a-glance recap of all four Canadian Premier League matches and what it means for the standings:

York United Brem Soumaoro
Photo Credit: Denys Rudenko

Forge 3 – 0 York United
Full match report here.

The 905 Derby continued to fly an orange flag with Forge’s third straight win of the year over York United. Helmed by interim head coach Mauro Eustaquio, the Nine Stripes had a slew of defensive errors that allowed goals from Bekker, Borges, and Parra to sink the visitors in firm fashion.

Forge FC Quick Take: A week of rest was just what the doctor ordered. Forge came out strong right from the get-go, firmly controlling the match and giving no quarter against a league rival who was thoroughly dispatched for the third straight time in 2024.

York United Quick Take: This was a match to forget for a transitory Nine Stripes contingent awaiting their new head coach. Costly mistakes at the back saw their league rivals dig deep, with YUFC never really looking likely to leave Tim Hortons Field with anything in their pockets. Being outscored by your league rivals 9-1 this year alone can’t be nice.

Cavalry FC Diego Gutierrez
Photo Credit: Sheldon Mack

Pacific 1 – 1 Cavalry

After an attacking showcase last week, Pacific sunk their teeth into this match with an early goal from Steffen Yeates. They wouldn’t hold onto that lead, however, with Tobias Warschewski netting a late equalizer as Cavalry survived a late offensive from the hosts to finish with one point apiece.

Pacific FC Quick Take: Having played midweek, the Tridents did well to start the night with good tempo. Ayman Sellouf was once again a highlight as James Merriman’s side rebounds well from the season-long loss of Aly Ndom.

Cavalry FC Quick Take: Tommy Wheeldon Jr’s side fought for every inch over the weekend, and pushing players forward after going behind was a gamble that paid off. A draw in Trident Territory is a good result, but this is a side hungry for Ws. All eyes on to the match against Forge FC next week.

Atletico Ottawa Ollie Bassett
Photo Credit: Matt Zambonin / Freestyle Photography

Atletico Ottawa 2 – 2 Halifax Wanderers
Wanderers-focused match report here.

This was without a doubt the Canadian Premier League’s wildest match of the week. Patrice Gheisar’s Wanderers side not only grabbed a first half lead over table-topping Atletico Ottawa, but doubled it with fifteen minutes to go. With Tiago Coimbra receiving an early shower for two very avoidable yellows, Ottleti stormed back to snatch one back minutes from time and, with the last touch of the match, grab a fateful equalizer to spoil the kitchen party preparations out east.

Atletico Ottawa Quick Take:
Carlos Gonzalez’s team showed a never-say-die fortitude to rescue this match, keeping the club’s incredible undefeated streak alive. They’re really something else this year, and they’ll feel good heading in to Winnipeg this weekend.

Halifax Wanderers Quick Take: Halifax was so, so close to a league win that would’ve been such a confidence boost. While leaving with a point against Ottleti isn’t a bad result at face value, being two-nil up against them with fifteen minutes ago and not taking home three points will sting. Still, that first goal? That’s a Halifax clinic. The engine is revved up.

Valour FC Home Opener 2024
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Valour FC 2 – 0 Vancouver FC
Full match recap here.

Valour’s FC home match of the season couldn’t be dampered by a weather delay, with Philip Dos Santos’s men storming to a two-nil win through a brace from Jordan Swibel. A strong showing from Jonathan Viscosi kept things in order at the other end of the pitch, landing the hosts seven points from their last possible nine, while Vancouver FC’s road form continues to be less than predictable.

Valour FC Quick Take: Playing – must less winning – at home is a feeling Valour fans have been waiting a long time for. Dos Santos wanted more complete performances from his side, and they delivered it in front of 4,262 spectators at Princess Auto Stadium.

Vancouver FC Quick Take: It was a long, long night for defender David Norman Jr and the entire VFC contingent, though Mikael Cantave provided a bright spark in attack. It just wasn’t enough on the night, however.

The table that saw plenty of movement last week had minimal change this time around, with only Forge and Pacific swapping places. The central pack are bunched together even more tightly, with second-through-sixth separated by only four points. Valour is less of an outlier now, while Atletico Ottawa and the Halifax Wanderers are the only outliers at the top and bottom of the action.

The Canadian Premire League’s ninth matchweek will begin with two derby games on Saturday, June 8: a coastal clash between Halifax and Pacific will begin the festivities, with Cavalry hosting Forge right afterwards. Sunday will see Valour play its second of three straight home games, welcoming undefeated Atletico Ottawa. To close it out, York United will host Vancouver FC for the second time this season, and should have their new head coach in for the game.

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