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CPL In Review: Matchweek 7 – The Table Flips

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What a week! The Canadian Premier League standings continue to see a revolution of sorts, with the top two spots firmly occupied by clubs who missed playoffs entirely last year, while teams like York United and Valour are building momentum amidst moments of adversity whilst Halifax remains anchored to the bottom of it all.

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It was a big weekend in football with the likes of the FA Cup Final, leagues like Serie A and La Liga wrapping up, and Messi dominating headlines as he sips a cappuccino at home, so if you weren’t able to catch all 360 minutes of Canadian Premier League action, we’ve got your at-a-glance recap here:

York United Max Ferrari
Photo Credit: John Jacques

York United 2 – 1 Halifax Wanderers
Wanderers-focused recap here.

With York United sacking Martin Nash in the lead-up to Friday’s match, interim head coach Mauro Eustaquio and the squad reacted well to the pressure: controlling much of the game, Austin Ricci opened the scoring with an audacious chip before in-form striker Brian Wright set up a sitter for Salanovic. Halifax left it too late to come alive, seeing substitute Ryan Telfer bag one back for the visitors, but there was no ‘Vaughan-derers Grounds’ this time around.

York United Quick Take: The squad has shown get resolve in a time of uncertainty following Martin Nash’s sacking. The Nine Stripes notched in their third straight home victory, with both Brian Wright and Austin Ricci in exemplary form to boot. Has Nashball clicked at the most awkward time? Maybe.

Halifax Wanderers Quick Take: Things certainly aren’t clicking yet for Halifax, who left it far too late into the match to build a rhythm that worked. Still bottom of the table after six games played, Patrice Gheisar and his squad need to find a way to snatch a win and built off that momentum. It’s been do or die time for weeks now.

Atletico Ottawa Kris Twardek Daniel Parra
Photo Credit: Freestyle Photography

Atletico Ottawa 3 – 0 Forge FC

After a historic victory over CF Montreal, tired legs showed for Forge in what was a tough visit to the nation’s capital. Ottleti kept their top-of-the-table lead intact through a classic Manny Aparicio screamer and, late in the game, some insurance from Alberto Zapater and the ‘in-a-sweet-moment’ Ruben Del Campo. It may have been a clash of the giants, but Ottawa had the only massive performance this game.

Oh, and the wiener dog race went viral.

Atletico Ottawa Quick Take: Top of the table, still undefeated, and with Ruben Del Campo leading the golden boot charts. Things are buzzing for Ottleti, who must carry this momentum into this midweek Canadian Championship clash against Pacific.

Forge FC Quick Take: Forge were tired and it showed, but there are no big alarm bells despite the score. Tired legs and an uncharacteristic lack of finishing led to the result, which is their first loss at TD Place – but Bobby Smyrniotis and company are expected to bounce back.

Pacific FC Ayman Sellouf
Photo Credit: James Glezos

Vancouver FC 2 – 1 Pacific FC

Taking advance of some Messi-based free tickets, a crowd of 3,127 took in what would be an action-packed Salish Sea Derby. After Ayman Sellouf put Pacific ahead through an early penalty, Moses parted the gaps between defenders to equalize before a late winner from Vasco Fry – capitalizing on a high press turnover – sealed Vancouver FC’s third-straight derby win against their neighbours from the Isle.

Vancouver FC Quick Notes: The Eagles took their opportunity to impress in front of some curious ‘Caps fans in attendance, with Moses Dyer highlighting a strong day at the office for Afshin Ghotbi’s team. VFC rises to second place following the win, proving their hot start may not have been a flash in the pan.

Pacific FC Quick Notes: Unfortunately, it looks like the Tridents are going to miss Aly Ndom at the back. Succumbing to two straight losses after having not conceded a goal prior, James Merriman will want to see his players respond in a big way, especially after losing a derby game.

Cavalry FC Shamit Shome
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Cavalry 1 – 1 Valour FC

Reigning regular season champions Cavalry are struggling out of the gate, suffering another slow start to remain in sixth. It was Valour, who only won their first match of the year last week, that opened the scoring after Juan Pablo Sanchez was given far too much anchorage in midfield, though Fraser Aird would level things out moments later. Still, Valour will be the happier of these two teams after nabbing a draw at Spruce Meadows.

Cavalry Quick Take: Tommy Wheeldon Jr. won’t be happy with the slow start, suffering two draws at home against York United and Valour FC. The talent is clearly there, but the regiment still needs to find its rhythm. A little bit of Myer Bevan would have been nice, but there are some plot twists you just can’t predict.

Valour Quick Take: Four points from the last two games is a bargain any Valour fan would take, with the return of captain Raphael Ohin also making this a night to remember. At long last, next week will see Valour play its first match of the year at home, and they’ve managed to accrue some good momentum in the recent lead-up to it.

What a league table we have after matchday seven: Atletico Ottawa remain atop, still undefeated and with the best goal difference to boot. BC follows suit, while 905 neighbours Forge and York follow suit. Cavalry has taken the Draw King title, while Valour has started to pull itself together…and Halifax hasn’t.

Before the next matchweek kicks off, here’s your reminder that Wednesday will see the last Canadian Championship quarter-final matchup come to a close with Pacific welcoming Atletico Ottawa, an opponent they’ve become well-acquainted with this month.

This Friday will see a 905 Derby open the action with Forge hosting York United, while Pacific and Cavalry will have the solo slot on Saturday. That leaves a double-header for Sunday, with Atletico Ottawa hosting Halifax Wanderers before, at long last, Valour FC gets a home game against Vancouver FC.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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