He’s how those matches changed the race for the Fall title and a spot in the 2019 CPL Championship.
Forge clinch cumulative table advantage
Despite being idle this weekend, Forge FC gained a little certainty in one of their two possible routes to this year’s CPL Championship.
Weekend results guaranteed Forge at least second place in the CPL’s cumulative table, using results from both Spring and Fall campaigns. If Spring title winners Cavalry win the Fall campaign, the second spot in the CPL Championship will be awarded Forge as the second-best team in the combined table.
FC Edmonton’s 3-1 defeat to York9 FC on Saturday and Pacific FC’s 4-1 loss to Cavalry FC on Sunday saw Forge’s current total of 44 points become insurmountable for the other clubs vying for a place in the CPL Championship.
Pacific FC, the last team in contention, can now only reach a total of 41 points over their next five matches. FC Edmonton was eliminated from this particular route of qualification the day prior, with their loss ensuring a maximum of 43 points.
York9, Valour FC and Pacific FC were already mathematically eliminated from winning the CPL’s overall table.
While HFX can reach 26 points – bettering Forge and Cavalry’s current top-of-the-table total of 25 – two remaining matches between both Forge and Cavalry guarantee one or both teams will accumulate at least 27 points.
Sixth-placed FC Edmonton (maximum 29 points), fifth-placed Pacific FC (maximum 30 points), fourth-placed Valour FC (maximum 28 points) and third-placed York9 FC (maximum 31 points) are still mathematically in contention to win the Fall season.
For context, Forge and Cavalry can accumulate a maximum of 43 points on the Fall season.
CPL’s Fall campaign will continue on Saturday, September 28 with a triple-header; HFX Wanderers host FC Edmonton (1:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. AT, available on OneSoccer), Pacific FC visits Forge FC (3:30 p.m. ET, available on OneSoccer) and York9 FC welcoming Cavalry FC (6:00 p.m. ET, available on OneSoccer) to York Lions Stadium.