Atlético Ottawa has surprisingly hit the CPL summit after a 3-1 road victory over last week’s top dogs York9 FC. The only CPL club on a winning streak, Ottawa ended The Nines Stripes’ four-match unbeaten run with some stellar defending against an explosive attacking line. Mista’s virtual group is just a point out of the playoffs, with a match against lowly FC Edmonton coming next.
Upcoming Matches: FC Edmonton (H), HFX Wanderers (H)
2. Cavalry FC
MOVEMENT: – Last week: No. 2
Cavalry FC stays put at No. 2 after a nip-and-tuck nil-nil draw with HFX Wanderers. A disappointing result – and their second draw in a row – but Cavalry is now unbeaten in eight, leaving Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s side firmly atop the CPL standings.
Upcoming Matches: Pacific FC (H), FC Edmonton (H)
3. York9 FC
MOVEMENT: -2 Last week: No. 1
Also firmly in playoff contention, York9 FC’s aforementioned home slip-up against Ottawa is worrying. Does this virtual squad have the fortitude required for a CPL title run? It’ll be put to the test in the coming weeks with away dates to Valour FC and Pacific FC.
Upcoming Matches: Valour FC (A), Pacific FC (A)
4. Pacific FC
MOVEMENT: – Last week: No. 4
The Tridents remain rooted in fourth after their 2-0 win over Valour FC. PFC’s excellent Mo Babouli-Terran Campbell striker partnership provided the goals in the win at Westhills Stadium – the club’s 11th straight match where they found the back of the net.
Upcoming Matches: Cavalry FC (A), York9 FC (H)
5. HFX Wanderers FC
MOVEMENT: – Last week: No. 5
The Wanderers stay in fifth in the power rankings, just as they do in the CPL standings. Stephen Hart’s red-hot team grabbed a tough draw with league leaders Cavalry, continuing Halifax’s meteoric rise from early wooden spoon contenders to battling for the final playoff spot.
Upcoming Matches: Forge FC (H), Atlético Ottawa (A)
6. Valour FC
MOVEMENT: – Last week: No. 6
Valour FC’s brutal 2-0 loss away to Pacific encapsulates Rob Gale’s simulated 2020 season perfectly; several quality chances and a leaky defence. The Winnipeggers have kept just one clean sheet through 11 matches.
Upcoming Matches: York9 FC (H), Forge FC (H)
7. FC Edmonton
MOVEMENT: +1 Last week: No. 8
The Eddies snapped their five-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw vs. lowly Forge. Tomi Ameobi found the back of the net for FCE – the first goal by Eddies in three matches and their first from a forward since April 22.
Upcoming Matches: Atlético Ottawa (A), Cavalry FC (A)
8. Forge FC
MOVEMENT: -1 Last week: No. 7
A docile Forge side drops to the bottom after trading blows with FC Edmonton in a toothless, bottom-of-the-table draw. Golden boot-leading Anthony Novak seems to be the lone bright spot for Forge after adding his fifth marker of the season.
Upcoming Matches: HFX Wanderers (A), Valour FC (A)