2024 CPL Season Preview: Valour FC

The 2024 Canadian Premier League season kicks off the weekend of April 13, when all eight clubs will begin their quest to hoist the CPL Shield and vie for the North Star Cup.
Here at, we’re celebrating the start of April by previewing each individual club ahead of 2024. To check out all eight team previews, click here. To see all of our season preview coverage ahead of the sixth year of the CPL, click here.

A 2023 season that started with a glimmer of hope for Valour FC quickly went downhill, all the way to the bottom of the CPL table for the first time since the spring season of 2019.

After losing just two of their first ten matches, albeit six of those were draws, the Winnipeg side faded over the summer months, losing 12 of their remaining 18 contests. They finished with the fewest goals scored in the league, just 25 in 28 contests, and ultimately missed the playoffs by 12 points after finishing fifth the previous two seasons.

Finding the back of the net more in 2024 will be a big priority for Valour, who underperformed their expected goals by 7.6 this past season. So will picking up more wins at home, as they had just three in 2023 — the fewest in the league.

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  • 2023 CPL regular season record (W-D-L): 6-8-14 (26 pts, 8th place)
  • Goals scored: 25
  • Goals against: 38
  • Goal difference: -13
  • Top scorer: Diego Gutiérrez, Walter Ponce, Kian Williams (4 goals)
  • Canadian Championship: Lost in the preliminary round vs. TSS Rovers

Valour enter this season with renewed optimism and a large chip on their shoulder, however, after a busy off-season that thus far has resulted in 11 new signings and 16 departures.


Players in:

Players out:

GK – Jonathan Viscosi GK – Rayane Yesli
DF — Roberto Alarcón DF – Andy Baquero
DF — Themi Antonoglou DF – Klaidi Cela
DF – Haris Chantzopoulos DF – Matthew Chandler
DF – Tass Mourdoukoutas DF – Andrew Jean-Baptiste
DF – Zachary Sukunda DF – Eskander Mzoughi
MF – Jordan Faria DF – Guillaume Pianelli
MF – Noah Verhoeven (on loan from Atlético Ottawa) MF – Diego Gutiérrez
FW – Abdul Binate MF – Kevin Rendón 
FW – Shaan Hundal MF – Jared Ulloa
FW – Jordan Swibel FW – Matteo de Brienne
 FW – Joe Hanson FW – Anthony Novak
  FW – Walter Ponce
  FW – Jaime Siaj
  FW – Ahinga Selemani
  FW – Pacifique Niyongabire 

There will be a whole new cast of characters for Valour this season after a significant off-season reshuffle. Gone are club mainstays like 2023 Golden Glove nominee Rayane Yesli, 2023 Best Canadian U-21 Player Matteo de Brienne, captain Diego Gutiérrez, and Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

In their place is a talented incoming group of players, many of whom have a wealth of experience in this league. Valour added dependable central defender Tass Mourdoukoutas, formerly of York United, to its backline, veteran Noah Verhoeven on loan from Atlético Ottawa to the midfield, and joint-Vancouver FC 2023 leading goalscorer Shaan Hundal up top.

Another exciting add is 22-year-old fullback Themi Antonoglou, who made 13 appearances with Toronto FC over the past two campaigns and was a key player for their MLS Next Pro side.


Valour FC Head Coach Phil Dos Santos (Trevor MacMillan/HFX Wanderers FC)

Having initially joined the club in September of 2021, Phillip Dos Santos begins the season as head coach of Valour FC for the third straight year.

This is his first head coaching job, but Dos Santos has significant experience as an assistant coach, including with the Ottawa Fury, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, San Francisco Deltas, Indy Eleven, and under his brother Marc with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He won the NASL Championship with San Francisco in 2017, a club that featured future CPLers Max Tissot, Karl Ouimette and Kyle Bekker.


(4-3-3): Jonathan Viscosi; Roberto Alarcón, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Haris Chantzopoulos, Themi Antonoglou; Marcello Polisi, Dante Campbell, Noah Verhoeven; Jordan Faria, Kian Williams, Shaan Hundal 

Valour FC 2024 Projected XI

With so many new players added to the mix, it will be intriguing to see how Phil Dos Santos decides to line up his side this coming season.

There are a few players who are probably locks based on their demonstrated quality in the league, like Mourdoukoutas at the back, Dante Campbell in midfield and Kian Williams with Shaan Hundal up front. But beyond that, there are a number of players who are tactically flexible and could move into a few different roles over the course of the season.


Domestic U-21


Loaned In

Abdul Binate Roberto Alarćon Noah Verhoeven (from Atlético Ottawa)
Juan Pablo Sánchez Haris Chantzopoulos
Joe Hanson Tass Mourdoukoutas
Jordan Swibel
Kian Williams