With the return of Canadian Premier League action, it’s only fair that CanPL.ca goes back to its practice of arbitrarily ranking clubs based on ability, narrative and, most importantly, results.
As of Monday, all eight CPL clubs have seen action at The Island Games, with Cavalry FC and Forge FC the only sides to play twice. They squared off in the season opener on Prince Edward Island last Thursday with an entertaining 2-2 draw before being the first clubs to grab wins on Sunday.
With 16 goals across five matches, almost every team has had their moment in the sun.
The Cavs are good value to their table-topping four-point haul. A dominant performance against Valour FC on Sunday gave Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s side the first win of The Island Games. A rotated defence, midfield, and attacking unit hinted at some dangerous depth going into the heavy, match-after-match heart of the first round.
Upcoming Matches: FC Edmonton (Thursday, 8pm ET). HFX Wanderers FC (Sunday, 3pm ET).
2. Forge FC
Same as their Finals 2019 rivals, Forge went on from that opening night draw to impress on Sunday. Kwame Awuah’s first-half blast gave the Hamilton side a comfortable start against FCE and they never looked back. Bobby Smyrniotis is looking awfully capable in this shortened season, swapping in and out key pieces such as David Choinière and Maxim Tissot to great effect.
Upcoming Matches: HFX Wanderers FC (Wednesday, 8pm ET). Pacific FC (Saturday, 4pm ET).
3. Atlético Ottawa
Take a bow, Atlético Ottawa! CPL’s first expansion side looked fantastic in their first match on Saturday. Franciso Acuña’s attacking brilliance, Vashon Neufville work rate on the left side, and the team’s confidence on the ball give Ottawa fans lots to be proud of from Match 1.
Upcoming Matches: Valour FC (Wednesday, 1pm ET). FC Edmonton (Sunday, 12pm ET).
4. Pacific FC
The Tridents are ahead of HFX Wanderers in this ranking after the sides battled to a 2-2 draw. Pa-Modou Kah’s side was simply more lethal than their “Coastal Clash” counterparts, producing a staggering 11 shots in the second half.
Upcoming Matches: York9 FC (Tuesday, 8pm ET). Forge FC (Saturday, 4pm ET).
Upcoming Matches: Pacific FC (Tuesday, 8pm ET). Valour FC (Saturday, 1pm ET).
6. FC Edmonton
There were some positives from the Eddies’ season opener. Keven Alemán looks like a game-breaker on the left wing, Erik Zetterberg was a beast in midfield, and few smashed attempts off the woodwork say something. That being said, Edmonton lacked cohesion and confidence on the ball, coming up to the Forge backline like a brick wall. The potential loss of Amer Didic is scary, too.
Upcoming Matches: Cavalry FC (Thursday, 8pm ET). Atlético Ottawa (Sunday, 12pm ET).