CanPL.ca’s power rankings must carry on even if matches aren’t being played in the Canadian Premier League at the moment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week’s Football Manager 20 simulation saw Cavalry FC retake top spot in an across-the-board shuffle.
Using Edward Hon-Sing Wongs Canadian Megapatch, which adds Atlético Ottawa into the mix and makes crucial roster additions to the game, we’ve simulated another matchweek.
Just an FYI, FM20 does not feature real-life schedules, so we’re following a random set of matches up to June 22, 2020.
Let’s see where all eight CPL clubs sit.
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1. York9 FC
Last week: No. 2
Record: 8-3-2 (26 pts, 1st in CPL)
The Nine Stripes knocked off Cavalry FC from top spot on this list and first place in the CPL standings after a dominant 3-1 away win over Pacific FC. Vancouver Island was awfully friendly to Jimmy Brennan’s side, who created five clear-cut chances on 14 shots.
Upcoming Match: Cavalry FC (H)
2. Atlético Ottawa
Last week: No. 3
Record: 6-4-4 (21 pts, 3rd in CPL)
Ottawa bounced back from a disappointing draw vs. FC Edmonton last week by raking HFX Wanderers FC over the coals in a 3-0 home win. Ben Fisk potted a first-half brace, giving Ottawa sole possession of the final playoff spot with their fourth positive result in a row.
Upcoming Match: Forge FC (A)
3. Cavalry FC
Last week: No. 1
Record: 7-2-4 (25 pts, 2nd in CPL)
In an Al Classico for the ages, FC Edmonton shocked the Cavs 2-0 at Spruce Meadows. An Amer Didic first-half header put Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s side into a tizzy, and they never recovered, giving up pole position in the CPL standings for the first time during this simulation.
Upcoming Match: York9 FC (A)
4. FC Edmonton
Last week: No. 6
Record: 4-5-4 (16 pts, 5th in CPL)
The Eddies’ peak in this ranking comes after their biggest win of the virtual season. That aforementioned Al Classico triumph snapped a five-match winless skid, and puts FCE in playoff contention.
Upcoming Match: Valour FC (H)
5. Pacific FC
Last week: No. 5
Record: 5-5-3 (18 pts, 4th in CPL)
With a 3-3-0 record over the lasrt six weeks, if Pacific FC has been anything, it’s inconsistent. Terran Campbell scored a consultation marker at the end of their 3-1 defeat to York9 FC.
Upcoming Match: HFX Wanderers (H)
6. HFX Wanderers FC
Last week: No. 4
Record: 5-7-1 (16 pts, 6th in CPL)
The Wanderers fall two spots, but are still kilometres ahead of the bottom two. Can Stephen Hart’s side rebound from their 3-0 defeat away to Pacific next week?
Upcoming Match: Pacific FC (A)
7. Forge FC
Last week: No. 8
Record: 2-7-4 (10 pts, 8th in CPL)
Oh, wait, what? Forge FC grabbed their second win on the season with a surprising 2-1 decision over Valour FC. Anthony Novak, Forge’s lone bright spot on the fictitious season, scored to add to his league-leading seven goals.
Upcoming Match: Atlético Ottawa (H)
8. Valour FC
Last week: No. 7
Record: 3-7-3 (12 pts, 7th in CPL)
A new low for Valour, who lost to lowly Forge at IG Field. Valour is drifting further away from playoff contention, and their CPL-leading 20 goals against is a key factor.
Upcoming Matches: FC Edmonton (A)