Welcome to CPL50, a series where we’ll reveal the top 50 players from the 2021 Canadian Premier League regular season, as voted on by a panel of coaches from all eight teams and media from OneSoccer and CanPL.ca.
For more information on the voting process and method, click here.
Coming in at number 23 on the CPL50 is Valour FC’s Moses Dyer.
Making 27 appearances for the club in 2021, Dyer played all over the pitch, including out wide, in attacking and deeper midfield roles, and as a striker. He was most effective up top, where he played more regularly after Phil Dos Santos took over as manager of the club.
The 24-year-old from Palmerston North, New Zealand led Valour with nine goals on a team-leading 41 shots, and also tied with Sean Rea atop the club’s assist leaderboard with four. Six of those goals came in his club’s last nine matches of the season.
His most memorable performance came in the club’s final match of the season. Needing a win over FC Edmonton to give them any shot of making the playoffs, and down 3-0 after 48 minutes, Dyer put the team on his back and nearly helped them pull off the miracle comeback.
He scored twice in quick succession, in the 78th and 81st minutes, before setting up Daryl Fordyce’s equalizer in the 88th minute. The match would end 3-3, and Valour’s season was over, but a late surge, led by Dyer, gave them a chance.
He was a crucial player in the final stretch of the season as Valour nearly forced their way back into the playoff picture, but the club fell just short.
Dyer has also made 11 appearances for the senior New Zealand national team, scoring his lone international goal in a match against India.
The rest of the CPL50 countdown is available here. Five more players will be revealed per day until December 22.