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.
The championship-winning captain slots in at 33rd, with Pacific FC skipper Jamar Dixon.
As the lone member of the squad over the age of 30 (aside from occasional backup/goalkeeping coach Mark Village), Dixon has brought an incredible amount of leadership and experience to the young Pacific dressing room. The 32-year-old played 24 regular season contests for the Tridents this season, and he also started all of their Canadian Championship and CPL playoff games en route to the title.
Dixon is a very dependable general in the middle of the pitch for Pacific, keeping things under control at the base of midfield to allow his teammates to get forward and create attacking opportunities. His hard-nosed, gritty style of play might earn him a few yellow cards every now and then, but it also helps his team break up opposing attacks before they get too dangerous and allows Pacific to establish possession.
O, CAPTAIN 💜
Jamar Dixon, @PacificFCCPL skipper, moments after the final whistle
Dixon, who hails from Ottawa, brought a lot of professional experience to Vancouver Island when he signed there in 2020, spending four years with the Ottawa Fury after three years with various clubs in Finland. Dixon also has three caps for the Canadian national team, giving him some experience on the international stage that’s proven particularly valuable to his younger Pacific teammates.
The rest of the CPL50 countdown is available here. Five more players will be revealed per day until December 22.