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Return to training, Week 3: New faces join CPL club preparations

Week 3 of the Canadian Premier League’s return-to-training program is in full-swing as all eight clubs enjoy a pre-season environment under the summer sun.

But, with CPL Commissioner David Clanachan recently hinting that a truncated 2020 season is coming, the attention towards training has never been stronger – any competitive edge will be needed.

All players are, of course, still adhering to health protocols and keeping their distance from each other to avoid the spread of COVID-19. But things are approaching normalcy – even for goalkeepers.

Clubs are also building rosters, including Atlético Ottawa, who introduced Malcolm Shaw to the fold this week.

Here’s what training looked like in Week 3 – masks and all.


Sun in an empty stadium. Valour FC players get a few laps in at IG Field

Valour FC’s Jose Galan, Brett Levis, Fraser Aird and Yohan Le Bourhis. (Valour FC)
Valour FC’s Jose Galan, Brett Levis, Fraser Aird, and Yohan Le Bourhis. (Valour FC)

Atlético Ottawa’s Malyk Hamilton is determined as return-to-training approaches Week 4

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Atlético Ottawa midfielder Malyk Hamilton. (Atlético Ottawa)

Cavalry FC’s Nathan Mavila prepares to change directions during training

York9 FC’s Chris Manella fires a shot on Nathan Ingham

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York9 FC midfielder Chris Mannella. (York9 FC)

Safety first for Pacific FC goalkeeper Nolan Wirth

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Pacific FC goalkeeper Nolan Wirth. (Pacific FC)

Atlético Ottawa’s Malcom Shaw poses after signing with the club

Atlético Ottawa's Malcolm Shaw.
Atlético Ottawa’s Malcolm Shaw. (Atlético Ottawa)

HFX Wanderers FC’s Alex De Carolis unleashes a shot

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