Canadian Premier League — Match #46
Cavalry FC vs. York9 FC
July 21, 2019 — Spruce Meadows (1:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. ET)
Watch Live: OneSoccer.ca
Two of the CPL’s hottest teams will square off on Sunday with York9 FC travelling to take on Cavalry FC at Spruce Meadows.
Both sides come into Sunday’s tilt on two-game winning streaks in the early weeks of the Fall campaign.
Recently crowned Spring season champions, Cavalry FC have picked up right where they left off in June, as they remain the only side yet to drop points in the Fall. Their latest triumph came at the hands of HFX Wanderers FC last weekend, when a late goal from Oliver Minatel gave them back-to-back wins to start the Fall.
Fellow Fall contenders York9 FC have also been riding high in the month of July with two league wins on the bounce, and a spirited 2-2 draw against MLS side Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship to boot. Jimmy Brennan’s side saw off Pacific FC at midweek, with a Manny Aparicio scorcher highlighting a solid night for the Nine Stripes as they continue to build towards a Fall season run.
Following this clash, both teams will turn their focus to the Canadian Championship and the second legs of their Qualifying Round 3 ties on Wednesday, July 24. Cavalry will head to BC Place Stadium for their second leg against the Vancouver Whitecaps (10:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. PT, on OneSoccer), while Jimmy Brennan’s men will head up the 401 to Stade Saputo for their reverse leg against Montreal Impact (7:30 p.m. ET, on OneSoccer).
KEYS TO THE MATCH
- Manuel Aparicio: A solid performance from the York9 skipper on Wednesday was capped off with an absolute stunner of a strike in the 20th minute. Aparicio found himself in the thick of most positive attacking moves in the Nine Stripes’ latest match against Pacific FC. If the dynamic midfielder can continue to collect the ball in gaps, turn, and run at the defence, he could be the source of a lot of problems for the Cavs in Sunday’s showdown.
- Home field advantage: Tommy Wheeldon Jr’s side has only conceded three goals in their last seven home matches at Spruce Meadows, and they were good enough for the joint-best defence in the Fall season (just seven goals conceded). Opportunities will likely be scarce for York9, as the Nine Stripes have four goals in their last four away games, so they may have to jump on anything that does come their way in a very difficult place for any CPL side to play.
- Revenge: When Cavalry sealed their place at the top of the table in the Spring competition it was against none other than York9 FC, a night that left a sour taste in the mouths of Jimmy Brennan’s players. They’d very much like to send a message to the CPL that they’re a contender for the Fall season, and there’s no better place for them to do so than Spruce Meadows, returning the favour of that June 26th home loss to the Cavs.
Cavalry FC: Marco Carducci; Nathan Mavila, Mason Trafford, Jonathan Wheeldon, Malyk Hamilton; Elijah Adekugbe, Nik Ledgerwood, Julian Buescher; Jose Escalante, Dominique Malonga, Nico Pasquotti
York9 FC: Nathan Ingham; Diyaedinne Abzi, Roger Thompson, Luca Gasparotto, Morey Doner; Manuel Aparicio, Joe Di Chiara, Wataru Murofushi; Kyle Porter, Rodrigo Gattas, Ryan Telfer
HEAD TO HEAD
May 4 – Cavalry FC 2-1 York9 FC
June 26 – York9 FC 0-2 Cavalry FC
Sergio Camargo – 5 goals (Cavalry FC)
Simon Karlsson Adjei – 3 goals (York9 FC)
Chris Serban (Cavalry FC) – Out (Knee)
Dean Northover (Cavalry FC) – 3rd of 3 games
(Players are suspended for one match 14 days after accumulating a 4th Yellow Card)
Elijah Adekugbe (Cavalry FC) – 3
Jonathan Wheeldon (Cavalry FC) – 3
Joel Waterman (Cavalry FC) – 3
Jordan Murrell (Cavalry FC) – 3
Referee: Filip Dujic
ARs: Philippe Bettez-Quessy & Jasmain Parr
4th Official: Michael Mund
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Q: Will a single player score more than 1 goal?
A: So far in the CanPL season, braces have been few and far between. Don’t expect that to change.
Q: Will the home team have more possession?
A: So far in the Spring Competition Forge, Pacific and Cavalry have been averaging 57.8%, 50.1% and 53.8% possession respectively. In this case, Forge seems to be the only home team that can be relied upon to out-posses the visiting club.
Q: Will a player with the letter “E” in their surname score?
A: Borges, Campbell and Telfer: Do you want to bet against them?