CPL Power Rankings: Pacific takes top spot, Cavalry drops to near-bottom

You’ve seen the CPL standings.

Things are awfully tight in the 2020 Canadian Premier League season’s first stage in Prince Edward Island. A bizarre sequence of draws, and some intriguing midweek upsets, have kept seven teams within striking distance of a top-four spot and a chance of advancing to the second round.

Forge FC and Cavalry FC are in the best shape, though there is a five-team logjam just below the two front-runners.

Those five teams – Pacific FC, York9 FC, Valour FC, HFX Wanderers FC, and Atlético Ottawa – all won matches last week and, for all intents and purposes, are contenders.

Here are this week’s’s power rankings from The Island Games.

1. Pacific FC

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Last week: No. 4
Record: 2-2-1

Pacific FC overtakes Cavalry FC for the top spot following a comprehensive 2-1 win over the Cavs – their second big victory of last week after beating Valour FC. Their attacking group has exploded, with Marco Bustos, Alejandro Díaz, and Victor Blasco combining for four goals and three assists last week

Upcoming Matches: Atlético Ottawa (Wednesday, 8pm ET), FC Edmonton (Sunday, 3pm ET)

2. Forge FC

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Last week: No. 2
Record: 3-2-1

Forge’s first Island Games loss was a weird one. Coach Bobby Smyrniotis had valid excuses for their 905 Derby defeat to York9, contesting dubious refereeing calls on the three set-piece goals they conceded. A back-to-basics classic Forge win against Atlético Ottawa righted the ship, and all-but-guaranteed them a spot in round two.

Upcoming Matches: Valour FC (Saturday, 12pm ET).

3. York9 FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +3
Last week: No. 6
Record: 1-4-0

The Nine Stripes suffered another last-minute collapse on Saturday when a 10-man Wanderers side scored at the death to earn a draw. It was a disappointing result for Jimmy Brennan’s team, who dictated play with the lead and a man advantage for over an hour. Contrast that with a three set-piece-goal victory over Forge FC, and Y9 look good value for fourth place (tied with Valour) in the standings.

Upcoming Matches: FC Edmonton (Tuesday, 8pm ET), Cavalry FC (Saturday, 3pm ET)

4. Valour FC

MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 4
Record: 2-1-2

Rob Gale’s team comes out of an emotional week very much in the hunt for a top-four spot. A midweek loss to Pacific FC – marred by defensive mistakes and an agonizing penalty miss – was quickly forgotten thanks to Masta Kacher’s brilliant late winner against Edmonton.

Upcoming Matches: HFX Wanderers (Wednesday, 1pm ET), Forge FC (Saturday, 12pm ET)

5. HFX Wanderers FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 6
Record: 1-3-1

A 10-man HFX Wanderers side put an exclamation point on their week with a last-minute equalizer against York9. Omar Kreim’s free kick maintained the team’s momentum from a comprehensive midweek win over FC Edmonton. Can they keep the good vibes rolling and extend their stay in PEI?

Upcoming Matches: Valour FC (Wednesday, 1pm ET), Atlético Ottawa (Sunday, 12pm ET).

 6. Atlético Ottawa


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 7
Record: 1-2-2

Atlético Ottawa deserves a lot of credit after taking down Cavalry. Mista’s group went from a brilliant inaugural win to an admirable performance vs. Forge FC. Solid efforts in both, Ottawa showed their ability with and without the run of play.

Upcoming Matches: Pacific FC (Wednesday, 8pm ET), HFX Wanderers FC (Sunday, 12pm ET).

7. Cavalry FC


MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -6
Last week: No. 1
Record: 3-1-2

How the mighty have fallen! Cavalry FC drops from top spot after shocking back-to-back defeats to Atlético Ottawa and Pacific FC. It’s only the second time Tommy Wheeldon Jr.’s side has lost back-to-back games in the regular season. Cavalry squandered plenty of chances, especially against Ottawa, as they failed to score in open play over the two losses.

Upcoming Matches: York9 FC (Saturday, 3pm ET)

8. FC Edmonton

Last week: No. 8
Record: 0-1-4

Jeff Paulus’ group is all-but-eliminated from contention after a nip-and-tuck loss to Valour FC and a more comprehensive 3-1 loss to HFX Wanderers. Paulus openly took heat for the results which may have been reversed with a Tomi Ameobi goal or a some other lucky breaks. Regardless, it’s time for the Eddies to finish strong.

Upcoming Matches: York9 FC (Tuesday, 8pm ET), Pacific FC (Sunday, 3pm ET).

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