Awards to conclude the 2021 Canadian Premier League season

Last tuesday, in Toronto, Ontario, the Canadian Premier League announced the 2021 award winners. All awards given took into account the nominees’ performances for the entire season, from June 26 to December 5, 2021. The winners were selected by a jury of journalists and consultants from across Canada.

David Clanachan, president of the Canadian Premier League, spoke prior to the ceremony: « 2021 has been an incredible year for soccer in Canada. We are proud of the exciting, entertaining and competitive soccer delivered by all our clubs and players this season. The performances of all our nominees were incredible and we are extremely proud of all of this year’s nominees ».


CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE AWARDS

WINNERS 2021

GOLDEN BOOT AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR JOÃO MORELLI – HFX WANDERERS

The Canadian Premier League’s top scorer was also named the best player for the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old Brazilian’s 14-goal regular season is a record for most goals scored in a single campaign. Enough to win both the Golden Boot and the Player of the Year award. He has propelled the Wanderers’ attack throughout the 2021 season.

That goal record was also enough for Joāo Morelli to get a two-year contract extension with the Wanderers, announced Monday.

GOLDEN GLOVE – JONATHAN SIROIS – VALOUR FC

Valour FC goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois has been named the Canadian Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year following an excellent season on loan from Montreal CF.

Jonathan Sirois, 20, led Valour FC from the back, starting with an impressive run during the « kickoff » period, the CPL’s opening bubble event where he set a record of five consecutive clean sheets allowing his team to hold first place for several games.

The Quebec native went on to spend 2,160 minutes in goal, the most for a player under the age of 21 on the season. He recorded the most saves (94) and clean sheets (nine) of any goalkeeper in the CPL. Unfortunately, his work was not enough to allow Valour FC to qualify for the playoffs; a draw on the last day deprived Phillip Dos Santos’ team of the top 4.

CANADIAN UNDER-21 PLAYER OF THE YEAR ALESSANDRO HOJAPRPOUR – PACIFIC FC

Alessandro Hojabrpour, Pacific FC, just over a week after his heroics in the Canadian Premier League final, has added another accolade to his resume by being named the league’s Canadian Under-21 player for the 2021 season.

Alessandro Hojabrpour has already played three seasons in CPL despite being only 21 years old. He had signed for the Vancouver Island club as a teenager at the start of the 2019 season. This year, he made 26 appearances in CPL playing the seventh most minutes (1,899) on the team, meaning he single-handedly fulfilled the Tridents’ 1,500-minute U21 requirement. He has become an integral part of Pacific FC’s roster this season, establishing himself as one of the most reliable central midfielders in the league.

The Burnaby, B.C. native scored two goals in 2021, one of which may have been the most important in his club’s history, in the final at Tim Hortons Field giving his club a 1-0 win over defending champion Forge FC and, more importantly, their first ever league title.

COACH OF THE YEAR – PA-MODOU KAH – PACIFIC FC

Just days after his team won the title, Pacific FC head coach Pa-Modou Kah earned another title.

Pa-Modou Kah is the Tridents’ coach for the second year and has had an outstanding season with the recent Canadian Premier League title and being named the 2021 Coach of the Year.

Pacific FC posted a 13V, 6N, 9D regular season record and spent much of the season in the driver’s seat before falling to third place at the end and a playoff berth.

The Tridents clinched the championship with back-to-back road wins: First, a spirited 2-1 overtime result in Calgary against Cavalry FC, then the Forge FC kill-off in the final on December 5. A second-half header by Alessandro Hojabrpour, the Under-21 Player of the Year, was enough for Pa-Modou Kah’s team to beat the two-time defending champions and win the club’s first North Star Shield.


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