CPL review week 13
A very bad week for Forge FC
Bobby Smyrniotis’ men had the opportunity to continue their good series and progression in the standings with 2 home games but unfortunately, they fell on 2 teams that were more clinical in front of the goal. In spite of a clear ball position and a good control of the game, the Hammers were not up to the task in the 3rd third. A frustrating week to forget for Forge FC who will be back in action this Friday with a short trip to neighboring York United FC, who have been struggling in the Canadian Premier League in recent weeks.
Valour FC in great shape
Phillip Dos Santos’ men confirmed their return to form. After the victory at York Lions Stadium against York United FC the week before (1-3), they won again on the road at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton against Forge FC (0-1). A better organized and more combative team that was able to be opportunistic with very few chances and being without the ball for much of the game.
Valour FC will be back in action this Sunday at home against HFX Wanderers FC, who are coming off an excellent 0-3 win in Langford against Pacific FC.
FC Edmonton continues to grow
Since the beginning of the season, we know the extra sporting problems that affect the Alberta club. Alan Koch and his staff are totally ignoring them to focus on the training and the progression of their young group. A progression which is felt since a few weeks with improvement in the system of play, on the level of the individualities, but especially since a few games on the level of the results. With 2 wins and a draw in their last 5 games, Alan Koch’s team has no reason to be ashamed of its position in the ranking. The work accomplished is simply great and the margin of progression is faster and more qualitative than we could have hoped for. Friday’s game was a great example of this with a clear win over the Nine Stripes with an explosive 3-0 scoreline. York United FC who before the game was the best defense in CPL. Next game for the Eddies is this Saturday at Clarke Stadium against Pacific FC.
Very irregular Pacific FC
After a totally failed game against Halifax Wanderers at Starlight Stadium and a heavy defeat (0-3), James Merriman’s men have made a top performance against the leader Cavalry FC. A very promising draw (3-3) which should remain one of the reference games for the British Columbia team which has been very irregular in the last few weeks.
Carlos Gonzalez and Atletico at the top
24 points is the number of points collected by Atletico Ottawa in 13 games since the beginning of the season. The work of Carlos Gonzalez and the entire staff is bearing fruit. As the head coach of Atletico often says, everything has changed compared to the last season !!! Atletico Ottawa, since its debut in the CPL, has never had so many good results and the club from the National Capital now shares CPL first place with Cavalry FC (24 points). The last week has been rich in emotion with 2 road games won and in a good way. Attentive, the men of the Spanish technician knew how to be very incisive on their least opportunities. This quality of play allowed them to win on the difficult field of the Wanderers Grounds against Halifax (0-2) and to repeat the feat in a very similar way at Tim Hortons Field against Forge FC (0-1). Next game this Saturday night at TD Place against Cavalry FC, an exceptional match between the 2 leaders of the CPL 2022.
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