2019 Canadian Premier League season

The 2019 Canadian Premier League season was the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League, the top level of Canadian professional soccer. The regular season began on April 27 and ended on November 2, with seven teams competing.[1] The inaugural match of the Canadian Premier League took place between Forge FC and York9 at Tim Hortons Field on April 27, 2019, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[2]

Canadian Premier League
Season2019
DatesApril 27 – July 1, 2019 (Spring season)
July 6 – October 19, 2019 (Fall season)
ChampionsForge FC
2019 CONCACAF LeagueForge FC
2020 CONCACAF LeagueForge FC
Matches played98
Goals scored248 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerTristan Borges
(13 goals)
Best goalkeeperMarco Carducci
Triston Henry
(9 clean sheets each)
Biggest home winYork9 6–2 HFX Wanderers
(July 27)
York9 4–0 Forge FC
(October 12)
Biggest away winValour FC 0–8 Cavalry FC
(September 2)
Highest scoringYork9 6–2 HFX Wanderers
(July 27)
Valour FC 0–8 Cavalry FC
(September 2)
Longest winning run7 matches
Cavalry FC
(May 4 – June 19)
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Forge FC
(July 13 – October 6)
Longest winless run10 matches
FC Edmonton
(August 16 – October 5)
HFX Wanderers
(August 10 – October 9)
Longest losing run5 matches
HFX Wanderers
(July 13 – 31)
Highest attendance17,611
Forge FC 1–1 York9
(April 27)
Lowest attendance1,729
York9 0–0 FC Edmonton
(June 19)
Total attendance419,314
Average attendance4,279
2020

The CPL Finals were contested between the Spring and Fall season champions, Cavalry FC, and the Spring and Fall season runners-up, Forge FC, in October and November. Forge FC won 2–0 over two legs to win the inaugural Canadian Premier League title.

Overview

Background

On May 6, 2017, the Canadian Premier League was unanimously approved and sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association.[3] Seven teams competed in the first Canadian Premier League season, leaving four professional Canadian teams playing in United States-based leagues (Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer and Ottawa Fury FC in the USL Championship). The CPL teams competed in the 2019 Canadian Championship with the Canadian MLS and USL teams, and the champions of the Ontario and Quebec tier three leagues.

Teams

Seven teams competed during this season – six newly-formed teams and one existing team which joined the CPL. The six new teams were Cavalry FC, Forge FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, Valour FC, and York9 FC. FC Edmonton announced their move to the CPL having previously ceased professional operations following their 2017 season in the North American Soccer League.

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Cavalry FC Foothills County, Alberta ATCO Field 5,288
FC Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta Clarke Stadium 5,100
Forge FC Hamilton, Ontario Tim Hortons Field 10,016
HFX Wanderers Halifax, Nova Scotia Wanderers Grounds 6,200
Pacific FC Langford, British Columbia Westhills Stadium 6,200
Valour FC Winnipeg, Manitoba IG Field 10,000
York9 FC Toronto, Ontario York Lions Stadium 8,000

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use the same kit manufacturer: Macron.[4]
Team Head coach Captain(s) Shirt sponsor
Cavalry FC Tommy Wheeldon Jr. Nik Ledgerwood WestJet
FC Edmonton Jeff Paulus Tomi Ameobi OneSoccer
Forge FC Bobby Smyrniotis Kyle Bekker Tim Hortons
HFX Wanderers Stephen Hart Jan-Michael Williams Volkswagen
Pacific FC James Merriman[lower-alpha 1] Marcus Haber Volkswagen
Valour FC Rob Gale Louis Béland-Goyette OneSoccer
York9 FC Jimmy Brennan Manny Aparicio Macron
  1. Merriman was named interim head coach on October 18 following Pacific's announcement that the club had relieved Michael Silberbauer of his duties as head coach.

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Pacific FC Michael Silberbauer Fired October 18, 2019 6th in Fall, 6th overall James Merriman (interim) October 18, 2019

Format

The Canadian Premier League season ran from late April to October.[5][6] Each team played 28 games, split between a spring and fall season. The 10-game spring season began on April 27 and ended on Canada Day, July 1. The 18-game fall season began on July 6 and ended on October 19. The winner of each season gained a berth into the 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals.[7]

Spring season

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Cavalry 10 8 0 2 16 7 +9 24 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals
2 Forge 10 6 1 3 15 7 +8 19 2019 CONCACAF League preliminary round[lower-alpha 1]
3 FC Edmonton 10 4 2 4 8 9 1 14
4 HFX Wanderers 10 3 2 5 8 11 3 11
5 Pacific 10 3 2 5 11 15 4 11
6 York9 10 2 5 3 9 11 2 11
7 Valour 10 3 0 7 8 15 7 9
Source: CanPL.ca
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) goal differential; 4) goals for; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals for; 7) home goal differential; 8) home goals for; 9) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. As winner of home and away matches between FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC

2019 CONCACAF League qualification table

One Canadian Premier League team will qualify annually for the CONCACAF League tournament. For the 2019 edition only, this slot was granted to one of the league's 'inaugural teams' (FC Edmonton, Forge FC, or Valour FC) based on their home and away matches in the 2019 spring season.[8] In future years, CONCACAF League qualification will be awarded to the previous year's CPL champion.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FOR FCE VAL
1 Forge FC 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9 2019 CONCACAF League preliminary round 2–0 2–1
2 FC Edmonton 4 2 0 2 3 4 1 6 1–0 0–1
3 Valour FC 4 1 0 3 3 6 3 3 0–2 1–2
Source: CanPL.ca
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) goal differential; 4) goals for; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals for; 7) home goal differential; 8) home goals for; 9) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Results

Home \ Away CAV FCE FOR HFX PAC VAL YOR
Cavalry FC 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1
FC Edmonton 0–3 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–1
Forge FC 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
HFX Wanderers 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1
Pacific FC 3–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–2
Valour FC 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–3
York9 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0
Source: CanPL.ca
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Spring 2019 winners:
Cavalry FC
(1st split season title)

Fall season

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Cavalry 18 11 5 2 35 12 +23 38 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals
2 Forge 18 11 4 3 30 19 +11 37
3 York9 18 7 2 9 30 26 +4 23
4 Pacific 18 5 5 8 24 31 7 20
5 Valour 18 5 4 9 22 37 15 19
6 FC Edmonton 18 4 6 8 19 24 5 18
7 HFX Wanderers 18 3 8 7 13 24 11 17
Source: CanPL.ca
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) goal differential; 4) goals for; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals for; 7) home goal differential; 8) home goals for; 9) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Results

Home \ Away CAV FCE FOR HFX PAC VAL YOR CAV FCE FOR HFX PAC VAL YOR
Cavalry FC 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–1 4–1 3–1
FC Edmonton 0–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–3
Forge FC 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0
HFX Wanderers 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0
Pacific FC 2–3 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0
Valour FC 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 0–4 0–8 3–1 1–3
York9 1–1 2–1 4–0 6–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4
Source: CanPL.ca
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Fall 2019 winners:
Cavalry FC
(2nd split season title)

Finals

The winners of the spring and fall seasons gained berths to the two-legged CPL Finals. As a contingency implemented this year because a single team won both halves of the season, the second berth was given to the team with the second-best overall record. The two games were played on October 26, 2019 and November 2, 2019, with the winner of the Fall season choosing which leg to host.

Overall table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Cavalry 28 19 5 4 51 19 +32 62 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals[lower-alpha 1]
2 Forge (C) 28 17 5 6 45 26 +19 56 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals[lower-alpha 2]
3 York9 28 9 7 12 39 37 +2 34
4 FC Edmonton 28 8 8 12 27 33 6 32
5 Pacific 28 8 7 13 35 46 11 31
6 Valour 28 8 4 16 30 52 22 28
7 HFX Wanderers 28 6 10 12 21 35 14 28
Source: CanPL.ca
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) goal differential; 4) goals for; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals for; 7) home goal differential; 8) home goals for; 9) coin toss or drawing of lots.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. As winner of the 2019 Spring and Fall seasons
  2. As second place in overall table

Results

The first leg was held on October 26, and the second leg on November 2, 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Forge FC 2–0 Cavalry FC 1–0 1–0

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Forge FC 92,228 17,611 3,864 6,588 n/a
2 HFX Wanderers 84,860 6,244 5,387 6,061 n/a
3 Valour FC 74,694 9,699 3,173 5,335 n/a
4 Cavalry FC 46,091 4,697 1,938 3,292 n/a
5 Pacific FC 43,426 5,103 2,017 3,102 n/a
6 FC Edmonton 40,663 4,238 2,021 2,905 n/a
7 York9 37,352 4,260 1,729 2,668 n/a
League total 419,314 17,611 1,729 4,279 n/a

Source:

Statistical leaders

Statistics include regular season and Finals.

Awards

On November 1, 2019, the Canadian Premier League revealed the five individual awards to be given based on performance over the whole season including Finals.[11] The awards are Inuit soapstone sculptures designed by artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The recipients of the awards were announced at a ceremony on November 26.

2019 Canadian Premier League awards
Award Recipient[12] Finalists[13]
Golden Boot (Hunter) Tristan Borges (Forge FC)N/A
Golden Glove (Qimmiq or Canadian Inuit Dog) Marco Carducci (Cavalry FC) Nathan Ingham (York9 FC)
Connor James (FC Edmonton)
Coach of the Year (Owl) Tommy Wheeldon Jr. (Cavalry FC) Jim Brennan (York9 FC)
Bobby Smyrniotis (Forge FC)
Player of the Year (Nikisuittuq) Tristan Borges (Forge FC) Kyle Bekker (Forge FC)
Dominique Malonga (Cavalry FC)
Best Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year (Polar Bear) Tristan Borges (Forge FC) Diyaeddine Abzi (York9 FC)
Terran Campbell (Pacific FC)

Player transfers

U Sports Draft

The 2018 CPL–U Sports Draft was held on November 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Draftees were invited to team preseason camps, with an opportunity to earn a developmental contract and retain their U Sports men's soccer eligibility. Cavalry FC selected Gabriel Bitar with the first overall pick. Three players were selected by each team, with a total of twenty-one players being drafted including fifteen Canadians.

Foreign players

Canadian Premier League teams may sign a maximum of seven international players, out of which only five can be in the starting line-up for each match. The following players are considered foreign players for the 2019 season.[14]

Players in bold have been capped internationally at the senior level by their respective nation. The list does not include Canadian citizens who represent other countries at international level.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Player 7
Cavalry FC Oliver Jordan Brown Julian Büscher Nathan Mavila Dominique Malonga José Escalante
FC Edmonton Son Yong-chan Kareem Moses Ramón Soria Oumar Diouck James Marcelin Jeannot Esua Tony Tchani
Forge FC Bertrand Owundi Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson Elimane Cissé Daniel Krutzen
HFX Wanderers Jan-Michael Williams Elton John Andre Rampersad Akeem Garcia Kodai Iida Luis Perea Juan Gutiérrez
Pacific FC Hendrik Starostzik Alexander González
Valour FC Mathias Janssens Josip Golubar Martín Arguiñarena Adam Mitter José Galán Michele Paolucci
York9 FC Simon Adjei Wataru Murofushi Rodrigo Gattas

References

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  12. Jacques, John (November 26, 2019). "The 2019 Canadian Premier League Awards Roundup". Northern Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
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