Without a doubt, Jonathan Sirois has been the story of the season not only for Valour FC but for all of the Canadian Premier League.
The 20-year-old keeper, on loan from CF Montreal of Major League Soccer, has been on as close to perfect form as one can get.
Through the first six starts of his young professional career, Sirois has six wins and six clean sheets to his name. Those six-straight clean sheets is a new league record.
This is a big reason why Valour currently sits atop the CanPL standings with 18 points through seven games, a six-point edge over Forge FC in second place. The one blemish on Valour’s schedule came when backup goaltender Matthew Silva was in net for a 2-1 loss to York United FC.
Sirois leads the CanPL with 21 saves, including 11 from inside the box. His forward pass completion rate sits sixth amongst keepers at 73.2 per cent.
Oh, and he’s the only keeper in the league to save a penalty this season, which helped earn his sixth clean sheet of the campaign on Sunday.
At this point, Sirois has to be strongly considered for Best Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year, Golden Glove and even Player of the Year.
Valour FC supporters will not be unfamiliar with a CF Montreal loanee doing well between the sticks, as James Pantemis did well at the Island Games last year before returning to his parent club.
But this has been something else.
Sirois was named in the team of the week for Week 4.
The terrific play has not gone unnoticed by his team either. Valour FC GM and head coach Rob Gale praised the young keeper in a recent interview with Ed Tait.
“We’ve been pleased with Johnny… he’s done everything you could ask of him, really,” said Gale. “It’s a team effort. If we keep a clean sheet that’s indicative of the 10 players in front of him as much as the play of the player behind them.
“He’s done well. He’s a mature lad. He promised us he’d come in with the presence and the maturity to be the No. 1 and compete for that spot and he’s done really well.”
While individual records are well and good, both Sirois and Gale know that it’s the team’s record that matters the most. Valour managed just 10 wins from 35 matches prior to this season, and have already surpassed their win total from the Island Games, and the 2019 spring and fall seasons respectively. Sirois will be a big part of the reason if Valour’s success continues through to the end of the 2021 season.
As for the man himself, he’s just trying to enjoy the experience.
“I’m a day-to-day guy,” Sirois told Tait. “By being in the present and focusing on what’s in front of me right now helps me manage the situation I’m in right now. And right now it’s a lot of fun for me.”