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Round 13 CanPL Power Rankings: Cavalry on Top

Remember, when your wings are weak, your spirits done and you’ve flown as far as you can, you’re halfway there!

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Pacific FC became the first Canadian Premier League team to reach the halfway point of the 2021 campaign when they lost to Cavalry on Friday.

It has been a unique season, and I truly hate using that word, with the first eight games taking place in The Kickoff bubble in Winnipeg. The hosts Valour FC benefitted mightily from familiar confines, but have struggled of late. The usual suspects of Cavalry and Forge are high up in the table as per the norm, while Pacific are currently holding down the top spot, albeit having played more than anybody else.

There is plenty of football to be played, and how the four playoff spots shake out is anybody’s guess. But here’s how we here at Waking The Red see the teams right now.


1 - Cavalry FC - Record - 7-3-3 24 points
Last match: Pacific 1-2 Cavalry, August 20

Cavalry lost their first match of the season to Pacific 2-0 back on July 30. Since then, they have drawn and beaten the league leaders, including on Friday.

Cavalry have lost just once in their last nine games in all competitions, and have beaten every team in the league this year. Nobody else can say that yet. Cavalry also recently beat FC Edmonton in the Canadian Championship, and await the winner of the B.C. Derby.

UP NEXT: Cavalry v FC Edmonton, Sunday, August 29, 4 pm ET

2 - Pacific FC - Record - 7-4-3 25 points
Last match: Pacific 1-2 Cavalry, August 20

The Tridents hadn’t lost in six matches prior to dropping their most recent contest to Cavlary. Gianni Dos Santos was shown red in this one as well, for what might have been shoving Jose Escalante in the throat.

UP NEXT: Pacific v FC Edmonton, Sunday, August 29, 7:30 pm ET

3 - York United FC - Record - 4-4-4 16 points
Last match: Atletico Ottawa 1-1 York United, August 18

York have seven points out of their last possible nine, plus a resounding 5-0 victory of Masters FA in the Canadian Championship as they look to leave early-season inconsistency behind them heading into the second half. They get the added benefit of testing themselves against Toronto FC on September 14.

UP NEXT: York United v HFX Wanderers, Wednesday, August 25, 6 pm ET

4 - Forge FC - Record - 6-1-5 19 points
Last match: Forge 1-1 HFX Wanderers, August 22

Which Forge is showing up this week? Because it seems to flip-flop from week to week. Despite having six wins, their longest point streak of the season is two games as consistency has been the biggest issue so far.

UP NEXT: Forge v Atletico Ottawa, Wednesday, August 25, 4 pm ET

5 - Valour FC - Record - 6-1-6 19 points
Last match: Valour 0-2 Pacific, August 16

The wheels on the bus fall off, off off. One point from their last possible 18. Two goals scored compared to nine allowed in that span. Captain Andrew Jean-Baptise done for the year with injury. Things are bad, but after Austin Ricci scored twice to help Valour beat Ateltico Ottawa in the Canadian Championship to break a long scoring drought for him, maybe things can turn around.

UP NEXT: Valour v FC Edmonton, Tuesday, August 24, 8 pm ET

6 - FC Edmonton - Record - 3-4-5 13 points
Last match: FC Edmonton 0-0 Valour, August 12

Twelve games played, 12 goals for, 12 goals against. Edmonton is just kind of average. Not terrible, not good, just...present. Recently knocked out of the Canadian Championship by Cavalry, Edmonton, like Valour, have the opportunity to light a spark under their season when they play next.

UP NEXT: Valour v FC Edmonton, Tuesday, August 24, 8 pm ET

7 - HFX Wanderers FC - Record - 3-3-6 12 points
Last match: Forge 1-1 HFX Wanderers, August 22

Joao Morelli is tied for the Golden Boot with five goals on the season. Second place in goal scoring for the Wanderers is shared by five other people at one goal. HFX needs to find a way to get some of their other players going, or it will be a long season. Akeem Garcia finally scored his first of year in their last game, but that was from the spot.

UP NEXT: Cavalry v FC Edmonton, Sunday, August 29, 4 pm ET

8 - Atletico Ottawa - Record - 3-2-7 11 points
Last match: Atletico Ottawa 1-1 York United, August 18

Hey, soul sister
Ain’t that Mr. Mista on the radio, stereo touchline,
You’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mista!

Now that that part is done, Ottawa is struggling to find goals as well, with Malcolm Shaw doing the heavy lifting at four goals. Ottawa’s defence is also poor, with Drew Beckie and friends conceding 19 goals through 12 matches.

UP NEXT: Forge v Atletico Ottawa, Wednesday, August 25, 4 pm ET