CPL Regular Season 2021 – Game # 73
Pacific FC versus Atlético Ottawa
Sept. 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET
Starlight Stadium, Langford, British Columbia
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Atlético Ottawa will travel west to Starlight Stadium for the first time on Sunday to face Pacific FC in the only CPL game of the day.
Pacific can extend their standings to six points with a win after Cavalry drew 1-1 with Valor FC on Saturday, while the away Ottawa win would move Ottawa from the bottom with two points at Edmonton FC and a chance for promotion the table.
This is the fourth meeting of the two teams ever and their third and final game of the season.
In 2020, Ottawa won the first-ever duel between the teams at the Island Games when Viti Martinez drew a dramatic equalizer in the 90th minute to keep Ottawa battling for a second-round spot. They wouldn’t make it in the end, but the win was an important one in their first season.
In 2021, the two sets met twice at the kickoff in Winnipeg. Josh Heard scored the only goal in Pacific FC’s 1-0 win at IG Field, but it was the second most action-packed duel of the season. After Malcolm Shaw scored two goals in the first 15 minutes to bring Ottawa to the forefoot prematurely, a red card to midfielder Ben McKendry left his side down to 10 players after 22 minutes.
Alejandro Diaz pulled the Tridents back from the penalty spot within a minute in the 35th minute and scored two more goals in the second half to complete his hat-trick and put his side in the lead. Terran Campbell sealed a 4-2 win for his side in the 74th minute, and Pacific struggled back with two goals to take all three points.
That defeat for Ottawa caused them to drop back to the bottom of the table after eight games at the bottom of the table and have been stuck there ever since. Pacific is currently in first place, just a few points ahead of Cavalry FC.
On Sunday they will have to do without attacker Ryan Telfer and defender Nyal Higgins, both of whom will be suspended.
Sunday’s game will also include a small ceremony to officially celebrate the renaming of Pacific’s home stadium to Starlight Stadium.
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3 THINGS TO SEE:
- Mista is happy with Ottawa’s game but the results are not going in the right direction: Although Atlético Ottawa are currently in 8th place in the table and have lost the statistics three games in a row, head coach Mista is satisfied with the performance of his team. Against York United, for example, Ottawa largely ended York United’s attack in an impressive defensive performance last time around, but a few individual mistakes in defense resulted in The Nine Stripes taking all three points. The same goes for the other side of the pitch – the club sometimes makes its way into good areas, but mistakes prevent them from taking full advantage and regularly finding the net. “It looks like your work is not good, but if we watch the video with everyone we play very well,” said Mista on Saturday. “Especially in the last month or a month and a half. We have to continue in exactly the same way and in the end what we need for the result will come pretty soon. “
- Pacific unbeaten in five years, several players in good shape: Pacific FC have played five straight games in all competitions – starting with their 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship – and several players are in great shape. Despite the lack of star attacker Marco Bustos – who is still “everyday life” according to head coach Pa-Modou Kah – the other Pacific FC players have continued to reach a high level and are all striving to achieve results from Kah’s delight. “He’s full of self-confidence,” said Kah in his pre-game press conference about the form-strong Manny Aparicio. “They also like Terran Campbell and [Alejandro] Diaz find the net … Josh Heard, you produce. We’re on the right track, which is fantastic, and we just have to keep it going. ”After that game against Atlético Ottawa, they turned to the Canadian Championship – and a quarter-final fight with Cavalry FC.
- Zach Verhoven returns to Starlight Stadium: Former Pacific FC player Zach Verhoven is now with Atlético Ottawa and will return to Starlight Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Verhoven, of Burnaby, BC, made 33 appearances in all competitions for The Tridents in two seasons, scoring three goals and adding three assists. He has also played at the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy, with the UBC Thunderbirds in U SPORTS and with TSS Rovers in the PDL – and knows British Columbia football better than most. Verhoven joined Atlético Ottawa last off-season and has scored one goal and two assists in 17 games in 2021, playing either as a right-back or in a more natural attacking role on the pitch. “Zach did a very good job in the last game,” said his head coach, Mista. “Zach is not a full-back, but he has changed his mentality and was able to defend very well. I always say that we need players who can play in different positions, that’s better for the team and for the player, and Zach is a perfect example of that. We are very happy and it is special that he is playing at home tomorrow. “
Pacific FC wins: 2 || Atlético Ottawa wins: 1 || Draw: 0
July 21, 2021 – Pacific FC 4-2 Atlético Ottawa
“I don’t think they have changed much (since the teams last met). They’re a team still trying to find their groove … things haven’t always gone that way. It’s definitely a match that people can’t expect to be a walk-through – we have to earn every inch of everything on Sunday, but it’s a match I’m looking forward to. “- Pacific FC head coach Pa- Modou Kah
“We’re playing against one of the best teams in the CPL. They have one of the best cadres in the CPL. We played in the bubble, unfortunately we saw a red card, but the first 25-30 minutes were perfect for us because we scored two goals and I think we were better than them. I hope that tomorrow we will be better in front of the other goal and that we can score because we are creating a lot of chances, but the problem is – especially for confidence – we are not scoring [them].”- Atlético Ottawa head coach Mista