CPL Regular Season 2021 – Game # 87
Cavalry FC vs. Edmonton FC
October 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. CET
ATCO field at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta
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Cavalry FC return home to begin a six-game home game on Saturday afternoon and face Edmonton FC in the final AL Classico game of the season.
It will be the sixth time the two teams will play against each other in 2021 – the fifth time in CPL action, parallel to a meeting in the Canadian Championship. The last time they played against each other was on September 29th – a five-goal thriller at Clarke Stadium won by the Cavs.
Ben Fisk and Ahinga Selemani gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half, but The Eddies fought their way back to 2-2, with goals from Easton Ongaro just after half-time and Amer Didic in the 70th minute. Daan Klomp was the hero for Cavalry and scored the winning goal in the 80th minute with a header from a corner kick.
The win sealed the Wild Rose Cup for Cavalry FC – the trophy given by fans of both clubs to the team that wins the neck-to-neck streak between the two teams each season. Edmonton FC have never beaten Cavalry in their 11 games to date, with Cavalry winning nine times in all competitions and drawing the other two games.
Edmonton FC celebrated an impressive 2-1 win against leaders Pacific FC on Wednesday. With goals from Azriel Gonzalez and Ongaro within a few minutes in the first half, they went 2-0 into the break. Alessandro Hojabrpour scored an impressive long-range shot just after half-time to bring Pacific back into play, but the home side remained strong, taking all three points.
Ongaro was Voted Player of the Week by CanPL.ca for his performance in this game and against Valor a few days earlier. He has scored goals in six of his last seven games and was the first CPL player to score more than 10 goals in multiple seasons against Pacific.
Cavalry last played on Tuesday, the final game of a seven-game road trip in CPL action. The two teams drew 0-0 at IG Field despite a total of 34 shots.
Saturday’s game could have a big impact on the table. FC Edmonton could catch up on the table and tie sixth-placed Valor FC with a win. Cavalry could do the same higher up the table – currently in third place, a win would result in them jumping back over Forge FC and bringing Pacific to the top of the table with 39 points.
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3 THINGS TO SEE:
- “Third bubble” for cavalry, before the home stand with six games: Cavalry’s last seven CPL games have been on the way, but they return to Calgary on Saturday to begin a series of six home games. During this time they had a home game – a quarter-finals of the Canadian championship against Pacific FC, which they lost 1-0. For Cavalry Manager Tommy Wheeldon Jr., the return home is a welcome one, and almost like the beginning of another bubble environment for them. “It’s like our third bubble,” he said in his pre-game press conference. “Winnipeg was the first one we couldn’t leave, the second one we kept leaving, and the third now … we’re not going.” They have some big games ahead of them, including two Pacific games before their last regular Playing season game of the season at Forge FC in what could be a potential playoff match.
- Edmonton wants to rotate the roster during the grueling stretch: Edmonton FC are on a very tight six-day schedule, playing Pacific on Wednesday – a game they won 2-1 – ahead of AL Classico against Cavalry on Saturday and then back to Edmonton to face Ottawa on Tuesday to play. With three games in such a short span of time, Edmonton will have to switch squads and head coach Alan Koch said he expects to use Saturday’s game to bring new legs to the line-up. “We have to rotate again tomorrow, we have to bring in a lot of U21 minutes,” said Koch in his press conference before the game. “We will change some players for the game tomorrow and hopefully get the same result and the same reaction from the group (as in their last game). I feel like we’ve made progress every day and week throughout the season. We want to keep using these games to grow in the right direction. “
- Cavalry will raise the Wild Rose Cup: The Wild Rose Cup is a fan-driven trophy between Edmonton FC and Cavalry FC fans, awarded to the team that wins the season streak between the two teams. This year’s winner is Cavalry, who locked the trophy at the last meeting of these teams on September 29th thanks to a late winner from the mind of Daan Klomp. The two teams also faced each other three times in CPL action in 2021, with Cavalry winning 2-1 on August 3 and 1-0 on September 1, and the two teams playing to a 2-2 on August 29 -Draw. “As we know, if we beat them 3-2 they are a good team and they should have more wins on the board. We look forward to playing against them, “said Wheeldon Jr.” We are unbeaten against them, we won the Wild Rose Cup series, but when we received this trophy in front of our fans on Saturday, we wanted to go along with it do a victory in the back. “
Kavallerie FC wins: 8 || Edmonton FC wins: 0 || Draws: 2
September 29, 2021 – Edmonton FC 2-3 Cavalry FC
“You should be confident, I think you were very good [on Wednesday night] against the Pacific. I thought they were good against us in the second half at Clarke Stadium. They are a good team, they have very good players in this league – and with Easton Ongaro they have the best scorer in this league. They have good leadership – Ramon Soria, Amer Didic, one of the best central defenders in this league. I’m surprised they don’t have as many wins as they do. – Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr.
“I really enjoy working with Easton [Ongaro] because he’s the information soak up guy and he just keeps getting better, which is great. Hopefully we can keep pushing him and get the best out of him for the rest of the season. He’s not the stereotypical big, big center forward. I hear people talking about this great target player all the time … yes, he is tall, but he is not a natural target, he is much better with the ball at his feet than with the ball in the air. The majority of the goals he scores are either with his feet, or he scores crosses or endings that are at his feet most of the time. ”- Edmonton FC head coach Alan Koch on CanPL.ca Player of the Week Easton Ongaro