VALOUR FC (1-1-1) vs. HFX WANDERERS FC (2-0-2)
When: Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m. CDT
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg.
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all CPL games live https://onesoccer.ca/
Valour finally plays its home opener after three road matches to start this season followed by last week’s postponement due to CPL Covid Protocols.
As a result, the club will be in front of its faithful at IG Field for the first time since a 3-nil win over HFX Wanderers last October 26th.
Valour was buoyed by its last performance — a 6-1 pasting of Atléti in Ottawa back on April 24th in which a club record was set for goals in a match. The team was paced by two goals each from Moses Dyer and Alessandro Riggi, as well as a header by Rocco Romeo and a goal-of-the-year candidate by Brett Levis.
A whopping five Valour players – Romeo, Levis, Dyer, Riggi and William Akio – were all then named to the CPL’s Team of the Week, with Akio named CPL Player of the Week.
This is the first of two straight league matches at home for Valour, with a visit from York United on May 15th wrapped around a Canadian Championship meeting against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 11th in B.C.
The make-up date for the previously scheduled home opener against Forge FC is still to be determined.
VALOUR FC SPOTLIGHT:
#35 William Akio, FW: Valour’s flashy attacker was at his dynamic best in the win over Ottawa and there is a sense he’s still got more to give. When he is using his speed to press, he can be a nightmare for defenders.
Our chat with him from earlier this week:
Valour striker Moses Dyer now has nine goals in his last 12 matches dating back to the end of last season. The New Zealand product – and the club’s all-time leading scorer – had six goals in the final nine matches of ’21 and already has three more tallies in the first three weeks of this season.
Valour FC vs. HFX Wanderers
Overall (win-draw-loss): 4-1-6
May 11, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 1 HFX Wanderers 0,
June 26, 2019, Wanderers Grounds: HFX Wanderers 2 Valour FC 0
August 5, 2019, Wanderers Grounds: HFX Wanderers 1 Valour FC 0
August 28, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 2 HFX Wanderers 0
September 21, 2019, Wanderers Grounds: HFX Wanderers 0 Valour FC 0
September 2, 2020, Island Games, PEI: Valour FC 0 Wanderers 2
June 30, 2021, IG Field: Valour FC 2 HFX Wanderers 0
July 24, 2021, IG Field: Valour FC 0 HFX Wanderers 1
October 26, 2021, IG Field: Valour FC 3 HFX Wanderers 0
2019 Canadian Championship (0-0-2)
June 5, 2019, Wanderers Grounds: HFX Wanderers 2 Valour FC 1,
June 12, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 0 HFX Wanderers 2