Match Preview: vs. Cavalry FC

Match #13

VALOUR FC (3-1-8) vs. CAVALRY FC (2-8-2)
When: Sunday, July 7th, 4 p.m. CDT
Where: Princess Auto Stadium, Winnipeg, Mb.
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all Canadian Premier League games live
Notable: Fans take note — Sunday is the Valour Marvel Super Hero Night with fans eligible to receive a custom Marvel comic poster featuring the home club.


Valour will look to extend its winning streak to two matches and inch closer to the team directly ahead of them in the standings Sunday afternoon. After last week’s 1-nil win over York United FC they now face a Cavalry FC side that is four points ahead. Valour is seventh overall, Cavalry is sixth and two points out of the fifth and final playoff spot.

Valour will be on the road for three straight after this one with visits to Halifax (July 18th), Ottawa (July 21st) and Victoria (July 28th). Incredibly, nine of their final 12 matches will be at home and the club wants to be in position to make a playoff push with that stretch at Princess Auto Stadium.

In the win over York United Valour got its goal from Portuguese winger Diego Ressrreicao with goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi earning the shutout. Diogo now has two goals in 11 appearances for the club and Viscosi two clean sheets.

The club also added some depth this week, bringing aboard forward Loic Kwemi and versatile midfielder/winger Safwane Mlah, both of CS Saint-Laurent in Lique1 Quebec. You can read further details on their addition here.

3 Facts Cavalry FC:
-Cavalry enters Sunday with just one goal in their last three matches, but having also earned two draws over that span in a nil-nil stalemate with Vancouver FC and a 1-1 tie with Atlético Ottawa before their last match, a 1-nil loss to HFX Wanderers.
-Cavalry has 12 goals in 12 matches and their goal-conversion rate of 9.68 percent is lowest in the CPL. On the flip side, their 11 goals conceded this season is second best in the CPL to Pacific’s 10 in 12 matches.
-Forward Tobias Warschewski has six goals, second in the CPL to York’s Brian Wright, who has seven, and veteran keeper Marco Carducci has three clean sheets — tied for second behind Pacific’s Emil Gazdov, who has four.


#23 Frankie Facchineri, centre back: Valour’s second pick in the 2024 CPL U-Sports Draft, 9th overall, Facchineri was pro ready from the moment he stepped on the pitch for training with the club back in February. He plays an intelligent and gritty game on the back line free of poor decisions and has been steady in a starting role or coming off the bench.

A number which needs to change for Valour going forward — the team ranks last in the CPL in shots with just 87 through 12 matches. By comparison, Forge FC — which leads the CPL in goals with 21 — has taken a league-best 132 shots so far this season. 

All-Time: Valour FC vs. Cavalry FC
Overall: (win-draw-loss): 3-5-11
Last meeting: May 26, 2024, ATCO Field, Calgary — Cavalry FC 1 Valour FC 1