Match Preview: vs. York United FC

Match #13

VALOUR FC (2-1-8) vs. YORK UNITED FC (5-2-4)
When: Thursday, June 27th, 6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Princess Auto Stadium, Winnipeg, Mb.
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all Canadian Premier League games live

Valour wants to get things right again on home turf and end a three-matching losing streak against a York squad currently tied with Forge FC for second spot in the CPL standings with 17 points – five back of first-place Atlético Ottawa. Valour, meanwhile, is stuck in seventh place with seven points – eight points out of a playoff spot.
In its last match, a 2-1 loss to Forge in Hamilton last Sunday, Valour fell behind 2-nil, rallied to play some inspired football in the second half but still fell short. What’s critical for the squad now is finding some inconsistency and not letting the ugly moments end up in the back of their net.
Valour forward Jordi Swibel is tied for third in the CPL with five goals while Valour goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi is second in the CPL with 30 saves.
Valour is home again on July 7th against Cavalry and then plays three straight road games in the month of July. From that point on – from August 4th to the end of the season – Valour will play nine of its final 12 at Princess Auto Stadium.

3 Facts York United FC:
-York’s leading scorer is forward Brian Wright, who currently leads the CPL in scoring with seven goals. Former Valour forward Austin Ricci, who has three goals this season, picked up a red card in York’s 2-nil win over Pacific in their last match and will sit out this one against his old club and two others after that.
-York has two wins and a draw since making a managerial change with Benjamin Mora now serving as the boss. He replaced Martin Nash, who was let go on May 21st.
-The club’s 2-1 win in Ottawa on June 15th was York’s first on the road after three losses and a draw in their first four matches away from home. York had the best road record in the CPL a year ago with seven wins and three draws against four points and five of their next seven will be away from home.


#19 Abdul Binate, forward: The Ivorian forward scored his first CPL goal in Sunday’s loss to Forge FC, burying a rebound on shot taken by Themi Antonoglou. Just 21, Binate has pace and offensive flair and the club is hoping his first goal could unlock more confidence and creativity.


Valour has more wins in franchise history against York than another CPL club– eight wins and two draws with seven defeats.

All-Time: Valour FC vs. Cavalry FC
Overall: (win-draw-loss): 8-2-7
Last meeting: May 10, 2024, York Lions Stadium — York United FC 3 Valour FC 1