VALOUR FC (7-1-7) vs. CAVALRY FC (8-4-3)
When: Saturday, September 4, 5:30 p.m. CDT
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg
Know before you go: https://valourfc.canpl.ca/match-day/
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all CPL games live https://onesoccer.ca/
Valour and Cavalry meet for the second time this season, following a 1-0 win by the home side in Calgary back on August 8. Cavalry is now tied for first overall in the CPL standings with Pacific FC, both with identical 8-4-3 records, and following their 1-nil win over FC Edmonton on Wednesday.
Valour is in fourth place in the standings with their 7-1-7 record and in their last match fell 3-2 to Pacific on the West coast last Sunday. Today’s match starts an important stretch at home for Valour, as seven of its next eight CPL games are at home – not including a September 15th Canadian Championship match in Hamilton against Forge FC.
Of note: Cavalry is the one CPL team Valour has never beaten in its history, with just one draw against five defeats in six meetings.
3 VALOUR FC PLAYERS TO WATCH
#42 Rafael Galhardo, FW: He’s completely settled in with Valour now and flashing his skillset every match. In last Sunday’s loss to Pacific he created five chances – more than twice as much as any other player on the pitch.
#12 Rocco Romeo, D: It was always going to be a tall order for Valour FC to replace Andrew Jean-Baptiste, but Romeo – on loan from Toronto FC — has found his place with his new squad on the back row and wore the captain’s arm band in the club’s last match.
#9 Austin Ricci, F: He scored again against Pacific, giving him five on the season. He’s evolved into a solid finisher and brings an aggressiveness to the attack coveted by managers everywhere.
Valour will be without dominant centre back Andrew Jean-Baptiste for the rest of the season with a torn ACL; also on the mend is MF Jose Galan.
All-time Valour FC vs. Cavalry FC
Overall: (win-draw-loss): 0-1-5
May 8, 2019, ATCO Field: Cavalry FC 1 Valour FC 0
July 27, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 1 Cavalry FC 1
September 2, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 0 Cavalry FC 8
October 2, 2019, ATCO Field: Cavalry 4 Valour FC 1
August 16, 2020: Island Games, PEI: Valour FC 0 Cavalry FC 2
August 8, 2021: ATCO Field: Cavalry 1 Valour FC 0
Match 1: Sunday, June 27 — Forge FC 0 Valour FC 2
Match 2: Wednesday, June 30 – Valour FC 2 HFX Wanderers FC 0
Match 3: Saturday, July 3 – Valour FC 2 Atlético Ottawa 0
Match 4: Wednesday, July 7 — York United FC 2 Valour FC 1
Match 5: Sunday, July 11 – Valour FC 1 Forge FC 0.
Match 6: Thursday, July 15 — Atlético Ottawa 0 Valour FC 1
Match 7: Sunday, July 18 — Valour FC 3 York United FC 0
Match 8: Saturday, July 24 — HFX Wanderers 1 Valour FC 0
Match 9: Saturday, July 31 – FC Edmonton 3 Valour FC 1
Match 10: Wednesday, August 4 – Pacific FC 2 Valour FC 1
Match 11: Sunday, August 8 – Cavalry FC 1 Valour FC 0
Match 12: Thursday, August 12 – FC Edmonton 0 Valour FC 0
Match 13: Monday, August 16 – Valour FC 0 Pacific FC 2
Canadian Championship: Saturday, August 21 – Atlético Ottawa 2 Valour FC 3
Match 14: Tuesday, August 24 – Valour FC 3 FC Edmonton 0
Match 15: Sunday, August 29 – Pacific FC 3 Valour FC 2