The opener of the 2020 CanPL season, a rematch of the 2019 final, sees Forge and Cavalry on the road to the Potato Cup.
Players are fleeing Valour and their replacements are marginal internationals and journeymen from old Canadian youth teams. 2020 might provide a reprieve–but only that–from desperation.
Rushed into existence for myriad reasons, Ottleti have zero chance on PEI but will likely give Canuck teenagers real minutes, and that’s even better.
Edmonton will always trust in the academy. On PEI, there might actually be some kids ready to take the next step, bolstered by an improved midfield.
No team has better understanding, and in tournament play, that can make up for some deficits. Cavalry need someone to score, though.
York9 have bet hard on 21st Club’s scouting, and border restrictions mean they’re desperately short on strikers who can score.
Forge are still favourites even in a tournament setting, largely down to the coaching of Bobby Smyrniotis.
2020 was likely to be a rebuilding year for Wanderers, but the short tournament and lots of university depth means they’ll at least see what they have.
Let’s be honest, anybody who has any idea exactly how soccer is going to work now or in the immediate future is lying to you.