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.
Unless you’re in Ottawa, the 2020 Canadian Premier League offseason is more or less complete. Let’s look at where each teams stands and ask what needs to come out pre-season.
Mostly, I try to sleep through February. But this is a brave new world: soccer in Canada. Transfer drama! (At least, transfer drama if you count Marco Bustos to Pacific, which I do.)