York United v Cavalry FC – 2022 Match #30 – Cavalry FC
2022 CPL Regular Season — Game #30
York United v Cavalry FC
May 29, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET
York Lions Stadium in Toronto, Ontario
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For the second time this season, Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and Cavalry FC will travel to face Martin Nash and York United this Sunday afternoon as the two former colleagues face off once again.
The last time these two teams met, on April 22, it was the Nine Stripes who emerged victorious, as former Cav Oliver Minatel opened the scoring in the first half and Osaze De Rosario added a second. later in the match in a 2-complete. 0 victory for York.
Since that defeat at York Lions Stadium, the Cavalry has not lost a match. They have won three out of four league matches, with the only draw coming to HFX Wanderers FC thanks to Daan Klomp’s spectacular late equalizer, and they have also played two close Canadian Championship games – a victory against FC Edmonton and a defeat. on shots on goal at the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Overall, the Cavalry sit second in the CPL table, with three wins, two draws and two losses for 11 points. They are six points from first place in the Pacific, but they managed to take a slight advantage in the stalemate in the middle of the pack – with the exception of Atlético Ottawa, with whom they are tied on points.
The Cavs are fresh off that midweek Canadian Championship elimination to the Whitecaps, where they took the lead thanks to a howler from Myer Bevan, but ultimately fell on penalties to retire in the quarterfinals.
Speaking of salvation, York goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos had his recall on Tuesday when he stopped two shots on goal in a penalty shootout against Pacific FC in the quarter-finals. Although the Pacific hosts equalized from the death, the Nine Stripes advanced thanks to the heroism of Giantsopoulos.
In CPL play, York sits fourth in the table thanks to their 2-3-2 record and nine points. They drew 0-0 against Pacific in their last league game, but lost to Valor FC before that. They also haven’t lost at home since their Matchday 1 loss to HFX Wanderers, winning twice and drawing since.
“Defensively, we’re in a really good position,” head coach Nash said Friday. “Offensively, we discussed having more runners in the box, having more balls in the box, having more action in the box. We did that a bit better in the game. of the Pacific and I think it still needs to improve, but I think we are heading in the right direction.
Both teams are dealing with a handful of injuries – Wheeldon revealed the Cavalry will have the same squad available to choose from as against the Whitecaps, although Joe Mason is set to return. York, meanwhile, will be without Max Ferrari, Michael Petrasso and Austin Ricci, among a few others struggling with beatings.
It’s always a fierce and competitive battle between these two teams, and Sunday afternoon’s game should be no different. Plus, expect a lively day out at York Lions Stadium; it’s Italian Heritage Day at the stadium, and any fans who stick around will be treated an Ontario League1 North Toronto Nitros and Vaughan Azzurri game after the CPL game.
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3 THINGS TO WATCH
- Cavalry rolling since season-opening defeat at York: The Cavalry FC we’ve seen since losing 2-0 at York in April are a bit different from the team in the first three games of the year. They haven’t lost since that match, having scored nine goals in four league games and conceded just three. They were more dangerous from set pieces and they ended more of their adventures in the penalty area. They’ve made a few tactical changes since that loss, but Tommy Wheeldon Jr. attributes it mostly to renewed motivation on his side after suffering a frustrating loss. “I think sometimes a loss is your toughest criticism because then you have to think for yourself,” he said on Friday. “It was probably our most disappointing performance of the season, to be honest, and it’s a good reminder of the importance of today’s game as redemption. The boys are well placed, we just watched and thought about what we could do better, changed a few nuances in our tactical alignment and our approach to the game, but our principles remained the same.
- Attacking the key to the end for York turning draws into wins: York United have arguably been the best defensive team in the CPL so far this season. They have conceded just one goal in their last three league games, and just five in total in CPL play – the fewest of any team in the league. However, they have yet to start putting the games to bed and picking up the three points with strong defensive performances. Coach Martin Nash explained on Friday that he was very pleased with his team’s work in their own half, but the next evolution of the team is to become more dangerous in the attacking third – although some of their main attacker options may not be available at this time. . “I think a lot of it is on the offensive side,” Nash said. “We didn’t make the connection and were sharp, but we also had a lot of turnover and change. Max (Ferrari) is out, Austin (Ricci) is out, Mikey (Petrasso) is out, so we had to cut and change our roster a bit. On Friday against Pacific we started six central midfielders… We’re going through this tough time, getting some guys back and hoping we get into a more attacking flow. But it’s coming. »
- Myer Bevan warming up for the Cavalry: Is Cavalry’s Myer Bevan the most in-form striker in the CPL right now? He’s definitely up there among the other best number nines in the league. Bevan’s standout goal against Vancouver at the Canadian Championship was his fifth in his last four games (in all competitions), as the New Zealand-born striker appears to have found his feet in Calgary. With Joe Mason out through injury, it was a huge eye opener for the Cavs to see Bevan start playing at the level they thought they could when they signed him in the offseason. He’s sure to be the focal point of attack on Sunday, so it’ll be another great test for York’s centre-backs – who, in fairness, marked Mason very well the last time these teams met. “We renamed him Fire Bevan, he’s just on fire right now,” Wheeldon said of his striker. “Whatever he hits enters; he scores goals in different ways, he’s a real number nine. It’s on his shoulder against Halifax, it’s a blistering header against Edmonton, it’s a rebound off a penalty, it’s a penalty, and it’s one of the goals of the season especially considering the gravity of our adversary. He’s on fire, and it’s great to have him because we signed him knowing how good he is, and I think he’s showing how good he is now.
ALL TIME SERIES
York United win: 1 || Cavalry FC wins: 7 || Draws: 2
April 22, 2021 – York United 2-0 Cavalry FC
“They have changed form (since the last York-Cavalry game) which has arguably improved them with their results. They’re a tough team, they did very well in the middle of the week against the Whitecaps. They have a lot of talent, a lot of good offensive plays too. We will have to do our best to keep them at bay, but I think for all the teams in this league, you have to worry about yourself the most.” — York United head coach Martin Nash
“The boys are really well placed and shouldn’t need any more motivation for what it means to play against York – I mean we should thank York because they are the start of our good form after this. But now we must go and avenge the loss we have suffered.— Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr.