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Cavalry FC wins 2023 Canadian Premier League regular season

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Cavalry FC became 2023 Canadian Premier League regular season champions thanks in part to a 1-0 victory over York United in Toronto Saturday.

The result means Calgary’s club will be awarded the newly minted Canadian Premier League Shield and will be the top seed in the upcoming CPL playoffs.

Winning the league also earns Cavalry FC a berth in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup, which will feature clubs from Mexico’s LigaMX and Major League Soccer.

Cavalry FC wait to be confirmed champions

But Cavalry FC had to wait for results elsewhere later in the day to confirm they won the league. Pacific FC’s inability to beat Forge FC in an evening game meant the Cavs cannot be caught with two games remaining.

Cavalry FC’s coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. admitted Saturday’s victory over York was tight.

“It was a gritty performance versus a pretty performance,” said Wheeldon Jr. after the match. “I think this is what this team’s about, there’s a humbleness and a hunger about them. We haven’t won anything just yet, so we’re still hungry for that. We were good first half, average second half, but we thought if we’re not going to connect our passes, we’ll just see the game out.”

Cavalry FC will lift the Canadian Premier League Shield at home in ATCO Field during one of the club’s final two games.

And then Wheeldon Jr. will begin preparing his club to host a CPL playoff semifinal October 14, targeting a CPL championship final two weeks later.

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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