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CCL! Power Rankings, No. 23: Cavs retake top spot, HFX & FCE tumble to the bottom
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The Centre Circle LIVE! crew is back again to rank the CPL’s seven clubs after another round of Fall season action.

The team has submitted their own takes on this table, creating a subjective ranking that will be repeated and published every week. These rankings were not reset between the Spring and Fall and will thus continue until the end of the season on Oct. 19.


1. Cavalry FC (9-1-5)

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MOVEMENT:  p.ranking_up +1
Last week: No. 2

Back-to-back multi-goal wins put Cavalry top in Matchweek 23. After escaping York Region with a bizarrely-earned point last week, the Big Red Army returned to winning ways at Spruce Meadows; a 4-1 rout of Valour FC and a shutout of HFX Wanderers a few days later. They’re back on top, quite controversially, over a team that hasn’t suffered a league loss since early July…


2. Forge FC (10-1-4)

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MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 1

Less than convincing than their Finals 2019 foe on the week, Forge FC find themselves in second place despite that aforementioned 13-match unbeaten run. A controversial penalty and a matching unconverted spot-kick at the other end saw the Hamiltonians slip past their 905 Derby opponents York9 FC rather cheaply — similar to how they grabbed a win away in Edmonton. Another all-Ontario clash awaits on Saturday…


3. Valour FC (5-7-4)

MOVEMENT: –
Last week: No. 3

Valour gave us a typical matchweek we’ve seen from an in-form mid-table side: fully dismantled by Cavalry only to put together a “perfect” performance against a fellow mid-tabler. The Lions looked unstoppable Saturday against FC Edmonton with several well-worked goals and staunch defending. Good enough for third in the Fall standings, a spot they are favourites to hold.


4. York9 FC (5-8-2)

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MOVEMENT: –
Last week: No. 4

While disappointing, the Nine Stripes could still pull positives from their 1-0 905 Derby loss to Forge. Unlucky not to score several times, Jimmy Brennan’s group went toe-to-toe over the full 90 minutes with both Finals 2019 clubs. A late penalty would have given them another draw against a Finals side in as many weeks…


5. Pacific FC (4-6-4)

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MOVEMENT: p.ranking_up +2
Last week: No. 7

The Tridents rebounded from back-to-back three-goal defeats for a tight Coastal Clash draw with Pacific FC. Victor Blasco’s moment of dead-ball genius brought the only PFC goal, although they did match well with HFX. Next up? Another tilt with the Wanderers – this time in Halifax.


6. HFX Wanderers FC (2-7-7)

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MOVEMENT: p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 5

A fluky goal, an unfortunate sending off and a seemingly-harmless attempt on goal were all that separated the Wanderers from Cavalry and grabbing just a fifth point by away teams at Spruce Meadows on the season. Their strong defensive unit is proving only half as valuable combined with a sputtering attack that somehow sneaked a goal away to Pacific at midweek.


7. FC Edmonton (3-7-6)

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MOVEMENT:p.ranking_down -1
Last week: No. 6

Winless in a CPL-record 10-straight matches, the Eddies are in the biggest slump of any club in 2019. A slim 1-0 loss to Forge and a more comprehensive defeat to Valour saw the Eddies rarely put up a fight. A long weekend off could do them wonders.


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