CPL Season Opener
The Canadian Premier League kicked off its inaugural season with two action-packed games.
For footy fans lucky enough to score tickets, the opening weekend of the Canadian Premier League was truly one for the history books. Not only did it mark the start of the CPL’s inaugural season, but as the on-field action proved, the action has just begun!
“It’s an exciting day for soccer fans: the Canadian Premier League kicks off today,” tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
For fans lucky enough to snag tickets to opening day, the energy in the stands was truly palpable as Hamilton’s Forge FC took on Toronto’s York9. On the pitch, nine Canadian starters took to the field, cheered by a crowd 17,600 strong, many hoisting their scarves and chanting Forge FC anthem, “Together we forge!”
But the crowd quickly quieted, just three minutes in, as York9 striker Ryan Telfer became the first CPL player to score a goal. Then, in the 77th minute, Hamilton’s Kadell Thomas evened the score, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
But while Forge FC dominated much of the match, outshooting York9 20-6, the match ended in a 1–1 draw.
Out on the west coast, Vancouver’s Pacific FC made league history, becoming the first CPL team to register a win. The 1–0 win over Halifax’s HFX Wanderers was as close as they come, with the lone goal, by Pacific defender Hendrik Starostzik, coming at the 23rd minute. For fans cheering in the sold-out 6,000-seat stadium, the nail-biter sparked what has already become a coastal rivalry.
As with the Hamilton game, much of the fun took place off the pitch, with fan events and exclusives. With the season now in play, fans can expect some serious soccer action from now through mid-October. In the meantime, check out our gallery of opening weekend highlights.
See you in the stands!