Slowly but surely, CPL clubs and players have begun to return to pre-season training across Canada (and beyond) this Spring ahead of the 2021 campaign. While there is no confirmed start date for a season, CPL commissioner David Clanachan said Wednesday the League is "completely focused and committed" to playing a 2021 season and a further update will be given on May 15. "We know what it takes, we have the playbook, and we know how to execute flawlessly as we did in 2020," Clanachan said, referring to the Island Games.
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Five CPL clubs are back training: Pacific FC, FC Edmonton, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers, and Atlético Ottawa – the latter of which is currently based in Spain with their parent club Atlético Madrid. Here are the best photos from those clubs’ preparations for the 2021 campaign.
The Alan Koch era has begun with FC EdmontonKoch, bound by COVID-19 restrictions, has been busy putting his stamp on the Eddies in his first pre-season.
Atlético Ottawa's Brandon John battles the heat in Madrid at trainingJohn, who re-signed with the club earlier this year, is set to play a big part in Ottawa's backline in 2021.
Sergio Camargo is pleased to get back onto the pitch at Spruce MeadowsComing back to Calgary for a third season...
Atlético Ottawa on tour in SpainMore on this photo and the team's trip to Madrid can be found here.
Mista in the Middle: Ottawa's coach takes in trainingWho wants to see Mista line up for Ottawa in 2021?
FC Edmonton's Amer Didic works on diving headersJust another skill in the Canadian men's national team centre-back's repertoire?
Stephen Hart leads the WanderersA total of 28 players are in Halifax camp. Check out the full list here.
First look at Wanderers centre-back Erik SantosRead about his unfortunate introduction to Halifax camp here.
Another first look: Cavalry FC's Joe Di ChiaraIs Di Chiara's York United swap to Cavalry the most surprising in CPL history? Not so fast.
Finally, HFX's Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé in a spirited game of rock, paper, scissors