The Gatorade Team of the Week for the nineteenth week of Canadian Premier League action in 2022, brought to you by Kristian Jack and OneSoccer's Oliver Platt.
GoalkeeperTriston Henry (Forge FC) Henry hasn't always been called upon much over recent weeks as Forge often dominated possession and matches during a six-game unbeaten run. But against Cavalry, he was forced to come up big on several occasions, making five stops. Forge would ultimately lose to match late but Henry kept them in it till the end.
DefendersAbdou Samake (Pacific FC) Samake was key in possessing and moving the ball forward for Pacific against Ottawa. The fullback led the team with 71 total passes, 21 of which were made into the final third. He also won eight duels, and had four tackles and three clearances during an outstanding defensive performance. Karifa Yao (Cavalry FC) After a difficult performance against Forge a few weeks back, Yao was outstanding again this week against the Hamilton side. He won possession seven times, six duels and had three tackles as he helped Cavalry pick up arguably their biggest win of the season. Bradley Vliet (Cavalry FC) Vliet was excellent in anticipating and cutting out Forge's wide attacks. He made five interceptions, won two tackles and has certainly by now made the case to be included among the league's premier fullbacks.
MidfieldersTobias Warschewski (FC Edmonton) It was another brilliant performance from FC Edmonton's #10 as Warschewski provided the assist on both of the Eddies' goals during their 3-2 loss to York United. He had a stunning five chances created over the course of 90 minutes and five successful dribbles. Mohamed Omar (HFX Wanderers) Halifax picked up their first win since June 25 over the weekend and Omar was a big reason why. The Pacific midfielder won 8 of 12 duels, possession 10 times had two tackles and two interceptions as Halifax were 1-0 winners over Valour. Sean Young (Pacific FC) Young was excellent both on the ball and winning it back for Pacific against Atlético Ottawa. He led all Pacific players with 92 touches, had 93 per cent pass accuracy, and won back possession 11 times. Noah Verhoeven (York United) York United has looked much better in recent weeks, a big reason for that has been the tidy play of Verhoeven in midfield. He had 16 passes into the final third, and helped York to dictate the tempo of the match when they were in possession. José Escalante (Cavalry FC) His pinpoint delivery to Joe Mason for a goal just seven minutes into the match was just the start of a vintage Escalante performance. He also set up Miki Cantave's late winner by keeping the ball in at the end line. He had four chances created and, in typical Escalante fashion, three fouls won.
ForwardsJosh Heard (Pacific FC) Without Alejandro Diaz, Pacific will be looking to find other ways to find the back of the net, and Josh Heard looks like a primary candidate. Heard scored the lone goal of Pacific's 1-0 win over Atlético Ottawa, which saw them climb into second in the CPL table. Joe Mason (Cavalry FC) The Cavalry striker has now scored in all three matches against Forge this season, again opening the scoring early on Friday during a massive 2-1 victory. Mason was also excellent at making life uncomfortable for the usually assured Forge backline. He won possession three times in the final third and all three of his aerial duels during the match.