The Gatorade Team of the Week for the twenty-sixth week of Canadian Premier League action in 2022, brought to you by Kristian Jack and OneSoccer's Oliver Platt
GoalkeeperNathan Ingham (Atlético Ottawa) Ingham made five saves on the road against Halifax and was central to Atleti killing off the game in the late stages as they picked up their eighth road victory over the season. This included an incredible double save late in the match to preserve three points.
DefendersRoberto Alarcón (Cavalry FC) His brilliant first-time half-volley cross to Ali Musse for the winning goal on Sunday against Valour was the highlight of an exceptional performance from the fullback. He created a stunning six chances during the match, had twelve crosses, and won four tackles. Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson (Forge FC) Against the league's hottest offensive team, Forge had an outstanding defensive performance in the 905 derby. Achinioti-Jonsson was central to the Hamilton outfit earning a clean sheet, winning all nine of the duels he contested, two tackles, and four fouls as part of yet another incredible defensive effort. Malik Owolabi-Belewu (Forge FC) The young central defender scored his first Canadian Premier League goal to open the scoring for Forge on Saturday. He also completed three dribbles and had eight duels won during a solid performance at the back. Maxim Tissot (Atlético Ottawa) Tissot opened the scoring against Halifax in brilliant fashion as he sent a curling free kick over the wall and into the top corner. He even put an exclamation point on the goal, his second of the season, with a Cristiano Ronaldo-style celebration.
MidfieldersZakaria Bahous (Atlético Ottawa) Bahous scored his first professional goal over the weekend, which stood as the winner during a 2-1 victory over Halifax Wanderers. He was also a key player in the buildup for Ottawa as they were able to break down one of the league's best defensive sides over recent weeks on the road. Aboubacar Sissoko (Forge FC) Having not scored a professional goal prior to this season, Sissoko now has four on the year after scoring against York United this past weekend from an excellent long-range strike. Manny Aparicio (Pacific FC) It is no coincidence that Aparicio's return from suspension has coincided with a rise in Pacific FC's form. The midfielder set up the lone goal on Friday's match against FC Edmonton less than a minute into the match with yet another brilliant cross. He also created two chances, had 12 passes into the final third and won possession 12 times. Tristan Borges (Forge FC) Borges moved up into second in the league in assists this past weekend with his eighth of the year, as he found Owolabi-Belewu on an excellent corner kick delivery. He also had three successful dribbles, and was excellent in putting pressure on York United, winning the ball back nine times including twice in the final third.
ForwardsMarco Bustos (Pacific FC) Bustos scored his second goal of the season from a thundering header just 27 seconds into Pacific FC's match against FC Edmonton. If Pacific is to repeat as CPL Champions, having Bustos playing at this level going into the postseason could be critical. Ali Musse (Cavalry FC) A goal of the month candidate and an assist from Musse helped Cavalry to perhaps their biggest result of the season to date as they clinched a playoff spot at Spruce Meadows. Musse also had five attempted dribbles, nine duels won and won possession twice in the final third during an outstanding all-action performance.