Part of the mission of the Canadian Premier League is to foster the growth of young Canadian soccer players. The CPL hit a major milestone in that quest on Sunday, as two clubs — Cavalry FC and FC Edmonton — crossed the threshold to become the final two teams to fulfill this 1,000-minute regular season requirement for Under-21 players. CPL clubs are required to have at least three Canadian players aged 21 or under on their roster, and to give at least 1,000 total minutes of playing time to that young talent in each season. "We're very proud of our clubs for embracing an innovative rule that was designed to develop young Canadian players, a foundational pillar of the Canadian Premier League," said CPL Commissioner David Clanachan. "Although our league average age is 25 years old, the fact that our young talent accounts for over 22,000 total minutes – some 37% of the total available playing time so far this year – is something we're proud to champion." All seven teams may have checked the 1,000-minute box, but it was not born out of an obligation; each side has enjoyed major contributions from their youngsters. Three of the top five goal scorers in the CPL (Pacific's Terran Campbell, Forge's Tristan Borges, and FC Edmonton's Easton Ongaro) are eligible for the U-21 sum, as is Valour's starting goalkeeper Mathias Janssens. Over the course of 19 regular season games thus far, a total of 1,710 regulation minutes are available per player; Pacific FC's trio of Campbell, Noah Verhoeven, and Matthew Baldisimo have featured in at least 1,400 of those available minutes, while a total of nine players across the league have played at least 1,000 minutes by themselves in 2019 regular season action. In total, young players have accounted for 22,772 minutes at this point of the season, out of a possible 62,370 minutes – the cumulation of 11 players over 63 matches played so far in 2019. Pacific sits well ahead of the field in this respect, affording its young talent with over 9,000 combined minutes, seeing five players meeting the 1,000-minute cutoff on their own. It is very much #TrustTheKids on Van Isle. "That our young players have featured so prominently in our inaugural season is a testament to the quality that exists across Canada, which is now being served in a meaningful way by the opportunities provided by the CPL," Clanachan stated. Here's a complete breakdown of which U-21 players have contributed to their team's requirement.

HFX Wanderers FC - 3,905 minutes

Ndzemdzela Langwa - 1,010 Tomasz Skublak - 883 Elliot Simmons - 850 Chrisnovic N'Sa - 838 Scott Firth - 281 Vincent Lamy - 43


York9 FC - 2,743 minutes

Diyaeddine Abzi - 1,234 Emilio Estevez - 539 Steven Furlano - 403 Cyrus Rollocks - 290 Emmanuel Zambazis - 277


Forge FC - 2,350 minutes

Tristan Borges - 1,091 Marcel Zajac - 515 David Choiniere - 505 Jace Kotsopoulos - 138 Monti Mohsen - 78 Klaidi Cela - 23


Valour FC - 2,641 minutes

Diego Gutierrez Zuniga - 1,031 Mathias Janssens - 810 Tyler Attardo - 611 Raphael Garcia - 553 Nicolas Galvis - 361 Glenn Muenkat - 291 Yohan Le Bourhis - 270 Federico Pena - 106


FC Edmonton - 1,024 minutes

Easton Ongaro - 624 Marcus Velado-Tsegaye - 320 David Doe - 80


Cavalry FC - 1,090 minutes

Malyk Hamilton - 886 Gabriel Bitar - 90 Victor Loturi - 77 Aribim Pepple - 37


Pacific FC - 9,019 minutes

Terran Campbell - 1,482 Noah Verhoeven - 1,419 Matthew Baldisimo - 1,403 Kadin Chung - 1,161 Alessandro Hojabrpour - 1,029 Emile Legault - 901 Zachary Verhoven - 739 José Hernandez - 555 Ahmed Alghamdi - 330

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