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CPL, Canadian Soccer Reacts to Cavs' Historic Win

July 25, 2019 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - Cavalry FC News Release

Cavalry FC claimed the first win from a CPL club over MLS opposition on Wednesday, taking their second leg and the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 tie 2-1 over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in Vancouver.

Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and co. will now move on to play Montreal Impact on the Semi-Final - a second MLS side.

An MLS club losing to a non-MLS club in the CanChamp is rare, let alone to a team that has yet to finish its first season. But the Cavs showed their quality - regardless of history - against a fellow western Canadian pro club that produced several of Cavalry stars ... Dominick Zator included.

As Wednesday bled into Thursday morning, plaudits came in from CPL players, coaches and others in the Canadian soccer landscape as Cavalry celebrated a first-of-its-kind victory.

We start things off with, well, a celebration.

A kiss heard across the country: Jay Wheeldon shows his admiration for Dominick Zator live on OneSoccer.

That winning feeling. Goodnight Cavs Faithful 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/Wx6fG5WQ0u

- Cavalry FC (@CPLCavalryFC) July 25, 2019

Elijah Adekugbe and co. applauding the away support... Tag yourself...

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What a game! History made!

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Forge FC all-rounder Kwame Awuah had a statement to make early on Thursday morning from Ontario.

Hope y'all don't sleep on @CPLsoccer NO MORE!! @MLS @CanadaSoccerEN Canada's future is bright!

- Kwame Awuah (@kayawuah) July 25, 2019

Cavalry's Al Classico opponent FC Edmonton even extended congratulations via head coach Jeff Paulus.

To @tommywheeldonjr and your @CPLCavalryFC players, a special hat tip on doing what nobody said a CPL team could do.

See you all on the sideline where we will continue to compete but for tonight, lets celebrate the growth of our league together.#WeReManyWeAreOne

- Jeff_Paulus (@jeff_paulus) July 25, 2019

Same goes for HFX Wanderers boss Stephen Hart, whose side dropped their CanChamp tie Wednesday.

Congratulations to Cavalry FC, their staff and players. Simply fantastic result and more importantly the performances over two legs.

- Stephen Hart (@WatchfulEye64) July 25, 2019

Road support BC Place was easy to spot...

Phenomenal support from Cavs faithful who made the trip to YVR. Take a bow ... provided non-stop encouragement the WHOLE game. ⁦@footsoldierssg⁩ ⁦@CPLCavalryFC⁩ ⁦@CplHorsemen⁩ #CavsFC #UpTheCavs pic.twitter.com/pPNNNO0yYM

- James McCreath (@jmccreath) July 25, 2019

But how about the crowd back home in Calgary. An impressive night for the Foot Soldiers...

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Ahh...ahh...ah...ah... Jordan Brown..Jordan Brown @jordanantoniobrown #canchamp #cavsfc #canpl #upthecavs

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Cavalry's weekend opponent in the league doesn't seem pleased ... or are they?

Congratulations to @CPLCavalryFC on advancing to the next round of the @VoyageursCup! You did us proud...

...K, this feels weird and we hate it.

Back to despising you on Saturday. (Come despise them with us, #ValourArmy ðŸ'‡)

🎟️ | https://t.co/1jjmENljlU #ForValour | #CanPL

- ValourFC (@ValourFootball) July 25, 2019

We'll see how Valour really feels on Saturday when they hosts Cavalry (1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT, OneSoccer/CBC) at IG Field in Winnipeg. The Cavs will be back in action in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday, August 7th when they open their Semi-Final tie against Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

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