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Alphonso Davies wraps up remarkable year by winning Lionel Conacher Award

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, who shone on soccer’s biggest stages in 2020, has been voted winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the year.

Davies, who turned 20 on Nov. 2, won worldwide praise for his pace and athleticism at left fullback while helping Bayern fill its trophy case. Davies and the German powerhouse captured the Champions League, Bundesliga title, DFB Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2020.

Individually the Canadian was named Bundesliga rookie of the season for 2019-20 and was voted to the FIFPRO Best 11 by his peers, becoming the first North American to make the men’s all-star squad. He is the third-youngest player to earn men’s World 11 status behind Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt and French forward Kylian Mbappe.

“It’s been a fantastic year for Alphonso,” said Canada coach John Herdman. “He’s flown the flag for Canada, he’s been a real bright spot on the sporting landscape in a time where we really needed some bright spots.

“And the awards are thoroughly deserved. He’s doing things at the highest level in the world game. And he’s Canadian, he’s from Edmonton. I think for all of us, it’s just something we can be proud of. And for those young players, it’s that reminder that anything’s possible, anything’s possible for a Canadian.”

Davies received 35 of 67 votes by sports editors, writers, broadcasters across the country.

“A Canadian at the pinnacle of world soccer? It doesn’t get much easier (of a pick) than that,” said Hamilton Spectator sports editor Jeff Day.

“Less than two years after last suiting up for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Alphonso Davies showed his talents on the global stage in the world’s most popular sport, eviscerating the Barcelona defence at one point in the quarterfinal as Bayern Munich stormed to a Champions League victory to complete a historic treble,” said Paul Attfield, sports reporter for the Globe and Mail.

1st soccer player to win the Conacher Award

Davies is the first soccer player to win the Conacher Award, joining such Canadian sporting icons as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Donovan Bailey and Ferguson Jenkins.

“A lot of great Canadian athletes have won it, so it’s an honour to be the first soccer player to do so,” Davies told The Canadian Press via email.

Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who won the Super Bowl in February before opting out of the 2020 NFL season after working in a long-term care facility in his home province at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave, was second with 25 votes. Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was the only other with multiple votes (three).

The choice of Davies completed a soccer sweep among the CP individual sports awards. On Monday, Canada captain Christine Sinclair won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the top Canadian female athlete. She also won in 2012, after leading Canada to Olympic bronze at the London Games.

The team of the year will be unveiled Wednesday.

Sinclair, a 37-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., has long been the face of Canadian soccer. Davies has joined her in rapid-fire fashion.

Herdman says Davies and Sinclair share more than just soccer skills.

“The one character trait that I’ve seen from both of them is a level of humility,” said Herdman. “But when they’re on the field, they are fierce, fierce custodians of this shirt and patriots of this country. You see that in their effort, in their desire to win and the passion they play with.”

It is to Davies’ credit that he has reached such heights on the field during such a difficult year.

“It hasn’t always been easy this year, not just for me, but for many people out there,” Davies said. “A lot of people are in much tougher situations than me and I am very fortunate to be where I am, so I try to remember that and stay humble whenever things feel tough.

“Playing soccer has always been an outlet for me, so being able to train and compete really helped, and I hope everything we accomplished at Bayern helped bring some joy into people’s lives.”

Davies was co-winner of the Lou Marsh 

Davies was also voted Canada Soccer’s Men’s Player of the Year and was co-winner with Duvernay-Tardif of the Lou Marsh Trophy, presented by the Toronto Star to the Canadian athlete of the year.

Davies turned heads in late February in Champions League action at Chelsea when he set up Bayern’s third goal with a lightning run down the left flank and cross to Robert Lewandowski for a tap-in in the 76th minute and a 3-0 win in the first leg of a round-of-16 showdown.

“Alphonso Davies is a world-class left back,” former U.S. international and current TV pundit Stuart Holden said on social media. “Top five in world soccer right now easy.”

In June, Davies was clocked at 36.51 km/h in the first half of a win over Werder Bremen, according to the Bundesliga. That erased the fastest recorded speed in league history (36.19 km/h by Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi) since detailed data collection began in 2011.

Veteran Bayern forward Thomas Mueller dubbed Davies “the FC Bayern Road Runner,” referencing the speedy cartoon character.

In August, Davies stood out again in Bayern’s 8-2 beatdown of Barcelona in Champions League play in Lisbon. Davies set up Bayern’s fifth goal in the 63rd minute with a sensational run down the left flank.

The Canadian known as Phonzie eluded three Barca players, leaving Portuguese international Nelson Semedo in his wake before racing past several more defenders into the penalty box and sending a perfect pass to Joshua Kimmich to slot in from close range.

“`Best left back in the world!” tweeted Canadian international Ashley Lawrence.

With a winning smile and playful way about him, Davies has won a legion of fans on social media with 3.3 million followers on Instagram, three million on TikTok and 239,300 on Twitter.

‘We are all ready to make history for Canada Soccer in 2021’

Bayern rewarded Davies in April with a contract extension that runs through June 2025.

“Alphonso Davies is a player who has already achieved a high level of performance at a young age and at the same time still has great potential for development,” said Oliver Kahn, an executive board member and former star goalkeeper at Bayern. “Anyone who can consistently play at the top level at FC Bayern at such a young age can have a great career ahead of them.”

Davies is also a key player for Canada with five goals and seven assists in 17 appearances, playing both as a left back and winger.

Canada and Davies face a full schedule in 2021 with World Cup qualifying finally starting in March.

Davies says he is excited at what lies ahead for Canada.

“We have a lot of young, exciting talent coming through, players are playing in competitive leagues who are hungry,” he said. “And we are all ready to make history for Canada Soccer in 2021.”

Herdman is also looking forward to the future for Davies.

“We’re all proud of what he’s achieved this year. But I think we can see there’s still more to come. And that consistency now is probably Alphonso’s next big challenge. Can he repeat and can he take it to the next level?”

Davies was signed by Bayern from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the summer of 2018 in a US$ 22-million transfer deal, an MLS record at the time. He started to train with his new team in November after the end of the Whitecaps season.

Davies’ life story is inspirational. His parents fled their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to escape a civil war, ending up at a refugee camp in Ghana where Davies was born.

He came to Canada at the age of five.

Davies shared his story at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June 2018 as part of the joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Canadian soccer officials credit his powerful presentation for helping push the bid over the finish line.

“It was a hard life. But when I was five-years-old, a country called Canada welcomed us in,” he told FIFA delegates.

It was not all roses for Davies in 2020. He tore ankle ligaments Oct. 24 in Bayern’s 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, returning to action Dec. 9 in Champions League group play against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Davies and Canadian women’s international Jordyn Huitema, who are a couple away from the pitch, had to endure racism. A photo of Davies, who is Black, and Huitema, who is white, on Instagram while enjoying a vacation in Spain drew more than 14,000 comments including some that were offensive.

Canada Soccer, Herdman, Canada women’s coach Bev Priestman and Bayern president Herbert Hainer all spoke out against the racism.

Away from the field, Davies has used his name to help the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a UN agency with the mandate to protect and help refugees.

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Christine Sinclair nets 2nd Bobbie Rosenfeld Award with record-breaking year

Much has happened in the world since Christine Sinclair made soccer history in January en route to helping the Canadian women book their ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.

The longtime Canada captain added to her remarkable resume by surpassing retired American Abby Wambach’s record of 184 international goals, at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Edinburg, Texas.

“For me a defining moment in Canadian sporting history,” said Canada coach John Herdman, who coached Sinclair and the Canadian women prior to taking over the men’s program in January 2018. “To have a kid from Burnaby become the greatest of all time.

“And that’s a record that I don’t know how long that’s going to take to be beaten by a male or a female. And she’s Canadian.”

WATCH | Sinclair’s record-breaking goal:

Canadian Christine Sinclair scores the 185th goal of her career, passing American Abby Wambach on the all-time goals list. 1:10

Sinclair’s record-breaking year has earned the Canadian soccer icon the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year for 2020.

The 37-year-old Sinclair also won the award in 2012 after leading Canada to a memorable bronze medal at the London Olympics. She is the only soccer player to have won the Rosenfeld Award.

The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award, presented to CP’s male athlete of the year, will be announced Tuesday. The team of the year will be unveiled Wednesday.

Sinclair received 20 of 66 votes cast by sports editors, writers and broadcasters across the country.

“Another great year and a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Hard to beat,” said Rob Grant, the Toronto Star’s sports team editor.

“When the history of women’s sports is written in this country, Christine Sinclair deserves her own chapter,” added Phil King, sports layout editor for the Globe and Mail. “As a role model and an accomplished athlete, her glorious career paved the way for a generation of accomplished female athletes.”

WATCH | Canadian athletes congratulate Sinclair:

With her 185th international soccer goal, Christine Sinclair become the world record-holder for most ever international goals. Here are some Canadian sports legends sending her well wishes on the feat. 1:30

Sinclair’s scoring account now stands at 186, with 55 assists, in 296 international appearances.

“Olympic qualifying seems three years ago, seems like a different world,” Sinclair told The Canadian Press on Day 12 of her quarantine in coming home for the holidays.

“Obviously the record for scoring, God that seems so long ago, was an important milestone,” she added. “And especially with the way the rest of the year went, it’s definitely been one of the highlights ΓǪ It’s pretty cool to see a Canadian on the top of the record charts, I’m not going to lie.”

Fellow Canadian soccer international Kadeisha Buchanan, who won the Women’s Champions League for the fourth time with Lyon, was runner-up with 12 votes. Basketball star Kia Nurse of the WNBA’s New York Liberty was third (nine votes), following by short-track speedskater Kim Boutin (8) and golfer Brooke Henderson (7).

Sinclair moved atop soccer’s all-time goal-scoring list- — for both men and women — on Jan. 29.

“It was such a relief,” she said. “Those people closest to me know how much it had been weighing on me and, like, stressing me out, in a way.  So I was glad to get it out of the way in that opening game [at the CONCACAF tournament] and as a team, we could just move on and I could move on and focus on what we were really trying to accomplish., which was getting to Tokyo.”

‘Glimmers of hope’ in tough year

The high of qualifying for Tokyo was followed by the low of Canada having to pull out of the Games, which were later postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sinclair recalls sitting there, thinking “What now?’

“For many months, all of us, our professional seasons were all suspended. No international games. We were doing workouts on our patios as a team. We were following [midfielder] Desiree Scott’s Zumba classes.”

Added Sinclair: “It’s been a hard year for everyone. Everyone has their own stories.”

But she sees “little glimmers of hope that things will turn around soon.”

The Canadian women, tied for eighth in the world rankings, have not played since March 10 when they drew Brazil 2-2 at an international tournament in France.

Sinclair is proud that the NWSL was the first North American league to return, playing the Challenge Cup in a bubble in Utah. She had spent much of the lockdown, prior to the league’s return, in Florida with Charlie, her Pomeranian dog.

Sinclair then captained Portland at the NWSL Challenge Cup in June-July and went on to lead the Thorns to the NWSL Fall Series title in October.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic and the resulting stop-start season, Sinclair was happy with how she played.

“A lot of us have been joking that this year it seemed like either you were in pre-season mode and training, training without any games. Or you were in the middle of a crazy tournament where it seemed like you were playing a game every three or four days. Or you were in isolation or quarantine and you weren’t allowed do anything.

“When the games finally did come around, I was happy with how I performed. It was just hard to get into a rhythm individually and as a team. I think we started to put things together toward the end in Portland, which makes me very excited for next year.”

Sinclair is realistic about the pandemic, knowing health and safety comes before sport. She knows a return to normality will take time but hopes the prospect of vaccines means fans will return to the stands.

“It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve played in front of a real crowd. I can’t wait to get back to Portland and hopefully one day next year be able to play in front of 20,000 fans again. But it has to be smart and safe first and foremost.”

Sinclair has taken pleasure in seeing Canadian teammates make their mark at clubs around the globe.

“It’s exciting to see. This team is just getting better and better. And the individuals are finally, I think, being recognized around the world. It’s an exciting time to be a Canadian footballer, especially those players over in Europe right now absolutely killing it, making all of us back here in North America very proud.”

Off the field, Sinclair campaigns for causes close to her.

Sinclair, whose mother Sandi has multiple sclerosis, continued her fundraising efforts to help fight MS. In April, she showed her support and appreciation for front-line workers through the Canadian Olympic Committee’s “We Are All Team Canada” campaign.

In October, she joined forces with the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help raise funds for girls impacted by the pandemic.

Sinclair entered the record books with a pair of goals in an 11-0 romp over St Kitts and Nevis, then ranked 127th in the world, in Edinburg. After tying the record from the penalty spot for a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, she got some help from her friends on the milestone goal.

Jessie Fleming stole the ball from a St. Kitts player, sending it to an onrushing Adriana Leon in space. Leon and Sinclair found themselves on a two-on-one and Leon passed the ball to an unmarked Sinclair, who took a touch with her left foot and then slotted the ball into the corner with her right foot from six yards out.

A smiling Sinclair turned, her arms outstretched, and pumped her fists before Leon arrived to hug her. The goal celebration continued on the sideline with Sinclair rolling the ball into her teammates, who went down like bowling pins.

Scoring goals is the most difficult thing to do in football. Sinclair has always made it look easy.

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Lewandowski facing Messi, Ronaldo for FIFA best player award

It’s Robert Lewandowski’s turn to try to stop Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from winning the FIFA best player award.

The Bayern Munich forward joined the two standout players on the three-man shortlist announced Friday.

Lewandowski’s goals led Bayern to a sweep of titles this year — the Champions League, the German league, the German Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

One of his 55 goals last season came in Bayern’s 8-2 rout of Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Lewandowski could become only the second player — after Luka Modric in 2018 — to deny Messi or Ronaldo since their run of FIFA domination started in 2008. Messi has won the award six times while Ronaldo has won it five times.

Two Bayern players are among those whose career years were good enough only for third place in previous votes, Franck Ribery in 2013 and Manuel Neuer in 2014.

The women’s best player shortlist includes Lucy Bronze, Wendi Renard and Pernille Harder. Bronze and Renard are teammates who won the European title with Lyon last season. Harder played on the team that lost in the final, Wolfsburg.

Harder won the UEFA award as the best women’s player in Europe last season. Lewandowski won the men’s award.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo made it onto the three-man shortlist for the European award, voted on by coaches of top European clubs and media. Kevin De Bruyne was runner-up and Neuer finished third.

The FIFA award was voted on by a four-part worldwide jury: national team coaches and captains, media and fans.

Voting has closed and the winners will be announced on Thursday at a virtual ceremony hosted by FIFA.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa are in the running for the men’s coaching award. The coaching award in women’s soccer will be between Jean-Luc Vasseur of Lyon, Emma Hayes of Chelsea and Sarina Wiegman of the Dutch national team.

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Kobe Bryant to Posthumously Receive L.A. Area Emmy Governors Award

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Parasite wins Oscar for Best Picture, making history as 1st non-English language film to get top award

The South Korean class satire Parasite has made history four times over, winning the Oscars for best picture, best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay.  It’s the first non-English language film to ever win the top prize — and the first South Korean movie to win an Oscar.  

Renée Zellweger won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the film Judy

Just before that, Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar on Sunday for his terrifying performance as an isolated loner who becomes one of the world’s best known comic book villains in Joker.

Renee Zellweger arrives at the Oscars on Sunday. She later won the best actress award for her performance in Judy. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)

Phoenix, 45, won the best actor Oscar after three previous nominations, crowning an awards season that has seen him sweep every major prize for his role in the standalone origin story of Batman’s arch enemy.

Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar on Sunday for his terrifying performance as an isolated loner who becomes one of the world’s best known comic book villains in Joker. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Laura Dern and Brad Pitt have both won their first acting Oscars. 

Dern, whose Hollywood career has spanned more than four decades, won her best supporting actress on Sunday for her portrayal of a ruthless divorce lawyer in domestic drama Marriage Story.

Laura Dern accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for Marriage Story at the Oscars on Sunday. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Pitt, who has been nominated four times, won the best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a stuntman in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Brad Pitt accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Sunday. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

The actor plays the stunt double of an aging cowboy actor played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a best actor nominee, in Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Hollywood fable.

American Factory, a film backed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, won the Academy award for best documentary feature.

The documentary focuses on the efforts of a Chinese company to repurpose a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio, and the cultural tensions that arise.

Sunday’s Oscar show began with a musical tribute to this year’s nominees.

Janelle Monae donned a red, Mister Rogers-like sweater in a nod to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. She walked into the audience and serenaded the film’s star, Tom Hanks, and other nominees.

Janelle Monae kicked off the Oscars musical opening with a tribute to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Sunday. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

She shifted into an upbeat number with several dancers wearing attire honouring other nominees. Monae shed the sweater as she sang and danced. The performance also featured an appearance by Billy Porter

The 92nd annual Academy Awards, taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, is happening two to three weeks earlier than usual in a bid to freshen up a ceremony and potentially boost ratings.

Just as stars began to arrive on the carpet, the skies opened up above the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, unleashing a downpour. 

The position of some camera crews had them just outside the tent, sending them scrambling to find tarps and plastic to protect their gear.

“Oh my God the tent is leaking,” said one photographer who noticed a hole over the massive Oscars sign.

Harried staff ran around with squeegees trying to bump excess water off the tent.

But the downpour didn’t dampen the red carpet looks of early arrivals, including Billy Porter. The Pose star wore a glistening, gold metallic top with a feather effect and a full skirt depicting the interior of the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.

Actor Billy Porter was one of the early arrivals at the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. on Sunday ( Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)

The truncated awards season has put the normally bloated Oscars season on a diet (Sunday’s show is, for the second straight year, hostless) and sent film academy members scrambling to finish their movie-watching — no small task in a year featuring a few three-hour epics like The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Among the presenters in the absence of a host are Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton and Kelly Marie Tran.

Kirk Douglas, Kobe Bryant remembered

The In Memoriam segment of the Oscars began by remembering Kobe Bryant and ended by paying tribute to Kirk Douglas. 

Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age, died on Wednesday at the age of 103. 

Kobe Bryant, a 2018 Oscar-winner for the short film Dear Basketball, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. 

Before the award show, Spike Lee honoured Bryant on the red carpet by wearing a purple suit trimmed in yellow and adorned with the basketball star’s No. 24 on the lapels and on his back. Lee also wore a pair of Bryant’s Nike sneakers.

Director Spike Lee, wearing a suit with the number 24 in memory of NBA player Kobe Bryant, poses on the red carpet ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Lee walked the red carpet in a purple suit last year, too — a nod to late musical artist and close friend Prince.


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Octavia Spencer Tears Up Over ‘Humbling’ PGA Award: ‘You Can’t Win the Race If You’re Not In It’ (Exclusive)

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Jamie Foxx to Be Honored With Spotlight Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Forge FC’s Tristan Borges caps off memorable season with CPL Player of the Year award

Forge FC midfielder Tristan Borges capped a memorable season Tuesday by becoming the first winner of the Canadian Premier League Player of the Year Award.

The Toronto native, who turned 21 in late August, also collected the Best Canadian Under-21 Player award and the Golden Boot as top scorer in the league’s inaugural season.

Now the question is can the CPL keep him?

“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Borges said with a smile when asked if he would be back next season.

While under contract for another year, Borges has drawn interest from other leagues. Hamilton’s Forge FC does not have to sell him but the CPL is designed to promote Canadian talent not hold it back.

And with head coach Bobby Smyrniotis’s access to the Sigma FC talent pipeline, Forge FC will likely have a next man up.

Borges, who has represented Canada at the under-17 and under-20 level, played for SC Heerenveen’s under-21 side in the Netherlands from 2016 to ’18. The CPL proved to be a perfect platform to showcase his skills.

The seven-team league averaged 4,500 in attendance in Year 1. Commissioner David Clanachan said there is a chance the league may add a team in 2020 — Langley, B.C., is said to be a front-runner — but may wait another year before opening its doors to several new franchises.

WATCH | Forge FC claim inaugural CPL title: 

The Hammers lifted the inaugural North Star Shield after a road goal gave them a 2-0 championship win on aggregate. 2:09  

Cavalry FC’s Tommy Wheeldon Jr., who won coach of the year honours after his Calgary team finished runner-up to Forge FC, is proud of the league’s first-year performance.

“I think it’s a 10 out of 10 for effort,” said Wheeldon. “Nobody thought we could make it possible. All the skeptics out there that were saying ‘It would never work, the country’s too big.’ And there was a lot of ‘We can’t.’

“I think what the Canadian Premier League has done and all the ownership groups from coast to coach, the supporters’ groups, have said ‘Actually we can. And we will.’ What we’ve done now by doing that is we’re burning the ships and there’s no going back. We’re only going to go forward.”

Borges said the CPL had surpassed expectations in its first year.

“It’s a bright future for the CPL. It’s a bright future for players like me,” he said.

The five-foot-seven midfielder beat out Forge FC teammate Kyle Bekker and Cavalry FC striker Dominique Malonga for MVP honours as the CPL handed out its first individual hardware. Borges led the league with 13 goals, an output that included bending in a corner against HFX Wanderers FC for goal No. 7 on the season.

He also scored in Forge FC’s 2-0 aggregate win over Cavalry FC in the two-legged championship game. Borges scored the lone goal in the opening leg in Hamilton before being ejected. But his red card was subsequently rescinded by Canada Soccer’s disciplinary committee, allowing him to play in the Nov. 2 rematch.

Wheeldon coached Borges in the Canadian under-17 setup.

“He was exceptional this year,” said Wheeldon. “Big players make big impacts and he made a big impact in the (CPL) finals.”

Forge FC midfielder Tristan Borges receives his CPL Player of the Year Award from commissioner David Clanachan, in Toronto. (Neil Davidson/Canadian Press )

Borges, who tied for the league lead with five assists, beat out Pacific FC forward Terran Campbell and York 9 fullback Diyaeddine Abzi for the best Canadian U-21 honours.

The Golden Glove, honouring the top goalkeeper, went to Cavalry’s Marco Carducci over York 9’s Nathan Ingham and FC Edmonton’s Connor James.

Carducci finished tied with Forge’s Tristan Henry with nine shutouts this season.

The 23-year-old Calgary native also won a Volkswagen Jetta GLI as the Volkswagen Premier Performer, an award based on season-long statistical performance.

The other coach award finalists were Forge FC’s Smyrniotis and York 9’s Jim Brennan.

Cavalry FC won its first seven games and topped the CPL table in both the spring and fall campaigns for an overall record of 19-4-5. Forge’s record was 17-6-5.

Cavalry FC had the league’s stingiest defence, conceding just 19 goals in 28 games. It also defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the Canadian Championship.

The awards, which took in both the spring and fall seasons as well as the playoffs, were decided on by a media panel from across Canada.

Winners received Inuit art soap stone carving created by artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut.

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