Moses Dyer earns CPL Week 7 POTW

Vancouver FC’s most recent match was one that held heightened anticipation as the first Salish Sea Derby of 2024. The series finished all tied up at two apiece last season with the Eagles on a two-game winning streak against Pacific FC which they were looking to continue on Saturday. Not only were bragging rights to lead the Derby up for grabs in this match, but VFC were also willing to do what they needed to remain undefeated at home in 2024.

The team effort that was displayed on Saturday to register a come-from-behind victory boded well for the Eagles but there was one player in particular that had all the attitude of playing in a Salish Sea Derby even though it was his first match. Moses Dyer had a nose for the net that helped to propel Vancouver to victory and his efforts were recognized by being named to the CPL’ Team of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. Today, for the first time this season, Dyer has earned the League’s Player of the Week for Matchweek #7.

Dyer scored Vancouver’s equalizing goal in the derby off a scrambled play in the box where the native of New Zealand was not taking no for an answer, finding Gee’s cross through three Pacific players and forcing the ball into the back of the net. The goal was Dyer’s third of the season, which now leads the Eagles for most goals scored in 2024 and tied-third in the League for that category.

The 27-year-old could have had multiple goals in the match as his keenest for the net was evident through registering two big chances, four shots, and seven touches in Pacific’s box. It was Dyer’s goal that brought momentum back into the favour of VFC and the Eagles worked together to solidify the victory.

Dyer was also busy in other areas of the play including battling for the ball in winning five duels, one aerial duel and both of his tackles. The attacker completed his all-around performance by also registering one clearance, three recoveries and drawing one foul in Saturday’s match. 

Dyer is the second Vancouver player to be named the CPL’s Player of the Week in 2024 following Gee who earned the recognition after making his hometown debut and scoring a goal in the Eagle’s season opener on Apr. 14. 

Vancouver is next in action on the road to visit Valour FC for the Winnipeg-side’s home opener. 

Fans can catch the Eagles and more Players of the Week back at Willoughby Park on Sunday, Jun. 23 when Vancouver hosts Halifax Wanderers FC. Tickets are available for purchase online here.