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Forge FC captain, keeper collect Canadian Premier League awards

Olimpia's German Mejia (L) vies for the ball with Forge's Kyle Bekker (R) during a Concacaf League soccer match between Olimpia of Honduras and Forge FC of Canada at Olimpico stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 29 August 2019. EPA/Jose Valle

Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker has been named Canadian Premier League player of the year.

The 30-year-old Bekker was announced as the 2020 winner on Thursday, taking the nod over finalists Marco Bustos of Pacific FC and Akeem Garcia of HFX Wanderers FC.

Bekker, from Oakville, Ont., led the CPL in minutes played by an attacking player (879) and scored three goals and one assist with five shots on target.

He’s the second Forge FC player to take home the award in its two years of existence, following 2019 winner Tristan Borges.

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Forge FC’s Triston Henry captured the 2020 Golden Glove, awarded to the goalkeeper voted to be the best at this position.

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Mohamed Farsi of Cavalry FC was named under-21 Canadian player of the year.

Coach of the year went to Stephen Hart of the Wanderers.

Garcia captured the Golden Boot with six goals in 10 appearances.

The winners of the 2020 CPL Awards were selected by media writers and reporters from across Canada.

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