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Pacific FC (Langford, B.C.)

Owners: Dean Shillington and former Canadian internationals Josh Simpson and Rob Friend.

Coach: Michael Silberbauer.

Stadium: Westhills Stadium, artificial turf. Capacity: 6,000.

Player to watch: Vancouver striker Marcus Haber, a 6-foot-3 target man, spent the past nine years with Scotland’s Falkirk, Dundee FC and St Johnstone, and England’s West Bromwich Albion, Exeter, Stevenage, Notts County and Crewe Alexandra.

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FC Edmonton

Owners: Tom and Dave Fath.

Coach: Jeff Paulus.

Stadium: Clarke Field, artificial turf. Capacity: 5,148.

Player to watch: Midfielder-forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu returns home after eight years in Europe, mostly in Germany. He has 10 caps for Canada.

Cavalry FC (Calgary)

Owner: Linda Southern-Heathcott, a former Olympian and current president and chief executive of Spruce Meadows.

Coach: Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

Stadium: Meadows on the Green Stadium, grass. Capacity: 6,000.

Player to watch: Defender-midfielder Nik Ledgerwood. The 34-year-old from Lethbridge, Alta., is the éminence grise of the team, and he has 50 Canada caps and a dozen years playing primarily in Germany to back it up.

Valour FC (Winnipeg)

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The name is a homage to three Winnipeg men — Frederick William Hall, Leo Clarke and Robert Shankland, who lived on the same street and were each awarded the Victoria CrossHO/The Canadian Press

Owner: Winnipeg Football Club, which runs the CFL Blue Bombers.

Coach: Rob Gale.

Stadium: Investors Group Field, artificial turf. Capacity: Just less than 7,000 for soccer.

Player to watch: Centreback Skylar Thomas. A former Toronto FC first-round draft choice, the 6-foot-3 native of Pickering, Ont., is reunited with former Syracuse University teammate Jordan Murrell in Winnipeg. Thomas and Murrell are Valour FC co-captains.

Forge FC (Hamilton)

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Bob Young, left, the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, owns Hamilton's Forge FC.Tyler Brown/The Canadian Press

Owner: Bob Young, technology entrepreneur and Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner.

Coach: Bobby Smyrniotis.

Stadium: Tim Hortons Field, artificial grass. Capacity: 10,016 for soccer, although full stadium capacity is 23,218, plus tickets in the end zones. The full stadium will be open for the CPL opener on Saturday

Player to watch: Midfielder Kyle Bekker, a former Toronto FC first-round draft pick, captains Forge FC. After stints with Toronto, FC Dallas and Montreal, the native of Oakville, Ont., won an NASL championship under current Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos in San Francisco before joining the USL’s North Carolina FC.

York 9 FC (Toronto)

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Former Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan will coach York 9 FC.HO/The Canadian Press

Owners: Carlo Baldassarra, Mike Baldassarra, Preben Ganzhorn and former Canadian international Jim Brennan.

Coach: Jim Brennan.

Stadium: York Lions Stadium, grass. Capacity: 8,000 (including 2,000 general admission/standing).

Player to watch: Ryan Telfer. The versatile 25-year-old from Mississauga has been lent out by Toronto FC, which used him 18 times last season. Telfer has speed, power and can play anywhere from wingback to forward.

HFX Wanderers (Halifax)

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HFX Wanderers will be managed by Stephen Hart.HO/The Canadian Press

Owner: Derek Martin, president of Sports & Entertainment Atlantic.

Coach: Stephen Hart, former Canada and Trinidad & Tobago national team coach.

Stadium: Wanderers Ground, grass, Capacity: 6,200.

Player to watch: Elton John. The Trinidad and Tobago veteran has already brought the club worldwide attention for his name alone.

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