HAMILTON, Ontario – Forge FC Head Coach is proud to be a part of Canadian football history, as his team will become the first ever Canadian club in the Scotiabank Concacaf League when it faces off against Antigua GFC of Guatemala in the 2019 SCL Preliminary Round first leg on Thursday night at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.
“It’s a great honor for us to be part of this competition,” said Bobby Smyrniotis in his pre-match press conference.
“I think when you look at it from an organization, players, staff, everyone wants to challenge themselves at the highest level and there’s no better way to challenge yourself outside of domestic competition than playing on the continental stage,” added Smyrniotis.
2019 has already been a history-making year for Canadian football, as it is the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League. Forge is now tasked with showing the rest of the Concacaf region that the CPL will be a player for years to come.
“We have an opportunity to show everyone what our league is about. It’s a brand-new league, it’s our first entrance into this competition, and it’s a great opportunity to show that we are coming and we are going to be here for a while,” said Smyrniotis.
Forge MF and Ontario native Kyle Bekker is relishing the chance to be part of Thursday’s history-making match in front of the home fans, all while remaining focused on the task at hand of earning a good result against the Guatemalans.
“I think it’s very exciting. It’s awesome for our fans to be a part of this,” said Bekker in the pre-match press conference. “Playing the first one here at home, we know that the fans are going to have our backs and we look forward to seeing that on Thursday night. I think the guys know how big the first leg is. It sets the tone for the entire match-up, but we don’t need to put much pressure on that. We’ve been focusing on what we do well, we’ve been working all week and we are going into it the match with a clear mind,” concluded Bekker.